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Making Up for Lost Time August 17, 2010

Filed under: Side Dishes — lindsayrose @ 2:36 am

I try not to have regrets and I really can’t say that I have many in life.  I do however have one big one.

I regret that I spent the first twenty years or so of my life not liking sweet potatoes.

Really?  What was I thinking?  I don’t even think that I actually disliked sweet potatoes themselves.  I think I disliked the idea of them.  I decided at some point that I didn’t like them – most likely without ever having tasted them – and didn’t eat them for years.  Now, I’ve got to make up for it.  I love sweet potatoes.  I love them prepared just about any way, but this weekend we tested out a new recipe.  And I’m a huge fan.  It may be one of my favorite sweet potato recipes yet.

The recipe for Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potatoes is delicious not only because it is a sweet potato recipe, but because it adds a savory flavor to the naturally sweet food.  The mixture of spices is perfect.  Roasted white potatoes with herbs has always been one of my favorites, but for some reason I had never thought of roasted sweet potatoes with herbs.  This recipe will definitely be in our rotation of sides from now on.  It should be in yours, too!

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(Lots) More Baby Food August 2, 2010

Filed under: Baby Food — lindsayrose @ 3:05 am

More and more each day, I realize how much I love making Madden’s food.  It is funny to me because I would have never ever thought that I would be doing this, and now it is one of my favorite things.  In no way do I think that baby food that comes in jars is bad, I just think that it is fun and rewarding to make it myself.  I love making something and then watching him dig in, seeing that he loves it, and knowing that it is jam packed full of good stuff.  In a weird sort of a way, it almost feels kind of like a bonding experience for me.  Strange, I know.

This weekend, I made him more peas because he absolutely loves peas.  Food Lion frozen peas are beyond delicious.  I have no idea why they taste so much better than any other kind of frozen pea I have tasted, but they do.  I put them in my Pampered Chef Micro Cooker (love it) with a splash of water and popped them in the microwave.  Because he will only put peas in his mouth, but not doing anything with them after that, I still give them a rough chop.  I tossed them in an ice cube tray, and 8 minutes later had 7 servings of peas for the little man.

I’ve found out this week that Madden loves corn as well.  I wanted to add some more nutrition to the corn, so I boiled it with some black beans (rinsed to get rid of as much of the nasty bean juice as possible) and a pinch of cumin.  I tossed those in the chopper and had 9 more servings of veggies in under ten minutes. 

Wholesomebabyfood.com has been my go-to website ever since I have started feeding Madden solids.  It has lots of great information, right down to what foods are good to mix together.  There is a great finger foods section that had a recipe for Apple Turkey Loaf.  I tossed the ingredients together and threw it in the oven in no time at all, and ended up with a new favorite for my little guy.  He loves this stuff.  This is going to be a new staple in our freezer!

This evening, I needed to use up some blueberries that were about to go bad.  I also had some very ripe bananas, so I googled something like “baby banana bread” and found this recipe.  I wasn’t sure whether it would be good or not, but I was pleasantly surprised.  The fruit gives it just enough sweetness.  Because Madden is under a year, I used 2 egg yolks instead of a whole egg.  I also didn’t have any self-rising flour, so I threw in a teaspoon of baking soda.  Madden was already asleep by the time it had cooled, but we’re going to test this out in the morning!

 

Baby Burgers July 29, 2010

Filed under: Baby Food,The Herald Columns — lindsayrose @ 4:24 am

For quite some time, I’ve been warned about the phases that babies go through.  Now, I am finding out about them firsthand.  Madden likes to teach me things like that.  Since he was about four months old, I have been sure that he was going through the teething phase.  Well, here we are a little over eight months with not a single pearly white in sight.  My mother-in-law has told me that I can blame teething for any poor behavior until he is at least twenty-one.  Apparently I’ve gotten a head start on that.

Along with the four month teething (without actually getting any teeth) phase, Madden has begun to show his independent streak.  He has decided that he has no interest in baby food now that he is such a grown up little man.  He wants to do it all himself.  We’ve been on a hunt for foods that he can feed himself, but that are soft enough for his sweet little toothless mouth to handle.  That has gone pretty well, but with a freezer full of pureed fruits and veggies that I’ve made and a baby on a spoon feeding strike, I figured it was time to get creative.

Baby burgers are a creation that came from a need to satisfy my little independent man and use up the “baby” food that he has decided is in his past.  Adding the pureed veggies to a pound of ground meat along with some baby cereal to hold it all together ended up being the perfect solution.  Madden now has a freezer full of healthy grown up food and nothing has gone to waste.  Best yet, he seems to be a big fan of the concoctions.  Taking only minutes to throw together and leaving me with a freezer stocked for the next couple of weeks, these baby burgers should leave me with plenty of time to prepare for the next phase.

Baby Burgers

Beef

1 pound ground beef

8 ounces pureed vegetables (I used carrots and broccoli)

½ cup baby cereal

¼ teaspoon basil

¼ teaspoon oregano

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon onion powder

Use seasonings that you typically cook with so that your baby learns to like the foods that you regularly make.

Chicken

1 pound ground chicken

5 ounces (half of a box) frozen chopped spinach, thawed (squeeze water out)

¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese (omit if your baby is not ready for/has not had cheese)

Mix all ingredients together and form into meatballs. Flatten top to make into a small patty.  Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.  Place baby burgers on baking sheet and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.  Cool and freeze.  Once frozen, place baby burgers in Ziploc bags for easy retrieval.  Warm in microwave before serving.

 

Sweet Sunday July 19, 2010

Filed under: Baking,Crock Pot,Desserts — lindsayrose @ 3:37 am

Sunday always has that double-edged sword feel to it.  I try so hard not to spend Sunday thinking about all that lies ahead of me for the coming week.  I try to spend my week being sure that I am caught up, so that I don’t have to spend all day Sunday catching up – feeling as though I am losing a whole day of my weekend.  Cleaning bathrooms, dusting, grocery shopping, folding laundry – not my favorite ways to spend one of my two days per week off.

Today, my in-laws came over for lunch.  I wanted to enjoy the time that we had over the weekend and not feel as though we were running around like crazy trying to get our lives in order and trying to get everything ready for both the day AND the week ahead – I wanted it to be enjoyable, not stressful.  I found a quick and easy recipe to make for lunch, slow cooker pulled pork.  We made baked beans and my mother and father in law brought corn on the cob.  It was all pretty tasty, and took about 10 minutes to throw together on Sunday morning.

For dessert, I tried a new cake.  I found the recipe for Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cake and thought it sounded worth a try.  Well, everyone agreed that it was delicious – even Ross who is not a dessert lover (crazy man).  We served it with a scoop of coffee ice cream, and the flavors went together really well.  Some of the reviews mentioned adding cinnamon, which I intended to do but forgot.  It would be good, but isn’t necessary – it is super tasty just like this.  In fact, I think I am going to go get another piece right now…

 

A Possible Comeback July 17, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — lindsayrose @ 8:22 pm

I’m not sure if this will work or not, but I just might start writing on this blog again.  Selfishly, it is in many ways for my own reasons.  I use this blog all of the time when I am meal planning.  I love to go back and see what we liked so I know what to make again.  Well, if you don’t write and post recipes, there is no way for me to remember.  I find a large majority of my recipes online, and I’m terrible about printing them out and filing them in my recipe box.  I also make a lot of them up, and then forget about them.  I’ve found so many recipes on here that I had completely forgotten about, but that we loved and I was thrilled to make again.  So, maybe I will start-up again, as somewhat of a food diary to myself.  And if anyone else wants to read, then that’s great too.

Some of my family has also requested that I post my weekly column on here in case they can’t find it online.  Here’s the one that was in The Sanford Herald this past week.

Cooking is an art, and is apparently judged in the same manner.  A few years back, I received a Sandra Lee “Semi-Homemade” magazine in my stocking at Christmas.  I brought it with me to a meeting to browse during breaks and a co-worker commented that Sandra Lee had no business having a show on Food Network – she used canned foods, and “real cooks” wouldn’t use things from a can. 

Well, I disagree.  While I try to use fresh foods as much as possible, sometimes the convenience, bargain, and flavor that come with a can really add to a menu.  While watching Food Network this weekend, I saw a commercial for a reality cooking show.  One of the contestants was telling the story of how he became a cook.  He had worked in a completely unrelated field until he received a heart transplant.  The heart that he received was from a chef.  I find that to be a fascinating story in both a heartwarming and scientifically amazing way.

You see, I believe that it doesn’t matter whether the food that you use comes from your garden, a box or a can.  It doesn’t matter where the recipe originated or how many times it has been changed through the years.

Good food comes from the heart.  It’s not just the edible ingredients that make a food what it is.  It’s what the cook puts into it.

Like art, what one may consider a masterpiece, another may view as nothing more than a paint by number or a child’s scribble.  However if you hang it on your wall and it brings a smile to your face, a happy memory to your mind or a comforting feeling to your soul, then it is a masterpiece.  Likewise, if your food warms your heart while it pleases your palate, then you just go ahead and call it gourmet – no matter where the ingredients may have come from.

Turkey Stroganoff

1 lb ground turkey

1/2 c chopped onion

2-3 cloves garlic

1 T olive oil

1 T flour

salt and pepper

1 can cream of mushroom soup

4 oz can mushrooms, drained

1 c (8 oz) sour cream (I always use light)

12 oz egg noodles, cooked

 Heat oil in pan over medium high heat.  Add onions and garlic, cook until onions are translucent.  Add ground turkey and cook until browned.  Drain meat if necessary.  Add flour, salt and pepper, stir.  Add cream of mushroom soup and mushrooms.  Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.  Remove from heat, add sour cream.  Mix well.  Serve over egg noodles.

 

Spoiled Rotten November 10, 2009

Filed under: Comfort Foods,Entrees,Side Dishes,Vegetarian — lindsayrose @ 2:56 am

Yup, that is what I have been lately.  Ross is the best ever and has not only been planning meals, but grocery shopping for them and cooking them as well… and even doing the dishes!  I wonder how long I can make this last after  the baby is born?

This past weekend, Ross made a super delicious home cooked, comfort food meal.  He made homemade mac and cheese and oven fried chicken.  They were both so very delicious.  The baked chicken had a delicious flavor and was so juicy and tender.  The baked mac and cheese was awesome – we have almost cleaned off the 9×13 dish of it that was made only 2 nights ago!  Ross said that after reading the reviews he doubled the amount of evaporated milk (adding 1 cup total) and added an extra egg as well.  It was perfect.  I loved it and can’t wait to make it again.  It is different than my Mom’s mac and cheese – just different enough that it is worth keeping both recipes in our repetoire!

Tonight, Ross made Curried Chicken and Brown Rice Casserole.  We both really, really loved it.  The mixture of the curry, tomatoes, raisins and cinnamon sound so random, but taste so well together.  Ross used chicken thighs instead of breasts and it was so delicious – and according to him, fairly easy to prepare.  I can’t wait to make this one again very soon. 

It’s been forever since I posted last, and with a baby joining our family on Wednesday at the latest, it will probably be awhile again.  These were all just too good not to share!

 

Homemade Burritos September 10, 2009

Filed under: Entrees — lindsayrose @ 1:59 am

I’ve been extra spoiled lately by having lots and lots of homemade meals cooked for me.  Tonight, Ross and I cooked together, but he did the bulk of the work.  He made his famous homemade burritos – something that he has made a few times for himself while I was not home.  I’ve been wanting to try them for a long time, so I was super excited when he agreed to make them this week.

 

The recipe that he uses for the chicken filling is found on allrecipes.com.  It is called Salsa Burrito Chicken Filling, and it is oh so tasty.  The real treat about these, however, is the homemade crepes that serve as the tortillas.  That recipe can be found here on cooks.com.  He only uses the recipe for the crepes, we haven’t tried the first part of that recipe. 

 

After preparing the chicken and crepes, he spreads a layer of refried beans on the crepes, fills them with the chicken filling, tops them with some cheese and rolls them up.  They are placed seam side down in a 9×13 dish (spread some salsa on the bottom of the dish first), topped with salsa and more shredded cheese, and baked for about 20 minutes at 350.

 

Aaaaaaah…. SO good.  And so creative!  Once again, I am so thankful to have found a man who is such a good cook, and who enjoys being so creative in the kitchen. 

 

We served these up with some sour cream on top and with some fried Mexi-corn.  Just delicious!