I am breaking up with Irma Rombauer, and now I am very, very alone…

OK, so that is a little dramatic, but mostly true. After fighting with Irma and The Joy of Cooking this weekend, I have decided to break up with her. I never used the book even though I owned it for 20 years, because of the way it is laid out, not to mention that there aren’t any photos. How can I cook without seeing what it is supposed to look like?? Work with me Irma. Anyway, I made a hollandaise sauce this weekend and it sort of turned out. All the books warn against curdling from too much heat. Mine just stayed runny. It tasted like it should, but the texture was off. On a more positive note, my poached eggs were GORGIOUS! I am going to tackle the hollandaise again, but with another recipe book this time. I have finished going through Cooking School Secrets for Real World Cooks and have pulled out a handful of recipes to try, hollandaise being among them.

I also made lasagna with homemade noodles and meat sauce. The sauce really needed a little more salt or vinegar to it. I tried not to overdo it, as I thought the acid from the tomatoes would be enough, but it really did need something. I nearly added caper berries. I guess I should listen to my instincts. The noodles were a bit too al dente. Not sure if that meant they needed to be cooked longer or if I rolled them too thick. I was just thankful that they were covered in sauce, as they were in a variety of sizes.



This morning I made a chocolate pudding pie with gingersnap crust. I know this pudding recipe rocks (Tyler’s Chocolate Pudding). I got this from foodnetwork.com and have used it for a couple years now. This is my go-to recipe when I have milk I need to use up. I can’t wait to taste it! I am making risotto and garlic shrimp for dinner tonight. I will let you all know how the meal turns out.



As for being very alone, today is the first day that my husband is at work and the kids are at school. I have never been a stay-at-home mom, so this aloneness is new to me. It was amazing how quick the day flew by. Of course, I wasted the first half of the day scrubbing toilets. What was I thinking! I should have been eating bon bons or something. At least I managed to get a shower in before I had to pick up my littlest. I am trying to keep a modicum of respect here.

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