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Coq au Vin

All the pressure is off so I think I’ll keep this up for now…

I said if I made something special I would post it. Here we go… this week I found a very labor intensive recipe for Coq au Vin. Usually I only make things with about five ingredients but the picture looked so good I had to try it. This recipe took a long time and was very good. After making it once I know I could cut the steps in half and it would still be a nice dish.

Steve is glad “his” blog is over. He didn’t look at it much anyway. He said this years blog should be “How I got the weight off my husband he gained from last years meals”. We’ll work on it….

Unlike the rest of the east coast we ran our air conditioner today. We just turned it off and opened up the house for the night. I love the smell of the night air flowing in the window above my headboard….

No picture of mine of the Coq au Vin so how about a Steve picture….



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Full Circle

1-1-11 … very cool!

Dear Family and Friends,

My year project has ended, a full circle. It’s been an interesting journey. I was not trying to compete with all the wonderful food bloggers out there (and there are many). I just did a simple blog (my first) to document a year of meals. It is fun to look back at some of the posts and remember exactly that day and what was going on. Makes me wish I had kept journals my whole life. You forget so much.

I’ve learned a lot about my cooking habits, my menu choices and about myself…..

  • I actually finished a project I started
  • Lost enthusiasm as the year went on
  • I cook less from scratch then I did years ago
  • hard to cook for just two people
  • helps to prep for dinner early in the day before I get tired
  • I learned we eat a lot of tacos and hot dogs
  • I take care of Steve and he takes care of me
  • Spend way to much money on groceries
  • Waist more food then I should
  • Still burned out on cooking
  • I’d cook differently if I was cooking for myself
  • Glad there’s spell check
  • …and Steve never complained!!!!

Part of me will miss posting our dinners daily but… I’m glad it’s over. I have aways wondered who looks at this blog so if you have followed me this year I’d love it if you would sign the comment section.

I have a new blog planned for 2011 but I won’t be posting daily. I hope everyone who has visited the “What I Feed MY Husband” blog will check out my new blog and enjoy it as well. See you next year at Joan’s Kitchen.

Best wishes and may 2011 bring you joy, love, laughter and good food!

p.s. I think it might be hard to never come back here and post something again so maybe I’ll post the really nice meals I make…. If you’ve subscribed to my blog you’ll know if I do that.

Like last year at this time dinner today was the traditional New Years Day Hoppin’ John….

Hoppin' John

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Beef Stroganoff

……three hundred and sixty-five days later.

The last meal I made for Steve in 2010 is his all time favorite, beef stroganoff. Steve has eaten this since he was a little boy. His mom, Clara gave me her stroganoff recipe right after Steve and I got married in 1971. I copied it on one of my brand new recipe cards and put it in my brand new recipe box that my sister gave me for a shower gift. I still have both the box and the card to this day. A great meal to end the year.

I’ll be making one more post on New Years Day so please check in again tomorrow.

Beef Stroganoff

"Mrs. Cobb's Beef Stroganoff"

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Today I ran around town getting the stuff to put together a birthday box to send to Jessica next week. Bummer for the people who have their birthday’s close to Christmas. Today Steve was able to go out on the boat. It’s the first warm day we’ve had in a while. He also ordered a new trolling motor, his Christmas gift to himself…

I decided that the last two meals for 2010 were going to be my favorite meal and Steve’s favorite meal. So tonight I made my favorite… spaghetti. Stay tuned to see if you can guess what Steve’s is. December 31st will tell.

Steve's Plate

Joan's Plate

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Today I boxed up all the kids gifts and shipped them off to California via FedEx. I always use FedEx, they’re my favorite shipping company. I do like the new USPS boxes “if it fits it ships” flat rate. I hope they continue to add more box sizes. I also caught up on laundry and bills and grocery shopping. One more day and I’ll feel completely organized…. lol.

Decided on elk burgers tonight. I just cooked them in the fry pan. Seasoned them with soy sauce. Got some nice fresh buns from the bakery to put them in. Steve put artichoke hearts, red onions, cheese and lettuce on his. Baked some sweet potato fries and had a great meal.

Elk Burger

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We woke up to 26° in central Florida this morning but two hours later in Lake Placid it was 62°. I don’t think the cold weather is over yet but it’s definitely getting better. We unloaded the car and put everything away. It always feels good to be home. There was not much food in the house except snack stuff so we made a tray of cheese and crackers. We opened all the salsa’s Steve received at the Christmas gift exchange from Kasra. A very nice variety of flavors from The Brooklyn Salsa Company. They’re all so different and good it’s hard to pick a favorite.

Salsa, Crackers and Cheese

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Now it’s officially over. Christmas 2010 is behind us, the kids are all back in their own homes and we are headed back to Lake Placid. We’re spending the night in Ocala, Florida. We still have not escaped the cold… it’s going to be 26° tonight. I hope the pipes in our house haven’t frozen while we’ve been gone.

Even though we had many great meals dining out this last week we are really done with that for a while. We had some crackers and fruit in the car and I got a few little packets of peanut butter from the hotel breakfast bar. We had a nice mini dinner. Emily’s cookies from NYC added a nice touch for dessert….

Fruit, Crackers and Peanut Butter

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