February 28, 2013

Bear Essentials: Pudding
( + Southwestern Corn Pudding )

The first thing that I ever cooked regularly was cornbread.  

We were a family of routine.  Fish sticks were eaten with Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.  Tacos were eaten with Spanish Rice.  And Beans & Franks (which is, in case you're wondering, exactly what it sounds like) was eaten with cornbread.

We ate a lot of franks.  We ate a lot of beans.  And we ate a lot of cornbread.

February 27, 2013

Bear Essentials: Pudding
( + Rice Pudding )

It's a textural thing. 

You either love rice pudding or you don't.  And if you don't, it's probably the texture: that soft, creamy, mushy mouthful with chewy bits of raisins scattered throughout like lurky little fruit-bombs.

I'm totally selling it, right?

February 25, 2013

Bear Essentials: Pudding
( + Accidentally Mocha Pudding )

Note:  Today marks the inauguration of Being A Bear's new series, Bear Essentials.  Each month, I'll be bringing you a collection of my favorite recipes with a common theme: an ingredient, method, or type of dish.  Since the focus is on the topic, there'll be less chatter.  And since I've never been able to bypass a bad pun, you're just going to have to put up with the title.  First up: the king of all comfort foods.  Pudding.

Yes, accidentally mocha.  It was supposed to be chocolate pudding.  
But sometimes things don't work out as we intended.

February 23, 2013

Lunch and the Working Woman:
An Unnecessarily Exhaustive Study

( + Shrimp in Coconut Milk )

I got a job, guys.  A real job.  With a commute.  And voicemail.  And union representation. 

Oh, and paychecks.

I'm still trying to decide if it's worth it.

I mean, sure I like the dental insurance.  And the ability to make payments on my student loans.  And our new bed, which is large enough to fit both of us on it at the same time without having to resort to positions reminiscent of the more nightmare-ey pages of the Kama Sutra. 

But also, they make me wear pants.

It's really a toss-up.

February 8, 2013

Mr. Bear Redefines Geography
(+ Chicken-Fried Steak)

Recurring Conversation with Mr. Bear:

Me:           But you should like [foie gras/cornichons/confit/Insert Rejected French Food Here].  
                You're French, for god's sake!
Mr. Bear:   What are you talking about?
Me:          Your name's Belanger, darling.  Where exactly do you think that comes from?
Mr. Bear:   It's Norman.
Me:          Norman.
Mr. Bear:   Yes.  Like William the Conqueror.
Me:          Who came from...?
Mr. Bear:   Normandy.
Me:          Which is in...?
Mr. Bear:   England.

-Long Pause-