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January 12, 2013

A Week of Dinner?

Filed under: Recipes — Karma @ 11:53 am
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It was my idea and I really had trouble making it work! About two weeks ago, I suggested that a bunch of us take pictures of our dinner and post them to give us all some new ideas for dinner. We all get into those ruts, don’t we? Well, turns out, it is really hard to remember to take pictures of dinner! I think most of us can relate to just wanting to sit down and eat when we are finished cooking – remembering to grab the camera isn’t easy! Deb over at My Life in CNY laments that she had the same problem.

Regardless of my mostly failed efforts to photograph my dinner, I’m going to share with you what I did manage to photograph in order to (1) maybe give you a few ideas and (2) hope that you’ll decide to post some dinner pictures, even if you don’t have a full week either!

The first shot I remembered to take was this one:
biscuit topping on chicken stew
I found a recipe for this chicken stew with a biscuit topping all in one pot. Those biscuits were supposed to spend a little time under a broiler, but I don’t currently have one of those ( a story for another blog post perhaps).
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The concept was good, but the result was a bit dry. Probably because I left it in the oven a little longer than was called for trying to brown those biscuits. Sarah said there was too much parsley in the biscuits!

Next remembered dinner was this:
roast beef in the crock pot
Roast beef in the crock pot. Have I mentioned before how much I love crock pot dinners? Especially on busy school nights? I’ve done this one a few times now and it always comes out delicious and tender.
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I even have a link to this recipe if you are interested: Melt-in-your-mouth Slow Cooker Beef

The last shot I remembered was this one:
BBQ Chicken pizza w/jalepenos
Homemade BBQ chicken pizza with jalepenos. This was easy. Store bought bag of dough, George Foreman grill-cooked chicken with some BBQ spice, bacon, BBQ sauce, cheese, jalepeno slices, VOILA!

I do have some links to recipes I’ve used in the last two weeks for dinner. There are pictures on the sites as well! If you are curious, here you go:
Some nearly homemade tomato soup - I served grilled cheese sandwiches with this of course!

This one was just “aw-ight”. I was looking for something different, quick and easy. The girls were not crazy about it: Asian Noodle Bowls with beef.

This was tasty, but in my opinion, required far too many pots and pans: Creamy chicken pasta

Last night, it was just Meghan and me for dinner on a Friday night after a long week, so we split a foot-long sub from Subway.

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(Borrowed this shot from a Subway website)

So there’s an almost week of dinner for you! I’d love it if you’d still like to share some dinner ideas with me. Doesn’t matter how many pictures you have – just post them and leave me a link.

In the meantime, Scott has a new photo assigment for us to work on. It is due on January 23rd, so pop over there and have a look! Maybe I can actually remember to take some photos for this one!

November 23, 2011

Chocolate Dipped Goodness

As I told you last year, with my somewhat silly take on the Lydia Maria Child classic, I go to my sister’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. (I host the family for Christmas, so it works out nicely)  I have some dishes that I make every year to bring to her house, which I’ve just completed at the time of this blog post, and you can see pictures of in my link up there to last year’s post if you are interested.  This year I’ve made a tasty addition.  While flipping through my current issue of Fine Cooking magazine, I was inspired by this recipe.  There were several variations suggested for this simple cookie.  My choice?  Chocolate-dipped chocoalate chip shortbread cookies.

It is a pretty simple recipe, and it would be easy to customize to your liking.  When you make the dough, you just press it into a pan, slice ‘em up (before baking) and perforate:
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After they cooled, I melted the extra chocolate chips and dipped:
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Look delicious, don’t they?

Whatever you will be eating tomorrow, have a wonderful Thanksgiving day!

October 22, 2011

Breakfast Deliciousness for Dinner

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Just a quick post today.  I wanted to tell you about this fabulous recipe that the girls and I had for dinner the other night.  The girls inhaled this and I really enjoyed it too.  It was so delicious looking and smelling that I forgot to take a photo before I started eating it, hence the shot you see above!  The recipe, from Cooking Light, can be found here .  I made a few personal tweaks: no shallots (who wants oniony-garlicky flavor in French toast?  eww), no buttermilk – just extra regular milk, no pepper (again, with French toast? why?), and I substituted cinnamon for the nutmeg (cuz I like it waaaayyy better) and I substituted gouda for the gruyere. (again cuz I like it better)  If you haven’t popped over and looked at this recipe yet you may be thinking to yourself, cheese in French toast?  And I would say to you, Yes Sir or Ma’am!  Tis a good thing!  So do yourself a favor and whip this up for a fun dinner some night soon.

Another quick note I wanted to make.  The submissions for the October Photo Hunt have started to roll in.  I have not even started creating my shots for this yet (yep, slacker on my own photo hunt!) so I won’t be popping over to have a look at any of the hunts just yet.  I never like to feel as though I may have been influenced by someone else’s work before I do my own, so I will hold off having a look until I’ve completed my own photos.  I just wanted any of you who’ve already submitted, or may be doing so soon, to know that I am not ignoring you!  There is still plenty of time to participate, so if you are interested in joining this month’s hunt please do!  Reminder: submissions are due Oct. 31st, but we’re pretty loosey-goosey around here about blogging deadlines! ;-)

July 26, 2011

Being Naughty!

Filed under: Recipes — Karma @ 9:03 am
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extra-gooey mac and cheese

Want to get my recipe for making this gooey dish of badness?  Pop on over to my sister’s place today for another guest post by moi!

July 20, 2011

Hey, by the way…

Filed under: Recipes — Karma @ 9:23 am

I have a guest post  over at my sister’s place!  It is about the darn tasty beef brisket hubby and I made for our camping trip.  Why don’t you pop over there and have a peek?  You can let me know what you think or ask a question in the comments over there or here, if you like.

July 5, 2011

Mixed Berry Pie

Filed under: Recipes — Karma @ 10:29 am
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Fresh raspberries

Remember all the strawberries Sarah and I picked last week?  The raspberries in my backyard have been ripening too.  Sarah goes outside faithfully each day and picks about this amount of berries at a time.  I started to wonder about what I could make with them.  Serendipitously, I received an email from Fine Cooking Magazine with a wonderful looking pie recipe and, on Twitter, I started noticing the hashtag #pieday popping up with some of the folks I follow.  Turns out it is also an event on Facebook. Today, July 5th, is #pieday.   I made this lovely recipe on Saturday, with a small adjustment. 

Click here to see Fine Cooking’s recipe.  The weather has been warm and wonderful (pretty much) here for the last few days.  I really wanted to make this pie, but I really didn’t want to roll out pie crust.  The rest of the recipe seemed simple and straightforward, so I looked for a short cut.  I noticed it was calling for a shortbread pastry recipe for the crust.  I thought, what about a shortbread cookie recipe?  I was thinking about a nice, easy, crumb recipe that you just press into the pie pan.  I found that here.  This worked fine BUT it was more buttery than I expected and it didn’t fill the whole pie pan.  Because of the butter content, it sort of melted down the side of the pan and formed a big cookie at the bottom of the pie plate…
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…which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Next, the fresh raspberries are sprinkled on top of the baked crust:
filling the pie crust

Blueberries get cooked with sugar and cornstarch to form a deep purple goo:

 hot berry pie filling

…and the strawberries are tossed in at the end.  Pour the hot berry goo on top of the raspberries in the pie crust:
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and refrigerate for 4 hours.  Final step is topping with whipped cream (yes, I whipped my own this time Scott) and sprinkling with berries:
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It was delicious and a perfect red, white and blue, Fourth of July weekend treat.

July 2, 2011

STRAWBERRIES!

Filed under: Recipes — Karma @ 10:28 am
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This past Wednesday, my younger daughter and I went strawberry picking at a local farm.  I wasn’t sure we’d still be able to pick since I thought the peak season was probably done, but we had no trouble filling this large tray.  I’d say we picked somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 pounds.  It was a great deal – an end of the season special.  They gave us the tray and said fill it as much as we could for $15. 

Beautiful and fresh, there is nothing like a just-picked strawberry:
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By Wednesday night, however, some of those berries were starting to smell not-so-fresh.  Probably one of the dangers of end-of-the-season picking.  I enlisted the help of both my girls, and we set to work “processing.”  I picked through the tray and set aside two containers of the biggest, firmest berries to keep for fresh eating.  Then, we took the rest and hulled and sliced.  I ended up with 3 containers of berries that I needed to decide how to use. 

Last night we had this again, and yesterday I decided to try jam making.  Do you remember when I made grape jelly in the fall?  It was quite the messy and complicated process.  I am happy to report that strawberry jam is much easier!

Mash the berries:
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(5 mashed cups – used up probably 10 fresh cups?)

Add 7 cups of sugar and one box of Sure Jell. Cook to a rolling boil.
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Fill 4 pint jars with wicked hot strawberry goo:
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Process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.  Allow to cool for 24 hours:
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I think that nifty-fifty lens did a lovely job with the late afternoon light on these jars, didn’t it?

24 hours later will be this afternoon, so I still haven’t tried my jam.  I’ll be happy to provide you with an update later.

  I’ve got one more container of sliced berries in the fridge – I’ve got another strawberry recipe I’m hoping to get to today that should help use some of them up.  I hope that you are enjoying your Fourth of July weekend and eating something delicious too.

March 3, 2011

Délicieuse Soupe à l’Oignon Français

Filed under: Recipes — Karma @ 7:43 pm
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When I saw last week on Twitter that Fine Cooking Magazine was hosting a Soup Week Challenge, I immediately thought of my delicious French Onion soup recipe.  I know it isn’t necessarily the most creative recipe when it comes to soup, but it sure is tasty and I thought it would make for some tantalizing food photos!  I’m coming in under the wire with Fine Cooking’s deadline being tomorrow at noon, but here is my contribution to soup week!

My recipe is adapted, and tweaked for a little kick,  from a cookbook I received as a shower gift as a young bride-to-be: Cooking A to Z.

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The cast of characters

This recipe creates two hearty servings:

2 large onions, thinly sliced

1/4 cup butter

2 tsp minced garlic

1 1/2 TBSP flour

1/2 to 1 tsp. cajun seasoning (depending on spice level prefence)

6 oz. Guiness or other stout beer

2 cans College Inn lower sodium beef broth

salt and pepper to taste

2 thick slices of crusty bread (more if needed to fit across your soup crock)

enough Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on slices of bread

dusting of garlic powder

2 large slices mozzerella cheese (or enough to cover slices of bread)

Melt butter in large sauce pan.  Add onion,  cover and cook over medium  heat until limp.  Uncover and saute until golden brown. 
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Add garlic, flour, and cajun seasoning – stir to coat.  Pour in beer.  (Finish rest of beer if so desired!)
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 Add one can of broth.  Bring to boil, then lower heat and allow to simmer for about 30 minutes.

While the soup simmers, sprinkle parmesan cheese and garlic powder on the bread slices.  I bake mine in my toaster oven at about 400° for 10 minutes.  Regular oven works fine too!
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After simmering soup, add second can of broth and adjust seasoning to your liking with salt and pepper,  if needed. 

Ladle soup into oven-proof crocks.  Place baked bread slices on top of soup…
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..then top with cheese slices
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Place the crocks on a baking sheet (I cover mine with aluminum foil for easy clean-up) and place under the broiler.

Watch closely; remove when cheese is melted, golden and bubbly:
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Enjoy!
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ETA: click here to see my little blurb over at Fine Cooking’s site!

February 21, 2011

COOKIES!

Filed under: Recipes — Karma @ 5:12 pm
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After our thoroughly enjoyable thaw a few days ago, I awakened to this again:
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Yep, another couple inches of snow.  Mother Nature is pretty funny isn’t she?  Anyway, I went grocery shopping today and decided today would be a good day to bake a recipe I’d been planning to try for a couple weeks.  BlueBonnetBaker tweeted out her creation of a recipe called Movie Theatre Cookies.  Kettle corn and raisinets baked together in a cookie?  I was intrigued.

This recipe said it made 18 large cookies – an ice cream scoop is the recommended portion of dough.  I got 16 cookies out of the batch and have 3 teenagers in the house today, so this is a picture of the whole batch:

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The verdict? Tasty!  But I didn’t really taste a lot of the popcorn flavor.  The raisinets were delicious in the cookie.  Meghan suggests using more than the 1 cup of popcorn the recipe calls for the next time I make them.  The next time - I guess that means she liked them.

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January 25, 2011

Food Photography

Filed under: Photo assignments,Recipes — Karma @ 11:05 pm
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For this month’s photo assignment, Scott said that we should take some shots of food – not just take pictures of it, but try to show it in a way that would make us really want to eat what we see in the picture.  I had all sorts of grand ideas of fabulous photos that I’d take.  I like cooking from magazine recipes for variety and I follow several cooks or cooking blogs on Twitter for inspiration.  I have cooked some interesting looking recipes recently, and guess what?  I forgot to take pictures of it before I gobbled them up!  The light in my kitchen at dinner time this time of year isn’t overly flattering either.  But enough with the excuses!  So what did I take pictures of?  Well, there was those bread pics a couple weeks ago, which you can go have a look at in case you missed them.  For my pictures today I share Homemade Oreo Cookies!  Recipe and inspiration from Fine Cooking, whom I follow on Twitter.

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Natural light, nifty-fifty, 1/320 sec, f1.8

Oreos need to be eaten with a glass of milk, right?

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Showing off cookie texture (and my wedding china!) with side-lighting.

I wish I had more to show you!  I really planned to, but we get awfully hungry around here! ;-)

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