Monday, November 9, 2015

Pumpkin Pancakes

I made pumpkin pancakes with my mix.  I just added one cup of pumpkin puree and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice.  If you do not have pumpkin pie spice, it is two parts cinnamon, one part nutmeg, one part ginger.  I also put a pinch of clove in the pancakes.  Then I let it sit.  This is key for fluff factor.

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The kids really liked it.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

French Toast stuffed Bourbon Mashed Bananas with Bourbon Maple Syrup

Four Roses Bourbon reached out to me and a few other awesome bloggers to develop a recipe that uses their tasty beverage for the holiday season.

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I made brunch.

I love the idea of having a lazy brunch over the holidays.  During the holdays, there is always so much to do, people to see, gifts to shop for but brunch means to me enjoying the paper and drinking coffee and seeing people in their pajamas.  Also, people tend to be chirpier in the AM.  And then you have the rest of the day to do all the other things.

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French Toast stuffed Bourbon Mashed Bananas with Bourbon Maple Syrup

For the French Toast

1 loaf of French bread, sliced into two finger widths thick slices and allowed to get stale overnight
4 ripe bananas (I think half a banana per person)
2 Tablespoons Four Roses Bourbon

1 and a half cup of half and half (Writing half three times made me chuckle)
3 eggs
2 Tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

For the Bourbon Maple Syrup
1/2 cup of dark amber maple syrup
1 Tablespoon Four Roses Bourbon

For the French Toast:

Cut a little pocket in each piece of thick bread about halfway in.  If you did not late the bread get stale overnight, you can put it in a warm oven while you get everything else ready.

In a small bowl, mash the bananas and the bourbon. Set this aside.

In a medium bowl, mix the half and half, eggs and brown sugar. Set this aside as well.

Now if you need to get the bread out of the oven, this is the time.

If you are a more organized sort, ignore the previous sentence and pull out a large skillet and pour about a quarter inch of vegetable oil in it.  I cannot predict how much that would be, depends on your skillet.  Let it heat up on medium heat.

Heat the skillet first because you are about introduce a lot of liquid to your bread and you want soft custard and not mush.

While the skillet is heating up, put about a tablespoon of the mashed bananas in the pocket of the bread.  Understuff rather than overstuff.  This is a hard thing for me to do but it really is better in this application.

After you stuff the bread, immediately dunk it in the milk and egg mixture on both sides and then the skillet.  I cannot stress the enough.  Do not do it assembly line style and fill the bread with bananas first and then dunk in the custard because you will get unappealing goo.

When one side is done (it took me three minutes), flip it over.  I have found that the other side takes about half the time as the first.

Repeat with the other slices of bread.  To keep it warm, I suggest keeping your plate in a warm oven.  This is also nice because if you have some late risers they can have their food a little later and it will still be warm.

For the Bourbon Maple Syrup

In a small saucepan, heat up some maple syrup and add a little bourbon.  Taste it, it should be boozy but not biting.  I think the bourbon really added a nice oomph to the syrup.

Serve the French Toast with raspberries or whatever other fruit you have on hand and powdered sugar and the warmed maple syrup.

My husband liked it very much.

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I was not compensated for this post.  I did receive a bottle of Four Roses Bourbon to cook with, the cost of the ingredients, as well as a few other goodies.  The recipe and the opinions are all mine.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Monster Cookies

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The internet is a weird place.  Sometimes wonderful and sometimes bizarre.  These monster cookies idea came from my friend Dianne who posted this on facebook.  So I totally stole this idea and did it with my kids.  But I did link to her because I am not a beyotch.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Egg on a Roll

Does anyone watch Mind of a Chef?  They are currently featuring Gabrielle Hamilton.  I loved her book Blood, Bones and Butter.

In a recent episode she speaks of the classic Egg on a Roll which I imagine one picks up at the local corner market on the way to work in New York City.

So I decided to make one.  Actually I made two.  One for me and one for yohboh.  And being that the garden is still producing a few tomatoes a week, I threw a garden grown tomato on it.  And I happened to have Kaiser salt rolls which is rare so I decided to go for it.

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The orange tomato is called a Valencia.  It is a tomato that likes cooler weather.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

One of the last tomato salads of the season

That cheese there is BURRATA cheese.  It's like mozzarella's hotter cousin.

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These are tomatoes out of the garden.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Chicken and Dumps

Fall means chicken and dumps.

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Yohboh ate the leftovers quickly.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

My Favorite Banana Bread, for now

I am always trying a new banana bread recipe.  It is not that I do not like banana bread, I do.  I just have not found THE ONE.  My definition of THE ONE is one that I like all the way through the loaf. I love banana bread warm out of the oven but very rarely do I finish a loaf.  The second half is never as good as the first.

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This one by Joanna Chang is my favorite so far, it is moist the whole time.  And it has a good banana flavor.  I think the best part is the hint of cinnamon.  It makes the banana bread taste a bit more complex.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Fall Means Chicken Pot Pie

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I had some chicken tenderloins that needed to be used.  I poached them in some no salt chicken broth with a tablespoon of chicken base.  I fished the chicken out and cut it up into bite sized pieces.

Then I sauteed some onion and celery and garlic until they were getting close to soft.  I put three tablespoons of flour in and cooked it until the flour was no longer white.  Then I used the poaching liquid to make a thick sauce.  I made it a little thicker than I wanted because I put in a pound of frozen peas and carrots which loosened it up some.

Then I made mashed potatoes with six potatoes.

I layered the stew with the mashed potatoes on top.  I made little fork marks in the potatoes so there would be more crispy bits.

I baked at 350 for about an hour.

Everyone liked it.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Pollo Mi Tierra or salsa in a tree stump

Yohboh and I went to Plaza Fiesta.

We were getting peckish so we stopped at Pollo Mi Tierra.

We had to stop for the salsa in a tree stump.


And I got a torta.

And these were the condiments.


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Garden Update--The sunflower valley of death

We planted sunflowers at the top of the garden,  Sunflowers emit an herbicide through the roots that killed over half my tomato plants.

Sunflowers = fewer tomatoes.

This makes me SAD

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Edible Gifts

As I get older, I find the best gifts are consumable ones.  As in, a friend of mine went to India and got me some spices.

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We had the tandoori chicken for dinner.  It was yummy.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015

I Like Big Butt Tomatoes and I cannot lie

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You other brothers can't deny
That when Black Krim comes in all dark and plump
And a round thing in your face
You moan YUM!