Posted at 8:06 am , on April 30, 2013
Yesterday was Cameron’s birthday! He’s off on an adventure for a few days rock climbing, which is what he lives for. So I’m planning a belated birthday bash serving an angel food cake with a lemon curd filling, fresh berries and whipped cream. There’s nothing like a home made angel food cake, it’s so light and delicious. And while the cake takes only egg whites, the curd uses only the yolks. So even if you don’t use the curd right away, this is the best time to make it as it can be frozen and used later. The lemon curd and fresh berries really do belong together. So if you want to whip up something special for your loved ones, this would definitely make their day! Happy Birthday Cam!
Posted at 8:21 am , on April 26, 2013
The other day I found fresh corn advertised in the sale circular. It seemed a bit early for having corn on the cob but it was on sale so I had to check it out. When I saw the golden silk and perfect kernels I found myself picking up a half dozen ears. I had planned to roast it outside, but an unexpected rain storm came up and I had to find an alternative. I searched the web to see if anyone roasted corn in the oven. As it turns out, yes, some do roast it in the oven and find it quite tasty. Obviously I wasn’t going to do any grilling today and I didn’t want the corn to sit out another day so I tried the oven roasting method. It worked really well! I had some extra corn left over and decided to make salsa in the Molcajete and add the left over corn kernels. It was so good! Everyone loved it and I thought it was worthy of sharing!
Posted at 8:37 am , on April 23, 2013
Just when I think old man Winter is gone for good, he laughs at me with a cold blast of wind and rain that chills me to the bone. So I decided to make up a hearty bowl of braised beef stew with root vegetables to warm up. I spent an afternoon prepping the meat and veggies and as they simmered on the stove, the aroma and warmth it brought was a welcome feeling. And with such a large pot of stew I would have leftovers for a couple days. A little break from the kitchen would give me some extra time to pick up a book and enjoy some “me” time!
Posted at 8:47 am , on April 19, 2013
If you’ve ever heard of kitchen sink cookies, they have a little bit of everything baked into them. One might call these pantry cookies because it was the pantry that I went searching for something inspired. What I found was a leftover bag of chocolate chips, a jar of peanut butter and some oats. Any one of them would make good cookies but why limit my choices to only one when I could have them all? So I added a bit of each to my mix and the combination was a resounding YUM!
Posted at 8:53 am , on April 16, 2013
I love a good stir fry. It’s one of those meals that takes little preparation and cooks up in minutes. Plus I can get a few vegetables into my husband who is pretty much a meat and potatoes kind of guy. He did however enjoy this stir fry with snow peas and shitake mushrooms. Along with some grated ginger and garlic, I made a spicy and slightly sweet sauce which was oh so fragrant throughout the kitchen.
Posted at 8:47 am , on April 12, 2013
One of my favorite meals to make is Jambalaya. This one pot meal is easy to put together but doesn’t lack for flavor. Andouille may be the traditional sausage in Jambalaya but I find that the smoked sausage holds it own surrounded by spices, onions, garlic and wild rice. We usually break off a piece of crusty baguette to go alongside and call it a meal.
Posted at 8:39 am , on April 9, 2013
I’m ready to get back in the kitchen after a much needed Spring holiday in New Mexico. I’ve been wanting to bake some bread and after cleaning out my refrigerator, I had enough space for a bucket of Artisan dough that I could use over the course of two weeks. The master recipe for “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day” can be found online, and I’ve had the best results using their method. The chilled dough is easy to work with and you can use as much or as little dough needed for most any bread, whether it be a loaf, baguette, or rolls. I took half the chilled dough and made two baguettes which have a crusty exterior that is perfect to go alongside a stew or pasta dish. A couple days later I tried out some dinner rolls. They were more delicate than the baguettes but had a nice top crust to each roll. These were a favorite warmed with a dollop of butter and a bit of jam for breakfast.
Posted at 8:49 am , on April 5, 2013
April is here and finally feeling like the beginnings of Spring. I just spent a week in NM which looks and feels much more like Spring than we do here in the Midwest. The trees were leafing and some areas were already in full bloom. The latter part of the week was filled with warm sunshine which always lifts my spirits. And time spent with my sister in Albuquerque was the icing on the cake. She took me thrifting and out to lunch where we sat outside of “Sarafins Chile Hut” on Central sharing a combination plate of Chile Rellenos, Beef Enchiladas and Tacos with Sopapillas and Honey. I’m here to tell you there’s nothing better than spending a day with your sister and eating real New Mexican food! It’s going to take me a few days to get back in in sync and try out some new recipes but in the meantime here’s the last of the trio of cupcakes. A carrot cupcake with a cream cheese center and and topped with a cream cheese frosting. It’s pretty to eat and perfect for Spring.