Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Bad bad babies Dead roll of paper towels

This is Will’s other half, he is out of town this week but will be back Friday and we have a long weekend coming up so we hope to be doing some cooking. The 25 was our 13 anniversary and he was gone so I hope we can whip up something good or go out to eat. Hint hint. We went to a restaurant a month or so ago Mediterranean Fish and Grill. Will had a chicken meat pie to die for. We have looked for a recipe but cannot seem to find one near it. I would like to go back, get another one, and see if we can figure what it is made of.
Mean while the babies have been bad. We know who is leading the young ones astray.

The roll of Paper towels did not survive the attack

Couldn't be them they are so innocent looking.

The guilty one

Saturday, August 23, 2008

I got the I heart your blog award.

Thanks to Dannas Corner, she has helped me learn a new trick. How to add the Cook it Blog it folder and gave me an award of I heat your blog. I have to choose 7 people to pass the award on to so that will have to wait until tomorrow I am afraid. I have my monthly jam tonight and have to get ready. We made a new dish that I will put up tomorrow. Meanwhile this is a watermelon we cut the other day.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Pasta with Asparagus and Shrimp

Been working out of town this week and glad to be back home. Looks like we are set for another round of rainy weather. Looks like I will not get the grass cut this weekend. Still with out a refrigerator so to speak so this is a quick and easy dish for two.

Pasta with Asparagus and Shrimp

12 large shrimp (we use more)
Pasta of choice, linguine spaghetti or angel hair. (we used spaghetti)
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
2 Tablespoons of garlic (we use a little more)
1 teaspoon chopped shallots ( we used a yellow onion and of course added a little more)
10 stalks asparagus cut in 2-inch pieces.
½-cup mushrooms or small can.
¼-teaspoon salt
1/8 dry crushed red pepper (we add a pinch more because we like it spicy)
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil (this is one herb we were able to grow fairly well this year)
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh oregano (this is another we were able to grow fairly well this year)
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 Tablespoon freshly grated parmesan cheese ( We love cheese and this is no way enough so we extra after it is served.)
½ cup dry white wine. Save rest to drink with meal.

1. Cook pasta and ser aside.
2. Heat large skillet about 10 inches or larger. Add olive oil garlic onion and shrimp cook 2 3 minutes stirring constantly until shrimp turn pink.
3. Add asparagus and mushrooms salt and red pepper.
4. Stir in wine scraping bottom of skillet to loosen any partials (the good stuff.)
5. Add pasta, basil and rest of the herbs and cheese.
Serve with crispy bread and enjoy.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Tortilla Snacks

This is one of several yummy snacks from my friend Lisa AKA Mother of the Sky.

Tortilla Snacks
Serve with with salsa.
12 (14-ounce package) flour tortillas
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chilies
3 tablespoons chopped green onion
2 tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper
12 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup salsa or picante sauce
Directions for tortilla roll-ups.
In a medium bowl combine cream cheese, sour cream, chilies, onion, red bell pepper, and Cheddar cheese. Mix thoroughly. Spread onto tortillas and roll up. Cover tightly and chill for 2 hours or overnight. When ready to serve, cut each roll into 1/2-inch slices. Serve with salsa or picante sauce. Makes about 8 dozen pieces of tortilla roll-ups.

August has not been good to me

Well when it rains it pours and I am not talking about the 6+ inches of rain we got Monday and Tuesday. This 8 stuff has not been lucky for us.
Our phone went out Sunday night and I am waiting for the phone guy now they can be here any time between 8 and 7.
The week before we had a real disaster. Both our old refrigerators bought in the 80s died on us. The small one in the back as our back up and wine storage quit completely and we lost everything in the freezer all our beautiful blueberries. That will teach us to put everything in the little chest freezer. At least all our asparagus was in the little chest. We lost the fruit and other veggies that we had in there. Next, the big frig in the kitchen freaked out. The freezer is working but not the bottom so we have had to throw everything out. We thought if we replaced the seal on the bottom part that would help, no didn‘t work. Again, another drawback to living way out here is getting service and delivery. With gas so high now that is where everyone is cutting out the free stuff. Needless to say, we have not been cooking much for now so I will be putting up some stuff we had cooked before the refrigerators went out.