Fat Sunday

Monday, October 20, 2008

Fact: starting at age 30 you will lose approximately 6.6 pounds of lean muscle mass during each decade of life. Fact: your metabolism slows by 5% each decade. Fact: total body fat percentages increase with age, up to age 50.

So what did we think was the appropriate way for us to ring in Tyler's last birthday in his 20s? Yep, a big fat calorie and fat filled dinner. We both love to cook and it's a treat for us to spend a long time in the kitchen together, but we thought we'd kick it up a notch and take it to the next level. On the menu? New York strip steaks marinated in cajun style sauce, four cheese macaroni and cheese with pancetta, fried okra as our "vegetable" (I'm pretty sure "fried" cancels out the "okra"), and homemade apple pie (recipe thanks to hometown favorite Paula Deen). Why not take advantage of our metabolism while we still have one? Sure, the health of your heart in yours 50s is largely determined by your lifestyle in your 20s and 30s, but we thought we'd live life on the wild side...

We took some pictures, especially of the apple pie process, because we knew you would just be DYING to see them. Recipe for the pie here.

Apples coated in flour/sugar/cinnamon/nutmeg mix.

The first crust....

It was at this point in the process I thought, "What have I gotten myself into?"

The start of my pretty leaf crust (apples dotted with butter...again, a Paula Deen recipe).

Ready for the oven (after an egg wash and cinnamon-sugar dusting).

The finished product. The edges of the leaves in the center were a little burnt. Avoid this by loosely covering pie with foil.

The mac and cheese (SO good).

We laugh in the face of atherosclerosis.

Our total finished product. (Yep, still ate in front of the TV. That's what we do...)

Yay for excuses to eat too much!

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