Thursday, November 13, 2008
This is simply called "Mixed" in Provence. It came as quite a shock, especially since we thought we ordered lasagna. We postively identified the potato but let's just say the rest was delicious and we'll leave it at that....
Take a look at THAT!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Okay, so, I have visions of rolled oats, cranberries, and capers running through my head when "knock knock"-subtle yet alerting...the perfect knock.
Salesperson: Hi, is your mom at home? (this was my only escape and I blew it...)
Me: Ummmm, no, I'm the uh...um
Salesperson: Oh, I'm so sorry, you are so young! Girl!!! Gimmie High Five! Right there! That's where it is!
I'm not even going to attempt to script this out. Suffice it to say, I found myself high fiving, bumping elbows, and knuckle bumping through the most uncomfortable 10 minutes of, well, at least the last month. It was the perfect sales pitch. Let's see here....
The product- Green Apple Advanage- The WONDER CLEANER
Does it work? Yep, she already had my tarnished brass light, moss covered patio rail, and siding clean as a whistle. What can't this stuff do???
Bandwagon technique? Check- yeah, she literally showed me the checks of my neighbors
Sympathy? Yep- She's a single mother of four working her way through college
For a good cause? Of course! I should be so happy to see her working pushing cleaners and not drugs! Helping her and families like her stay off welfare... how can I resist?
No way out? All bases covered here...
"I'm kinda broke right now..." should work, but it doesn't. She already pointed out the quality of my car, the size of my home, my youthful successes. No, I couldn't do it...too lame. After all, I am successful and here she is with 4 babies at home. Damn, success guilt.
"My house is already perfectly clean!" Nah, the evidence was all around me.
"I'm attempting to live a sustainable lifestyle and only buy natural cleaning products." This has got to work!
I kid you not, before the thought fully formed in my pitiful brain, she already had me cornered and literally ATE some of this cleaning crap.
Grrrrrr! So, I cracked. In the very small space I had to get a word in, I find myself saying, "Okay, I'll buy just one bottle"- guess how much? Come on! Guess! $38.00 freakin' dollars! So, now, with the promise that my shiny new bottle of Advanage- THE WONDER CLEANER will clean the equivalent of 60 bottles of my organic stuff, I can sit here and be happy I don't have balls because losing them would have been too painful. I must now go clean my hard water stains...
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
I also don't have a traditional greek salad tooth...
It was gross...here's the stupid recipe.
Here's me exercising my Ouzo Meatball tooth:
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Serves 4 ( I made it for 2)
1 pound plum tomatoes, quartered. ( I used 1/2 a container of grape tomatoes, halved)
1 onion, quarted lenthwise and sliced crosswise ( wtf? I used half and just took a knife to it)
1 jalepeno chile, seeded and sliced lengthwise ( yes, maam)
2 cloves of garlic thinly sliced ( or, a spoon of that minced stuff in the jar, eh?)
2 1/2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil ( EVOO)
Salt and Pepper
8 Green Olives, chopped ( I did this but then I forgot about them so I think my cat ate some)
4 8 oz Salmon fillets ( I used 2)
1 10 oz box of plain couscous, cooked ( I only made two servings)
1. Preheat oven to 450. I lined a baking sheet with parchment paper because I got a load of it at amazon for like 20 bucks. Score! Then, toss together the tomatoes, onion, jalepeno, garlic, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Roast for 20-30 minutes or until lightly charred. I went for 20 minutes. Then toss with the olives if you remember them.
2. This is the step I skipped. Boiled salmon didn't sound like it would flip my wig so I went with grilling it with salt/pepper and a little olive oil ( yum.) BUT, if I were inclined to follow the rules, I would have done this: Fill a large skillet halfway with water and bring to boil. Add a tsp of salt and place the salmon skin side down in the pan. Place a lid on top and lower the heat to simmer until opaque. Transfer to plate and discard the skin. Blah.
3. Fluff couscous ( what is this stuff? It's great!) and serve with the salmon and throw the veggies on top!
That's it. It was easy and I will definitely make it again.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Recipe (with notes)
Serves 4 ( I cut it in half)
2 tbsp. evoo
1/3/ cup chopped cilantro ( I probably still used this much just for 2)
2 scallions, finely chopped (yeah, I used white onion...it was still yum)
2 tbsp. fresh chopped thyme ( I used the dry stuff)
Grated peel of one lime plus juice of 2 limes ( worth it...for sure)
2 tsp. hot pepper sauce ( I didn't have any so I mixed some cayenne pepper with malt vinegar until it looked a little bit like tabasco)
4 Skinless, boneless chicken breasts
4 deli slices of pepper jack cheese
1 small red onion ( yeah, I used white again... still good)
1 small plum tomato, chopped
2 jalepeno chiles, seeded and chopped ( Okay, this is essentially pico de gallo... Aubrey made a huge batch with even more cilantro)
1 clove of garlic, grated ( I used the minced stuff)
Juice of 1 lemon ( what? I think I forgot this...)
4 buns or crusty rolls, toasted
1 head green leaf lettuce
Tortilla chips ( we used baked tostitos!)
1. Combine evoo, cilantro, scallions ( or whatever), thyme, lime peel, half of the lime juice, and hot sauce in a bowl. Season with S&P and throw chicken in there to get marinated for like 30 minutes.
2. Preheat grill to medium high. Then, do like I did and combine the pico stuff with the garlic, avocados, and the rest of the lime juice ( this is where the recipe says to mash the avocado with the garlic, red onion, tomato, lime juice, and lemon juice with some salt.)
3. Grill chicken until cooked through and melt a slice of cheese over the top.
4. Serve on the toasted rolls with lettuce and guacomole. Serve with chips.
SO GOOD. That's all I can say.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Anyway, we all had a really great time again and had some great food. We’re getting better and better! Featured dishes include, tropical chicken, fresh fruit salad, a special salad with a fruity vinaigrette, Caribbean black beans and rice with a mango salsa, and more. I made coconut jasmine rice (see the recipe on this site) and another P-Dub recipe…that’s Pioneer Woman for those of you who have yet to be initiated in the “I Stalk P-Dub” fan club. I made her “Yummy, Easy, Pineapple Skewered Shrimp.” I really liked them and got asked for the recipe so I guess that means they weren’t poisonous at the very least. You can view the complete assembly instructions here http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/page/9/ but here is what I did since I was cooking for a crowd:
60ish jumbo shrimp (headless, peeled, de-veined…yeah, buy them like this. Trust me, it is worth the extra $100 dollars unless you have no use for an hour and a half of your time.)
1 cupish of teriyaki sauce
3 finely chopped green onions
Roughly a ¼ cup of sugar
A heaping tablespoon of minced garlic (about three cloves)
2 cans pineapple chunks
Prepare shrimp; set aside.
Mix teriyaki, sugar, green onions, garlic, and pineapple JUICE (just one cans worth) into a shallow baking dish big enough to house all your shrimp; add shrimp.
Marinate for roughly 2 hours ( I bet less or more would be fine, though.)
Assemble on skewers in this order so the shrimp is hugging a pineapple chunk with a chunk between each shrimp embrace (look at the pic, it will make more sense.)
Grill until beautifully blackened. Serve hot ( I got one cold and one hot…the hot kicked the cold one’s butt.)
I was afraid the skewers might catch on fire but they didn’t. I wish one did though so I could run around screaming “ Fire! Fire ON THE GRILL!” Then, people would think I was crazy and pierce me with a skewer or 9 toothpicks just to see if I could feel pain. I can.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Blogspot doesn't want to load anymore pictures right now so I'll post the "after" shot later...
Saturday, April 12, 2008
I know you're asking your computer screen, "WHAT WAS IT???" Well, I WILL ASK THE QUESTIONS because it was German night! Have you ever tried canned halibut in tomato sauce? Well, as we discovered, there's a good reason for this. Who knew that Germans enjoyed specialties other than the typical Bratwurst and Saurkraut? As it turns out, Deutsche cuisine offers a well-rounded smattering of delights ranging from fried, dark and heavy to...heavy, dark, and fried. From Wienersnitzel (fried pork) to fried potato pancakes, we had it all. We're getting pretty good at being authentic, too!
I made a particularly tasty dish called Sour Cream Apple Crumb Kutchen. Yeah, it sounds pretty nasty but it was really good ( much to my relief). The recipe is here: http://www.recipeatlas.com/germanrecipes/scapplecakerecipe.html
I have no clue what it's original source might be but it came up in "german cake recipes" and it looked like I could make it without becoming a pastry chef.
Let me just say, this was the most intensive cake I have ever made (also, like the third of which didn't originate in a box). I dirtied every dish in the house! Also, I thought all cake batter was poured into a pan. NO! This batter was spread with some difficulty and the end product weighed about 10 pounds. I think it would make a good breakfast cake. Very pure, dense, moist, apple-y, and not at all artificially sweet tasting. Sorry, no pictures of it because I was too busy engaging in other german customs... ( i.e. a shot of jagermeister with a lemon slice half covered in coffee and half covered in sugar). Has anyone ever heard of this? Crazy.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Coconut Jasmine Rice
Sunday, March 9, 2008
1/4 cup milk
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
I've also decided that next time I will put a cookie sheet under the casserole dish so as to avoid grease fires. Aubrey had to have been crestfallen when he noticed the inferno in our oven but somehow he managed to calmy analyze the situation and draw my attention to the flames. Fortunately, I saved the day by saving the pie and it was TASTY...and a little greasy. Do yourself a favor and get rid of it. Oh and get parsnips if you can find them. I bet they're good.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt
I wanted to walk around without looking like a doofus so I turned to the crucial elements of tourist disguise.
#1. Don't look obnoxiously happy.
#2. Walk in a determined direction as though you are late.
#3. Eat something ( It also helps to be on your cell, listening to your ipod, and reading a newspaper at the same time).
I had never heard of Pinkberry and went in willing to throw my "diet" out the window. Turns out, these babies only have 70 calories and are packed with vitamins. I had an original, small, with strawberries ( I blew my cover ordering- it was like learning how to order at Starbucks all over again). I didn't want to add insult to injury so no picture was taken. It looked like this except with a ton of strawberries. Refreshingly crisp and delicately sweet.
Heartland Brewery and Rottisserie
This brewery found only in New York has a convenient location at the foot of the Empire State Building. Since they are famous for their rottisserie, that's what I ordered... and that's all I got. One big plate of half a chicken in lemon and rosemary marinade. The chicken gets two thumbs up. The presentation needs some help...especially at a price of $15.95. The location limited interaction with locals...I swore to do better next time.
This little hole-in-the-wall haven was a mad house of activity. I had passed it several times while getting where I needed to go so I decided to try it. So happy I did! I had the #1 burrito at $6.95. In simple foil wrap, complimented by a full salsa bar, this burrito was pure wonder.
Well, that was it for my New York food adventure. It would be glorious to visit in the springtime in a Soho farmers market.....
Thursday, January 31, 2008
1 cup sugar
1 cup self-rising flower
( mix these together)
1 cup milk ( whisk it in baby)
1/2 cup melted butter ( that's one whole stick- add it in there! Now whisk it! Whisk it good!)
Put the cobbler mixture in a buttered baking dish
2 cups Blackberries ( of the fresh or frozen variety- Just throw them on top)
1/4 cup more sugar ( sprinkle over the top of all that beauty)*
Bake for an hour at 350 degrees. That's that.
* This is "all that beauty" before it gets sprinkled with sugar and popped in the oven.
For an extra tasty alternative I made one with peaches and blackberries. I'm usually not one to brag but this was the best cobbler I have ever had. No joke. You may kiss my ring.
Monday, January 28, 2008
1 finely diced medium sized onion
1/2 tsp. pepper
Monday, January 21, 2008
Amanda: I should get a spork to use in my pictures for my blog. You know, to round out the theme.
Aubrey: Yeah, you could get like 20 of them in a package.
Amanda: No, I want a titanium one to match my hip.