Monday, December 26, 2011

Pictures of Christmas Dinner

This year we made a goose for Christmas. It was very pricey and I have three cups of goose fat to play with.

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Beets Pre Roasted.

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The Goose!

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Purple cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts

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Cheese platter

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Prune Cognac Stuffing

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Le Staub

Yohboh got me this for Christmas
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It is a Le Staub which is like Le Creuset but you know, with a BLACK enameled interior.

So I made some chicken and rice.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

How to make soup in five hours

For those of you who do not know me in real life, I had a baby a few months ago. So cooking has not been a priority. Eating has been a priority because I am nursing and I need calories and honestly, I am greedy.

I tried to make albondigas soup:

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Normally, this is something that takes about 45 minutes from start to finish. An hour if I am distracted.

Here is the timeline.

Pull out an onion and some garlic. Chop it finely. Pull out a skillet. Put some olive oil in it.

Baby cries and needs to be changed and fed. 45 minutes later.

Turn on the flame under the skillet. Add the garlic and onions and saute until golden.

Baby cries and needs to be changed and fed. She requires an outfit change.

Turn off the flame.

About an hour later, pull out the ground beef, rice, eggs, oregano. Add the sauteed veggies and mix well.

Chop another onion and garlic. Saute them in a large pot.

Baby has puked on herself. Outfit must be changed.

Turn off the large pot.

Forty five minutes later because baby wants to be eat and then diaper needed to be changed.

Turn on the large pot and finish cooking down the onions. Go and find two cartons of chicken broth.

Realize that you need to pick up kidlet from school.

Turn off the flame, gather up the sleeping baby, load her into a car seat and go pick up kidlet.

One hour later, (kidlet needed a snack, gas up the car and unload the kid and baby), turn the flame on the big pot and add the broth. Add a can of tomatoes.

Baby has now puked again. It is in her hair. She requires a bath. Leave the pot on a low flame. Bathe the baby and put her in the third outfit for the day. After she is dressed, her diaper needs to be changed. While doing the diaper change, my shirt needs to be changed. Baby is upset about this and needs to be nursed again. Another hour passes.

Drop the meat mixture into balls into the broth and cover. Let simmer for 30 minutes until the meatballs float.

That is how to make soup in five hours.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Birthday Cheesecake

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Birthday Cheesecake
1 graham cracker crust

2 eight ounce blocks of cream cheese, at room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
2 T of honey
3 eggs
1 T vanilla

strawberries
melted apricot preserves

Preheat the oven to 350.

Put the graham cracker crust in the oven while it is preheating.

While the graham cracker crust is toasting, mix the next five ingredients. If your cream cheese is warm, this should only a few minutes.

Pull the crust out of the oven and pour the cream cheese filling into the toasty crust. Put it back in the oven for about 30 minutes.

Top with fresh strawberries. To keep the berries fresh and glossy brush on some melted apricot preserves.

Eat on someone's birthday.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Yohboh's Birthday Dinner

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Prime Rib, roasted yellow beets, orange cauliflower, purple asparagus and a baked potato.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Upside Down Cranberry Cake

I have always found upside down pineapple cake to be too sweet. But with cranberries, this cake had a nice balance of sweet and tart.

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Upside Down Cranberry Cake

For the topping
1 stick of butter
1.5 cups brown sugar
3 cups of fresh cranberries

For the cake
Yellow cake mix and all the accouterments you need
Zest of one lemon


Preheat the oven to 350.

Melt the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan until it is all melted.

Pour the buttery goodness into the bottom of a really well greased 9 X 13 cake pan. Add the cranberries.

Make your cake mix (chastise me if you want, but I can get cake mix for 13 cents) and add the lemon zest. Pour over the cranberry butter stuff in the pan.

Bake for 30-35 minutes.

Flip it over onto a serving dish. This is not hard if you greased your pan well.

The kidlet did not like the "raisins" because they were too chewy and sour.

Lasted about four days after Thanksgiving.

Makes a nice breakfast with yogurt.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The last of the turkey

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The last of the turkey went into noodle bowls.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A different Thanksgiving

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This year we did something different. We had a seafood feast with oysters, clams and some lobsters.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Cranberry Apple Casserole

I posted about this last year but it merits a looky loo. This casserole is delicious.

This recipe came from my late grandmother in law. I doubled it here. I love this because it is like a dessert in the middle of a meal.

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Cranberry Apple Casserole
12 ounce bag of cranberries
3 granny smith apples, chopped into cranberry sized pieces
1 cup of white sugar

1 stick of butter melted
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup of flour
1 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat the oven at 350. Combine the first three ingredients in a buttered casserole.

Combine the next five ingredients and put on top of the cranberry mixture. Bake for about 45 minutes until it is bubbly and the topping is brown.

Can be served at room temperature.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Volunteer Watermelon

We were excited when we picked this watermelon that just showed up in the garden.
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But it was not good.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cottage Pie

When it gets cool, all you want is mashed potatoes with cheese.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Candy

My favorite Halloween candy goes like this currently:

1) Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Miniature- The chocolate to crappy peanut butter is perfect. When I was in college, these frozen with Coca Cola were all I would eat during finals week.

2) 100 Grand - Chocolate, caramel and rice crispy things. Super sweet. Sometimes, I sprinkle a little salt on it. Makes it really tasty.

3) Kit Kat - A childhood favorite. Wafers seem very old school to me but still wonderful

4) Twix - Twix and Kit Kat are like cousins but Twix is like the one who plays football and Kit Kat is the one that plays lacrosse.

5) Take 5 - This is one of the best new candy bars that has been created. Salt and sweet and truly yummy.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wine Box

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I got a four pack of cheap wine for cooking. But every time I look at this, it reminds me of a juice box.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fancy Mac and Cheese

I was craving macaroni and cheese. I am a sucker for discounted fancy cheese. So this is the cheese ends of some fancy cheeses in a base of Velveeta and some Philadelphia Cooking Creme. What are the fancy cheeses? Burrata, Fresh Mozzarella, New York Style White Cheddar, Camembert and Brie. There is also dry mustard, buttered Ritz crackers, salt and lots of black pepper.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Garden Pickery

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Not too bad for mid October, eh? The kale was really tasty.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Kidlet Lunch

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Blueberry Muffin, Cheese Snack, Hello Kitty Marshmallow, Carrot Sticks and Apple Slices. She only eats what is on the left side.

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The kidlet (and my) favorite lunch box.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sandwich

A good sandwich is about good shopping.

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This sandwich has Spanish processed meats, two different kinds of cheese (provolone and munster), olive salad, thinly sliced onions with pesto. Spanish processed meats are amazing. If you go on a picnic with me, I will make you a version of this.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Lasagna

Yohboh made a lasagna because I wanted one.
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It was very satisfying.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Yummy Pizza

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Dried figs soaked in red wine, goat cheese and prosciutto.

Monday, October 3, 2011

School Lunch

Kidlet loves the Hello Kitty marshmallow. Everything else, not so much.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tomato Haul

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Garden still going strong. Yohboh fertilized.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fall Garden

Fall garden is in. Brussels Sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, four different kinds of lettuce, kohlrabi, broccoli and cauliflower.

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That is yohboh doing the hot and sweaty thing.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Leftover Prime Rib

Leftover prime rib makes an excellent steak and cheese sandwich.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Prime Rib

Dry aged prime rib is sublime. We do not eat this often but it is wonderful.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

School Lunch

The kidlet is in Pre K. She did not get into the local public school so she is a private Pre K program. I have to provide a lunch every day. I love bento boxes and wanted to make her elaborate lunches with little faces. But reality reared its ugly head and I make quick and easy lunches.

Here is an example:

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Organic juice box, halved red and green grapes, carrot sticks, a whole wheat croissant and a hard boiled egg.

The kidlet really likes the handle.
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

The summer of tomatoes

So this summer, I think I ate seven tomatoes every day from late June to now. Shockingly, I did not get sick of them. They were delicious and made me happy.

I like my garden.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Grilled Meats

You know why I love my yohboh? Because he will grill meats when I buy them.

Here is what is left of some ribs that he made:

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And here is some chicken grilling:
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Corn and Bean Salad

I made this salad for some grilled meats yohboh made. It's sharpness was a nice contrast. It is also good on a hot dog.

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Corn and Bean Salad

2 cans of corn, drained
1 can of black beans, rinsed
1 jar roasted red peppers
1/2 of a red onion chopped
1 bunch of parsley
3/4 cup of your favorite vinaigrette

Pour these into a large bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let sit overnight and taste again. Makes a lot. More than I should have made.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Dumpling Greedy

We had dim sum for brunch this morning. This was the first time that the kidlet actually had an appetite for dumplings. Actually, the kidlet loves dumplings.

We had ten different plates of dim sum. Kidlet ate nine different types of dim sum. And she had one kind twice. Because bacon wrapped shrimp apparently tastes like hot dogs.

We like to go to
Royal China
3295 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd
Atlanta, GA 30341
(770) 216-9933

I love the sesame balls, yes you can snicker if you like.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Red Beans and Rice

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The weather this week has been signaling fall. So I made red beans and rice. Because in the fall you want something stew-y.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Pizza Dough Revised

Since I first posted my pizza dough recipe, I have changed it. It was not really a conscious decision, it was more about making it healthier. Also, I had read Jim Lahey's book and he espoused about the wonders of time in bread making and I tried it.

Minjenah's Pizza Dough

1.5 cups of warm water
1 T honey
1 T yeast

2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups bread flour
2 T Kosher salt
1/4 cup Olive Oil

Mix the water, honey and yeast in a large bowl. Let the mixture get foamy. Add the next four ingredients in the order that I have listed. Mix to combine. I use a Dough Whisk
, but I am a gadget girl.

Then I leave it overnight. If it is summer, I let it rise in the fridge. In the winter, in a cold oven. Right before I bake it, I do a quick knead (less than a minute) in the bowl that it was proofing in. Then I roll it out, top it and bake it at 550 for about ten minutes.

This can make 2-6 pizzas depending on how thin I roll it out as well as how big the pan is. I use half sheet pans usually and on average I can make four pizzas and one little pizza for the kidlet who only likes cheese and sauce.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

What to do with the garden tomatoes part ten

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Garden Chili

2 T olive oil
2 onions chopped
12 banana peppers chopped
10 cloves of garlic smashed

50 ripe plum tomatoes
1 12 ounce can of beer
2 6 ounce cans tomato paste

1/2 cup chili powder
1/4 cup cumin
3 T oregano

15 ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
3 pounds of ground beef, well browned and drained
2 15 ounce cans of pinto beans

Saute the onion, peppers and garlic until it is well browned in your largest pot.

Take half the plum tomatoes, half the beer and one can of tomato paste and puree in a blender. Pour into the pot. Repeat and pour in the pot. Let it simmer until it is reduced by half. This took about two hours for me.

Add the seasonings and salt. I cannot tell you how much salt because what tastes right to me may not taste right to you.

Add the fresh tomatoes, beef and beans.

Makes an enormous amount that I froze most of it.

Friday, September 2, 2011

What to do with garden tomatoes part nine

This is my second favorite pasta.

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Minjenah's second favorite pasta

1 T olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, smashed
10 softball sized tomatoes, chopped and salted liberally
8 ounces of hot cooked pasta, I used angel hair
30 leaves of fresh basil, sliced in ribbons
1 T butter
3 T pecorino cheese
salt
pepper

Heat the olive oil and garlic in a large skillet until it smells yummy. Add 3/4 of the chopped tomatoes and let it cook down. I normally do this while I am boiling the water for the pasta. When the tomatoes are the consistency of maple syrup, add the pasta and toss to coat. Add the basil, butter, cheese and remaining tomatoes. Season liberally with salt and pepper.

The kidlet really likes this.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What to do with garden tomatoes part eight

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Tomato pizza with home made pesto and fresh mozzarella

Monday, August 29, 2011

Garden Slowing Down

This is all I picked today. My seven tomato a day habit may be going bye bye.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Cream of Zucchini Soup

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Cream of Zucchini Soup

1 onion, caramelized
3 cups of sauteed zucchini
1 small baked potato
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
Salt
Pepper

Put all these things in a Vitamix and let it blend on high for four minutes.

Made enough for four first course portions.

Yohboh said it was like liquid squash casserole.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Barefoot Contessa Thoughts

I have a love/hate thing with the Barefoot Contessa.

I have really enjoyed a lot of her recipes. Her smoked salmon deviled eggs are AMAZING! But when I watch her show, I notice she uses a LOT of dishes and pans.

And she does not like cilantro. Who does not like cilantro? I question her palate if she does not like cilantro.

I always imagine she has two maids, Lupe and Inez who call her the heavyset lady who uses too many dishes. And they curse her for making them scrub the mixing bowls, All Clad and sheet pans.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Caprese Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

Whoever came up with this salad should be canonized. Seriously.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

If you come to my house

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I will give you as many veggies you want.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Farm Fresh Eggs

In the summer, I do very little cooking. It is too hot. Someone gave us some farm fresh eggs. I ate this one with a sliced German Queen Tomato.

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HEAVEN!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Kidlet Dinner

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Chicken Drumstick, four slices of cucumber, four cherry tomatoes, four slices Italian trumpet zucchini. Kidlet has to eat four of every vegetable because she is four years old.