Friday, November 30, 2018

Baked Chile Rellenos Casserole

Chile Rellenos are one of my favorite foods. Has to be without meat. Made with roasted Hatch Green Chile, or Poblano peppers. Definitely NOT made with bell peppers. There's no spice in them and I like spice. I've had them with all three peppers, Hatch, Poblano, and bell pepper at restaurants. Some stuffed with meat (the later two). Some with sauce, some without. SO many different variations. I prefer the New Mexican version.
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Friday, November 23, 2018

Khanom Dok Bua- Lotus Flower Cookies


This lotus flower cookie is called Khanom Dok Bua or Khanom Dok Jok. It's a crispy cookie that is deep fried, not baked. They are like Italian Rosettes. They are light and crispy. Not overly sweet, sesame seeds give them a great flavor, so does Pandan extract. The sesame seeds are what is more commonly used. I made these ones green and pink, Pandan and almond for our Christmas Cookie boxes in 2017. Which isn't really traditional, the almond flavoring that is.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Salmon Chowder

Salmon Chowder
It's finally getting cooler around here. It was 38 degrees this morning. I will say that it's colder here at 38 degrees than it was at 38 degrees in Maryland because of the humidity. It just chills you through. I'm loving it so I can't complain. Bundling up, wearing layers, and boots. It's wonderful. I decided to make some Salmon Chowder. It's so easy and quick to make. The ingredients can be kept on hand, if the salmon is frozen. Even the vegetables can be flash frozen after being diced. Set the carrots, celery, and onion on a baking sheet and freeze them. Once frozen transfer them into a container or freezer bag. They do not need to be thawed before cooking. Just keep in mind they they will have ice on them. Be very careful putting them into hot oil.
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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Bunches of Berries in Bars

One of the fantastic things about our move is that I found a great wholesale fruit and vegetable source. I admit, typing that out it sounds lame. I'm okay with that though because this awesome place will have avocados by the case, 48 for $37.50, blueberries in 9 ounce packages 12 for $7-10, 12 ounce packages of raspberries 14 for $14, 10 artichokes for $8,  organic packs of produce that end up being $1 a pound. It's amazing and awesome. That's how these bars came about. We love fresh berries and were eating them by the handful. The kids were taking 14 ounce packs of raspberries for lunch.  I purchased 28 packs. Yes 28. In the end I had 3 packs that needed to be used up. We ate a bunch. I still have blueberries in my fridge that I can freeze for later also.
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Maple Almond Bacon

I recently went to brunch and they have Maple Pecan bacon. It was so yummy. My oldest can not eat pecans so I thought I would recreate that bacon at home for her with a nut she can have. This is very simple to make. The salty sweet crunchy flavors and texture combined is satisfying, the almonds and bacon both get a little caramelized from the maple syrup.  This bacon is great for breakfast, brunch, on top of a salad, on top of a creamy soup, or served as hors d'oeuvres. 
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Chicken Spinach Lasagna

It's been a long time since I've blogged! We've relocated to Texas and have been here since July. Still trying to get into the swing of things around here. The kids have started school and seem to be thriving. I'm so thankful! They had a very short summer due to getting out of school later than Texas schools do. We took our time getting down here and lived in a hotel for a bit until we found a house. We sold our house in the DC area and other than the kitchen with it's ample counter space and my range I don't actually miss cleaning that huge house too much. I do miss having ovens that don't heat up the house, high BTU's and water that doesn't take 10 minutes to come to a boil a WHOLE lot.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Donut Bread Pudding

This is really good.  Dangerous but good.  The Dunkin donut's near our church gave us a bunch of donuts... so you know. Why not try a bread pudding with them.  I've seen it made before, but I've never had it. I've also never had that many leftover donuts. 
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Cave Tools Meat Shredding Claws- Review

Cave Tools Stainless Steel Meat Shredding Claws.
Hello everyone! As I'm writing this post it is 76 degrees outside. It's so beautiful! I think Spring should be the longest season of the year, it's always the shortest it seems. I hope that it's a beautiful day where ever you are reading this post from. I haven't done very many product reviews lately. I tend to be more picky about what I'll review anymore. For one my posts aren't paid for by anyone and they take so much time to write. Pictures to edit. It just takes a lot of time.
The thing is we really enjoy the products we've used from Cave Tools and I have been on the fence about getting a set of Meat Claws lately. Mostly so I can lift roasts out of the pressure cooker or out of pans to place on to cutting boards. So when they contacted me I couldn't resist. They have also offered a coupon code for any of you all who would like a set. I'll post that with links below.
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