Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Has anyone seen the foodsaver infomercial? That marinade container... you know it sucks all the air out so whatever you're marinating takes in the marinade? Yep. It works. Does a great job. Saves time, too. Thanks air sucking machine. You make me very pleased. Ok, back to the blahs. I needed some inspiration so I took out my YEARS of recipe clippings and photos.. I found enough to really light my fire... and spark your intrest. (hardy har har!) As for the sauces I've mentioned before... they are yummy but the pics just aren't to my liking. So, I need to do a bit of experimenting there. I'm looking for some comments... Is there anything you'd like to see on this site? Recipe requests? How to? Or how not to? Hmmm... maybe there will be a prize.....
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Above are my fried pork chops... I double batter them: dip in seasoned flour, then beaten egg and then bread crumbs. Wait 5min and repeat the process. I try to use as little oil as possible to fry them. ( I do have a health conscience side to me!) and serve them with whole grain brown rice and corn. oooo. and gravy. mmmm. I have to give a special thank you to my hubby with this photo. With the lighting problems and slow shutter speeds he suggested turning off the lights for the pic. Brilliant! This pic was taken using only natural light from the window and an fstop set at 5.6.Thank you to my hubby for putting up with photos when he's hungry and even helping me a bit along the way. What a guy. A note to my vegetarian friends: I'm sorry... veggie recipes next week!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Blueberries, 1c sugar, vanilla, 2tbs butter and 4tbs flour... I cooked it over med heat till it got a little saucy. (8min)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
What's with the blueberries? Glad you asked.
My hubby doesn't like sweets too much, and I just found out last night (after HOW many years?!) That he has a fondness for blueberry pie. I love no... I LOVE to bake pies. They are just so "homey". That's the first thing.... my 1st blueberry pie is coming up!
The 2nd thing... is a special sneak peek of some "food jewels" that I have been creating. Imagine... tiny fried eggs and bacon earrings and chocolate chip cookie necklaces. There's more, toast, pancakes, cupcakes, ice cream cones, strawberries....just to name a few. Photos will be posted at some point today. These items will be available in my Etsy shop,but they will also be given away for some future contests.
And the 3rd thing... I am planning a wedding. Not humans, but... both of my sites. I am gong to marry the two into their own page.. so that I may have more topic areas for my readers to explore. I am planning a site to contain a healthily living segment, pet keeping, housekeeping, cooking, and daily life. I am currently in the process of "shopping" for web hosts. And I will keep you all updated. The domain set currently will still work through the process... so it should be no trouble for y'all! Check back today... I'm hoping to make that pie during my 2 year old's nap.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
To make up for the lack of posting over the weekend today will have a bonus or two... the first?
my very own spinach cheese rice things! (now renamed to bites)
This was one of the first published recipes of mine... and very yummy!
you will need:
2c leftover rice
1/2-1cup shredded cheddar or other
1/2 bag frozen (thawed and drained) chopped spinach
1/3 c ricotta cheese (optional)
various seasonings: garlic, salt, pepper, onion red pepper flakes
Combine above ingredients and spoon into nonstick muffin pans bake at 350 for 25min. These come out good with or without the ricotta....use extra cheese if you omit the ricotta. Enjoy!
This recipe came from a OLD Fannie Farmer cookbook:
1 1/4 c cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
combine the above ingredients.. i blended them w/ a pastry blender cause I couldn't find my shifter.(I don't think I have one)
1 cup sugar
10 tbs softened butter
combine these in a separate bowl (I used my mixer with this part)
add 2 tsp vanilla
and add 3 egg whites
Here's what makes it fluffy... Mix very well w/ an electric mixer...till it looks fairly fluffy. Now, add a little of the flour mixture (have mixer at low speed now) and alternate adding the flour with 1/2 cup COLD water... keep doing flour/water until they're all mixed. Fluffy, huh?
put into prepared pans (greased and floured) or I used those silicone baking cups. (work great)
Bake at 325 for 20-25 min. Start checking them at 20 min and adjust time depending upon your oven's temperament. haha another pun.
I frosted mine with a made up recipe... it was 1/2 stick of salted softenned butter 1/4 c of shortening 1/2 teaspoon salt 1tbs cream 1 tsp clear vanilla and hmmm about 4cups or so of powdered sugar mix well, taste may need more salt/sugar. Add more powdered sugar if it's too thin more cream if it's too thick. mmmm Buttercream.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
They have all sorts of jarred fruits. Look! Mangosteen... I know that one from my health food days!
This is a small part of the huge amount of blackfin tuna- you can also use other "filling " for your sushi, veggies are yummy... so is that fake crab meat out there.
With wet hands (I keep a bowl of water nearby) pat the rice firmly onto the rough side of the nori. Leave a half inch at bottom and about an inch at the top.
gently roll it up and seal it with wet fingers, like an envelope
for a inside-out roll lay rice on a sheet of wax paper, pack it firmly with wet fingers
top with the nori, and repeat the rice process
roll it with the wax paper
that small amount of fish made this many rolls! The key to cutting is using a non serrated VERY sharp knife that is wet. I wipe mine between each cut with a wet paper towel. Did you know that professional sushi chef knives can cost over $1000!? Not $100- ONE THOUSAND! Wow.
There are still 2 more I need to cut!
Pickled ginger is considered a palate cleanser that you eat before each bite. It's quite yummy! That's it for now . Time to eat!