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Hot Mexican Spinach Dip June 30, 2008

Filed under: Appetizers,Life,Vegetarian — lindsayrose @ 12:40 am

The hot in this dip is as-in-temperature hot.  The spicy-hotness can be adjusted to your liking!  This is a dip that my friend Elizabeth brought over one night when she and her husband Keith came to visit.  We really liked it a lot.  It is a great combination of cream cheese, salsa, spinach and even evaporated milk.  The red wine vinegar sprinkled on top adds a perfect finishing touch.  We had lots of visitors today to visit our new puppy, Luna, so I wanted to make something for people to snack on.  This was just right as it was tasty and also met our vegetarian guest’s needs!

 

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Hot-Mexican-Spinach-Dip/Detail.aspx

 

And because she is oh-so-cute, here are a few more pics of Luna!

 

 

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Nothing to do with Food June 25, 2008

Filed under: Life — lindsayrose @ 2:52 am

I have a few updates that I have to include… even though they have nothing to do with food.

 

  • I got a new stamp.  That doesn’t sound exciting, but it really is. I wanted  a stamp with mine and Ross’ new monogram for once we’re married to use for wedding stuff.  I looked and looked for monogrammed stamps that were reasonably priced.  I finally found this site for Official Initial Mogrammed Stamps and I couldn’t be happier with the finished product.  The site they sell through, etsy.com is similar to ebay and you can use a paypal account to pay for your stuff. They have all kinds of stamps, and will custom make yours to your liking.  For example, I found the stamp I wanted, but it was too small.  For a small fee, they made it an inch larger for me.  It is absolutely perfect and will add a super nice touch to lots of wedding “stuff”.
  • We are getting a new dog!!!  We decided we wanted a companion for Sully (and another one for ourselves!) and we found this sweet pup on CARA’s (can’t get the link to work but it is http://www.cara-nc.org) website.  I got Sully through CARA 5 years ago, and wanted to go back there for our next pup.  They are a wonderful rescue organization. 

Meet Luna!  Hopefully we’ll have her by Saturday.Luna

And so he doesn’t feel left out, here is her big brother and hopeful role model (in some ways more than others), Sully.

  • I’m off to the beach tomorrow with my sister!  I can’t wait for a relaxing few days of sun, water, reading, and good times with Kara. 

 

 

 

More allrecipes.com dinners June 24, 2008

Filed under: Entrees,Side Dishes,Uncategorized — lindsayrose @ 12:04 am

Last night Ross and I decided we didn’t feel like going to the grocery store, so we would just make dinner with what we had on hand.  Our friend Gordon was over, he and Ross had a 5 hour Nintendo game(yes, just plain old Nintendo, like as in the one from 1992).  I figured after the rough fine motor workout and the mental strain of Mario 3, they would need a good dinner, so I scraped the pantry and came up with this.  For as easy and basic as it is, I think both dishes are pretty good.

 

My Chicken Milano is a quick and easy recipe.  It is basically chicken breasts that are seasoned a little bit and sauteed in stewed tomatoes and green beans.  The chicken ends up really tender and juicy.  When I made it last night I felt like it needed to be a tiny bit more saucy, so I added maybe 1/3 c. chicken broth.  Maybe next time I just won’t drain the tomatoes. 

 

Along with the chicken, I made Orzo with Parmesan and Basil.  We have made this several times.  It is a great side dish that is an alternative to typical pasta or rice and has a great flavor.  It tasted really good with a little of the sauce from the chicken.

 

Once again tonight we didn’t feel like going to the grocery store.  We are hoping to get a new dog from CARA soon (we’re going to visit her tomorrow!!!) and my mind was too caught up in the excitement of our potential new family member to think about a grocery list.  So, once again we had to scrounge to come up with sometihng to make.  We had ground beef and tortillas, so we decided soft tacos would taste good.  Ross searched for a recipe for homemade taco seasoning and found this.  It had great reviews, and lived up to them!  We mixed in some black beans, sauteed some corn and topped them with cheese, cilantro and sour cream.  Not too bad for a last minute meal! 

 

Maybe tomorrow we’ll actually go to the store…

 

Asian themed meal June 22, 2008

Filed under: Entrees,Grillin',Pasta,Salads,Side Dishes — lindsayrose @ 4:28 pm

We had guests for dinner on Friday night.  My sister, Kara had requested grilled food since she never gets to eat it.  She’s also a vegetarian, so we had to work around those specifications.  We also had to work around some sketchy weather… but it all turned out fine in the end!  We had some great food and played fun games.  It was a really great night!

 

Ross made his homemade salsa for an appetizer… I’m not sure he’s ready to share his secret recipe, or if he ever will be for that matter.  It is the best salsa you will ever taste, though!

 

Ross grilled chicken for the carnivores in the group.  He used this marinade recipe found on recipezaar.com and spiced it up a bit with things like cilantro and green onion… and who knows what else.  The recipe is actually for sandwiches, but we just used the marinade.

 

Hoisin Chicken Marinade

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 garlic clove 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger 
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard

Mix all ingredients together and marinade chicken overnight.

 

We made Spicy Vegetarian Peanut Noodle Salad courtesy of Food Network and Ming Tsai.  It was also very easy to make, had fairly simple ingredients and was a super nice change from a typical pasta salad.  We all loved it!  I didn’t have any coriander, so I had to leave that out… I’ll put it in next time, but it was still great without it.

For Kara, we made Grilled Portabello Mushrooms with Artichoke Puree and Roasted Corn-Tomato Topping.  I found this recipe on another recipe blog with lots of vegetarian recipes.  This was nice because you could make the toppings ahead of time, so all you had to do at the last minute was grill the mushrooms.  We didn’t have room on the grill to roast corn, so I cooked some corn in a frying pan in a little bit of butter until it was slightly blackened.  We also cook corn this way to put in tacos or other Mexican meals and it is delicious.  The dish looks really pretty when you serve it, and Kara said it tasted great, too!  I want to make it again sometime soon when I can eat it!

 

At the last minute, we decided to skewer some pinapple and grill that, too.  The meal turned out really well, and Kara made us a key lime pie to have for dessert.  It was a great night with some good food, but more importantly, great company!

 

Calico Beans June 18, 2008

Filed under: Entrees — lindsayrose @ 11:52 pm

This is another recipe that we rotate often. Ross made it for dinner last night.  I didn’t get home until very late and he had it warm in the oven waiting for me!  It is super tasty and easy to make.  I love the combination of flavors in this meal… and textures.  That may sound odd, but I am a weird texture person.  Often times I crave a food not for the actual flavor, but for the texture.  What can I say… I’m weird.

 

We always eat this as a main dish with some veggies on the side, but you could serve it as a side dish too.

 

Calico Beans

1 can pork and beans

1 can kidney beans, drained

1 can butter beans, drained

1 lb ground beef (we usually use ground turkey)

1 med onion, chopped

1/2 c ketchup

1/4 c brown sugar

1 T vinegar

 

Brown beef/turkey and onion.  Mix together ketchup, vinegar, and brown sugar.  Combine all ingredients in casserole dish and bake uncovered at 350 for 45 minutes.

 

Tonight we’re having grilled Italian turkey sausage with peppers and onions along with The Stamm’s chili fries… haven’t tasted them yet, but they sure do smell good!

 

 

Chicken a la Oscar June 16, 2008

Filed under: Entrees — lindsayrose @ 11:58 pm

We tried a new recipe for dinner tonight.  The base recipe came from allrecipes.com, but we changed it up a bit.  The original recipe is for Turkey a la Oscar.  Chicken was on sale at Lowes this week (go stock up!) so we used that instead.  This recipe couldn’t have been easier to make and was a delicious combination of flavors.  The basic idea is chicken (or turkey) topped with asparagus and shrimp and covered in hollandaise sauce.  Based on the reviews of the recipe, we used chicken instead and pounded it down a little before cooking.  I also added some mustard to the hollandaise sauce.  I planned on adding tarragon as well, but we didn’t have any.  The major pros to this recipe are that it is easy, cheap, and tasty!  It also looks pretty when served.  We didn’t make a side dish, but it would be good with pasta, rice or orzo.  Give it a try!

 

**I forgot to add… I have never had canned asparagus, or frozen.  I used fresh asparagus and sauteed it until it was tender in about 1/2 T of margarine and 1/2 T of olive oil.  That’s my favorite way to cook asparagus!

 

Ice Cream Cake

Filed under: Desserts — lindsayrose @ 1:13 am

This is a recipe that my Mom used to make and my sister and I still make it often in the summer.  It is easy to make and a great summer treat!  I made it today for our Father’s Day celebration with Ross’ family.  I made some changes… I’ll give the original recipe first.

 

Ice Cream Cake

1 package Oreo cookies

1/2 gallon ice cream of your favorite flavor

1 jar hot fudge sauce

1 container cool whip

 

Set ice cream out to soften.  Crush oreo cookies.  Place 2/3 of crushed cookies in bottom of 9×13 pan.  Carefully spread ice cream over cookies.  Top with hot fudge (usually needs to melt a little bit in the microwave first, about 30 seconds).  Spread cool whip on top.  Garnish with remaining 1/3 of Oreo cookie crumbs.  Freeze to solidify ice cream and fudge.

 

My changes today:

I love chocolate chip cookie bars.  I am never successful at making good cookies.  They always turn out flat and full of craters.  However, I LOVE cookie bars.  They only turn out really well when following the Toll House recipe.  Make cookies as instructed on the back of the Toll House chocolate chip package.  Spread batter into a 9X13 pan and bake for 22 minutes or so.  SO much easier, and I think they taste even better than the cookies!  I decided I wanted to make ice cream cake with these instead of with the Oreos. 

 

 I made the batter and spread 1/2 of it into a 9X13 pan.  I spread the remaining 1/2 into an 8×8 pan.  I baked the 9X13 pan for about 10-12 min (until they were golden brown on top) and left the 8×8 pan in about 5 min longer, until they were golden brown as well.  I chilled the 9×13 pan and made the ice cream cake as directed above, minus the Oreos.  I let the 8×8 pan cool, chopped them up into tiny chunks and topped the ice cream cake with those.  It was definitely sweet, but pretty tasty!