Friday, November 27, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
From: Taste and Tell (http://www.tasteandtellblog.com/2009/08/allisons-pasta-salad.html)
Allison's Pasta Salad
slightly adapted from allrecipes.com
1 3/4 cups farfalle pasta
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons prepared Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
2 cups diced ham
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 1/2 cups sharp Cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water until al dente. Drain.
In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, cider vinegar, mustard, sugar, black pepper, dill weed and salt.
In a large bowl, combine pasta, grapes, ham, onions and cheese. Toss with the dressing. Cover and chill overnight, or for at least 6 hours.
NOTE: I put about 3/4 of the dressing on while the pasta was still warm, then the rest before serving.
I highly recommend this! It is superb!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Double Chocolate Pudding
From: Barefoot Contessa Parties!
- 6 extra-large egg yolks (seven if they are smaller)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons very good cocoa powder
- Pinch salt
- 2 cups milk
- 1-ounce very good semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
Beat the egg yolks and sugar until light yellow and thick in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on medium-high speed. On low speed, add the cornstarch, cocoa powder, and salt. Bring the milk to a boil in a medium saucepan and, with the mixer on low, slowly pour the hot milk into the chocolate mixture. Combine well, then pour the mixture back into the pan.
Cook the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly with a whisk or wooden spoon, until thickened. If the mixture begins to curdle, remove it from the heat and beat it vigorously with a wire whisk. Remove the pan from the heat, add the chocolate, butter, vanilla, and heavy cream, and mix until the chocolate and butter are melted.
Pour into serving bowls. Place plastic wrap directly on the top of the pudding, and chill thoroughly.
Before combining milk and egg mixture
Just starting to whisk and cook, it's still really thin
What it should look like when it's done
If you aren't going to eat it all right away, cover the tops with some plastic wrap.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I followed the recipe and honestly thought the stuffing was a little bit too peppery, so if you make this dish I advise you to not put as much as the recipe calls for! This wasn't my favorite dish, but that's probably because i'm not a huge fan of Feta, what can I say I'm a mozzarella girl all the way.
Feta-Stuffed Chicken Breasts
adapted from Family Circle Quick & Easy Cooking
1 tablespoon snipped dried tomatoes (not oil-packed)
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1 1/4 pounds)
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 tablespoons softened cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
Preheat oven to 350F.
Place tomatoes in a small bowl. Cover with boiling water. Let stand for 10 minutes. Drain and pat dry; set aside. Meanwhile, using a sharp knife, cut a pocket in each chicken breast by cutting horizontally through the thickest portion to, but not through, the opposite side; set aside.
In a small bowl, combine feta, cream cheese, basil, and tomatoes. Spoon about 1 rounded tablespoon into each chicken pocket. If necessary, secure openings with wooden toothpicks. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.
In a large oven-proof skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken, cook until browned, flip over, and cook on second side until browned. Move skillet to the preheated oven and bake until chicken is no longer pink and registers 170F on an instant read thermometer, about 25 minutes.
I forgot to take a final picture...sorry, I was hungry!
The bread had a nice sweetness to it, but I would have preferred a little more kick. Next time, I'll try it with some green peppers.
Peppery Cheese Bread
from Better Homes & Gardens Treasured Recipes
Makes 1 loaf
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 beaten eggs
1 8-ounce carton plain low-fat yogurt
1/2 cup cooking oil
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
Grease the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of an 8x4x2-inch loaf pan; set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, pepper, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture; set aside.
In a medium bowl combine eggs, yogurt, oil, milk and mustard. Add egg mixture to flour mixture; add cheese and green onions. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy). Spread batter into prepared pan.
Bake in a 350F oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool for 1 hour on wire rack. Serve warm. Wrap any leftovers and store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
An example of one of the trees
The three wise men that Mom was eyeing
My favorite: there was a plethora of food-themed ornaments that were so delicious looking that I wanted to eat them!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
After the parade (and a quick stop at the library to turn in some homework) we feasted at the picnic and oh man was it good. BBQ chicken, BBQ pork sandwiches, mac and cheese, beans, slaw and corn shaped rice krispy treats. Delicious.
When the final event came, we seniors were the last to process in and the dancers did an amazing set. After freshman, sophomore and junior skits, it was time for...the SENIOR SKIT! It was creative, fun, and cute. Their theme was dr. seuss and the skit went perfectly. The dance that the "whos" did at the end was so good, i could never have learned all those dance moves!!
Tradition One: Can Art
Former 2010 theme
Alice in Wonderland
Daisy chain/ big sis little sis classes
Ring Dinner (Junior Year)
Guardian Angel Dance (father daughter dance)
Our Cornhuskin' theme from Last Year
Night Out with 2010
Our theme song!