Friday, July 30, 2010
Green Bean & New Potato Salad
2 lb. new potatoes, quartered
2 T. salt
2 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed
Rosemary Vinaigrette (recipe below)
Boil potatoes in salted water for about 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and let cool. Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil with the 2 T. salt; add beans. Cook for about 6 minutes until beans are crisp-tender. Drain. Plunge beans into ice cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain again. Combine all the veggies in a large bowl and top with rosemary vinaigrette; toss to coat. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
1/2 c. white balsamic vinegar (regular brown balsamic vinegar works just fine, though)
1/4 c. honey
1 T. minced garlic
2 T. fresh chopped rosemary leaves
1/3 c. chopped purple onion
1 T. dijon mustard
1/2 t. salt
Pepper to taste
1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
Process all ingredients except for EVOO in a blender or food processor for about 15-20 seconds. With the blender still running, gradually add the olive oil in a slow, steady stream. Process until smooth. Pour over veggies and toss to coat. *I didn't use the whole cup bc I didn't want my potatoes getting soggy. I saved it in a little jar in the fridge and it tasted very good on just greens.
Anyhow, I saw several cute tutorials on making your own dishmat out of an old towel. They were super cute and I since I'm always looking for a cute, functional project, I gave it a shot. I didn't follow any of the tutorials, though. Too technical! I totally made up my own as I went along so a real seamstress would probably croak if she saw my handiwork. I just pieced together a bunch of fabric pieces and sewed them on the old towel, flipped it inside out, and it was done!
I usually just throw out a regular dishtowel, but I have to use two at a time to hold all the stuff I wash. Since I got those pretty aqua towels, it gave me an excuse to cut one of the old bath towels down to just the right size. I think it's cute in a rather boring kitchen. :)
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
This is my current favorite cookbook. I love it! It has recipes for all year based on what's in season. Southern Living's cookbooks are, in my opinion, the absolute best. Everything I've ever made from them is delicious. I love homestyle cooking, nothing too fancy or complicated, and SL always delivers! I highly recommend this one. I have one other on hand; the rest are packed up in storage with all of my cookbooks. I miss those guys so much...
Place on a foil-lined pan and create a "nest" around the chicken. Don't let the foil touch the chicken. This will serve as a barrier from all of the juices popping up and splattering all over the inside of your oven. Pioneer Woman didn't mention that; I learned it the hard way. Like this.
Throw in a preheated 450-degree oven for about an hour and 15 minutes. Wait for it...
When it's ready, remove it from the oven and let it sit for about 5 minutes before you cut into it. Don't eat the veggies/fruit that you used to stuff it. They just add flavor and keep it moist. You're all done!! The best part is that you don't even have to wash your pan when you're done bc it stayed nice and clean from the foil.
Green Bean, Grape & Pasta Toss
1 c. chopped pecans (I left this out; nuts = yuck!)
8 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
1 lb. thin fresh green beans, trimmed and cut in half
8 oz. penne pasta, prepared and drained
1 c. mayonnaise
1/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. red wine vinegar
1 t. salt
2 c. seedless red grapes, cut in half
1/3 c. diced purple onion
Preheat oven to 350. Arrange pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant. Cook beans in salted boiling water to cover for 5 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Plunge beans in ice water to stop the cooking process. Whisk together the mayo and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl; add pecans, green beans, pasta, grapes, and onion, stirring to coat. Cover and chill for 3 hours; stir in bacon just before serving.
I am obsessed with that pretty aqua color so I made a shower curtain to complement the towels. In my dream world, the walls would be painted a very soft creamy vanilla color; in reality, I have to deal with the khaki. I'm pretty pleased with how the shower curtain turned out. I got it at Kohls on sale, and then added the scrap pieces at the bottom. It's just a mishmash of old Amy Butler, cheapy polka dots, Alexander Henry, and some other stuff that I don't even know the origins of. The next time I make ruffles on something (like later today) I'll know to use almost double the amount that I really think I need. These ruffles were supposed to be more pleated but I ran out of fabric! I was inspired by Gussy's ruffles. She's one of my favorite bloggers :)
This is just some free decor. That blue glass thing was something my mom had. I think it came off of old electric poles or something? The tall glass bottle is being saved until I can do this to it. It was really a used-up bottle of Giada de Laurentis' salad dressing! I have a plan for it, but just haven't got to it yet. The small glass vase/cup was something I picked up a few years ago and had sitting in my closet. I filled it with sand from our recent trip to Mexico, along with the shells we brought home to Lola. The fish is a project Lola made at Bass Pro at Easter. I figured it fit the scheme.
This last pic is a gaudy gold frame that I had in my closet as well. I sprayed it red and added some "art." That's really a t-shirt from my honeymoon in Santa Barbara, CA. Kendall and I fell in love with their food. All of the little surfer diners were so good bc they served like homecooking, but with lots of fresh fruit and stuff. YUM! It's the only thing I really have from the honeymoon so I couldn't bear to throw it away. (It doesn't fit anymore. Can't imagine why.) I just folded up the sleeves and pinned them so they stayed flat, then framed the whole thing. FREE!!! Someday I might make it into a cute dress for Lola, but until then, I needed something on that wall to go with my "new" bathroom.
I make out the menu, fill out my Grocery Store spreadsheet that I made which matches my menu (nerd alert!), and we're all set for the week! We eat supper at 6:00 everyday. My goal is to always have that happen. Extracurricular activities are not going to be a priority in this house. Family meals will be.
As you can see, though, there are times that I grab lunch out somewhere. This week we went to Sonic on our way home from grocery shopping. I make one dessert each week and rarely ever buy snacks. We were in Kansas City over the weekend, so it sort of threw off our usual routine of Monday morning grocery shopping.
And, since I love to craft, I made a little clipboard that holds the menus. I just Mod Podged some cute paper to a little clipboard after I scalloped the edges, and then Gorilla glued some magnets on the back. Easy! And, that's just how I roll...
These are posters that I had my mom get back home in Hominy. They plaster these posters all over town bc the Pawnee Bill Wild West Show is just a few towns over. Last year's posters looked like vintage prints, so as soon as I saw them I knew I needed them. She hit up several businesses around town to see if they'd let her have them when they got ready to take them down -- and they were kind enough to give them to her! Until I can decide what to do for them, they're just hanging on twine with clothespins from his ceiling.
This is a copy of Kendall's Ferdinand book from when he was a kid. His mom gave us a bunch of his old books a couple years ago and I knew they'd be perfect in a little boy's room -- if we ever had a son. So, now they make their home on Cal's shelf. We read them; it's not just for looks. I thought it was funny that Ferdinand made an appearance on The Blindside.
Just some cowboy pop that I spotted while grocery shopping one day. And a deer antler that Kendall found one afternoon while exploring at my parents' house back home.
Kendall's little wooden toy from when he was a kid. Cal's newborn moccasins. I'm a quarter Osage so my kids have their native cards as well. Cal got his Osage name on his first birthday: Hom-Mah-Saun. It means "sentry elk," meaning he's "outside of the herd, a guard, looks out." Granted, the deer antler above isn't an elk antler, but it's kinda close enough...