Monday, May 25, 2015

P.F. Chang's Shanghai Cucumbers

Hubby, the girl child, and I headed out to a farmstand today. It was PACKED!
Small location + long line= annoyed customers.

For the most part we all worked well together, helping people reach this and that, or moving so someone can head down one of the aisles.
There was this one poor guy trying to maneuver the tiny tight aisles with an entire cart of greenery. Oh my!

There was this one lady...I will call her frumpy yellow shirt girl (FYSG).
She was waiting in line with everyone else, but very antsy. Kept trying to move up, even though the line wasn't moving.
Then they opened the "cash only" line.
She tried to high-tail it around the outside of the building to get to it quickly.

While this was happening, a small line had formed at that register.
An older gentleman came up and asked me where the end of that line was. I told him, and he found his rightful place. (3rd and last in line)

FYSG weasled her way around the building, and tried to position herself after the first person. She did that whole "sliiiide in" maneuver.
Then she noticed everyone watching her.

It was a nice moment. She took her place in line behind the gentleman.

Moral of the story, don't try to sneak..people are watching you.

Second moral: love love love me some farm stand produce!

12 oz peeled and seeded cucumbers cut into 1 inch pieces
3 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tsp white vinegar
¼ Tsp sesame oil
½ Tsp toasted sesame seeds

1. Mix together the sauce ingredients
2. Mix cucumbers into sauce
3. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the top


Recipe adapted from here
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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Bogging for Books: Cookie Love

**Note** I was provided a copy of this book to review from

Everyone has a favorite cookie...but, sometimes we tend to stick to just those. This book introduces new flavor combinations as well as new techniques.
Some of the recipes are certainly geared towards more "seasoned" bakers.The techniques are more technical and some of the suggested equipment are items that everyday cooks just don't keep in their drawers.
That being said, there were a good amount of approachable recipes.
Very much looking forward to testing my cookie boundaries!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Caprese Chicken

Prior to leaving for a vacation, I try to use up most anything that is around the house. We have some odd meals to say the least!
On the plus side, we are not wasting things that might have been "not so fresh" by the time we returned.
On the negative side, we come home and have to do the mother of all grocery shops!

This particular time, I was walking through the store, minding my own business when an older woman came up to me. She stopped me, looked at the cart, looked at me, and then said "Boy am I glad I don't have to pay for that" and walked away.

The more I thought about it, the more rude it became to me.
Told hubby about it and he was all "I would have had some choice words for her".
Yeah, I am not about to start an argument with an old lady in the middle of the grocery.

Was she rude? I don't know, but it certainly was perceived that way.
Could she have just been making conversation? Maybe.
The world may never know.

1 package chicken breast
1 Cup cherry tomato
1 Medium red onion (diced)
8 oz Mozzarella cheese (fresh block or ball)
¼ Cup chopped basil
⅓ Cup olive oil
⅓ Cup balsamic vinegar
Salt and Pepper

1. Cut tomato and mozzarella into bite sized pieces
2. Add generous amount of salt and pepper. Add basil.
3. Add oil and vinegar
4. Mix well and let sit. Taste before serving to test seasoning.
5. Grill the chicken breast.
6. Serve chicken topped with tomato mixture.


My caprese mixture

Probably one of the ugliest pictures ever..but boy did it taste good!

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Monday, May 11, 2015


You know that Robin Thicke song "Blurred Lines"?
They used it in some commercial (bad advertising...I don't even remember what the product is) and it has been stuck in my head ever since.


I am ready to pull my hair out.
I have looked it up on you tube, hoping that hearing it would help. Nope.
I have tried thinking of some of the most annoying things (think Sanford and Sons theme song) to try to get something else stuck in my head. No luck.

This is obnoxious.
Anyone have any tricks to get this out of my head?

This reminds me of the Spongebob Squarepants episode where he has that song worm in his head (creepy, yes?)

1 box manicotti shells
32 oz Ricotta cheese
16 oz Mozzarella cheese
¼ Cup bread crumbs (seasoned)
¼ Cup Parmesan
1 Egg
Seasonings: Garlic, pepper, Italian seasoning
Tomato sauce

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Cook pasta in boiling water for 2-3 minutes less than the package states
3. Mix together ricotta, bread crumbs, eggs, 8 oz mozzarella, and any seasonings
4. Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray
5. Pour a small amount of tomato sauce on bottom of pan
6. Sprinkle a little parmesan
7. Take pasta tubes and carefully fill each one with the cheese mixture
8. Place pasta in pan. Pour tomato sauce over top
9. Sprinkle 8 oz mozzarella and remaining parmesan on top


Sprinkle some Parmesan on the bottom

Filling all the tubes

Everybody in the pool!

Baked and cheesy

This is where I party!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Mediterranean Chicken

My husband starts things and doesn't finish them.
Sound like any other husband on the planet? Yup!

He is insane about loose change. Seriously, I will go in my purse looking for a quarter (or whatever) just to find out that I was robbed.
Does it count as being robbed when you know it was the person you swore "till death do us part" to?

We have different containers in different places all over the house for change. Dimes go here, quarters here, and everything else, over there.

So, he has decided that it is time to roll them and bring them to the bank.
He made piles. Gathered up coin rolls. And there it all still sits.

Drive me nuts!

Whateves, I refuse to touch them. Currently I am cleaning around said coin piles.
It's been 3 whole days!.
That "death do us part" issue might come up sooner than we had planned!

½ Cup olive oil
2 Medium sized onions (sliced thin)
6 Garlic cloves (minced)
2 Cups tomato juice
½ Cup sherry
1 Tsp salt
¾ Tsp paprika
4 Boneless, skinless chicken breast
½ Cup all purpose flour

1. In large frying pan, heat ¼ cup olive oil
2. Add onions, turn heat down to low
3. Add garlic and cook until onions are clear
4. Add tomato juice, sherry, ½ tsp salt, and ½ tsp paprika
5. Pound chicken breasts until about ½ inch thick
6. Whisk flour, ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp paprika together
7. Dip chicken breasts in flour mixture
8. Preheat oven to 350
9. Heat remaining ¼ cup olive oil
10. Add chicken to oil and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side
11. Place chicken in a 9x13 pan. Cover with sauce.
12. Bake for 20 minutes.


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