Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Oh Hello, It's Been A While....

Looking up recipes for a recipe exchange at play group (yeah, I have a child and I go to things like "play group" now...weird!) got me back on this site. I feel kind of bad that I let it die. Having a child changes your life, and cooking is more of a chore than a pleasure now. That's sad, huh? Maybe I'll come back and share some more recipes someday. Lately I've been using a recipe book I got for Christmas called "The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner ...Again!" (It's her second book). I really like all the recipes I have tried so far. They are pretty simple and all have been pretty delicious too. I wish I could share those, but they are copyrighted and I don't want to do anything illegal or wrong. If you need a new cookbook though, it's a good one! 
This is the one!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Yummy & Funny From Our Little Garden

This summer we have harvested two big watermelons from our garden plot. We have a little piece of land at a community garden, and we had so much fun gardening last year that we decided to do it again this year. Check out these pictures of the yummy watermelon we grew:

Being pregnant and feeling sick and both having full time jobs, we have neglected our little garden quite often. Overgrown with weeds and with produce begging to be picked, I just feel guilty when I think about it. One example of our neglect is that our carrots were never properly thinned out. So they look funny when they are pulled up. And we probably should have pulled them all up months ago, but we didn't. So some are HUGE. Because of the crowded carrot patch, our lovely carrots come out looking like legs sometimes:
 Danny thought these carrots were so funny that he hunted down our camera and took these pictures.His favorite was the pair of legs that looks like it's desperately needing to use the bathroom...
 He laughed for a while about that one. And then he put them both together so it looks like our leggy carrots are out on a date. How precious!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Forgive me...I have a good excuse!

I know I have neglected this blog, but I have a good excuse!!!!

I have been battling "morning sickness" for the past couple months, because I'm going to have a baby!

Because of this, I have NOT felt like cooking at all. I haven't even felt like entering my kitchen most days.

Luckily, my sickness has subsided with the arrival of my second semester, and I am actually feeling like cooking again. Hopefully I can start posting again soon.

But you'll have to forgive me again around the end of February. . . I'm going to be busy with another little thing then.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Chocolate Waffles!

Greetings from Idaho! This is Becca again, just reporting on my latest cooking craze.  Living in Idaho can get... dull... sometimes, so you have to come up with crazy fun stuff to occupy your time.  Such as dying your hair, running through potato fields, or... turning everything you cook into chocolate!!!! So lately, I've been cooking a lot out of this cookbook, Chocolate Never Faileth.

It is really amazing, because anything you can think of is in there, chocolate style.  And who doesn’t love chocolate?  So yesterday morning, my husband and I made chocolate waffles together.  (And when I say we made them together, that basically means that I ordered him around the kitchen.  For example, “Don’t add too much salt dear,” “You have to spray the waffle iron with Pam first!” and “Don’t stick the batter up your nose honey.”  Ok, that one didn’t really happen. But you never know with Zach.)  And you know how when you make new recipes, they never really turn out how they look in the cookbook?  Well this one did!
And it tasted fabulous.  We drizzled some chocolate syrup over the top, but you could pile strawberries on top with some whipped cream, or some caramel topping would be good… the possibilities are endless!
Chocolate Waffles
2 eggs
1 c. milk
3 Tbsp. oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. flour
1/3 c. cocoa
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt

In a medium bowl, beat eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; set aside.  In a smaller bowl, combine dry ingredients.  Add to wet ingredients and stir until blended.  Beat for about a minute to give the eggs a little loft.  pour the correct amount into your waffle maker and cook until the iron stops steaming.  Makes about 8 small waffles.  Note:  For a less intense chocolate flavor (more of a milk chocolate than a semisweet), decrease the cocoa to 1/4 C. and increase the sugar to 3 Tbsp. (This is what we did, and it turned out to have a really nice flavor.)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Zucchini Nut Loaf (from page 78 of mom’s Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book)

Last summer we had so many zucchini's from our garden that I was constantly searching for recipes to use them up. This has to be my favorite zucchini recipe. This summer we decided not to plant zucchini, because I was so sick of them. I thought I'd put this recipe up anyway, just in case any of you run into the same over-abundance of zucchini problem or just want some yummy bread to snack on.

Zucchini Nut Loaf

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sugar
1 cup finely shredded unpeeled zucchini
1 egg
¼ cup cooking oil
¼ teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel (optional)
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Oven 350 degrees

In a mixing bowl stir together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and baking powder; set aside.  In a mixing bowl beat together sugar, shredded zucchini, and egg.  Add oil and lemon peel; mix well.  Stir flour mixture into zucchini mixture.  Gently fold in chopped nuts.  Turn batter into a greased 8x4x2-inch loaf pan.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 55 to 60 minutes or till a wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean.  Cool in pan 10 minutes.  Remove from pan; cool thoroughly on a rack.  Wrap and store loaf overnight before slicing. Makes 1.

I got famous one summer with my siblings with this recipe.  It really is better to wait a day before eating it, but who can ever do that? 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Hey! I'm Becca, Carissa's favorite sister!!!  She graciously allowed me to post some of my meager recipes... even though she knows I'm the better cook. Haha Just kiddin. I wanted to start out with the recipe I've been using/craving a lot over the past few weeks.  Homemade Mac & Cheese!!! I use any excuse I can to make this dish.  For example, my half birthday is coming up, and I figure that's a special enough occasion.  Also, when I beat my husband at a video game, that's a pretty special occassion as well.  (Hint: You can always manipulate situations to be "special occassions" if you're craving something delicious.)  I got this recipe from my husband's mom. 

Mama Terri's Mac & Cheese

1 1/2 - 2 c. uncooked elbow mac (it's a little runny if you only do 1 1/2)
3 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
dash of pepper
2 c. milk
2 c. cubed cheese (I always use mild cheddar, but it would probably be good with any kind of cheese)

Cook mac. Drain.  In saucepan, melt butter.  Blend in flour, salt, and pepper.  Add milk all at once; cook and stir till thick and bubbly.  Add cheese; stir till melted.  Stir sauce into mac.  Pour into 9x13 baking dish (you can use any size, really).  Bake at 350 till heated through, 30-35 minutes.  Makes 6 servings. 

Oh! And you can also add onion to the recipe, but my husband doesn't like it. He says, "It just adds a weirdness."  He also says, "It's my favorite mac & cheese recipe there is!"  So... there you go. My husband endorses it. And so do I!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Carolyn's Lemon Chicken & Rice (Danny's Favorite)

Next to pizza, this is probably my husband's favorite food. This recipe comes from his mother, Carolyn, who is an amazing cook. When we got married, of course I had to find out how to make this dish. And while I could never make it exactly the way she does, I've gotten the thumbs up from my husband that my attempts are delicious as well. This is good news, because I don't think Danny could have survived without his favorite meal!

Carolyn's Lemon Chicken & Rice

Ingredients (for two or three people):

2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup lemon juice 
1/2 T chicken bouillon or 2 cubes chicken bouillon dissolved in 1 1/2 cups water
1/2 t. dried basil
1 T. cornstarch dissolved in a little cold water
enough cooked rice for whoever is coming to dinner


1. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces and lightly brown on the stove.
2. Take the chicken out of the pan.
3. Add about 1/2 cup lemon juice to the pan.
4. Add chicken bouillon mixture as well.
5. Then add dried basil and let the pan simmer for about 5-10 minutes. Sometimes I add other spices as well, if I am feeling creative, but basil is the one spice that goes perfectly. *Taste your sauce after simmering. If it has a weak lemon taste, you need to reduce it more (or add more lemon juice if you don't want to wait). It should have a strong lemon flavor.*
6. Stir while adding the cornstarch thickening mixture to the pan, and let the sauce thicken a bit.
7. Add your chicken back to the sauce, and it's ready to eat!
8.Serve over rice and enjoy! 

I've also made this dish in the crockpot by simply adding all the ingredients except the cornstarch and letting it cook until the chicken is done. Then I add the cornstarch in with the sauce and the chicken. It's not as good as the stovetop version, but it worked.

Husband's Reaction: Oh, he always licks his plate clean with this lemon chicken. The sauce is his favorite part. He could drink it plain, which is kinda gross, but that's how much he loves it. Thanks to his mom for sharing her recipe so I can make it for him whenever he wants!