Monday, January 31, 2011

Pantry Out......Lori's Party


My friend Lori had her annual Card Party last Sunday.  She makes the 
cutest vintage cards and other unique gift items.   Twice a year she has a 
party at her gorgeous 100 year old house in Oklahoma City.  Friends and 
family gather and ooh and aah over her amazing creations.  You can buy 
items from her parties or she has her cards it in a couple of stores around 
town.

Check out Lori's blog Choux Choux to see her latest creations.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Nigella's Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins


This is my first blog post since I got my new blog design!!   I absolutely LOVE IT!!   I totally recommend using Laura and Natalie over at Eight Days Designs!  They listened to everything I wanted and patiently fixed things I wanted tweaked and ended up giving me exactly the blog I've dreamed of.  A big thank you to Laur and Nat!  Way to go girls!  You rock!

It's funny that my first post since the new design is for Nigella's Blueberry Cornmeal muffins since there are blueberry muffins in the new design. I do have to highly recommend these muffins as well though.  They are fabulous!  The addition of cornmeal makes the top golden and crunchy.  The coarse sugar crystals was my own doing but it really set them off. I wouldn't make them without it.  

Friday, January 28, 2011

Thai Yellow Curry Coconut Chicken Soup



I have been seriously craving some curry!  This soup makes a wonderful filling, slightly spicy meal served along with some Naan to soak up all that curry goodness.  

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Rainbow Sugar Cookies



My daughter Bay has been after me to make these cookies for 
about a year.  Yesterday we decided to enjoy a rare Saturday at 
home and try it out.  I'm glad we did because we had so much fun 
making them!

You really need at least 6 colors of sugar to make it look like a 
rainbow.  I admit I could only find 4 colors our local market so I 
sent my husband on an errand to Cherry's Sugar Art Bakery to 
see what other colors they had.  Success!  He came home with pink 
and purple!  

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Chinese Spaghetti with Spicy Meat Sauce




Sometimes it's fun to put a different spin on a regular everyday 
dinner like spaghetti and meat sauce.  This Asian version is a 
family favorite at our house.  

One of the main ingredients in the spicy meat sauce is hoisin.  
Hoisin is a Chinese barbeque sauce containing soybean paste, 
garlic,vinegar and various spices.  People usually either love it or 
hate it becauseof it's very distinct taste. If you are new to hoisin 
sauce you can dilute  it with a little water or rice wine to tone down 
the flavor.

Regardless........I think you will love this recipe!  

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Caramel Chicken



Okay people.......you seriously must try this wonderful Bill Granger  
recipe!  Everyone at my house went bonkers over it.  My husband 
must have said "mmmm...this is great" at least 10 times while he 
was eating his supper. 


Monday, January 17, 2011

Nigella and the Golden Globes


Last night we made a couple of recipes out of the Nigella Express 
cookbook to enjoy while watching the Golden Globes.  Jim and I 
like to have a nice meal and make a event out of it.    We made 
Nigella's Maple Chicken 'n' Ribs and her Warm Potato Salad.......
both were fabulous!



Sunday, January 16, 2011

Moroccan Spiced Soft Tacos


This recipe comes from my husband Jim who was sweet enough to 
make lunch for us all today.  He made up this recipe after looking at 
a few similar rubs and I have to say that it's packed with delicious 
Moroccan flavor! 

Jim is fantastic on the grill and loves experimenting with spices as
much as I do.  I'll have a lot more grilling recipes from him in the future. 


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Taco Ramen


This is a fun quick weeknight meal that  kids love! 

My kids aren't small anymore......I have one in college, a senior in 
high school and one in her last year of elementary school.  They all
love this dish and grin every time I set it in front of them.  You can't
help but grin.........hey.....it looks like a sunflower.....tastes like a taco 
and has everyones favorite..... ramen noodles.  What's not to love?

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Beef Stew with Rosemary


It is snowing lightly here in Oklahoma today so we wanted something warm and comforting for dinner.  Jim wanted me to make my beef stew and I thought it was a great idea because I've been wanting to make a cottage pie.  I plan on using the leftovers as the base for it tomorrow night for dinner.  Just because we are snowed in for a couple of days doesn't mean we can't eat well!  

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tortilla Cheese and Spinach Pie


My daughter has been bugging me to make this dish........I don't blame her because it is a favorite of all of ours.  I especially love it because the crust is nothing more than a large burrito size flour tortilla.  It's so easy to make and is a great weeknight meal.  We like to serve it Mexican style with sour cream, salsa and chilies.


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Mini Lattice Cherry Pies


My daughter Bay and I decided to try out my new William-Sonoma Lattice 
Pocket Pie Mold today.  We had so much fun working together on these 
little cuties!  We weren't going for a recipe......we just used Pillsbury Pie 
crust and tinned cherry pie filling because we were anxious to test the molds.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Garlicky Parmesan Egg and Steak Biscuits


The story of this breakfast sandwich started on Christmas day........ 
If you recall along with everything else we served steak medallions 
and garlic cheddar biscuits.  Well that night we ate snacks that were 
leftoverand my husband stuck the steak on the biscuits along with 
somehorseradish sauce. We took a bite and looked at each other 
like....oh my gosh these are heavenly! 

Well........right then and there we decided to make these little sand-
wiches for our New Year's Eve get together.   Jimmy mentioned that 
we should havethe leftovers for breakfast.  That's when I thought 
about adding my parmesan eggs into the mix.

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