Saturday, September 15, 2012

Chili Rellenos with Roasted Tomato Sauce for #SundaySupper


Pardon the shadow on the picture. I didn't think I was blocking the light when I took the pictures last night, but after reviewing them I saw a shadow on all of the completed dish pictures. I would like to think it was my Mom hovering over me as I made this dish vs my poor photography skills!

The reason I say this, and why I chose this dish for this #SundaySupper meal, is because this is one meal that reminds me of my Mom more than anything else I have ever made. You see when I was young, like maybe 5, my babysitter was a little lady from Chihuahua Mexico. She was one of the best cooks I have ever known and I loved sitting with her in the kitchen as she cooked and told me stories about her childhood in Mexico. She used to let me make flour tortillas and stir the pots.

Like I have said, my Mother was not a cook really. But for some reason this lady encouraged my Mom to try. Lord love her that my Mom chose this to be one of the recipes she would go for. I will admit, it is a pretty labor intensive meal. But I just had to have these smells, flavors and memories in my kitchen again. I hadn't made these in 18 years!!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tarragon Pea Salad with Shallot and Bacon



I have missed having my own garden this year. The last year I just planted way to much and couldn't keep up with the weeds (in Washington they are hyperthyroid!!). Next year I am planning on doing some container gardening, but this year I have been lucky enough to have my son's girlfriend Heather bringing us little treats here and there from her Mom and Dad's garden. That was where I got the zucchini for my Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats. And the peas I used in this fabulous salad. There really is nothing better than vegetables that are just fresh from the garden!

When Heather brought me this big bag of snow peas and another bag of snap peas my mind started going all over the place. Most of the snap peas were eaten raw before any game plan could be dawn up for those and that is OK. But I knew I wanted to make a nice cool side dish for steak night. We have actually had a record summer this year in Washington. 40+ days with no measurable rain, and temps in the 70's to 80's. Being from San Diego you know I have loved it. I have been trying to plan a trip to visit CA but with the weather so nice here I have decided to put it off until I can escape the rain. So outdoor dining has been happening quite a bit. I think I have driven Kevin a bit batty with constantly wanting to be outside. I mean almost until the sun goes down! I just don't want to miss a minute of it because I know I won't see it again (except when I escape to San Diego for a few days) for 10 months.

So the BBQ was fired up, we did some baked potatoes and steaks on the grill and I whipped up this cool crisp salad. I am trying very hard not to say good-bye to summer, but if I had to this is the meal I would do it with!


Tarragon Pea Salad with Shallot and Bacon

1 pound snow peas, thinly sliced lengthwise
1 shallot, minced
4 slices of bacon, fried crisp and crumbled
1 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1/4 olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves, chopped
Salt
Pepper

In a large bowl, whisk together mustard, vinegar, and oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the shallot, snow peas, tarragon and bacon. Stir to combine.

ENJOY!!


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Turkey Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats



My son's girlfriend brought over these huge zucchinis from her Mom and Dad's garden. I love zucchini but these bad boys were big! I thought about frying them in slices and making some kind of spicy dipping sauce but I just hated to take those big beauties and fry them. Then I thought about the stuffed peppers I made and thought that the stuffing would work so well using the zucchini in place of the peppers. I mean the stuffing already has gated zucchini in it so I knew the flavors would be awesome. Plus it was taking a nice fresh veggie and keeping it on the healthy side. My stuffing uses turkey sausage and low fat cheese. 

When I ran the idea by the rest of my housemates everyone thought it sounded like a winner so that was enough for me, the decision was made. Then with Kevin's father having to be placed in a nursing home, and us wanting to be there at mealtimes as much as possible so we can make sure he is eating, The ingredients just sat in my refrigerator. To be honest when I pulled them out last night was afraid that they wouldn't be usable anymore and I would be making a trip to the store. But I wouldn't be able to replace those big beautiful zucchinis. I crossed my fingers and pulled them out of the fridge. Yesssss they were fine, just like I first got them, thank you Lord!!! 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tipsy Tuesday - Fresh Peach Bellinis



WOW I am actually posting on Tipsy Tuesday! For those of you that have been here for a while, you know that on Tuesdays I post drink recipes. Well, between some family issues and the fact that the last couple drink recipes were out and out failures, there hasn't been a Tipsy Tuesday post in about a month. I was feeling a bit down that my drink ideas were not working out. Mixology is a lot harder than you would think it is and I have realized that I was trying way to hard to make complex drinks. I know that I prefer simple and straightforward cocktails VS the ones that have a million and one things in them. Oh don't get me wrong, I do love a few of those crazy drinks once in a while. But for the most part I want a simple drink that tastes good. That is when I figured if I feel like this you all probably feel the same way. Complicated recipes for food or drinks can be a pain in the rear right? 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Manic Monday Party #12


Farfalle with Sausage and Tomato Cream Sauce



Happy Monday everyone! Have you ever had one of those Mondays when you just want to turn off the alarm, pull the covers over your head, and go back to sleep? I had one of those this morning. Our record number of days with no rain here in Western Washington came to an end. 40 days of gorgeousness and now we are cloudy and gray and drizzly. I knew it wouldn't last forever, but boy it was nice! OK enough about me, let's get down to business.

First let me share the top three posts from last week.


Skinny Hot and Spicy Chicken Legs from Skinny Kitchen



Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches with Gravy from Love Bakes Good Cakes



Mango Banana Muffins with White Chocolate Chips from Sugar Cookies to Peterbilts


There were some fantastic posts shared last week and it was very very close!





I can't believe we are already at #12 for our Manic Monday parties. I want to thank everyone that has been participating, it has been so much fun. Hopefully we can get the word out to more bloggers so the people that want to find recipes for Manic Monday have tons to choose from.

So with that said, on with the rules....


Link up the picture to the post not your main blog page
Please link back to this page on your blog post.
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!! 

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

It would be wonderful if you would leave me a comment. I love to know who is here.

Remember to vote for your favorites and please don't forget to click on the other recipes and show them some foodie love!





Saturday, September 8, 2012

Spicy BBQ Baked Beans for #SundaySupper


Ah yes, football season is back!! Be still my heart! I have been an avid football fan since I was 16. Now we wont discuss how many years that is. Let's just suffice to say that it has been a long damn time!! In our house there are only two things that will bring everything to a dead stop and you will find all faces glued to the TV. NASCAR and football. Both of which I have enjoyed for the same amount of time.





Growing up in San Diego I became a Chargers fan and I when I did I did it full force. I can remember the year they lost in the playoffs to the Bengals. I, as well as thousands of fans, went to the stadium to wait for them to fly back. It poured the rain, we didn't care. People started BBQs and a band showed up. There were TVs and people gave a us a run down as to where the Chargers were and when they would be there. It was midnight by the time they arrived, but we didn't care. Now I live in Western Washington and have developed a love for the Seahawks as well. I have sat in the rain, snow, freezing wind to watch them play. Yes my friends I guess die hard could also mean a bit obsessed. 

Those years have passed. I enjoy the games in front of my TV on a comfy couch. No rain and I get instant replays!! BONUS! But I have never lost my love for tailgating. I love to have friends over, cook up a bunch of grub and have a few cold ones, all while arguing over who is going to win and if that was a bad call or not.  But football, fun, and great food always go hand in hand for me!


Spicy BBQ Baked Beans

Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
Published 09/08/2012
Spicy BBQ Baked Beans

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 jalapenos, seeds and ribs removed, chopped
  • BBQ sauce (recipe below)
  • 6 cans Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
  • BBQ Sauce
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cups cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Add the ingredients for the BBQ sauce to a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile in a large heavy bottomed pot heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chopped bacon and cook until the fat renders, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the onions, garlic, and jalapeno and cook until the vegetables soften, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the drained beans and BBQ sauce. Heat to a simmer, then cover and reduce to low. Cook for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally).
  5. Remove the lid and cook until the sauce thickens, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 01 hrs. 00 mins.
Total time: 1 hrs. 15 mins.
Tags: #SundaySupper, bacon, BBQ and Grilling, beans, garlic, jalapeno pepper, onion, Side Dishes,



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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Farfalle with Sausage and Tomato Cream Sauce




Funny little story. There once was a food blogger that jumped into blogging with both feet. She was so excited to find something that made her so happy, she really felt she had found her calling. She cooked many many meals making her family feel as though they might burst at the seams. She typed her little fingers off creating post after post that she hoped would not only entertain her readers (all 50 of them) with her words, but with her recipes as well. She had no method to her madness. Just cook, cook, cook, write, write, write, post, post, post. And then one day she decided to organize her photo files, you see she had become much more organized in her meal planning and posting, and felt it was past time for the photos to be organized as well. When what to her curious eyes appeared, but several photo's of food she had cooked that she had never posted. ARRGGG she thought cursing at her computer screen, "How could I have missed posting these?". Moral to the story? Be more organized and also, don't talk to your computer screen because if someone hears you you might end up heavily medicated!

Slow Cooker Asian Style Ribs



With summer winding down, we know the days on the grill are numbered. So I figured that we need to start working on recipes for our favorite BBQ style food that can be prepared inside. It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Mexican flavors, much to Kevin's dismay, but I figured that I needed to try something different, not just for Kevin but for you as well. I want to give you a lot of different flavors and styles of food to choose from. So I went to one of my next favorite cuisines, Asian. I love Asian food, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, you name it I can find something on the menu that I love. In that I am very lucky living in the Pacific Northwest because we have may wonderful Asian restaurants to chose from in Seattle. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Lemon Basil Pasta



Last week, for Food Star Friday, I made Giada De Laurentiis's Shrimp Fra Diavolo. But I wanted to make a pasta to go with it (of course since I am a pastaholic). I knew I had  lemon and basil, and figured they would play well together along with the flavors of the shrimp. They really really did. As a matter of fact I loved the pasta so much I had leftovers that night and added some bacon to it topped with a fried egg (fried eggs are another new obsession). I seriously want to come up with more recipes using this pasta dish as a base, I really really love the freshness of the lemon and basil together. 

The family felt the same way. Kevin always tell me I make too much pasta (ha like there is such a thing), but this did not end up being too much after everyone had seconds. I was lucky I hid a little bit of it so I could enjoy my late night pasta dish!

If you are looking for a side dish for a fish or seafood recipe I would highly recommend this one!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Manic Monday Party #11



Happy Labor Day! Can you believe it is September already?? I can't! This year has just flown by. With Labor Day here that means that kids are back in school, which makes our Manic Mondays all the more manic. If there is ever a time everyone needs some ideas it is now. I remember when my kids were in school I started a recipe book of just recipes that would take about 30 minutes so when I was in a crunch I could go right to that and know what to make. Even then though I would have last minute scrambles to figure out what was for dinner. Who am I kidding? I still have those scrambles now!! My Pasta with Chicken and Garlic Cream Sauce is one that will go in that recipe book for good.

I love seeing what you all share every week. There are always fantastic posts that I can't wait to try. Trust me my Pintrest board is cram packed with them!! Here are a few of the top viewed posts from last weeks party.


Baked Penne from Recipe Round up


Grilled Veggies, Pesto & Ricotta Sandwich from The Full Belly Sisters




Eclair's from Crumbs in my Mustachio


Now on to the rules. Ya ya I know, rules? We don't need no stinkin' rules! But they aren't that bad trust me.

Link up the picture to the post not your main blog page
Please link back to this page on your blog post.
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!! 

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

It would be wonderful if you would leave me a comment. I love to know who is here.

Remember to vote for your favorites and please don't forget to click on the other recipes and show them some foodie love!





Saturday, September 1, 2012

Creamy Latin Style Pasta Salad for #laborday #sundaysupper




Happy Labor Day everyone! I was trying to think of something different than my usual BBQ regulars. I knew we were grilling steaks and making a spinach salad but I wanted a pasta salad, because well, I love pasta. I decided to go to my Southern California roots do something with a Latin/Mexican flair. I was watching Simply Delicioso with Ingrid Hoffman and saw a pasta that she was working on and it gave me TONS of ideas. But you know that as a food blogger I can never leave anyone's recipe alone, so off my little mind went with ingredients dancing in my head. I figured go big or go home, so I threw all of my favorites at this pasta, well not ALL of them, but most of them. Wow, who knew that my little thoughts would go so far?