Dry Martini

Posted by Megan | Drinks

Congratulations! It’s Friday! You have made it through yet another long week. In doing so, that means you deserve to treat yourself to a drink. What better than a classic beverage such as the dry martini? This drink is not just for older gents, as it usually implies. The dry martini is in fact, when made well (we presume we made this well…) is a pretty darn good drink and perfectly strong. While gin is often not many folks’ first choice of alcohol, with a quality gin, the dry martini is a stellar choice for feeling like a grown-up. Will broke down and bought bitters, which is why we had the opportunity to finally try the martini. And much to our surprise, this recipe was a success! So if you’ve never tried to make your own or been to shy to order one when out and about, then this is your chance! Get yourself a good gin and go to town!

So I’m on a bit of a hazelnut kick recently – please forgive me. But after spending 15 years thinking I was allergic to hazelnuts, I enjoy every chance I get to make up for the lost time! Nutella, of course, is the primary source of my hazelnut joy, as I believe it may be for other people. However, there’s not always a ton you can do with Nutella. I tend to just stick a spoon in the jar and have at it….not necessarily the best use of Nutella (but certainly not bad). After enjoying a lot of Nutella off of a spoon, I realized it might be time to get more creative with how I consume it. Thus, brainstorming commenced and research began. Of course there is everything out there from Nutella cupcakes to Nutella brownies (we’ve tried them and they’re actually *too* much), to Nutella ice cream. Well the ice cream struck a cord because our beloved ice cream maker has been on an unintended hiatus for a few months. We’ll blame the bitterly cold winter that the East Coast dealt with this year. So the desire to be creative coincided with the start of spring and Nutella ice cream suddenly jumped to the top of our “to try” list. And man, is it awesome. It’s even better than you thought it sounded when you clicked on this link. It’s quite possibly the creamiest, most flavorful, special ice cream there ever was. Ben & Jerry’s really needs to partner with Nutella to make this a reality for everyone else. I’ll happily share this recipe and they can do their magic with naming it and adding other ingredients. This. Is. Magic. It’s might also be because I swap the portions for milk and cream, but shhhhh. Nobody needs to know it’s that bad for you. Anywho, if you have an ice cream maker, give this a whirl. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, I suggest getting this one (or a more cost-effective option…something tells me Goodwill has plenty) just to make this ice cream. And if neither of those options work for you, just give us a call and we’ll make it for you!

It’s not often that I make dinner and it is even more infrequent that Will and I make dinner before the sun sets. But I had the opportunity to make this spectacular dinner for Will one weekend night while he was working on his thesis. I had promised him I would do more cooking while he’s in his crunch writing time, but alas I have not done a good job of keeping up my end of the deal. I felt it was necessary to make up for my disappointing behavior by making a truly wonderful dish, full of distinctive flavors and that required ingredients I had not utilized before, myself. Ultimately, Will needed a break from writing his paper and decided to help with some of the steps, so we got to enjoy spending a much-needed break in our kitchen together. And the result? Absolutely wonderful.

Boeuf Bourguignon

Posted by Megan | Beef, Dinner

I hope most of you caught our Facebook note about going MIA and the upcoming sporadic spring schedule of the CWW team. Between a thesis, traveling, and work events, we’re a little bit swamped. Not to mention a few other top-secret endeavors going on behind the scenes that are not consumable for blog-readers (yet)! So bear with us as we work our way through April and May, with an upcoming hiatus in May/June as we spend three weeks traveling in South Africa!! We’re getting really excited for our short-term study abroad trip and I’m quite proud of all the work Will has put into planning and organizing it with his professor. At this point, I’m just ready to fly over there and enjoy all that hard work!