Thursday, November 18, 2010


There is not much more comforting than a sufficiently stocked pantry and refrigerator. I love stocking up!

For dinner tonight?


1 onion, sliced
1 green, red, yellow pepper, sliced
1 pound meat: you pick...chicken, steak, shrimp or pork
fresh made flour tortillas (from the tortilleria, no way I'm revisiting that disaster...)
chopped tomatoes
fresh made guacamole
shredded cheese
and sour cream

Brown the meat, add the onions and peppers and saute with your choice of seasonings (I usually choose a mix called "fajita seasoning") and a little oil. Serve with toppings (tomatoes, guac, cheese and sour cream) in tortillas.

Easy, and yummy!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving is next week! I can't even tell you how excited I am. I love cooking, I love eating, I love days full of just spending time with my family. Thanksgiving rocks!

We are celebrating at the in-laws again, and Mo (that's what we call her, it's shorter than her name) is an excellent cook. I've never eaten anything at her house that I didn't like. She's always in charge of the turkey, the stuffing, the jello (remember, we're Mormons, from Utah...), the pumpkin roll, the relish dish. So, this year I made myself in charge of a few things for the Thanksgiving dinner. I called her from the store and told her I was going to do the rolls. She then reminded me that she always makes her famous crescent rolls. I conceded that her rolls were amazing, so she could have that one. Then I told her I was going to do the pies. That's when she reminded me that she makes one really good pumpkin pie. I conceded once again, that her pumpkin pie was amazing. So then I told her I was making the mashed potatoes and the sweet potatoes. She said ok, but she was making the gravy. I agreed, because seriously, who other than Mother-in-laws (my mom included) can make gravy?

So, after a week of planning and conspiring this is the result. I'm making mashed potatoes, I'm making my famous Sweet Potatoes, and I'm making the pies. Yep, even Mo's famous pumpkin pie, because seriously, I already had the recipe...

So now for the other pies...I want to be a little creative, but we have to have the staples too. Pumpkin, Apple, Cherry, Banana Cream and Shane's chocolate pie, we've had a request for Cranberry-Apple too. But then I found this website and my pie making life has been changed forever. Check it out, it's AMAZING and INSPIRING!

What are you making for the Thanksgiving feast? and, what pies would you suggest?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Man's Best Friend

Remember my culinary mystery love? Here's another Diane Mott Davidson recipe for you. Well, not for you, so much. It's for your dog. The four-legged member of your family. They need to feel the love too, right? Some pets are pickier than others, picky pets will like these treats. Un-picky pets will like them too. Even dogs like mine, who'll eat anything (seriously, anything) that you throw out to them, they'll lap 'em up too.

Jake's Dog Biscuits
by Diane Mott Davidson

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup powdered milk
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. brown sugar
6 tbsp. margarine or shortening
1 egg, beaten
3 tbsp. liver powder
1/2 cup ice water

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine flour, powdered milk, garlic powder, salt and sugar. Cut in shortening. Mix in egg, then add liver powder. Add ice water until mixture forms a ball. Pat out dough 1/2 inch thick on a lightly oiled cookie sheet. Cut with any size cutter and remove scraps. Bake 30 minutes. Cool before serving.