Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Posted by Sheri at 8:59 PM
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Posted by Sheri at 7:47 PM
Posted by Sheri at 6:32 PM
Friday, May 25, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Posted by Sheri at 8:30 PM
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Posted by Sheri at 5:54 AM
Friday, May 18, 2007
I can't wait to eat something from my garden that's not an herb.
And this innocent face....
Ate cat candy for breakfast before I realized what she was doing.
Posted by Sheri at 7:35 AM
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Posted by Sheri at 6:59 PM
1 medium-sized potato
2 tsp butter, softened
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp dried or fresh parsley
A pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Combine the butter, garlic powder, salt and parsley. Set aside.
Starting at one end of the potato, cut 3/4 of the way through at 1/4 inch intervals. Do NOT cut all the way through the bottom! Once you have sliced the potato all the way across, use a very small knife to spread the butter mixture between the slices.
Depending on what you're having with your potato fan, you might want to get a head start on cooking it by microwaving it for 2 minutes. If you microwave it, remove from the microwave and place into a baking dish. Bake, uncovered, for another 15-18 minutes (depending on the size of the potato) or until cooked through.
Posted by Sheri at 5:45 AM
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
While all of that was going on, I managed to crank out some pretty good stuff in the kitchen as well. Unfortunately, I didn't always remember to take pictures, but the thought was there. Over the next day and a few posts, I will post what I can remember. Here's what came out of the kitchen (that I can recall, anyway):
Honey lime salmon
Banana ice cream with chocolate chunks
Spaghetti with creamy tomato & sausage sauce
But let's go back to the vegetable garden. I am SO excited about this - we always had a big garden growing up and I have wanted one for years. I had been waiting and waiting for The Man to get off his duff and till me some soil, but alas - no such luck. Happily, his cousin stopped by a couple of weeks ago and happened to mention that he was tilling his garden. Well! After I marked my spot, he dragged the tiller across the street and chewed up my lawn.
There ain't nothin' like forcing the issue, is there?
So The Man got some 2x6s, chicken wire, and dowel rods and we built a half-assed 6 foot by 9 food garden. We only did a quick job because next year, we will tear out the wood and replace it with pavers to match the rest of the gardens around the house.
So over the last week, I dumped organic compost and organic soil into my new garden bed and then loaded it up with 2 cherry tomato plants, 2 heirloom tomato plants, 2 beef tomato plants, 12 green bean plants, a row of onions, a row of broccoli, a row of cauliflower, 3 basil, 2 oregano, 1 thyme, 2 parsley, and 1 rosemary. Whew!
I tell you what - there's nothing like making pasta for dinner and grabbing some basil right out of your back yard. Because I have done just that - twice. Well, once for pasta and once for pizza.
And of course, we planted a cherry tree for The Man's mother.
I got all the rest of my flowers planted in the very few (read - I am a lazy flower gardener) places in our flowerbeds that don't have perennials already planted. The yard is starting to shape up! All we need is to decide what we are going to do about the 2 current fountains we have (pull 'em or keep 'em) and we can buy the 20 bags of mulch it's going to take to get everything covered. Which, if everything goes as it usually does, will happen some time next year if left up to The Man.
Poor Gidget. The indignities never stop. We had our second vet appointment last Thursday evening - she had to stay in her doggie purse for an hour because the vet was running way behind. Then the shots didn't go as easily as the first set (I wanted to cry when she squealed). Then I make her get a haircut.
When I get home at lunch, my habit has been to close the door and start softly calling, "Where's Momma's baby girl?" (Oh, shut up LOL) Then I call her name as I walk toward the living room. Usually, by the time I get to the play pen, she is doing her "prisoner spread 'em" pose inside the pen. So imagine my surprise when I walk into the living room - and no Gidget visible in the pen. I figure she hadn't heard me, so when I got up to the pen, I lifted the big pillow (noting that it is sitting weird). NO DOG. What the %$%^&? So I immediately go into panic mode, running down the hall yelling for the damn dog.
And here she comes, trotting out of our bedroom.
The pillow is now on the couch. Remember that I said that it was sitting weird in the pen? She used it as a ramp and jumped out of the play pen. Lesson learned well, Momma.
She suffered through an hour of grooming last night. And a bandanna and a pink bow. Damn you, Momma!
Posted by Sheri at 7:12 PM
Monday, May 14, 2007
Allergic Girl asked a good question in the comments on my "I've Been Glutened" post from a couple of days ago. She wanted to know how gluten got into a baked potato.
Eating out can be a gluten sensitive person's worst nightmare because of two words: cross contamination.
In my case, I forgot to ask the person preparing my food to put on a new pair of gloves before handling my potato. Lord knows how many hamburger buns she touched before she squashed open the potato and placed it into a container for my lunch.
Friday wasn't the first time something like that has happened to me and it certainly won't be the last.
Anyone have any horror stories to tell about being glutened by something you figured was safe?
Posted by Sheri at 6:14 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2007
When The Man's father passed away in November 1998, his mom planted a maple tree for him. She passed away in July 2003. We moved into her house (this house) in September but had a hard time deciding what kind of tree to plant for her. We wanted something fairly small that flowered.
Today, I found a cherry tree when out and about getting the rest of the flowers I needed to get into the ground. I called The Man and asked what he thought, since he is the one that mows the lawn and will have to deal with any cherries that fall before I can pick them. I got the green light and came home with a 5 foot tree.
We planted it today, together. Well, I directed. My body won't allow me to use a shovel any more without consequences.
We miss you, Nana J. Happy Mother's Day.
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers and step-mothers out there. I hope you have a wonderful day.
Posted by Sheri at 7:28 PM
Friday, May 11, 2007
Monday, May 07, 2007
Saturday, May 05, 2007
So what if I show you a nearly empty plate.
Big deal if I show you a huge pile of crab leg shells.
Whoop-di-do if I rub it in that I just made and ate a totally awesome, satisfying dinner.
If you want.
Based on Country Coconut Biscuits from Bob's Red Mill
1/2 cup white rice flour
1/4 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup coconut flour (the biscuits taste nothing like coconut, so don't worry)
2 tbsp potato starch
3/4 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp sugar
Scant 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, softened
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Prepare a cookie sheet with a light coating of cooking spray.
Combine the dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Add the butter and cut in with a fork until the mixture is crumb-y. Add half of the milk; stir gently with your fork. Add the cheese and the rest of the milk. Stir until just combined.
Cut 2 foot-long pieces of wax paper; place the dough betwen them and gently pat down evenly to 3/4" to 1" thick. Using a 2" biscuit cutter or a glass sprayed with cooking spray, cut circles. Pull away the scraps from the biscuits and set aside, use a spatula to pick up the biscuits and put on the cookie sheet. Ball up the scraps and pat down between the pieces of wax paper....again and again until you have 9 biscuits on your cookie sheet.
Bake for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
If you take a good look, you can see cheese bubbling out of the biscuit in the picture.
And if you're interested....Lemon-Steamed Crab Legs
We are somewhat pig-like when it comes to crab legs. Believe it or not, this fed only 2 people.
4 pounds king crab legs
6 cups water
2 lemons, sliced into rounds
1 tsp salt
Combine the water, lemons and salt in a huge stock pot. Bring to a boil, then add the crab legs. If frozen like ours were, they will probably take about 20 minutes to cook. Otherwise, 15 minutes max.
Posted by Sheri at 7:22 PM
Thursday, May 03, 2007
On a side note, I just watched Gidget do a dive off the couch to get to the floor. It's hysterical - she stretches full-out and lands on all 4 paws. Jump...soar.....thunk. I got a half-hearted attempt on video. She's winding down and is curled up on the blanket next to me as I type.
If I ever figure out how to upload video on here, I will show some action shots of the zoo.
On another side note, since we got her, I have seen more of The Man than I have in the last couple of years, I think. He's actually home and playing with her before I pull into the driveway. It's a nice change of pace around here.
All right. Back to food. I have been making this tweaked Cooking Light fajita recipe for years. With my last Natural Farms order, I got a couple packages of Grandma Ferdon's GF tortillas. I figured I would try them out tonight.
Another Steak Fajita Recipe
Based on a recipe from The Cooking Light Cookbook
2 ribeye steaks
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 a red bell pepper
1/2 a yellow bell pepper
1/2 a green bell pepper
1/2 a red onion
4 GF tortillas
Slice the steaks into 1/4" strips and place into a zipper bag or bowl. Add the spices and 1 tbsp of the olive oil. Seal and shake to coat the meat. Place in the fridge while you prep the veggies.
Clean and slice the peppers and onion into 1/4" strips.
Defrost the tortillas if using frozen, like I did.
In a skillet, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over high heat. Add the spiced meat and the sliced veggies, reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until the veggies begin to soften and the meat is cooked as you like it (no more than 8 minutes or you'll have shoe leather).
Slice the lime in half. Squeeze half of the lime over the meat and stir. Turn off the burner and then squeeze the other half of the lime over the meat. Stir well.
Split into 4 portions and place onto your tortillas. Roll 'em up and eat.
And try to keep the dog away from your plate.
Posted by Sheri at 7:32 PM
Once upon a time, I really didn't like quinoa. Now, I love it. So this hit on all levels for me last night.
The Man watched Demon Dog (what we call her when she gets wild) so I could color my hair. These moments of peace are some of only a few minutes I have had to myself in over a week. Might as well celebrate with some nummy grub and a re-redded head.
Based on a recipe from 101 Cookbooks
1 salmon filet
1 cup red quinoa
1 cup vegetable broth
1 cup water
1 garlic clove, minced
Juice of half a lemon
1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp olive oil plus more for drizzling
6 asparagus stalks, cleaned and cut into 1 inch pieces
Fresh ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle a little olive oil in the bottom of a small baking dish. Place the salmon in the dish and then sprinkle with sea salt (just a pinch) and pepper. Bake until cooked through, about 12 minutes depending on the size of the piece of salmon. When cooked through (flakes easily with a fork), remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
Combine the water and broth in a saucepan. Add 1/4 tsp sea salt and then bring to a boil over high heat. Add the quinoa, stir to get all grains into the liquid, cover, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until all liquid is absorbed, about 20-25 minutes.
In another saucepan, bring a cup of water to a boil; add the asparagus pieces and cook only until just tender (about 2-3 minutes depending on how thick the spears are). Remove the asparagus from the boiling water and plunge into an ice bath to stop the cooking process. Drain and set aside.
Combine sesame oil, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic in a small bowl to create a dressing.
When all are done (salmon, quinoa, asparagus, and dressing), flake the salmon and then add it, the asparagus, and the dressing to the quinoa and toss lightly to combine.
Posted by Sheri at 6:37 AM