Monkey Bread!

20160208_154046[1] (1600x1060)No one knows why it has the name it does although there is no shortage of guesses.  Google led me through several articles that all seemed to be cribbing from the same page.  There is a tree called a monkey puzzle tree with bark that looks sorta kinda like one of these things if you squint just right.  I won’t be bothered to care much one way or another.  Mrs J remembers seeing these made using canned biscuit dough but we went with scratch made from this recipe.20160208_170917 (1600x1060)This one appears to be pretty close to what we were looking for.  We had a tray under it but didn’t need it to catch any sugar bubbling out but it did make it easier to handle.  Give it a few minutes to cool, then turn it over onto a platter.20160208_171012 (1600x1060)Wait too long and it will be glued in there pretty tight.  Mix the powdered sugar for the glaze while you wait those few minutes for it to cool.DSC_1798 (1600x1060)It wouldn’t hurt to add a drop or two of vanilla to the glaze but we didn’t do that.  I’m thinking various other additions to the sugar might be gilding the lily but I have some maple extract that might have played a role were I not old and forgetful.DSC_1799 (1600x1060)We, and by “we” I mean “I”, tore into it right away.  You may wish to wait a wee bit longer than I did but the burns on my fingers will heal.  No worries!

Superb Owl Thread

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Tidbits

DSC_1775 (1600x1060)I did this one today and pretty much made it up as I went along.  I had a cauliflower that I needed to use and dithered about some before deciding to slice it and roast it with an onion and whole garlic cloves – seasoned with kosher salt and olive oil.  The meal needed some additional carbs so the wide egg noodles went into a post to boil.  A cheese sauce seemed perfect to tie it together, Parmesan garlic sounded good.  I reduced a hunk of slab bacon to lardons and crisped those up.  Worked out great!  Needs a name…DSC03143 (1600x1200)Here’s a kitteh!  He’s named Chase and is 2 years old.  Shelter staff mentioned he may have some Himalayan in him but I’m not seeing it, myself.  Mrs J notes that he is sitting in one of her newly sewn cat beds.DSC_1774 (1600x1060)Fried chicken is not a thing I can do very well but I do give it a shot now and again.  I go through spells where I just have to have bean salad and I tend to keep adding another can of whatever bean I can find to the container as it is eaten, adding additional vinegar and oil to the vinaigrette as needed.  The mixture evolves over time, naturally.DSC03137 (1600x1200)Moar kitteh!  This is Ringo, a 3 year old long haired boy.  Mrs J said he is a real sweetie.DSC_1764 (1600x1060)Mmm… steak, with roasted sprouts in a balsamic glaze, half of a huge potato, garlic bread, and a salad.DSC03146 (1600x1200)Last kitteh – this is Chevy, he’s 6 months old and has half his tail missing do to an accident.DSC_1768 (1600x1060)I’ll close out with a sloppy joe.  This one has a bit of shredded cheddar and a spoonful of my own giardiniera.

Friday Recipe Exchange: Super Bowl Sunday Chili and Nachos

JeffreyW's Awesome Nachos

JeffreyW’s Awesome Nachos

It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday, when you sit down to stuff your face with favorite snack foods, drink beer and watch the Super Bowl Commercials.  I think there is some football in there somewhere.

I’ve been gone all day. Today was the first day I’ve left Bixby alone all day out of his crate. I’ve been working up to it a few hours at a time. I’m happy to report he did great, nothing out of place when I came home. Good puppy!

I decided after a busy day, the easiest way to do this tonight was to pull together all the recipes we’ve done over the years for Super Bowl. I’m happy with a variety and chips and dips myself. But this is a recipe exchange so I know you expect more.

You can’t go wrong with nachos – easy and easy to pile high with your favorites ingredients.

Here’s a kinda healthy version: Black Bean and Corn Nachos, recipe here.

JeffreyW gets a little more creative with his pizzas, here , herehere  and if you want to see them all, here (the man does love a good pizza).

For something a little different, Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe is here.

Now it’s your turn, what are you planning on making this Sunday and more importantly what beer are you serving?  Do you make chicken wings or buy them from a favorite place? Most importantly, Broncos or Panthers?

Tonight’s featured recipes – one traditional, one a bit more creative:

Quick and Easy Chili

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3-5 Jalapenos finely chopped (depending on heat)
  • 1/2 green pepper chopped
  • 1/2 sweet onion chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed and chopped
  • Lg. can V8 Juice
  • 2 cans kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 can Original Ro-Tel
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tsp cumin
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika

Brown ground beef and drain. Saute jalapenos, green pepper, onion and garlic. In large pot combine all ingredients bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer, covered for at least 30 minutes.

In my house we serve chili with fritos and shredded cheddar, layered in a bowl – fritos, chili, cheese and more fritos.

Slow Cooker instructions:  Following instructions above, add everything to slow cooker, cook on high for 15 minutes, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 6 to 8 hours.

Also, if you are serving at a party, you can cook in large pot above for 30 minutes and then transfer to slow cooker on low or warm to keep it hot during the festivities.

Looking for a little more kicked up chili? Check out JeffreyW’s Chorizo Chili here.

And my favorites to take to a party:

Basic Tortilla Pinwheels

  • 1 (8 ounce) package whipped cream cheese
  • 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup black olives, chopped (optional)
  • 3/4 cup chopped ham slices

You spread the ingredients on the tortillas, roll them up and slice them into 1 inch pinwheels. Couldn’t get much easier.

So how do we add some dazzle? Flavored tortillas and a variety of fillings.

Here are some ideas I had:

Jalapeño & Cilantro Tortillas and Black Bean Tortillas

  • Cream Cheese
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Sliced green chilies
  • Turkey
  • Salsa
  • Black olives
  • Shredded cheddar cheese

Roasted Red Pepper Tortillas and Sun-dried Tomato & Basil Tortillas

  • Cream cheese mixed with crushed roasted garlic
  • Spinach
  • Pepperoni
  • Grated parmesan

That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend! – TaMara

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Chicken in Tomatillo Sauce with Rice

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This was easy enough, I found a recipe for a guide but it mainly reinforced the notion that anytime you think of a nice meal idea someone else has already been there.  I used chicken thighs, browning them on both sides in oil before removing them to make sweating down the onions a little easier.  I added a can of whole tomatillos, a pint of tomatillo salsa, and some stock to the onions.  Add the chicken thighs back and simmer them long enough to easily remove the meat from the bones.  Recombine the shredded chicken with the sauce, stir in a slurry of corn starch and simmer to thicken.

Serve the chicken in the sauce over white rice.  I like a little sour cream on a salsa verde, and the fried strips of corn tortilla go nicely with the dish.

Snow Alert Means Soup Time: Hearty Spinach-Tomato

Spinach Tomato Soup

French Toast Alert System may be activated, but I have my own comfort snow foods. Big pot of soup on the stove:

Tomato-Spinach Soup

  • 1 lb ground beef (or 1/2 ground beef, 1/2 spicy Italian sausage)
  • 1/4 of a small onion, chopped
  • 24 oz diced tomatoes (fresh or canned)
  • 2 cups loosely packed baby spinach, cleaned
  • 8 oz sliced carrots (I use frozen)
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 1 cup water, more as needed
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp dried basil, crushed
  • 1 tsp dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (opt)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan for garnish
  • spinach chiffonade for garnish

blender, saucepan

In saucepan, brown ground beef and onions. In a blender, blend together spinach and tomatoes, until smooth*.  Add to beef mixture, along with vegetables and spices.  Bring to low boil, stirring frequently, reduce heat and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.  Serve with Parmesan and spinach chiffonade.  Makes 4 generous servings.

*Blending the spinach, tomatoes together gives you a nice hearty tomato base for the soup.  You can add some additional spinach leaves at the end if you like, letting them get limp but not overcooked.

French Toast Alert System Raised To HIGH!

Rolled Stuffed French Toast Final

The French Toast Alert System has been raised from Elevated to High, as we are expected to get anywhere from 6 to 15 inches of snow tomorrow. If you were lucky enough to get to the store and buy your milk, eggs and bread before the shelves were cleared out, here’s your french toast recipe. Bonus cute sous chef.

Originally posted January 2014

This is a very simple recipe, but I needed a helper, for sure. All you need for this recipe is a good quality bread – I used 12 slices – 2 eggs, 1/4 cup milk, dash of cinnamon, dash of salt, 8 oz of cream cheese, strawberry jam and powdered sugar. You can spread anything you want on the bread, go for your favorites. I think peanut butter and jam would be really good.

Step One: In a bowl, add eggs, milk, cinnamon and salt and beat well.

Step Two: Roll the bread flat, just not too flat, so it’s easier to roll up.

Easy Peasy

Step Three: Spread cream cheese and jam in the center of the bread. Don’t get too close to the edges, because you don’t want it to squish out when you roll up.

Jam and Bread

Step Four: Roll bread up. You’ll want to do all of them before you start dipping and cooking.

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Step Five: Melt butter in a skillet (adding more as needed as you cook)

Ready to dip

Step Six: Dip bread rolls one at a time quickly into the egg mixture, don’t let them soak. Then add them to the pan.

Rolled French Toast

Step Seven: Cook over medium heat, turning as each side browns, until the whole rolls is golden brown. Remove and immediately dust with powdered sugar. Repeat until all rolls are cooked.  We served 4 with twelve rolls and it was more than enough.

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