I wanted to take a moment and thank all the new readers for coming by, looking around, and posting comments. It’s really a great feeling to see how many of you seem to like chocolate chip cookies! If only I had 365 chocolate cookie recipes to post for each day of the year, but then I’d be double the size I already am.

Feel free to email me (there’s a link under the “About Me” section on the left). I’m open to suggestions, topics, etc. I’m open to advertising, too! (though only if I approve of what’s being advertised)

Woody 6 weeks

I’ve got several things upcoming that might be fun:

Some online friends took photos of a week’s worth of meals, and I’ll be posting the results from several that sent me their photos. It’s not all pretty, trust me!

Nika Boyce is going to be teaching me more about taking photos, and we’re both going to share what we come up with simultaneously. It should be a great way to get some easy tips on taking photos, and we’ll do it a little at a time instead of the typical “here’s 3427 tips to better food photography”.

This coming weekend, we’re having our annual wine party. I’m doing enough with the menu that I’ll post each dish separately, but here’s the current menu (which may change, depending on my mood and how nuts I go between now and Saturday at 7 pm!):

  • French cheeses
  • Bread – I’m making brioche, boules, maybe baguettes, and crackers.
  • Steak au poivre – I’m doing this with a twist… It’s being done on the grill, and the steaks won’t ever be in a skillet. How? You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out!
  • Mushroom crepes with wine reduction
  • Chocolate creme fraiche pot with burnt caramel and grey salt. Yep, I’m stuck on this caramel/salt thing!
  • And pan-seared foie gras with truffle oil.

Some of you know about the loss of our cat, Patterson. We’re still not over that, but Petey, our other cat, seems a bit lonely, so we’re likely getting a new Maine Coon kitten, hopefully in mid-December. There’s a blue male that we might be able to add to our home. Trust me, there will be photos of the kitten.

So you can easily see my planned manipulation of the blogosphere: put up recipes with chocolate in them, and intersperse kitten photos in all my entries! And a photo of Woody, the Best Dog In the World, at six weeks of age, too (I only have so many photos of him, but you’ll still see them pop up now and then)!

About Curt McAdams

I guess I'm a bit of a foodie, learning to cook from my mom, then getting obsessed with outdoor cooking, competition barbecue, bread baking and just about all things food. Lately, I've been trying to upgrade my photography skills a bit, though I still have a long way to go.

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  1. We rescued 2 cats 16 yeas ago. Two brothers. One got sick 2 years ago and we had to put him to sleep. His brother seemed to miss him for a while. They both lived inside and had always been with us.

    We have since rescued several more cats and that seems to help him.

    Sorry to hear of your loss.

  2. Thanks… Petey is a bit more timid than Patterson was, but I think he’ll take well to a kitten. It’s not a replacement for Patterson; that’s not possible. It’s just a new family member.

  3. One just can’t go wrong with chocolate. :)

    Curt, I’m sorry to hear about your cat!

  4. Patricia, apparently, those are words to live by. :) We’ll see how my chocolate creme fraiche goes over next week.

    And thnaks… Patterson was a great cat, and I hate that he’s gone, but he couldn’t stay with us any longer.

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