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A Month of Updates

Sunday, March 10th: Jambalaya #2

Our second attempt at Jambalaya was super successful. We'd changed up a few of the spice ratios to amplify the heat, and it paid off. The only new note that we had for the next time around was to add more chicken. It ended up being "sausage-heavy," and even though that's not really a bad note, we did think that one more chicken thigh would make it just about perfect.

Sunday, March 17th: Product Strategy Meeting at Specialized

My first time presenting to the Global Market Leaders as a Product Manager at Specialized. I was told after the day finished that I somehow made the budget, revenue and numbers side of our business sound exciting and fun to listen to. haha Super proud of the team and everything that we put together for this meeting. It was the first time since my tenure at Specialized started (almost 3 years ago now) that I've seen excitement about the apparel business.

Sunday, March 24th: Gnocchi #2

Gnocchi is just going to always be an all-day process, I think. Because it felt so stressful the first time, I started everything around noon this time, and we were ready for dinner around 6:00pm. ha! The process was a lot easier though, not feeling rushed. I was able to make the gnocchi a proper (smaller) size this time around because I wasn't too impatient to make so many. And the sauce turned out delicious again.

Same issue as last time with the sauce though: we didn't find uncooked duck legs in time to make the dish, so we used lamb again. Hoping to finally use duck legs the third time around, although we also keep feeling like this sauce is pretty heavy. Perhaps there is a lighter version of a sauce that can utilize the duck legs? Or we could save them for round #4? We'll see...

Sunday, March 31st: Chicken Coconut Curry #2

This time around, I was able to find true coconut cream (instead of coconut milk), and we used Chicken Thighs instead of breasts. I'm not kidding, this dish was practically perfect. I would eat this all the time, and it's really quite simple of a dish compared to some of the others we've chosen to learn! Similar to the Jambalaya, we were probably a Chicken Thigh short of a truly perfect ratio to potatoes, but that was genuinely our only note.

Because this turned out so great, we're considering moving on to try making different kinds of curry in future months. We just need to write down exactly what we did with this recipe, and replicate this happiness whenever we want this meal!

I also finally conquered my fear of Hollandaise sauce. I decided to look up a specific "single serving" recipe instead of trying to take a bigger recipe and figure out the proper ratios. (That wasn't working for me at all). I had a very happy plate of Eggs Benedict at home last Sunday, as well.

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