Remembering 9/11 Twenty Years Later

About a year before I started Ryan’s Kitchen Journal, I had another blog that was neglected within three short months of it being started. Eventually, I hid the blog and didn’t log into my WordPress account for some time. However, during that short-lived blog, I wrote a post commemorating 9/11. I have reproduced it below, as written a few years ago.

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It’s Finally Done!

Hey, y’all!

I did it! I finally did it!

I finally was able to create index pages for each of the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks! All 12 pages can now be viewed and I was even able to update them to where I am at with cooking through the recipes.

Click here to see what I’m talking about. I’m so happy that I was finally able to do this. It actually didn’t take me as long as I thought it would.


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Friday Cooking 4/16/21

I know this post is a little earlier than usual. But I’ve been having some busy days and I have to write when I have the time to write. So here it is!

This Friday, even though Spring has been here for almost a month, the meteorologists are predicting a chance of snow for my area. Yes, you heard me correctly. Snow!

To be fair, it is not entirely unheard of for Connecticut to see snow in April. It just hasn’t happened recently. Plus, we’ve gone WEEKS without true “winter weather.” So snow in the forecast has most people feeling a little bummed.

In an attempt to perk myself and my family up a little with the possibility of snow, I decided to make dinner for us and maybe even dessert. I’m not quite sure what I will be making, but it will be a main dish and at least one side dish. I will also try to whip something up quickly for dessert.

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Come back next week to see I ended up making.

For those of you who are long-time readers of this blog, you may have noticed that the posts have been fewer and far between more recently. For that, I apologize. I hope that soon I can get back to my regularly scheduled program, meaning a more consistent, albeit not as often posting schedule.

Posting every day started to feel like “work” to me. I don’t want this blog to feel like work. In fact, one of the reasons why I started this blog was to have an outlet and something to look forward to when I wasn’t working.

That said, April will be a transition month for me and the blog. I’ll be cooking a bit less often and the blog will only get two to three posts per week. It will mainly be the recipes I made earlier or the week prior. An occasional herbal update will be included as well.

My New Favorite TV Show

For some reason, I never seem to be able to hop onto the latest “trend” at the time in which it is a “trend.” For example, I started watching Downtown Abbey after it ended. I recently purchased HBO Max to finally start watching Game of Thrones. See what I mean?

Well, my latest favorite TV binge-watch is no different. Granted, I’m not as late to the party as I could have been. As you may have noticed, I started to complete more baking-related recipes over traditional “cooking” ones. Recently, I’ve fallen in love with the idea of baking. So it was only a natural progression for me to begin watching The Great British Baking Show on Netflix.

And let me tell you: I LOVE it! I don’t know what took me so long to watch, but I’m happy that I finally allowed this show to enter my life. I love that the contestants are amateurs instead of seasoned professionals. Unlike American culinary competition shows, the judges are more polite, everyone is more polite actually.

I can’t wait to watch more!

Busy Few Days in the Kitchen…

Aside from the usual Friday night dinner recipe (which I made on Saturday this week), I made two additional recipes that I didn’t really plan on making. Luckily, I was able to make them all Ina recipes, so they all count towards the blog! Stay tuned this week as I review and post about each one!

Of course, I’ll have an herbal related post, even though they are less popular than some others. And I’ll be posting my February wrap-up post as well!

Cooking Plans Weekend of 2/26/21

The weekend is almost upon us. That means I get to start planning what recipes I’ll be making. With the warmer weather on the way, I decided that I should take advantage of it still being February and make some comfort food.

Luckily for me, Ina has made this easy. Her latest cookbook is all about comfort food. But, I also want something easy so I’m not spending so much time in the kitchen or breaking the bank. I’ll still be making an Ina recipe, it just will be something a little simpler.

I’ve decided to make mac & cheese because nothing screams comfort food like mac & cheese, right?

Ina has a few recipes for this, one of which does appear in her latest cookbook, Modern Comfort Food. But, I’ll be making the one out of Family Style. I’m so excited, I can almost smell the cheese sauce simmering away!