Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
A week with my brother and nephew, it was really nice. My nephew, 4 yrs old, likes to go see the buffalope(buffalo)as he calls them, and he was able to pet some sheep. I did too! They were so cute! My nephew also loves "tofood" or what you and I call tofu. LOL! They left to go home on Friday, then my mother-in-law came up late Saturday night to use our computer then left early Sunday. She and my father-in-law will be back up on Friday for Keaton's Science Fair. Next?!!!! We have rooms available on....jk! We love having visitors.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
For starters it's been so freakin cold out lately. Sunny but cold. Burrrrrr! Okay weather report is out of the way. Moving on....Primal Strips.
Tuesday nights I don't usually make a time intensive meal due to Keaton's guitar lessons being in the late afternoon and it's also our night to watch LOST. You know speaking of LOST, we finally got a little bit of the puzzle answered after all of these episodes! I also had an exciting moment last night, well for me anyways. It's when Ben is in the teacher role and writes "ELBA" on the chalkboard, Elba spelled backwards is Able, you know how there is all these secret messages and references in each episode. Anyways, I was excited I caught it, if even if it doesn't mean anything. Bake to the food. I had a few huge potatoes sitting in my pantry so that's what we had. Baked potatoes topped with sauteed swiss chard and mushrooms. Filling and comforting. Yum!
The other day at New Frontiers, our local health food store, I found my new favorite foundation. It's EMANI Minerals. I've been preferring the liquid foundations over the powdered ones, so it's nice to find more of them out there. It's always so hard to find a new foundation that works, you know? So while I was at the store and I rubbed some of the foundation on top of my hand to try it out and when I got home to wash my hands I couldn't tell that there was any foundation on it. I mean, it blended in so well! I went back the next day to purchase some before we went out with some friends and it feels so light on the skin. It doesn't feel like you have any foundation on at all. It is a light to medium coverage. It is also vegan and gluten free! This color is the Oyster Beige. My skin is lighter during the winter months so I'll have to go to the medium color during the summer. Check it out!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Lots on my mind lately that I really want to blog about but that will have to wait for now. So I will quickly post a few things I've whipped up this last week.
Celine & Joni's new cookbook is ending soon so this past week I've been busy. This is a Macadamia Brie which I've got to tell you, an interesting flavor, but really good. It was so easy to throw together and what a great addition to serving this as an appetizer with a fruit compote on top served alongside crackers, pears and apples and a lovely glass of sparkling or red wine.
I picked me up some organic raw cacao gogi energy squares the other day from New Frontiers and these babies are so good! Now I need to try to make them.
It's still soup/chilli weather outside so I wanted something warm for dinner but didn't want to make chilli... again! So for something different I made us Tortilla Soup. I would of liked it hotter, was out of jalepeno's, but it still went over really well with the family, everyone had seconds. I topped it off with baked tortilla strips, avocado and a homemade cashew cheese. By the way this Nutty Cashew Cheese is also in the upcoming cookbook I've been testing and it melts!!! I made a quesadilla with it the other day and I was so excited!!!
8 corn tortillas for baking
olive or canola oil
1 large sweet onion
3-4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 jalepeno(optional)or half if really hot
1 1/2 tsp oregano
3/4-1 tsp cumin
6 cups vegetable broth or no-chicken broth(imagine foods)
1 bay leaf
1 14.5 oz can Muir Glen roasted tomatoes or you could use fresh tomatoes diced.
1 4oz. diced green chillies
2 Tbsp. Tequila (optional)
3/4 cup frozen corn
1 1/4 cup black beans
1/4 cup cilantro (optional)for garnish
Heat oven to 350. Take each tortilla and spray both sides with canola or olive oil spray(this cuts down on fat). Take 4 tortillas and slice into thing strips, the other 4 cut into quarters. Next lay tortilla strips and whole tortillas on a cookie sheet or aluminum foil placed on oven rack. After 5-10 minutes, when the quarted tortillas are soft take out and set aside. Continue to bake the strips for another 10 minutes until crispy, take out and set aside.
In a large cast iron pot or stew pot heat olive oil/canola oil and then add onion. Saute until almost soft then add the garlic. Once completely soft add the bay leaf ,jalepeno(if you are choosing to), green chillies, oregano, cumin and saute another minute. Next stir in the tequila if you choose to, tomatoes and the quartered tortilla's and the broth. Simmer with lid on for about 25minutes. Once this is done take an emersion blender to the soup and blend until smooth or desired consistancy, it will look a bit creamy from the tortillas. Add the corn and black beans, cook for another 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls, top with tortilla strips and any other garnish you may want.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Happy Monday and first day of March. Day light savings is coming upon us. I can't wait!!! It's been off and on rain over the weekend. Friday evening it started raining non stop through Saturday morning. Then Saturday night it was so flippen cold....burrrrr! More rain tonight or tomorrow. Bring it on!