One of my favorite posts to write are when I share with you my creations in the kitchen. As the end of May was coming to a close, I was getting nervous – there wasn’t a ton of new things I had been creating in the kitchen! I spent several days in May on business trips and when I was home, I can’t even remember what I was making. So I spent the few last days in May trying some new recipes like a mad woman just so I had something to share with you!
So what did I make? Well I started by getting my own basil plant, which I was super pumped about. I purchased it at our local BJ’s wholesale club and am growing it out on my deck. I’d love to start my own garden, but my stepmother-in-law suggested I try baby steps first. With my plant growing out on the deck, I was able to whip up a quick pesto one night when friends were over for a BBQ. What I liked about this pesto is that it was nut-free (because I didn’t have nuts in the house) and just required basil, garlic, parmesan and olive oil – all staples, thanks to my new basil plant.
And then, there was the time this month I made my own ice cream. Since I’m affectionately referred to as an ice cream monster, my sister-in-law brought me a Cuisinart ice cream maker for Christmas – and it just so happened an issue of Family Circle showed up to my office with homemade ice cream recipes on the cover. There was a recipe for homemade peanut butter fudge ice cream, which I knew my husband would be sold on. One weekend, we had some half and half leftover thanks to a party, so combined it with heavy cream, sugar, vanilla and peanut butter, vanilla and let it chill for several hours. The next night, we put it in the ice cream maker, and 20 minutes later, we had delicious ice cream. We scooped it in to containers, drizzled in some fudge and enjoyed it all week. While it would have been cheaper to buy ice cream at the store, I think this is something we will definitely have fun with experimenting with new flavors – I’m even thinking about making our own ice cream sandwiches with maybe cookie dough ice cream and some mini homemade chocolate chip cookies – mini desserts are all the rage and the ice cream possibilities are endless!
This month was also our first time grilling chicken. I was super pumped to try Skinnytaste’s Korean Grilled Chicken. I love almost all of her recipes, so I couldn’t wait to give this a go. I made it exactly as the recipe ordered without the scallions, and while it was super easy and the chicken was juicy, it wasn’t a must for me. I know when I really love a recipe when I fight my husband on who gets to bring which leftovers, and this I let him have. Still, I think I would give it another go – the husband gave it a thumbs up.