Monday, February 27, 2012

Truffle oil

I have been dying to try a truffle. We watch the cooking show where they shave a little of the truffles on pasta or eggs and they carry on so much that I have been wanting to try some. Now I do not know of any restaurant that servers a dish with real truffles and I sure wish they grew in my back yard as the things are so expensive we saw one listed for over $500. for 8 oz. Now I could pay off some bills with that kind of money. I settled for the oil. Boy this was great on scrambled eggs. It does have a very earthy smell and taste like a mushroom. It is also a little addicting. It makes you want more.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday Cats, Callie and Minie Me

Here is a picture of Whiskers mom and brother Minnie Me. We hope they made it where ever they ended up. At least the boys were fixed and may have had a chance.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Jalapeno Sweet Potato Soup

This was not as spicy or hot as we thought it would be. It did have a real good flavor. recipe rom
3 slices bacon finley chopped
1 med onion chopped
2 Tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic sliced
4 lbs sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
8 cups chicken broth (we used one and the rest we used chicken bullion)
1/4 cup pickled jalapeno peppers coarsely chopped
2 Tablespoons jalapeno juice
1 teaspoon cumin (we added a pinch more)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
1 1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
Saute bacon and onion in butter in large stock pot till clear, add garlic and cook 2 more minutes.
Add sweet potatoes,chicken broth pickled jalapenos jalapeno juice and cumin, cover and cook until potatoes are tender. (about 30 minutes)
When tender add soda, milk and cilantro coarsely mash with a potato masher, stir well and taste to see if you need to add more salt and or pepper.
Simmer for 15 minutes stirring frequently.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sunday Cats Whiskers and Marbles

Here is a picture of Whiskers (white whiskers) and his brother Marbles taken when he was outside. Marbles was wife's favorite. We had Whiskers, Marbles, and Minnie Me all brothers neutered. Unfortunately about a week after that Marbles came up missing the next week Minnie Me was gone then the third week Momma Callie was missing. Wife thinks they were trapped and what happened to them after that kept her up nights for weeks. We took Whiskers and brought him in the house so he would not suffer the same fate as his brothers. We think Moonface is most likely the papa cat.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Toll House Chocolate Chips Cookies

I am not going to post this recipe because all you have to do is follow the directions on the chocolate chips bag. What could be better than a warm cookie with a cold glass of milk.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Pear salad with balsamic reduction

We like a pear salad with mayo or yogurt with cheese but this time we took the pear juice and put in a sauce pan and but balsamic vinegar with it and simmered and it to reduce to a syrup then used it over the pears to give it a little kick.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Lemon Cream Chicken

This was a very tasty chicken dish so give it a try and pretty easy. Another nice date night like meal that looks like you know what you are doing in the kitchen and pretty easy.
Thanks to Taste of Home
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon all purpose divided.
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
6 boneless skinless chicken breast
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup heavy whipping cream divided
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms sliced
In a large plastic bag combine 1/2 cup flour, salt, and pepper add chicken a few pieces at a time.
Seal and shake to coat.
In a large skillet cook chicken in butter for about 8-9 minutes on each side or until meat thermometer reads 170. remove chicken and cover and keep warm.
Add broth to pan drippings. Bring to a boil over med heat, stir to loosen browned bits. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes or till broth is reduced to 1/3 cup. Stir in 3/4 cup of cream, lemon juice and mushrooms. Cook over med-low heat for about 5 minutes.
Combine remaining flour and cream until smooth in bowl. Stir into skillet bring to a boil. and cook stirring for about 2 minutes or until thickened. return chicken to skillet and heat through.
This did not say to serve over pasta but we thought it would be good and it was.

Monday, February 13, 2012


We caught John Folse cooking this recipe and thought we would give it a try. Round steak is used and we don't use this cut of meat very often but it turned out really tasty. This feeds six but we cut the recipe in half for us.
2 medium size round steak
1 cup flour
1/4 cup bacon drippings or shortening
1 cup onion diced
1 cup celery diced
1/2 cup bell pepper finely diced
1 cup tomatoes (we used a can if diced)
1 cup green onions finely diced
3 cups beef stock (we used beef bouillon all we had)
1/4 cup garlic diced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste
(we added a little red pepper flakes)
Cut steaks into 3 inch square cubes and season to taste with salt and pepper. Dust with flour and set aside.
In (we use a cast iron dutch oven) heavy bottom dutch oven heat oil over med high heat saute round steaks until brown on all sides.
Add onions,celery,bell pepper,tomatoes,green onions and garlic. Saute until vegetables are wilted about 3 to 5 minutes.
Add beef stock and bring to a low boil and reduce heat to a simmer.
Cover and allow to cook slowly for about 45 minutes, stir occasionally to keep seasoning from scorching. Once tender add mushrooms and parsley.
Adjust seasoning if necessary cook about 10 more minutes.
Meanwhile while this is cooking cook grits according to directions.
When ready serve over the grits.
This is supposed to be a breakfast or brunch meal but we ate it at night.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sunday Cats, Stinker

Before this weekend we were having really warm weather and the boys were really enjoying the front porch. The little birdies in the azaleas around the porch just drive Stinker crazy. Here he is all tuckered out from running from one end to the other.