Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Turkey Meatballs with Quick & Spicy Tomato Sauce and Whole Wheat Spaghetti
Hosted this week by Oddball Oven Mitt
So I'm excited and I have to share! I'm getting a new stainless steel french door freezer on the bottom refrigerator delivered today! We bought one last week and two days later they called and told us that there had been a recall on all of those refrigerators so we did not have one coming. They had to remove them from their floors and could not sell anymore of them. Of course, we were never told what the problem was. This meant another shopping trip for a refrigerator. We finally decided on the GE Profile and Lowe's was very easy to negotiate with. We actually got them to reduce the price by over $600. Keep that in mind as you shop.
Now for this week's food choice. Any time I can prepare a spaghetti dish, you will find me racing to the kitchen.
I had to make a couple of changes to the recipe. First, I did not have the chipotle peppers in adobe sauce because the yankee ate it all on his salad last week. Second, I added green olives to the sauce. I did not have any fresh thyme and I left out the carrots in the meatballs. I made my meatballs small. I love turkey meatballs! And I used regular thin spaghetti instead of the whole wheat. We have tried every brand of whole wheat spaghetti that holds a spot at the grocery store and we do not like any of them. There are a few things in life that you just can't change for health reasons. Spaghetti is one of them.
I love spaghetti. Nuff said?
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
This week Kathy of All Food Considered has chosen Croque Monsieur. I've never heard of this, but I'm open to new things and it sounded delicious. I just hoped and prayed from the title it did not have anything to do with crocodile meat. Lucky for me, it was a ham sandwich. I guess I need to study up on my French! First you mix up some milk and cheese for a nice sauce. I left out the parmesan because that is not my favorite cheese. I used all gruyere.
Then you bake and broil and voila! Wonderful, tasty ham sandwich (or croque monsieur if you prefer). I must get some new dishes for my blogging. All my photos are beginning to look alike. White plates, brown placemats, wicker chargers, etc.
For CEiMB this week, one of my favorite bloggers, Marthe of Culinary Delights chose Balsamic Chicken with Baby Spinach and Couscous.
Thanks Marthe for choosing this. I wouldn't say it was my favorite dish ever, but it was pretty darn good!!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Here is the pudding in its pre-baked stage. I dutifully patted it on the back with my spoon every ten minutes or so for half an hour.
The pudding came out perfect. Dorie really delivered on this one. I took it to my dinner party and served with whipped cream (of course you know I serve everything with whipped cream!). I think it was a big hit. It was very chocolatey, though, so I was glad I did not serve with chocolate sauce! At the dinner party they played a game. Each guest wrote down three things about themselves that hopefully no one knew. The twist was, one of them had to be a lie! My best friend, Lisa, guessed mine of course. I wrote that I had played tennis on a league for five years, I lost 150 lbs on Nutrisystem in 1995, and I play piano. Can you guess which one was a lie?
The first one my husband wrote was that he was a yankee. (Well that was a dead give away right there don't you think?). It was an interesting game and we learned a lot about each other.
Thanks to Lauren of Upper East Side Chronicle for hosting this week's TWD. Great pick Lauren!
A big thanks to all who left comments to play along with the Pay It Forward Give Away. The winners are. . .. drumroll. . . Teanna, Joanne of Applecrumbles, and Gabe's Girl! Congratulations!!! Please email me your address so I can send you your gift.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Last week to sign up for my Pay It Forward give-away. Remember, the gifts do not have to be large, just something from the heart. Check it out below and leave a comment!! I will announce the winners this weekend.
Have a great week!!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Because I am notorious for trying to multi-task, I also made this week's TWD recipe which was chosen by Holly of Phe/mom/enon . We are keeping this one for ourselves because I love chocolate and. . . I am selfish. Oh Lord it's hard to be humble… Thanks Holly - this was a delicious and very elegant cake.
For me and baking it is like this quote from Louisa May Alcott - "I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship."
I couldn't help but think of Tanya over at Chocolatechic as I was pouring the glaze over the cake. I bet she was loving this week's choice because it was such ooey good chocolate. It's interesting how we read each other's posts each week and through that channel we begin to feel we actually do know each other.
This cake also reminds me of one of my favorite movies, Le Chocolat. Can any of us forget Johnny Depp in that movie? Just one taste was all it took. .. that was the motto of the story.
NEWSFLASH!!!!! Don't forget to leave a comment below on the Easter Give Away and let me know you are willing to pay it forward. It's a great way to share something special with some online friends. It does not have to be a huge gift, just something from the heart. Thanks!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Rules: There are so many lovely giveaways in blogland, bloggers eagerly commenting and abuzz with the excitement of winning an unexpected gift, but that’s it. Someone wins, and then the generosity comes to a screeching halt and we go on with our lives. Nice, but lacking in momentum.This giveaway is a little different, however, because the “receivers” are also to become “givers”, if you will. In fact, that’s the most important rule of the game…The rules are simple: I will send three people who leave a comment on this post a handmade gift within the next 365 days. I am willing to post anywhere in the world, so don’t let that stop you from commenting.The catch is that you must have a blog and be willing to do the same thing.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
"What are you doing in there?" She asked.
"This is a Westinghouse, isn't it?", To which the lady replied "Yes."
"Well," the rabbit said, "I'm westing."
Be sure to see my post above and sign up for the pay-it-forward give away!
I'm combining CEiMB this week with BAREFOOT BLOGGERS.
2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 (6-ounce) salmon fillets, skin and any pin bones removed
1 tablespoon olive oil
Coat your grill or a grill pan with cooking spray and preheat over medium heat. While the grill is heating, combine the brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Brush each salmon fillet with 1/2 teaspoon of the oil, then rub each fillet with about 1/2 tablespoon of the spice mixture.
Grill the salmon, flesh side down, until charred, 4 to 5 minutes. Flip the salmon and cook another 5 to 6 minutes for medium doneness. For well done fish, cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to a platter and serve immediately.
In Ina Garten's Barefoot Bloggers group, McKenzie of Kenzie's Kitchen chose Chinese Chicken Salad. It was really easy to make. I made a few substitutions. I used canned asparagus because Publix was running a sale on fresh and guess what - they were sold out! Also, I totally forgot to add the honey to the salad dressing which I am sure would have made the dressing a lot better. As it was, I didn't care for the dressing. Too tangy for my delicate tastebuds. I thought the salad was really pretty and the DH devoured it. Of course as mama always said, keep them waiting long enough and they will eat anything! It was close to 8 p.m. when we finally sat down. That's a long time from an 11:30 lunch! Try it for yourself and see what you think.
4 split chicken breasts (bone-in, skin-on)
Good olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 pound asparagus, ends removed, and cut in thirds diagonally
1 red bell pepper, cored and seeded
2 scallions (white and green parts), sliced diagonally
1 tablespoon white sesame seeds, toasted
For the dressing:nocoupons
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup good apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
1/2 tablespoon honey
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon peeled, grated fresh ginger
1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the chicken breasts on a sheet pan and rub with the skin with olive oil. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is just cooked. Set aside until cool enough to handle. Remove the meat from the bones, discard the skin, and shred the chicken in large bite-sized pieces.
Blanch the asparagus in a pot of boiling salted water for 3 to 5 minutes until crisp-tender. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking. Drain. Cut the peppers in strips about the size of the asparagus pieces. Combine the cut chicken, asparagus, and peppers in a large bowl.
Whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing and pour over the chicken and vegetables. Add the scallions and sesame seeds and season to taste. Serve cold or at room temperature.