let’s eat!

7 Jan


On Brian’s vision board this year he had the words “let’s eat!” next to a picture of a shirtless Kelly Slater and the words “get back in shape”. I found this all very confusing at first. Did they correlate in some way? Did he not realize the mixed messages he was giving the Universe? I thought I taught this boy how to vision board! When I asked Brian what it meant he explained that the “let’s eat!” symbolized wanting to get back in the kitchen with me. Well, then…how very sweet. He was right though…we used to do a decent amount of cooking together. Not every night but at least once a week we would pick a new recipe and it would always end up being quality “us” time. We’d break open a bottle of wine and talk, laugh and cook. We’ve kinda fallen in the bad habit of cooking totally boring meals during the week and on the weekends either going out or ordering in. He was right we had to get back into the kitchen together!

This Sunday was our first night back. Well, actually it started in the afternoon. We had to marinate, people! We chose a recipe we found in Sunset Magazine called “Grilled Cilantro Chicken with Pickled Tomato and Avocado Salsa”. We agreed upon it because I liked that it had the word “avocado” in the title and Brian liked it because of all the spicy ingredients. I swear, that boy likes to sweat when he eats. We spent the afternoon listening to the “Into The Wild” soundtrack, while the warm breeze swept through our house (seriously..is it really january?) and cooked. It was perfect. Sadly, there was no wine involved because I’m on a no “sugar, booze or gluten” kick but it was still heaven.

The dish turned out very spicy (surprise…surprise) but it was seriously good. Here’s the recipe. 

We’ve agreed to *try* and cook together every Sunday night. Knowing that life will probably get in the way some weekends but at least we are going to carve out some quality time in the kitchen together.

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10 Responses to “let’s eat!”

  1. Crystal B. January 7, 2014 at 8:40 am #

    We cook* on Sunday nights too. I think its Brians way of making up for the lost 10 hours on Sundays I deal with during football season. (*try to cook and even pick out recipes, but sometimes it doesn’t happen)
    Double cooking date soon??

    • katemcclafferty January 8, 2014 at 7:54 am #

      Honestly…I think that would be so fun!! Let’s put a date in the books:)

  2. righteousbruin9 January 7, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    Glad he decided to step back into the magical. Things only fizzle over time, and it’s smart to catch the downturn right away. You both deserve many years of fabulous.

  3. the usual bliss January 7, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    I’ve made quite a few recipes from Sunset with great results. Yum! Good luck with the booze/gluten/sugar thing… yuck. 🙂

    • katemcclafferty January 8, 2014 at 7:53 am #

      It’s totally yuck! I try to do it every January…let’s see how long I last this year:)

      • the usual bliss January 8, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

        I did no alcohol or meat for 10 days last year. I gave up on the wine part when we had a power outage during a thunderstorm and cooked/ate by candlelight… wine required. 🙂

  4. di @ life of di. January 7, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    Such a sweet idea. Marty and I made a similar agreement this year: cook a new dish for one another once a week. We have gotten into the bad habit of cooking for ourselves most of the week (though we still eat together so at least that’s something – ha) it’s mostly due to our different diet choices. He’s not a big meat eater but when he chooses to do so- I usually cook something for myself 🙂 Looking forward to more of these cooking posts. Wonder what you’ll cook next?!

  5. Cassy January 8, 2014 at 9:50 am #

    Love that idea of making recipes together in the kitchen! My husband and I are definitely gonna be stealing that idea too!

  6. Gretchen O'Donnell January 8, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love cooking with my husband and some of my favorite extended family memories are cooking all together – and getting into each other’s way – it’s so great!

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