Saturday, February 9, 2008
I am absolutely positive that SOMEONE out there, yoohoo, over here, shares this same Pet Peeve with me. Here is goes:
INDIVIDUALS THAT LIKE SALMON, BUT WON'T EAT ANY OTHER SEAFOOD!!!!
This post is dedicated to my husband and also to Danielle (you know who you are). I knew that this underlying psychosis was rampant in my house but did not know it extended beyond the borders of our front door. Apparently so, you know you are, Danielle. I am sure there are others too.
My husband refuses to eat seafood, won't even try it. BUT BUT BUT, he will eat grilled salmon. Now the reason I find this absolutely ludicrous is...............that salmon is one of the FISHIEST tasting fishes (I know it is not a word) out there. How can you not like tilapia or halibut but you can eat salmon????? Tilapia is TASTELESS, salmon tastes like you would imagine fish tastes like. How can you not like a buttery sweet scallop BUT you can eat salmon??? This is a MAJOR pet peeve of mine. How can you not have a deep fried haddock dinner but eat SALMON???? Someone had to shed some light on this madness and unfortunately it has to be me.
Friday, February 8, 2008
hmmm I am not even totally sure how to start this one. One thing that really annoys me is when someone says they don't like a certain food. Particularly when this someone, has either NEVER tried this particular item of food or has only tried it once one way. Does this make sense???
example: I don't like bananas. I loathe them. The consistency reminds me of wallpaper paste. I don't like bananas per say but I like banana things. I like banana pudding, banana cream pie, I LOVE banana bread, I will even make a bananas foster but I will not peel a banana and eat it unless that banana and I were the last thing on an island and I had to eat one or I would starve to death.
Okay, so that proves a point......you can NOT like something one way but you could possibly like it prepared another way. Just because you don't like it one way doesn't mean you might not like it another.
I have a mean trick that I constantly play on our good friends. It stems way back. She says in a conversation.......oh, I don't like to cook with red wine. I hate red wine in sauces or soups. I hate red wine. hmmmmmm........so I make my Italian Sausage and Bean soup and she sits down to eat it and says "Oh my gosh, this is so fricking good"....... I say "Oh really, because there is 1/2 bottle of red wine in it". My friend states she hates coconut. I make cowboy cookies and put ground up shredded coconut in them. Friend says "These are the best cookies we have ever had, can we order 2 dozen from you"........I say "Oh really, because there is coconut in them, I thought you hated coconut." Friend says "I hate pumpkin......pumpkin pie disgusts me, I hate all the spices". I fix a Pumpkin cheesecake and cover it in caramel. Friend sits down to eat it and I tell her she has to try it......if she doesn't like it that is fine, I won't be offended. Friends says "OH MY GOSH, I LIKE PUMPKIN". She proceeds to eat the whole piece meanwhile saying the whole time........who knew, I like pumpkin. Tomorrow night this same friend is coming for BLT Pizza which is her favorite. I use 1/2 applewood smoked bacon and 1/2 neuske's turkey bacon. This same friend has said in the past that she hates turkey bacon. I can't wait for her to sit down and gobble her pizza down. I am them going to say "Hey, have you tried that turkey bacon from Fresh Market yet?" She will then proceed to reiterate that she HATES turkey bacon and then I will say.........."Oh really, because your pizza was just covered in it." This turkey bacon is so meaty and good you can't tell it is not the real deal....it is actually better than the real deal.
A Foodie's Pet Peeve Part Deux Tomorrow............Stay Tuned
Thursday, February 7, 2008
This dish turned out pretty good.....the croutons turn into kind of a rustic stuffing once all the juices are poured over them. I used an herb focaccia bread to make the croutons. For our side of veggies I cut up a rutabaga, red pepper, fennel bulb, cipollini onions, baby carrots and cauliflower tossed in olive oil, thyme and rosemary, salt & pepper and roasted it off. I don't know that I am ready to call myself Barefoot Stacey but I did a pretty good job. The chicken was roasted to perfection...it literally fell apart. I have made a number of her desserts but this is the first major meal of hers that I have prepared.
Pronounced chip-oh-LEE-nee this is a smaller, flat, pale onion. The flesh is a slight yellowish color and the skins are thin and papery. The color of the skin ranges from pale yellow to the light brown color of Spanish onions. These are sweeter onions, having more residual sugar than garden-variety white or yellow onions, but not as much as shallots.
The advantage to cipollinis is that they are small and flat and the shape lends them well to roasting. This combined with their sweetness makes for a lovely addition to recipes where you might want to use whole caramelized onions.
IF I can get to Fresh Market this afternoon, I will make this tonight for supper. Barefoot Contessa's Lemon Chicken with Croutons. I have seen this show air a couple of times in the past and have always been intrigued by it. I think w/a side of french beans and some roasted squash in place of the shallots. I love shallots......my husband not so much. I think I may also roast off a head of garlic to go with it also.
Steel Cut Oat Update: 15 month old really likes the steel cut oats mixed with unsweetened applesauce and cinnamon. SCORE! They also hold up beautifully in the fridge for the next day. They retained complete texture and were just as yummy as yesterday after being warmed slightly in the microwave and topped with cinnamon and maple syrup. I am convinced and hooked and will be eating this at least 1/2 of the week for breakfast. Nothing Nothing Nothing like regular oatmeal.
We are hopefully having friends over Saturday night for BLTA (bacon, lettuce, tomato, avacado) Pizza's on the BGE. I use this Neimans Ranch bacon in the meat case from Fresh Market....it is very meaty and thick...I take kitchen scissors and cut all the fat away and just use the meat portion of the bacon. It still renders a tiny bit of fat but not much but you get all the great flavor and crispiness to sprinkle over the pizzas. This trick works wonders to cut out a lot of the fat. They also make a turkey bacon that is out of this world.....it is thick and really meaty and tastes NOTHING like that stuff in the case that is prepackaged.....you know which one I am talking aobut. It is worth the extra money to buy the organic neiman's ranch. A little bit of mozzarella, asiago and parm, roma tomatoes and romaine tossed w/some mayonnaise, and diced avacado, on a honey wheat crust. This is our friends favorite pizza when we have them over.
I also placed a RIDICULOUSLY large order with KAF. I figured I might as well just order everything and pay one shipping instead of constantly deciding to make something....needing to order and paying $7 shipping everytime. I also paid for 2 day shipping which I am TOTALLY against forking money out for but I had a problem with my last order sitting at the post office in Little Rock for 5 days.........I finally called the post office directly and bitched and it was delivered the next day. They let it sit on a pallet in the back for 5 days because it wasn't a priority.....maybe not to them......but it was FOR ME.
CHOCOLATE SPRINKLES 6 OZ
CALLEBAUT SEMISWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS
WHITE CHOCOLATE JIMMIES 4OZ
APPLE PIE SPICE 4 OZ
CRANBERRY-SUNFLOWER GRANOLA BAR MIX 200Z
FRENCH KISS COOKIE MIX
KAF ORGANIC HIGH GLUTEN FLOUR 3LB
WHITE RYE FLOUR 3#
MEDIUM RYE FLOUR 3#
BISCUIT CUTTERS SET/4
PARCHMENT HALF SHEETS
SAF RED INSTANT YEAST 1#
NON DIASTATIC MALT POWDER 1#
DELI RYE FLAVOR 4 OZ
NATURAL BANANA FLAVOR 2 OZ
SWEET CHOCOLATE FLAKES 4OZ.
BAKER'S SPECIAL DRY MILK 1#
POTATO FLOUR 1#
HEIDELBERG RYE SOUR 4 OZ
Well, I am off to exercise this blog off hahahahaha.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
"Featured on Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels"
One of the "Best Neighborhood Restaurants in America."Bon Appetit Magazine
"Abernathy has a passion for creative southwest cooking."Gourmet Magazine
"A rising star."Southern Living
FUN - Delicious - Creative - Casual Cool - Reasonably Priced
NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED, AWARD WINNING GEM
What I ate: LOCA LUNA CHEESE DIP "The Best on the Planet !" This is a white vegetarian cheese dip and it is OUTRAGEOUSLY DELICIOUS.
Loca Luna Grilled Salmon with Spicy Tequila-Cranberry Basting Sauce. A dynamite sauce over Super-Fresh Filet over Sweet Corn and Sun dried Cranberries. Sauteed Vegetables and Saffron Rice. Iced Tea and a Chocolate Bavarian Torte. Oooooh la-la.
This is a great little restaurant. We have eaten here quite a few times and it has become one of our favorites. We were excited to share it with our newly relocated friends. They loved it.
- Mushed up banana, cinnamon, maple syrup, chopped walnuts and some vanilla extract
- Dried apples, cinnamon, maple syrup, chopped pecans and sweet dough extract
- Blueberries, honey, almonds and almond extract, perhaps a tablespoon or 2 of milk
- Dates, Pecans and a sprinkle of toasted coconut and honey
- Strawberries, honey and a couple of tablespoons of milk or possibly even the fat free 1/2&1/2 I have been using
I am thinking that adding just a smattering of extract could really impart some great flavors into these oats. The sweet dough extract is from KAF (king arthur flour) and this is an extract that most bakeries use in their dough when making pastries or sweet breads and rolls. I am thinking this could give a wonderful sweet buttery undertone to these oats w/out using any of the fat in butter etc. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
1 lb. ground white meat turkey breast
2 links of sweet or hot italian turkey sausage
1 can organic black beans drained
1 can organic pinto beans drained
1 can organic red kidney beans drained
1/4 of each--chopped red, green and yellow pepper
4 chopped celery stalks
2-3 cans low sodium V-8 juice
1 29 oz. can tomato sauce
1 bottle of corona or your favorite beer
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp ancho chili pwder
1 tsp chipotle chili pwder
2 tsp regular chili pwder
1 1/2 tsp of garlic pwder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp oregano
Take the turkey sausage out of the casing and crumble up and fry w/the other ground turkey about 7 minutes. Add in chopped veggies and continue to fry another 4 minutes. Add in all the dry seasonings until meat and veggies are coated. Add in bottle of beer and simmer for 4 minutes. Add in beans and then V-8 and tomato sauce. Simmer covered 1 1/2 hours. Dried seasoning is approximate. Everyone's spice level is different.....use whatever amounts more or less you wish. Adjust for taste. Also if you like more soupy chili use more V-8 and if you like thicker chili use less V-8. This is extremely low fat and healthy. I serve this with organic blue tortilla chips and light sr. cream.
Toasted Cheeze Sammies:
Any artisinal bread will do. We usually use an organic roasted garlic panne or rosemary and olive oil panne. Slice bread into your favorite thickness and brush outside of one side of bread pieces with some olive oil. I use a light jarlsberg cheese and a 2% kraft deluxe american single and then sandwhich into a panini press. A toasted cheese on the lighter side.
Disclaimer: One might actually float away after eating this meal it is so low fat......make sure you put weights in your shoes.