Thursday, August 27, 2009

black pepper cheddar scallion beer bread

Attn: winners of giveaway: still need to hear from 3 of y'all! Scroll down for instructions!(past stir fry) I had fun taking pictures of this baby! I wish I could print out scratch n sniff photos....
I tweaked a recipe from Here's how:
3 cups shifted flour (YOU HAVE TO SHIFT! IT WILL BE A BRICK IF NOT!)
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4c sugar
fresh ground black pepper... 2 tsps or so...
1 chopped scallion (green part, too)
1/2 c shredded cheese
1 can of bud... (or any beer...just not flat)
1/4 cup melted butter- keep separate*
mix all (except butter) GENTLY by hand
place in a loaf pan and * top with the melted butter. Bake @ 375 for one hour. mmmmmm

man... I had a nice time with Mr. Pentax...

Mmmm crusty cheesy...

Goes great with a nice cold beer. Hahahahaha! Enjoy guys!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

veggie stir fry

veggie stir fry
Attn. WINNERS: note for y'all at bottom of this post! We thought we had soccer player evaluations, (got post phoned) so I made this dinner early...

I met a chef while I was in Jamaica, he said if ya cut stir fry veggies this way, there is more surface ares for the sauce to adhere to.... he was right!

same for the peppers....

nice stale leftover has to be somewhat dry to soak up the sauce mixture, which is.....

soy sauce, sesame oil, bit of regular oil, powdered ginger, and hot oil. I sauteed the rice with dashed of all of those...then.....

I did the veggies separate (my wok is small) For them, I used the same mixture but added some cornstarch to thicken the sauce (mmm)

The finished meal. yum. nice for summer...nice for old rice....just nice. (hee-hee!)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


The (almost) finished cake...
I made a basic cram filling...milk,egg yolk,sugar, and vanilla.

the fondant was one of the messiest things ever! You melt marshmallows, and a splash of water..then 32ox powdered sugar and 1/2c shortening. It STICKS everywhere! (check out the bowl!)

magically, with some food coloring and lots of becomes this! I got 3-4lbs! It retails for $13 a pound! I spent $2.67!

These cakes were made with the cupcake recipe posted earlier....except I added almond extract

I used a blackberry jam filling
A rich custard filling...
awaiting the robe of fondant
yum...extra leftover
a bit naked, but done!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

cold sesame noodles

another easy one for hectic days...mix 2tbs smooth peanut butter, 1/4 c soy sauce, 2tbs toasted sesame oil, squirt of honey and a dash of ginger....microwave for 30-40 sec, whisk and pour over noodles... you can also add crushed red pepper flakes for kicks! Enjoy!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

the simple comfort of a sandwich....

Back to school time is near and so is "sandwich season". When I was a kid, I loved to put Lay's potato chips or Fritos on mine..unless it was a "dessert sandwich" like fluffer nutter or PB&J. Mt stepdaughter will be coming home next week so I will be making the morning sandwiches and wraps one more. The photo above was just practice. She would never eat that....too much lettuce.

Friday, August 7, 2009

favorite kitchen things...

this is my kosher salt... it dissolves in hot things... makes things just taste better. I used to use Celtic sea salt from the grain and salt society. That's when I managed the health food store. It was $12 a 9oz jar... eeek. This is just as good......
Here are some of my old cookbooks that I've hoarded (my husband says) through the years.

I swear by the Borax after I work in the garden... and the Bon Ami is great for EVERYTHING!

No, it's not powdered sugar... it's flour-in this container it's great for dusting pans and work surfaces.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

roast chicken with herb-cream wine sauce

Roasted chicken....and now the herb cream sauce...
I chopped up the basil, rosemary an a green onion and added it to 3tbs butter, add 3tbs flour to make a roux

add in 1/2 c dry white wine, 1/2 c chicken broth fresh ground pepper, salt and appx 1 1/2 to 2c whole milk...bring to a boil over med-hi heat... it will thicken up nicely

here's my roast chicken, I always soak it in a brine before roasting.. this time it was a wine-broth-garlic brine for 6 hrs before roasting... and y'all know I LOVE using kitchen twine!

ok... hubby was hungry so I couldn't dawdle too much in the pics... and I forgot the greenery. But, I'm only human.. keeping it real! (sometimes the hubby just wants to eat!)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

tonight's dinner plans-tomorrow's post!

Tonight's meal will be roast chicken with noodles and peas in a creamy herb wine sauce...I'm hoping to get some good photos for y'all! My cookie invention from earlier last week was yummy..but ugly. So... I must do some tweaking to that recipe. Then it will be post-worthy! Welcome to the new fans I've noticed..hope to see more comments coming so I can hold a contest! As for the comments on the empanada dough: it's in the frozen/Latin section of supermarkets here... it's great for lots of things, sweet and savory! I will have to post my guava tarts soon. EASY!

Monday, August 3, 2009 version

this is another favorite of the hubster...
it starts with onion, garlic, salt, pepper and carrots

saute with bay leaf, cumin, oregano, cilantro and.....

add ground beef,peas, 2pkts sazon seasoning, 1can chopped tomatoes and a generous amount of sliced olives

I served mine over black beans and rice with lettuce, tomato, cheese and sour cream. yum!