Saturday, March 07, 2009

Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata is a great weeknight meal that is fresh, flavorful, healthy and simple deliciousness when you need to get something on the table in a hurry. I love to serve it with garlic mashed potatoes or a side of pasta. Need I say more?

Friday, February 06, 2009

Dirt Cake

While I am well aware that this is not a mind-blowing idea; bear with me I am a Mom. A while back I volunteered to make a snack for Cammy's class since they were covering the letter "D". I thought over and over as to what to make since there are limited foods beginning with letter D. I figured either donuts or dirt cake would fit the bill nicely. After asking her teacher if she thought this was too messy and getting an okay, I went with dirt cakes. I figured the kids would have the most fun with this.

I was not wrong. I did not take a lot of time making these since I know kids are happy with nearly anything. Simply chocolate pudding, crushed Oreos, and gummy worms. I found little clear plastic cups at the grocery store which I figured would be perfect since kids like having their own individual-"I don't have to share" servings. Upon assembling them, I underestimated the amount of gummy worms and they looked pretty bare on their own.

Mind you, this was late at night and I was not thinking incredibly clearly and could not run out to the store. I combed over my pantry to see what I could throw together and the pickings were slim. So, I made sugar cookies and threw in an ungodly amount of red food coloring(parents that like to keep things natural, if you are reading this, sorry!) and made lady bug cookies. I know, I know you are asking "why not just frost them red?" I was out of confectioners sugar. Not one of my crowning moments. After making the dough, I thought of a zillion ways I probably could have done these better and with less coloring. But they were delicious and the kids loved them, so why not?

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Honey Walnut Prawns

I was first introduced to Honey Walnut Shrimp in Guam and immediately fell in love with the dish. Definitely not for the faint of heart; I could tell this was loaded with tons of ingredients I would regret eating. I was hesitant to even try to figure out how to make the dish.

However, one year and a move later; I found myself with a craving for it and of course I can not find it at any of the very-Americanized Chinese restaurants here. And, I am pretty sure this is not authentic Chinese. Either way it is tasty stuff and my instinct of not really wanting to know what was in it? It was correct.

I scoured this internet and came across this recipe. It eased my conscience a little since the shrimp was not deep fried, but still it's a once on a while treat only. I promise it is one you will not regret.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Vegetable Chili

So weather in the negative digits usually calls for something warm and comforting. You will find us eating tons of soups and drinking coffee by the gallon these days. There is nothing like it on a cold day when you can not seem to get warm no matter how much you bundle up. You need something thick that sticks to your insides.

This chili recipe has been a constant in my family for the past four years we always seem to go back to it no matter what. Why? I am not sure but it is just perfect. Perfect texture, thickness, meatiness[despite no meat!?], and spice. It's super quick and there is nothing to disinfect afterwards[once again, no meat!]. Last time I made it I decided to go all out and make the designated Pico de Gallo and Guacamole as well. Totally worth it? Yes. I didn't think this chili could get any better.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Not really dreaming of a White Christmas...but it's nice I guess.

Despite having the lack of motivation to blog this Winter, I am happy to say I am still cooking up a storm. Thankfully, I have not reached that point of laziness yet. You know how it is, I suppose sort of like exercise, you forget to do it one day and then next thing you know one day turns into one month...or one quarter of a year. I am also sad to say I have literally repeated this trend with the gym. Oops. Okay, but when the windchill gets down to negative 57(no exaggeration), can you blame me?! 25 degrees seems like Spring, honestly!

I find myself reaching for easier recipes during the week because Camden has school and we seem to be in go, go, go mode these days. However, our Christmas was amazingly relaxed[other than an asthma attack from Roman and Jason getting sick, but we'll ignore those downers because, they didn't seem to impact our spirits]. Jason was home - and OFF duty. Granted, he is currently on night shift so he was a bit groggy. Really it was great. I wanted to blog this before it got too late and I forgot.

We spent the day opening presents, had our typical Christmas morning breakfast(Biscuits and Gravy, anyone?), called our families, played with the kids, and then ended the evening with this amazing meal. I made a Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Sauce on the side - my first time ever and definitely WILL NOT be the last. I never knew beef could be so buttery! On the side we had fresh made Parker House rolls, a Citrus Holiday Salad(which was the second show-stopper of the evening), Scalloped Potatoes, and Corn Casserole. Yuuuu-my! Why can't it be Christmas everyday?

We ended the meal with this Port Cherry Trifle(not the exact title of the recipe), I ran across the recipe while randomly searching for something else and couldn't get it out of my mind. It was definitely worth every calorie!