Archive for the ‘Cooking’ Category

Iron Chef

October 11, 2007

We are Iron Chef fans. We watched Iron Chef before there was an American version and the entire show was translated into English.

The Next Iron Chef show started last Sunday. We recorded it and only got it to watch it the other night. We Loved This Show. I’m sorry it’s only going to be on for a limited time. Where else would you see someone make a dessert out of tripe?

There are times when we’d love to be judges, but other times – No thank you! This last show on Sunday night – everything looked good, and we wished we were judges. πŸ™‚

PIF Update: I have 3 PIF friends… but I’m going to keep it going and look for 3 more PIF friends! πŸ™‚ Join in!!

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In Season: Blackberries

August 4, 2007

Mike stopped at the Farmers Market yesterday and brought home 2 baskets of luscious blackberries, some fragrant peaches and tomato’s that taste like tomato’s!

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I had to take a taste from the other corner, you know, to make sure it’s ok for the others to eat πŸ™‚


Crab Rangoons for Tara

January 4, 2007

These are not hard at all! They don’t end up exactly like the ones in the restaurant, but they are equally yummy.

The other night I used the Weight Watchers recipe, which everyone says they like better than the ones we fry in oil.

It goes like this – you need a package of cream cheese(softened), a can of crab meat, a package of won ton wrappers, some soy sauce, a little garlic, a few green onions chopped up and a few snow peas. Saute the garlic, onions, and snow peas in a little olive oil for a minute. Drain the crab and add it with the saute mixture and the soy sauce to the cream cheese. Mix it all up with a fork.

Put a teaspoonful in each wrapper, wet the edges and press them together good. Do this until you run out of wrappers. Place the filled wrappers on a cookie sheet sprayed with Pam. Oven, 425 degrees. Spray the filled wrappers with Pam. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until brown and crisp.

Yummy! If you want to fry them, you do the same thing, you just fry them in an inch or so of hot veg oil. They only take about 15-20 seconds to cook tho, so be quick with the slotted spoon to get them out!

enjoy! πŸ™‚ Karen

Sometimes baking is not all it’s cracked up to be

December 28, 2006

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Isn’t that a lovely big old lump of dough? Ready to go into the greased bowl to rise and do it’s thing? And me with my nifty new warming drawer. It was the day before Christmas and I was going to bake! I can’t do a bowl in the drawer, it’s not tall enough. But I can do a rectangular casserole dish, which is what I did. Set the controls and went off to do something else.

About an hour and a half later, I went in to punch it down and form rolls. Took it out of the drawer, and just imagine my surprise when I realized I had baked it. Well, I baked the bottom half, and the top half was raw. The bottom crust was even brown and crispy. Well, crud, I couldn’t do anything with this lump of ‘whatever’ so I dumped it out in the trash.

My plan was to take pictures of my journey to beautiful browned shiny rolls. After dumping the dough in the trash though, it was just another chore, with barely enough time to get it done. In the end, I’m not even sure I liked the rolls. I used to have all my bread and roll recipes right at hand. Now, I’m having to start from scratch.

Roll recipes welcome!

I’m having the best time learning to knit socks. I found a book that included a Class Sock – it’s a small sock with all the ingredients, so you can learn all the elements without making an entire adult sock. Goes quickly and I’m sure it would fit a small child. Pictures to come.

I’m having a hard time trying to get back into the work mode after taking Christmas off. Doesn’t help that I have a bad cold, but I am taking Dayquil and Nyquil so at least I’m fairly functional. The deadlines are looming but my brain isn’t kicking in.

Karen

The hazards of bread baking

December 16, 2006

Besides the usual – yumminess and the tendency to eat too much of it, maybe burning yourself on the oven or the pan, forgetting the salt (which produces a nasty mess) or picking a horrible recipe… there is the hazard of standing on your feet too long and ending up in the ER. I’m not kidding!

bread.gif So, Wednesday I was feeling pretty good. And of course with the new stove just calling my name, it seemed a perfect day to bake bread. And maybe some brownies. It was lovely outside, so I thought I’d grill some chicken and make some potato salad. Finish the Christmas decorating, work on some Christmas presents ‘in progress’… And catch up on the ER episodes waiting nicely on the DVR.Β  There is nothing wrong with plan.

I hunted down a bread recipe. I used to be an avid bread baker, but it fell by the wayside in the last many years. It was time to revive the bread baking tradition! I found a recipe for Challah Bread, which looked lovely, and didn’t seem to complicated. (I’m eating toast made from said bread as I type)

The day progressed. I baked and washed dishes, decorated and baked some more. Cooked to my hearts content. I did notice my feet hurting, but that’s nothing new. After spending about 3 years having 4 foot surgeries, the last one 3 years ago, foot pain is nothing new. I sit for awhile and rest them and then get back to it. Even at the worst, I go to bed, sleep all night, and the next day… ready to go again. Well, not this time.

After dinner, I went straight to bed, Tootsies hurting like crazy. Didn’t sleep a wink. Tootsie pain. The next morning, STILL there. This was not usual… or normal.

Mike finally talked me into making a Dr. appt. I know from experience, going to the Dr for foot pain results in surgery. Not interested in repeating that part of my life.

So, I went to the Dr. She examined my feet, very carefully, and had to call another Dr. in because she couldn’t find the pulse in my feet. Mike and I looked at each other with big eyes. WHAT IN THE WORLD?

I won’t repeat the whole big long ordeal, but my Dr. sent me the to ER, and they did an ultrasound of the leg arteries and found no clots. Phew! This Dr. also gave me a very nice pain pill. Ended up diagnosing me with Peripheral Neuropathy. Never heard of it.

Finally got home, went to bed and took another very nice pain pill, and a very nice Valium which Dr. gave me. Ahhhh…. the comfort of modern medicine!

Next day, did some research on PN.. and found some symptoms which had been happening to me for the last several weeks. Still not sure what it all means, but I go to my own Dr next week and find out.

I’m glad the recipe made 3 loaves, cause I’m not up to bread baking again. I’m under strict orders from ER Dr and Mike to ‘lay low’ and take it easy. Sounds like knitting time to me!

But I’m pretty happy with my gorgeous bread. Well, one loaf is gorgeous… one (the first one I braided) is a little lumpy and ugly, but it still tastes good!

Off to knitting! πŸ™‚

Karen

p.s. oh… and I also have a new computer to play with πŸ™‚ The old one? full. No more room. So, now I have a nice big one withΒ  lots of cool stuff I can’t explain to you.

The new stove is here!

December 3, 2006

We’ve been planning to buy a new stove for awhile now. We’ve been looking at them online, and figuring what wanted in a new stove, and what we could live without. Our new stove budget let us skip past the basic ones, and move into middle ground. The lower level of middle ground πŸ™‚

So, the other day, we decided to go to Sears and see what they had. Well, this is what they had!!!

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It was a closeout model, the original price was out of our budget, but the closeout price put it right in our budget! It’s the nicest stove either one of us has ever had. πŸ™‚

2 power burners, 2 regular burners, and a simmer burner. Convection or Conventional baking. The bottom drawer? It’s a warmer drawer. You can set the tempurature for it. It is a plain drawer, but it has racks to put inside, so you can put lots of things in it.

The oven in large, with 3 racks. One rack is partially removable…for all the tall stuff we’ll be baking.

In the center of the stove top is a cast iron griddle. Turn it over for a grill pan. We’d been planning to buy one of those in the near future. We have a small grill pan, fits on one burner and we love it. Use it a lot.

And of course, it cleans and is all electronic etc etc etc. It’s a Super Duper Stove!

So… today is Muffin Baking Day! πŸ™‚ And tonight we’re grilling steaks on the grill pan and baking potato’s in the oven. Oh yum!

Now…for the rest of the story!

We saw it in the store, the day before the Big Storm. Went home, considered it, hemmed and hawed, prayed about it. Our New Stove Budget wasn’t quite ‘ready’. Well, the next day, it was ready! God saw our need and supplied it. Of course, it was storming and freezing and sleeting and not necessarily the kind of weather you’d pick to bring home a new stove. Mike did run over to Sears and pay for it. We doubted they’d hold it for us if we didn’t pay for it. πŸ™‚ That was Wednesday. Last night Mike went after work and picked it up.

He and Chris brought it in, and that is one Heavy stove! Left it in the entry way and planned to hook it up today. Which Mike did, about 4 this morning!!! One of those “Wake Up, oh no, it’s not even 4am yet….go back to sleep. Nope, wide awake.” So, he got up and put in the new stove.

It’s amazing and we love it. πŸ™‚Β  We both love to cook, so this is going to be a wonderful thing for us.

Karen

Cooking

September 23, 2006

After nearly 50 years on this earth, I’m finally starting to enjoy cooking. Mike and I do a lot of cooking together, maybe that’s what makes it fun! πŸ™‚

Some of our favotie TV shows are on Food Network – Emeril, 30 Minute Meals, Paula, and our all time favorite – Iron Chef America. We’ve made lots of things from Emeril and 30 Minute Meals. Whether you like Rachel or think she’s a nut… she has a great recipes. I’ve never been able to make them in 30 minutes however!

The other day we saw on one of the shows (can’t remember it) some stuffed french toast. It looked yummy, so we made our own!

The original recipe called for the french toast to be stuffed with banana’s and nuts, but I don’t care for banana’s, so we used some Gala apples, walnuts, brown sugar and butter. Cooked it up a little bit. We used a loaf of French bread and cut it in 1″ slices. Then made another slice in the middle of it, but didn’t go all the way through the bread. We stuffed the apple mixture in there. Then dipped it in beat up eggs, and then into crushed cornflakes and cooked it on the stove in just a little veggie oil.

OH MY GOSH! They were delicious!!!! We got 8 pieces from one loaf of bread, which was more than the three of us could eat.

Really they could be stuffed with anything. The icky banana mixture. Maybe some crushed strawberries with cream cheese. Dried apricots and ricotta. Peaches and cream. I’m getting hungry.

Karen