Friday, June 8, 2012
For some reason, I accidently posted a recipe for a wonderful beet salad on my other blog instead of here. I must really have been exhausted last night when I did that. Please go read about it. And sorry for the inconvenience.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
I grow Meyer lemons and lemon mint in my backyard and have waited for a recipe just like this one to let those Meyer lemons and that lemon mint shine.
I used 6 Meyer lemons to equal 1 cup of juice. I juice my lemons through a strainer to prevent seeds getting into the juice.
I used the rind of one lemon to equal one Tablespoon of rind.
I cut enough lemon mint leaves to equal 1 teaspoon when chopped up. You can also use regular mint leaves as well.
I added the lemon mint when the recipe asked to add the lemon rind to the lemon sugar mixture.
I used 1/2 pint of blueberries. This went into the ice cream maker about 1/2 way through at 10 min. And in 10 more minutes it looks just like this!
Thursday, May 3, 2012
When I saw these Halfway Cookie Bars on Pinterest, I had to get the recipe. I scanned the recipe and realized I had all of the ingredients except for the chocolate chips. This gave me an opportunity to substitute dark chocolate chips. The bottom is cookie goodness, with a middle layer of dark chocolate and a top layer of brown sugar meringue. Slurp! They took a bit of time, but were really easy. Anything with meringue is a winner in my book. I recommend this recipe for a delicious treat.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I always get a little anxious when I'm not going to be home for dinner during the week and my son and husband need dinner. That calls for planning; which I lack in a bit, but it is what it is.
I love this slow cooker beef stew recipe from Betty Crocker because you just throw everything in and turn it on. It's really rich and delicious.
The only modification I make is that I put the beef in a bowl and toss the beef in the flour. Then put it over everything else. Stir at the end. I didn't get a picture of it after it cooked because I wasn't home. Now I just hope my husband and son save some for me.
Friday, March 9, 2012
I love to order Bibimbap when I go to a Korean restaurant. It's a rice dish with vegetables and sometimes meat. But I usually order what's called Dolsot Bibimbap, which is in a super hot stone bowl so that the rice sizzles and gets crusty like paella rice. Unfortunately I still haven't found the right stone bowls to do that at home. Well honestly I found them but at $20 a pop for my entire family plus no room to store them, I chose to leave that dish to the restaurants. I wanted to make a version of regular Bibimbap at home and it's definitely not classically Korean, but it's what I came up with using ingredients I already had at home based on the flavors I like.
Bibimbap for 3 people
4-5 leaves Napa Cabbage, cut small
1/2 cucumber sliced matchstick style
*pickled grated carrots (recipe at bottom of page)
1/2 lb seasoned ground beef (saute with a little Worstershire sauce)
4 cups seasoned rice (cook then add rice wine vinegar, juice from 1 lemon)
3 fried eggs, sunny side up
*Pickled Grated Carrots
1 cup of grated carrots (already grated from the store in a bag)
rice wine vinegar
white wine vinegar
In a bowl combine a little of each sauce to taste with carrots and put in fridge for 1-2 hours.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
I'm a big fan of chocolate and wanted to mix things up a bit for our Valentine's Day dinner. I was watching The Nate Show on the 13th and saw Paul Young, my favorite chocolatier. He made a main course dish using chocolate, but not mole. It is called "Paul's Venezuelan Chocolate Chili Chicken". I thought "that's it". Problem was, it was with chicken and we had chicken 2 days prior so I thought why not make it with pork. It turned out chocolaty but with the chiles and the orange in it, it was definitely a winning dish in my husband's eyes. My son, not so much. He can't understand why people would cook with chocolate. 17 year olds *eye roll*.
Then came dessert. Because we had a chocolate main course, I wanted a tart and tangy, refreshing dessert. I found this recipe for Lemon Bars with Coconut Crust from Mountain Mama Cooks blog.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Kristin and they were so delicious. I found the recipe on the Sugar Cooking Blog. I decided to make them yesterday to take to a meeting. So of course I went to the store and the store I went to didn't have the peanut butter chips that were supposed to be in the cookie. I wasn't going to another store, so I substituted white chocolate chips instead. Like I always say, it's ok to substitute. You'll be amazed. The cookies are very easy to make and they literally got gobbled up in 2 minutes. The salty and sweet flavors are really appealing.