Monday, December 27, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
- Divide Basic Sugar-Cookie Dough in half. On a cutting board, tint one half red by kneading in red food coloring, adding 1 drop at a time until desired color is achieved.
- Roll each half into a 1 1/4-inch-thick rope. Lay both pieces side by side on cutting board and cross red over white, then white over red until one larger, twisted log is formed. Gently knead to smooth out twist and incorporate colors for a marbled effect. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill until firm, about 4 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice into 1/4-inch-thick cookies. Bake on parchment-lined baking sheets until firm and lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
This was the turkey that I made for Thanksgiving for those that were in need locally through our church. It made my kitchen smell o' so good. Simply roasted with butter, sage and thyme forever (well about 9 hours). 13 other turkeys were being roasted by others at our church for the same purpose. What a great reason to cook for Thanksgiving. So thankful for my church and to have been able to be a part of this, and not just simply stuff my gut (which I did do, don't worry; more details of that to come)! Hope ya'll had a great Thanksgiving. Check back soon and I'll tell you about my two Thanksgivings I enjoyed, and my favorite dishes from each. What was the best thing you ate for your thanksgiving feast?
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
So here’s the actual recap of the week on the spending freeze. I’m trying not to beat myself over this.
Here’s the actual menu just to refresh your memory:
Monday-Moroccan Butternut Squash Couscous with Raisin, Almond, Feta Salad
Wednesday-Pasta Tossed in Anchovy-Oil with Stuffed Mushrooms on the side
Thursday-3-Bean Chili with Grilled Cheese
Friday-Dinner at friends' house
Saturday- Cubed Steak Red Beans & Rice with Roasted Carrots on the side
Sunday-Roasted Tomato Basil Soup with Garlic Croutons and Romaine Salad with Creamy Yogurt Dressing
And here is the somewhat successful attempt (I can't call it a total failure):
Monday: Moroccan Butternut Squash Couscous with Raisin, Almond, Feta Salad (check)
Tuesday: Dinner at Gigi’s (check)
Wednesday: Spaghetti w/ stuffed mushrooms (check)
Thursday: Easy, Oozy, Cheesy Spaghetty Bake (check; still no money spent)
Friday: Laraine’s Insane Blackened Chicken Fettuccini (Still craving this from 3 nights ago; check)
Saturday: Perfect Pancakes (check), then gave into the delicious idea of bacon & mushroom pizza delivered, which we are still eating on.
Sunday: Our favorite Mexican restaurant Fiesta Time was calling our name on the drive home from church. We did have a coupon though, plus we had a ridiculous amount of leftovers which we have eaten today. I ordered what they call a Fajita Quesadilla. A flour toritilla overflowing with chicken, fajita vegetables-grilled to perfection, smothered in that famous white cheese sauce. I mean who could resist that, so good!
Homemade Perfect Pancakes*
Saturday, November 13, 2010
- 4 (5-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup blackening spice (Laraine uses Zatarain's)
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 cup roughly chopped marinated sun-dried tomatoes
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 3/4 cup grated Parmesan
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pound cooked fettuccine
- Tony's Creole Seasoning, to taste (optional, but o' so good)