Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Homemade Mayo...because I was too lazy to go to the store.

Kiddo requested BSTs for dinner this week.  BST?  Bacon, spinach, and turkey sandwiches.  Mr. E & I actually have BSTATs...bacon, spinach, turkey, avocado, tomato.  They're a favorite...and oh-so-fancy. (Not.)
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At 5:00pm, I realized we were OUT OF MAYONNAISE.  Keep in mind that the grocery store is about 3 minutes away, but the thought of going back after having been there 3 hours earlier was just *too much.*

So, I decided to try making homemade mayonnaise.  Guess what?  It's EASY!  Who knew?!?
easy homemade mayo recipe ::: bake at 350 {savory}
I am not kidding you that after I made it, Helen Reddy's "I am Woman (hear me roar)" started playing in my head.  Apparently making mayonnaise at home brings to mind feminist anthems from the 1970s.  Somehow, I don't think this is what Helen Reddy had in mind.

Anyhoo...I used Alton Brown's recipe exactly as written (<click link for the recipe).  There are many variations of homemade mayo, but the one factor they all have in common is to add the oil S-L-O-W-L-Y in the beginning, like drop by drop.  You'll see it in the instructions.
easy homemade mayo recipe ::: bake at 350 {savory}
Homemade mayo...sometimes good things come from being too lazy to go to the store. :)


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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Apple, Grape and Celery Salad

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Two truths about me:
  1. I'm not good at side dishes.  I'm not sure if I'm lazy (I am), or if it's that we have a family of three and making another dish will just lead to more leftovers we won't eat.  Whatever the reason, our "side dishes" look a lot like "a pile of baby carrots," or "a handful of grape tomatoes."
  2. As a rule, I don't waste calories on salad.  (Well, unless it's a salad with Snickers.)  It's not that I don't like salad...I'd just rather eat a sandwich.
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OK...so now that you know me a little better, I'd like to introduce you to a salad and a side dish that makes a pretty frequent appearance in our house.

It's quick...it's easy...and it keeps the in fridge for a few days. (The vinegar keeps the apples from browning.)  Call it an updated, lighter Waldorf Salad.  Call it lunch.  Call it your new favorite.

{Adapted from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food}

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Apple, Grape, and Celery Salad

1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1 cup red grapes, halved
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1 Pink Lady apple, thinly sliced
1 TBSP white wine vinegar
1 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

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Toss the pecans, grapes, celery, and apples with the vinegar and olive oil.  (I like to slice and add the apples last to prevent browning.)

Season with salt & pepper. (Yes, salt and pepper on fruit.)

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What's your favorite EASY side dish?




Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Irish Beer Cheese Soup

Do I even need to write anything here?  This recipe contains beer, cheese, and is topped with popcorn.  I think it speaks for itself. ;)
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I ask you to forgive the pictures as we were trying to sit down to dinner, the popcorn was sinking, and well, I was hungry.  Picture this soup with a pretty mound of popcorn on top.  Thank you.

What makes this soup Irish?  It starts here:
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Irish beer, and two Irish cheeses...Kerrygold Dubliner with Irish Stout (I've been eating this like candy lately), and Vintage Dubliner.  If you aren't feeling Irish, or can't find Kerrygold, feel free to substitute cheddar.  Be sure to grate the cheese at home; the pre-grated stuff is coated keeping it from melting properly.

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Irish Beer Cheese Soup
{serves 4}

2 TBSP butter
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
2 TBSP flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
2 dashes cayenne pepper
1 (12 oz) bottle beer
1 cup milk
1 cup grated Kerrygold Dubliner with Irish Stout
1 cup grated Kerrygold Vintage Dubliner
popped popcorn
smoked paprika

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onion and celery and cook until tender, about 2-3 minutes. 

Stir in the flour and spices, stirring and cooking until the flour is incorporated.

Add in the beer and milk, stir occasionally until it comes to a boil.  Boil 1 minute, then reduce the heat to low.
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Add the grated cheese a bit at a time, stirring until melted.  Ladle into bowls and top with popcorn and a sprinkling of smoked paprika.

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Serve with a big hunk of Irish Soda Bread.



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