After an exhilarating New Years Eve with Phish, a hearty, healthy meal was in order. My freezer happened to have a pound of wild shrimp, and lobster tails were on sale. Paella became our New Year's Day destiny. I used a recipe by Tyler Florence, and substituted brown rice and fresh tomatoes and bell peppers. The recipe came out fantastic!
In addition to Paella, I also created a low carb Paella Salad, using baby spinach, minced parsley, ground pepper and the different proteins in the paella. A small side of rice is included on the side.
For Christmas this year, I made Fleur de Sel caramels for my friends and family. Its actually quite simple to make with the right tools. One of the essential tools is a gas stove. Using an electric stove took 2 - 3 times longer, as the heat is more uneven and difficult to control. Other essential tool include a candy thermometer, a chocolate thermometer, chocolate dipping tools, 1 and 1.5/2 quart sauce pans.