Oh Happy Day!

When Himself and I lived in France every year around this time the mailman would come by on his moped and with the mail would deliver our calendar for the year.
On it besides the dates were the names of the Saints that were to be celebrated on that given day of the year.
In France you have your birthday and your Saints Day.
Mine is January 21st and my Saint is Saint Agnes (she died young, poor kid)

When we moved to the US I learned that every day is dedicated to “something” either food related or wacky.

December 16th is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day in the USA.
My friend Gail asked me to come up with a recipe for this glorious day and I poked around the internet and found the most delightful recipe I can truly stand behind.
Dark Chocolate dipped Clementines (Mandarin Oranges) with sea-salt.
Part fruit, part chocolate what is not to love?

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It’s easy enough to make and very tasty.

4 ounces of dark chocolate
4 Clementines
Sea salt

Cut chocolate into small pieces and melt using the double boiler method.

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Peel Clementines and set aside.
Dip parts in chocolate and put them on a cookie sheet on a piece of parchment paper.
Sprinkle sea salt over the chocolate dipped ends and put cookie sheet in fridge to cool down.

The night I made these Himself and I devoured at least 6 pieces each.
The combo of the citrus and the rich chocolate paired with the salt makes them really tasty.
I might try to add a little chili powder in the next batch.

Enjoy!

ps, the French patron Saint for December 16th is St. Adelaide.
Among a lot of things she is responsible for is being the Saint to Parents.
During the holidays don’t we need a little chocolate to get us parents
going?

Hello World!

While I was away mulling as to what I wanted to do with this blog, yet again, I walked into Goodwill in search of a Halloween costume for TallOne, Himself and I.

The theme of the party we are going to is “Any Tim Burton” Movie, so TallOne and GigglesALot his GirlFriend are going as Alice and the Mad Hatter and to make things easy Himself and I will go as the two main characters of BeetleJuice (maybe) Anyhow, I walk out of Goodwill with a food dehydrator.

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A bit skeptical because of the price, $21.59 for a appliance that normally retails for $90′ish? But in the box it was clean and looked hardly used.

According to the booklet apples were the first thing to try so I followed the recipe word for word and started my first batch of dried fruit.
The machine makes no noise but it did, after 8 hours and some hand smacking (TallOne), it produced a small batch of dried apples.
very small batch, but they tasted nice and dried and tart.
Last night I started a second batch of apples coated in cinnamon to dry overnight.
Only to find out this morning that Himself had pulled the plug on the machine and all my work from last night went into the garbage this morning.

This morning I prepped a Star Fruit.

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Not wanting to stop there I looked around and found an orange.
(what was that doing in my house?)

 

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Then, because I could, I decided to experiment with oranges with or without the rind.
The rinds are being dried as well.

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Whoever owned the dehydrator was a lot more organized than me, it has numbers!

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According to the recipe booklet there is 16 hours of drying ahead for the oranges so stay tuned to hear how it went.

EVerything is better with Bacon!

Today, August 31st, is International Bacon Day.

http://bacontoday.com/international-bacon-day-2013/

I’m going to an event tonight dedicated to all things Bacon!

I will take plenty of pictures and blog about it soon, Until then enjoy some bacon themed items.

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So your kisses can taste like bacon!

 

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Got to pay for bacon somehow.

Happy Wednesday.

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Aye Spicy!

Last week my friend Kev. posted a picture of Jalapeno Poppers he brought to a party and I was slightly jealous. I wanted some and he wasn’t sharing any.
Time to make my own then.

The recipe is decidedly simple as all out but it packs a nice punch of flavor.
Added bonus, I ended up with 8 medium poppers at a grand total of 240 calories.
Excellent little snack if you keep to eating only 2 or 3.

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You will need for 2 servings:

4 jalapenos
4 tbs of cream cheese ( I used Boursin)
1 package of Prosciutto or 8 slices of thin bacon (ask the butcher to slice for you)

Cut jalapenos in half, scoop out seeds.
Fill evenly with cream cheese
Wrap with bacon and put on a cookie sheet.

WASH YOUR HANDS REAL WELL!(trust me)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees and allow poppers to cook a little for 10 minutes.
Set broiler on low and place poppers on the middle rack.
Broil for about 10 minutes making sure bacon doesn’t burn.
For an additional 3-5 minutes broil on high.
Let cool a little and enjoy!

You can easily double this recipe by doubling the ingredients.
I think you’ll want to because mine were gone as soon as TallOne found out I made them.

Back in the saddle, so to speak.

It’s been awhile, my apologies.

First I lost the real will to blog, food was blah blah blah and why would I subject you (the reader) to my boredom?
Also, hanging head in shame, I lost my password for WordPress.

 

But recently I’ve made some new dishes and even caught myself taking pictures of food before it went to the table.
So I took the extra brain power and remembered my login and returned to WordPress.

I saw that despite my little break there were visits from all over the world still so clearly people are still interested.

So here I am, whisk in hand ready to blog on!

Chicken Alfredo

Sometimes the best laid plans don’t work out.
I work a long day on Monday and always fix something easy for the boys.
TallOne wanted pasta with Alfredo Sauce.
I was SURE we had canned sauce in the pantry only to find out when I got home we had none.
With no back-up plan for dinner that night I needed to figure out how to make Alfredo from scratch.
Turns out it’s pretty easy and very very good!
Most of the staples are in my fridge so after a little research I whipped up dinner pretty fast.
Theirs was served over spinach noodles, I had mine with arugula.

Easy Alfredo
2 chicken breast, cut in strips and pan sauteed seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
(keep warm while you make the sauce)

Sauce:
1/4 cup butter
1 cup heavy cream
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium low heat.
Add cream and simmer for 5 minutes, then add garlic and cheese and whisk quickly, heating through.
Stir in parsley and add to chicken.

Update…

Let’s see, since last we crossed paths I was going in for my allergy test.
It had been a full month since lunch tried to kill me.
I avoided certain foods that whole time, for no real reason it turns out.

Day of the test I brought in the egg rolls and the spring rolls.
8:30 in the morning with Himself and Dr. No in the room I took a tiny bite of each.
And waited.
Then NOTHING happened.
15 minutes later another bite, bigger this time.
Waited, and NOTHING happened.
9 am, another bite (bigger) and you guessed it. Nada, Zilch, Rien de Tout, Niks.
Dr. No left the room at 9:15 and Himself was getting restless as well.
Next dose I was getting ticked off so I took a way bigger bite of all the foods.
But 9:30 rolled around with not even a little cough or a tickle.
This is when Himself decided it was safe for him to go to work, leaving me alone to finish off the remainder of the food.
Which I did, with no effects whatsoever.
Dr. No returned and decided I was not allergic to anything I ate, have a nice day!

Since then I’ve added peanuts and other nuts to my food, ate crab at our recent crab feed but have avoided shrimp like the plague.
I have now, count em!, 4 Epi pens on me at all times.

I doubt I’ll ever find out what it was that made me go to the ER which in a way is a bit scary.
But I’m eating food and not letting it scare me.

Happy Belated New Year 2013 and 2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for my blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

I’m back!

Playing around with foods, testing new dishes and resolving to blog at least 3-4 times a week.
Here are a few other bloggers I like to tie you over until I go live again!

Going Dutch, Malou in France.

My friend Jamie who rocks my gluten free world.

Paleo recipes that taste good, basically gluten-free/back to basics.

It’s been awhile…

Yes I dropped off the blog after Thanksgiving.

I have been very busy with planning our trip to the Netherlands, I’ve been trying to get a grasp on what I want my next 6 months to look like and I’ve been “care giver” of a kind to a friend who was dealt a nasty hand this month.

The whole allergy thing hasn’t been settled, turns out you need to be free of whatever tried to kill you for a month.
That month ends today,testing is at 13:30 (1:30 for the Americans)
I’m still rooting for peanuts but have decided if it is shrimp/shell fish I will go through the weekly torture allergy shots, because I live in sushi/crab land!

I promise to get back here and blog, at least every other day.
Until then, search the 2+ years of foods that are on the blog.
Make something and comment!!!!

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