Saturday, November 30, 2013

Bacon Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Frosting for #SundaySupper



The theme for this weeks Sunday Supper is "We've got you covered". There were so many ideas in my head with this. Covered dish? Having you covered for your Thanksgiving leftovers? 

Then for some reason bacon cinnamon rolls covered in Maple frosting popped into my head.

I am telling you, it can be a strange place in there sometimes.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!!



On this day of thanks, while we surround ourselves with family and friends, I want to take this moment to thank each and every one of you. I am very lucky to be able to do what I love, and that my darling readers would not be possible without you!

Thank you for your wonderful words of support, encouragement, and love. 

I am truly blessed Purple Heart Emoticon

Have a fantabulous Thanksgiving!! 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

DIY Baby Food Jar Spice Jars



Kitchen clutter is typical a hazard for any foodie. We like gadgets, tools, what-nots, and do-dads. And if you are anything like me, TONS of spices. When my spices began to take over my kitchen counter, I realized I had to do something fast. But what to do? 

I priced those cute little spice jars at the specialty stores, and just about died when I realized how much it would cost me! I knew I had to come up with something that would do the job, but not cost me an arm and a leg!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Glaze



Are you tired of pumpkin?

I sure hope not!

I am still in full pumpkin obsession mode.

And lucky for me, so is everyone else in my life.

My biggest problem?

Figuring out what I want to make next.

I mean, I can't just post non-stop pumpkin dishes. 

I think even I would get bored pretty quick with that. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Pork Stew with Roasted Green Chilies for #SRC



This month I was assigned the blog Shockingly Delicious for Secret Recipe Club. I was so excited because I have followed Dorothy's blog for quite some time. I first found her blog when I became a member of Sunday Supper and have loved just about everything I had ever seen her make. 

Then I found out she was not only in the Secret Recipe Club, but she was part of my group. There are so many members of the club that we have the blogs broken down into 4 groups to make is easier for everyone.

I kept hoping I would get assigned her blog. Then that day came and I actually had to choose something to make. Yikes!! That was rough! I think I could have dedicated quite a few days to just recreating the fantabulous dishes she offers on her blog! 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday Flashback 11/22/13



WOW it is Friday again!

I have spent the last week on my sofa, with tea, and tissues. 

This cold is really kicking my rear! 

I am finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

I hope. 

But poor Kevin, well if I am getting rid of it, he is finding it. 

We may be rotating shifts on the sofa.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Roasted Garlic Twice Baked Potato Casserole




The last couple of weeks the family has taken turns with this cold that is going around. I, of course, seem to have gotten the worst of it. I don't know why. I take my vitamins, drink my water, yet whatever bug that goes around seems to glue itself to me.

Even though I am sick, the show must go on right? Everyone still gets hungry, and look to me when that happens. My kids still want to have our family nights, and Kevin wants something warm to eat when he gets home.

Really, I don't mind it. I still think about cooking, even when I am sick.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Greek Turkey Pasta Salad



Do you ever find yourself a bit shell shocked after Thanksgiving is all said an done?

You know, you wake up on Friday and open your refrigerator door. Only to be welcomed by an overwhelming amount of leftover turkey, stuffing, and sweet potato casserole!  

Well, I have that moment every Thanksgiving.

Then, 

with lack of imagination,

I proceeded to make a hundred turkey sandwiches!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Spinach Salad with Shrimp and Feta Cheese



Ladies and gentlemen, we break away from my recent pumpkin obsession to bring you this lovely, spinach salad. 

I realized that greens have been all but absent from my diet since the holiday foods started hitting my kitchen. So I decided to rectify that and went straight for an old favorite that I haven't made, for whatever reason, in years.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Twice Baked Pumpkin Stuffed Sweet Potatoes #SundaySupper



My obsession with pumpkin has been well documented over the last few weeks. Between Pumpkin Applesauce, Pumpkin BBQ Sauce, and 3 Cheese Pumpkin Mac and Cheese, I have been literally dreaming about different ways to use pumpkin in new and exciting ways. 

I know, 

I dream of food,

It is a hazard of being a food blogger.

Either that or I am just very strange.

Let's not debate that OK?

Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday Flashback 11/15/13



Happy Friday my lovely foodie friends!

This past week was a fun one for me. Even though we have struggled a bit with that awful cold that seems to be going around (it hangs on and doesn't want to go away!), Kevin and I had a "Mini Thanksgiving". 

I have always hosted Thanksgiving at my house since, well since I can remember cooking Thanksgiving dinners! But this year my son's girlfriend's grandmother is going to host both families in her home, so I have been feeling a bit lost. That was when I decided to do a "Mini Thanksgiving".

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Perfect Roast Turkey (Brine Recipe Included)




You might be laughing right now, thinking "Who is this woman and why does she think she knows how to make the perfect turkey?".

Years and years of trial and error my friends!

I started cooking turkey for the family wayyyyyy back before I had kids. My grandfather and grandmother were the ones that ran the show over the holidays, and I loved hanging out with them in the kitchen while they cooked.

Grandpa made the stuffing, my Grandma always baked bread (aaahhh I can still smell it!), and pecan pie.

I remember one year my Grandmother was making her famous pecan pie. We were all hanging around the kitchen, drooling, and she grabbed the pie out of the oven to set it on a rack to cool. For some reason the oven mitt didn't protect her from the heat of the pie tin, and down the pie went onto the floor. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Spiced Rum Candied Yams



I am so excited about the coming holidays!! Last year was a bit rough because we had just moved, and I had lost my father the previous holidays. But this year, I am like a little girl waiting for Santa!

I have been coming up with some new recipes for you, but also going back and redoing some traditional family recipes. These candied yams are an updated version of the ones that my Grandmother and Mother used to make every year. 

I loved those yams, but I wanted to use fresh yams and add a little of my own flavahhhh.

Which lately seems to mean I add

Pumpkin

Bacon

Cheese

or booze.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

10 Great Soups and Stews



I know I have been rambling on about soups and stews, and how many I have planned for the upcoming season. Are you tired of it already?

No way right?

Good!! Because I decided that I wanted to share with you the 10 favorite soups and stews from this past year.

Some of these are family favorites, some of them are recipes that you all have told me that you loved and wanted to make again and again. So I wanted to put them all together for you.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Daube de Boeuf á La Provençale (French Beef Stew with Red Wine)



I know I have mentioned in the past that Kevin does not not share my love for all things slurpy.

He is my carnivore. 

He wants things thick, rich, and meaty. 

He is so demanding!

Just kidding. He lives with a food blogger, how demanding can he be? 

But everyone once in a while I really try to think of a dish that would make him a happy guinea pig camper.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

3 Cheese Pumpkin Mac and Cheese for #FamilyDinnerTable #SundaySupper



Cheese, glorious cheese! 

Is there anything better than a nice hot, cheesey mac and cheese?

Not in my world there isn't!!

So when I saw that Sunday Supper and AmFam were sponsoring a Cheesy recipe event. Well you know I jumped on board in a flash!

Couple that with my new found obsession.....PUMPKIN

and it is a perfect dish for me.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday Flashback 11/8/13



Happy Friday my foodie friends! Rain has again returned to my little corner of Western Washington. The fabulous Summer we had is now a faint memory. The leaves on the trees have turned gold and red, and many have fallen. Winter is knocking at the door already. Snow has even made an appearance in the higher elevations.

I am torn. Last year was a very mild Winter. We barely had any snow, and none that really hung around more than a day. So I have a feeling that this Winter is going to hit us HARD. I am not looking forward to an icy deck and driveway. 

Shoot I have a hard enough time not falling down my driveway in good weather! 

In my defense, I do have a very steep driveway.

But, living in the woods like we do in our new place.... 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Creamy White Chicken Chili with Roasted Poblano Peppers



Chili season is upon us my foodie friends!

Can I get an AMEN?

I adore this time of year because I can indulge in as many soups, stews, chowders, and chilies, that I can slurp into my body.

It is cold, wet, and rainy here in Western Washington a good 8 months of the year,  and I love every minute of it. 

I used to miss the sun, having come from San Diego many years ago, but now I have begun to miss my soup when the weather doesn't favor it. A foodie metamorphosis seems to have happened.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Sloppy Jo Jos



Do you ever just get random thoughts that pop into your head when you least expect them?

Well this dish was one of those random thoughts that happened while I was driving with my daughter talking about some of the recipes I had been woking on lately. 

BAM all of a sudden the little voice in my head screams, "SLOPPY JO JOS!!!". (I guess if I am going to hear voices, I should be reassured that they are talking about food right?)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sauteed Cod with Garlic and Tomatoes



Once fall hits I swear my body begins to crave carbs more than oxegen! 

Pasta, bread, potatoes, they can all draw me in like a zombie looking for it's next victim. 

Which reminds me of a joke...

What do vegetarian zombies eat?

GRAINS!!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Beer Battered Fish with Oven Baked Chips and Spicy Tartar Sauce for #WeekdaySupper




I went shopping the other day, and when I shop I am always on the prowl for good sales. Low and behold, as I pass the fish counter, I see they have their cod on sale for $2.99 a pound! 

Now is cod my favorite fish? 

No, that distinction is reserved for halibut and salmon. 

However cod is a wonderful fish to use in fish recipes that don't completely revolve around the flavor of the fish itself. 

A blank slate so to speak (tilapia would be another that would come to mind as well).

So armed with this information many recipes began running through my head. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Chicken Biryani for Middle Eastern #SundaySupper




When I saw that this weeks theme for Sunday Supper was Middle Eastern Cuisine I was a tad nervous at first.

I mean, on one hand, I have been chomping at the bit to try to work with some of the fantastic flavors that Middle Eastern cuisine has to offer.

But on the other hand, Kevin was not a fan of the tikka masala that I made for my Naanchos.

Like, didn't like them at all!

So I decided, like any good food blogger would, to ignore him.

October's Top 10 Roundup






October  seemed like such a busy month to me. 

Did it for you?

I honestly have no idea why. I don't have little ones to come up with costumes for, I didn't have a party to plan, I didn't even have family dinner every week.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday Flashback 11/1/13




Happy November everyone!

Now Halloween is over, the kids are still buzzing from their sugar high, and you have a houseful of spooky decorations to take down and replace with Fall/Thanksgiving decorations. 

Our thoughts start turning toward Christmas as well.

This is the time of year when my ADD goes wild!! 

I am planning Thanksgiving dishes, all the while making a Christmas shopping list and deciding what baking I want to do. I even begin planning my Christmas meal. 

My desk is a mess with note pads and post it notes. How I keep anything straight is beyond me!!