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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Soup + Sandwich

Usually means Panera but not today.  Today I tried something a little different.  Ok, now don’t judge me.  Instead of lunch at Panera we stopped somewhere a little bit different.  Somewhere that serves up their food fried  so deliciously golden brown that once you taste it you crave it fortnightly but will suffer mightily if you eat it that often.  Mmm… Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Rashers for Supper

Obviously the pictures are unrelated.  Credit for tonight’s supper goes to Google.  Sometime around 5 o’clock I typed “bacon pasta mushrooms” and hit search.  What I got back was this little number for a quick tasty dinner.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunday, November 15th, 2009

One Pot Cincinnati Chili

library-3281I can decisively say that this is my favorite chili.  I like Jamie’s recipe for chili con carne, Martha’s recipe for turkey chili and the slow cooker white chicken chili from Cooking Light.  But Cincinnati chili is definitely my favorite.

This version is a one skillet dish from the Cook’s Illustrated Cover and Bake cookbook.  The spaghetti for chili mac really shouldn’t be mixed in like this nor should the beans but in this recipe the macaroni cooks right in the sauce, one pot!  Oh, and the beans?  Made in the crockpot.  I cooked them all day and they got nice and soft.  Easy.  I put half in the chili and half in the freezer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Franks and Beans!

library-300library-299I have a lot of things to share with you today friends.  Like this dress I picked up yesterday at Target.  I always peruse the clearance rack you know, just in case.  I LOVE this dress.  I really want to copy the design with some fabric I have in my stash.  I just love it, it’s soft and flowy and it’s fully lined.  Did I mention that it was on clearance for 6 bucks?!  It would have cost me more to buy a pattern and fabric.  Excellent deal.  The sleeves are kind of longish for short sleeves but it is November so she wore her poncho over top.  She loves that thing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Market Weekend

library-2269I woke up with the sun this morning.  I finally stopped fighting it, got out of bed, made myself a cup of decaf, but still no signs of life from upstairs.  Left to my own defenses I came up with a list of things to do and convinced myself that I was up for another market run.  We used to go to the downtown market a lot but for the last year or two have switched to a walkable market Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, July 9th, 2009

That’s a Spicy Meat-ball!

library-1987One of my most powerful motivators to make dinner is a good idea (aka a craving).  Last night I tuned in to an episode of Throwdown with Bobby Flay who, incidentally, I have decided isn’t a total jerk that I can’t stand to watch on tv.  I am also notoriously susceptible to pasta related cravings.  Usually it has to do with something Lidia is making but since PBS cooking shows are on some kind of permanent hiatus I have to turn elsewhere.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Meep Meep!

So I’m not totally exhausted tonight.  I actually felt like writing something here for a change.  My poor blog has been suffering and lonely lately.  In spite of feeling less than  sprightly lately there has been no shortage of exciting events going on.  One of our cars was totaled a couple of weeks ago so we had to put some time into finding a new one.  We finally settled on a Prius and after much haggling we finally drove off the lot satisfied that we probably got a reasonable deal.  I’ll tell you, there is nothing fun about car shopping… nothing.  It was literally a fight to the death right up until the moment I signed on the dotted line and drove away from the dealership.  A deathmatch of wits and stamina to see who would get to keep the last 700 bucks on the table.  That must be the appeal of Saturn and Carmax.  I had no idea that we were going to drive away with a new car but we went for a test drive and I fell in love.  It has a back up camera!  I pulled off the lot on Friday with a full tank of gas and as of today have only used 1/8 of a tank after running errands all weekend.  Did I mention that I love it?  

With the car out of the way we spent some time this weekend thinking through the week’s dinners.  So far so good.  Tonight I made this chili from Fine Cooking and was really happy with the results.  Pureeing some of the beans with the tomato and chipotle is really an interesting technique and it really made this a quick dinner.  I bastardized this salad from Ina Garten (courtesy of Erin, thanks for the great tip!) and subbed it in for the plain avocado topping called for in the original recipe.  The chili is REALLY good with lots of limey avocado on top and a dollop of sour cream.  I’m just glad I did it.  It’s so easy to fall into a rut of take out.  So easy, too easy.  My only goal for tonight is to pick which of the 5 meals we planned to do tomorrow.  It’s my only goal, I can do this!  Right?

Here are a few pictures from memorial day:

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Monday, May 25th, 2009

Really Good Cake

library-1688This recipe comes from last month’s Everyday Food.  Growing up we would make lemon cake from a box topped with dream whip and sliced strawberries.  This is the ideal homemade substitute.  I wish I knew the proper name for the type of frosting that accompanies the recipe because it’s dreamy.  I’ve never made anything like it.  

The recipe is a basic recipe for vanilla cake with chocolate and lemon variations.  Next up chocolate.  You can find the recipe here.

I hope you had a great long weekend!

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Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Today I Like Dinner

chickenYou know my old refrain about dinner.  How it has to be made and eaten every. single. night.  I made this tonight though and I know I’m going to come back to it throughout the summer.  It was almost too easy for how tasty it was.  It wasn’t tasty like mind-blowing delicious but it was simple and flavorful.  Simple and flavorful like real comfort food… what you want at the end of the day when you don’t feel like cooking but you just can’t stomach the idea of restaurant food either.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, March 16th, 2009

Chili Mac

library-34961Saturday was rainy, dreary and busy.  I almost froze my pinkie off getting meat out of the deep freezer.  I realize now that I should have a plan before I go off and start just randomly digging through what’s down there.  I find that with the deep freezer, I have to take certain cuts out days in advance to get them to thaw completely in the fridge.  Sometimes overnight isn’t enough to do it.  That being said, I had a plan for the rest of the week but no idea what to do for dinner that night.  I pulled out some ground turkey and some ground beef because they defrost relatively quickly.  By 6pm the turkey was ready to be browned and we were good to go.  
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