Wednesday, November 17, 2010

CEiMB - Cioppino, or Fish Stew without the Fish!

Hostess this week is one of my favorite bloggers, Margaret of Tea and Scones

As you all know by now, I'm not a fish/shellfish person, but I really wanted to cook along with Margaret this week so I substituted chicken for the fish.  I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but we were pleasantly surprised. It was delicious!  So good in fact, I cannot wait to have the leftovers for tomorrow night's dinner.

Well next week is Thanksgiving and I wonder if you all are already getting overwhelmed about how you will manage getting it all together.  For me, I have my family coming in from out of town and we plan to have our Christmas together at the same time.  So it is a double whammy for me.  I have half a tree put up in my living room, and a couple of gifts bought, but this weekend will be interesting to say the least!  I'm a list maker, so I will probably have more lists made than I know what to do with.  A grocery list for sure.

Thanks Margaret for a wonderful pick.  I never would have tried that recipe and now I have found a new wonderful soup to make this winter.   Check out Margaret's blog for the recipe for this and other great foods!  And come join us over at Craving Ellie. 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

CEiMB - Whole Wheat Pasta Salad with Walnuts and Feta Cheese

Kayte is one of my favorite blogging friends and we are in several cooking groups together.  I love going to her blog because there is always something good to whet my appetite on there!  Check it out and see what her version of this week's salad is.

I do not, however, love whole wheat pasta, so the only substitution I made in this recipe was that I used tri-colored regular pasta. Plus, the different colors in it excite me.  I don't know why!  I paired this with a rotiserrie chicken and Chan loved the pasta!  He wanted to eat the entire bowl of pasta but I made him pace himself.  I had to keep reminding him that we had dessert which was coming later.

I know there are all different types of cooks out there and we all have our own way of doing things.  For me, I like to get all my ingredients out on the countertop before I even begin to read how to put the recipe together.  Sort of like Rachel Ray.  I also love that she has a garbage bowl right beside her.  I use the small side of my sink to dump my garbage in.  Same principle I guess.  I would love to hear what your routine is!

This is just another example of why I love being in these cooking clubs.  I probably would never have even noticed this recipe had Kayte not chosen it, but now that I have actually made it, I will definitely have this on my rewind list to make again and again.  Thanks Kayte!

I saw this on the internet and since it is just a little past Halloween, and since Chan wanted to eat the entire bowl of pasta, I thought I would share this story with you all.  I loved it.  Let me know if you have read it before.

The Legend of Strega Nona

Strega Nona is a traditional Italian fairy tale about a witch who has a magic pasta pot. The magic quality of Strega Nona's pot is that it produces pasta at her command. The young boy who serves her can't get enough and he secretly longs for Strega Nona's power over the pot. In secret, he watches Strega Nona as she casts her spell over the pot.
When Strega Nona is called away on an errand the boy gets his chance. He is finally alone with the magic pot! Before the witch leaves she warns her servant to stay away fom the pot. Of course the minute she is gone, the boy trys the spell and sure enough the pot begins producing delicious pasta.
The pot keeps producing pasta as fast as the boy eats it. Even though he has a strong appetite, eventually the boy gets full. He suddenly realizes that he doesn't know how to stop the pot. The pasta soon fills up the house and floods out the windows and doors and begins travelling toward town. The boy keeps trying to stop the spell, but the pot just keeps producing pasta. Hope is lost until at the last second, Strega Nona returns and "uncasts" the spell.

Monday, November 8, 2010

TWD - Not Just for Thanksgiving Cranberry Shortbread

Host this week:  Jessica of Singleton in the Kitchen
Jessica is one of my favorite bloggers.  I was excited she chose this cranberry shortbread so I could try it out before the holiday arrives.  And it was worth the trying out!  We absolutely loved it.  And it was so easy to make.  The dough came together really well.  Next time I might add a tad bit more sugar to the cranberry mixture however. 
Mine did not rise a whole lot.  I'm not sure how tall it is supposed to be.  It is about the size of a one layer cake.  I cannot wait to see how others turned out.  I plan to make this again this weekend to take to a friend's house for dinner. They are serving chicken pot pie so I think this will be perfect with it.

Going into the oven:
Coming out of the oven:

I can't wait to eat another piece tonight!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

TWD - Peanuttiest Brownies

Hostess this week:  Nicole of Bakeologie

Well Halloween has come and gone.  That means Thanksgiving and my birthday are right around the corner!!!  And the best part of Thanksgiving this year is that I get to see my new grandbaby again.  I am counting the days.  Halloween brought lots of goodies at work including a pumpkin decorating contest (I lost), lots of candy, a free breakfast and dessert party, and the Saturday night a fun-filled night of dancing and wearing costumes at our dance club.  Chandler and I went again as pirates wearing our costumes from last year and we were fortunate to be one of the costume winners this year!  I made some brownies to take that had swirls of pumpkin in them, and I was not a fan.  I'll take my brownies plain thank you.  Chandler and I watched a scary movie (as is our custom).  I prefer some type of ghost story like a haunting, but we chose Frozen.  Kids stranded on a ski slope.  It got really gruesome though and there were parts I simply could not watch.  Then we watched a Lifetime Movie called Secrets in the Walls and I actually liked it better.  I'll have nightmares tonight from that Frozen one!!!! 

I'm just curious, have any of you ever had any "ghostly" experiences or lived in an actual house that you thought was haunted?  I would LOVE to hear your stories about that!

My mom used to tell a story about when she was little and they were all sitting on the front porch and a big ball of fire fell from the sky, hit the ground, and rolled down the hill towards her grandmother's house.  She said they all saw it but did not know what it was.  The next morning her grandmother passed away.  Weird.

I love peanut butter so I was excited about these brownies.  And I love blond brownies. The only change I made to Dorie's recipe was I left out the additional chopped peanuts and I used self-rising flour.   I give these a big thumbs up!  As a matter of fact, I could eat the entire pan in one sitting.  Wait. . I did eat them all. . .no, there are a few still left!

Go to Nicole's blog to get the recipe.