Tuesday, July 27, 2010

And more food...this time: Mango with Coconut Sticky Rice

...Well....yes and no, I liked it and I didn't. I got the recipe here and I followed the instructions, but....

...my rice stuck badly to the pan, it never got done, so it was kind of crunchy and to my taste, it was too sweet...it could almost be a dessert. So try it and decide for yourself!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Super duper good peanut butter cookies

These were amazing. I got the recipe from the America's Test Kitchen book...It makes a lot, so I baked a few and I froze the rest of the cookie dough to use later.
...someone was very excited to get his little hands on one of these...he did, he grabbed it, and threw it on the floor...I don't think he digs peanut butter...

Here is the recipe:

2 ½ c. flour
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ lb. (2 sticks) SALTED butter, softened but still firm
1 c. packed brown sugar
1 c. granulated sugar
1 c. extra-crunchy peanut butter
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. roasted salted peanuts, ground in food processor to resemble bread crumbs, about 14 pulses

Adjust oven rack to low-center position. Heat oven to 350°. Line large cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together in medium bowl, set aside.

Either by hand or with electric mixer, beat butter until creamy. Add sugars; beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes with electric mixer, stopping to scrape down bowl as necessary. Beat in peanut butter until fully incorporated, then eggs, one at a time, then vanilla. Gently stir dry ingredients into peanut butter mixture. Add ground peanuts, stir gently until just incorporated.

Working with generous 2 tablespoons each time, roll dough into 2 inch balls. Place balls on parchment-lined cookie sheet, leaving 2 ½ inches between each ball. Press each dough ball twice with dinner fork dipped in cold water to make crisscross design. Bake until cookies are puffed and slightly brown along the edges (but not on top--they will look slightly under baked) about 10-12 minutes.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Oh...and just because he lets me...


...Today I was in the mood of some yummy Spanish food...so I decided to cook some Pisto. It never disappoints. And it's pretty healthy too. Here is a good recipe:

Pisto Manchego with Eggs

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 pounds zucchini, or a combination of green and yellow summer squash, diced
2 pounds tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped (juice reserved)
Salt & Pepper
4-6 eggs

Heat the oil in a large, heavy, nonstick skillet over medium heat, then add the onion. Stir often, until transluscent — about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for another minute or two until fragrant. Stir in the squash and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and cook for 5 minutes, until the squash is coated with oil and beginning to soften. Add the tomatoes, and salt to taste (3/4 to 1 teaspoon), and turn the heat to medium-high. Stir often for 5 to 10 minutes, until the tomatoes have slightly cooked down. Add the juice from the tomatoes plus 1/4 cup water, stir together, and turn the heat back down to medium-low. Cook uncovered for 30 to 35 minutes, until the vegetables are soft and easy to mash. Stir often until the mixture cooks down and begins to stick to the pan. From time to time, press on the squash with the back of your spoon so that it breaks down. Taste, adjust the salt, and add lots of pepper.

Using the back of your spoon, make 4-6 wells in the vegetable mixture and break an egg into each well. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover the pan, and cook until the eggs have set, about six to eight minutes (the whites should be set, but the yolks should still be runny). Serve, using a spatula to dish out portions of pisto topped with an egg, or two.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

What is D.I????

...How about the greatest place on earth? how about a crafter's heaven where all your projects can come true for very cheap?...just kidding, but really...
Some of you out, of the state and out of the country, have asked me what is that place that I talk about all the time.
This is D.I and these are some of the awesome finds that I have scored over the years.
Hooray for D.I!
Oh and here is just an example of my love for the D.I

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

that I'm going to post regularly in this blog fun, inspiring and creative stuff...and maybe, once in a while, some Diego lovin'!