My fellow foodie friend, and former Astoria roommate, Ben, and I are planning a "day of cooking things we've always wanted to try making but never have." We've put a LOT of planning into this day: We set a budget, created a menu, a shopping list, and we also have to really make sure we set the proper order in which things should be done so we're not left scrambling. All this plus we'd like to be able to sit down at the end of the day and enjoy a rewarding meal, knock back some drinks and actually...what's that word? Oh...relax.
Circa 2007

I'm so excited to knock a ton of things off my cooking and baking "to do" list all at once. This is really a list-maker's dream. We set a our budget of $100 total for the day and will split everything down the middle. Here is our Menu so far:

Foccacia and/or Flat Bread 
Homemade Mozzarella cheese
Homemade Butter

First Course:
Homemade Pasta with a homemade sauce (tbd) 

Second Course: 
Stuffed Artichokes
Side Dish 2 (tbd)


Reine de Saba
Olive Oil Ice Cream

What do you think about our menu so far?!

Is there anything you'd recommend we try or is there something you've always wanted to try that you'd like to see us tackle for you?

We really want to expand our knowledge in the kitchen and learn to make some impressive and delicious things. So please share with me in the comments below or tweet me your ideas using the hashtag #2CooksInTheKitchen.

Who knows! Maybe we'll try your idea that day instead. We'll be using that hashtag as we gear up for the actual day on April 6th!

Be sure to follow along with me @LWoodsNY


  1. This looks like a blast! I am especially excited to see how the homemade mozzarella turns out. That is high on my list of Things I've Always Wanted To Make From Scratch But Am Too Intimidated To Try.

    On another note, I used to live in Astoria too! Boy do I miss it. Great neighborhood, right?

    1. no way! where were you living? I was at 42nd and Broadway. Def. check back to see how the homemade mozzarella turns out!

  2. Olive oil icecream? That just doesn't sound appealing. But everything else sounds scrumptios and I bet you and Ben will have a blast. Hey...have a flour fight and video tape it. That would really be funny. Zoey can clean up the mess! Lol!

    1. I know but I've heard it's good and I"m intrigued - we might switch that up for a peach and marscapone ice cream recipe I saw though!

  3. Am I invited? :) Your menu sounds delicious, and this is such a fun idea!

    1. Haha if we lived closer Heather, you would certainly be invited!

  4. This sounds like so much fun! I can't wait to see how all of your dishes turn out. They all sound so yummy!


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