Thursday, November 29, 2007

Recipes by Season: Winter

Warm Winter Dishes
Beef Stroganoff
Chili Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges
Creamy Potato Soup with Bacon
Filet Mignon with Roasted Asparagus
Ina Garten's Italian Wedding Soup with Chicken Meatballs
Steel Cut Maple-Nut Toasted Irish Oatmeal
Yukon Gold Potatoes Au Gratin with Goat Cheese and Garlic

Lemons, Limes, and Other Winter Citrus
Candied Citrus Peel
Key Lime Tart that Loves you Back
Meyer Lemon Semifreddo

Decadently Rich, Delicious Desserts
Creamy Banana Caramel Cheesecake with Macadamia Nut Crust and Caramel Rum Sauce
Deep Dark Decadent Chocolate Mousse
Gluten Free Girl-Scout Cookies: Thin Mints
Gooey Toffee Chocolate Cookies (gluten free! Or not)
Grandmommy's Gluten-Free Flourless Chocolate Cake
Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

Recipes by Season: Autumn

Hearty Home Cookin'
Chili Roasted Sweet Potaotes
Giada's Salmon Al Cartocchio, or, Salmon Baked in Foil
Practically Perfect Oven Roasted Chicken
Stacked Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas with Salsa Verde
The Little Owl's Italian Meatball's

Soups and Stews
Chicken Tortilla Soup with Lime and Sundried Tomatoes
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Two Ways
Rustic Basque Chicken Stew with Potatoes, Tomatoes, and other Yummy Things

Baked Goods
The BEST Banana Bread Ever!
• Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake
Crispy Chewy White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (gluten free! or not)
Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Filling

Breakfast and Brunch
Autumn Spiced French Toast with Maple Butter Glaze
Baby James' Favorite Chocolate Pancakes
Ina Garten's Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Recipes by Season: Summer

Best Ever Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Mayo
Classic Homemade Barbecue Sauce
Grilled Keta Salmon with Mango Cucumber Salsa
Juicy tender Oven Roasted Barbecue Baby Back Ribs
Summer Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches
The Best Grilled Chicken with big Bob Gibson's White Barbecue Sauce

Salads, Slaws, Sides
Edamame Avocado Dip with Spicy Wasabe
Four Pepper Black Bean Salad with Tangy Lime Vinaigrette
Heirloom Tomatos with Creamy Gorgozola Dressing
Ina Garten's Basil Green Goddess Dressing with Butterhead Lettuce and Sun-ripened Garden Tomatoes
Roasted Golden Beet and Asparagus Pasta Salad with Spinach
Spicy Summer Slaw with Carrots and Cilantro
Spicy Tangy Old Fashioned Deviled Eggs
Crispy Homemade Buttermilk Cornmeal Onion Rings
Midsummer Zucchini Latkes or Zucchini Pancakes (gluten free! Or not)
Half Sour Fermented Pickles

Summer Fruits and Tropicals
Brown Sugar, Oat, and Blueberry Crisp
Peach Crisp with Blueberries and Oats
Peach Pie Perfection: Fresh Peach Pie With Créme Fraiche and Streusal
Raspberry Créme Fraiche Tart
Dreamy Creamy Coconut Bars

Homemade Lemon Verbena and Mint Lemonade
Iced Sun Tea with Spiced Simple Syrup
Raspberry Zinger Iced Tea with Lemon Simple Syrup

Recipes by Season: Spring

Spring Vegetables
Creamy Asparagus Soup
Easy Peasy Blender Hollandaise Sauce
Spring Green Tuna Casserole from Scratch - Not Your Mother's Tuna Casserole!
Warm White Bean Salad with Asparagus, Bacon, and Feta

Egg Salad Sandwich with Spinach
Nate's Favorite Bacon egg Salad

Fresh Strawberry Fool and Ruby Port Tart
Homemade Fresh Strawberry Jam

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Mmmm.... Fair Food

Of Culinary adventures, I don't think anything takes so much bravery as fair food. Where has this food come from? I don't know. What is is made of? I don't know! Will it kill me? MAYBE. Will we eat it? YEAH BABY. Like this corn dog - it looks like a lethal amount of processed and fried "meat," and it is:


We were disappointed by this corndog because although it claimed to be the "biggest dog in the world!" It was really just two dogs on a stick breaded and deep fried. Speaking if deep fried, I was really hoping to try some of that other infamous fair food I have been hearing so much about. You know what I am talking about: deep fried twinkies, deep fried snickers bars, etc. We didn't see any deep fried snickers, which is what I was really wanting to try, but we were able to find deep fried oreos! They fried them, drizzled chocolate sauce over them, and topped them with sprinkles and a light dusting of powdered sugar:

deep fried oreo

The prognosis? Horrible! One of the worst things I have EVER put in my mouth in all of my life! Nate was only able to eat one bite before gagging, and even I could only nibble away half of one. I am still holding out for the deep fried snickers - I think it could be good. However, that is going to have to wait for the next fair we go to. By the time we got to the oreos, the fair food was already giving us rumbly tummies, and we knew it was time to stop. We wisely decided to forgo all the vomit-inducing rides and instead rode the ski-lift across the fair grounds and then went home. And were both sick the next day. Oh well, it was fun!