Tag Archives: cooking

Kitchen Aid on the Brain

 

Forgive me but I can’t stop thinking about these mixers.  They combine so many things I care about: hand-made things, people working in manufacturing, cooking, colors, and quality.  Take a look at this video about the history of these mixers.  You just might want one too!

By the way, my latest favorite color is red.  :)

 

I Deserve A KitchenAid Stand Mixer

 

I want one.  Plain and simple.  When you get to the point when you are turning 50, you love to bake, and you’ve never had one, you deserve a $350 mixer.  Don’t you agree?

The big decision is what color to get!

 

 

Ravenous

 

I’m loving my new book: Ravenous: A food lover’s journey from obsession to freedom by Dayna Macy.  Here’s an excerpt:

“Salt, grease, tasteless pulp in my mouth,” he says, koan-like. “I can never eat

enough corn chips to be satisfied because there’s no there there. And if I

wasn’t paying attention, I’d keep eating them to try to get what isn’t there.

“Compare this to an orange,” he says, “which is sweet and tastes like sunshine.

When you taste something, don’t only let your mouth respond. Let your heart

respond. There’s a lot of food in this world that doesn’t have much to offer

your heart.”

Wishing you sunshine in your stomach, in your heart, and in your world!  :)

Um… Yum!

Source: jotpress.com via Carissa on Pinterest

 

Now that Christmas is over, it’s all about Valentine’s Day in the grocery store and on Pinterest.  I think I will bake these for my husband and give them to him in a red cardboard box.  They are called Boyfriend Brownies and they are:

1 scoop brownie batter + 1 scoop chocolate chip cookie dough.

My husband is my husband not my boyfriend.  But he’s my boyfriend too.  This reminds me of a joke my husband tells:

“Do you have a girlfriend?”

“No, my wife won’t let me.”

:)

 

Reducing sugar when baking

Are you a sugar fiend like me?  If so, you might want to decrease the sugar content of your baked goods.  Here are a few things you can do:

1. Add natural sweetness by using equal amounts of pureed naturals such as ripe bananas, applesauce or pureed baby-food fruits.

2. Mix less. Higher amounts of sugar allow for a more tender product, so avoid over mixing when sugar is reduced.

3. I try halving the sugar called for in a recipe.  Start there and maybe even decrease more next time.

Sweet potato pie

Source: bhg.com via Joan on Pinterest

 

 

I love sweet potato pie.  I always have.  Sweet potato pie, staple dessert in the African-American community.  Sweet potatoes are awesome: baked, french fried, in a casserole with marshmallows, and candied.  But sweet potato pie is the ultimate.

 

Sharing the joy of cooking

I am enamored with cooking.  It is obviously a very old art and a necessary one.  Cooking is survival and love.

With all the fast food and ready-made overly processed food out there, I know that cooking is essential to our survival.  I support cooking in my life and encourage it in others.  Here are a few things I do:

  • Give cookbooks as gifts
  • Talk about cooking
  • Share recipes by email, mail, Pinterest
  • Connect with others who love to cook
  • Blog about cooking and read food blogs
  • Gather, write down, and keep family recipes
  • Teach others, especially younger family members, how to cook

The artfulness of pie crusts

 

Apple pie and cookbooks

My sister-in-law is trying out baking and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  I’m not sure she enjoys baking as much as I do.  I guess you either love it or you don’t.

 

For Thanksgiving, she may be baking an apple pie.  Have you ever heard the expression “Easy as apple pie?”  Apple pie is supposed to be easy.  If you cheat and buy a pre-made pie crust, like I do, that’s half the battle.  Unfortunately store-bought tastes better than my crust!  :(

 

I do recommend using fresh apples though, not canned, because it will taste better.  And it’s pretty easy to chop up apples.

 

I sent her 2 recipes for apple pie (Alton Brown and the Pioneer Woman).  I usually read a couple of recipes first and decide which appeals to me the most: ingredients, process, how long it takes, etc.

 

Once I decide on which to use, I read it again carefully to make sure I have all the equipment, ingredients, etc. Then I buy everything I need and try it out.

 

People that are into cooking often read cookbooks the way others read novels.  I love reading cookbooks.  There’s nothing like curling up with a great cookbook to drool over pictures, learn cooking techniques, and find good recipes and ideas.

 

Guten appetit! (German)
Enjoy your meal! (English)
Buen provecho! (Spanish)
Bon appetit! (French)

 

 

Beef and Bean Chili

I love this recipe because it’s yummy and it’s also Weight Watchers.  Only 6 points per serving.  It’s also on the Simply Filling/Core plan.

First chop up all the veggies.

Put them in the pot.

Add the ground beef.  I used the thick grind for chili.

Now let the meat brown.

Add your spices.

Stir it up and let it cook.

Next add the diced tomatoes and beans.  I used pintos.

Stir it up and let it simmer for 20 minutes with the lid partially off.

Beef and Bean Chili (adapted from Weight Watchers just a bit)

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

4 t olive oil

2 onions, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 green pepper, seeded and chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/5 lb lean ground beef

1 T chili powder

2 t cumin

1 t dried oregano

1/2 t coriander

1 (14 1/2 oz.) can diced tomatoes

1 (16 oz.) can pinto or red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

salt and pepper to your liking

1. In large Dutch oven, heat the oil.  Saute chopped veggies until onions are translucent, about 15 minutes.  Add beef and cook, breaking apart with wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes.  Stir in chili powder, cumin, oregano, and coriander; cook stirring, 1 minute.

2. Add tomatoes, beans, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until flavors blended, about 20 minutes.

Serve topped with chopped red onion, cilantro, sour cream or shredded cheese.  Great with cornbread.