"Feedly" reader that I visit on a regular basis. I indulge my love of baking food porn, this way. I look. I lust. I "pin". But, I tend to post more savory recipes than I do baking. This is purely for my own self-preservation, I can assure you.
Incredible Cherry Pie", that my number of post readers quadrupled! So, there you go. Omni and Paleo Dieters... my hat's off to you-- I would have a really hard time giving up white flour and sugar, forever, and I doubt that I am alone
Thank goodness that I have a young adult son who stands at 6'4" in his stocking feet. His BMI numbers are really low-- essentially, he is very lean, and his doctor told him he needs to gain more weight. The flu and some health issues took a toll on his frame. Now that he's well, he is drinking protein shakes and emptying out the refrigerator faster than I can stock it! For a mom who loves to cook and bake, this is music to my ears. That I have yet, another one week staycation, for Spring Break, means I can crank up the oven and plug in my stand mixer more often than usual.
Rainbow Cookies". They are, pretty much, a very thick and chewy chocolate chip cookie that is made with melted butter-- and they are really good. By this morning, they were all gone. They are a good cookie (of course, they are a Cook's Illustrated recipe).
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Cauliflower. Love it or hate it? Husband and I love it. Son doesn't. Until I made this dish. True story.
I doubt that any bacon lover can resist trying a bite of cauliflower, if it has bacon added to it. Am I right? Oh, yeah.
Whenever I buy bacon, in bulk, I freeze the strips in my handy dandy plastic wrap technique. Slicing frozen bacon into thin strips (lardons) is convenient to do.
This mixture will become the crumbly topping for the pasta dish....
Sunday, March 23, 2014
These last few weeks, my pressure cooker has been quite the workhorse. I want to cook dinner, most every night, for my family. But, I want speed and simplicity, and I don't want to skimp on flavor. That's not asking much, is it?
I did a little stocking up in the meat department at my local Whole Foods. These are grass-fed short ribs. I love slow-braising them, and serving them over polenta. Delish! The only problem is, you need 2 hours-- or more-- to yield tender and flavor ribs. This doesn't work, when you get home at 5pm.
Pressure Cooker Perfection", and this seemed like a good time to make the recipe. It sure seemed simple enough.
The braising liquid/sauce has hoison sauce (yep, I keep a jar in my pantry), garlic, fresh ginger, soy sauce, dry sherry, scallions and cayenne pepper. I took less than 15 minutes to make the braising sauce.
NOTE: For those of you who don't own a pressure cooker, or still can't overcome an unnecessary fear of them, you can adapt this recipe for your oven or a slow cooker. The only difference is that the pressure cooking time is 35 minutes. In the oven, factor in two hours, or with a slow cooker, factor in 4-6 hours.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Happy Spring! It's so nice to see our roses blooming, and our garden has come back to life.
As I was driving home, I was taking a mental inventory of what's in my fridge and pantry. I shop at Trader Joe's on Fridays, so I had a fresh package of their flour tortillas in my grocery bag, and I had picked up a bag of their packaged three-cheese mix. I was planning on making quesadillas for dinner, since those are always so quick to do.
It's funny how I hoard recipes in my brain. Suddenly, I remembered this recipe for Tortilla and Black Bean Pie, that I had bookmarked in one of my Martha Stewart Everyday Food cookbooks a very long time ago. I always thought that it looked so pretty, as a layered tortilla pie. Well, what do you know? I had all the ingredients! Quesadilla could wait for another time. It was time to make this recipe:
Onions, scallions, fresh garlic and jalapenos... check. Chop, chop, chop.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
That many? I love you. Take a bow.
Hi, my name is Debby, and I used to rely on frozen processed dinners, and drive-thru places to feed my young son. I was a frazzled, working mom of a little kid -- and I was supporting him on my single income. Of course, a little kid loves those Happy Meals and toys that comes with it. But, little boys grow up, and they eat a LOT of food! I'm thankful that it was a Food Network show "30-Minute Meals" that helped me reform my pantry staples so that I could put a homemade dinner on the table, very quickly, and I felt good about it. I felt like "Super Mom".
I give some fast-food chains credit, for trying to add healthier selections. But have you checked out their prices lately? Today, I can cook dinners, that includes these beautiful fresh veggies and aromatics for about the same price-- or even less. If I can get dinner on the table in 30 minutes, or less, I consider this to be a win-win for me, and for the family that I love.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Fully-Cooked Sausage Crumbles. Me? Compete in a cooking contest? That's really stepping out of my comfort zone, you see. I'd never survive being in a Pillsbury Bakeoff contest. I just don't have that kind of