Cook the Blog Returns

March 16, 2014. That was my last blog post. It has been awhile. After almost a year and a half, Cook the Blog emerges from the shadows reinvigorated and ready to discuss food, restaurants, recipes, travel, and life. But why now? And what took so long? Did I get lazy?

In short, yes, yes I did. But there’s much more to it than that. As with most things in life, my time off from the blog was not due to a black or white reason. It was due to many grey, green, blue, black, white, and purple reasons. Not to mention all of the red reasons – way too many red reasons.

When I look back at my original blog entries, they seem kind of sterile. With this second go around at the blog, I hope to fix the tone. I want to inject this blog with personality. Make it feel like my food blog, rather than a generic food blog. With that in mind, please allow me to explain my absence.

The last time I was constantly, actively writing on this blog was mid-2013, right before I got married. In July of 2013 I married my high school sweetheart (and the love of my life). At that point, we had already been together for 8 years. I really didn’t expect anything to be different, partially because we had lived together for years before getting married. What I have learned from the experience thus far is that no matter how well you know a person, no matter how long you have been with them, you never truly begin to build a life with someone until you get married. It takes effort, energy, and hard work to build that life and honor that commitment. It took me longer than it should have to figure this out. Now that I have, I work every day to ensure I am the best husband I can be.

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Contest: Cooking Planit Spice Giveaway

It’s time! My contest giving away a Spice Set from CookingPlanIt begins today! It’s an awesome set of spices that includes 26 of the most commonly used spices in the kitchen:

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Ground Cumin
Basil
Saigon Cinnamon
Bay Leaves
Smoked Paprika
Thyme
Garlic Powder
Mediterranean
Oregano
Onion Powder
Rosemary
Nutmeg Powder
Red Pepper Flakes
Coriander Powder
Cayenne Pepper
Ground Cloves
Chinese Five Spice
Turmeric
Curry Powder
Yellow Mustard
Pennsylvania Pepper
Cardamon Powder
Cajun Seasoning
Allspice Powder
Hill Country Chili Powder
Ginger Root Powder
Manzanillo Mexico Seasoning

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Technique: How to Caramelize Onions

Caramelized onions are one of my favorite ingredients. They go great on burgers, sandwiches, in pasta, on a pizza, or even in casseroles. Why bother though? Although preparing caramelized onions is rather easy, it takes time. Caramelized onions have a sweeter and deeper flavor than raw onions. Also, it’s a way to get an onion flavor into a recipe for people that do not like onions. A lot of people have a taste aversion to raw onions. Just ask Scott Conant:

As much as I love caramelized onions, there is a specific reason why I am writing this article now. I have a special recipe that I am going to share soon that requires them. More info on that recipe coming soon.

This is my first recipe I am posting since I have moved. That means after the break, there is a much nicer kitchen to be seen. I love my new gas stove.

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