Monday, August 30, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Breakfast for Dinner (and then breakfast the next morning)
I thawed out a pound of ground beef from the Queen Anne Farmer's Market, purchased at Proper British Bacon Meats & Cheese and my husband and I didn't know what to do with it. Tacos? Bolognese? Nothing sounded good. I suggested Joe's Special and that's what we did! And here I am the next morning eating leftovers for breakfast. I combined 2 recipes and think this is a winner.
Splash or two of Tabasco or other hot pepper sauce
6 large eggs
1 teaspoon salt or more to taste
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon freshly milled black pepper or more to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 medium onion, diced
2-4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 pound white mushrooms, sliced
1/2 pound lean freshly ground beef
1/2 pound fresh spinach (I used 5 oz and it was plenty),
freshly grated parmesan
Crack the eggs into a small bowl and add the Tabasco, salt, and pepper. Whisk just enough to combine; you should still see large bubbles. Set aside.
Warm the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat until the butter melts. Add the onion, garlic, mushrooms and sauté until soft but not beginning to brown. Add the ground beef and continue cooking until uniformly brown, breaking the meat into small pieces as it cooks. Stir in all spices. Cover with the spinach, place a lid over the mixture, and cook for about 3 minutes, just until the spinach wilts. (If using frozen spinach, cook, covered, for 1 minute, just to take off its raw edge.)
Stir the spinach into the meat, cooking briefly to eliminate excess liquid if the mixture seems watery. Pour the egg mixture over all, stirring with a spatula from the bottom until the eggs begin to set. Remove from the heat and stir a few more times, as the eggs cook through from the residual heat. Serve immediately with fresh toasted bread and sprinkle with parmesan.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Mixed greens (Romaine, Butter, Cherokee, Green Leaf)
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I decided to do a post on some of my favorite children's books. My list is long but includes our rotation of favorites. I also asked two friends who share my love of children's books to hand over a list of their faves. Please share your favorites too!
Yours Truly (I got a little carried away)
1. Ladybug Girl
2. Who is Driving?
3. Jazz Baby
4. Is There Really a Human Race
5. My Friends
6. A Color of His Own
7. Slinky Malinki
8. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
9. The House on East 88th Street
10. One Day
11. The Incredible Book Eating Boy
14. I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean
15. How to Catch a Star
16. Iggy Peck, Architect
17. The Paper Bag Princess
18. Lost & Found
19. The Little Train
21. Olivia and The Missing Toy
1. Miss Rumphius (Barbara Cooney)
2. Paper Bag Princess (Robert Munsch)
3. Incredible Book Eating Boy (Oliver Jeffers)
4. The Cat at Night (Ipcar)
5. A Penguin Story (Portis)
6. Swimmy (Leo Leoni)
7. A House is a House For Me (Hoberman)
8. Little Red (Roberts)
1. The Big Orange Splot
2. Bread and Jam for Frances
3. Cars and Trucks and Things that Go
4. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
5. Is There Really a Human Race?
6. Hush Little Digger
7. The Way Back Home
8. Iggy Peck Architect
9. How I Became a Pirate
10. Pirates Don't Change Diapers is equally as good, too.
11. Trucks, Planes, Trains, Airports (all the Byron Barton books)
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
My dinner club mixed it up this week and instead of going out, we decided to stay in and try some new recipes. We decided to get fresh salmon from the farmers market and each cook it a different way so we could try several preparations... one baked, one poached and one grilled. After wine and appetizers we (I!) got lazy and we ended up making only two, but they turned out so great that we never missed the third. We made Poached Salmon with Dill-Mustard Sauce and Crème Fraîche-Roasted Salmon. Both recipes were fantastic and super easy.
We served the salmon with Yukon Gold potatoes (recipe below) and a salad with lettuce and cucumber from Full Circle Farms CSA, carrots and tomatoes from the farmers market and Pasta & Co. dressing (with an added splash of red wine vinegar and fresh ground pepper). Delicious. We topped it off with my friend Tara's peach and blueberry crisp and vanilla ice cream. A perfect dinner to make for, or even better, with friends.
Mrs. Young's Potatoes
1.5-2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes (skins on)
1.5 T plive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 t + ½ t salt
¼ t pepper
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cut potatoes in approximate 1 inch cubes. Put 2 tsp salt in rapidly boiling water. Add potatoes and boil for 8-10 minutes. Once potatoes can easily be pierced with fork, drain and set aside to cool. Toss with oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Line on a cookie sheet and broil for about 5 minutes or until browned and crispy (I had the cookie sheet on the second rack from the broil, not the top rack).
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Pasta with Chantrelles
My friend Amy and I were comparing notes about our little bambinos who get up at the crack of dawn. 6:00am is just too early for this night-owl. Try as I might to go to bed earlier, I just can't seem to get the sleep I need.
Amy was also struggling to keep her kids in bed until.... she discovered the American Innovative Teach Me Time Talking Alarm Clock and Nightlight. This clock allows parents to set a time on the clock when it turns colors. If kids wake up before that, they know it's still "nighttime" and that they need to stay in bed. Once the clock turns green, the child knows it's go time and they are free to get up and terrorize you while you come out of the groggy morning z's.
Amy said it's the best $40 she's spent in years. I'm hoping I have as much luck.
Monday, August 2, 2010
- Stanley Ma Marie Antique White Built To Grow Crib
- OMI Organic Cotton & Wool Crib Mattress
- AeroSleep Comfort Sleep System
- Stefano Angelini's Cadena Collection cream colored metlasse bumper
- Stefano Angelini's Cadena Collection cream colored metlasse bedskirt
- Organic cotton cream crib sheet