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Camera files evidence intent to blog

Posted by Hilary on February 25, 2010

I am a delinquent blogger! However, a cursory look through by camera files shows that I must have at least intended to blog on occasion.

Early November, 2009: Homemade applesauce with honeycrisps. I remember this taking longer than expected, but being awesome.

I must love apples, cause for the dessert party/ my birthday party on 11/7 I made apple oven pancake. This was a new recipe for me. Link to the recipe here.

Flash forward to Thanksgiving. We actually had guests! Kelly’s friend Mike, who moved here from Michigan over the summer, and Nicole, my cat’s friend. The cats had a lovely turkey dinner:

Nicole, Mike, and Kelly had a lovely turkey diner as well, whereas I had a lovely tofurkey dinner. We had a ridiculous amount of food, including a new roasted cauliflower recipe. No pictures of the cauliflower, and to be honest, no real recipe, but it involved olive oil and a lot of garlic. I made my traditional apple pie as usual, but tried a new pumpkin pie recipe, “sugar and spice pumpkin pie with brandied ginger cream”. This pie was more delicious than your every day pumpkin pie. I followed the recipe (linked above) pretty much to the letter. I even stole some brandy from Mango and Nicole! The only thing that I changed was leaving the brandy out of the actual whipping cream.

I got nothing to offer for Christmas. I made my apple pie, but otherwise I can’t remember cooking anything, which is strange for me.

And continuing on the path of the lazy graduate student, my attempt to make something semi-special on Valentine’s Day was chocolate-covered strawberries. On a side-note, these things are admittedly delicious, but why do people pay so much money for them (they sell one strawberry for $2-3 at a local store’s deli)? They’re possibly the easiest dessert to make.

Kelly had to work all of Valentine’s weekend, but luckily I had my sweet feline fellows to keep me company.

I can’t promise that I’ll be a better blogger anytime before the end of this semester, but I’ll try!

-H

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Unemployed Cooking: Chili and Cornbread

Posted by kathleenerindavis on February 22, 2010

I’m been cooking  a lot more in the two weeks I’ve been re-unemployed. First there was the Where’s the Love party I wrote about in my last post. Then on Valentines Day I made Mark the Eggplant Parmesan I wrote about a few months a go.

This week my little sister and I made pizzas and chocolate chip brownies on Saturday and last night I made Mark chili and cornbread.  I forgot to take pictures, but I say they were a success because Mark went back for seconds. Still I have enough chili for the next month, any one want to come over for leftovers?

Here are the recipes:

The Best Vegetarian Chili in the World (this bold claim was made by the author at allrecipes.com, but it is pretty good)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 green bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chile peppers, drained
  • 2 (12 ounce) packages vegetarian burger crumbles
  • 3 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, crushed
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn

Directions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and season with bay leaves, cumin, oregano, and salt. Cook and stir until onion is tender, then mix in the celery, green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, garlic, and green chile peppers. When vegetables are heated through, mix in the vegetarian burger crumbles. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer 5 minutes.
  2. Mix the tomatoes into the pot. Season chili with chili powder and pepper. Stir in the kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and black beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 45 minutes. Stir in the corn, and continue cooking 5 minutes before serving.

(I have a “wuss mouth” so I left out the jalapenos, but Mark said it could have used more heat, so gauge your own spice tolerance)

Cornbread Muffins

Prep Time:
10 Min

Cook Time:
25 Min

Ready In:
35 Min

Yield 12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease or line 12 muffin cups.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar, honey, eggs and salt. Mix in flour, cornmeal and baking powder; blend thoroughly. Stir in milk and corn. Pour or spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

–KK

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Where’s the Love?

Posted by kathleenerindavis on February 12, 2010

Every year for the past 5 years I’ve thrown a “Where’s the Love?” Ladies Only Valentines party. Here’s the menu from this year’s:
Two of the recipes are from my giant veggie cookbook I’ve written about before, the artichoke dip was from Allrecipes.com and the cookies were a mix that Mark’s mom gave me for Christmas. I made the roasted veggies with herb sauce a couple year’s a go for Shawna’s birthday, and they were really good, but I remember them being a lot of work. We only had wheat flour so I used that instead of regular flour in the sauce this time. I don’t recommend it–it made it a lot more bland than I remember it being the first time.

The pasta was good but not as amazing and I thought it would be. The artichoke dip however was a huge hit and the french kiss cookies were perfect ( I tried to cut them in the shape of hearts, but that didn’t work out so well).

Here are the recipes:

Artichoke Dip

Ingredients:

1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts,

drained and chopped

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Combine the artichoke hearts, mayonnaise, cheese and green chilies. Mix well and pour into a 2 quart casserole dish.
3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned.

And here are two more photos from the dinner:

On another note, bad news for me means good news for Food Baby readers: I’m unemployed again, so look out for more frequent posts.

–KK

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