Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

It's an Easter flashback to times of white tights and white hats. The times we will forever ask: "Mom, why did you do this to me?" I seem to be having a good time despite the tights riding up my diaper. Cheers!

(Alex, Me, Rachel)
Oh those tights.

Ready to go!

I'll find that egg.

(sis and I)
Hats... really? And more tights.

(sis and I)
Where did the tights go? :) We wised up.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Never been one for brownies but...

My family didn't make brownies much. We had a hard time getting past the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. But Betty Crocker, the woman who defines yellow cake with chocolate frosting inspired me to give it a go.

Why gluten free? A co-worker of Betty apparently, was diagnosed with Celiac disease. This opened her eyes to the challenges people face. No one wants to miss a birthday cake or homemade cookie after a game. So here it is! GF Betty Crocker products made in a GF processing facility. (via the box)

Add eggs (flax) and butter.

This is where it gets hazy. I have no idea how to bake brownies but this just doesn't look right.

Nor does this. :-/ It looks like Hexxus from Ferngully.

10 minutes later out of the oven, Now they look burnt, but they're still gooey. I want to let it sit in the oven with the door open after the timer goes off so it can 'set' and not just be a mess.

Not sure what the trick is. Obviously, one can still choke down some crunchy/gooey/chocolaty-ness.

We'll see how the next batch goes.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Curried Cauliflower Soup

I found this recipe on Williams and Sonoma website (my favorite store). It was great! I skipped some of the steps, like toasting the spices and adding the garnish. It was great all the same. The video on the website is quick and simple. I'm really going to be looking there for inspiration. Here's the ingredient list so you could get an idea of how great it is but, the website is really well done. Check it out!

-2 heads cauliflower, cut into florets (about 10 cups)
-1 onion, diced (about 1 cup)
-½ leek, white and light green parts only, diced (about ¾ cup)
-2 large carrots, diced (about 1 cup)
-¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
-½ teaspoon coriander seeds
-½ teaspoon cumin seeds
-½ bunch cilantro, chopped (about 2 cups)
-¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
-½ teaspoon mild curry powder
-4 garlic cloves, minced
-8 cups vegetable stock
-¾ cup plain yogurt
-2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
-Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

My favorite part:


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Happy Birthday Gramma!

Two weeks ago I told Gramma that I was coming out to the farm for her birthday and that we should have a party. That's exactly what happened. Everyone showed up, there were kids, grandkids, cousins, and close friends. This was my favorite photo from the party of my mom and her best friend Linda. Friends for 40+ years.

For this feast I made quinoa pasta salad!

quinoa pasta, boiled and drained (it's tougher and will never be really 'al dente' but its better)
kalamata olives
sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
olive oil/juice from the sun-dried tomatoes
salt and pepper

I prefer to serve it when chilled. It's easy, pretty, and filling.

Salad anyone? I love parties.


Mom made pineapple rum, ricotta cheese pie. Which, is not allergy free but it is fantastic!

Matt made this amazing chocolate cake for Gramma, also not allergy free. Chocolate with chocolate frosting (secret ingredient is mayonnaise).

THEN I picked up cupcakes from the New Cascadia Traditional GF Bakery. These gluten-free, vegan cupcakes were awesome! Chocolate with vanilla frosting and carrot cake. I have been craving carrot cake for a year so it just hit the spot!

My cousin and I, allergy twins. Important support to have.

Alex and Trevor with Matt and I.

Those goofballs on the ends are the little brothers, Dan and Colton.

Gramma and Lorna, friends for 40+ years too :)

My second favorite picture, guess how many times this has happened before?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Saturday Night of Food and Fun

Mmmm! So good. A night of great food, a great show by Tacocat, and more great food. I made pork chops, broccoli and cheesy sauce to start.

Spiced the pork chops with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

Covered them in brown rice flour and fried them in a covered fry pan on medium heat until no longer pink in the middle.

Then crank up the heat to really brown the outside. YUM!

Steam the broccoli just until the color changes.
Cheese sauce:
1 cup rice milk
1 cup Daiya Cheddar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Salt and Pepper

Let simmer and the cheese will melt down. Add more milk/cheese as needed.

On the way to the show!

I just found these goons in the hallway, not sure what they're up to.

Yeah yeah :)

We got back from the show and had a steamed artichoke for dessert. We made more garlic cheese sauce to dip in. SO good.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Dinner at Gramma's

Here's our quick and easy dinner at Gramma's on Sunday. Scallops with bacon and wilted spinach. Cooked the bacon first and removed from pan. Then we used brown rice flour and home made cajun seasoning (paprika, oregano, salt and pepper) to coat the scallops (via the ziplock shake) and cooked them in the bacon grease. Chop the bacon, throw in a bag and a half of spinach (still not enough) and cook it down. Mom made some wild rice to go with it. What a fun, easy, and tasty meal! Highly recommend it.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Thursday night dinner!

Quick! Let's throw something together! Matt and Jackie came over for dinner and so I made this up. I'm glad it turned out great.

Especially with Simon and Garfunkel on vinyl :)

I started with some stir-fry steak that I had bought that just looked like a good idea. I was not sure what to do with it tonight because Jackie is not a fan of Asian food so actual stir-fry was out.

Pseudo stir-fry:
-3 heads of broccoli, put in fry pan with 3 TBS of olive oil and a 1/2 cup water (enough to cover bottom of pan), cover, and steam until brightest green and remove cover
-Add more oil if needed
-Add 1 sweet onion, diced and
-3 garlic cloves, minced
-Add 1 tsp Italian seasoning and salt and pepper to taste
-Once sauteed, add meat and allow warm veggies to cook it (not too much-medium-rare)
-Once meat is cooked reduce heat and add 1 cup of non-dairy milk and 1 cup of Daiya cheddar cheese.
-Let ingredients simmer. Sauce should thicken and cheese melt.

I loved help in the kitchen. Thanks Matt!

I was craving sweet potatoes. Yum!

-one large sweet potato
-olive oil
-salt and pepper
I wanted them quick so they weren't quite cooked right. They needed 30 minutes in oven at 350 degrees. I cooked them for 10 minutes and then broiled them to crisp them up quick. :)

Sweet potato 'fries'

Spinach salad with carrot, red onion, and Briana's Strawberry Vinaigrette (Gramma's idea)

This was kind of the first meal where company and I sat and ate at the table.

What a special night. Looking forward to more! Come on over.