Thursday, February 26, 2015

Blogging for Books: The Soup Club Cookbook

This is my very first "Blogging for Books" review....and I am so psyched I can't even begin!

I picked this book partially because we have 90 freaking inches of snow on the ground and the thought of new soups just simply appealed to me.

I am so very in love with this book!

To begin with, I enjoyed reading the backstory to the Soup Club itself. Such a nice way to share among friends. That portion read like a friendly short story, not a long winded laundry list of how-to.
They give hints on what worked for them, and what didn't, to help anyone else who wants to share in their idea.

So many of the soup ideas were truly approachable. They had everything as basic as chicken soup, to more exotic curry and regional favorites.
All the recipes are nicely categorized; it's easy to flip to a certain cuisine type and quickly decide.


Don't be fooled by the title, this is so much more than simply SOUPS. Along with most of the recipes, there were ideas for side dishes and the best way to package them for delivery.


Look for recipes to be coming from this book SOON!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Spinach and Feta Quiche

You know the saying "real men don't eat quiche"?
I can vouch for hubby dearest being a manly man. He drinks beer, watches sports, scratches, and does hard labor all day long.
(um, yeah, hard labor makes it sound like he is incarcerated! No, he is a blue collar worker type man)

Hubby has a secret though....
He likes quiche.
Every kind I have ever made him, he has enjoyed. His favorite being this one.
It helps that he is a spinach/feta junkie.
I could probably get him to eat a boiled tire if I filled it with spinach and feta.

OK, now I just sound bizarre.
We do not eat tires....promise.

**NOTE** this is not an actual picture of hubby dearest

Ingredients:
1 Pkg frozen spinach (thawed)
½ Cup feta cheese
1 pie crust
6 Eggs
¼ Cup half and half
Salt and Pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Grease 9 inch pie plate
3. Roll pie crust out onto plate
4. Whisk egg and half and half until well mixed.
5. Add salt and pepper to egg mixture
6. Drain spinach, squeezing out all liquid
7. Line bottom crust with spinach and top with feta
8. Pour egg mixture over feta and spinach
9. Bake for 30-40 minutes until egg is set in middle
10. Let sit for a couple of minutes before serving.





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Monday, February 9, 2015

Parmesan Risotto

As a birthday present every year, my sister in law invites my daughter for the weekend.
The girl child gets spoiled like crazy with Auntie and Uncle, gets to play with Auntie's dogs, and they take neat day trips...where they spoil her rotten then too!

Needless to say darling daughter loves this!

I say they spoil her, but she is an easy to please kid. This past trip she got lots of flavored seltzer water, a trip out for frozen yogurt, and they visited a used book store where they bought her four books.
Yeah, this is "spoiled" in our house!

While she was gone, hubby and I had a quiet (sleep filled) weekend. One night I made dinner and decided we needed some risotto.
I don't remember how long it's been since I made it last, but I had half a bag of Arborio rice that was calling to me.

Mmmm....creamy risotto!
Perfect for our "at home date night"!


Ingredients:

1 ½ Cups Arborio rice

1 Quart chicken stock

3 Tbsp butter

¼ Cup Parmesan cheese

Salt and Pepper


Directions:

1. Heat stock to a simmer. Lower heat so stock stays warm.
2. In large saucepan, heat butter over medium heat.
3. Add rice to saucepan, stir briskly.
4. Saute rice for a couple of minutes, until you smell a nutty aroma; do not let rice brown
5. Add a ladle of hot chicken stock to rice and stir until liquid is fully absorbed.
6. Repeat adding chicken stock until finished.
7. Rice will become creamy as it cooks. Typical cooking time is 40 minutes.
8. When rice is cooked, add salt and pepper to taste and then stir in Parmesan cheese.






This recipe was shared with:
Monday: Flour me with Love, Tumbleweed Contessa, Kitchen Table Art, A Southern Fairytale, A Pinch of Joy, The Modest Mom Blog, Huckleberry Love, I Should be Mopping the Floor, Uncommon Designs, Jambellish, A Mama's Story, All Things Fee, The Chicken Chick, Boogieboard Cottage, Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, Skip to my Lou, Mom Favorites, Sew Can Do, Mom's the Word, 21st Century Housewife
Tuesday: Pint Sized Baker, A Bowl Full of Lemons, Cornerstone Confessions, Lou Lou Girls, My Joy Filled Life, Yesterfood, Mandy's Recipe Box, The New Mrs Adventures, Hope Studios, Kathe with an E, Stone Gable Blog, Hope in Every Season, Timewarp Wife
Wednesday: Dizzy Busy and Hungry, My Girlish Whims, Milk and Cuddles, Raising Homemakers, Recipes for our Daily Bread, White Lights on Wednesday, Buns in my Oven, A Peek into my Paradise, Gingersnap Crafts, Crafty Allie, The Newlywed Pilgrimage, Lemoine Family Kitchen, Ivy and Elephants
Thursday:  Grace and Good Eats, What's Cooking Love, Saving 4 Six, Miz Helen's Country Cottage, Lamberts Lately, Embracing Change, Katherine's Corner, A Delightsome Life, The Pin Junkie
Friday: Play Party Pin, Lady Behind the Curtain, The New Mrs Adventures, The Country Cook, Love Bakes Good Cakes, Craft Dictator, Thirty Handmade Days, The Diary of a Real Housewife, Craft O Maniac, The Girl Creative, Morsels of Life, Coffee with us 3
Saturday: Sweet Haute, Raising Memories, Diary of a Recipe Collector
Sunday: A Peek into my Paradise, Denise Designed


Monday, January 26, 2015

Blueberry Crisp

This recipe came from my daddy; I was so tickled to see it when I dug through an old pile of recipes.

My mother used to work for a certain travel agency, and they gave her 5 bajillion pads of paper with their logo, "from the desk of So and So", and then their slogan.
After she left that company, 30 years ago, she got to keep the paper. I think we still have unused pads of it!

So, imagine my surprise to come across a handwritten recipe from my Dad, on that particular paper.
It sounds silly, but it was such a nostalgia moment!
One of those things you never throw away, it is just too special.

Ingredients:
1 Pint blueberries
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Cup flour
¾ Cup sugar
10 Tbsp chilled butter (diced)


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400
2. Mix blueberries with cornstarch and 1 Tbsp sugar (taken from the ¾ cup)
3. Pour blueberry mixture into the bottom of a greased 9 inch pie pan
4. Blend flour, butter, and remaining sugar until crumbly
5. Pour flour mixture over blueberries
6. Bake for 30 minutes

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Monday: Flour me with Love, Tumbleweed Contessa, Kitchen Table Art, A Pinch of Joy, The Modern Mom Blog, Huckleberry Love, I Should be Mopping the Floor, Uncommon Designs, Jambellish, A Mama's Story, All Things Fee, The Chicken Chick, Boogieboard Cottage, Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, Skip to my Lou, Mom Favorites, 21st Century Housewife, Sew Can Do, Mom's the Word
Tuesday:  Pint Sized Baker, Cornerstone Confessions, Lou Lou Girls, My Joy Filled Life, Yesterfood, Mandy's Recipe Box, The New Mrs Adventures, Hope Studios, Kathe with an E , A Bowl Full of Lemons, Stone Gable Blog, Hope in Every Season
Wednesday: Recipes for our Daily Bread, Dizzy Busy and Hungry, Crafty Allie, My Girlish Whims, White Lights on Wednesday, Buns in my Oven, A Peek into my Paradise, Gingersnap Crafts, The Newlywed Pilgrimage          

Monday, December 15, 2014

Taking a little "Bloggy Vacation"

Happy Holidays to one and all!
With the Christmas Chaos in full swing, I will be taking a little break.
Hope everyone enjoys their time with family and friends, I will be back soon!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Chocolate Frosted Applesauce Cookies

When the girl child was a young'un, she ate applesauce every single day.
She wanted plain, cinnamon, fruit flavored...every form of applesauce, she wanted it.

Then she went and grew up.
Yeah, she doesn't eat it anymore. Maybe she O.D.ed on it as a little, but oh well, it is what it is.

I needed applesauce to make another recipe one day, when I went to the store they had no little containers. None! I ended up buying a decent sizes one, not huge...but big enough. That lone jar has been in my fridge taunting me.

While scanning other recipe blogs on a day off, I stumbled across this on jbeanrecipes. A quick scan of the ingredients and I was off the couch in a flash!

This recipe was "meant to be", it used up every last drop of that lonely jar of applesauce.
(and my sugar, and my flour...and the frosting used up all my confectioners' sugar)

Ingredients:
1 Cup shortening
2 Eggs
1 ½ Cups sugar
2 Cups applesauce
1 Tsp baking soda
1 Tsp cloves
1 Tsp cinnamon
1 Tsp salt
1 Tsp Nutmeg
4 Cups flour


Directions:
1. Cream together shortening, sugar and eggs
2. Mix in remaining ingredients
3. Drop by tablespoonfulls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet
4. Cook at 400 for 10 minutes
5. Cool and frost with your favorite chocolate frosting

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Tuesday: Memories by the Mile, Pint Sized Baker, Cornerstone Confessions, Inside Bru Crew Life, Mandy's Recipe Box, Hope Studios, Hope in Every Season


Monday, December 1, 2014

Chocolate Frosting

I have a love/hate relationship with dishes.
I love, love, love when they are clean.
I hate, hate, hate to clean them.

Seriously hate to do dishes. I would rather scrub toilets.

In an effort to minimize my dishes after making this, I had the grand idea of just mixing my sugar and cocoa and not sifting it.

Don't be like me.

I got it all in a bowl and started stirring. There were little balls-o-ingredient in the mixture. Not the fine mixture I should be using.
So, I cave, I grab the sifter.

In trying to get everything from the bowl to the sifter I made a mess like you only read about. My counter, my nearby appliances, my shirt....covered.

I repeat, don't be like me.
Just do it right to begin with. I tried to outsmart the system and made a bigger mess for myself.

Ingredients:
3 Cups confectioners’ sugar
¾ Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 stick butter (softened)
3-4 Tbsp heavy cream
1 Tsp vanilla


Directions:
1. Sift sugar and cocoa together into a large bowl
2. In another bowl, combine 1 cup sugar mix, butter, and 1 tbsp cream
3. Beat until smooth
4. Add another cup of sugar and tbsp cream
5. Beat until smooth
6. Repeat until all ingredients are used

7. Add vanilla and beat until fluffy






Recipe adapted from Food Network

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Tuesday: Pint Sized Baker, Inside Bru Crew Life, Cornerstone Confessions, Memories by the Mile, A Bowl Full of Lemons, Lou Lou Girls, Timewarp Wife, The New Mrs Adventures, Hope Studios, Mandy's Recipe Blog, Kathe with an E, Stone Gable Blog, Hot Momma's Kitchen Chaos, Hope in Every Season
Wednesday: Dizzy Busy and Hungry, Recipes for our Daily Bread, Someday Crafts, Milk and Cuddles, My Girlish Whims, Buns in my Oven, Raising Homemakers, White Lights on Wednesday, The Newlywed Pilgrimage, Crafty Allie , A Peek into my Paradise, Gingersnap Crafts, Mostly Homemade Mom, Lemoine Family Kitchen, Ivy and Elephants      
Thursday: Sweet Haute, What's Cooking Love, Saving 4 Six, Katherine's Corner, Miz Helen's Country Cottage, Lambert's Lately, Embracing Change
Friday:  Happy and Blessed Home, The Grits Blog, Play Party Pin, Lady Behind the Curtain, The Country Cook, Love Bakes Good Cakes, Craft Dictator, Thirty Handmade Days, City of Creative Dreams, Diary of a Real Housewife, Craft O Maniac, The Girl Creative, Morsels of Life, Coffee with us 3
Saturday: Melanie Makes, Petite Allergy Treats, Cooking with Ruthie, Six Sister's Stuff, Beauty Through Imperfection, Raising Memories
Sunday: A Peek into my Paradise, Denise Designed, 3 Little Greenwoods, Three Mango Seeds