Showing posts from July, 2009

Sorry again, no TWD this week!

Taking a break until September on TWD. Do check back in on Thursday for some great turkey burgers!

BAREFOOT BLOGGERS - Peach and Blueberry Crumbles (or if you don't have blueberries, substitute blackberries)

Aggie of Aggie's Kitchen chose this week's Barefoot Bloggers recipe for us -Peach and Blueberry Crumbles. Thanks for a great pick Aggie! I really enjoy cooking and baking with Aggie! I started to buy blueberries, but then I remembered I had frozen some blueberries a month ago and decided to use those. However, when I got home and began preparing to make the recipe, I remembered I had fresh blackberries that were just about to go to waste so I decided to use those instead. It is a woman's perogative to change her mind, twice right? Speaking of berries, is it just me, or does everyone find that fresh berries only last like a day after you get them home? I bought raspberries and one day later they had mold all over them. I have tried keeping them in the refrigerator and they get wet and mushy. So this time I left them on the counter and they got mold on them. I guess the only solution is to freeze them? Any thoughts on this subject? We love our fresh berries on our cereal in t

CEiMB - Oven Baked Onion Rings

One of my very favorite bloggers, Mary Ann of Meet Me in the Kitchen chose Ellie Kreiger's Oven Bake Onion Rings as this week's choice for our group to try. Now the yankee hates onions. I'm not even sure the word hate is strong enough. He will occasionally tolerate cooked ones. So I knew if I made these it would be up to me to eat the entire batch. I did feel I was up to the challenge that night. Stopped by the store and got what I thought were all the ingredients I needed, only to get home and realize I forgot the buttermilk. So I improvised and used whipping cream with a little sour cream added to it. Other than that, I followed Ellie's recipe. I used Baked Lays potato chips. The milk mixture was probably not quite as sticky as the buttermilk would have been, but it seemed to work overall pretty well. Meanwhile, I had Chandler out back grilling us some hamburgers to go with. While the onion rings were baking I went outside and had a Bud Light with Lime along beside h

CEiMB - Aromatic Noodles with Lime Peanut Sauce

This week's recipe for our Craving Ellie group was chosen by MrsBethORama at Supplicious and it sounded really good so I was excited to make it. Be sure to check out her blog and see how hers turned out. I went swimsuit shopping on my way home from work. Is there anyone alive to who loves to swimsuit shop? They were almost sold out so I came home suitless. Not naked, but suitless. That means more shopping on Saturday! Is it just me, or does anyone else feel that it is just really difficult to find a good breast anymore? Chicken of course. They are either so big that you need a wheelbarrow to get them in from your car to the kitchen, or they are dry and tasteless. The yankee and I grilled a few breasts the other evening so I thought I would chop one up and add it tonight in this wonderful asian inspired dish. I put the whole wheat noodles on to boil. I slightly roasted the peanuts. I cooked the broccoli and snow peas. I made the sauce minus the onion. Now, I'm not sure, b

TWD - Plum Brioche Tart

Thank God I took today off. I was planning to make the brioche last night until I read the recipe and realized it was one of those two day recipes. First you mix up the dough. ... The Dorie says to put the dough into a clean bowl .. .. Then you let the dough rise . . . (never my favorite part I'm so impatient) . . . Then you refrigerate. So I made the dough last night and let it refrigerate overnight. Then you cut up the fruit, add some jam on the bottom of the crust and some walnuts with sugar on top and voila - bake in the oven! The only problem I had was the dough was a bit sticky after it warmed up to my hands. Cathy had warned me that hers did not cook in the middle and to make sure I cooked it long enough for the juices to be bubbling. I hope I did, but it looks a bit runny in the center. Also, Dorie says it will sound hollow when you tap it. Where the heck are you supposed to tap it when there is fruit all over the top of it. Maybe I used too much fruit. I just finished ba

BAREFOOT BLOGGERS - Sundried Tomato Pasta

Cat of Delta Whiskey has chosen Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes from Ina Garten's collection. Check out Cat's blog to get the recipe. Nothing holds me back from making a good pasta dish so I couldn't wait to try this one of Ina's. So on the way home from work I stopped at my favorite local grocer's, trusty ingredient list in hand, and as I approached the store there were four police cars lined up in front. I hesitated just for a moment as to whether or not I should go in, but pasta was calling me so in I went. Nothing seemed awry in the store so I went about my shopping. At the checkout, I asked the clerk why the cops were out there hovering. She whispered and said the lady had left her children in the car to pop into the pharmacy and the kids started screaming so the police came. I told her I had been known to do that myself when my kids were little and sick. She rolled her eyes as if to say she had done the same thing. When I left, all I could think was here were fo

TWD - Tribute to Katherine Hepburn Brownies

Lisa of Surviving Oz chose Tribute to Katherine Hepburn Brownies. First, check out photo. Here's a tip for all of you although I am quite sure you know this already. Never try to cut brownies while they are still warm. I was in a hurry tonight and that is exactly what i did. And I know better! I usually love all brownies. While I also love Katherine Hepburn, I have decided after making these brownies, I think her talents were better on the big screen. These seemed too rich in butter and for some reason, came out heavy. I left out the coffee powder because I did not have any. I must have done something wrong. They were just too gooey inside. As much as I love brownies, I was a complete failure on baking these. Sorry Ms. Hepburn! I am anxious to see what all the other TWDrs thought of these brownies and how theirs turned out. Check out Lisa's blog listed above for the recipe if you want to try them yourself. I leave you with one of my favorite Hepburn quotes: "Life can be w

CEiMB - Breakfast Cookies

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY TO ALL OF YOU! One of my favorite bloggers, Natalie of Whats for Supper chose this week's Ellie Kreiger challenge - Breakfast Cookies. When I told the yankee what I was preparing in the kitchen, his words were "what ARE breakfast cookies and who comes up with these crazy names for recipes?" I laughed to myself when I had earlier asked him to pick up strained carrots from the baby food section and he never even asked what they were for. That comment from him reminded me of a joke. No offense to blondes out there, but blond jokes really can be funny. One day a blond walked into a cookie shop to see a small tray full of cookies. The sign said 'free sample' so she took one. The next day the blond was sick and could barely move. She swore revenge upon the cookie shop. She marched back to the cookie shop and burst into the cookie shop and slammed her foot. "Your cookies made me sick!" she screamed, pointing to the 'free sample' tra