Monday, December 28, 2009

Red, White, and Green - Christmas Eve Dinner

Our Christmas Eve dinner this year was accidentally very festive. Poblano pepper soup and pepper-jack Marv'n'Joes. We had this meal at my sister's house a few months back and Nate really liked it, which is saying quite a bit. The soup is creamy and a little spicy and very delicious. A basic Marv'n'Joe is toast with tomato and cheese. To go with Poblano soup I do the sandwich grilled-cheese style (except open-face) spread a generous amount of pesto on the bread, top with tomato and cheese and grill until melted. The trick is getting the cheese melted without burning the bottom of the bread. Sometimes I use the toaster oven (set on broil) to assist in the melting of the cheese. Nate doesn't like tomato, so he had a boring grilled cheese sandwich, which is also good with the soup.

Poblano Pepper Soup (serves 2)

Ingredients:
2-3 poblano peppers
1 c. chicken broth
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. chili powder
pepper
1 c. milk
1 1/2 Tbs. butter
1/2 Tbs. flour
1 small red potato or 1/2 med. baked potato

Directions:
Preheat oven to broil. Chop and boil potato until soft. Put poblanos on a cookie sheet and place in oven. allow to blacken and blister on all sides, turning to keep the roasting even.When cool enough to handle, peel the skin off under running water.  Remove the seeds and stems.

(peeled poblanos)

In a blender, combine poblanos, drained potatoes, chicken broth, chili powder, garlic salt, and pepper until smooth or slightly lumpy. In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour, and when combined add milk. Stir until blended. Add the chili pepper mixture and cook, stirring occasionally until heated.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Card


 I know this isn't edible, but I did make this candy cane (on the computer).
Happy holidays to all!

Candy cane tutorial found here.

Let it Snow!

These are the same kind of sugar cookies, but much more festive.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Gobble Us Up















I like Thanksgiving food, but this is more my style of turkey.

Materials for 20-25 Turkeys:
tulle, 1yd
brown chenille sticks, 20-25
orange chenille, 3-4
red chenille, 3-4
googly eyes, 40-50
string
peanut M&Ms, at least 4 lbs

Sugar Cookies Part 3 - The Recipe (11.17.2009)

I got the original recipe here. But I made a few minor changes and condensed the recipe to fit on one page, instead of five. Also, this recipe isn't very big, so you might need a double batch.

Big Pink Cookies

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 large egg
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
Cream butter, sugar, and salt. Add vanilla and egg and mix. Slowly add flour until it is all mixed in and the dough is in one big ball. Warp in plastic wrap or plastic bag and chill in fridge for 30-40 minutes, or freezer for 15-20 min. (you can chill it for longer, but then you have to wait for it to warm up some before you roll it out anyway.) Preheat the oven to 325 f while the dough is in the refrigerator. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes and bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 12.5-13 minutes. (That 30 seconds can be important.) Cool for five minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to wire rack. For the smoothest frosting and softest cookies, frost while slightly warm.

Icing:
Enough for one batch of cookies, but you won't have any extra. The original recipe also used half n' half instead of butter and milk, but I didn't have any.

1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon butter
2 cap-fulls (1 T -ish) milk
2 cap-fulls (1 1/2 t) almond extract
3 drops red food coloring

Whisk through powdered sugar to remove lumps. Add milk and butter, and mix until smooth, but not until fluffy. Add flavoring and coloring and mix until combined.

Carefully frost cookies with the back of a spoon. Add sprinkles and enjoy! (But make sure you save some for day two.) Store in an airtight container.

Yield: 2 doz cookies - 1 dozen properly sized cookies.

The Second Day is Better - 11/16/2009

The second day on vacation is better because you have more sleep.

The second day in a new place is better because you are all settled in.

The second day of school is better because you are done with disclosure doc/intro to class day. (except there is always that one teacher who thinks it is better to draw it out so you aren't overwhelmed)

The second day of potato cheese soup is better because your taste buds have grown back from when you checked to see if it was done.

The second day of almost-perfect-sugar-cookies is better too . . .

probably because I am no longer sick from eating too much dough.


What is better on the second day for you?

Big Pink Cookies - 11/6/2009

Maybe you think I made these cookies. . . Maybe you know me better than that.

What I know is that for three nights in a row I have fallen asleep fantasizing about pink frosted sugar cookies. Not just any sugar cookies though. The kind they served with lunch in Junior high. They must be big and round -- think number ten can used as a cookie cutter. Normally I prefer heart shaped sugar cookies, but round is important. Also, soft. Perfectly soft. Not even the edges are crunchy, but they aren't doughy either. It is very important that the frosting is pink too, with sprinkles. I don't even like sprinkles (Does anyone really like sprinkles?) And it isn't so much of frosting as it is icing. Crisp, but not crunchy like royal icing. More like icing on a frosted cake doughnut. Almond flavored frosting, and they probably put almond in the cookie dough too, I could never quite tell. Basically if anyone reading this, or anyone you know, is a lunch lady at Oak Canyon Junior High, I need this recipe. Or the cookies. In my mouth. Right. Now.

I ate one of these giant cookies almost every day in junior high. Sometimes I shared with my friend, but that usually meant we were sharing ice cream too. We also ate pizza pretty much every day for lunch too. I was the same height and probably 120. My friend generally ate more treats than I did, so naturally she weighed about twenty pounds less.

Maybe I should try that as a diet plan . . .

Yum - 10/2/2009

Any treat that takes multiple days to create deserves a blog post.
These are cupcake pops. Delicious!
They are cake mashed up with frosting, shaped, and dipped in chocolate. I think they are pretty cute too. Photography and dipping things in chocolate are both pretty high up on the list of talents I lack, so hopefully you can forgive my vanity.

Here are some without sticks.
I got the idea from from a link on Katrina's (my sister-in-law's) blog. Recipe found here. Although you should be warned you will probably gain like ten pounds just from looking at pictures on the Bakerella site.

They took me the better part of two days to make, but they were worth it at least once. Yum.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Welcome to my food blog.

Welcome! Here you can read about all the tasty things I ate. And the not tasty things I ate anyway. I had been wanting a food blog, and then I thought: I can have one! So, here it is.