Wednesday, May 27, 2015

#LamsInLove, Part 2


I am back to reality after a dream wedding and honeymoon.  I’m not going to lie, real life is a bit of an adjustment.  Even though I miss the excitement of wedding planning, the amazing landscape of Hawaii, and most of all, so much time with my honey, I am looking forward to life as a wife.  A WIFE!  I can still hardly believe it.

Where do I begin?  Our wedding was an absolute fairy tale.  It was better than I could have imagined.  The day just flew by in the blink of an eye.  When I think back to it I have to question if it really happened.  It feels like a dream!  I can’t wait to get the professional photographs and video back to relive all of the special moments.  I could turn this into a tome, but here are some of my favorite moments of the weekend.

We kicked off the weekend with a ladies tea at The Drake Hotel.

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My mom, who is the queen of gift wrapping, made the tables sparkle with these amazing gifts.

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The flowers are handmade.  Each petal was held over a candle to get it to curl!  They were spectacular.

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The bridesmaids received their jewelry for the wedding day, monogrammed tote bags, monogrammed shirts to wear while getting ready, and these purses.   My mom and I made all of them.  Well, my mom did most of the work but I did cut all the fabric and sewed one entire purse by myself!  It was such a fun project!  At times we thought we were crazy.


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It was so special to have all of these amazing ladies with me before the big day!


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Next stop was rehearsal at the church and then a delicious rehearsal dinner.  


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THE BIG DAY! 

I loved spending the morning and afternoon with all of the ladies getting ready at the hotel. 


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Putting on my dream wedding dress and having my mom help me with the veil…. Surreal.


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Then the moment I had been waiting for, the “first look” with Chris.  Oh buddy was he a sight.  So incredibly handsome.  Even though it was teeth-chattering cold (thanks a lot Chicago) I barely felt it!


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The ceremony was beautiful.  It was extra special because Chris’ father, a minister, married us.


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One memory that will always stay with me was seeing our Jr. Groomsmen and Ring Bearers peeking around the end of the aisle to watch me walk down. 


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Then to the party!  I was so excited to get my first glimpse of the reception.  It did not disappoint.  It was better than I had pictured.  The flowers, the lighting, the table settings, the chandeliers, everything was just perfect.  It made every minute of planning worth it.  The band was insane (they play everything and everyone raved about them) and the food was scrumptious (the candied bacon and chicken and waffle appetizers were crowd favorites). 


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I don’t think the phone pictures do it justice.  You can be sure I will be posting more once we get the professional shots back.  Oh you were here looking for recipes?  


Everyone loved watching the little ones dance.  They could not have been cuter.


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Speaking of dancing…. My husband surprised me with the most AMAZING dance routine ever to Uptown Funk.  I assume once I have the professional video it will go viral.  Unbelievable.


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My dad’s toast was the definition of a tear-jerker.   All of the toasts were so special and heartwarming.  Can I please go back and do it all again?

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Chris was not the only person with a surprise at the reception.  I had a groom’s cake made in the shape of his beloved Tigers baseball cap.


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I am running out of adjectives, but it was a magical night. 


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Then Chris and I had THE BEST HONEYMOON EVER in Hawaii.  We are pretty sure it was the best honeymoon any one has ever had.  Ever.


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I had some amazing food and pool drinks that will definitely be replicated.  Hopefully they will show up on the blog.  This is a cooking blog, right?  It has been hard to tell that over the past few months.  I can’t wait to start working on it again. 

Thanks for humoring this new bride.  I love being able to share some of my favorite memories.  I promise, the next post will be about cooking.  I think….

Saturday, May 9, 2015

#LamsInLove


Today is the day!  Today is the day I marry the man of my dreams.  I have said this before, but if 10 years ago when I moved to Chicago someone told me I would get married but it would not be for a decade.... well I would not have been thrilled.  Turns out God had incredible plans for me.  Better than I could have ever, ever imagined in a million years.  I’ll save the rest of the sappy stuff for our husband and wife speech!


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From the start of wedding planning it was important to us that our wedding reflect our style, lives, etc.  We tried to leave our mark wherever possible.  Since I write a cooking blog I wanted to do something cooking related, but I was definitely not cooking dinner for ALL of our family and friends.  My sister-in-law came up with the idea of salt and pepper as a favor.  Done!  No ordinary salt and pepper will do.  

Tonight when our guests arrive at the reception they will pick up their escort card which doubles as their favor.  


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Inside are jars of Sriracha Salt and Citrus Pepper that were made with love.


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Made with love, and lots of sheet pans and parchment paper.  It was quite the process.


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Kosher salt was mixed with lots of sriracha and then dried.


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The citrus pepper was made with 28 pounds of citrus fruit that we zested, and zested, and zested.  I was so thankful to have help!


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In case you were curious, 28 pounds of citrus equals about 3 cups of dried zest.


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We got everyone involved at Easter!


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It was important to me to give some ideas to our guests on how to use the Sriracha Salt and Citrus Pepper.  I have been using the Sriracha Salt almost anytime I would season with kosher salt.  There is a bit of a kick, but it is not super spicy.  I really like it on scrambled eggs or on hard boiled eggs at breakfast.  Both are great on popcorn, steamed or roasted vegetables, grilled fish, and anything with avocado.

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I love Pioneer Woman’s rosemary rolls and the last time I made them, I swapped out the regular kosher salt for the Sriracha Salt.  Divine!


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Another Pioneer Woman recipe that I absolutely love are her Crash Hot Potatoes


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These are such a delicious and easy side dish.  I just swapped out the kosher salt for Sriracha Salt and the pepper for Citrus Pepper.  


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My favorite dish was a roasted chicken. 


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The chicken is cut down the back and rubbed with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and Sriracha Salt and Citrus Pepper.  


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The full recipe is below.  It was so easy.  Make sure you serve it with the juices on the pan!


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I truly hope our guests enjoy their favors.  Please share how you used them!

Chris and I really do go together like salt and pepper.  I can’t wait to share more wedding details on Perfecting the Pairing!

Mrs. Lam, signing off!

One year ago on Perfecting the Pairing:  Grilled Chili Lime Sweet Potatoes - Perfect with Citrus Pepper

Two years ago on Perfecting the Pairing:  Spiced Up Edamame - These would be great with Sriracha Salt and/or Citrus Pepper

Three years ago on Perfecting the Pairing: Simple Lemon Green Beans - Also would be perfect with both Sriracha Salt and Citrus Pepper


Sriracha Salt and Citrus Pepper Roasted Chicken

Lindsay at Perfecting the Pairing



Ingredients:

  • 1, 4-5 lb roaster chicken
  • 2 Tb olive oil
  • 3 Tb lemon juice
  • 5 or 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp Sriracha Salt
  • 1 tsp Citrus Pepper


Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Prepare the chicken by removing the innards, rinse, and pat dry with paper towels.  Cut the chicken down the back with kitchen shears  or a sharp knife.  Open the chicken and place cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet.  Rub the olive oil, lemon juice, and chopped garlic all over the chicken.  Sprinkle the Sriracha Salt and Citrus Pepper all over the bird.  Roast in the oven for 45-60 minutes, until the interior temperature reaches 165 degrees F.


All the chicken to rest for about 10 minutes before cutting into it.  Serve with the juice that collected in the pan.
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