Old Dog, New Tricks

February 15, 2011 at 8:43 AM 7 comments

Well scootch on over Paula Deen, cause there is a new cook in the kitchen – Katharine Collins Imwalle Belchers. I feel the need to blog about the small miracle that happened over at Chez Belchers last night. I cooked!!  I cooked and it wasn’t Top Ramen. Nope. No Dennisons chili in sight. Not a single bag of cheesy Doritos was used as a side. This was the real deal.

I started out with appetizers. Yes mom, appetizers.  They may have had the nutritional content of the aforementioned processed foods, but it was Valentine’s Day. I began with dates filled with cream cheese, almonds and wrapped in Bacon. Everything is better wrapped in bacon…everything!!

The main course even had sides, MAJOR accomplishment for me. We had lamb chops, mashed potatoes and green beans. Yes mom, vegetables. Paula Deen would be proud of what I slipped into the mashed potatoes…butter (just shy of a pound), cream cheese and half and half.   How do you think that fluffy mound of calories tasted?  Delicious.

As if the bacon and butter wasnt enough, I baked a three layer, dark chocolate, frosted cake.   Actually, that was all for Graham; I don’t like cake. So my thighs will thank me that I didn’t eat much of it…well, minus the taste tests 🙂

My 25 year old self would be astonished that I pulled off a three course meal. It wasn’t perfect and I was definitely in over my head.  In college and beyond, cooking dinner meant a can of black beans and if I was ambitious I would throw in an egg.

 Agh…I’m exhausted!  Graham’s family is coming for dinner for his birthday in a week…does this mean more cooking?  Paula, help!!

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lu  |  February 15, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Looks like you did a fabulous job! I have found these books helpful–Fast & Fabulous Parties, Michele Braden; Secrets from a Caterer’s Kitchen, Nicole Aloni–the recipes are manageable, giving preparation steps to do in advance so as not to be overwhelmed. Good luck. I enjoy your blog everyday.

    • 2. katecollinsinteriors  |  February 15, 2011 at 10:46 AM

      Thank you for the book recommendations!! I’m so happy you enjoy my blog daily, that just made my day.

  • 3. Katy  |  February 15, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Congratulations on a job well done Katharine. That looks awesome!

    • 4. katecollinsinteriors  |  February 15, 2011 at 10:47 AM

      Thank you! As you know, it was a huge undertaking for me. Tonights dinner…pumpkin seeds. 🙂

  • 5. consciouscloset  |  February 15, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Woo hooooooo, Kate! This looks delicious. I hope you had fun in the process!!!

  • 6. bridget  |  February 15, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    we had mashed potatoes last night too although i was not clever enough to include cream cheese. this looks so professional kate, i am impressed. careful or graham will start expecting to come home to this every night!

  • 7. Glynnis  |  February 15, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Graham’s family says absolutely yes please!


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