Friday, June 28, 2013

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Lately, I have been watching Trisha Yearwood's cooking show.   I like her unpretentious ways.  She is not suggesting I get two dishwashers or truffle butter (not to hate on anyone that has two dishwashers--I am jealous, and I will admit to owning truffle butter).

And I saw her make this strawberry cake but I did not like the frosting.  So I made up a frosting.

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Minjenah's Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
4 ounces of butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup fresh strawberries, well mashed
1/4 cup strawberry preserves
1 16 ounce box of powdered sugar

Combine the two strawberry things in a coffee cup.

Whip the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy and doubled in volume.  Add the strawberries stuff and whip well.  Now it will look like fluffy pink stuff.

Slowly add the powdered sugar.  I think you should really sift the powdered sugar but I did not.  I like the crunchy little pockets of sugar lumps.  I admit to my weirdness.

Use it to frost Trisha Yearwood's Strawberry cake.

And that pool of stuff was leftover mashed strawberries.

And Yohboh made the fork marks before I took the picture.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Smoked Fish

Yohboh smoked some red snapper on the Kamodo Joe.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Garden Update

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Things are progressing nicely.  No tomatoes yet.

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This is a little watermelon.

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This is a row of tomatoes.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Stuffed Eight Ball Squash


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This is a squash stuffed with squash, onions, breadcrumbs, Asiago cheese, and Italian sausage.

It was yummy.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Eggplant was happy to see me


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Yes, I am really that immature.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

More Eight Balls and some PAYCHECK zucchini

The names for some zucchini are funny.

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I picked these today.  More eight balls and some paycheck zucchini.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Broccoli Salad


Does anyone besides me forget recipes?  Like you think, I made this, like it and would like to make it again only to forget its existence?

I forgot about this broccoli salad until I watched Trisha Yearwood's cooking show. And she made this salad.

I made it years ago from a recipe I got from Amanda Hesser's book.  So I made it again and it was good and I hope I do not forget its existence.

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Broccoli Salad

INGREDIENTS

4 cups broccoli florets, blanched
8 strips of bacon, fried until crispy and crumbled
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, hulled, toasted and salted
1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 T rice wine vinegar
2 T Sugar



METHOD:
In a large bowl combine the first six ingredients.

Mix the mayo, vinegar and sugar in a small bowl.  It should be the consistency of heavy cream.  Taste it.  I liked mine a bit more tart so I added a bit more vinegar.  

Pour the dressing over the broccoli mixture.  Toss gently to coat.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Eight Ball


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This is an eight ball zucchini.  This is the first time we have grown these.  Aren't they cute?

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Salad Greens

The garden is slowly but surely growing.  We have nothing yet but:

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Salad Greens