Friday, August 1, 2014

Ina Garten Fridays - its time for appetizers!

We made appetizers today in our Ina Garten group.   i am having company over tonight for pizza and cards so  the timing for appetizer worked well for me.  This has been a busy summer for us and my blog has taken a beating for it.  I hope to return to more regular blogging in the fall.  Thank you to those readers that still follow along!

I chose ina's sundried tomato dip.   It was very easy to mix up in the food processor.  Unfortunately it called for hot sauce (which i thought i had) and there was none to be in my refrigerator.  So I substituted red pepper flakes.   I think it would be better with the hot sauce as the pepper flakes are a hit or miss type of thing in your mouth!  At any rate it is still tasty and we enjoyed it with toasty ritz crackers.

You can get the recipe for this dip here:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/sun-dried-tomato-dip-recipe.html

List of our group:
Alyce Morgan
Ansh Dhar
Chaya
Linda Thompson
Mary O’Brien
Minnie Gupta
Mireya Merritt
Peggy Yarnall
(Rocky Mountain Woman)
Veronica (Vonnie) Gantley 

Check out the other Ina bloggers to see what they all made this week!  If you would like to join our group, email Alyce Morgan.  Please leave a linky below if you made an Ina Garten appetizer and would like to share!


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Friday, July 4, 2014

Ina Garten's Fridays - Desserts

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!  I hope you all have some fun plans including some good barbeque and some fireworks!  Everyone needs a few fireworks on the 4th

Today is the first Friday of the month and that is when our group comes together to make delicious recipes from Ina Garten's selections.   This month is desserts so I chose Ina's Strawberry Country Cake.

It is an easy cake to mix up and it makes two layers.  One is for freezing so we will have that one later to enjoy.  Or, you can use both layers if you choose.  It has just a touch of lemon and orange flavor and smells delicious while baking!

Here is a question for all you cake bakers out there!  I always have trouble getting the two layers to be exactly the same amount of batter because I am eyeballing it.  Do you measure your batter and divide it that way?

The recipe says to bake for 45 minutes, however I had read some reviews that this cake was a bit drier than most so I watched it carefully  in the oven.  Mine was done in 35 minutes.  It did not rise as much as I had hoped it would from based on the photos of Ina's cake.

We came in from an exercise class and I couldn't wait to cut into it and have myself a slice!  But after we ate a slice, we decided it needed more strawberries on top.  So I added more.

Much better!
This cake has almost a cornmeal texture to it.  A bit heavy and dense.  When you bite into it if you are expecting light and fluffy you will be disappointed.  But I had already read the reviews and knew what to expect.  We really enjoyed it.  As you can see, we ate about half of the cake!  We figured we could have two large slices since most cakes have two layers.  Is that a good way of thinking?
If you want a quick, easy dessert that looks elegant, this fits the bill.  Here is a link to the recipe:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/strawberry-country-cake-recipe.html

Have a SAFE 4th of July!

Here are a few of my blogger friends that also have First Friday recipes.
SSS= Soup, Salad, or Side
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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Ina Garten's Fridays - Easy Weeknight Bolognese


We are not eating a lot of heavy meats this summer.  But...we can never turn down a good bolognese.  Ina calls it her weeknight bolognese for a reason - it is easy to prepare and takes minutes.   Just look at it simmering above. . . the smell it creates in your house will make you hungry for sure!  It calls for a cup and a half of red wine.  Well I'm not a big wine drinker, but when you are cooking with wine it just makes perfect sense to taste the wine along the cooking journey, does it not?  This cabernet was very tasty.

 
 While I was cooking the sauce, I decided to roast a couple of bulbs of garlic in my toaster oven.  Oh that is soooo good on bread.  I ate enough to ward off at least 100 vampires!

Here is the finished product.  It calls for small shells but I used medium.  This sauce has a kick to it which we loved.  I have listed the link below for the recipe.


http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/weeknight-bolognese-recipe.html
Here are a few of my blogger friends that also have First Friday recipes.
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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Ina Garten's Fridays - Soups, Salads and Sides!



Hello everyone and welcome to Ina Garten's Fridays group!  This week we are showcasing soups, salads or sides.  I chose Ina's chicken salad.  Although she has a couple of different recipes, I like grapes in mine so that is the one I chose.  

I have learned to wash my grapes in a water/apple cider vinegar mixture. . . just drop them in for a few minutes and swish around.  It removes all that white moldy stuff on the outside of the grapes.  Just makes me feel like they are cleaner and healthier.


I served my salad with Rice Crackers.  These are fabulous for those looking for gluten free substitutes.  I eat them not to be gluten free, but just because I like that they are crunchy and delicious.

This chicken salad is delicious and would be very nice for a ladies luncheon or even for a quick dinner for you and your family.

Serves Four
Ingredients:
Four chicken breast halves (I used boneless)
Olive Oil
kosher salt
fresh ground pepper
1 1/2 T. chopped fresh tarragon (I left this out of mine)
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup green grapes halved
1/2 cup good mayonnaise

Bake the chicken breasts with olive oil drizzled over for about 30-45 minutes in a 350 oven.  Then cool and chop in chunks.  Add in bowl to other ingredients and mix well.

Simple and delicious!
Here are a few of my blogger friends that also have First Friday recipes.
.June 6:  Main Course   July 4:  Dessert/Other August 1: Appetizer/Drinks   Sept 5: SSS  Oct 3:  Main Course Nov 7: Dessert/Other  Dec 5:  Appetizer/Drinks 
SSS= Soup, Salad, or Side
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Friday, April 4, 2014

CHANDLER SHARES HIS BIRTHDAY WITH BIG BILL'S CARROT CAKE!

It is hard to believe that a year has passed and my husband will be celebrating again on Monday!  We are thankful for each year that we have and feel very blessed to have each other.

He can never think of anything he wants for his birthday except for my carrot cake!  While this photo does not do it justice, and it would be much prettier in a layer cake formation, I make it a sheet cake so that it is easier to serve and share.  I cannot photo a slice of it since we will be having the official "cutting" tonight at our dance club.

I thank Dorie Greenspan for this recipe and you can google and get the recipe if you want to try it.  It may take a bit more work than a boxed cake mix, but it is well worth the time.  I do not care for carrot cake, but I like this one!  It is chock full of carrots, coconut, walnuts and craisens.  Only one word for that - YUM.

Happy birthday to my wonderful husband and I wish him many, many more! 


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ina Garten's Deviled Eggs!


This is appetizers week in our Ina Garten Fridays group!!  I chose her deviled eggs because we love deviled eggs and I never deviate from my old family recipe so I thought I would branch out and try something different.  I'm so glad I did!  I love these and I am sure my DH will love them tonight for dinner also.

With just these ingredients, you can impress your guests or yourself, with some delicious deviled eggs.


Ina's recipe says to hardboil six eggs.  (I only did five because that was all I had and mine turned out a little fluffier than they probably should have, but delicious just the same).  If you don't know how to boil eggs, please take a minute to learn.  If your eggs turn out green, you have overcooked them.  To make perfect boiled eggs every time, I put my eggs in cold water and put them on the stove, bring to a boil.  As soon as they begin boiling, I take them off the stove and cover and let them sit for 15 minutes.  At this point, they are perfectly cooked and beautifully yellow inside.

Now, mash those yellows up and add 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup sour cream, 1/3 cup grated taco cheese, and a couple tablespoons of finely chopped green onion.

To save time and wash up of more utensils, I always put my filling in a baggie, cut a small hole on one corner, and mash out through the hole to fill the egg.  Is super easy, no mess, and looks almost as pretty as piped ones.  Enjoy!!
Here are a few of my blogger friends that also have First Friday recipes.
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  May 2:  SSS   June 6:  Main Course   July 4:  Dessert/Other August 1: Appetizer/Drinks   Sept 5: SSS  Oct 3:  Main Course Nov 7: Dessert/Other  Dec 5:  Appetizer/Drinks 
SSS= Soup, Salad, or Side
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Want to join our group?  If you’d like to blog each month, email Alyce at afmorgan53@yahoo.com for further information.  If you’d like to join in just once in a while, click on the linky at the end of the post and follow the prompts the first Friday of any month.  Please link Ina recipes only!  Thanks!!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

My Kitchen My World - Let's visit Belize!

This month in our group that virtually travels to a different country each month, it was my choice.  I chose Belize because my wonderful son and beautiful daughter-in-law went there on their honeymoon and loved the country.  I wanted a "taste" of what it might be like to visit there.  As I googled to search for native Belizian recipes, red beans and rice and bread pudding kept popping up so I thought. . . why not?

I like to start my blog with a joke that is relative to the country we are visiting.  I hope you like this one!  No offense intended.. . just good fun!

Two Belizians were riding their bikes across a university campus when one said "where did you get such a great bike?"
The second Belizian said, "I was walking across town yesterday minding my own business when a beautiful woman rode up on a bike, threw it to the ground, took off her clothes and said "take what you want."
The first Belizian nodded in approval and said, "good choice.  The clothes probably wouldn't have fit you anyway."   

I added a "cocktail" to our dinner (which we rarely do as we are not big drinkers, but do enjoy a glass of wine occasionally). Surprisingly, it was very good.  Even my DH enjoyed it!  If you haven't discovered coconut water I highly recommend it.  I have a glass every day.  I have tried most all brands, and my favorite is this one called O.N.E.  Delicious and hydrating.

 We love red beans and rice made the cajun way, so I thought this might be something we would really enjoy as well.  I was right.  It was delicious and flavorful.  The coconut milk in the rice made it extra creamy.  We try to have at least one meal each week that is meatless, and this was a wonderful way to do just that.

 And then we had to have dessert so my Belizian choice for that was bread pudding.  It was not the same as my normal bread pudding.  A bit crunchier.  But it was rich and delicious.  The coconut milk added a lot of flavor.  I substituted Craisens for the raisens.  And added whipped cream. . . at our house everything is better with whipped cream on top!!
All in all, we were very glad we visited this countries' recipes this month.  Check out what the others made at mkmw.wordpress.com

For the recipes, click on these links:
http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink1wx7626.html
http://www.food.com/recipeprint.do?rid=353165
http://www.food.com/recipeprint.do?rid=455839



Friday, March 7, 2014

Ina Garten's Outrageous Brownies!!

Hello and happy Friday!

This week in our Ina Garten Group we did desserts.  I'm going to a "A Day at the Races" party tonight and I thought what a great time it would be to just make some brownies to take and share.  Plus, if I don't share them, I will eat them all and that much chocolate and butter and sugar cannot be good for anyone!  These beautiful brownies have a pound of butter in them and almost two pounds of chocolate!  I actually halved the recipe and put them in an 8x8 pan so I had to cook them longer than the recipe called for.  Really, what dessert could be better than just some good ole brownies!!  These brownies are rich. . . I'm sure I could not eat a square as large as Ina says to cut them.  I ended up cutting each brownie into four pieces.

After a pretty bad winter for us here in the south, our weather looks great for this weekend and I am planning to enjoy every minute of it I can.   My entire mood lifts when the sun is out.  I get a little gloomy in the cold winter months.

Hope everyone out there is having a great weekend.  Enjoy, laugh, love, and play!!

You can get the recipe by clicking on this link:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/outrageous-brownies-recipe3.html

Here are a few of my blogger friends that also have First Friday recipes.
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  April 4:  Appetizer/Drinks    May 2:  SSS   June 6:  Main Course   July 4:  Dessert/Other August 1: Appetizer/Drinks   Sept 5: SSS  Oct 3:  Main Course Nov 7: Dessert/Other  Dec 5:  Appetizer/Drinks 
SSS= Soup, Salad, or Side
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Want to join our group?  If you’d like to blog each month, email Alyce at afmorgan53@yahoo.com for further information.  If you’d like to join in just once in a while, click on the linky at the end of the post and follow the prompts the first Friday of any month.  Please link Ina recipes only!  Thanks!!


Sunday, March 2, 2014

MKMW - Virtual Visit to The Czech Republic! Potato Pie


Not a good photo here.  Our group this month decided on Czech Republic recipes.  I googled and there were a lot to choose from.  I decided on this "potato pie" because we love potatoes.  I served it with a crockpot Boston Butt smothered in sauerkraut and some whole green beans.

If you do not know where the Czech Republic is located, it is in Europe surrounded by Poland, Slovakia and Germany.  The capital and largest city is Prague.

I enjoy our monthly group because it is diverse.  We all enjoy choosing the different countries and trying recipes from them.  I have made some good recipes and some bad ones.  But every recipe teaches me something about a country that I might have known nothing about.

As for the potato pie, it was a very easy and economical dish, but rather bland.

Recipe:

3 eggs
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
3/4 cup milk
3-4 large potatoes, peeled and grated
3 T. flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
3 T. bacon fat

Beat the eggs, salt, and pepper well.  Add the milk.  Add the grated potatoes the stir in flour and baking powder.  Heat bacon fat in a large skillet (iron is best) and pour in potato mixture.  Dot with butter.  Bake uncovered in a preheated 400F degree over for one hour or until golden brown.
Delicious served with sauerkraut and pork.

Check out our group at mkmw.wordpress.com

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Ina Garten's Sundried Tomato and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

This month in our Ina Garten group is main dishes.  I chose a chicken dish.
Normally, I would not even think to buy chicken that has the skin on it.  And if I did I would promptly pull it right off.  But this recipe called for chicken breasts skin on so that you could stuff underneath the skin with the goat cheese and sundried tomatoes.   Ready to go in the oven!!


 The chicken breasts I bought were really large so it took a lot longer to cook than Ina's recipe called for.  She said to cook for 40 minutes.  Mine took a little over an hour.  This recipe is delicious.  I highly recommend it.  The breasts are so tender and juicy.

I served this with green beans and some ranch baked potatoes.  We really enjoyed it.


You can get the recipe here:

Our hearts go out this week to our group friend, Chaya, whose daughter passed away.  I have been blogging with Chaya for over six years now.  Our group wanted to reach out to her in some way so I am offering up this prayer for her.

Dear Lord, I pray for Chaya who has lost her daughter.  I ask that you surround her family with your love and hope.  Send them peace and grace.  Please give them the strength they need to go through each day and comfort them as only you can.  I pray that Chaya and her family will be filled with wonderful and joyful memories of their loved one. Bring them the divine assurance that only can come through your love.  Amen.

Here are a few of my blogger friends that also have First Friday recipes.


  • Mary - www.bucknrunranch.com 

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

    MKMW - Let's travel to Poland!

    In our My Kitchen My World group we visit different countries each month and choose a recipe from that country.  This month is Poland.  There are so many wonderful Polish recipes out there that it was hard for me to choose.  I wanted to do something with kielbasa so I chose this cabbage and kielbasa dish.  We really enjoyed it.  We first had a cup of my chicken corn chowder (see post below) and then followed that with the cabbage dish.  It was sweet and yet a pop of heat from the red pepper flakes.  My DH really enjoyed it.  He went back for seconds. . .. and maybe thirds!  As you can see, it is all made in a skillet making it a one dish meal for easy cleanup!



    A topping of bacon really brings out the flavor of the cabbage and kielbasa.  You could also add diced potatoes to the mix.  I left out the caraway seed because we do not care for it.


    Check out what all is going on in our group by clicking on this link.  We welcome new members so come join us!  It is fun to experiment each  month with something new.

    mkmw.wordpress.com

    Now get you some kielbasa and try this dish!

    Original recipe makes 6 servings   

    Directions

    1. In a large skillet, fry bacon over medium high heat until browned, turning once. Remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings, and place on paper towels.
    2. Stir water, sugar, onions, garlic, red pepper flakes, seasoned salt, and caraway seeds into drippings. Add cabbage, and gently stir. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes.
    3. Add kielbasa to the pan. Cook, covered, for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Crumble bacon over top, and serve hot.