Thursday, October 31, 2013
This past week has been a rough one. I caught a bad cold that has literally taken me a week to feel like doing anything in the kitchen for health reasons and because standing really seemed like too much work. However, the boyfriend was gone last weekend and when he returned he bestowed some lovely Quince upon me (I had never seen a quince until Sunday last). They smelled, and looked amazing all bright and sweetly scented, and I was really bummed to find out (Thank you Google) that I could not just cut it up and eat it...I had to make jelly or Membrillo (Quince Paste)and I also been gifted with some Membrillo (that we haven't eaten yet) so I didn't need more. recipe is easy and in my opinion practically fool proof. The jelly turned out great...I am not sure what to do with it, and I am still hoping some ideas will trickle in from friends and family, but I do think that if you melted it down and added some spices or ____ it would make a nice glaze for that holiday ham, tarts, or other pastries. K.B. says she is going to put it on a peanut butter sandwich...I am still waiting to hear how that turns out for her.
Friday, October 25, 2013
I have been told that some people don't know what to think of me making some of my staples instead of running out and buying them from the grocery stores. Like for example I make my own homemade Pancake Syrup it literately takes minutes, cost pennies and it is way better for me and my family than the stuff in the store filled with High Fructose Corn Syrup. Now I suppose I could run over to the organic section of the store and pick up a teeny weeny bottle of some overpriced priced corn syrup free syrup but seriously I would rather make my own from three simple ingredients Brown Sugar, Water and Maple Flavoring. ketchup recipe that was simple, delicious that I could make at home that had the right consistency. It wasn't hard and I am happy to report that my family likes this way better than any store brand. I usually double this recipe and I follow it to the letter. I have tried it with both apple cider vinegar and white and my family prefers apple cider. Making this ketchup is simple and satisfying. It keeps well in the fridge for weeks. recipe that works great, I can easily half the recipe and it keeps in the freezer for a couple of weeks. Where is the crust-less quiche recipe you ask? Well it is on the menu for next week so you will have to look for it then.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
So about a week and a half ago my friend Racey requested a recipe for Pumpkin Bread from me. I thought no sweat I have that at home in my recipe box. I will just dash off a copy and email it to her (I also do snail mail), but I looked in my recipe box and in my book of clippings and recipes passed on to me by friends and family and I couldn't find it. So this morning I decided I needed to do a little research and find a recipe and get it to her before the season for Pumpkin Bread is over.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
I love soup in the fall so I always make extra to freeze for a quick meal mid-week when I don't have time to cook, or don't feel like cooking. Last night was one of those nights. I took a large container of Turkey soup from the freezer before I went to work and let it thaw. When I got home I put the soup in a pan on the back burner and warmed it slowly. roll recipe that is quick, simple and packed full of flavor. Sometimes there are enough rolls left over to freeze, forget about and then turn into French toast bread pudding, but I wouldn't count on it.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
So this morning I wanted something sweet for breakfast, but sadly did not have any buttermilk in the fridge to make my personal favorite buttermilk pancakes and I am not a fan of making waffles...just takes too long. So this morning I switched it up a bit and made a French toast bread pudding using previously frozen homemade dinner rolls. I love these rolls but my eyes are always bigger than my stomach and I always have some leftover that I do not want to throw out because I hate wasting food, so I freeze them with good intentions, and then a month later I throw them out.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
My birthday last week happened with little fan fair, no parties, or any sort of a fuss...just the way I like it. We had dinner planned out at a very posh restaurant with a menu that changes weekly, but at the last minute I opted to stay home have a nice dinner and some peace and quiet with the bf. This year’s birthday was a milestone birthday turning 40 is never easy (my second time around) and it has been one heck of a year and I am looking forward to it ending. I really decided that birthdays are not parties, cake, food or gifts, those things are great, but birthdays are about people. I spent my birthday at work at a job I am grateful to have with people that I enjoy working with. I spent my birthday evening with the bf we cooked a great meal together and just hung out. My son and his adorable girlfriend came over on Sunday, took me for coffee, and visited with me for a couple of hours, and my daughter cleaned house for me, which makes my life easier. Of course, I got great gifts and there was delicious cake but what really matters is the people that make these things happen.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
The bf and I go to this monthly dinner party the first Thursday of every month, well we try to go every month, and this month the theme was "The Harvest". There is no set menu for these monthly soirees and it is not a pot luck where you would be assigned a side dish, main or dessert people show up with food that in this case represent "The Harvest" so you never really know what people are going to bring or sometimes how many people are going to come. bread it is fail proof and fantastic and looks very artisan and rustic the only thing I like to do on occasion is fold into the bread before baking it are fresh grated Parmesan cheese, fresh herbs, a whole head of roasted garlic or maybe all three. This time I made one with garlic and one without. The loaves of bread turned out perfect and I whipped up a yummy spread to go with the bread that I think the hostess just wanted to eat from a spoon. Honey Mama's Nectar Fudge and the particular flavor I was savoring was the spicy one. I managed to savor about half of what was on the table. I have already contacted the maker simply to thank her for making this delectable confection. I am very happy to report that they will be carrying this fantastic fudge in my local green grocer that is due to open in 96 hours...yes I am counting.
Friday, October 4, 2013
I love this time of year when you feel that snap in the crisp air and smell the wood smoke curling from your neighbor’s fireplace, and when the rustling of leaves down a street brings goose bumps. All I can think about in the evening is getting home and curling up with the bf and cooking something simple, warming and satisfying. For me that choice has always been soup. I cannot think of a more perfect meal. You can combine a wide variety of flavors, proteins and vegetables to appease every palette. pot then added to it 4cu. chicken bullion, salt and ground pepper and brought it to a very low simmer (more like steeping) for about an hour and a half. I then diced (small) 2 carrots, 2 stalks of celery and 1/2 a large yellow onion and sautéed in a cast iron skillet in 1 Tlb. butter and 2 Tlb. olive oil some ground sage and salt and pepper. When the mirepoix (carrots, celery and onions) are not quite tender but the veggies have great color put them in the pot with the turkey stock and bullion and continue to let them simmer until the veggies are almost done. Then to the pot, I add a couple of medium sized handfuls of baby spinach that I have rolled up and ran a knife through once to shred and 1/4 of uncooked pepe di acini pasta. I let the spinach cook down and the pasta cook. Adjust the seasonings how you like.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
I have been faithfully reading "The Witching Hour" by Anne Rice. I know it was first published in 1990, sooo I am a little behind on my reading. I honestly cannot believe I missed this one way back then. It has been an exceptionally enjoyable read. The characters are not just well developed but they are interesting. The plot moves along nicely and the story plays out well. Of course, it is part of a series and I have now been fully sucked into the Mayfair family so much, so I figure I will be receiving my invite to summon dear dead Uncle Julien at the next family séance. Wouldn't that be fun? Anyway, I do not usually dish on a book, but if you happened to overlook this gem way back when grab it up and give it a read. As I always say, my library card is my favorite piece of plastic in my wallet.