Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
these cookies are the first thing i made with the kitchenaid i got for christmas.
start by adding butter and sugars to the bowl
cream until light and fluffy
add vanilla and eggs, beat well
sift together flour, baking powder, and salt
gradually add to creamed mixture
add oats and raisins, mix well
at this point you'll want to taste test the dough. just to, you know, make sure it's not poisonous.
drop by tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
bake for 10-12 minutes
cool on a wire rack until ready to devour!
personally, i prefer cookies that have some chocolate in them, but not everyone likes that. i usually only make oatmeal raisin cookies by request. if you are one of those freaks who doesn't need chocolate in their cookies, i encourage you to give this recipe a try!
oatmeal raisin cookies.
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder (not soda!)
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups quick oats
2 cups raisins
preheat oven to 350
cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy
add vanilla & eggs, mix well
sift together flower, baking powder, and salt. add to creamed mixture, blending thoroughly.
stir in oats and raisins. mix well.
drop by tablespoonfulls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
bake for 10-12 minutes
cool on wire rack
Monday, August 15, 2011
start by mincing some garlic
and dicing an onion
melt equal parts butter and olive oil in a skillet
add garlic and onions, and saute until fragrant
rinse and drain some artichokes
add to the skillet
add a can of stewed tomatoes, juice and all
simmer for about 10 minutes
in the meantime, get some water boiling and add some angel hair pasta
reduce heat to low, add some chicken broth
and heavy cream
stir to combine
add salt and pepper
rinse and drain some frozen shrimp
add to skillet
stir to coat
cover over low heat and cook a few minutes until heated through
when pasta is ready, place in a large serving bowl
sprinkle a genorous amount of parmesan over top
add the contents of the skillet in shifts
tossing between additions
this makes a great one dish meal, but feel free to serve with some greens on the side.
devour and enjoy!
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 to 1 whole medium onion, diced (depending on how much you love onions)
1 can artichoke hearts, drained
1 can stewed tomatoes, juice included
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper, to taste
1 lb frozen shrimp, thawed & drained
1 lb angel hair pasta
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
melt olive oil and butter in a large skillet.
add garlic and onion, saute until fragrant.
add artichoke hearts and tomatoes, simmer for 10 minutes.
-in the meantime, boil water in a large pot and cook pasta until al dente-
reduce heat to low and add chicken broth, cream, and salt & pepper to taste, stirring gently to combine.
add shrimp and stir gently to coat.
cover and continue cooking on low until heated through.
drain pasta and place in a large serving bowl.
add 1 cup parmesan cheese.
pour contents of pan over top, toss to combine and coat.
add any reserved pasta water to thin the sauce if it's too thick.
serve as a one-dish meal, or with greens on the side.
this is a rich, flavorful dish, but so simple to make. please give it a try and let me know how you liked it!
Friday, August 12, 2011
time to play some catch up!
my friends and i gathered for a potluck dinner the first week of january (yes, 8 months ago). we called it supper club and promised to do it once a month or so.
we haven't had supper club since.
alas, we are all busy. if we do it once a year, i'll be happy. i like to eat, drink, and be merry with my friends!
elizabeth made cheese and garlic muffins with crab dip for an appetizer
someone made green beans. and by "someone," i mean "i don't remember who"
greta made a shepherd's pie. pardon the steam, it was HOT HOT HOT (or cold)*
tony made savory french toast
i made a chicken and rice casserole
jamie made a fresh baby spinach salad with california grape tomatoes, aged parmesan cheese, and toasted pine nuts; with a balsamic vinaigrette
jorge brought wine (we drank it all, and then some)
here's everyone eating. this photo is totally not staged, i swear.
the evening ended with mario kart and wine drinking late into the night.
have i mentioned that i love my friends?