Breakfast in bed

The only thing better than being able to sleep in on a weekend is sleeping in and having breakfast in bed. I was up very late last night finishing the second batch of my sauce. I went to bed very tired… woke up feeling even more tired ( not sure how that works) but anyway, my husband surprised me with a breakfast sandwich in bed! He mentioned he was using the same recipe ( I should say instructions or guidelines) that I mentioned earlier this week! ALthough, he did say that his Egg Spinach and Bacon sandwich took more than ten minutes. Ten minutes or not, we enjoyed a modified version of my quick breakfast sandwich on lovely Sunday morning! I took a picture of it too. He even garnished the plate with shredded cheese… I think I have a fan!

Join me tomorrow for a really exciting trip to the suburbs to make Milk Chocolate Truffles…. mmmmm!

Bye for now, and I hope you have a great week!

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bread

A Narrative by Writtenwell:

Bread, one of the best, and most versatile foods. I am so thankful that I was never involved in the anti carb movement, because first off I found it terribly annoying, and secondly, I found it to be very ignorant to simply nix carbohydrates out of ones diet entirely. ( everything in moderation, right? ) And I never wanted to be one of those people who would order a double burger extra meat, add bacon, mayo, mustard, skip the ketchup ( too many carbs) add more mayo, no tomato, but add a fried egg, no lettuce, and extra cheese please… Oh, and no bun, I’m doing the no carb thing”. I think you get my point. I enjoy all sorts of bread so very much. I simply can’t imagine a juicy burger without the perfect, butter touched, lightly toasted like bun. Or my favorite pasta with a Low or no carb or cheap imitation of a crusty hearth baked loaf. Or, the perfect bowl of soup, without the wedge of a schmaltzy french baguette, Even a PB&J wouldn’t be the same without the soft white or even wheat everyday bread. I could go on and on, but I’d like to get to the recipe for your sake.

Homemade Bread, Ahhh, a true delight fresh from the oven! The actual recipe for this photo will follow, as soon as it is given to me. A very dear friend and I have a pretty serious love of baking bread which generates a friendly competition at times… it’s always in good spirit and fun. He brought his perfectly crisped loaves over for dinner tonight, and so I felt the need to share them. Like I said I can’t provide the exact recipe yet but Stephen, if you’re reading this, will you please do me the honors and add your recipe for Stephen’s Crusty Buns?

Stephens Crusty Bread

Bye for now,

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To Everyone who is looking for a blog to read:

Hello,
If you like food. If you like to laugh. If you don’t mind a bit of sarcastic humor… and if you can handle the fact that I’m just learning how to write down recipes for the food that I make ( i’ve never followed recipes), and… if you don’t mind getting a throw in, life story, about something very humorous…. YOU SHOULD SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG!!! I’d love to have you as a guest!

I’m always cooking, and I’m always trying new things. I hope you join me on this adventure.. It is fun!!

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Biscuits with Rhubarb lightly drizzled with love….

A dinner is never complete without Dessert. Tonight we enjoyed Homemade Biscuits with Fresh Rhubarb and a cinnamon sugar glaze, compliments of our good Friend Leah.
Biscuits
Brown Sugar
Water
Vanilla
Cinnamon
Homemade biscuits, or you can use the always consistent and delicious store-bought brand.
Flatten each biscuit and place chopped rhubarb in the center. Wrap edges over the top and seal.

Biscuits with Rhubarb and a kiss of brown sugar

Flip over and place sealed side down in a baking pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon, and pour mixture of water, brown sugar and vanilla over the top of the biscuits. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately!

These were quite a surprising treat. Light, flakey, buttery pillows of bread, stuffed with semi tart, fresh rhubarb, and the perfect accent of a brown sugar glaze with the added hint of vanilla and just a kiss of cinnamon. Yum!

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Chicken au poivre ( ah – pwav) and Adult Bubble Tea

Good evening! I have to start by saying that I’m not trying to be condescending when I write out the pronunciation for a name. I just want you to be able to say it the way it’s supposed to be said.

Tonight we had dinner with a group of lovely friends of ours! They are each truly a blessing in our lives. We had sort of a pot luck theme, so I’m just going to go ahead and give you two of the stars, though there were many.. I will save the others for another time.
Chicken Au poivre:

Chicken Breast
shalots
Demi Glace
Heavy Cream
Cognac
Peppercorns
Butter
salt

Drizzle chicken with olive oil, lightly season, place in baking pan, and cover with foil. Bake Chicken breast in 350 oven for about 35 minutes.

While chicken is baking, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a saute pan add about 2 tablespoons of shalots, and 2 tablespoons of crushed peppercorns. Simmer until the shalots soften ( 5 minutes)
Add 1/2 cup of cognac and turn up heat until most the alcohol has cooked off.
Add 3 tablespoons of Demi Glace, and 3/4 cup of water, bring to a light boil and stir until all the demi glace is incorporated.
Add 3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream and bring to a light boil, turn down to a simmer and stir in well, and let thicken.

Once it’s thick, add salt to taste… you shouldn’t need much, be sure to test before you start salting ~
And now you should have a VERY, VERY, rich and tasty, sauce… I’m telling you… it’s good!

Lightly top your chicken, or whichever dish you’re planning to serve it

with and, do the inevitable… ENJOY!!

We also got to enjoy a special treat form our friends Jamie and Suzanne, We’re going to call it adult bubble tea. I guess with the word ‘Adult’ in there you’re going to be expecting something alcoholic, or just ‘adult’.. not really the case. I was just so excited to have a ‘punch’ of sorts that was actually worth making and even more worth drinking, that I had to give it a fun name. In fact it doesn’t even have tapioca balls in it… it’s better, it has raspberries!
Raspberries
raspberry sorbet
Ginger ale
Pineapple juice
Lemonade concentrate
This fantastically fun Adult beverage, packs a refreshingly fruity, citrus flavor, with the soft and slightly tart raspberry zing! I’m just telling you I’m a pretty big fan! It was Awesome!
Nothing though, is better than making some great food and being able to share it with good friends, no matter where you are, or what you may be sharing, or whether or not it’s really Adult Bubble tea! 🙂

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Bruschetta pronounced bru-sketa

This is one of the best Italian appetizers that anyone can prepare. It’s quick, beautiful, and so full of fresh delicious flavor… I highly recommend it!

What you’ll need
Italian Bread or French Baguette ( your choice) If you’re feeling especially motivated and creative you can make your own homemade bread, I usually do. However that recipe is for another time so for now we’ll just use the lovely Italian Bread provided by Kowalski’s Market!
Olive oil
Heirloom tomatoes ( if you can find a few different shades of red,orange and yellow it will be most visually pleasing)
Fresh Basil
Garlic
Balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper

Chop tomatoes, peel and chop two cloves of garlic, ( you want to chop it pretty finely) chop a few leaves of basil too ( use your discretion , meaning it’s not called basiletta, the basil is to accent the other flavors)
Place tomatoes and garlic in a mixing bowl, add a nice drizzle of olive oil, a splash or two of balsamic vinegar ( no more than two splashes) toss together to incorporate. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Preheat oven to 325
Slice baguette or bread about an inch thick, and brush lightly with olive oil.
Place bread on baking sheet and bake for about 5 -7 minutes or until bread is slightly toasted.
Remove from oven and top with tomatoes…. serve immediately!

That is my recipe for the day, I hope you enjoy! I know I always do.

Wait, I have to mention one more thing. I said I like to cook, and I do it quite well. I also said I like to write, and you have seen the way I sign off… ( if you haven’t noticed my signature, please take a minute to scroll down and look at the end of this entry) meaning, I like to write I didn’t rate my ability to do so. I never mentioned photography as a strong suit of mine. I did realize that taking and providing photos might help out for the sharing aspect of this… Please just note: I’m using my iphone, no enhancements, or perfect lighting, I’m not even doctoring anything in photoshop…. I’m just a girl who loves to cook and wants to share it with you, whoever and wherever you are. Thank you!

Bye for now,


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Breakfast, quick, healthy and good!

I recently mentioned that I enjoy cooking and writing. I also mentioned that part of my reasoning for starting this blog was to keep me doing both of these things, while sharing or documenting them ( well the cooking part anyway) I did say I would make an effort to write every day. Since food is a part of my life every day this should be easy right?

I planned Last night to wake up early to actually prepare breakfast… Just so I could share with you a healthy and fairly quick way to fuel your body for the day! And so that I could keep my word.. so here you go~

Open Faced Egg Sandwich, spinach and tomato.

Eggs
Spinach
Tomato
Whole Wheat Bread
Bacon
Butter

Whisk three eggs with 1/4 cup of milk. Pour ingredients into skillet and cook on medium heat until eggs are cooked through.
Microwave a few slices of bacon ( yes I said microwave, I also said this was a quick breakfast Microwave=quick)
When bacon is a little crispy ( 3-4 minutes depending on microwave) blot excess oil with paper towel.
While eggs/bacon are cooking slice tomato ( 3 to 4 slices per sandwich)
Set spinach aside enough to lightly top sandwich
Toast Bread and lightly brush with butter when finished.

Remove eggs from pan put on Toasted bread, layer a bit of leafy green spinach ( think energy, vitality, strength) add bacon ( don’t give it a second thought) add sliced tomato (think antioxidant, vitamins, health) .
Viola!

Open Face Breakfast Sandwich

Bon appetite!

Seriously, this takes a total of 10 minutes, and I guarantee you we are all worth at least an extra ten minutes in the morning!

Bye for now!

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Unnecessary Items

I fell at Target today. Amidst the rush of the holiday bustle, In a somewhat valiant attempt to leave the store without picking up anther must have, unnecessary item… I slipped on a receipt. I plunged directly into the cement floor. Once I caught my breath, I realized that the only people who actually noticed, or cared happened to be the target security person, or in this case personnel (as there were two). I only knew they were Target security as they had the trademark bulls eye right above their removable nametags. “Are you ok,” Todd Security asked? I just thought as drool was draining from my mouth… do I look ok? No, I’m not. I fell and I can’t talk, because I still haven’t caught my breath from having the wind knocked out of me… I need to file a report. Todd said, “hold on, we need to call in the LOD ( lead manager on duty) to go through the procedure”. “Would you like some Archer Farm’s mineral water?” I replied, no thank you and was moved off to the Target cafeteria to wait for the LOD… I’m assuming loss prevention, to file the report. Ten minutes later ‘Jeff’ showed up with a pre written incident questionnaire. Okay, I have to ask you a few questions. “What’s your name, address, and phone number, what kind of shoes are you wearing etc… now, I need to record this EXACTLY as you say it happened, in your words”. Um, right because who else’s words am I going to use… but I didn’t, I was polite and kindly, and quietly said, I was leaving the store and I slipped on a receipt or maybe a gum wrapper, I can’t be sure what it was, because I was a little busy breaking my kneecaps on your garbage filled, floor, I didn’t say the last part, but I thought it. He responds after he carefully detailed each word with his no 2 pencil. “ So, he reads back to me, “I was leaving the store and it FELT LIKE I SLIPPED”. I said, NO, stop. I said nothing about feeling like I slipped anywhere. I said I slipped on a receipt or a gum wrapper. He went on with his questionnaire asking if it was raining (we are in a skyway downtown, just fyi) He asked if I was wearing glasses. I would have thought the thick black frames resting on my face would have been a dead give away, but I suppose Todd was just following protocol. Anyway, after a lengthy one page official report, a 1800 number, two bruised knees, and the minor unrest I was left with from falling at Target Downtown, during the Holiday season having only the Target security team help… I was physically and emotionally disturbed. Maybe the city isn’t so great. Or maybe we all just need to open our eyes to see what’s happening around us. Not for me, but for the world that is happening, and is in need, while we’re busy getting the rest of our unnecessary items.

We had dinner out tonight, Quangs On Eat Street. Amazing Pho soup. Im my opinion the best in town. Always piping hot, fresh as it can possibly be, and very good for you! Sometimes dinner at home just doesn’t work out. Even though one may have lofty goals of deep frying manicotti ( and making it work, which I am going to try soon, so I’ll let you know how it goes) Target calls, and sometimes we fall… So another night.

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Review of a restaurant

I love to cook, which invariably means I love to eat. My husband and I like many fortunate others are able to enjoy the liberty of dining out. I do see this as a luxury as so many go without even the basics, yet we consistently have the opportunity to pick and choose how we feed our bodies. So before I begin, let’s just consider ourselves blessed.
We recently branched out to a new dining establishment. When I say branched out, I mean it. We live in Minneapolis, and this restaurant is located in Arden Hills. Like I said, we live in Minneapolis, and there is more than just a sense of city pride that I carry over the fact that we don’t live in the suburbs. In fact, I don’t like the suburbs. I don’t like anything about them. I don’t like the strip malls. I don’t like the mega-plexes. I don’t like the cookie cutter chain restaurants. I don’t like the homogenized neighborhoods, some even called by numbers, each one bearing the same un striking resemblance of it’s predecessor. I don’t like the tedious drive from my perfectly imperfect city, which somehow makes my skin itch whenever we leave Minneapolis proper and venture in to suburbia. However, I do like food, and for that mere fact am willing to suffer the suburban rash to experience what could be a perfect ten dining experience. Well, nine really, as being stationed in suburban America, I have to consider the path to arrive and you already know how I feel about that.
I read about this Steak house which serves Prime Beef. Not only do they serve Prime Beef, but apparently they only serve two different steaks, and one seafood dish. I though I had uncovered one of the cities best kept secrets. If you are a restaurant, and you only do three different steaks ( all of which are broiled) how can your food be anything but amazing? Let me describe to you how amazing it actually was.
We arrived at Lindy’s after a long and windy ride in to the fine City of Arden Hills. The restaurant didn’t look like much from the outside. It sort of resembled a trailer house type of exterior, except this definitely had an addition put on at some point. I’d probably have to say it was at least a double-wide in size. Any one who has ever been to, or lived near a trailer court knows exactly what I’m referring to. The rest of you who don’t know what I’m referring to… just consider yourselves more blessed. The entry was nothing more than a wooden porch with a Menards window door on the front. I thought for sure with the shabby exterior, we were in for a culinary delight. ( they clearly waste no money in design or decoration, it is all poured in to the three basic menu items they have surely perfected! I couldn’t wait to order. Our server arrived and cheerfully explained our three entrĂ©e options. Prime steak, Prime chopped steak, or broiled shrimp. We opted for the prime steak. All of the entrees come with “family style garlic bread, mixed greens salad, and greaseless hash browns” We also decided to add-on one additional side and one of my favorites, sautĂ©ed mushrooms.
Family style garlic bread and salad arrived. The salad was square chunks and wilted brown pieces of iceberg lettuce joined by shreds of purple cabbage. The Garlic bread was… get ready for this, toasted white hot dog buns. Yes, and not because they ran out of the regular bread, they just serve good old white hot dog buns. Nothing much more to say on that except that I was now certain we were in for a taste sensation. They don’t even waste time with lettuce or bread because their main course is so far above and beyond that anything else is simply unimportant. Steak arrived, it was sizzling, and that’s about as exciting or flavorful as it got. It was cooked to a perfect medium rare, sadly having little or no flavor. Along with the steak came the greaseless and flavorless hash browns and the freshly canned, heated and then served mushrooms. I tumbled from a hopefull nine to a four quickly, and decided surroundings and location considered, we were at a stable two… oh the pickled watermelon may have nudged me up to a two and a half, but I didn’t try the recommended accompianment for the already lackluster offerings.
I have to say we probably won’t make the drive to Arden Hills anytime soon. I guess, I expected that if you do one thing, and have the kahones to advertise that you’re only doing one thing, you should probably do it pretty well. Once again, I’ve explained how I feel about that.
It wasn’t all a loss; we got to have dinner in a new place. We shared a meal that was average at best, but we shared it together… and we shared a lovely conversation which is always, priceless.

Until later,

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Great Things About Cooking

No matter how crappy my day was, I can always look forward to sharing some quality time at home with my husband,  our pets,  myself, and my kitchen.    You see, for someone who really likes to cook, there can always be a success at the end of a rotten day…  maybe the success has nothing to do with that work day, but a success is a success, so I’ll take it.   I’m not saying that every time i’m in the kitchen it’s a success however, every time I try something new, It either works great and I feel like a culinary genius or, it doesn’t work, and we go out for dinner.

I am  just saying, there are some really great things about cooking.   Especially when you nail a beurre blanc,  or in this case whisk a beurre blanc into  silky smooth, creamy, light perfection.  I came home from a “Monday” needing a success… I’m happy to report, I made one.

November 30,

Tilapia with lemon beurre blanc

Green Beans with garlic, and creamed potatoes.

Beurre Blanc:  or “white butter

2 tbsp shalots

2 tbsp white wine vinegar

1/2 cup dry white wine

6 to 8 tsp of butter ( the more the better, but really it’s your call)

salt to taste.

Add shalots white wine, and white wine vinegar to saute pan, raise heat to simmer for about 8 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed ( there should be a little liquid left in the pan) add butter 1 tsp at a time and whisk or stir with a wooden spoon consistently until it’s melted.  keep adding the butter one or two pieces at a time, and as you’re getting down to the last two pieces taste to see how buttery it is, and decide if you want more or not.  If you’re pleased with its flavor and consistency, add a pinch of salt, to taste and viola, you have BEURRE BLANC!

Serve immediately, with fish, chicken, or any thing your heart desires… Beurre blanc, is a lovely compliment to almost any dish.

Enjoy!  I know we did!

Bye for now,

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