Friday, July 29, 2011

Friend Friday: Sweet & Savory

It’s Friend Friday, and I’m excited to share this post from my friends Kari and Angela at Sweet and Savory.   These gals teamed up to create a fun and very cool blog about cooking, families, and friendship – love it!

 Dora the Explorer works for Food Network now?  AKA: what I am going to eat this weekend.

In the summer, I get off work at 11:30am, so that puts a jump start on my weekend planning.  Starting with the most IMPORTANT question…what are we going to EAT!?!?!?!  Since the move I have become an expert at weekday menu planning, but if you live in the Prekel household the weekends are reserved for watching Food Network and trying anything that looks remotely edible.  Not much planning involved because Mike wants to make what he wants to make right NOW, which involves about 17 trips to the grocery store over a two day span.  But…we eat some pretty yummy food, so I shant complain. Also, my parents are in town for three weeks, so my mom has been doing the cooking all week so it is our turn to spoil her.
Last February for Valentines we tried our hand at making sushi at home. Mike has always wanted to so I bought him all the stuff he needed for V Day.  And when I say we I mean he, while I sat and watched and cleaned up after him, like usual.  Here was the outcome.  I think we will try this for her this weekend.

I am also going to make  Marcela Valladolid’s Veracruz-Style Tilapia for dinner on Saturday night.  If you aren’t a crazy Food Network stalker like we are and do not know who Marcela Valladolid is…she is what Dora the Explorer will be like in 15 years.  Not kidding. Looks, sound and ACTS like Dora.  And on Sunday we are going to have Paula Deen’s Beef Stroganoff.  I love it. If any of you decide to try these this weekend, let me know what your thoughts are and if you made any changes or will in the future!
-Kari (Savory)


Who Writes This Blog? Read About the Girls!  

Kari and Angela first met in Kindergarten in the quiet suburbs of Kansas City.  They were fast friends not only because of their opinions regarding the D’Nealian handwriting system, but also because they shared a love of the same cafeteria foods, namely chili and cinnamon rolls, and were in the same Brownie troop (Troop # 988 represent!).  A few years later Kari’s family moved away, crushing them both. Nearly 20 years later Kari found herself in Angela’s living room at a baby shower Angela was throwing in her honor, unbeknownst to either of them that their kindred spirits were sitting just across the circle of women.  It took their mothers conversation to realize that they were indeed old friends reunited.  In the eight years following, they raised their children side by side almost as siblings, but definitely best friends, as they are.
Fast forward to present day:

Angela “Sweet” Curry still enjoys the KC suburb life with her husband Tom and two children: Son J (8) and Daughter M (5). A home daycare provider by day and overachiever of all things June Cleaver by night and weekend, including being a Pampered Chef consultant, Angela loves being a mom and general do gooder for everyone within her realm of influence.  When she’s not baking cupcakes or leading craft time for her kiddos, she loves to read, watch girl tv shows and eat the occasional whole bag of salad. 

Kari “Savory” Prekel lives in Fargo, ND, with her ever relocating hotelier husband Mike and their two children: Son Z (15) and Daughter K (8). Administrative Assistant for the public school district by day and aspiring actress by night, Kari now practices the art of motherhood (AKA running kids to soccer and ice skating), participates in community theatre and has a pathetic addiction to teen programming which she watches from her couch in Fargo.  Sarcasm is her modus operandi.
Both sharing a love for food and looking for a fun excuse to interact with each other again, Kari and Angela decided to launch this blog to bridge the 600 miles between them and to create a virtual community to help them (and perhaps others) navigate the adventure of motherhood, cooking and general female angst.


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