The Kentucky Journey

We are newlyweds who moved across the country, and are enjoying life in a place we never thought we'd be…Kentucky.

We all scream for bacon August 7, 2009

Filed under: cooking — abbybernd @ 2:03 am

I am currently cooking A LOT for my job. I am making a cake here, a salad there and I might be making them a couple times if they don’t come out right the first! This is frustrating, having so much food around the house! I am having to go to the gym everyday because of all of the temptations in my house. I am having fun though!

Chris is enjoying it all and is a wonderful taster. At first he didn’t mind so much, honey can you taste this? Now it drives him a little nuts, but he still does it!  Thank goodness he does, I like testing things out on a palate other than my own!

Scarlett and Marcellus are the most adorable sous chefs. They both stay close to me all day, which is sweet. They like to watch what I am doing and they beg for scraps- especially Scarlett does this!

A favorite of both of theirs is bacon! I made homemade bbq sauce and they both got very alert when they smelt the first ingredient- bacon. They ran over to me and the dog started jumping like crazy. The cat meowed and tried to look pretty. Pay attention to me they both screamed. I want bacon! The picture explains it all.

The little beggers! So cute!

Anyways, my cooking is entertaining for all of us, and keeping the animals very happy- especially when bacon, or any pork product is involved!


Trying out french cooking! July 31, 2009

Filed under: cooking — abbybernd @ 6:28 pm

I haven’t felt as connected to a movie as I did in Julie and Julia in a long time. I felt like those characters in so many ways. I am at my wits ends at times. I get peace from cooking. I love life (at times!)

I was so inspired that I decided to try one of Julia’s recipes and I am not even half way through it and already exhausted. It is an apple custard tart and very difficult! I started with the pie crust, which is always tough for me. Pie crust is probably my least favorite thing to make, because I always screw it up! It never rolls perfectly into a circle, like in the pictures we see!

Nevertheless I am trying and we’ll see how it turns out. I already had a sink full of dishes from just the pie crust! I don’t know how Julie or Julia did it!


My LOVE of Cooking July 15, 2009

Filed under: chicken marsala,cooking — abbybernd @ 2:47 pm
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I remember my Mom letting me cook, even at a young age. I must of been four or five and I vaguely remember throwing all kinds of ingredients in a bowl. There was flour, baking soda or powder and many other interesting things for a  four year old. With my Mom’s help I put the concoction in the oven and when it came out I remember thinking why doesn’t this taste good? My Mom helped me learn to cook and be creative and that love is still going strong!

As years went by and my wonderful Mother passed away I still continued to cook. Leslie, my amazing step-mother let me cook as well. In Junior High and High School I would cook dinners for the family. I always looked forward to those nights! I did not look forward to the clean up that always followed-  just like when I cook today!

When the Food Network came out it helped me be braver in my cooking. I would watch Sarah Moulton make something I’ve never made before and it gave me the courage to try it myself. Chicken Marsala, Chicken Kiev and deserts galore. For some reason I wasn’t scared of trying something new. I thought if she can do it, I can. So I tried. And let me tell you, there were many failures- but there were triumphs too!

I am a very risky cook, and I make some people nervous!  If the recipe calls for something I don’t like I just omit it. For example, I always leave out walnuts. I also don’t put egg wash on Challah. Also, I always add more cilantro, lime, chocolate chips, garlic and whatever else I love to recipes. I like to make a recipe my own and make it the yummiest for me. Because of this I go through so many spoons when I cook! I taste a lot to make sure what I am cooking is good. Sometimes it takes a lot of adding of different things to make it just right!

In addition to cooking new things I also still cook family favorites. Baked Brie, Rum Cake, the beloved Challah, dinner rolls, Peanut Butter Cup- and many others. Cooking or baking these things brings me back to my family, even though I am thousands of miles away from them!

Cooking was something my Mom loved, and because of that I feel closer to her when I am in the kitchen. When I am making Challah or Rum Cake I can’t help but think this was something I did with my Mom. It takes me back and makes me smile!

I am going to start posting different recipes on the Kentucky Journey. I will even try some kentucky favorites like fried chicken and pies and post them too- if they turn out!

Chicken Marsala- Abby Style

2 breasts of chicken, 1/4 cup of flour, 1 garlic clove, 1 shallot, 1 tablespoon dried thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1 tablespoon olive oil. 1 tablespoon butter

Pound the chicken with a meat mallet. In a freezer bag combine flour, salt, pepper and thyme. And chicken to the bag and shake. Meanwhile heat oil, butter, shallots and garlic in a large sauce pan. Cook two minutes at medium heat. Add chicken from the freezer bag and discard any leftover flour. Leave chicken on until fully cooked, about six minutes each side. Now put the chicken aside.

Chicken Marsala Sauce

2 tablespoons butter. 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon flour, 8 ounces sliced mushrooms, 2 garlic cloves, 1 shallot, 1/2 cup Marsala wine, 2 tablespoons cooking sherry, 3 tablespoons chicken broth, 1 teaspoon salt, pinch of pepper, 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Add 1 tablespoon butter and all of the oil to the same pan used for the Chicken. Add the mushrooms, garlic and shallots. Cook at medium for five minutes or until the mushrooms are slightly browned. Melt the rest of the butter in a corner of pan. Stir in the flour. Cook until light brown- about 2 minutes, stirring vigorously. Now you have a rue! Add Marsala and bring to a boil. Turn it down and simmer for 2 minutes, with stirring. Now add sherry, bring to a boil and simmer 2 minutes, with stirring. Add chicken broth and let simmer 5 minutes, with stirring. Salt and pepper it. Add heavy cream. Put chicken back in the pan and heat through.

This is very decadent, but delicious! It’s extra yummy with mashed potatoes! Enjoy!