Wednesday, July 22, 2009
magically turn into this...
and then this...
Have to say it takes quite a while to clean and de-stem 3 cups of fresh red currants. But boy was it worth it when that tart came out of the oven. We topped it with fresh whipped cream flavored with Tahitian Vanilla. Yum Yum Yum.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Remember when Gap teamed up with three new fashion designers to recreate the classic white button-up shirt? They came out with some fun and funky (and some ugly) versions that were crazy over-priced. What were they like? 80-$120?
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Found at The Shake Shack in New York City.
You'll find it in three locations. I visited the Madison Square Park one and happily waited in line for 2 hours. I think we even had shared a 6-inch subway at the beginning of the line because we knew we would be waiting so long.
It was worth it.
I happen to be wearing this shirt from Shade Clothing at the moment.
It's the Shirred Raglan Top with Print in white/daffodil.
I like it.
I bought it on sale.
Do you want to share a link of your favorite shirt for the moment?
One Year Ago I blogged about these baby shower cupcakes.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I've been watching a lot of What Not To Wear lately...and you already know I'm a huge fan of Tim Gunn's Guide to Style. Heavens knows I need serious help. I've been in a funk ever since I got a new job back in March or rather since I graduated from college. See there really isn't a dress code. It's just casual. So most of my old work clothes are slacks and business casual. Whereas my new work I can wear jeans.
Friday, July 10, 2009
You’re cordially invited to discuss anything and everything related to Utah Cupcakes on Twitter today.
What: UT Tweecupchat
When: Today! Friday, July 10, 2009 3 p.m MST
Where: Your computer or phone.
Why: Because you love cupcakes, Utah and Twitter.
Twitter Hashtag: #UTcupcakes
Topics: Utah Cupcakes (duh)! Anything. But I’m interested in what UT cupcakeries you have visited and your favorite local cupcake. We’ll start with that and see where it takes us!
Host: (Me) Becky blog author of Utah Loves Cupcakes and Project Domestication
RSVP: via blog comment on this post or reply to @DomesticBecky
* I wish I could attend this Ultimate Fudge Cake Workshop taught by Jocelyn of KUIDAORE.
* The NEW Food Network Magazine is sure to please. I've purchased both of the issues that have come out and they are fabulous. The most c crecent has a delicious and very helpful picture-loaded recipe index at the beginning. I'd love to attempt the Baked Alaska on the cover at some point this summer.
* Hey...I've got extra bleu cheese and cornmeal (or a Shirley J Cornbread Mix)! I'd love to make this Smokey Bleu Cheese Cornbread found on Baking Bites.
* When I was little I used to get Whoppers at the movie. Now you can eat them in a cupcake. Carly of Carly's Kitchen celebrated her 100th post with Whopper Cupcakes. I've made them before too and loved them. You should try them!
* And yet another cupcake I want to try...the Cookie Dough Cupcake.
* If I had cilantro on hand I would bust out this Peacomole by Chocolate & Zucchini. Oh my heck it looks so good...and would be amazing with fresh garden peas!
* Amazing underwater photos by Hawaii Wedding Photographer Mark Holladay.
* An adorable puppy in patriotic colors and one-heckuva sparkler photo on No Biggie.
* Turkey Pesto Burgers on Anna Can Cook. Dang that looks good. I just need some basil and I'll make some soon!
One day when I was feeling guilty about buying so many cupcake cookbooks I decided that if I bought a healthy cookbook life would balance out. So now I own "The Food You Crave" by Ellie Krieger. Okay, I'm semi-joking. (maybe not ;) )
But really, I like Ellie Krieger. I sometimes watch her show on Food Network and I followed some bloggie friends when the "Craving Ellie in My Belly" food group was happening.
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup skim milk
1 medium onion, peeled
2 pounds ground turkey breast
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small bowl, stir together the oats and milk. Thinly slice 1/4 of the onion and set aside. Finely chop the remaining onion. In a large bowl combine the turkey, oat mixture, chopped onion, bell pepper, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, salt and a few grinds of pepper. Mix just until well combined.
Transfer the mixture to a 9 by 13-inch baking dish and shape into a loaf about 5 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches high. Pour the tomato sauce over the meatloaf and sprinkle with the sliced onions. Bake for about 1 hour or until an instant-read thermometer registers 160 degrees.F.
Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 to15 minutes before slicing.
Smashed Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives
1 1/4 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes (about 4 medium), left unpeeled and cut into 1-inch parts
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth (I used Shirley J Chicken Bouillon)
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 1/2 TB fresh chives, chopped (got mine fresh from the herb garden)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste (I used Kosher salt)
Place the potatoes in a steamer basket fitted over a large pot of boiling water. Cover and steam until the potatoes until the potatoes are knife-tender, about 12-15 minutes.
Drain the potatoes and return them to their pot. Add the warm broth and coarsely mash. Stir in sour cream and chives, season with salt and pepper, and serve.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
* Lite Coconut Milk
* Red Curry Paste
* Jasmine Rice
Day 6: Monday, July 6
Breakfasts: Chocolate Protein Shakes, blended with 1% milk, strawberries and ice (these are the best!)
Snack: (me) whole raw cashews, TNI Cleanse Tea, and a Fuji apple
me: annie's white cheddar and shells with lots of peas from the garden!
adam: free lunch at work-- shredded pork sandwich and salad
Dinner: Homemade pizza using Shirley J products and canned goods
Day 7: Tuesday, July 7
Breakfast: egg sandwiches: egg, spinach, swiss cheese, ketchup and whole wheat bread
(me) turkey jerky, nature valley granola bar
(hub) leftover pizza from monday night
(me) blt at my parents and garden burger with some dudes fry sauce at home
(hub) grilled cheese and ramen
Day 8: Wednesday, July 8
(me) Chocolate protein shake, milk and strawberries
(hub) cereal and milk
Snack: (me) nature valley granola bar: oats n' honey
Dinner: Red Thai Curry over Jasmine Rice. (used edamame, broccoli, carrots, garlic, red and green bell peppers, ginger powder, lite coconut milk)
Day 9: Thursday, July 9
Breakfast: (hub) cereal (me) egg, ww bread, swiss cheese, spinach, chili powder
Lunch: (me)Salad with Parm Cheese, food from Shirley J Chef Tasting (hub) cheese quesadilla and ramen
Dinner: Leftovers from Shirley J Chef Tasting
Winder Dairy Order (I forgot to cancel it...boo.)
- 4 pack Garden Burgers
- Unsalted Butter
Approx: $10 (I'll get an exact number soon)
Money Left: $66.81
Okay, I've got a complete fetish with these decorating books by Wilton. they are so fun and full of inspiration!
Looks like they a special section on celebrating First Birthdays...I'm sure they have some adorable smash cakes. I hope they have some new cupcake ideas as well!
Here's what the Wilton site reads:
"A great cake makes any celebration more fun! There’s no better place to find that unforgettable decorated cake or dessert than this new edition of the Wilton Yearbook.
It’s our biggest Wilton Yearbook ever, with more than 220 designs for cakes, cookies, candies and more. You’ll find a look perfect for your event, from exciting theme birthday cakes and colorful holiday treats to dramatic tiered wedding designs that capture the moment beautifully.
In the 1st Birthday Bash special section of the 2010 Wilton Yearbook, we’ll help you make the day a smashing success with the ideal theme ideas. Discover an amazing Noah’s Ark cake with captivating animals, delightful 3-D rubber ducky tiers and a rollicking pirate ship with fun fondant details from stem to stern.
It’s all here in the 2010 Wilton Yearbook, along with step-by-step instructions, technique resource guide, complete product section and a website link to more great designs.
Soft cover; 248 pages."
VitaMix versus Blendtec
Okay, so have been thinking a lot lately about these two machines. I've gotten super-interested in blending fruits and veggies for morning drinks. And really, smoothies and other things anytime. I am attracted to this because of its purposes of blending raw foods to smooth drinks while keeping all the fibrous parts of the produce.
Anyway, I'm not at the point where I am ready to purchase one of these seeing how I just bought a new food processor and a new ice cream machine. But I'm definitely interested. I recently tried a delicious blend made from the VitaMix machine that had strawberries, grapes and kale leaves. Oh my. It was good!
I haven't done a lot of research at this point. And I'm going to be a little bit lazy and hope that you guys can offer some advice. Keep in mind I'm looking for a high power blender and not a juicer. I want to be able to consume the whole fruit not just juice.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I've been a slacker on Shirley J Wednesday! Lo ciento. I seriously have been using Shirley J Products like every other day, I have just been lazy slash busy. But I'm really excited to share this recipe with you. We've hired a chef to develop recipes for us and this salad is one of the first 50. I love it! It has a wonderful blend of veggies and fruit, sweet and spicy and more! The recipe is below...and I love the use of Shirley J Pizza and Pasta Seasoning! If you want to see more recipes head on over to the Shirley J blog and Web site. We should have a lot more on the site by next week as well!
Wilted Spinach & Bacon Salad
8 Strips of Bacon
12 oz Bag of Baby Spinach
1/3 cup Dried Cranberries
1/3 cup Red Onion Diced
1/4c Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp Brown Sugar
2 TB Shirley J Pizza & Pasta Seasoning
1 Fuji Apple seeded and diced
3oz Feta Cheese Crumbles
Combine spinach, dried cranberries and red onion in salad bowl.
Cook the bacon, set aside grease, when the bacon is cool crumble in a bowl with the spinach, cranberries and apple. In a small sauce pan, combine the bacon grease, onions, vinegar, water, sugar and Shirley J Pizza and Pasta Seasoning. Cook on low heat for about 4-5 minutes.
Right before serving toss the warm dressing in the salad and portion on plate. Garnish with Cheese
***Becky's Notes: I used turkey bacon and use olive oil instead of bacon grease for the dressing!***
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
That's all these brownies called for...goodness! It was my lucky day. Seriously, I'm running low on flour (and sugar)...during my penny pinching month so the baking Gods were kind to me with this recipe.
I'm also in a sort of chocolate craving run. (Which is not normal) Don't get me wrong I love chocolate but it's not my go-to sweet or flavor. For example, I always choose vanilla ice cream over chocolate.
I made a few adjustments to the recipe to cater to my tastes. I exchanged the coffee for Perro and did not add any nuts. Result: fabulous. They cooked perfectly. (Which I was nervous about because of the P&Q this week) They were also gorgeous. They had that paper thin top that was absolutely shiny. I'd make this again...and probably will later this month seeing how I have all the ingredients on hand!
You can snag the recipe on Lisa's blog: Surviving Oz. Though she's not a member of the group, she won the new logo contest! Check it out on my sidebar! Lastly, don't forget to check out the Tuesdays with Dorie blogroll to see the other brownies. YUM!
Next week: Brioche Plum Tart
Becky holding a reduced fat chocolate creamie
My second locavore item is also under the #100 category of ice cream. For some reason ice cream was just the thing I wanted in June.
I grew up on these frozen treats. It's funny though because I had no idea they were a Utah original. My favorite flavor is probably orange or chocolate. I have very vivid memories of grocery shopping with my mom and getting my "treat" at the store. During the summer it was usually Creamies.
You can check out this page on The Original Creamies Web site to see if you can get it in your state. If you can, make sure to watch for the Egg Nog flavor during the winter! I love this one. I'm also interested in trying their newest flavor: vanilla dipped in milk rich milk chocolate.
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Monday, July 6, 2009
I hate nothing more than when I crave a delicious chocolate cupcake, cookie or brownie and I go to make it and don't have any chocolate! Well my friends, this isn't going to happen to me for a very long time. Because I've got this mother of a chocolate bar in my house now.
That's right ten-sweet-sweet-pounds of bittersweet Guittard chocolate.
I wonder how long it will take me to finish it?
Good thing I purchased this a couple weeks before the Penny Pinching Pantry Raid, eh?
Day 3 - Friday, July 3
Breakfasts: Eggs in whole wheat bread. I added spinach, red pepper flakes and fresh herbs to mine, along with ketchup.
Me: Leftover Spinach & Bacon Salad in a whole wheat tortilla wrap. Side of strawberries with agave and ground cinnamon
Hub: Provolone and Salami sandwich on white bread, apple
Dinner: Pizza night with family
Day 4: Saturday, July 4
Breakfast: pre-race HIRO energy drinks, free food from Freedom Run sponsor booths (wheat bread, grapes and Gatorade). Then we ate real a real breakfast consisting on eggs, veggies and potatoes.
Lunch: Can't remember. But we did make a couple sorbets. I used our lemons and leftover buttermilk to make Lemon Buttermilk Sorbet from The Perfect Scoop cookbook. I also used some cantelope leftover from a work function to make Cantelope Sorbet. Both were really good. However, the cantelope was really cantelopy. Just saying.
Note: I also saved some money with my food assignment by making a pinto bean dip from my Williams-Sonoma Hors d'oeuvres Cookbook! I used the dried beans and other ingredients I had on hand. I also made my own tortilla chips with the loads of white tortillas that I knew I would never eat on their own. I can't wait to post this for you!
Dinner: BBQ with family--we brought hot dogs and hot dog buns, corn chips, pinto bean dip and homemade tortilla chips. I had debated on whether to count this but I think I'm going to just to challenge myself even more. (We'll see how I feel about it by the end of the month!)
Day 5: Sunday, July 5
Breakfast: No Breakfast
Dinner: leftover pinto bean dip and homemade torilla chips, hot dogs, broccoli and pasta salad with parm cheese. strawberries and blueberries with agave and ground cinnamon. HIRO energy drink.
Dessert: Tribute to Katherine Hepburn Brownies (for Tuesdays with Dorie) and Lemon Buttermilk Sorbet
I have to tell you guys this challenge is making me feel really good! I was really nervous that I would feel so limited. I was nervous that I'd really have to put some of my baking and creative cooking on hold... but I haven't. I even feel like I am expanding my skills as a cook. I think I am learning to substitute some foods better and use what I have. Anyway, be sure to check out the other foodie peeps that are pinching their pennies.
-bought turkey dogs, whole wheat hot dog buns, corn tortilla chips for family bbq food assignment
Friday, July 3, 2009
- Wilted Spinach & Bacon Salad leftover from Shirley J Demo (free)
Thursday, July 2, 2009
The problem: eating out.
This is exactly what I thought would be the hardest part of the challenge. See, my sis is in town and we had a GNO and went to Cafe Rio. I was hoping that I would have enough stamps for a free meal but I didn't. Oh well.
I'm not discouraged. I know I can still do this. It's just not the way I had intended to start out. But life happens and you have to live it. Here's the rest of the run down. There are two in our family.
Me: Breakfast in a bowl: cottage cheese, yogurt, agave, cinnamon, frozen blueberries and walnuts and a banana
Hub: kashi cereal with craisins and milk
Lunch: Leftovers from Monday's Two Bean Tamale Pie and Broccoli
Snack: apple & v8 (see I told you I would forget to add some things. that was in the fridge)
Me: Cafe Rio - Tacos (pork and chicken) $8.82
Hub: Homemade Soup: Shirley J Universal Cream Sauce Base, frozen corn, onions, leftover bbq potatoes, garlic
Snack: Granola Bars
Money Spent Today: $12.62
$8.82 at Cafe Rio
$3.80 at Sunflower Market - I was on a work grocery run and decided I needed more yogurt and bell peppers)
New food additions:
* Fat Free Vanilla Yogurt
* 2 Green Bell Peppers
* Frozen Bag of Meatballs I have to test for work (free)
* Bag of Salami I have to test for work (free)
***29 days to go and $87.38 left to spend.***
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I'm joining Susan from "She's becoming doughmesstic" in a $100 Total Food Budget challenge. It's cleverly titled "Penny Pinching Pantry Raid!"
In a nutshell the challenge is to only spend one hundred dollars TOTAL on food for the month of July. That even includes going out to eat. We can use what we already have in our pantry (phew)!
You can head on over to Susan's blog for all the details and rules.
Here's my food inventory:
1 Red Pepper
2 Green Peppers
A gazillion dressings, condiments, spreads and jams
Turkey Deli Meat
Ham Deli Meat
Homemade Pie Dough
8 bags Ramen
2 boxes Annie's Shells and White Cheddar Pasta
2 boxes Mac n Cheese
Zataran's Jambalaya Mix
Whole Wheat Penne
Kashi Go Lean Crunch
Kashi Go Lean
Canned Green Chiles
Chicken w/ Rice Soup
Jell-O Instant Vanilla Pudding
Sweet and Condensed Milk
Island Blossom Honey
Protein Shakes - vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and orange cream
Fiber Complex Shakes
Nature Valley Granola Bars
Loads of Beef Jerky
Baking - normal amounts of usual stuff
Garden - herbs, peas, beets, tomatoes, squash, currants, grapes, raspberries, onions, carrots, lettuce peppers and more.
Shirley J Products - I've got everything in our regular bases, seasonings and add-water bakery mix line. You can check the products page. But I'm not going to list every stinking product. I really think that these products are going to help me through this challenge. They are seriously the building block for lots of recipes that utilize anything in my kitchen. This challenge goes along perfectly with the concept of Pantry Management that Shirley J touts.
**Okay, I feel like this was very thorough, but I reserve the right to be forgetful and disorganized which may have resulted in not having some food up on the list. **
So here we go. It should be an interesting month. I am most excited to see if I can actually do this and be satisfied and consume the amount of fresh foods I normally do. Besides, I'm sick of those lame things that have been sitting in my pantry forever. Stay tuned for a day one update.