Posts tagged ‘foodie’

May 16, 2012

mango lassi

Mangos…a puzzler to find the fruit around the odd-shaped seed & tough skin, but worth the effort!

A simple summer yummy ~ 1 cup cubed mango, 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup milk, 3-4 tsp. sugar, dash cardamom

Blend & serve!

“They don’t have a decent piece of fruit at the supermarket.  The apples are mealy, the oranges are dry… I don’t know what’s going on with the papayas!”

~ Kramer, in “The Mango”

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May 9, 2012

fried rice

Cook up the following recipe for an easy, healthy meal option during the week.  Prepare the following:

  • slightly undercooked rice (1 cup raw)
  • vegetable assortment, diced – celery, onions, carrots, bok choy, ginger, garlic, frozen peas
  • scrambled eggs

  • saute onions, garlic, ginger in sesame oil
  • add vegetables & saute
  • stir in rice
  • fold in cooked scrambled eggs
  • add ground coriander & soy sauce, season to taste

“He that takes medicine & neglects diet, wastes the skills of the physician.”  ~ Chinese proverb

 

April 24, 2012

nummy napa

Call me crazy, but Napa cabbage has a buttery texture.  Dreamy.  Try the following salad with grilled bone-in pork chops.  You won’t be sorry.

  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 T. rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp. sesame seeds
  • 1 T. honey
  • thinly sliced Napa cabbage
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

“The embarrassing thing is that the salad dressing is outgrossing my films.”  ~ Paul Newman

March 19, 2012

slaw solution

Poor hubbie…we didn’t have the sauerkraut for our grilled pastrami & swiss on rye on St. Pat’s Day…but the alternative he made, in my opinion, was WAY better!

  • 1/2 green cabbage
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1 or 2 carrots

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1.5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • celery salt
  • smoked paprika
  • kosher salt & pepper

“A fruit is a vegetable with looks & money. Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something Brussels sprouts never do.” ~ P. J. O’Rourke

March 12, 2012

pink sauce

A homemade spicy tomato cream sauce to add to the weekly dinner repertoire…

Saute 2 minced garlic cloves1/8 teaspoon crushed pepper (or cayenne) in 2 tablespoons olive oil until soft & fragrant.

Add can of tomato sauce, simmer for 15 – 20 minutes.

Take off heat.  Add cream – approximately 2 tablespoons or to taste or color.

Add kosher salt to taste, toss with spaghetti & serve!

The sauce can be frozen, is delicious with shrimp or chicken, great served with Italian salad, broccoli & crusty bread…& red wine…

“I am not a glutton – I am an explorer of food.”  ~ Erma Bombeck

February 20, 2012

winner dinner

A friend shared the following delicious, easy recipe for stromboli…

In the morning, place a frozen bread dough loaf in a pan & cover with plastic wrap.

At dinner time, take the risen dough & roll or pat out on floured surface making a 10″ x 14″ rectangle.

Have ingredients ready to layer, leaving a 1″ dough border all around perimeter.

Traditionally, stromboli ingredients are meat & cheese only.  However, many different combos work.  Any wet ingredients need to be drained, squeezed, & patted dry.

Layer ingredients, roll up. seal edges with egg wash (whipped up egg), & top with egg wash for color.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Slice & serve with red sauce.

The best part about the stromboli?  Everyone liked it!

January 20, 2012

purty parfait

Simple to assemble, visually lovely, & filling.  Plus, a snack kids can create on their own:

Vanilla yogurt, strawberries, smashed dark chocolate & oats granola bar, & chocolate chip sprinkle.

Ingredient ideas:  pudding, frozen yogurt, sherbet, ice cream, bananas, pineapple, berries, cereals, nuts, craisins

Hubbie would probably prefer the savory sort…potatoes, sauce, meat or tortilla chips, cheese, taco meat, salsa…

“I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.”  ~ Erma Bombeck

 
December 23, 2011

double yum

If your child asks you when you’ll be making the biscotti…chances are, hubbie put her up to it!

A family favorite recipe:  Double Chocolate Biscotti – Martha Stewart

The recipe is time consuming & worth it.  Once the dough is made, be sure to compact it as the two loaves are formed to prevent excessive crumbling.  After baked:

Slice into 1/2 inch pieces, lay flat & bake as directed.

Now is your chance to view a “seasoned” baking sheet.  It makes food tastier & you know it!

What breakfast looked like five minutes ago:

“That everyone may eat & drink, & find satisfaction in all his toil–this is the gift of God.”  ~ Ecclesiastes 3:13

“And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, & saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, & on Earth peace, good will toward men’.” ~ A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965

December 9, 2011

five potato

Every once in a while, it’s okay to eat fries twice in one day…right?  Especially if one plate is an un-fried home cooked version…  Recipe from In The Kitchen With Rosie by Rosie Daley.

  1. cut five or so potatoes into match sticks 
  2. place in bowl with two egg whites & a tablespoon of Cajun seasonings
  3. spread on cookie sheet that has been coated with vegetable spray
  4. sprinkle a little more seasoning, if desired

One cookie sheet worked, but two cookie sheets would’ve increased crispness.  400 degree oven, 20 minutes, flip (watch out for steam), cook for additional 15-20 minutes

Delish, crispy, spicy coating.   No deep-fried guilt.

“I think someone should have had the decency to tell me the luncheon was free.  To make someone run out with potato salad in his hand, pretending he’s throwing up, is not what I call hospitality.”  ~ Jack Handy

November 10, 2011

concept cooking

The other day, I thought I had hash browns in the freezer for the breakfast casserole on deck for dinner.  Turns out, I had to substitute with the only frozen potato forms available…5 tater-tots & 8 french fries.  Being a recipe geek, a mild panic crept in that dinner was going to flop.  Until, I shared with chef hubbie my wariness, to which he replied, “Breakfast casserole is a concept.  It will be fine.”. 

Light-bulb moment. 

How true!  And so many other meals are mere concepts ready for adaptation.

  • pizza
  • practically anything Mexican
  • stuffed pepper – pick your pepper, starch, protein, veg, go!
  • sandwiches
  • meatloaf, meatballs or burgers
  • pasta salad
  • casseroles!

“I feel a recipe is only a theme, which an intelligent cook can play each time with variation.”  ~ Madam Benoit

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