Monday, September 27, 2010

Ghirardelli Jungle Brownies

LA to San Fransisco Trip 2009

These brownies started back many years ago, (before high school) when my idea of cooking was making everything as crazy/fun/different as I could. I wanted to invent rather than cook, so I would add everything I could find and dump it into what I was making. I had odd ideas and my poor family ended up eating many crazy and not delicious dinners. Including one dish that at the time I really liked but wasn't very good. It was chicken in a sour cream and dill sauce smashed between 2 biscuits and baked. Yuck!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

And the Winner is...

Wow this was so much fun,  I am thrilled to announce the winner of

The Best Chicken Stew

What do you do with left over chicken and vegetables? How about making a chicken stew that will make you like the bowl and ask for more. Well, that is  what my dad did!

This is a recipe that I make all of the time with different variations. Living alone for years has not taught me cooking portions. I still cook for a family of 4 with leftovers. So as I make too much,  I freeze extra chicken or meat and always stock up on canned and frozen vegetables and fruits when they are on sale. Other things I always keep in stock are frozen or canned broth, canned Rome tomatoes pasta and pasta sauce (whether I make it and freeze it or just buy the stuff in the jar).

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Summer Fun and a Giveaway

Summer is ending, but I am not ready for fall to come. This summer has been a crazy mix of work and wishing for August to arrive so I could go on vacation. For many years my parents have been vacationing on the island of Nantucket for the month of August. My brother and I got to visit them this year for a few days each. We stay in this little Wild Rose cottage and this year we had the added pleasure of having my cousins and their children living in the cottage behind ours.  Every morning we ate outside together, the only table large enough for our family. We packed lunches and spent the day hanging out on the beach. There are some awesome beaches in Nantucket, but my favorite was Dionis beach were we found some amazing shells in the warm water.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Food in Disguise

A sweet treat for brunch

We disguise food all of the time. According to pop culture, frog, snake and alligator taste like chicken. There are forty thousand chicken recipes to make chicken taste like something else. There is garlic chicken, lemon chicken, butter chicken, etc.  But it is still chicken (or maybe it is alligator)! As we prepare for the fall festivals, holidays and all of those rich feasts I have a somewhat healthy and absolutely divine treat for you.