1/4 cup bourbon
Monday, November 30, 2009
1/4 cup bourbon
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
I've seen so many beautifully decorated sugar cookies on other blogs using royal icing and I really wanted to try making some myself. I'm taking the Wilton 2 Cake Course right now and we had to make royal icing for class this week and last week so I had plenty of the stuff around so I decided to make fall-inspired cookies to give out at Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
French Bread Pizza
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
We also spent some time in the Gaslamp District, a unique, charming part of San Diego with many local restaurants, bars and pubs. I had to watch the Iowa - Ohio State game and luckily we found another Iowa fan and converted a few other patrons at the Gaslamp Tavern.
We happened upon Dog Beach in Ocean Beach and saw a beautiful sunset, surfers, and tons of people playing with their dogs. Such a fun place, our dogs would have loved it. We headed to Ocean Beach originally to find Hodad's, on the recommendation of a local that we met in Old Town who claimed they were the best burgers you could get. Judging by the line out the door to get in the restaurant, we figured they would be worthwhile and they were some excellent burgers. The inside of the restaurant is covered with license plates from all around the U.S.
All in all, it was a great trip to San Diego and such a nice, relaxing weekend.
A month or so ago, I volunteered to do a review of Coolio's new cookbook. Those of you who grew up in the 90's will remember Coolio of Gangsta Paradise fame but now he has termed himself "The Ghetto Gourmet". He claims to have been cooking longer than he's been rapping and has published this cookbook to teach people to make "5 star meals at a 1 star price."
Here's the recipe as I made it:
Monday, November 16, 2009
Recipe inspired by Smitten Kitchen
Sunday, November 15, 2009
An easy, healthier alternative to a traditional mashed sweet potato casserole that's simple enough to do as a side dish for a weeknight dinner or you could dress it up for a holiday dinner.
Sweet Potato - Apple Bake
1-2 apples, diced in large chunks
2-3 sweet potatos, diced in large chunks
1/4 cup of orange juice
1 T lemon juice
2 T brown sugar
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly spray an 8x8 pan with cooking spray. Peel and core apples, dice into large bite size peices. Toss gently with lemon juice. Peel sweet potatos and cut in half. Cut each half in half again and slice into rounds approximately 1/2" thick. You want to keep the pieces consistently sized so they cook the same. Add to apples and add brown sugar, orange juice and nutmeg and toss to evenly coat. Bake for approximately 1 hour until potatos are tender. Stir about half way through cook time to keep the top from drying out.
To dress this up, any of the following make great additions: golden raisins, dried cranberries, butternut squash, walnuts or pecans.
Friday, November 13, 2009
I'm in San Diego with my husband for a long weekend and it was a crazy ridiculous couple of weeks at work leading up to going out of town, so despite my goal of blogging daily this month, you won't hear from me until Sunday when I'm back in Kentucky. But I'll get you some good stuff then as next week I start Course 2 of Wilton classes and have tons of good Thanksgiving recipes to post soon.
For now, I'm going to enjoy my vacation for the next couple days!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
I had an almost empty bottle of chipotle citrus marinade in the fridge that I'm not sure why I kept, but I wanted to use on my swordfish steaks so I added my own blend to it to make enought marinade for 2 swordfish steaks (in reality, I probably could have marinated 4 steaks with this amount). I think this marinade would work really on chicken too.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
A light and easy side dish that takes almost no effort. Its a nice change from rice or a heavy pasta.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Started out at work, even though it was Saturday. I spent the morning in my office and half of the afternoon too. Then I got home to see the last 10 minutes of my team's game that ended their 13 game winning streak. Super day... absolutely fantastic. So I decided we needed to do something fun and get out of the house. I talked the hubs into shopping, because I agreed to shop for a flat screen tv. We've been planning to buy one on Black Friday so we figured we would go out and see some of the models that he's been researching online.
Well we walked into H.H.Gregg, debated between LCD and plasma, Sony and Samsung, tried to figure out what size would work best, etc. Then the sales guy told us about a great deal - an open box special, I talked him into cutting the price even more and knocked a couple hundred more off the price and we became the proud owners of our first giant-size, flat screen, HDTV! (Yeah I know we're a few years behind half the U.S.) For the curious, its a 52" Sony Bravia XBR9 LCD 1080p 240 hz - whatever that means.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Much to the detriment of my abs and hips, I crave sweets on pretty much a daily basis. Whether that comes in the form of cakes, cookies, candy, etc is the part that varies. I always like a little something sweet to finish a meal or as an afternoon snack. Because of this lovely character flaw, I make baked goods frequently but I try to keep as few of them on hand as possible. Sometimes that means sending them to my husbands co-workers, giving them to family or in the case of cookies, freezing most of the dough.
Most cookies can be prepped and frozen and then baked in smaller quantities straight from the freezer. For drop cookies I just go ahead and scoop them out into balls and freeze on the cookie sheets, once they are frozen through, I put them in ziploc bags in small quantities. For cutout cookies, just freeze the dough and thaw in the fridge overnight before rolling out your cookies and baking.
One cookie that freezes perfectly are snickerdoodles. Often overlooked these are a simple cookie without frills like chocolate chunks or butterscotch chips, no raisins or frosting. Just simple cinnamon and sugar but oh so good.Snickerdoodles