Friday, July 30, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
I've found a new favorite of Flannel Man's, Cottage Pie, made from a recipe in Real Simple (found here).
It was incredibly easy and the only thing I changed was baking it in one big dish, instead of individual ones. I also left out the carrots, but would probably add them in next time.
1) Brown 1 pound ground beef
2) Stir in 1⁄3 cup ketchup and 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce; season with salt and pepper. Add 1½ cups frozen peas and carrots.
3) Transfer to 4 individual baking dishes.
4) Top with 3 cups mashed potatoes
5) Bake at 400° F until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
I'm really new to the world of cooking and so the simplest things can seem overwhelming. A friend gave me a big bag full of fresh green beans from her garden and I was at a complete loss as to what to do with them.
Another friend came to the rescue with the simplest instructions: snap off the ends and boil them until they are tender in a pot with some minced garlic. So easy and delicious!
Photo by moi.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- 2 cans (about 15 ounces each) great northern beans, drained, rinsed
- 1 can (12 to 15 oz.) corn, drained
- 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro, optional
Cover and cook on LOW for 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours, or until chicken is tender.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
A friend gave me this recipe and after searching for the envelope dry onion soup mix for weeks, I finally found it by the Worcestershire sauce and made the dish. Despite this awful photo, this meal turned out great.
Here's the details...
Amazing Pork Tenderloin in the Slow Cooker
-1 (2 pound) pork tenderloin
-1 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix
-1 cup water
-3/4 cup red wine
-3 tablespoons minced garlic
-3 tablespoons soy sauce
-freshly ground black pepper to taste
It was simple and I had almost all of the ingredients in my kitchen. I used some of the left over pork to make a wrap a few days later. I used a tortilla, goat cheese, cut up pork and dijon mustard and it was delicious!
Photo by moi.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
"Why I Don't Use a Radio Alarm Clock: Because waking up to "Mambo Number Five" by Lou Bega feels like being stabbed in the face with music."
Flannel Man has quickly learned that on a Saturday morning he can avoid my grumpy snappiness by waiting until he smells coffee to get out of bed. So if you know someone like me, take pity on us and don't force us to make small talk before we've had a caffeine fix.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
This summer I've been trying to find the perfect recipe for guacamole (or green goo as Flannel Man calls it, he hates the word "guac"). After a bit of experimenting I found one that I love and bonus, it's incredibly simple to make.
Take one avocado and peel it, removing the pit and any bad spots.
Smash the avocado with a fork, leaving some lumps.
Sprinkle with lime juice.
Take 3 or 4 sprigs of cilantro. Pull off the leaves and cut them up.
Use the fork to mix the avocado, cilantro and lime juice together.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
I'm still frequently surprised by things we discover about our home. We've lived here for less than a year and we're still finding all sorts of things. We had no idea that the big tree in our back yard was a pear tree until we saw all the pears.
This weekend we worked in our yard for hours. I usually use a hose at the front of our house to water the plants and fill my watering can. Yesterday Flannel Man pointed out a hose in the very back part of the garden, which meant hauling the watering can a much shorter distance.
I went to use the hose and found this beautiful hummingbird faucet attached to the hose. Even while covered with sweat and bug bites I was simply delighted. It was such a simple thing, but I love it and the best part was the fact that it was so unexpected.
I hope all of you find something unexpected that gives you joy this week.
Photo by moi.