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And, we’re BACK!

June 24, 2010

First of all, major apologies for our total lack of cooking inspirations and blog postings for the last couple of months. The warm weather has spurred an increase in socialization around the city, which, in turn, has kept me off of my computer! This is a poor excuse, and we promise to do better!

This past weekend, I went home for Father’s Day, which of course, entailed cooking a big dinner for my wonderful dad. To be fair, he actually grilled out steak, but my mom and I handled the sides and dessert.

For dessert, I made a chocolate bundt cake. I typically am not a big cake fan (not enough flavor or moistness for my liking). However, I got this recipe from a college friend after she made it, and I ate approximately half the cake by myself. Ever since then, it has become a favorite of my family’s, especially my dad. Also, this cake is super easy to make; it can be whipped up in less than 15 minutes..promise. So, I thought this would be the perfect recipe for Father’s Day!

Ingredients

Cake

1 Devil’s food cake mix ( with pudding in the mix)

A Little Batter

1 small box of choc instant pudding

4 eggs

1/2 cup sugar

¾ cup water

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1 cup sour cream

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Cream cheese icing:

1 &1/2 box powdered sugar (16 oz kind)

4 tbs butter (room temp)

A Little Icing

1 8 oz. package of cream cheese (room temp)

3 TBS milk

1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour bundt pan. Beat cake with everything but the chocolate chips until creamy. Add chips and pour into oan. Bake 45 min to 1 hour. Turn onto cooling rack and frost when ready. To make the frosting, you simply mix the ingredients together using an electric mixer. How easy is that?!

Cake post-icing

Cake pre-icing
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Katie is back!!

May 9, 2010

So the past 2-3 weeks have been crazy…lots of “news” in my life. Job Change- I now work at Soles4Souls organizing and leading trips worldwide to distribute shoes to those in need. {click here to sign up and come on a trip with me!} I moved to a loft {lots of fun paint/furniture projects took up my cooking time…I will post the DIY projects on “the rooster” once I get everything completely decorated! and oh yea..My power has had a mind of its own since the flood…so this is really the first time I have been able to sit down to download pictures and talk about all the yummy, simple dishes I have been making.

While all of these things have taken place I realized…when life is busy…you still have to eat…and I wanted to put some EASY recipes on the blog…and I promise they are still GREAT! For many of you who cook a lot I am sorry..but for those of you who have no clue how to cook..these are perfect!

First, I am going to finally show you a picture  of the Blackberry cobbler I made for Jenny’s bday party and the b-day girl herself!! Next..here is some pictures of a Sunday dinner we had…yummy spring time food!

Now on to recipes…

Turkey Tacos

1lb. (or however much meat you need) of ground turkey
1 avocado
1 tomato
1 lemon
1 lime
1 packet of taco mix
tortillas
1 package of shredded mexican cheese
Sour cream(if desired)
Follow the directions on the taco mix packet about cooking the meat(all of them are different..but it is as easy as 1.2.3.) I always squeeze in lemon and lime juice to give it extra flavor!
Slice the avocado and tomato (without cutting your finger like yours truly)
Heat Tortillas in microwave..it is best to put a damp paper towel between each tortilla (heat for about 20 seconds)
Then take your taco and load it with everything you want!
Yes I realize this is SIMPLE and anyone can do it…that is the point of this blog.

Veggie Omelette

2 eggs
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1 portabella mushroom
1 packet of cheese(any type will do..choose your favorite!)
S&P
1 tbs of butter
First you put the pan on medium high and let it get really hot. Then take your eggs and put them in a mixing bowl add some S&P and if desired a splash of milk..my dad taught me this trick when I was younger..and it makes the eggs taste better.
Whisk eggs together. Put butter on the pan, and then pour eggs into pan. Once the eggs have been sitting for about 20 seconds add your diced veggies and cheese. Shake the pan gently, take your spatula and gently lift the edges of the eggs. Then if you feel comfortable you can pick the pan up and toss the egg to fold it…OR take your spatula and use it to fold the egg. Press down lightly and then flip the egg over and repeat. WAHHLAAHH!
It is said that if you can cook an egg you can cook anything. When I was 7 I used to make omelettes all the time until I graduated high school. Then I lost my special touch and just not can make them again.
Summer Salad
Summer is SO soon..and I am excited. I love grilled food…if only I had a grill..and new how to use it. Luckily we have some guys in Nashville who LOVE to grill! So I try to do some different sides. Salad is one of my favorite things to eat..There are so many different kind. My favorite is Strawberry Salad that my friend Claire Moses (now Drummond) used to make all the time. I will talk to her about submitting that into FFF..which is coming back. 🙂
Salads can be all sorts of fun creations. This is my latest favorite and I hope you enjoy it too!
1 packet of spinach salad
1 packet of crumbled feta cheese
1 packet of dried cranberries
1 packet of almonds
grapes
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of balsamic vinaigrette
Use the amount and portions you desire of each.. Mix it all together and you have one YUMMY salad!

Hope you enjoy all of these easy dishes. Sorry for the lack of pictures..I am still trying to find my camera cord from the move. It may be a while.

Also, I want to ask you all to continue to pray for Nashville! The flood has impacted so many lives here and the news coverage has not been that great. Our featured blogs this month will be two families that have lost everything and still have a cheerful heart.


and another note…

April 30, 2010

Yippee for Katie completing the half-marathon AND moving into her new loft! (which is SUPER cute BTW).

More GREAT recipes coming soon!

Hint: They are Cinco de Mayo appropriate 🙂

Whopper Cookies

April 30, 2010
This past Saturday was the Music City Marathon here in Nashville. I think I might have been the ONLY person not running in it. On Thursday night, I drove, the half-marathon course with roomster Kate, MacKenzie, and Catherine, who were running the half together. For a moment while we were driving the course, I thought, “This would be fun to do…I wish I had been training and could run 13.1 miles on Saturday.” Hmmm…yeah, it was a fleeting thought. Saturday morning I was pretty happy not to have been running, in the rain, mind you. However, that did not keep me from being SO proud of all my friends who did run! Kudos to you!
While I was lazily scooting around my house on Saturday morning, I began pillaging my baking cabinet to see what I could whip up to reward the half-marathoners. I realized I had a lot of baking chocolate and chocolate chips, which led me to make the recipe for Whopper Cookies, from Foster’s Market. (I am also loving all the recipes I’ve made from Foster’s market cookbook, which can be found here).
Makes about 1 dozen 2½ inch- to 3-inch cookies
Ingredients:
6 ounces semisweet chocolate (preferably high-quality baking chocolate, such as Valrhona or Callebaut), chopped into large chunks
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped into large chunks
6 tablespoons ( ¾ stick) unsalted butter
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
¾ cup sugar
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
Note: I didn’t have any semi-sweet baking chocolate, so I just used some semi-sweet chocolate chips that I had. Also, I didn’t have any espresso powder, and I substitued regular ground coffee beans.
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets and set aside.
3. Melt together the semisweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate chunks, and butter in a double boiler over low heat until just melted, stirring occasionally. (Note: Do not overheat; remove from the heat as soon as chocolate has melted.) Stir to blend the chocolate and butter, and set aside.
4. Cream together the eggs, espresso powder, and vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Add the sugar and mix until thick and creamy.
5. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl and stir to mix. Set aside.
6. Add the chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and blend until well combined. Add the flour mixture and stir just until the dry ingredients are moist.
7. Fold in the walnuts and chocolate chips. (Note: The batter will be very moist—similar to the consistency of cake batter.)
8. Scoop the batter with a ¼-cup (2-ounce) ice cream scoop or by the heaping tablespoon and drop onto the prepared baking sheets about 3 inches apart. (Note: Bake right away, before the chocolate begins to cool and harden.)
9. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, turning the baking sheets once during the cooking time. The cookies will still be very gooey inside and soft, but do not overcook or the cooled cookies will be dry. Cool about 10 minutes on the baking sheets before gently removing the whoppers to a baking rack to cool completely.
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Plum Crumble

April 25, 2010

I am really excited about this post after the 2 week blog hiatus! It was definitely time to get back on the blogosphere. At least you can be assured that if we don’t have something worthwhile to post and worthy of your reading, it won’t be posted. We only share the best recipes from our kitchen 🙂

With all the fresh fruit that is coming in season, I was so in the mood to make a fruit dessert. When I was grocery shopping, I bought a crate of plums and decided a plumb crumble would be the best way to utilize these. Some of you may be like me, where plums are a relatively new fruit for you. I definitely recommend plums, by the way…They are just a little bit sweet and a little bit tart, and very easy to eat, making them the ideal go-to fruit snack!

The recipe below was originally for a plum tart. Seeing as I didn’t have a tart pan, but was still determined to make the recipe at hand, I turned it into a plum crumble, or “plumble” as Ben called it when he ate it.

This recipe is a definite “make-again” recipe! The brown sugar in the crust was so delicious, and the chopped walnuts gave it just enough crunch. Serving warm with ice cream is really ideal, but it was still tasty the next day. Also, it was extremely easy to make, which is my type of dessert recipe!

Plumble

The Picture doesn't do it justice!

“Plumble” (a.k.a. Plumb Crumble)

Adapted from Barefoot Contessa

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), diced
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 pounds firm, plums (about 6-7  plums depending on size), quartered, or cut into relatively small slices

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Combine the flour, walnuts, and sugar in a large bowl. Add the butter and the egg yolk. Mix, either by hand or with an electric mixer, until crumbly.

Press 1 1/2 cups of the crumb mixture in an even layer into the bottom of a 9 1/2-inch springform or tart pan. Arrange the plums in the pan, so that the surface area of the pan is covered in plums.

Sprinkle the rest of the crumb mixture evenly over the plums. Bake the tart for 40 to 50 minutes, or until it’s lightly browned and the plum juices are bubbling. Remove from the oven and cool for about 5 minutes. Serve warm with cold vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

Enjoying the plumble! (And Katie, was enjoying a Blue Moon, apparently 🙂 )

Salmon Bagel

April 20, 2010

Good Morning!

With my new work schedule, moving, and decorating projects, I have not had much time to cook. 😦 I am trying to start cooking large meals and just eating off of those for the week…{yummy leftovers}!

Jenny and I were talking about how we need to incorporate our “everyday cooking” into the blog.

So today I am going to tell you all about one of my favorite “anytime” meals.

Salmon Bagel

The ingredients needed include:
-Bagel (I prefer whole wheat)
-cream cheese (low fat)
-smoked salmon(you can find this in your grocery store already packaged and sliced)
-capers
-salt and pepper
-tomatoes and onions (optional)
 

Now this is just as easy as making a PB&J…ANYONE can do it!

You toast your bagel, spread cream cheese, add: salmon, capers, s&p, onions and tomatoes….AND YOU HAVE A YUMMY, DELICIOUS BAGEL!

Restaurants serve this for breakfast and charge about $9 bucks around Nashville….but if you make it yourself…you save some cash..and who does not like being thrifty?!

Now get ready because Jenny made this PLUM CRUMBLE and it was AMAZING!!

 
 

Have no fear..we are still here

April 17, 2010

Eat This jk took a little break last week. {we will try not the let it happen again} But great recipes are coming soon…we are trying to do some healthy dishes that we create ourselves….lots of trial and error before posts can occur…

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend and enjoying the outdoors!!