Some food-related (mostly) things we enjoyed this past week:
My aunt, uncle and cousins from Oklahoma have an annual tradition of driving to the Houston area to spend the New Year’s holiday with family there. Â For several years now, they have stopped at the Bavarian Grill in Plano for lunch along the way, which just happens to be about 15 minutes from our house. Â This year, they invited us to join them and we’re so glad they did! Â The food was amazing (I had the jÃ¤ger schnitzel with spÃ¤tzel, pictured above), the company even better, and we all wondered why we had never met up for this annual lunch before. Â Suddenly, a new tradition is born. Â Can’t wait for next year’s feast, Levy’s!
A big bowl of Cajun BBQ shrimp and a loaf of crusty bread hit the spot on a cold evening. Â We like this recipe, which is also really quick and easy to make. Â If you don’t have access to fresh shrimp, frozen “EZ Peel” shrimp will work fine — just be sure to use the big ones and leave the shells on when you cook them.
My brother J has always been a creative guy, and one of his artistic outlets is origami. Â We spent Christmas at a lakehouse with my side of the family this year, and my brother spent a bit of his down-time creating a little family of giraffes out of colorful paper. Â I snagged this one (named George) and put him in a shadow-box frame to hang on our picture gallery wall. Â Thanks J!
We continued our New Year’s Eve tradition of staying in and cooking something a little more fancy or elaborate than our usual dinners — this year with braised short ribs (post coming soon.) Â The melt-in-your-mouth tender ribs in the silky, richly sophisticated sauce made for a perfectly celebratory year-end meal. Â And don’t even get us started on the leftovers, which we served over egg noodles with a little Worcestershire sauce, channeling my grandmother’s beef and noodles. Â So good.
We’re not big on year-end wrap-ups or new year resolutions, but we do appreciate the fresh-start, clean-slate feelings that come with a new calendar, and we look forward to seeing what 2013 has in store. Â Happy New Year!