Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Sometimes it is hard to eat something so cold in the morning when it is snowy outside but I slurped this smoothie down no problem.
I enjoyed the book and I do want to mention the title is a bit of misnomer. It refers to a magazine column one of the charactors in the book reads. Fun read!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
I have always been a bit intrigue by this and so this year I proposed to my mother that our Christmas eve meal be some combination of seafood. We are in Maine after all. Now, this is a typical Catholic celebration and we are not Catholic but really who cares.
Knowing that we were in for several days of good eating I wanted to make sure we got in some greens. I made some really good homemade croutons. Croutons are so good homemade, and so easy. I will have to post a quick recipe sometime. Anyway, I find that they can really make a salad and being winter and all I have issues eating cold salad all of the time. With croutons though there is no problem.
My dad loves scallops. Its his favorite seafood dish and thus we had to make it.
See them in there?
And well what is more seafood and Christmasy than lobster. They are so bright red. Unfortunately my brother was not around so we had no races.
We also had my dad's famous clam chowder. I had to make a special request for this - it has been a very long time since I got to have any. It is so good and basically I can no longer order it at restaurants because it just doesn't come close to how good this version is.
Now I know I know this was only four fishes - clams, shrimp, scallops and lobster. Actually they were all shellfish but still. It was our first time. It was great fun and way better than some of the traditional cold cod dishes and anchovies.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
If I don't get anything in tomorrow, as it will be a very busy day with Jordan's family.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS!!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Ultimate Ginger Cookie
2006, Barefoot Contessa at Home, All Rights Reserved
•2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
•1 teaspoon baking soda
•2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
•1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
•1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
•1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
•1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
•1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
•1/4 cup vegetable oil
•1/3 cup unsulfured molasses
•1 extra-large egg, at room temperature
•1 1/4 cups chopped crystallized ginger (6 ounces)
•Granulated sugar, for rolling the cookies
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Triple Chocolate Cookies
Adapted from Martha Stewart
Makes about 3 dozen
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
• 6oz chocolate chunks
• 6 oz white chocolate chips
• 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 2 large eggs
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside. Melt 4 ounces coarsely chopped chocolate with the butter in a small heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water; let cool slightly.
2. Put chocolate mixture, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until combined. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture. Fold in chocolate chunks.
3. Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop, drop dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies are flat and surfaces crack, about 15 minutes (cookies should be soft). Let cool on parchment on wire racks. Cookies can be stored between layers of parchment in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.
If you stick them in the microwave for 10 seconds, they return to the warm, gooey goodness of fresh out of the oven.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Crushed candy canes, to yield 1 cup
2 pounds white chocolate
Peppermint flavorings, optional
1. Place candy canes in a plastic bag and hammer into 1/4-inch chunks or smaller.
It makes a great Christmas gift for a special someone with a sweet tooth!
Monday, December 20, 2010
What do you do when you have a ton of veggies to use and its freezing outside? Why not roast them?
I really love roasted veggies. You can make a huge pan in advance and then eat through out the week. In the winter roasted veggies are a great way to get your veggie intake for the day. I have real issues in the wintertime eating cold salads. I always feel like I am not getting enough veggies. Anyway I love adding hot veggies on a bed of greens. You can also have them on hand to make a quick omelette or add on top of any grain - rice or couscous. Today however we shall have soup.
Roasted Veggie soup
1/2 bag baby carrots
1/2 quart grape
1 quart mushrooms
1 medium onion
1 head broccoli
2 cloves garlic
2 cans chicken broth
1. Cut up veggies in bowl. Toss in olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Lay on cookie sheet and roast in oven set at 350 degrees for about 30-45 minutes. Veggies should be soft but not mushy.
2. Saute mushrooms and garlic in sauce pan till tender.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
We had our special dinner on Saturday night since I was going to be driving somewhere in West Virginia come Sunday evening. Jordan proclaimed first thing in the morning that he wanted a home cooked meal after eating out all of last week. I came up with a healthy chicken, green bean, and red potato concoction. As normal Jordan added some of his heart attach flair.
Jordan's plate - see the bacon piled on top of the barely visiable chicken tenders. Under that is a blue cheese butter mixture.
As if that weren't enough we shared some Christmas cookies...more on the cookies to come.
I did a lot of baking Friday night and Saturday morning for the cookie exchanged. This was the finished product. Recipes to come later this week - Ultimate ginger cookies, Triple chocolate chunk cookies, and old time favorite Peppermint bark.
Just as I got back from shipping my cookie box off, I found this at the front door. My cookie exchange box with Chocolate toffee, pinwheel cookies, and sugar cookies. Our aparmtent is full of cookies and they are all so good!
I also go my hair chopped off. I love getting my hair shampoo'd and cut by a professional. It feels so soft for days. Since the wedding my hair has gotten ridiculously long - 9 inches in total was chopped off and now I feel like I am going through a bit of an identity crisis. Oh well it will grow back soon enough. Happy weekend and be on the look out for all of the recipes to come this week!