Archives for March 2010

Steel Cut Oatmeal

By now we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? RIGHT? Still I hear so many people say, “I never eat breakfast.” Well if you are of of those people, well shame on you, you non breakfast eater you! Breakfast gets your brain going, breakfast gets your metabolism going […]

Pretzel Sugar Cookies

Is that…? Did she really…? Oh no she didn’t…? OH YESSSSSS I DID. My mind works in funny little ways, funny, funny little ways. You too can cure your PMS with these as I did. This is how this recipe was created. I was making sugar cookies from the box. Yep..you heard me correct, from […]

What’s it worth to ya?

Have a few minutes to read? This is a good one..I promise! What is what worth, you may ask? Saving money and time, what is it worth to you? Well duh, of course we all like to save money, but here is my story/question? Let me preface this by saying that I suck at coupon […]

Easy Apple Tart

“HOW DO YOU LIKE THEM APPLES?” Need a tissue? I saw you drooling. It’s totally acceptable, as I did the same thing. We had house guests and house guests =’s a perfect reason to make dessert. I wanted something other than a heavy cake, but didn’t want to make anything complex. I had a butt […]

St Patricks Day Food

Remember I told you that I am in Lazy Town? Welp, still there. And just to show you how pathetically lazy I am about blogging these days, I am going to post a repeat recipe, even using old photos (GASP)!!! Ehhh, cut me a break, it’s the first time I have done a repeat in […]

Where have I been?

LAZY TOWN..that is where I have been! Call me a lazyass is you wish. If I only had an amazing story to tell you on why I haven’t been blog surfing, but I don’t. And what happens when your Google reader says 398? You shut your eyes, grimace, shed a tear and hit, “mark all […]

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Steel Cut Oatmeal

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By now we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? RIGHT?

Still I hear so many people say, “I never eat breakfast.” Well if you are of of those people, well shame on you, you non breakfast eater you! Breakfast gets your brain going, breakfast gets your metabolism going and it totally helps you from gorging later in the day. Studies have been done y’all. So eat your breakfast.
I love love love oatmeal. It fills me up and it is super good for you. No, I am not talking about the pre packaged, pre flavored stuff. Sure that is what we grew up on. Make your own and control what is in it. Steel cut oats are my favorite. They have a delicious little chew to them, a totally different texture than regular oats. They do take about 20 minutes to cook. I know I don’t have 20 minutes in my busy mornings to cook oatmeal. What I do is make a big batch at night, then pop it in the fridge. That way I have “instant” oatmeal every day during the week and just switch up the toppings.
STEEL CUT OATS
Enough for 1 person for 4-5 days
1 1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cup milk (I use skim or almond milk)
1 cup steel cut oats
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
5 packets of Splenda (or sugar)
Toasted Pecans, chopped (good way to get more protein)
Your choice of toppings..bananas, blueberries, strawberries (whatever is fresh and in season)
I also drizzle a bit of Agave Nectar over the top.
YUM-A-LICIOUS!
Bring the water, milk and salt to a boil. Add the oats. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 15-20 minutes. Make sure you stir occasionally.
Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Pretzel Sugar Cookies

Is that…?

Did she really…?
Oh no she didn’t…?
OH YESSSSSS I DID.
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My mind works in funny little ways, funny, funny little ways.
You too can cure your PMS with these as I did.
This is how this recipe was created.
I was making sugar cookies from the box. Yep..you heard me correct, from the box.
I was out of flour and sugar, and you can’t really make sugar cookies without those two vital ingredients. If you have a flour less- sugarless sugar cookie recipe..shoot me over the recipe!
Anyways..my kids were pestering me for sugar cookies and all I had was a box of old sugar cookie mix that was about to expire and all the kids really wanted to do anyways was roll them in the sprinkles.
So I mixed up the cookies per the package directions. Put them on the cookie sheet and then a light bulb went off!!!(doesn’t happen often folks).
My daughter was eating Mr. Salty Pretzels(you know, the really salty ones). I grabbed a handful, crushed them up and rolled a few sugar cookies in them and baked them! Oh Dawn, Aggie and Bridgett you must make these my sugary-salty friends!
Dont knock it till ya try it my peeps! ohhhh..maybe drizzle some chocolate on top! HEAVEN
PRETZEL SUGAR COOKIES

Your favorite sugar cookies recipe
Crushed up Pretzels
Mix the sugar cookies per the package directions.
Roll them in crushed up pretzels.
Bake as you normally would!

What’s it worth to ya?

Have a few minutes to read? This is a good one..I promise!

What is what worth, you may ask?

Saving money and time, what is it worth to you?
Well duh, of course we all like to save money, but here is my story/question?
Let me preface this by saying that I suck at coupon clipping and bargain shopping.
And I prefer not to shop at Walmart, hmmmm, wonder why?
The other day I swung into the Super Walmart to grab a few household items.
I went to the grocery section because I knew I needed a couple of things, so I should just grab them while I was at a store.
Meat Department- A scoured every section of the meat department in search of some organic chicken. NOTHING. I went up to the “meat counter” and asked the man, “Do you carry Organic Meat?” He looked at me like I had 2 horns growing out of my head. I actually had to repeat myself, because I think I took the poor man off guard with my bizarre question. He said, and I quote ” No, we aint got no organic meat here”. I thought to my self “we aint got no”, interesting. “Thank you Sir.” I walked away meatless.
Strike One
Deli counter- I should have know since “they aint got no” organic meat, they wouldn’t have my next needed item, but a girl can dream. I was going to make some peas and prosciutto and I needed prosciutto. I took my number from the number pully thingy and patiently waited for 38 to be called. “Thirty Eight” was shouted in an unfriendly tone. “Yes Sir, I will take 1/4 pound prosciutto, sliced thick please.” (yes, I am always polite..thanks Mom and Dad). I am answered with, “Pro, what?” Enunciating a bit better in case he did not understand my thick Florida accent,
“PRO-SCIUT-TO.”
He turned his back to me, walked away and asked a lady who was slicing meat. Not hearing their conversation, he walked back to me and said, “We have never heard of it, so we must not have it.” Now I looked at this man like HE had horns growing out of his head. “mm-k, thank you.”
Strike Two
Produce Section– It’s not looking good for me is it? Well you see the last thing I needed was chives. Just some common chives. I walked all throughout the produce section, several times looking for chives. I saw nothing that resembled them. So instead of walking away from my uneventful shopping trip, I decided to amuse myself. Dare I ask? Yes! I walked up to the lady who was arranging the potatoes. “Excuse me, I hate to bother you, but I can’t seem to find the chives, would you point me in the right direction?” She said, “you mean the green things you put on the top of a baked potato.” My eyes light up in excitement thinking I just scored some chives. I say, “YES, exactly..where would they be?” “Oh, we don’t carry chives.”
I think my neck started getting red at this point. I say, “Thank You” and walk away.
Strike Three.
So here is my question.
Do you one stop shop at the big bargain places to save money, even if they lack in quality and in selection? Or do you spend they extra money and shop in one place where you know they have everything you need?
Me? Save money..sure that would be nice..but I think I will stick with the “real” grocery store for my groceries!
Three Strikes and your out, right?

Easy Apple Tart

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“HOW DO YOU LIKE THEM APPLES?”

Need a tissue? I saw you drooling. It’s totally acceptable, as I did the same thing.

We had house guests and house guests =’s a perfect reason to make dessert. I wanted something other than a heavy cake, but didn’t want to make anything complex. I had a butt load of apples that were never going to get eaten..so apple tart it was. I didn’t follow a recipe, but I did make sure to write everything down, just incase it turned out good..and thank God I did, because it was Yummm-A-Licious! I did use the perfect go-to tart shell recipe from Epicurious that is No-Fail and always turns out perfect. I didnt have any ice cream to scoop on top, but I needed something “creamy”. So I made some cream anglaise( sounds fancy, but its not) to pour over the top. Ummmm,YUM!!!
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APPLE TART with CREAM ANGLAISE
SWEET PASTRY DOUGH
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 large egg yolk
1 1/2 tablespoons ice water
Whisk together flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Blend in butter with your fingertips or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal with some small (roughly pea-size) butter lumps. Beat together yolk and water with a fork and stir into flour mixture until combined well.
Gently knead mixture in bowl with floured hands just until a dough forms. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently 4 or 5 times more. Form dough into a ball, then flatten into a 5-inch disk. Chill, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, at least 1 hour.

APPLE FILLING
5 Golden Delicious Apples
1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
5 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1/4 cup apricot preserves
1 cup walnuts, toasted
3/4 cup butter, cut up
Preheat oven to 375
In a large bowl mix together the cinnamon, sugar, preserves and walnuts.
Peel, core, cut in half and thinly slice the apples.
Toss the apples and layer them in circles around the tart shell.
Place the cut up butter on top of the apples.
Bake for about 50 minutes. If the nuts are getting to browned, you can place a piece of tinfoil lightly over the top
CREAM ANGLAISE
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2 cups whole milk
1 vanilla bean, split in half
1/2 cup sugar
4 large egg yolks, room temperature
Set a large fine strainer over a medium bowl and set the bowl in a larger bowl with ice water(you are making an ice water bath to stop the cooking process)
In a large sauce pan, combine the milk, vanilla pod and cook over moderately low heat just until small bubbles appear around the rim, about 5 minutes.
In another medium bowl, whisk the sugar and egg yolks until combined. Slowly, and I mean slowly(or you eggs will cook), whisk in half of the hot milk. Pour the mixture into the sauce pan and cook over moderate, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 4-5 minutes. DO NOT OVER COOK OR YOUR SAUCE WILL CURDLE!
Immediately strain the sauce into the bowl in the ice bath to stop it from cooking. Scrape the vanilla seed from the pod into the sauce. Serve warm or chill until ready to use.

St Patricks Day Food


Remember I told you that I am in Lazy Town? Welp, still there. And just to show you how pathetically lazy I am about blogging these days, I am going to post a repeat recipe, even using old photos (GASP)!!! Ehhh, cut me a break, it’s the first time I have done a repeat in 2 years.

My Shepherds Pie rocks the house, so I suppose it needs to be resurrected from the archives.
If I were a politically correct kinda girl, this would not be called “Shepherds” Pie. True “Shepherds” pie has lamb in it. My recipe uses ground beef, so I suppose it should be called “meat pie”. Well “meat pie” just sounds foul to me, so I will be sticking to Shepherds Pie, thank you very much.

The Hungry Housewife’s Guinness Shepherds Pie
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1 ½ pounds Organic ground beef 80/20
1 (1lb) bag frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
2 packets of dry Brown Gravy Mix
1 medium onion
Olive Oil
2 bottles Guinness Beer
2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese
3 pounds baking potatoes
¼- ½ cup milk
1 stick butter
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375

To make Potato filling…
Boil the potatoes in slated water until fork tender. Drain completely and place back in pot so all of the water evaporates.
In a medium mixing bowl add butter and potatoes. Mash until smooth, while adding the milk for a medium consistency. Add salt and pepper.

Meat filling…
Cook and drain ground beef.
Place drained beef back in skillet and add 1 bottle of Guinness. Cook until beer has almost cooked out.
Add tomato paste to meat
In a medium sauce pan, prepare the brown gravy according to package directions,
however, use beer for half the liquid called for( 1 cup water, 1 cup beer)
Pour gravy into meat mixture. And cook all together until you get a nice thick gravy.

In medium skillet with olive oil sauté onions until soft and translucent.
Add mixed vegetables to the onions and cook until warm throughout.

In a 2 quart baking dish, add meat as bottom layer, the add vegetables, and then add the mashed potatoes. Top with Shredded cheese.Cook at 375 for about 20 minutes or until cheese in nice and bubbly

Where have I been?

LAZY TOWN..that is where I have been! Call me a lazyass is you wish. If I only had an amazing story to tell you on why I haven’t been blog surfing, but I don’t.

And what happens when your Google reader says 398? You shut your eyes, grimace, shed a tear and hit, “mark all as read”. I am sure I have missed a billion fabulous recipes, but playing catch up is no fun.
Be back from LazyVille real soon.