I made Pear Oatmeal Bites for a hike that we are taking this weekend. I've submitted this recipe before as Blueberries and Craisins, but I really wanted to incorporate pears this time. They travel well and fill the tummy! Oh, and check out my cute centerpiece made out of a rustic-looking milk carrier with glass milk jugs. #redesigningbreakfastnook
Yep. That's right I made scones, not just my normal Lemon Blueberry. Oh no.. This challenge was about pears..
I saw this recipe for Chai Pear Scones and I was all like YES!!
These were (are) soooo delicious. The chai and pear combo.. Mmmm
Add in the cinnamon glaze. Oh my word.. I'm in heaven
Even the non-complimentary husband said he liked them.
It’s been a busy week of volleyball and I’ve run out of time to make something pear-y!! Darn. (Literally – volleyball EVERY SINGLE DAY for at least one person in our house, and it continues for the next 3 days.) See you next week! :)
I feel that pears don't receive the attention that they deserve. So this is an excellent challenge. To me pears are somehow classy. There's an odd sort of elegance to the taste of a pear. Like a fine wine or delicate perfume. I found a lovely recipe that made my home smell well homey. Honey, cloves, cinnamon, citrus and, of course, pears. Without further ado, I give you:
Honeyed Pears in Puff Pastry (from Taste of Home)
I switched it up a tad to be a little bit healthy. For one, I used far less puff pastry (carbs are the enemy) and I substituted a sprinkling of Penzeys Cake Spice for the syrup. Exotic warmth comes to mind in tasting this delight.
I was not disappointed.
A busy, beautiful week for all of us.
Until next week,
Nikita, Georgia, Jen and Amy
I'm not really sure why I chose Mac n Cheese, it just sounded good. Plus I don't make it very often. My favorite recipe for it is from the Amy Sedaris book I Like You. I only make it on special occasions. It's delicious and unhealthy.
I began to wonder if a slow cooker version would be worthwhile. I found a recipe that isn't too shabby. I did alter it slightly to make it a little more diabetic friendly. And the lack of availability of certain cheeses forced me to improvise a little. I found that a slow cooker version of mac n cheese isn't necessarily time saving. You still have to do a good portion of the work before dumping it into the crock. However, it saves one from having to turn on the oven. So this is a good one for warm weather.
Nikita had a "minor" mac n cheese mishap. :(
It sounded like hers made it to the garbage can.
Something we can all relate to
Like Amy I like mac n cheese but don't make it very often.
I almost made a cauliflower mac n cheese but decided to go full on pasta mac. No regrets.
I don't really follow a recipe. Just cooked pasta and a simple cheese sauce. Well in my case this week 3 cheese sauce.
It was so good I had 2 servings.
Oh and I made my famous parmesan chicken. It was a good night in the Minghelli household
My husband was about to grill some hot dogs last weekend and asked if I could make mac and cheese, which normally takes about 15 minutes with the boxed variety. I started looking up some REAL mac and cheese recipes because of this challenge, only to discover that it takes way more time than I had available. And then I found it. Did you know you can make mac and cheese in an instant pot?!!!!
Fast and delicious. Score!
Mac n Cheese in my world falls under comfort food. How great that we have 1 dish made 3 different ways?
Until next week when the "secret" ingredient is pear.
Amy, Nikita, Georgia and Jen
Several times now when it’s my turn to choose, I’ve gotten sick and haven’t been able to make what I intended. Sigh. My husband came through with a different dish that he grew up eating, called Mexican Chef Salad. It’s really tasty, and I especially enjoy eating it because it means I didn’t cook. :) I’m not really sure the origin of his mom’s recipe, but calling it “Mexican” seems like a loose definition. He grew up in Alaska though, so maybe it seemed Mexican to his family!
I wasn't able to properly discern this challenge. That's on me. My bad.
Anyway, here's a dish I would make when I was pretty damn broke(P.S. instead of homemade potato chips you can use Ramen or frozen potato products such as fries, tots or hash browns). Scrub and thinly slice a large potato (jacket on or off- your choice). Stick these bad boys into a saucepan of hot oil of choice (I melt shortening myself) fry them to your preferred consistency, remove with slotted spoon to paper towels. Season as you choose. Place in a pie pan and top with shredded cheese (or cheeses). Fry up some chopped bacon (I used turkey bacon) and add to pan. Stick it under the broiler for a couple of minutes until cheese is lovingly melted. Remove and add a colossal amount of condiments. Ranch dressing, ketchup, hot sauce, red pepper flakes, fresh chopped herbs, garlic powder, and grated Parmesan are a few that I like. If you want to really load it up then sauteed onions and peppers are nice. Any leftover meat from previous meals can be chopped up and added. This is meant to be a pile up that can be a meal or served up as a bombass appetizer. It's satisfying and very filling. Just wear your yoga pants during this glorious mess.
When you think chips, you may consider the crunchy, salty potato slice in which you pop one time and can't stop. *Laughing at my own joke* I even know the whole backstory to Mr. Pringle and his infamous can of pressed potatoes. Ask me sometime. But today I made Apple Chips. I do not own a dehydrator, so these guys went into the oven at 200F for 2 hours. I was expecting them to be more crunchy than they were when they came out of the oven, but cinnamon on apples really is a healthy midnight snack to have a available. I used one Granny Smith and one Gala to mix up sweet and tangy. Very good!
This week Jen challenged everyone to chips. Make your own or use them in a dish.
So I found a sweet recipe to make my own. (I've made some before, just to see if I could)
So with this being like my third or fourth try I feel confident enough to give some solid advice.
Buy them. or.. Get a safe mandolin to slice them. Pretty sure I've taken a hunk out of my thumb ever single time.
But in all fairness. Homemade chips are so much tastier and I really love having the ability to control the ingredients. So you can "pretend" that you are eating healthier.
Until next week,
Jen, Amy, Nikita and Georgia
Labor day for us was fairly quiet.
Savannah left the day before, Randy and I took a hike through the Pecos National Historical Park. Came home and made some St. Louis style ribs and balsamic roasted brussel sprouts. Simple yet delish.
Quiet and relaxing
Our Labor Day started with a giant pile of delicious French toast, and then a birthday party for one of my younger daughter’s classmates. The rest of the day was spent relaxing. It was a nice day off. :)
I had to work on Labor Day and it was crazy busy. By the time I got home I was too damn tired to think about food. I napped then ate some muesli. Not very exciting but I do get holiday pay!
So I will share this photo that I took of the bistros on the back lawn at work and leave you with the words of actor Geoffrey Owens who was job shamed this past weekend when he was photographed working as a cashier at Trader Joe's. Personally, I didn't see working at Trader Joe's as a downgrade...I love Trader Joe's.
There is no job that’s better than another job. It might pay better. It might have better benefits. It might look better on a resume or on paper. But, actually, it’s not better. Every job is worthwhile and valuable -Geoffrey Owens
We had grilled everything. Shrimp, cauliflower, peppers, squash and red onions
Until next week,
Georgia, Jen, Amy and Nikita
Did anybody else get the memo from Starbucks this week? They said it's Fall when they launched their Pumpkin Spice Latte. I don't drink coffee, but I do LOVE pumpkin. SO I made Pumpkin Bread with a Brown Butter Maple Glaze. The bread is delicious like any other pumpkin bread, but this glaze is from another world. Be careful when browning your butter. It turns in a matter of seconds from yellow to caramel and could quickly burn. This is a great breakfast loaf, dessert loaf, snack loaf. Heck! Anytime Loaf! It's Fall, ya'll (according to Starbucks)!
The last time I made bread it sadly failed.
So instead of attempting to make sandwich bread again I decided to make a sweet breakfast loaf.
Love the lemon blueberry combo.
I love bread. LOVE. I'm notorious for filling up on bread at restaurants and taking most of my meal to go.
I chose to make lemon zucchini bread this week, taking advantage of a bag of lemons from my aunt, and a bag of organic zucchini I got from the grocery store for 99 cents. I also scored a 99 cent bag of red, orange, and yellow peppers, which is unrelated to my bread making, but still awesome. :) AND I bought two Pyrex bread pans for $2 each. Fun day for deals at Frys!!
Anyway, my older daughter and I made 2 loaves of this bread and it turned out great. I might make more with all the lemons and zucchini I still have!!
Let's bake bread when it's 100° outside. And why not?
I wasn't leaving anything to chance. So I made one of my favorite breads.
Molly Wizenberg's (aka Orangette)
Banana Bread with Chocolate and Crystallized Ginger
From: A Homemade Life
Everyone with a food blog went nuts over this recipe.
It's the one bread that's always pleased everyone with whom I've shared it.
It looks like we all kinda had the same idea.. Sweet breads instead of sandwich bread.
Until next week when we share our Labor Day,
Nikita, Georgia, Jen and Amy
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