31 March 2009
Roasted Red Pepper Potato Soup Recipe
1 can of drained roasted red peppers
3 large russet potatoes, peeled and chopped small (around 5 cups)
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and diced (about 1 cup)
3 cloves garlic
2 quarts chicken stock
1 cup hot milk or cream
1/2 stick of butter
1 tbsp ( at least!!!) Cayenne Pepper
red pepper flakes to taste
salt and pepper to taste
Cut pepper into strips. Place peppers, potatoes, garlic, and onion in a large soup pot and add the stock. Cook over medium-high heat until potatoes are soft. You can tell by sticking a fork in them, the potatoes will immediately break apart.
Add hot milk and butter. Purée in a blender or food processor until very smooth. You can also use a hand blender. Add cayenne,red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to taste.
30 March 2009
26 March 2009
Bella Birthday Pawty Fan-atics
Pinto Bean wears all kinds of hats
Jamie and Kili in celebration mode
25 March 2009
24 March 2009
-Deep thoughts by Jack Handy
R U Ready for some photoshop???? Instead of watching my pointless but favorite show, Dancing with the Stars (I am going for the hot frenchman), I played around with photoshop and here are my results. Not great, but this is my first time trying it out. See if you can guess which 4 haven't been photoshopped. Also the more intresting pictures were all taken at Davids house in Cabbagetown.
23 March 2009
Excerpts from a Dog's Diary
6:00 am - At last! I Go Pee! My favorite thing!
8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
6:00 pm - They're home! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!
Excerpts from a Cat's Diary
Day 983 of my captivity.
My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape.
In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.
Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am. Bastards!
There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage.
Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.
I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches.
The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.
The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe —for now...
**I have seen both entries before circulating throughout the mass of forwards but wanted to give credit where credit is due since I did steal it straight from his page.
Bella's foot: you should try and smell your dogs feet. They smell like corn chips, honest.
Not the best picture of the midtown skyline, but I love how the buildings are outlined. All of these pictures are straight out of the camera. I am still trying to figure out Photoshop so I have not gotten around to improving upon any images. I will let you know (probably in year 2011) when I actually improve upon a picture while in photoshop.
20 March 2009
2 (15 oz) cans whole kernel corn- drained
2 c grated cheddar cheese
1 c mayo
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, Optional
Jalepenos (diced), Optional
1 bag corn chips or tortilla chips
Mix first 5 ingredients. Chill. Serve with corn chips or tortilla chips
This recipe may be made ahead of time.
19 March 2009
"Berry" Good Granola:
-2 cups rolled oats
-½ cup wheat germ
-3 Tbs. dark brown sugar
-¼ tsp. salt
-2 handfuls each – dried cherries, dried blueberries, dried cranberries
-1 handful sliced almonds
-½ cup maple syrup
-3 Tbs. canola oil
-1 Tbs. water
-1 ½ tsp. almond extract
Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Lightly coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. In a bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In a saucepan, simmer together wet ingredients. Drizzle over the dry mixture and spread in baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally (if it is still too moist, cook longer at 10 minute increments stirring after each time). Cool. Enjoy alone or sprinkled atop plain yogurt.
18 March 2009
Look at all the pretty colors
I prefer to call this picture Cake Pop-diggity
Monster truck blow down
17 March 2009
*$12 for salad, pasta, and gelato at Shauns on Sundays (5pm to 9pm)
*$10 AYCE tapas at Twist on Sundays (all day)
*$10 AYCE pizza and salad at Shout on Sundays (all day)
*$10 AYCE pizza and salad at Via (5pm until 11:30)
*20 cent wings at Cypress St Pint and Plate on Mondays
*$10 AYCE tapas at Noche on Mondays
*$10 AYCE tapas at Shout on Mondays (all day)
*$2 burger at Fox and Hound on Tuesdays
Creative Loafing coupon deals for intown Atlanta restaurants
Some of tonights free goodies are hard-boiled eggs with a mayo-based sauce, fried chick peas, charred mortadella (sausage with a fancy name) with arugula, various fried vegetables, and grilled leeks.
There will also be lots of raw veggies with some interesting sauces, including caponata, tapenade, and bacon and sundried tomatoes.
Thanks goes to Cliff at Creative Loafing for this find.
16 March 2009
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Thanks goes out to fatwallett.com and foodiebuddha who clued me in to this fabulous free offer
I wound up relaxing Saturday night too and then woke up bright and early for Elizabeth and I's long run. Too bad it was poring rain. Elizabeth canceled so I ran to my petsits houses. The run there was nice since at the time it was sprinkling, the way back sucked since it was poring by that time. I enjoy running but only in ideal conditions which means it has to be 40 to 60 degrees outside and clear. Why can't the weather cooperate with my wishes? This is the 3rd long run Elizabeth and I have missed in the last month and I am scared that I am going to suck at the half Marathon we are running in 2 weeks. I think I might need to suck it up and run all week for the next 2 weeks because if not, I just might fall down in the middle of the race and not get up. I actually picture in my mind falling and people running over me like I am a speed hump. Not pretty. Another scenario is me walking while grotesquely large people run by me. You are sitting here thinking, surely grotesquely large people will not be running a half marathon but its true, they do run half's, just like the elderly do. Actually the reason I decided to do a half marathon was because I went to cheer on Brittney and Tim last year when they ran the ING half. The people I saw running and/or walking the half were such a hodgepodge of people that I made up my mind that if they can do it, then I most certainly can run a half too. That being said, we shall see.
Anyways, Sunday afternoon was Ben's party so I drove out to Duluth in order to celebrate with a grumpy 2 year old and 15 screaming children. Ben had good reason to be grumpy; he was sick and hadn't slept well or eaten much in the last 2 days. The party turned out to be a great success though. Kim and Michael rented out one of those huge bouncys that was shaped like a monster truck and all the kids loved it, except Ben who cried every time he was forced to go in it. There was also a pinata. I really believe that pinatas and 2 year olds don't mix. I swear about 3 kids almost got taken out due to them not paying any attention to the fact that a child under 5 with absolutely no motor skills was swinging a wooden stick as hard as they could. The party was a success but I left with a splitting headache caused by a deadly combination of too much sugar and too many kids in one small area. Don't get me wrong, I like kids and love Ben but they wore me out; I'm not sure how you mothers out there do it. I commend you though. I ended out the weekend by going to bed at 8:30. Wow, I'm getting old.
**Pictures will be posted as soon as I get a new card reader.
15 March 2009
So for Ben, my nephew's, Birthday I made some super cute cake ball lollipops and mini cupcakes from some recipes I found at Pioneer Woman and Bakerella. Bakerella has been on Martha Stewart touting these things.. they are that popular. I think mine would have looked better had I not had the decorating skills of a 5 year old. Luckily my friend, Megan, was there helping me make them look a little more professional. The lollipop and mini cupcake recipes are super easy, highly impressive, and delicious.
Items necessary: *Baked cake made from your favorite store bought cake mix *Your favorite store bought icing *Melting candies- whatever colors you prefer, definitely get chocolate then get some pretty colors (you can purchase these at Michael's or Hobby Lobby) *Candy mold in the shape of a Reeses cup ( for mini cupcakes, Can be found at Hobby Lobby and Michaels) *Lollipop sticks (for lollipops, Can be found at Hobby Lobby or Michaels) *Styrofoam Block lollipop holder ( Can be found at Michaels or Hobby Lobby in fake plant section) *Candy for decorating ( I used M&Ms, you can use sweethearts or whatever else floats your boat) *Sprinkles *Icing ( if you want, see mini cupcakes)
To make the cake balls, that you need to make the lollipops and mini cupcakes, you bake your favorite cake and mix it with your favorite icing flavor. Bakerellas recipes call for a cake made from boxed mix (she likes red velvet or chocolate) and store bought icing (I think she uses butter cream or chocolate). I made a funfetti cake and mixed it with almost a full thing of store bought butter cream icing. I was thinking the funfetti would look cute, but the problem is that when the cake cooks it gets brown on the sides, bottom, and top so the color turns into more of a cream and tan speckled mixed with really light colors in it. I didn't think it looks very pretty so, next time I will be using a dark cake.
After you mix your cake (already baked) and icing together, form small balls using your hands and place on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper. Once you have made all your balls (I love saying balls over and over again) and placed them on the wax paper, place in the fridge for 2 hours or the freezer for 30 minutes until the balls get hard- you don't want them frozen, just solid. No one likes rock hard balls. teehee.
Now that your balls are hard (This so makes me think of the schweaty balls shtick that Alec Baldwin did on Saturday Night Live. If you have never seen it check it out on You-Tube, it's super funny) we shall begin making mini cupcakes first. Melt your chocolate candy in a deep bowl, make sure not to burn it. I heated the chocolate in 30 second increments in the microwave, making sure to stir well each time. Once the chocolate was hot and melted, I put a spoonful of chocolate, enough to fill the mold half way, in each mold and placed a ball in each mold, pushing down on the ball until the chocolate filled the mold to the top. Then you let the mold sheets with chocolate and the balls sit until the chocolate hardened. I stuck my mold in the freezer for 10 minutes to speed up the process. I then melted the colored candy (in my case, vanilla flavored candy, colored blue) the same way I melted the chocolate candy. I popped my cake balls out of their molds and flipped them upside down and dipped them in the blue candy. Make sure you dip them until just above the chocolate line. You want to be able to see that they look like they are cupcakes. Decorate the top quickly with sprinkles and M&Ms or other bite sized candy before the colored candy top hardens. Sit the mini cupcakes right side up and allow to harden. now you are done with your mini cupcakes. Take a bite.. it's been well worth it.
Look at the cute little sun and those scrumptious little mounds of goodness. (Ew, I am never saying mounds again when talking about food; it sounds too lascivious)
To make the lollipop's, you take your cold balls out of the fridge/freezer, dip a lollipop stick in the melted chocolate (or colored vanilla melted candy), then stick the stick 1/2 of the way into the ball. Let it sit a minute and then take the stick, turn it upside down, and dip the ball in the melted candy. Tap the lollipop stick on the side in the bowl to get off the extra melted candy. Now flip over and stick the lollipop stick into the Styrofoam box. Decorate the top of the cake ball before it hardens with M&Ms or sprinkles or let it harden and then decorate the top with icing. Now you are ready for a treat.
I will post some better shots of the cake lollipops. These pictures are weak.
My curly hair is not so hot, but it was raining outside and for anyone who knows me and my jew fro, you know how it is.
Future stud. 'Nuff said.
This is Grady. He's hard. He likes to blow his blower out at people. He cries when he gets bumped in the monster truck bouncy. He's part of Bens crew.
Ben and his birthday pout. It almost looks like another expression he made at his 1st birthday party.
13 March 2009
So today I want to provide you with my favorite chicken salad recipe. This recipe was adapted from my one of my top sandwich's in college which I would get from Sugar Magnolia Bakery in Statesboro, GA who served their chicken salad on their homemade foccacia. http://www.sugarmagnoliabakery.com/ I loved that bakery. It was built right near the newly revived downtown and they had some great homemade lemonade. The only thing I hated was the odd hours they were open, but perhaps they were only odd because I was on a schedule where I woke up super late and went to bed super early.. in the morning.
After I finished giving you my best joke now I am giving you my favorite chicken salad recipe. Wow, am I a great person or what? It is yummy and I love to serve it with Rosemary Foccacia. You can get great Rosemary Foccacia at Your Dekalb Farmers Market, where all bakery items are organic. This chicken salad would be good on other types of bread too like ciabatta or thick bakery multi grain. Just pick a good bread from your favorite bakery and not white or whole wheat in the bread aisle of the local grocery. Also I should mention that the measurements I am giving you are not exact at all. I don't tend to use exacts when making foods, especially chicken salads. I think you should taste away and add more to your own personal liking.
Tarragon Chicken Salad
- 4 bone-in chicken breasts and thighs
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 2 tart apples (I use granny smith) peeled, cored, chopped and then put 4 tbsp of lemon juice in bowl with chopped apple and toss to coat
- Hellman's or Dukes Mayo, start with 1/2 cup and work your way up to more depending on consistency
- Fresh tarragon, at least 3 tbsp (has to be fresh)
- salt and pepper to taste
First, boil water in a large pot. Once the water boils throw your chicken breasts in the pot. Poach for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Pull out of water. Let cool a bit remove skim, toss, then remove meat and chop.
Mix all items in a large bowl and then add more mayo if you would like a thicker consistency. I prefer to go light on the mayo but that's just me. Don't add to much salt; you can always add more salt, you can never remove and you can severely mess up a dish with the addition of too much salt. Serve the chicken salad, if eaten by itself, in a nice bowl or plate, otherwise put in between two slice of your favorite bread and go to town. Enjoy!
***If you want to make your own foccacia ( bread making is not my cup o' tea) I found a great recipe at a year in bread