Eat and Enjoy!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Prep: 30 min Bake: 12 min
Oven: 400 degrees Makes: 8 shortcakes
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cold butter
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup dairy sour cream
2 tablespoons milk
5 cups strawberries
3 tablespoons sugar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet; set aside. In a medium bowl combine flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
In a small bowl, combine egg, sour cream, and milk.
Add to flour mixture, stirring with a fork just until moistened.
Drop dough into eight mounds onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool.
Meanwhile, combine 4 cups of the strawberries and the 3 tablespoons of sugar. Using a potato masher, mash berries slightly; set aside. To serve, split shortcakes in half; fill with strawberry mixture and whipped cream. Top with remaining sliced strawberries.
Eat and Enjoy!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Hi ya'll! Today I thought I would shake things up a bit.. Today I'm going to talk books! I have had a love for reading for as long as I can remember.. I remember on my 4th birthday I got a tape player and some of those kid books on tape that came with the books you can follow along with. Anyone remember those? That was way back in 1980 something.. Anyways, back in first grade I won a reading award for most books read that year. Since then I devour any book in front of me. I have no preference. I like any and all books. I do go through phases though, where I will only read a certain kind of book for awhile before switching to some other genre. Right now I'm in a Paranormal Romance phase, with a light Young Adult phase mixed in..
Now, my point with this switch up today is not to review books, but to just talk books. I'm not much good at giving reviews, but I can share with ya'll what books I'm reading, whats in my TBR pile, and if I liked the book or not.
I just got done reading the latest installment in the YA Blue Bloods series, Bloody Valentine, by Melissa De La Cruz.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
This is one of our favorite dishes to create. The chicken, sausage and bacon make such a great combination! We found this recipe watching Gordon Ramsays The F Word. This meal looks fancy and is sure to impress! We made for my mom last year when she came to visit and she just loved it. We paired it with some roasted red potatoes, but any side dish would work.
Bacon-wrapped Chicken Legs stuffed with Pork and Pistachios
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Hi y'all! Part of the hubs and mine culinary road trip is to try new things. We recently bought a vegetarian cook book, and have been experimenting with recipes from it. The recipe I'm sharing with you today is called Tortilla wrap with tabbouleh and guacamole which is a Middle Eastern salad. My husband likes to half follow a recipe and half make it up on his own. I have eaten some pretty good things over the years because of him doing that... The downfall of him doing that though, is he can never remember what he did, so the next time we make that dish its completely different..
The first time we made this dish he followed the recipe only changing one or two things, but today when he made it he changed it a lot. Mostly to fit what ingredients we had.. But I think it tasted better this time!
Tortilla Wrap with Tabbouleh and Guacamole
1 cup bulgur wheat
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
1 bunch spring onions, sliced
1/2 cucumber, diced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1 large lemon
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 ripe avocado, stoned, peeled and diced
juice of half a lemon
1/2 red chilli, seeded and sliced
1 garlic clove
1/2 red pepper, seeded and finely diced
Put the bulgur wheat into a large heat proof bowl and pour enough boiling water to cover the grains. Let sit for 30 minutes until the grains are tender but still have a little resistance to the bite. Drain thoroughly in a sieve, then tip back into the bowl.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Hi ya'll! Happy Valentines day! For this special day I made some yummy cupcakes for the hubs. I usually make these cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting, but thought I would mix it up a bit with some coconut! They turned out really good.
Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Hi y'all! Today I'm going to share with you our recipes for pretzels and mini corn dogs. Once again I apologize about my lack of step by step pictures.. I have them for the pretzels, but not the mini corn dogs.. Sorry y'all. Your just gonna have to use that imagination of yours!
2 cups warm water
6 cups all-purpose flour
Vegetable oil, for frying
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 (16-ounce) package beef hot dogs, each cut crosswise into 3 pieces
1 1/2 cups self-rising cornmeal mix
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
Special Equipment: 40 (6-inch) wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes
In a large Dutch oven* ,pour the vegetable oil to a depth of 4 inches. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F.
Place the cornstarch in a small bowl. Place 1 hot dog piece on the end of each skewer. Dredge the hot dogs in cornstarch, gently tapping off the excess.
In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal mix, flour, and sugar. Add the buttermilk, whisking until smooth.
Holding the ends of the skewers, dip the hot dogs into the cornmeal batter to completely cover the hot dog. Holding the ends of the skewers, carefully place the battered hot dogs into the hot oil. Fry until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Repeat procedure with remaining skewered hot dogs and cornmeal batter.
Eat and enjoy!
* Chef's note: If you do not have a dutch oven, no worries! Just use a small saucepan filled about half way with oil (you want enough in there to cover the corn dogs..). That's how we did it!
Friday, February 11, 2011
Hi y'all! Today is going to be about introducing you to my little family. My husband and I have been married for almost 3 years and have known each other for just over 4 years. We met in Arkansas (neither of us is from there..) and moved to Texas just over 2 years ago.
My husband, who is commonly referred to as "The Hubs", is currently going to school full time at the local University. He plans on getting a degree in Physics. That's right, I married me a smart one! He also has grand ideas of taking some cooking classes at the community college over the summer.. He loves cooking and almost went to school to be a chef, but the school he wanted to go to did not work with the VA scholarship.
Rocky is on the left and that's Ford on the right. Ford is about 3 and Rocky is almost 2. Rocky worships his big brother and follows him everywhere, along with doing whatever he does.. They are too cute together! Ford is such a momma hen to Rocky. We got Rocky when he was about 5 weeks old.. He was way too young to be away from his mother, but Ford stepped in and would cuddle with him and bath him..
Well folks, that's pretty much what our lives look like.. Kitties, school and lots of cooking! Have anything you want to know about us? Don't be afraid to ask!! Have a book recommendation? I would love to hear it! I love finding new books or authors to read.