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this one deserves some home cooked soup.

Tonight was the first night I ever cooked with leeks.  I had to look up on you tube how to cut them.  Did you know they grow in the sand and so you need to slice them in half to almost the end of the root and fan them out while under running water so you can get all of the grit out? Quite interesting, eh?

Well, I cute them into 1 inch slices and sauteed in some oil while I cut the potatoes and butternut squash into cubes.

Next, I put in half a package of bacon that I sliced thinly.

Then, I threw the prepared potatoes and squash in to saute as well, with a few pinches of thyme, salt, and pepper.

After everything seemed a bit softened (and my house smelled uber yummy), I poured in 2 cans of broth.

I let it simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes – until all of the veggies were soft and easy to mash – while I baked some garlic bread sticks.

Then, I mashed it with a potato masher, poured in a cup of half and half, let sit for one minute and served with the bread sticks.

Voila, my darlings.  Winter Vegetable Chowder (with bacon).  (per savingdinner.com)

ETA: I am taking back the camera.  Why am I so impulsive?  I should save the gift cards for gardening supplies in the spring & summer.  We’ll see, they’re just burning a hole in my pocket.

This, my friends, is why I still have the baby weight (after almost 4 years).

Here’s the recipe:

1/2 c butter

2 mushed bananas

1/2 c sour cream

2 eggs

2 c flor

1ts baking soda

1/2ts salt

3/4 c sugar

1 c chocolate chips

preheat oven 350

grease loaf pan

beat sugar, softened butter, banana, sour cream and eggs

stir in flour, baking soda, and salt

mix in chocolate chips

pour into pan

bake approx. 55 mins

cool 15 mins

eat 2 huge pieces. and then feel really guilty that you indulged in something so fabulously tasting that you wrap up the rest and tell your husband to take it to work with him in the morning.

grocery shoppin’

I haven’t posted my adventures in grocery shopping for a while.  We’ve been affected by the recession and I’ve been trying to figure out how best to budget for food.  For the last couple of months, we’ve been buying here and there.  But then I perused a cookbook I had kept, called Saving Dinner, and decided to try and give it a go again.  I love it, because it gives you week by week meals with recipes and shopping lists.  And every meal is very nutritious, lots of veggies, not too much meat, and soup and crock pot meals every week.  Here’s a week’s worth of groceries for Winter (oh yeah, and they’re broken up into seasons!!), week 6 (for 100.00 and that’s including snacks and lunches and the designated meals).  http://savingdinner.com/

Here was the meal plan:

honey mustard glazed chicken with rice and cauliflower
my big fat greek stuffed peppers with baked sweet potato
spiced fish with cilantro and lime with mashed potato and kale
skillet turkey jambalaya with salad
cream of broccoli cheddar soup with salad and home made rolls
crock pot tuscan chicken and beans with salad

And we had tons!!! of leftovers.

(and yes, that’s diet coke.  I fell of the wagon again.  you know, just the diet coke wagon.  not the spiked version!)

sun dried tomatoes

During the summer, I was worried I wouldn’t have enough tomatoes.  But alas, in came the end of summer.  Since I plucked all of the green ones and let them ripen on the counter, I’ve run out of things to make with them.  I already made 2 batches of salsa.  So, I decided to sun ripen them.

The sun hasn’t been out and it is freeeezing, so I did it the oven method.

I cut the tomatoes in half, placed cut side up on a baking sheet, sprinkled with kosher salt, and baked at 200 degrees for 5 hours (it can take up to 12 hours, but since I had little ones, it didn’t take as long).


That many tomatoes made just enough for half a sandwich baggie.  They store indefinitely, but I have plans for them for Thanksgiving, so stay tuned…

homemade pizzaahhhh.

I’m Italian, but I need all the help I can get.  So, I used my bread maker to rise the dough.  and the recipe from the bread machine cookbook.  Here it is:

1 1/3 c water

2 1/2 tsp olive oil

2/3 tsp. salt

2 c all purpose flour

2 c whole wheat flour

packet of yeast

when it’s finished rising (about 1 hr 20 min), roll it out with a pin and top with ingredients.  Tonight we used green olives, kalamata olives, turkey sausage (we cooked ourselves and cut up), and tomatoes from my garden.

For fun, here are some pics of my husband being goofy while topping the pizza w/cheese:



You say tomato, I say tomato.

So, I am in the process of jotting down the notes of the failures and successes of my summer garden.  In the mean time, while we wait for me to make a post of those, I’d like to tell you about the tomatoes…There wasn’t any time to wait for them to ripen on the vine, so I picked them, put them in a paper bag, and hoped they’d ripen on their own.  And that they did!!!  As they started to turn, I would take them out of the bag and put them in the windowsill.  And once they were really red, I’d put them in a bowl to gather a few for salsa.


Here’s my salsa recipe:

lots of tomatoes

some basil, and a peppermint leaf

lots of garlic

a little bit of onion

1/2 bushel trimmed cilantro

a few pinches of kosher salt

a jalapeno – 1/2 if you don’t like it too spicy, 1/4 if you like it milder

squirt of lemon

blend in a food processor.  It gets a bit frothy, but yummmmmmmmmmm it’s delicio!!!


I put into containers and freeze for the winter!!!  Lots of fresh salsa is really, really, really good for you!

Homemade pita and hummus.

I’m no betty crocker, so I am not even pretending these are my own recipes.  I borrowed them from one of my my mom groups.  But they’re yummy nonetheless, and need to be shared….So here they are:

Pita: 1 1/2 cup warm water, 3 cups whole wheat white flour, 1 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp sugar, 1 packet of yeast.  stir and beat down to dough.  take 2 inch balls and roll out with pin.  Place on back of pan and broil for 3 minutes.  tadahhh, there you go.

Hummus: In a processor, throw in 1 can of chickpeas, a lot of garlic, a few pinches each of parsley and basil, sprinkle of salt, 1 lemon’s worth of lemon juice, 1 tbspn olive oil.  Blend, add more olive oil to desired consistency.


Proof that it’s yummy: