Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bruschetta a la Friends

Tonight I made Bruschetta from scratch! Delicious! It was something I wanted to make on my own ever since the time this summer when I made it with Annie and Chris. Annie and Chris are my new best friends from this summer in West Virginia and they are my inspirations for wanting to cook.

Annie made up her Bruschetta recipe as she went along. I had to check a recipe. Before I even asked Annie where to look I found one very similar to what we made on allrecipes.com, and Annie suggested I check the exact site!

One of my good friends Leslie was hanging out with me today and she was my helper! (Annie would be so proud of me having a helper!) Leslie cut the french baguette and grated the parmesan, while I diced the tomatoes and chopped the basil. Leslie said she didn't like tomatoes, but she liked this! I'm so excited about it- and the best part was that it was so simple! And especially in the summer the ingredients were very cheap! When Mom and Dad came home they ate all the leftovers! SUCCESS!

The Balsamic Bruschetta recipe from Allrecipes.com called for:
8 roma tomatoes, diced (I used 7)
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 cloves of garlic, minced (My Dad won't eat anything with garlic so I cut it out completely)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (I just about doubled that)
1 teaspoon olive oil (I doubled that as well, I like the juice!)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 loaf French bread, toasted and sliced (I used 3/4 of a French baguette, sliced, and drizzled olive oil over them and put them in the oven at 325 degrees for about 5 minutes)
Recipe Link

(most of) the ingredients before..

the deliciousness after (Leslie and I had already eaten quite a hefty portion of what was in the bowl before I remembered to take the picture... it was too delicious to wait!)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Welcome to Stain Something!

Welcome to my new blog. As I am starting a new chapter of my life, I'm starting a new blog to document it. I am twenty-something, unemployed and moving back in with my parents. Ahh the sweet life that every college graduate dreams about... haha, not. 

But in all honesty, I'm really grateful to be moving in with my parents. First off, they are allowing me to stay with them rent-free (for now at least). And while I don't have a job right now, I am really looking forward to pulling my own weight around the house, especially since Mom went back to full-time this year.  I plan on making dinner, doing the laundry.. really exciting stuff here. And they are letting move upstairs. My whole life I have lived in a bedroom on the main floor. But now I am moving upstairs, with twice as much room and my own half-bath. But this upstairs has been storage for the whole family, for 20+ years and now it all has to move out- or at least to the basement. And the bathroom, although clean a functioning, isn't very homely. So I'm starting my own DIY project of turning upstairs into.. i guess my loft? haha.. I don't know what I'm going to call it yet, but it is certainly a bigger project than a room- makeover. And being unemployed, I'm trying to find the cheapest ways possible to get everything done that I want to happen. 

Wish me luck!