Does She Talk About Anything Besides Food?

July 29, 2009 at 9:41 am 21 comments

Last night was a festival of calories. Stephen and I ate ourselves stupid. At the time it was painful and uncomfortable, but now in hindsight, it was glorious. But instead of grossing you out by listing out everything I shoved into my overeager mouth, I’ll tell you about some good things I’ve done. I have completed more of my 101 in 1001 list!

7. Paint our bedroom. (In progress)
This isn’t actually done. I had great plans to finish it this past weekend but apparently I’m awful at estimating the time it takes to do these tasks. I don’t want to talk about it.

12. Send out 10 cards, just because. (2/10)
If you got one, you already know. If you didn’t get one, you’re jealous. I know.

20. Make a cheesecake.
Anniversaries and Valentine’s Day are the same in the Hurst household. Stephen always makes a steak. He always marinates it in his favorite wine with a packet of Italian dressing mix. He’s always in charge of sides but I always end up making them because I like to and he hasn’t quite mastered the art of timing a meal to be completed at the same time. (That’s a skill people, it can be tough! That’s why it gives me nightmares to think about hosting Thanksgiving.) I always make a new, fancy dessert. Then we eat and drink all night. Last week I got a recipe in the mail for a Deep Dark Chocolate Cheesecake. The picture looked great. It looked like it was cooked in Heaven’s kitchen and shipped down here to the most talented food photographer. So I thought I’d attempt it. My very first cheesecake.

Check it out!


Please ignore the wood paneling in the background. It didn’t change the taste of the dessert so it shouldn’t be factored into your judgement. Oh good gravy, this was delicious. It was about as rich as Ryan Seacrest but, much like him, it was excellent in small doses.

47. Make 3 Pioneer Woman recipes. (1/3)
I think God wanted me to make this recipe. Yesterday P Dub posted this recipe for Potato Bundles. Potatoes happened to be on the Anniversary Menu so I thought I might try them this way. Potatoes, onions, butter, salt, CREAM, parsley… HELLO! The onions… there really are no words. They tasted like candy. I guess if you put enough butter and cream on anything it will taste like candy. But the beauty is that you still get credit for eating a vegetable. Right? …. Right? …. Anybody??

56. Fry something.
Really, I’m not obese. I’m not typing this from my laptop in bed, waiting for my sponge bath and my second helping of french toast. I just like food. Fattening food. I can’t help it, okay?! Leave me alone! Last week I fried some chicken breasts in oil and butter. I’ve never done this before. It was delicious and made me want to sop up the drippings with a crusty roll. I didn’t, stop judging me. I think I’m going to fry something else. I feel like this was an easy way out. I’m thinking about something more along the lines of onion rings or donuts. My mom makes a mean donut and I think she’ll teach me if I ask her nicely. Maybe if I give her a piece of my cheesecake…

Cheesecake 2

Mom? Puh-lease? Pretty please, with ganache on top?

69. Encourage one person to do the 101 in 1001.
Sarah at Life on Dayton has already started this. The link to her list is posted on my 101 in 1001 page. A few of you told me you were going to make lists of your own. If you’ve posted yours, send me the link so I can add it to the list.

81. Grill something (instead of having Stephen do it.)
I did this. I made bacon wrapped venison back strap last week. It was pretty easy but it was gross. Stephen loved it, you might too. I just really don’t like venison. I’m trying. Really, I am. I make it often and always eat it. But I don’t enjoy it. I figured the marinades and the bacon would help. It did, but not enough. But that wasn’t the point of the exercise. I now know how to grill and will probably do more of it.

So there you go! A pretty impressive accomplishment. I’m really enjoying this 101 thing. Maybe because half of the goals revolve around food. I probably wouldn’t like it much if itย was all work-out related. Oh well, it’s my list. And it will be my fault if I have two extra chins on day 1001.

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21 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mastroianni66  |  July 29, 2009 at 10:05 am

    This post made me smile. It was fun reading about all that you’ve accomplished even though every salvatory gland that I have hates you right now for posting the picture of that cake. Food can be fun if it’s appreciated. When you’re just eating to fill a void, then there’s a problem. It sounds like you guys are the type to worship a well prepared meal rather than just stuffing whatever you’ve got in your hand into your mouth. You’ve got nothing to worry about.

  • 2. Debbie  |  July 29, 2009 at 10:10 am

    mmmmmmm…..fooooooood. I have the same relationship. LOVE it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I really want to try pastor ryans chicken tikka masala on PW’s site. i love that indian dish and it didn’t look as hard as i would have imagined!

    your list does sound like fun and since i have so many to-do lists at home, it may not be that difficult, right?! ๐Ÿ™‚ and my husband LOVES cheesecake. i made one for him two years ago on valentines…it turned out pretty good, but yours definitely puts mine to shame! haha

  • 3. Caroline  |  July 29, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Wow! You’ve definitely been productive!!! The food looks delicious!

  • 4. Lauren From Texas  |  July 29, 2009 at 11:06 am


    I want the recipe for that cheesecake!!!!

  • 5. Kelly  |  July 29, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Good for you for doing the 101 in 1001! I thought about it, but I’m not quite that ambitious. The cheesecake looks AMAZING!

  • 6. smile steady  |  July 29, 2009 at 11:52 am

    A. Your cheesecake made me salivate. Really, it did.

    B. Fry some pickles! And then bring them to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    C. You make fun of the guy waiting for his sponge bath, but how awesome would it be if you really could eat 3 Big Macs, unlimited fried chicken, and half of that cheesecake? I’mjustsayin…

  • 7. Natalie  |  July 29, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    I am a food whore as well. Ask my pants they’ll tell you.

    Also please post the recipe for that cheesecake. I’m drooling at my desk right now.

  • 8. Multiple Personalities  |  July 29, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    **DROOL!** I so wanna dive into the screen and plunge headfirst into that divine looking cheesecake, wood paneling and all! That looks absolutely divine. I love food too my dear, so trust me, no judgements here, only some serious chocolate envy. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for stopping by my blog today!

  • 9. mom  |  July 29, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    This is actually your aunt and your mom…..we’re not sure you’re up to those extra special do-nuts:) Just kidding! The cheesecake looks awesome. You did save us a piece, didn’t you????

  • 10. Nancy  |  July 29, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    I should definitely make a cheesecake some day. I mean, it’s totally easy too – at least the recipes that I look up. I’m just more of a cooker and not a baker. I’d devour that whole cake if I didn’t end up bringing it to work or something.

    INstead, I will beg and plead to one of my co-wokers to bring in her amazing delicious mouth watering best cheesecakes I’ve ever tasted.

  • 11. Gabby  |  July 29, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I was on a torterous soup diet all last week. I lost 7 pounds, but I also starved to death. Soup in the summer? What was I thinking? No carbs or sugar. So I look at your post. I salivated.

    My hubs would love me forever if I did that.

    Would it count if my list just had things like: finish laundry in one day, on it?

  • 12. DebbieQ  |  July 29, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    MMMMMMM Fooooood (said in Homer Simpson’s voice). When next you fry something, fry ravioli. I made this last week and the youngest progeny’s boyfriend, who was over for dinner, is still raving.

    By the way, the cheesecake looks divine and I echo the others…we must have the recipe.

  • 13. timlinzrowland  |  July 29, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    you so need to check out this post I posted on my blog a few months back. It was my first attempt at cheesecake. Uhm yours looks so much better!!!!

  • 14. Lesley  |  July 29, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I vote we have another dinner party at Kelly’s and you bring that cheesecake! Looks delicious!

  • 15. kelly  |  July 29, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    ooo yeah! lets do it! your riesling from last time is still in my fridge waiting for you to come back and bisit! (yes, i said bisit)

  • 16. Marissa  |  July 29, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Yum! Chocolate rocks!

  • 17. Rachel  |  July 29, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Do you think that cheesecake will go bad by the time it reaches my house if you mail me some?

  • 18. Mandy  |  July 29, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Chelsea Hurst, you are an inspiration. I want a 101 in 1001 list, and bygolly, I think I’m gonna make one…soon…hopefully in the next 1001 days ๐Ÿ˜‰

    And I thought I was the pastry master in these parts…but my apple pie doesnt stand a chance against that dark chocolate cheesecake…YUM!

  • 19. Sara  |  July 31, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    I must have chocolate cheesecake RIGHT NOW. Thanks, it’s all your fault.

  • 20. Jen Halligan  |  July 31, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    MMMMM…that looks delicious!! I have a great oven baked fried recipe (So you can eat food that tastes like it’s fried but isn’t so bad for you) that I’ll trade you for the cheesecake recipe! I don’t even like cheesecake and I’m now thinking I need a midnight snack!!

  • 21. Ashley  |  August 2, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    You’re rocking the list!

    I’ve never fried anything, I have a fear of the whole hot oil part. And I tried venison for the first time while we were on vacay — not my thing AT ALL!

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