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Friday, April 30, 2010

Last Egg-related dish for a while...

And it's not even one you would expect... Last weekend, I made Pioneer Woman's Baked Fudge. It is so delicious and bad for you, I only make it once a year. It is becoming my signature Valentine's Day dessert; except this year, we were so covered in cupcakes that it just didn't sound good. So, I made it for the very famous Day-After-Earth Day.

If you are ready to throw your diet out the window for the day, (my estimates are that these are around 500 calories each), you need:

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 heaping Tbsp. cocoa powder (see below)
2 Tbsp. flour
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla extract

(If you would like to see Pioneer Woman's step-by-step version of this, visit here:
http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/02/sweets-for-your-sweetie-1-delicious-baked-fudge/)

Preheat the oven to 313*. (PW says to "between 300 and 325"; since mine is digital, I picked the middle.) Beat eggs until light in color, then add sugar. Then add the copious amounts of cocoa powder. Observe:

Add the flour, melted butter, and vanilla. (Honestly, next time I might reduce the butter amt by about 2 Tbsp. It just took a while to stir all of it in, and maybe we could do with a little less.)

Place in ramekins, in a baking pan of sorts. Add some water, until it comes up to about halfway up the sides of the dishes. (Do this after you have it in the oven already. Save yourself some trouble!)
PW says: "Bake 40-50 minutes, or until upper crust is crispy and the rest of the batter is firm but not set. Toothpick should come out... not clean, but mixture should not be overly runny. If you pull it out of the oven and have second thoughts, put it back in for ten more minutes." Let it cool for a few minutes before eating. (You can also top it with whipped cream, but even I am not that crazy!)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Seattle Tilth Edible Plant Sale II: The Revenge

Or Electric Boogaloo. Or The Plants Strike Back. Anyway, Seattle Tilth is having another plant sale this weekend! It's from 9-3 on both Saturday and Sunday, out at their Wallingford location. (For more detailed info, visit: www.seattletilth.org/special_events/copy_of_edibleplantsale2010 )

They even have lists up of all the plants and varieties they expect to have there, with some info about each plant, and uses for the veggies/herbs. Is it wrong that I've printed them out, and highlighted which ones to look for, with color codes for how badly I want each thing?

Yes, it is very wrong.

May Preview!

Just to give you a glimpse of next month's theme and main cookbook....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Spaghetti Pie

This is based on an old Weight Watchers recipe that my mom used to make. It is really delicious, and it fits with the theme of the month. (eggs!)

Start with:
6 oz. uncooked spaghetti (weighed; about 2 cups after cooking)
2 eggs
1 oz. parmesan, grated
1 can stewed tomatoes
about 3 cups mixed green/springtime veggies (zucchini, asparagus, broccoli, peppers, eggplant, some onion, garlic is ok too.)
2 oz. grated mozzerella (I use a string cheese stick)

Saute your vegetables with about 1/4 cup water, until they are soft.
In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs with the parmesan. Cook the pasta, drain, and mix with the eggs/cheese.
Spray pie pan (or casserole dish) with cooking spray, then add the pasta mixture. Pack it in there, to make the crust. Cover with the veggies, and then the can of tomatoes (drained). Sprinkle with the shredded mozzerella.

Bake at 325* for 30 minutes, then let sit for about 20 minutes before serving.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Everything's coming up... veggies?

Well, not quite... but my peonies seem pretty happy!

And so is this flamingo!

Onion patch

These are actually some potatoes that I got from the Farmer's market, and we didn't eat them fast enough, so they started sprouting. Let's hope this year's experiment is better than last years'!
Garlic!

Beets!

Kohlrabi! (and if you look really close....)

Some shallots are coming up.

If you look even closer..... there appears to be an asparagus or two trying to make an appearance! I wasn't expecting that for at least another year or two. :)

Some greens... I planted so many, it is now "mystery greens" patch. Asian greens. Lettuce mix. Chives. Braising blend.

One lettuce, and more beets.

This is my actual lilac. Although it is still very small, it's so pretty!

The end!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Breakfast Burritos

I like to make more interesting and complicated recipes on the weekends; there's more time, and you feel like you deserve some sort of reward for making it through the work week (besides sleeping in.) :)

You will enjoy it, just like John! (He's happy, I swear!)

Here's my version of breakfast burritos from last weekend:
Cast of characters:

2 eggs, 1 cup or so of veggie crumbles, some grated sharp cheddar...
tomatoes, Anaheim chile pepper, half an onion.

Chop up chile pepper, onion. Spray a frying pan with cooking spray, and add veggies. Also add a little chile powder while you're at it. Let it cook for a few minutes, and add some water if it's taking a while to get done. Add the veggie crumbles and chopped tomato. (I ended up only using one tomato instead of two.) Then whip up the eggs in a small bowl, and add. Scramble around, until the eggs are cooked.

Cover with cheese until it melts.

Serve on a heated tortilla, with avocado, sour cream, or salsa. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Lilac Jealousy!

I love lilacs. They just smell so GOOD! I haven't had any in any place that I call "home" since I was in high school. I bought a couple on sale last fall for like $3 each, and they seem like they're going to flower soon. I'm pretty excited about that... but these are not mine. These are from my best friend Minda's house, and wow are they gorgeous!!

She has a giant shrubbery/bush/tree of lilac right outside her dining room window, and was nice enough to let me take some home with me today. YEA!!!

Someday mine might look as good. :)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pioneer Woman!!

In honor of meeting Pioneer Woman (Ree Drummond) last weekend (more on that later...) I have once again, made her scones to die for. This time however, I froze half the dough, so that we can a.) make them again easily and b.) not eat 7 scones each. There is a real danger of b if I make them all, you see.

PW's Maple Pecan Scones:

3 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
5 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 sticks butter, chilled
1/4 cup pecans
1 egg
3/4 cup heavy cream


The trick to having really good scones is the butter. You need to chop it up into little pieces, then put it back in the fridge for a little while, to keep it really cold. (At this point, it was good to note that I realized I was out of baking powder, so we went to get some more; so my butter was refrigerated a good hour or so more than normal.)

Using a pastry blender, or two butter knives, cut the butter into the dry ingredients.

Add the rest of the ingredients. When it is all mixed together, put half of it out on a cutting board or floured surface, and make it into a circle. Cut it into 8 pieces, and bake at 350* for 22-26 minutes, until they are just barely brown.


That's my leftover dough that I froze. :)

YUM!! You can also coat them with an icing. PW's recipe makes A TON of icing, so I just mixed together:
1 Tbsp. melted butter
1 Tbsp. milk
1 Tbsp. coffee
dash of salt
2 Tbsp. maple syrup (the real stuff!)
powdered sugar until it all came together, probably about 1 cup
When I found out that Ree was coming to town, I rushed up to the bookstore the next day to get my ticket.

Then of course, I forgot my camera. So, I created this brillant re-enactment for you all. It's almost like you were there!! (shut up)


But she signed my book! And I was very happy. :) I used the time not posing for 500 pictures of her with me and my baby (like the annoying woman in front of me) to actually talk to her for 15 seconds or so. It was cool. :) She was very nice, and said she loved Seattle so much that she was moving here. I don't know where she's going to put the cows.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Backyard Garden

While the backyard is far from done, I have been doing quite a bit with it lately. The right side is mostly herbs and lavender, while the left side has flowers, hazelnut trees, and a little birdbath.
Butterfly bush: I love this plant!! I brought it with me from the condo, and this is the 3rd or 4th year it has flowered! It even survived last year's random hailstorms and snow.
Left garden:
Herb garden:

I've made a nice little path border with rocks I've taken from other parts on our property. (i.e. FREE!)
Here's a new purple plant, in the area that has now been themed "purple plants".

Next to it is my new azelea. (also a type of purple)

Some violets...

And wacky purple plants that were already here, but scattered around so I kept stepping on them. Now they're in a row, and we can see them!!

Cute little bird house, lantern, and anti-wasp thingie. Also in the background is a mystery tree that had been cut down, and now is coming back. We are rewarding its tenacity and keeping it!

New purple honeysuckle; I've never even seen one before, and it was on sale... so of course I bought it!

Cauliflower starts; possibly the only non-purple thing I've planted here!

Tiny hazelnut tree starts. Someday they will be big and have lots of nuts! (that sounded less dirty in my head)

Lavender; survived 2 winters! And seems to like the shade.

Mystery purple plant, given to me by a student a couple of years ago. I really hadn't noticed until now the ridiculous quantity of purple plants I have!

Mystery lily bulbs that I moved, and horrendously large (and scratchy) cedar thing we moved last weekend. It left battle scars on both John and myself. He likes it though, so we're keeping it.