That's what I am. A cookie monster. In fact, I'm more like a non-cooking, submarine eating, chocolate consuming monster. Help! Derailment isn't the word. I haven't even been working out this week! Tis the season...
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
There won't be any cooking in our household the next several days. First off, Johnnycakes is out of town for a few days for work. Secondly, tonight starts off the holiday season for me. I'm going to my first of four holiday parties this week which promise to be full of tasty holiday treats and beverages. I've been really good about diet and exercise the past month so I'm hoping to not get totally derailed this week. Wish me luck!
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Like I said, nothing fancy but it'll do just fine. I usually eat a fried egg over easy with toast which is pretty plain. I occasionally like scrambled eggs or vegetable omelets but I tend to lean towards simplicity when it comes to eggs. Sometimes I like hot sauce. Maybe some cayenne pepper would add a little punch to the egg salad. Does anybody have any ideas to make egg salad a little more distinct?
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
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Sunday, November 25, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Well, after a frenzied trip to the grocery store and a three hour cooking marathon, I am finally ready for Thanksgiving. This is the first year I can remember in a while where I was actually finished all my cooking the night before the big holiday. Here's what I whipped up!
Mashed Potatoes! The King of all Thanksgiving side dishes! At least in my mind. I've been making this staple the past three years ever since my mother and grandmother said they didn't want to take on the task anymore. I whipped them up by adding 2% milk, a whole stick of butter, 8 0z. sour cream and some chicken broth. The key is using a hand mixer to make sure all the lumps are out.
I also make a corn bread every year. I usually make corn muffins but I need new muffin tins so I went the old fashioned loaf pan route. My family is always indifferent when I bring this to Thanksgiving dinner but, I love it so much, I make it for myself.
Nothing says Thanksgiving like chocolate. Well maybe not, but I was craving some brownies. Check out this saucepan brownie recipe from the Hershey website. They were super easy to bake and Johnnycakes loved licking the bowl! I substituted walnuts for the macadamia nuts.
Finally, one of the best things about Thanksgiving is the leftovers! It seems like there are never enough which is why I prepared this squash casserole to serve with leftovers over the weekend. I petitioned to have this casserole, which is my sister's recipe, served at Thanksgiving dinner but I was overruled. It's so good that I made a mini one for Johnnycakes and I's personal consumption. It's already to pull out of the fridge and bake on Friday.
I know these items are sort of an eclectic mix of Thanksgiving side items but I love everyone of them dearly.
Happy Turkey Day everyone! I hope you enjoy your feasts as much as I know we will. Thanks for reading!
I still haven't gone to the grocery store for Thanksgiving items! Am I alone? Are there others that have waited till the last minute? I probably won' t get to the store before 7 p.m. tonight. I'm only preparing a few sides for our family feast but there is still a lot of prep to do. Here are a few items I need off the top of my head:
squash, yellow and green
stove top stuffing
That's enough for now but I'm sure I'm forgetting a few items. I hope I'm not in over my head. Is anyone else out there in the same boat?
Monday, November 19, 2007
It's always tough to prepare dinner the final days leading up to Thanksgiving. You're craving all those traditional Thanksgiving items but you don't want to spoil the big day by eating something too similar. Come to think of it, that's probably why I've been craving lasagna but I digress. We also need to go to the grocery store for our big Thanksgiving shopping trip so our food selection is pretty sparse. Since Johnnycakes has been preparing so many magnificent feasts lately, I really wanted to pull my own weight and let him relax.
I scoured the fridge for ideas on flavoring the chicken. I thought there wasn't too much about Lemon Chicken that reminded me of Thanksgiving.
I marinated the chicken breasts for 30 minutes with the following items:
1/2 lemon, squeezed
1 TBSP. Lemon Pepper Seasoning
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
I tried to keep Johnnycakes involvement to a minimum but, being the barbecue king that he is, he grilled the chicken out back while I tended to the side dishes.
I picked up some Rice-A-Roni Savory Whole Grain Rice packs a few weeks ago when they were on sale . I thought the Chicken and Herbs Classico flavor would complement the chicken. I rounded out the meal with brussell sprouts and acorn squash. I know the acorn squash was kind of pushing the non-Thanksgiving theme but we've had it in the house for a while and I don't want to waste it. I contemplated cooking the acorn squash on the grill but I went the easy route and microwaved the quartered squash topped with butter, pumpkin pie spice and honey.
We both enjoyed this pre-Thanksgiving meal without spoiling our appetite for the big day!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Place shredded chicken in a 13x9 baking dish
Pour a bottle of Frank's hot sauce over chicken and completely cover
Combine (2) 8 ounce packages of cream cheese and a 16 ounce bottle of ranch dressing or blue cheese or a mixture of both in a sauce pan. Stir constantly over medium heat. After heated pour mixture over chicken.Bake uncovered @ 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Sprinkle 8 ounces of cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese over chicken and bake another 10 minutes until cheese is melted.Serve with scoop tortilla chips.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
One of our favorite dishes is roast chicken thanks to Nigella Lawson on the Food Network. We prepared a large bird over the weekend on the backyard grill. One of the highlights of this meal was the gravy we made to accompany the chicken, veggies and homemade mashed potatoes. As they say, the rest was definitely gravy!
2 cups water
Giblets from chest cavity bird (typically heart, gizzard and liver)
2 Tbsp. herb butter
2 Tbsp. flour
salt and pepper
Add chicken giblets to the water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 30 minutes. After water takes on a brown color, add flour and butter one tablespoon at a time, stirring frequently. Add salt and pepper to taste.
This gravy was excellent. It seemed to thicken a bit more after cooling down a bit. It was excellent on top of the mashed potatoes and chicken breast. This gravy was the perfect teaser right before Thanksgiving.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Johnnycakes and I have had a houseguest for the past 7 days or so which has not been conducive to blogging. I have been lamenting about the sad state of our blog:( I had been looking forward to November and putting the blog back into full gear after a crazy September and first part of October. Here it is the 11th of November and not a single post! We'll start again once we are back to our old routine. In the meantime, I'm watching the Food Network for inspiration and I'm taking notes!
Posted by Marianne at 10:15 AM
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Once the pumpkin cooled a bit, I pureed it in a food processor to create a smooth texture for the final product. As I stated above, after all that work, I only got about 2 1/2 cups of pumpkin puree.
Now for the fun part. After all that work, it was finally time to start making the pumpkin pie and anything else I could make with what ever pumpkin puree I had left...
Monday, October 29, 2007
I know Johnnycake's is always outdoing me when it comes to kitchen creativity, but can I really complain? He can be my grill master any day!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Oktoberfest at last! Brews and brats! Freundes, as the Germans would say, and fun! With all the zeal that Johnnycakes and I pursued Oktoberfest festivities this year, one would think that we were of German ancestry. It all started in August really when we started talking about schnitzel, beer and the like with some friends. In the midst of the summer heat, we longed for cooler days filled with beer, friends and funny sounding food. As October approached, we resumed our talks and took some efforts to find or plan the appropriate activities. Several Internet searches, a drunken phone call to a friend, and the scanning of tons of neighborhood flyers and newsletters later, we had all but given up. As Halloween approached and threatened to overshadow any Oktoberfest events, we resigned ourselves to celebrate another year.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
All this cooking definitely trashed the kitchen, especially because of my super quick whirlwind technique. That's okay. It was well worth it for this tasty dinner. Plus, I have lunch for tomorrow, which promises to be another rainy day. The clean up wasn't so bad thanks to some good conversation...
Monday, October 22, 2007
I was halfway finished inhaling a homemade cheese and bean burrito with Johnnycakes when I realized I forgot to take a photo for the blog. I was starving after a trip to the gym and grocery store and I couldn't eat soon enough.
I did get to thinking about how I was loving the soft chewy flour tortilla and how I only recently began eating the flour variety after years of buying corn tortillas. I think I first got started on the corn kind when I heard they were a little healthier since they contained more fiber and less calories. I also liked their versatility for making taco shells and tortilla chips. They are also dirt cheap and last forever! The downside to corn tortillas is that they are usually small because they are not as pliable as a flour tortilla and tend to tear easily.
For a little while, I started buying some of the whole wheat tortillas because they were larger than the corn ones and some brands have very few calories. Despite those positives, the taste was usually lacking in the whole wheat varieties and that is strange coming from me because I usually love anything whole wheat.
Then one day recently, Johnnycakes bought good old fashioned flour tortillas. At first, I was resistant but once I tried one I was hooked! I realized that you just can't substitute that flavor, texture and taste. I was also happy to see that the rather large tortilla, probably around 8 inches in diameter, was only around 150 calories and contained a few grams of fiber. I was sold instantly. I even purchased some myself after we finished the first pack.
So which do you like? Flour or Corn? Or something else? I'm curious!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Truth be told, Johnnycakes and I haven't been cooking that much. Our schedules have been sort of nuts and I've been stressed out. We've been trying to eat remotely healthy but nothing worth writing about. I feel like I need to start over, so to speak.
Posted by Marianne at 8:48 PM
Monday, October 8, 2007
Johnnycakes and I had to fend for ourselves tonight since our schedules were kind of nuts. We each had a turkey sandwich on rye. I tried to recreate my favorite sandwich "The Rachel" from Beach Bums. The only problem is that I forgot to take a picture. I was pretty hungry so I scarfed it down.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
I love cole slaw. It's strange because I only discovered my love for cole slaw in the past year. I used to shy away from the stuff but now it seems like I can't get enough of the stuff. I especially love to pair it with potatoe chips. I had some leftover cabbage from another dinner and decided to whip up some cole slaw.