Tuesday, July 31, 2012

How to Roast Garlic


I wasn't sure if I should do a post on how to roast garlic. I thought maybe people would read it and say, "Well duh Bobbi I know how to do that!". But then I remembered back, not so long ago, when I didn't know how to do it so I figured that this would be for those people. I don't want one person to miss out on the great taste of roasted garlic! I use it in all sorts of things. One of my favorites is Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes  or the healthier version Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower. Roasted garlic can be substituted for regular garlic if you want a milder, sweeter flavor. Raw garlic can be up to 4 times stronger than roasted garlic. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Manic Monday Party #8


A great quick meal Vietnamese Style Steak

Good morning foodies. I woke up feeling a bit under the weather so I am in major need of some manic Monday ideas! Last weeks party was awesome. So many terrific posts to choose from.

Let's kick off the party by sharing the top 3 posts from last weeks party.


Frito Pie & Chili Con Carne from Mooshu Jenne


Quinoa Cheddar and Zucchini Bake from Fountain Avenue Kitchen



Thank you everyone for all of your posts. Don't forget that I have added a vote link below each picture so you can vote for your favorites. That will decide who's recipes will be featured next week. 

Please make sure to follow me on FacebookTwitter, and Pintrest. I will be tweeting, pinning, and posting your recipes all week long. I just love doing that!! 

Also, please make sure to link back to me as well (either in the post itself or on the side of your blog). I promise I will have buttons soon!

Leave as many recipes as you want that will help with the last minute Manic Monday scramble.

Remember to vote for your favorites and please don't forget to click on the other recipes and tell them Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen sends them tons of foodie <3 and kisses!! 



Ok, let's get this party going!!!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Vietnamese Style Steak


This is kind of part 2 of Episode Cilantro Pesto Pasta. In the first half I explained how I was basically kicked out of my kitchen and told to go sit down and let a man handle dinner. If you haven't read that post yet you need to so you can get caught up......go ahead I will wait.....*insert Jeopardy music here*......oh good, you are back, now on with the show!

Kevin can't really take all of the credit for this steak. I mean I did marinate it so that counts for something, right? In all actuality this recipe isn't hard for anyone and I love those kinds of recipes. That's why I do them!! This would be a wonderful weekday dinner with just some white rice if you'd like. Throw a little lime zest and cilantro in the rice to add a bit of flavor, and I have taken to making my rice with chicken stock instead of water most of the time, but you could use beef stock if you wanted a deeper flavor to the rice. Oh wait, this post was about the meat not the rice Bobbi. Sorry about that, I do tend to get carried away from time to time. That was just a glimpse into what happens in my head when I start thinking about food, it's a crazy place I tell ya!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Champagne Poached Strawberries with Mascarpone


This has to be one of my favorite desserts, hands down! I discovered it one day while watching Take Home Chef on TLC. Remember that show girls? The one with the hunky Chef Curtis Stone *swoon* ambushing women in the grocery store and then going home with them to prepare a gourmet meal for whoever they were cooking for that night? I swear I used to make sure my hair and make up were done every time I went to the store those days, just in case. Alas, no hottie chef for me *sigh* but I did find some really good recipes! I mean, how can you go wrong with strawberries and champagne? Right?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cod with Grilled Ratatouille Pasta



One of the families past favorites is Cod Ratatouille en Papillote. I was so happy to find a way that we all liked veggies we just don't normally eat. Eggplant? Zucchini? Not everyday food for us in this house. I have been lucky enough to sneek them in a few dishes that everybody liked but this was a BAM in your face you are eating eggplant right now! So like I said, pleasantly shocked errr surprised that everyone fell in love with the dish. 

Now it is summertime and I am going through a grilling obsession. It is  bad, really bad, I want to gill everything!! It has gotten to the point that my dogs go to the other side of the yard when I am standing by the grill. They just aren't going to take any chances! But my mind was not on how to grill my dogs eewwwww *shudder* but rather on this cod dish we had loved so much. How could I make that dish on the grill? I contemplated using tin foil but I decided against that since it really isn't grilling so much as steaming something on the grill. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tipsy Tuesday - Fresh Raspberry Lemonade



Happy Tipsy Tuesday everyone! Does it seem like the days are just flying by to anyone else? I don't know, maybe it is just because we only get a few of weeks of summer here if we are lucky and I don't want it to end! We have had a few rainy days sprinkled about but for the most part the weather has been absolutely gorgeous! In the 70's to low 80's clear sky and so beautiful! This is what we Washingtonians live for the other 10 months of the year. It doesn't seem worth it until it gets here and then you think "Ah yes, this is what we have been waiting for!".

Of course with the gorgeous weather, nice fresh fruit drinks are called for. It is just a requirement in my mind. We were at a new local Mexican restaurant and I saw they had a margarita made with fresh muddled citrus, no mix, just fresh fruit. Yum!!! So when I was thinking about what I wanted to make for this weeks Tipsy Tuesday I knew it had to use fresh fruit. I just couldn't decide what to use. I mean I could literally stand in the fresh produce isle and stare for hours at all of the beautiful fresh ingredients available this time of year! 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Manic Monday Party #7


My most popular post from last week, Roasted Potatoes with Red Peppers, Garlic, and Bacon

Ahhh yes, it is that time of the week again. Manic Monday! The day we wake up in a bit of a daze that the weekend is gone and we again have to start a new week. The day we would all love to just pull the covers up and request another day off before we have to get down to business. 

It was definitely one of those mornings for me. Cloudy, cold, cuddle up and stay under the covers morning here in Western Washington. I am hoping the sun will show itself sometime today, but not holding my breath. The only saving grace is that Miss Picky Pants is visiting from California for a few days. Yay!!! I can't believe she has already been gone for 3 months. It seems like a year! She is only here for a couple more days so it will be a Manic Monday, Tuesday, AND Wednesday for this girl. Movies, lunch out, shopping, catching up, who has time to cook? But you know I won't get away without cooking something for her. The funny thing is that the one thing she asked for when I posed the question of what she wanted me to make, was Deconstructed Chicken Cordon Blue Sandwiches, which fits right into the whole Manic theme as well.

OK, let's get the show on the road here Bobbi! Here are your favorite posts from last week.


from La Difference Catering


from Skinny Kitchen



from Sumptuous Spoonfuls


Now that I am very hungry I am going to get the party kicked off so I can hit my kitchen to see if I have any  of the ingredients needed to make one (or more) of these wonderful dishes!!

Please make sure to follow me on FacebookTwitter, and Pintrest. I will be tweeting, pinning, and posting your recipes all week long. I just love doing that!! 

Also, please make sure to link back to me as well (either in the post itself or on the side of your blog). I promise I will have buttons soon!

Leave as many recipes as you want that will help with the last minute Manic Monday scramble.

Remember to vote for your favorites and please don't forget to click on the other recipes and tell them Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen sends them tons of foodie <3 and kisses!! 

Ready?
Set?
LET'S PARTY!!!!







Friday, July 20, 2012

Food Star Friday - Alton Brown's Vichyssoise


Happy Food Star Friday everyone! I am so excited about today's post. Well, I am always excited about Food Star Friday, but today I tackled a Food Star that I not only adore, but admire for all of the knowledge he has about everything food. Jessi (Miss Picky Pants) and I used to watch every, and I mean every episode of Good Eats. We even taped them for a while (that tells you how long ago it was, we had a VHS still). They were not only educational, but so entertaining. He is somewhat of an odd bird and, having grown up in theater, I feel like I could fit right in with him. Birds of a feather and all of that you know.

I was watching an Episode of Good Eats the other day and he was highlighting leeks. I love leeks and am always trying to use them in as many dishes as I can. I love it when the nice fresh ones come into the store. Like I have said in the past, my produce guy must think I am nuts because I do happy dances all over the place when new produce comes in. I know he thinks I need to get a life, or serious medication, not sure which.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cilantro Pesto Pasta


Today's post is a bit different than usual. A few days ago I was flipping through my Everyday Food Magazine and came across this recipe. Since Kevin has finally decided to like pesto, as long as it is homemade, I have been thinking of all sorts of combos I could make. One that had really been staying in my head was a cilantro pesto. I adore cilantro, I mean seriously love it! I could put cilantro on just about anything, and if I see it in a recipe I am game to try it no matter what it is. So you know when I saw a recipe for a cilantro pesto pasta I was a very happy girl!! I had wanted to come up with my own, but hey, you have to have a jumping off point right? I figured I would get some experience with it and then go from there. Well, it didn't quite work that way. I never made the meal. How do I have a picture of a completed dish you ask? Good question, I will tell you. Kevin made it! Yes, you didn't miss read, I said Kevin made the meal. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Roasted Potatoes with Red Peppers, Garlic, and Bacon


Roasting potatoes and veggies is one of my favorite ways to cook them, aside from grilling. The flavors gets concentrated and the outside gets crispy, just the thought of it makes my mouth water! I am so happy that I finally learned to love vegetables. I am sad it took me so long, I was missing out on so much! Of course if you throw a little bacon in there it doesn't hurt either right? But like I say, everything in moderation so as long as you aren't eating bacon with every meal (which I sooo could) you are doing fine. 

This night was one of those refrigerator clean out meals. Find a protein, find a side, and awaaaaay we gooooo! Those kinds of nights used to scare the bejeeezus out of me. I used to get frazzled "Oh no, no recipe? What the heck am I going to make? Aaaahhhhhh someone call Domino's!!!" But now I embrace te challenge of coming up with something off the cuff. The other night I grabbed odds and ends out of the fridge that needed to be used up. I ended up making chicken in herbed rice pilaf with red peppers and peas and added a bit of leftover marscapone cheese at end. Who knew creamy rice pilaf would be so good? Plus WALA no leftovers!! I love it when nothing goes to waste!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tipsy Tuesday - Sparkling Raspberry Lime Mojitos and an Award


I don't know about you but one of my favorite times of the week is Tipsy Tuesday. I love being able to share the drink my son Seth comes up with each weekend. A few times we have gotten into the drink (OK, OK, we drank too much of the drinks) and forgotten to take photo's, but I am much better about that now. Work first, play later Bobbi!

He has been wanting to try and make drinks that utilize the seasonal produce (makes a foodie Mom so proud) so he was perusing the fresh fruit when we went shopping and came across the golden raspberries. He asked me if I had ever had them. I had and told him that I really liked them. He liked the idea of using them so that it would be "different" from a regular red raspberry. As you can see though, it still gives the drink a slight pink hue. 

He made a singular drink for a tester on Friday night so we could try it. Since we loved it he decided to go out and buy a large drink dispenser and surprise us on the 4th of July with a gallon and a half of Sparkling Raspberry Lime Mojitos!! What a nice son right? 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Manic Monday Party #6


My most popular post last week was Mom's Cream Pea Salad


A very merry Monday to you all out there in the foodie universe! I don't know about you, but this weekend seemed to go waaaaaay to fast for me. I could have used another day for sure!! We lost our good weather, which made me sad. I have so many things I want to grill this week. I do hope it gets nice so we can be outside to enjoy it.

With that said let's move on to the reason we are all here. It is Manic Monday again and we are all looking for some ideas and inspiration to help us start the week! Here are a few of last weeks entries that seemed to inspire you.


Pasta with Garlic, Scallions, Cauliflower & Bread Crumbs

from The Full Belly Sisters


from My Kaotic Kitchen


from Mia's Domain

As usual you all have succeeded in making my mouth water and tummy growl with all of your fantastic food! I know I say it every week, but I truly do get excited to see what you all will bring to the party this week. All I know is you never disappoint! I love my foodie family!!

So I will stop my rambling now and get down to the nitty gritty OK?

The rules:

Please make sure to follow me on FacebookTwitter, and Pintrest. I will be tweeting, pinning, and posting your recipes. I just love doing that!! Also, please make sure to link back to me as well (either in the post itself or on the side of your blog). 

Leave as many recipes as you want that will help with the last minute Manic Monday scramble.

Please don't forget to click on the other recipes and tell them Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen sends them some foodie <3 and kisses!! 

Ready to party??? Sweet! Let's gooooooo!!!






Sunday, July 15, 2012

Mom's Creamy Pea Salad for #BeatTheHeat #SundaySupper



I know I have mentioned, on more than a few occasions, that my mother didn't do a lot of cooking. We had mostly boxed or canned food for dinners. But there were a few things that she made to take to parties, picnics, or pot lucks, that people requested over and over again. Her pea salad being one of the most requested. Every time we went to these functions more and more people fell in love with this salad, to the point that she would quadruple the recipe just to make sure everyone was able to get their share

I never made this salad once I was married and had kids because neither of my kids liked peas, I know, crazy kids! But just recently my son Seth has decided they aren't so bad. The rest of us here love them so as soon as the weather warmed up I knew exactly what I wanted to make.....Mom's Pea Salad!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Food Star Friday - Crab Stuffed Mushroom "Throwdown"


My Crab Stuffed Mushrooms



Happy Food Star Friday everyone! Today I am doing a little twist to my regular Food Star Friday post. I decided to have some fun and do a recipe "Throwdown". I love Paula Deen, even if her food hasn't been the healthiest in the past. I just love her sense of humor, love for her family, and basically her joy of life. I do have to admit though, another thing I love is her crab stuffed mushrooms!! I know, I know, not the healthiest thing in the world. But hey, like I say, all things in moderation. I don't eat them everyday so if I have a few here and there (like once a year maybe) I don't think it is that bad right? However, I decided that I wanted to try to make one of my favorites a little healthier so I can enjoy them a little more than once a year.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Crab Salad Sammies


What a glorious summer this is turning out to be in Western Washington. We have had two weeks of gorgeous weather! It is funny, I complain about the rain, coming from San Diego I am not used to it I don't care how long I have lived here, but in the summertime is when I realize how green and beautiful it is here. I still miss California. However, days like these make me forget it.

With all of these fantastically sunny days all I have wanted to do it be outside so I don't miss a minute of them. So it only seems natural to me that I serve almost every meal I make on the patio. The sun, the trees, and good food just seem to all work together. On this particular day we had about 3 pounds of fresh crab meat I wanted to serve up. I knew one of the first things I wanted to make was crab salad. Nice cool, creamy crab salad with juicy tomatoes, crunchy lettuce, and a nice soft bun? Heaven!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Manic Monday Party #5




Happy Manic Monday everyone!! I hope you all had a Happy and safe 4th of July if you celebrate it, and otherwise a wonderful week. The weather here is still fabulous. It has been in the 70's and 80' for the last 5 days and, other than one day of some scattered showers, there seems to be no end to it! I know many of you are dealing with temps much higher than ours so I am sure any recipes that don't involve a lot of cooking would be very welcome right? This week Kevin had a customer come in to his work and drop off 4 (yes 4) large dungeness crabs!! Color me a happy happy girl!! So tonight I will be making crab salad sandwiches and crab stuffed mushrooms two different ways. Keep an eye out this week because I will be posting those for you!!

But now on to why you are all here. Last weeks party was small but had some wonderful recipes shared. Let me share the top three for you.

This was one of my favorites as well. Not only does it sound fabulous it only has 5 ingredients! Even with my bakingphobia I have got to give this a try! The possibilities are endless with this bread. I have visions of breakfast, lunch, and dinner dancing in my head.


from Moore or Less Cooking

And speaking of breakfast....who wouldn't want this on their plate? I love eggs, avocados, and balsamic vinegar, so if you put them all in one place? Heaven!!! But who says that it has to be breakfast only? We have BFD (breakfast for dinner) here alot. It is a great way to have a great meal without having the stove or oven heating up the kitchen for an hour!


from the lovely Ann at Sumptuous Spoonfuls

Our third recipe beats the heat all together! No bake cake? Yes please!! I can remember when it would get so hot in California that you couldn't stand to be inside, let alone in a kitchen, my Mom would take us all to have ice cream for dinner. OK, I don't advocate doing that very often, but heck, once in a while is fine right?


from my good friend Robin at My Kaotic Kitchen

Is your mouth watering yet? I know mine is. I would like one of each right about now. I can't wait to see what will pop up this week, I love surprises don't you?

Please make sure to follow me on FacebookTwitter, and Pintrest. I will be tweeting, pinning, and posting your recipes. I just love doing that!!  Also, please make sure to link back to me as well (either in the post itself or on the side of your blog). 

Leave as many recipes as you want that will help with the last minute Manic Monday scramble.

Please don't forget to click on the other recipes and tell them Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen sends them some foodie <3 and kisses!!

Now....1.....2.....3......let's PARTAAAAAAY!!!




Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tipsy Tuesday - Salted Caramel Pretzel


I had a little excitement in my world this morning. When I went to take my dogs outside in my backyard I heard a strange squeaking kind of sound. I sat down to drink my coffee while the dogs did their business, but the sound kept on and kept on. It seemed to get louder and more emphatic and then it finally hit me. It was the sound of a  bird, either angry or distressed. I quickly searched for my big dog (my little dog is completely blind so I knew she couldn't be the offender) and found him in the bushes by my house. When I walked over the bird flew to the other side of the yard. That is when I saw the little guy sitting in the middle of the yard. As I walked to it Mom of course got madder and madder. He hopped and my dog thinking it was a toy ran to get it. I yelled and he backed off long enough for me to catch the tiny thing. I looked and looked for a nest but there are so many bushes and trees around here it was impossible so I brought the little guy in, put him in a box with a towel and on top of a heating pad on warm. I had no idea what to do. I used to work with a group called Project Wildlife for many years in San Diego, but as luck would have it I never worked with the birds (I was afraid of the owls and hawks they had to rehab). So I jumped online, found an animal rescue group, and called them. Turns out it was a fledgling and it is normal for them to be on the ground for a few days with Mom and Dad watching over them, teaching them what to eat and about dangers. I put the little one back in the yard and when I saw Mom I kind of shooed him in her direction. He fluttered to her and they had a happy reunion! Now I just need to keep an eye on my dog so he doesn't look for his new toy!!

OK, enough with my wildlife stories. Let's get on to the booze right? I mean this is Tipsy Tuesday! Well I was bouncing a few things around in my head when my son came home from work and said, "Mom we made this awesome shot drink at work last night you have to try it!". I usually look more for cocktail types of drinks for you all, but he told me it was called a Salted Pretzel it peeked my interested. Every year I make chocolate covered pretzels for Christmas, they are one of my favorite treats. Sweet and salty? How can you go wrong with that?

Monday, July 2, 2012

Manic Monday Week 4


Hello everyone. I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. It was a bit overcast here in Western Washington, but all in all not a bad weekend as weather goes here. I am still crossing my fingers and hoping for at leasy a couple weeks of "Summer" here! We loved this Late Night Pasta so much we had it again yesterday.

But here we are for another Manic Monday. What are we going to put on the dinner table tonight? Or maybe we will make a surprise dessert treat for our family? I am looking forward to all the new ideas this week. 

Here are a couple of the most popular recipes from last week.


Shared by my wonderful friend Robin over at My Kaotic Kitchen


Looking for a wonderful side dish? Why not try 
made by the beautiful Lisa of Lisa's Dinnertime Dish


And what meal would be complete without a little chocolate?
from my dear friend Ann over at Sumptuous Spoonfuls.

Now that I am completely starving I am looking forward to seeing what wonderful goodies you will share to make my taste buds work overtime!!

Please make sure to follow me on FacebookTwitter, and Pintrest. I will be tweeting, pinning, and posting your recipes. I had so much fun sharing, pinning, and tweeting your posts last week. Also, please make sure to link back to me as well (either in the post itself or on the side of your blog).

Leave as many recipes as you want that will help with the last minute Manic Monday scramble.

Please don't forget to click on a few of the other recipes and tell them Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen sends them some foodie <3 


Ready? It's party time!!!!!

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