Well howdy there y'all, finally updating from great and wonderful OKC. That is some pretty thick sarcasm if you couldn't tell!
We have been here in OKC for about 2 months and I find myself half way done with my prision sentence of middle america hell or what I so lovely refer to as the buttcrack of america.
There are very few redeeming qualities about this city. But first, I have to talk about the food right? I don't think I have mentioned my extreme distain for Walmart. Suffice it to say, I think they are the root of all evil! Lucky for me, that is all there really is in this place! Walmart and Sam's Club! OHHH I would kill for a Costco.
We spent our first couple of weeks buying groceries from Walmart before we finally discovered a nicer place that carries some organic things. I couldn't even find a shallot in this freaking town for about a month!! Apparently, Okies don't have very refined taste.
After my first two weeks here I went on a road trip with my mother in law, it was a very nice break away from this place! I ended up going to Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The most memorable places we ate were at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth, Michigan they serve a famous chicken dinner and I have to say, they were pretty awesome! PIG in Memphis, Tennessee was my other favorite. Great BBQ in a pretty cool atmosphere, of course it's on Beale Street, it doesn't get much cooler than that.
I've been back from my second road trip of the year for about a month now. My husband and I are settling into a groove living in our temporary housing (aka Studio 6 hotel in the ghetto, oh wait that is ALL of OKC). I am getting use to cooking in our tiny little kitchenette, but I absolutely hate not having space and cuss constantly and continuously about it. My poor husband. It only lasts while I'm actually cooking and/or doing dishes and then I'm done with it.
We have had some good dining experiences here though, we went to Cattleman's for our anniversary. It is a pretty famous steak house here in OKC and it has been featured on triple D (Diner's, Drive-In's and Dives). There is a BBQ place here that isn't half bad, called Earl's. I got to explore my first bakery in OKC and it was also featured on Triple D, it's called Ingrid's Kitchen. They had some pretty amazing baked goods! We have also hit up a local pizza place called The Hideaway, which I can't ever hear without thinking of a dive bar in Lewiston, ID that has the best fried chicken known to man.
I just bought a toaster oven last week because I was getting really sick of having to make everything in a pot or a pan, it really limits your creativity man! I have lovingly dubbed it my adult easy bake oven. I made my first baked good in it today which was a vanilla pound cake. I am still getting use to my dear adult easy bake oven though, jeeze things cook so much quicker in that bitch! However, its nice to bake a piece of wild caught salmon in. WHOA....hold the phone, back up! Did I just say wild caught salmon, in OKC? Yup, thanks to a local place called Braum's! I was so happy when I found that beautimous thing!
So now I should explain Braums. It is a fast food/ice cream/fresh market. Say what? Yeah, its kind of awesome actually. They own their own dairy farm, make their own ice cream, sell their own milk in their store. It's actually pretty freaking awesome and probably one of the ONLY things I will miss when I leave OKC.
I think that's about all I've got for today, you feel all caught up now? Maybe I will actually jump into some recipes next time. Oh, but I forgot to mention I am competeing in Oklahoma Sugar Artists competition at the Tulsa State Fair, I am doing a tiered cake and making some cookies. Wish me luck! Cross your fingers I'm not out of my league and I'll catch y'all next time!