Hope everyone has a happy valentines day!! I made some goodies for a few friends. Heart shaped hand pies filled with blueberries and apples. This was the first time I made blueberry pie filling-I was pretty happy with it. Are you making anything special for Valentines Day?
Time is still flying by for me!! This has been a crazy year what with thesis and all!! Groundhogs day is over-let's hope spring really does come early!!! The super bowl is over-honestly that's fine by me, I am not a football person! Hockey is back!! Let's go RANGERS!!! And valentines day is right around the corner!!
Hoping that this month I will be in the kitchen a little more-hopefully trying some new stir fry recipes. What's your favorite? I have never made stir fry so I am looking forward to seeing how it goes!!
Not only has school life been busy-so has work...I typically am a very neat and organized person...not lately!
Another year has begun... I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Years!!! And I hope no one has caught the dreaded flu that is going around!! It is horrible!! Time goes by so fast doesn't it? I was just thinking its been about a year since I was posting regularly.. but no, that's not right.. its 2 years already...
In some ways, I feel like not a lot has changed... I am still happily working at the same place, and still in school (almost done!!!)... the "fellow" and I are no longer together... for almost 2 years now, and I have moved to a new place... sadly-with a MUCH smaller kitchen lol...
I am happy to say that I have made a new circle of friends who are fantastic!!! And I have started my Architecture Thesis!!! I have been going out on dates here and there and meeting new people!! It's been fun!!
Also, something that hasn't changed... the food.. lol, I am still cooking.. though just haven't posted about it.. here are some teaser pics of things that I have remembered to take pictures of....
Egg sausage breakfast muffins Yummy Turkey!
Apple filling Apple Turnovers in the making
Melted snow man cookies (thank you pinterest) St. Patty's Day cupcakes
Apple Pecan muffins Jalapeno Popper Dip
Corn Dog Muffins Seafood Pot Pie
Hot Dog Sauce YUM!
Sauteed Onions With mushrooms Into a Gravy
Apple Oatmeal and Eggs in a cup Spinach Dip
Double Chocolate Pecan Cherry Cookies and Candied Nuts
As momma and I always say.. Doesn't matter where we are..... It's always all about the food!!!
Hello Everyone.. I know its been years (ok, maybe not years) since I have posted.. but had some busy things going on and then my life kinda got flipped upside down... I am alive.. I will return.. But this girl is going to be taking a break for a little bit... hopefully soon when things pick up I will be back and posting (what I think are) delicious meals... until then.. I hope you all are Happy and Loving Life!!
Things have been busy busy busy around here.. I was hoping to share a few more posts with you all before announcing the winner to the giveaway.. but sometimes we don't always get what we want... right.. gotta love the stones!
Anyhoo..I want to say Congratulations to Betsy of My Five Men, you are the owner of a new Lattice Pocket Pie mold!!!
Hopefully things slow down a bit for me and I will share with you some beef stew, yummy home made biscuits, and my grams.. (well, I am really not sure what to call them since she accidentally made them..) date candies!!
When people talk about their "immediate family" typically they are talking about their mom, dad, and siblings. For me, that is not the case. My immediate family is my mom, grandma, grandpa, aunts and uncle and cousins... Growing up I spent a lot of time with all of them. Holiday's big and small, sporting events (track and field), and cookouts on lazy weekends. My cousins and I spent a lot of time at our grandma's, running around her yard and in the forest by her house. Many of my favorite dishes came from gram's house... Pig Picken Cake, Chicken and Waffles... Heavenly rice!!
4 cups cooked rice
1 20 oz can of crushed pineapple
3 small gala apples (diced)
1 bag of chopped walnuts
1 jar of maraschino cherries (quartered)
3/4 bag of mini marshmallows
2 cups of Chantilly cream (gram would used a container of cool whip)
Mix all ingredients in a big bowl, allow to chill before serving. Yep, that's it!
Now.. It may not look like much, but it is a tasty treat that my grandma use to make that I would devour!!
Also, if you haven't already.. Check out my Blogavarsary Giveaway Post and enter to win a cute Lattice Pocket Pie Mold - Winner will be announced on the 23rd!!
Do you remember me telling you my mom is a soup(er) woman and how I am....not? Well, I have successfully made soup from scratch!! All thanks to momma! I made her Italian Wedding soup and it was delicious!! It tasted as if she had made it!!
For chicken stock:
1 Whole Chicken
2 Small onions
3 or 4 stalks of celery (cut into 2-3 inch pieces)
1 carrot (cut into 2-3 inch pieces)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp pepper
1 Tbsp (or so) of crushed red pepper flakes
Ingredients for soup:
4 cups of chicken stock
2 cups of shredded chicken
20 mini meatballs
Acini de Pepe pasta (about 1/2 a box) - cooked al dente
Shredded carrots (about 1/8 cup or so)
Spinach (I omit this)
Place all ingredients in a stock pot and cover with water and place on stove.
Bring to a boil and then lower heat and allow to simmer for 1 1/2-2 hours. Allow broth to cool some, remove chicken. Pick chicken off of bone. Place chicken in a container and put in the refrigerator. Taste the stock if it needs more seasoning add more. Put chicken bone back in stock pot with broth and veggies. Repeat - bring to a boil and then simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Allow broth to cool, remove chicken bone and veggies. Strain broth. Place broth in fridge and allow to cool, allow the fat to set so you can skim it off the top of the broth.
When I made this I used a medium sized chicken and got about 9 cups of stock. I froze 5 cups and used the rest for soup.
Once the stock is ready, add all the remaining ingredients and allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Finally, Enjoy!!
Seriously, this is my all time favorite soup!! It is a comfort food and yes, it may be a bit of a process to make it, but it is SO worth it!! Plus, now I have 5 cups of frozen fresh chicken stock in my freezer!!
As I mentioned in a previous post February is my "blogaversary" so, as a thank you to those that read and enjoy my blog I am doing a giveaway!! Not too long ago I purchased Lattice Pocket Pie Molds from Williams Sonoma (looks like they are sold out now-more incentive to win it!), I had purchased two thinking it would make pie-making easier.. well, one was enough!! So, I have decided to give the other one away!! They are fun and cute and make beautiful little pie's (see blog post here) like these:
So... Post a comment telling me about your favorite pie and then on the 23rd I will randomly select a winner! (p.s. Please remember to leave some sort of way for me to contact you - If you post anonymously be sure to email me with your comment so I can contact you if you win!)
What are you baking for Valentine's Day? My fellow is a cookie monster so I decided to make some sugar cookies, I cut them out in the shape of hearts for Valentines day and decorated them! This recipe is from my mom's friend Connie. She bakes cookies each year for the holidays, and just happened to give me this recipe.. I am still waiting for her blue berry walnut thumbprint cookies! Her cookies are delicious! And this recipe is amazing! They are moist and buttery and delicious!!
2 sticks of butter
1 c. sugar
2 1/2 c. flour
2 Tbsp. Orange Juice
1 Tbsp. Butter Vanilla Extract (regular vanilla extract is fine also) (I used half Vanilla and half butter extract)
1 tsp. Baking Powder
preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cream butter, sugar, and egg. Add the flour,
orange juice, vanilla extract and baking powder. Mix. roll out dough and cut into
shapes you like. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Once cookies are baked allow to fully cool before decorating!
Decorating cookies is new to me, and if it is new to you I suggest you
I made Pizza Dough for the first time recently, and being that it made enough dough for 2 16" pizza's, I thought that instead of making 2 pizza's I would make some pepperoni bites with the remaining dough!! Good idea right? Right!
Roll out pizza dough, using a big cookie cutter, cut out round shapes, add cheese and pepperoni in the center of dough, fold sides around and seal edges. Bake at 450 degrees F for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
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My mom can make soup. She is a soup person. She takes ham hocks, or whole chickens, or a bag of mixed beans and creates delicious soups. What? You have some onions, cream, and bacon that needs used up... Bam.. she has made you a soup... I am not exaggerating. And the soups, they taste amazing!! I have friends that rave about her Italian Wedding Soup (this is my ALL time favorite!!), and some of her friends think that she should open up her own soup and sandwich shop (she would do great!!)..
I on the other hand, can't make soup. At all. I have successfully opened a can of Campbell's chicken noodle soup and heated that up in the microwave!! That is as far as my soup making culinary skills go... sad isn't it?!?!
I like black bean soup. I have been wanting to try making it for a while, and it just so happens that I have Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen Cookbook, and in it is a recipe for black bean soup that I thought I would try making!
It looks OK, I guess. Not like soups I have ordered at Restaurants.... It tasted horrible! I am not posting the recipe, I do not doubt Rick's recipe, but I did something wrong. I didn't have chorizo sausage so I used spicy Italian... and after it was done, and I tasted and didn't care for it - I added a little bit of chicken stock to think it out some... chipolte pepper in adobe and a little bit of cream.. nothing worked. It just didn't taste good (even after the addition of the cheese and sour cream)!!
Oh well.. just gotta try, try, try again!! If you have any tried and true recipes for black bean soup, please share them!
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How many of you have took a trip up to the city? When I say city I am talking about that big apple, the mighty Manhattan, good ol' New York City! I am not sure if this is a good thing, or a sad thing.. But one of my favorite things about trips to the city, is walking along the streets in search of a Nuts for Nuts street car that sells candied coconut! I love candied coconut. The texture, the sweetness, everything about it is delicious!!
I had difficulty finding a recipe for the coconut, but thanks to some ladies.. I was shown the light.. A recipe for a "copycat" Nuts for Nuts. Yep!! It was time for me to buy a coconut!! Have you ever bought a coconut? Or opened one for that matter? I haven't. This was a whole new world for me! Draining the coconut water, cracking open the shell, and then prying chunks of coconut from there hard shell... Well, Lets just say that while I was in the process of removing the coconut meat from the shell I told the fellow that if I ever again get the idea of "hey, lets get a coconut", for him to remind me... remind me of that moment. Right then. Why? because that was the biggest pain in my butt!! I didn't think that getting the meat out of the coconut was worth it. It was too much work. Maybe I was doing it the wrong way.. who knows.
Either way, I eventually got the coconut meat out of the shell (technically, I got a little bit out and then gave up). And that coconut meat became the yummy treat that I am sharing with you today!!
2 Tbsp. water
1/4 C. sugar
1 C. Fresh coconut Meat
Bring water and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
Add the coconut and stir often until water evaporates.
Continue stirring until the sugar begins to harden on the nuts.
Grease foil with a little bit of oil, and dump coconut onto foil, with a fork separate the coconut, place under the broiler until it starts to lightly brown, be sure to take it out and give it a stir.
Well, you know how I said that I didn't think it was worth it, picking the meat out.. well, after tasting one of these coconut bites, well.. Now, I can't exactly say that anymore.. it was SO worth it!! These turned out perfectly!! I swear, if I would have closed my eyes I would have heard taxi horns honking, and felt the breeze of busy people rushing past me!! They were that good, no, I take that back.. they were better! They were FRESH!!!
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Happy Eating!! ~