Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
sooooo... lasagna. really simple and a little different. it doesnt require too many ingredients either.
1 15 oz can of red beans, drained
1 clove garlic, minced (i used a little more)
1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes, drained (i used diced tomatoes with onion and green pepper)
Monday, May 17, 2010
these treats were really easy to make and more than likely, you have all of the ingredients in your house already.
peanut butter honey drops
1 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup shortening (i used butter since its all i had)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1. preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. heat the honey and peanut butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
3. combine the rest of the ingredients with the honey and peanut butter mixture.
4. drop by 1/2 teaspoonful onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for about 10 mins.
5. turn off oven but leave cookies in for about 5-7 mins. longer.
6. take out and leave on cookie sheet. let totally cool.
this makes about 40 treats so i would recommend freezing some and keeping the rest in the refrigerator.
i tried one... they arent too bad. charlie likes them too :) if you have any dog treat recipes, id love to try them out!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
The lettuce is still alive and thriving. I keep trying to convince people to pluck one of those little guys and let me know if it tastes like lettuce, but not takers.
Green beans!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm sure they're smiling.
And look at those dancing snap pea plants tango-ing with the tomatoes.
And last, but not least my peppers.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Well, as part of my spring resolution to eat healthier, I've started a tiny container garden on my tiny back deck, with the added fun of pumpkins in the front yard (don't tell my landlord this).
This past weekend I invited my handy father to drive to Louisville to construct my garden while my mom and I shopped. It was a great plan and he fell hook, line, and sinker. We started out at the Home Depot and purchased some seeds, pots, dirt, screws, twine, and some tools that he was sure he needed and constructed this beauty!
I have lettuce, basil, rosemary, sage, parsley, peas, green beans, okra, tomatoes, and peppers. So far I've only planted up to the peas in that list. Just 5 days later and I've got sprouts! I feel like I've birthed my first child (it's obvious I have none, nor the intention of having any). I'm just that excited to see their new faces.
For their first debut, my peas.
And the little lettuces. How cute are they? Of course the next step is thinning the lettuce out, which will make me severely sad. What if I pluck the wrong ones?
And last but not least, the herbs. I bought these as plants so I could begin using them asap.
If you too would like to start a garden, or just pretend to share mine if your Megan, I suggest you check out the book "The Bountiful Container" by Rose Marie Nichols McGee and Maggie Stuckey. It's packed full of tips and tricks of the trade.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
After a weekend spent gardening and running a gorgeous 10K, I should be finishing up the work I was too mindless to finish Friday afternoon, proofreading, oy. If it’s waited this long, why not let it sit til morning, I’m sure my boss will understand I was busy cooking and blogging.
Before my love for Martha Stewart turned into pure hate after botching batch after batch of her dainty little delicious looking cookies, I subscribed to Everyday Food. 2 months after said incident, I have finally decided to give some of her recipes a try, today’s being: Pea and Parley Pesto with Pasta (Linguine to be exact but wanted to continue with alliteration of P). So I gathered my ingredients, put on my apron, cranked up my Pandora (an entire station dedicated to the sound of Harper Valley PTA) and got to work.
After processing the Pesto ingredients in my Magic Bullet I took a big heaping spoonful and remembered what it was like to be a child of one eating that jarred mush for the first time. Man oh man did I cringe.
Pea and Parsley Pesto with Linguine: From Everyday Food
I halved this recipe because one can only eat so many leftovers, the recipe shown has not been halved
-2 cups frozen peas
- 1 cup fresh parsley leaves
- ½ cup walnuts, toasted (I didn’t see the toasted part until just now, mine weren’t toasted)
- 2/3 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for later
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- salt and pepper
-1 package Linguine
1. Cook 1 cup of peas according to directions on package. In food processor, or Magic Bullet if you’re lucky enough to own one, combine cooked peas, parsley, walnuts, Parmesan, garlic, and 1 tbs water (not listed in the ingredients, I assume you do have water). Pulse until a paste forms, add oil, salt, and pepper until you’re satisfied with texture and taste.
2. This is where I forgot I even had instructions to begin with, so yours will no doubt turn out that much better than mine, although mine was pretty darn good. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to direction on package, unless you’re Jeralyn from Glorified Lunch Lady and you’ve made your own pasta. Add 1 cup of peas 20 seconds before end of cooking. Drain pasta and peas reserving 1 cup water. Return pasta and peas to pot, toss ¾ cup pesto adding enough to pasta water to create a sauce that coats the pasta. Top with more Parmesan.
Eat up, remembering to pour yourself a glass of wine first.
Since I wasn’t in the mood to work or watch the boilermakers get destroyed and my bracket fall to pieces, I decided to go ahead and roast some garlic and whip up the ingredients to make pizza. Now that I’ve finally begun the art of freezing, it’s super easy to make the dough and sauce ahead of time, place it in the freezer, and have it ready for any pizza craving that may pop up.
- Chop heads of garlic off, sprinkle with salt, pepper, your favorite Italian seasoning and drizzle with a little olive oil. Place in roasting pan and top with foil. Roast at 400 for about an hour. Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks. Use on toasted french bread, crackers, or eat it by the spoon. I just might.
- Scroll down and read previous pizza blogging. Both Megan and I have some good, easy recipes.
Friday, March 19, 2010
I've been pondering the idea of using nothing but items which can be purchased from local farmers this spring/summer/fall. I think it would make for some challenging eating, but with the abundance of local markets held various days of the week, it can easily be conquered. Expect many many more posts.
If you're feeling up to a real cooking challenge, check out my friend Jeralyn's blog, Glorified Lunch Lady. She too is quite funny, although not quite as funny as Megan and I, but man can that girl cook.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
before i get started... have i mentioned the newest addition to the family? this is eleanor rigby!! she is a maltese and the cutest damn thing i have seen in awhile. sometimes i think she might be retarded since she runs into stuff a lot and the house training thing isnt all that great but she is lovable and cuddly... even her puppy breath kisses make me all warm and fuzzy inside. hahah. :)
ok, so pizza. i made the crust from the cookbook that came with my kitchen aid mixer. what? i didnt mention her either?! geez... im really slacking on this blog thing huh?
here she is... mean, green and an absolute beauty! she fits in quite nicely in my andy warhol kitchen :)
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons olive oil
3 cups flour
1. dissolve yeast in warm water in warmed mixing bowl. add salt, olive oil and 2 cups flour. attach bowl and dough hook to mixer and mix at speed 2 for about a minute.
2. continue on speed 2. add the rest of the flour, 1/2 cup at a time. mix until dough clings to hook and cleans sides of the bowl. kneed about 2 minutes longer.
3. place dough in oiled bowl, turning to grease top. cover and let rise in a warm place free from draft for an hour or until doubled in bulk. punch dough down.
while the dough was rising, i prepared everything else for the pizza. there are 3 different recipes i used in making this. the first one is for the actual taco pizza itself. the second one is for the taco sauce and the third is for the pizza sauce. i sure am glad i had everything needed in making my own sauces from scratch. its so much better that way :)
im not going to walk you through every single step but ill walk you through how i put the pizza together.
after punching the dough down, i spread it out on a greased cookie sheet. i like square pizza and i didnt have a round pizza pan. i followed the directions from the recipe above pretty much exactly. i combined the pizza sauce, the taco sauce and the refried beans. i added more than 1/4 cup because 1/4 cup didnt seem like enough. (it wasnt and im glad i added almost a cup instead of 1/4) after mixing all of that together, i spread it on the dough. i of course didnt use real meat, i used the morningstar ground beef crumbles instead. i didnt even have to cook them, i just added the taco seasoning and water in a bowl and mixed it all together. i spread that on top of the sauce mixture and then added a generous amount of pizza cheese and chopped onion. i put it in the oven at 475 for about 20 minutes. once i let it cool a little and cut it into squares, i topped it with a little lettuce and tomato.
the pizza turned out excellent and i will be making it again at some point. :)
Monday, January 25, 2010
1 cup mayo (my recipe)
1 cup sour cream (low fat)
4 ounces cream cheese (neufchatel cheese)
bacon (morning star)
lettuce (pre shredded)
tomato (cherry tomatoes)
so, i used my own mayo recipe (made in my new artisan kitchen aid mixer) once the mayo was done, i added the sour cream and cream cheese into the mixer and mixed well. i (of course) used fake bacon and i used about 2 packages of morning stars brand. the first time i made this, i cut up the bacon using a pizza cutter thinking that was the simplest way.... no. it wasnt. the second time i used my ninja. duh... i dont know why i didnt think of this the first time!! once the bacon was chopped up, i added it to the mayo/cheese/sour cream mixture and mixed well. i also used the ninja to chop up the tomatoes. i didnt drain them after chopping, and now i wish i would have. once those are chopped up, layer those along with the shredded lettuce on top of the bacon mixture.
viola! yumminess!!! i wasnt expecting this great of a dip but it really really was! i used triscuits for the crackers and when those ran out, i just used saltines.
i plan on making this dip again this weekend. this will be the third time in 2 weeks. this time, i am thinking about mashing an avocado in with the mayo. :)
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
wow, it sure has been awhile since ive posted something worthwhile on here. i apologize for neglecting this blog for so long.... let me try and make it up to you! :)
ok, lets see. its 2010 (crazy) so that means the holidays are over! woo hoo!! im not a big fan of the holidays. i hate cold weather. i dont like the crazed shopping (or shoppers) and all the typical holiday stress that comes along with this time of year. but i will say, the past few months havent been too bad and i have actually enjoyed it. so, whats been going on you ask?
... lets start with thanksgiving. i stayed in town instead of going to my moms like i usually do. richards bff, bobby, came down from cleveland and stayed with us for awhile. there was a massive amount of cooking going on and it was awesome!! bobby is a chef so it was a lot of fun.