Tuesday, April 29, 2008
berfore he was eating food i read in a magazine where a woman needed help getting her kids off their addiction to fast food. the author recommended using cute plates and cute food to get them interested in food at home. i knew i would never allow my son to become addicted to fast food, but the cute food idea intriqued me anyways. now all i need are some bento boxes!! mini pb&j with banana chunks on bite size whole wheat pitas. just his size!
it started off acceptable. a quick homemade tomato basil on angel hair. then some sauteed peas in olive oil with pepper and salt.
....and then i topped it with frozen chicken nuggets. at first i even turned the oven on to bake them, but i didn't want to wait 15 minutes. i microwaved them. the shame. but VERY good.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
i'm not a huge fan of pork AT ALL, but my parents love it and i cook them dinner atleast 3 nights a week. they work late and they do a lot for me, so it's the least i can do(i do more though). it was the raspberry sauce that sold me on trying this recipe.
but.....i will admit that i like leftover pork sandwiches with some sort of fruit concoction. last time i made apple chutney, but this time i had the raspberry sauce. i mixed it with mayo.....
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Saturday night my mother had family coming over after dinner and, like always, asked me to supply desserts.First up was a brownie. I had seen an article in a mag about going outside the box while serving dessert. This was an example they used.....
I lined a round casserole dish with butcher paper. I cut it into a circle. Parchment paper works but I liked using the brown paper. The batter goes half way up the paper leaving scalloped edges. Leave the cooked brownie in the paper. I served it on a small pedestal cake plate.
To go along with that I made icecream truffles. I don't remember where this idea came from(i may have just thought it up) but I did it about 2 years ago for a playdate.
~Use small scoop or melon baller to make icecream into truffle sized balls. Freeze until hard.
~then coat in toppings and freeze until time to eat. I used chopped bitter chocolate. Chopped nuts and tosted coconut.
I served those in dishes along with chocolate sauce. That's no secret...it was hershey's. What is a secret is my brownie recipe. Its just a simple and old fashioned one, but its the best I have had and I have dreams of owning a world known bakery so its what you would call my "crabby patty".
I also made individual peach cobblers. In ramekins of course. I had some frozen peaches from winter months. I covered them in a warm simple syrup to thaw.
~Stick butter, melted
~1 cup sugar
~1 cup s.r. Flour
~3/4 c. Milk
~throw all in a bowl and mix just until mixed. Lumps are fine.
~seperate into ramekins(or into one oven safe bowl)
~pick your fruit...berries, peaches, cherries. if using fresh, cover with simple syrup:(heat 1/2c. sugar with 1/4c. water until dissolved).
~fruit filling should be dumped into batter. it will sink to bottom. do not stir.
~cook for 35 minutes or an hour @ 350
here is the table. tablescape isn't that fancy..but i was pooped. HA!
i HATE eating bananas, but if they are mushed up very good and thrown in cake batter you better believe i will eat them. when i went to grab the two halves, one was in no way going into my cake, so it got about 3/4 of a banana.
i had enough batter for 3 muffins. i do A LOT of baking in ramekins. you would be amazed how well they come out. ease and taste!
most things come out of ramekins looking like popovers. so rustic!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
it was VERY light, so it may only satisfy you if you've had a heavy day of eating. if you want something full of flavor, add some cream. ha!
i haven't done that much cooking/baking this past weekend. i did make my first pound cake. the person who gave me the recipe raves over it. it was good, the texture was amazing, but there was something very strange about it. i think next time i will add lemon. in fact, the whole reason i wanted a pound cake was because i found a lemon curd recipe. never even made the lemon curd. argh!
saturday i made brownies for some fellow travelers of my husband's band. i'm not a name dropper but you may know them by "let the bodies hit the floor". they liked the brownies. i wasn't happy with them, so the next day i made a batch for us....they were much better. goddamnit! good for us, bad for the rockers.
try the pound cake for yourselves:
true pound cake
~3 sticks butter
~8 oz. cream cheese, softened
~3 cups sugar
~3 cups cake flour, sifted
~1 T. vanilla
grease and flour 10" tube pan. cream butter and cream cheese. gradually add in sugar and beat until light and fluffy. add eggs one at a time. beat well. add flour and salt until mixed. stir in vanilla.
bake @ 325 for about an hour. let sit 10 minutes and turn out onto rack.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
yesterday was a VERY late day. my son didn't wake up until after 9:30, so my husband and i found a little somthing to do until he woke up ;)
anywho, that gave us a very late breakfast and a very late lunch. we had a trip to the aquarium which had us eating lunch at chic-fi-a after 2pm. i'm not quite sure what time it was when my son was digging through the fridge(i hate this habit. i am trying to nip it)....i decided i didn't want to make a shitty dinner, so after 6pm, i went to the grocery store. i decided on hamburger steak with rice and gravy, sauted squash with basil, peas and biscuits. we ate after 7pm. i know, i know.
so you know, i do sometimes cook in a very "paula deen" style.
ground beef is a big staple for me because i'm not a huge meat eater and even more then eating it, i hate handeling it. especially chicken. ugh! but ground beef is easy to cook. for the most part i get 93% lean, but that won't make gravy, so this time i got 80%. that's about as low as i will buy.the squash is cooked in butter and sprinkles with lots of dry basil and kosher salt. it was a tad mushy,
my gravy turned out really weird. it almost had a gamey taste to it. might have been the lower fat contents of the meat or the browning sauce is bad.....no idea. we still ate it. the husband loved it.
Friday, April 11, 2008
my husband is a full time touring musician. so when he is home on breaks our schedule's get a little screwy...but in a good way. 2 nights ago he requested meatball subs. it's one of his mom's staples that he enjoys. it's nothing i would EVER cook when he was not home.
he and i collaborated on the meat balls. he did the dirty work and i cooked 'em up with a quick tomato basil marinara.
we served them in whole wheat sub rolls and were topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese and mozzerella. then under the broiler.
the husband enjoyed them. i did somewhat. i wish i would have eaten the meatballs and sauce plain. they were delish! my son got them with macaroni pasta. (the sub would have been a bit much for his little mouth to take on).
we decided on seasoned fries for the side. i'm not a HUGE french fry fan. my son won't even touch them, thank goodness, but if i do make them(twice a year) they are fried, fried, fried. Mmmm. they were amazing! i did use peanut oil if that makes it any better. ha~ha
...and oh, they were store brand fries. i didn't make them. Sshh.