Saturday, June 26, 2010
By Joanne Fluke
A Hanna Swenson Mystery
I know that I am working on a masters degree in literature and I will go toe to toe with you anytime discussing Shakespeare, Austen, Wharton and Toni Morrison, but I still love my serial murder mysteries that have food or fiber arts themes. Joanne Fluke is one of my favorite such writers and Hanna Swenson is the best thing from Minnesota since Garrison Keelor. Hanna is the thirty something owner of the Cookie Jar who, to her mother’s chagrin keeps finding dead bodies. She has two great guys vying for her attention but she lives with the best guy, her cat Moisha. Each one of the Hanna Swenson stories has a great story and great recipes, and not just cookies. The Key Lime Pie Murder centers around the local fair and rodeo and what can happen when people are being judged for their roping, riding, beauty and cooking (not the same person doing all of those things, but that would be interesting, maybe a new reality show). I am also excited that I found out from Joanne Fluke’s website that she is going to write a cookbook with all of the Hanna Swenson recipes to come out next year.
Pick up a copy of The Key Lime Pie Murder from Amazon or have it sent to your Kindle (which is now a great new lower price if you don't have one already).
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I just made the best dinner ever. I found a new cookbook at Half Priced Books yesterday called The Best 1001 Short, Easy Recipes. I made Oregano Chicken on p. 262. I put it in the crockpot this morning and when I got home the house smelled amazing. I cooked a box of curried rice that I had in the pantry and some little green peas, had a glass of white wine and it was better than a restaurant. Now I can't wait to really look through this book and find some other tasty, easy things.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Ok, so I lost my blogging mojo again. Sorry so long.
http://www.hippieista.etsy.com/ . Check it out this is my first item and pattern to sell, isn't it cute; a blinged out coffee cup cozy.
I made the best dinner tonight-hot, out of the oven beer bread, pepper jack cheese, and an apple. YUM!
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
On the down side, my Yahoo e:mail address got hijacked and I have had to delete most of my contacts as well as write apologies to everyone else. If you happened to be in my contact list and you got a strange e:mail I am sorry, this is just one of the perils of modern technology.
Monday, May 31, 2010
We have made it to our final destination, Williamsburg, VA and it is a beautiful day. This is the first time I have logged onto the computer since Friday. Am I having withdrawals? I don't know, I am glad to be typing right now. I have already made the family visit one yarn store in Hattiesburg, MS. I was called The Yarn Basket and it was small and very nicely arranged. I got a ball of SWTC Toffutsi and I have already cast on a pair of socks that are of my own design and I might just have to submit them somewhere to see if there is any interest in my original designs. We had only on mishap with the navigation feature on my phone. I typed in the address of the hotel we are staying at and we followed just what the little computer lady told us to do and ended up at some Navy Munitions Base that I am pretty sure we were not supposed to be at. We quickly turned around, switched to my son's phone navigation and had no problems.
Once my husband gets back from golf and my son gets up, we will be ready to start our colonial experience. It has been about 10 years since we last visited here and I can't wait to see what has changed.
Hope all of you are having a great holiday weekend.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
(I had mashed potatoes and Bocca Chikn nuggets)
This was the menu tonight (I know nothing green, but my son did not do the dishes and I was working with the pans I had). The guys loved the roast. It was very simple, I prepped it on Saturday from the recipe. The barbecue sauce is made with catsup and a bunch of other spices. I put it in the crockpot this morning and it turned out great. I know that you will all be shocked, but I make my mashed potatoes with instant flakes. I fix them according to the package directions and add garlic powder. I topped my with cheese and all in all it was a very comfort food meal. I love Bocca Chikn nuggets. Eat something you love and knit only the things that you love.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Hoping for better luck tomorrow night.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
A New Way To Cook
by Sally Schneider
Since I am concentrating on cooking more and more healthy meals for my family I thought that I would start out our renewed Saturday Morning Book Review with a cookbook. A New Way to Cook won both the James Beard and the IACP Cookbook Awards. The cover states:
A Whole New Way to Eat
More Than 600 Recipes
I came across this book several years ago when Barns and Nobles.com had these classes with authors. You had access through chat rooms with other students and the books author. There were weekly assignments and projects and they were designed to work through a book. I did not get to complete the course because we had to take an unexpected trip to my aunts due to family illness, but I learned enough that I have continued to use certain things that I learned. One such item is found on page 552, it is a recipe for an Aromatic Pepper. It is a mix of different pepper corns and spices and since the first day I put this blend together in my pepper grinder I have continued to use it. These are the kinds of things that are taught in this book, recipes for different ways to add spice, marinades, salad dressings, flavored oils and vinegars. There are also instructions on how to put together ingredients in simple, flavorful ways and how to cook these ingredients in ways that are healthier and tastier. I plan on spending some quality time this morning with this book, refreshing the ideas in my memory and then I am going to plan my menu and shopping trip for the week and by this afternoon I hope to be home with great things to feed my family.
On a Personal Note: I have realized that I have a really warped relationship with food and I know that is why I am heavy. My goal now is to learn how to feed myself good healthy foods that I don't have to think about or feel guilty for eating. I think that dieting really contorts your view of food. I am going to dive deeper into this issue if only to heal myself.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
1 lb ground beef, browned
1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup salsa (I used Picante Mild-dear husband can't take heat)
6 TBLS Ortega Taco Seasoning or one package Taco Seasoning
Place all of these ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.
Spray Pam in 9X9 inch pan. Place a layer of flour tortillas on bottom. Put half of the meat mixture and half of the grated cheese. Place another layer of tortillas, meat mixture and top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
This was very, very yummy. Tomorrow I am going to have to come up with something that looks totally different.
Monday, May 17, 2010
I probably need to work on my food photography, they say food is one of the hardest things to shoot. Anyway this is day one of my cooking more at home experiment. This is the recipe:
1 bag frozen cheese ravioli, cooked according to package directions
1 jar spaghetti sauce (I used Giadia's new sauce from Target)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 bag Morning Star Farm meatless crumbles
Cook the sauce, tomatoes and crumbles in a sauce pan while the ravioli is boiling, about 15 minutes. Drain pasta and stir in sauce. Be careful stirring so that the ravioli does not break. Pour into a 9X9 pan that has been sprayed with Pam. Cover with Mozzarella and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for about 5 minutes before serving.
It was very good and the house smells like an Italian restaurant. All 3 of us ate and I think there is enough for me to freeze to take for 2 lunches. This would be a great dish to make to take to a pot luck. I will make this again.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
I made my plan and I went to the grocery store, but as soon as I got out of the car I realized that I just don't like meat so why would I spend money on it and have to deal with it. So I went into the store and revamped my whole plan, but I did buy food and I am ready to prepare really good meals next week. In fact I have already started. I just made some great whole wheat, yogurt scones for breakfast and they are so good (I could not wait for breakfast).
Speaking of the scones I have to let you know about my new favorite thing where I got the recipe: The Whole Foods App for the Ipod touch, Iphone or Ipad. This app is great. You don't need the Internet after you download it and there are recipes and a grocery list that you create and then you can check the items off as you put them in your basket and they disappear. This is the best grocery list I have ever seen. If you want to make one of the recipes, you tap "put ingredients in list" and it automatically populates the grocery list with the items to make that dish. I highly recommend that you go to the Itunes App store and check it out. (By the way, you can you it at any grocery store because you create the shopping list.) Oh, and did I mention that it is free?
OK, so I am on my way. My pantry, fridge, and freezer are stocked and now all I have to do is come home, put the meals together and cook them. There is so much less fat, sugar and salt, not to mention calories in these recipes we have to feel better and lose weight. I also got lots of fresh fruit and sugar free yogurt for snacks, desserts and to take to work.
This is what you will need to bring next Sunday and you can get it all at Michael's,
Clover Size 8 circular knitting needles, 16 inch circulars are fine:
I will put together some great goodies for ya'll. We are going to start with a garter stitch scarf. I will have instructions and pattern. You all are my first victims, I mean students, so we will be learning together.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
So what does all of this have to do with the blog. You are going to go on this journey with me. I hope if you are not cooking on a regular basis now you will join in. If you are one of the lucky ones who have this all figured out, then I hope that you will offer advice and support. Maybe we will save money and lose weight.
Can't wait to get started.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Dracula, The Un-Dead
by Dacre Stoker
Do not read this unless you have already read the classic Dracula by Bram Stoker.
When I saw this book at the book store my first thought was that some relative of Bram Stoker was trying to cash in on the success of all of the current vampire hype, Twilight Saga, and that was a shame. I kept coming back to it though and finally gave in and bought it at Audible.com. I had recently listened to the classic Dracula and had loved it even though I had read it many years ago and had seen all of the various movies. I was so surprised. Dacre Stoker picks up several decades after the original story and continues on the the same format. Each of the main characters tells his or her story via their written diary. Frankenstein is also written this way as well as The Color Purple. All of the old characters are back plus a couple of very important new characters; one good and one not so good. The plot is a little contrived and too coincidental, but the suspense is better than the classic. There is more violence and sex in this sequel, but I think it probably had to be there to attract today's readers. This is no Twilight. I did enjoy the story of all of the Twilight books, but I don't think anyone would say that they were high literature. Dracula The Un-Dead is as well written as it predecessor. This book is also read very well on the Audible version. Summer is about to begin and who doesn't need a little dark, scary tale to read by the pool. Just remember not to get too lost in the story or you might end up as red as the blood the vampires feed on. I have added this selection to my Amazon picks at the right so order a copy and enjoy. I am also working on adding an Audible.com button so that you can jump there and find some wonderful things to listen to so keep looking to the right for this new addition.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I have not had a lot of time to work on it, but I am about 1/2 the way through the skein of Noro. I think it will take at least 2 skeins so buy 3 just in case. These colors are so pretty together. No one dyes yarn like Noro.
Send links to your pictures if you have started the shawl and let me know how it is going.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Monday, March 08, 2010