Sunday cooking in Summerlin.

Mid June 2020 Update

Here we are, mid-June and the pandemic seems to be winding down. I walked into a grocery store without a mask or gloves for the first time since March. Not that I felt comfortable doing so, it’s just that I plain forgot. It wasn’t until I just hit the back of the store that I realized I was maskless. Which is to say after 2 straight months of doing so, I’m still in the habit of just getting ut of my car and walking into a store. I didn’t think to fumble around and find the Ziploc bag that has my masks in it and put one on. That’s a relief!

Guy in the mirror photos.
Me playing around at work. I’m ever expanding the possibilities of one idiot in many mirrors. 🙂

Work has been slow the past couple of weeks. Which is a good thing for the market. The low inventory is keeping prices holding fast. Prices start to fall and it’s run for the hills time. Next week is looking like a busy week. With the success of the Vegas re-opening, I imagine that things will really start picking up for me. That’s the case next week. I already have double the houses booked this week than last. We’ll see where it goes.

Today we cooked a French meal. A potato, bacon, onion, and brie cheese casserole and a French Silk pie for desert. The casserole was meh. I was certain it was going to be a grand slam, but I screwed up the timing of all the elements finishing at the same time. I had to boil the potatoes and way underestimated on how long those were going to take. The sauteed onions and bacon sat in the pan too long. I also put too much wine in them, to make them extra soggy. They still turned out fairly good.

The brie cheese I bought was the real problem, though. The recipe and accompanying video, called for the brie to be sliced in halves and placed on top of the casserole and then baked. In the video the cheese they used melted perfectly into this cheese sauce that oozed all over the potatoes, bacon, and onions lying beneath it. We also put a layer of sour cream just under the cheese. However, after 45 minutes the cheese just didn’t melt off like it was suppose to do. I had to pull the plug and save it, so out the oven it came. It wasn’t really that bad, I’ll eat a second helping here when I’m done writing this.

The French Silk pie turned out great. We made that yesterday. About a week and half ago we added a Kitchen Aide mixer to our kitchen arsenal. We used it for the pie filling. Worked out splendidly. I also made the dough from scratch. Feiya doesn’t like the graham cracker crusts, so a dough crust was required. It turned out very well. I think it will go very well with an apple pie. I din’t take any photos this week.

I promised the girls that I’d take them out to a nice meal when the we were through the pandemic. Possibly next week we’ll go out and have nice meal and desert at home with apple pie.

Memorial Day Weekend

I’ve also posted some pics below of our Memorial Day meal a couple weeks back. We did Americana food with steaks, shrimp and scallops, and homemade macaroni salad. We also made deviled eggs (my first time ever making deviled eggs!) and we made guacamole on Sunday night. The steaks were really bad, but the rest turned out great.

Sunday cooking in Summerlin.
Sunday cooking in Summerlin.
Sunday cooking in Summerlin.

So, I guess that catches everything up for now. We booked a trip to Capitol Reef Nation Park in Utah. We rented a primitive cabin (no running water or bath) at an RV Park just outside the park. It was only $50 a night! That’ll be an experience with Feiya and Dana!

Here’s some pics from last week. Baked Ziti, an old favorite of ours, and chocolate chip cookies, another favorite.

Holy guacamole!
Holy guacamole!
Baked ziti and chocolate chip cookies.
Baked ziti and chocolate chip cookies.
Holy guacamole!
Nachos!
Baked ziti and chocolate chip cookies.
Baked ziti and chocolate chip cookies.

And here’s the rest for Memorial Day.

Sunday cooking in Summerlin.
Sunday cooking in Summerlin.
Sunday cooking in Summerlin.
Sunday cooking in Summerlin.
Sunday cooking in Summerlin.
Sunday cooking in Summerlin.
Sunday cooking in Summerlin.
Sunday cooking in Summerlin.
Sunday cooking in Summerlin.