Monday, September 26, 2011

Sole Meuniere....Yum

I watched Ann Burrell make this recipe on the Food Network over the week-end.  It sounded so simple, yet so delicious, that I made it tonight for my dinner.  Result...oh yum!  It was so good and really easy.

You can find her recipe here:

Recommendations:  Make sure you saute pan has a good amount of olive oil and is very hot when you start to cook the fish.   When you are done cooking the fish, give the pan a minute or two to cool down before you start making the sauce.

I made an arugula salad with feta (dressing: just a squeeze of lemon) and roasted asparagus to balance off the meal.

Give this a whirl.  (Although if BW were home, I might need to add a potato to give it a little more substance.)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

End of Summer Sauteed Vegetable

One of the great things about cooking...besides the obvious of making wonderful things to eat, is the process of learning new skills and then applying them to new recipes.

Through the wonderful Cooks Illustrated cookbook, I've learned a basic recipe for sauteed broccoli, which is the great way to eat broccoli.

I recently applied that same process to a mixed of veggies and it was so delicious that  I made it again two nights later.

Here's what I did:

I diced, sliced or chopped whatever vegetables I had available.  This included

  • Pea pods
  • Asparagus
  • Green Beans
  • Yellow Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Tomato
Heat olive oil in a saute pan.  Add all the vegetables, salt and pepper and saute until they are brightened and a little softer.  Add one or two diced garlic clove.  Cook for another minute.  Add 1/4 cup of chicken broth.  Cover and let vegetable steam for a minute or two.  

Depending on how soft you like your veggies, you can continue to cook until most of the the broth steams off.  I don't usually do that as the veggies are just the way I like them at this point.  So I just put them in a serving dish and dinner is ready.

Feel free to try any combo of vegetables.  

I wish I had some leftovers, cause this would be great in my scrabbled eggs.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Soccer Boy

Somebody started soccer yesterday.  He was so cute and so willing to play.  After his first practice, he asked his Muma when he could play again.

He may not have the concept of soccer down

but he make up for that with....enthusiasm.

Go Austin.  What an amazing Sport Boy!

And you are just the cutest thing!

As my kids are all out of the house....I look forward to watching my grandboys shining for years to come.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Highlights of the Week

Let's just dive in.

 1. This little guy started Kindergarten. Such a big moment.

New recent Ryan story:

Krissy:  "After we eat dinner, we will all play Mario party"
Ryan:  (With huge grin on his face) "Pinch me, I must be dreaming"
Oma:  "Where did you hear that expression?"
Ryan:  Ignoring my comment...he looks directly at me and says, "Seriously....pinch me"
So I obliged and gave him a little pinch.
Ryan:  "Thank you"

2.  This was amazing to watch:

Djokovic comes back to beat Federer at US Open

3.  Went to Art & Apples today and actually purchased FOUR Christmas presents.  How to get a jump on the season.

4.  My mom gave me a little herbal tea that is supposed to help with sleep.  The insomnia has been pretty fierce lately.  I've tried it the last two nights and it seems to help.  Tastes awful, but I've managed to get 4 solid hours of sleep in a row.  Now it's all gone and need to find out what it was so I can run out and get some.  

5.  My second round of tomatoes are ripening.  Had a fabulous BLT for dinner last night.  Love that vine ripened T.

That's it for now.  Off to watch Rafa play.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Peach Raspberry Shortcake

We had the kids over for a Labor Day week-end food celebration.  In particular we were grilling hamburgers and making corn on the cob.

We have a local farm just north of town that grows corn and it is, without a doubt, the best corn around.  It so fresh and it's so fun to go there and see what variety just came in off the fields.  So when the corn is in at Fogler's...the corn is in at our home too.

To finish it off, I made a Peach Raspberry Shortcake.  It was yummy and looked pretty good too.

First I made a fresh raspberry sauce using raspberry jam and lemon. Then onto peeling and slicing up the fresh peaches, which I just mixed with some sugar and pinch of salt.  For the shortcake, I just used Bisquick.  I doubled the recipe on the package and added 1 1/2 tsp almond extract.

That's vanilla ice cream in the middle and a little whip cream on top.  Mmmmm.  So nice to know I still have some leftover for a little treat tonight.

Have a safe remainder of the holiday.  Now I'm off to post this to Greenish Thumb's Garden to Table Challenge.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Latest Batch of Cards

My brother's wedding gave me a chance to get in and make a few cards.  It took me a little while to get back in the grove, but eventually it all came together.

Card #1

Card #2

Card #3

Gave one to Krissy and one to Cait and I used the last one.  Very pleased with the results and just wish I had a little more time to spend in my crafting corner.

BTW...the inability to sleep actually encourage late night blogging.