Archive for October, 2010

Is Halloween Over with Yet?

I hate to be a bah-humbug  but I’m not into the creepy, weird Halloween food.  I’m so looking forward to November 1st tomorrow and getting on with the “real holidays.”

I swear, if I have to look at another pizza that looks like a spider web of cheese or “eyeballs” made with all kinds of different things or cupcakes that look like skulls.

Seems like every couple years the foods get a little more gross. And with the popularity of red velvet cake when you bite into some of these “treats” it’s almost like biting into real red flesh.  Ewwwwwwww!

Lordy!  It just doesn’t seem at all appetizing.

When I was a kid I loved Halloween – planning out my costume with my Mom’s help. Going trick or treating. Sorting out all the candy afterward and getting almost sick on too much chocolate and sugar.

Ahhhh!! Those were the days!

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October 31, 2010 at 11:52 am 4 comments

Roasted Four-way Potatoes

Ever gone to a restaurant and  ordered the combination plate?  Sometimes I jokingly call it – “the indecision plate.”  Can’t decide what you want – so, you get a little of everything.

That’s what these roasted four-way potatoes are like.  But really brilliant. It’s perfect when you want a lot of color on the side of your plate in a starchy side dish.  Which is surprising because starches like potatoes, rice and pasta are typically white unless you add color with bits of bell pepper, scallions or whatever you like.

What I love about these potatoes is they contain the rich, gorgeous colors of fall. But they have an effortless ease – like a comfortable pair of jeans that always fit just right.

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October 31, 2010 at 10:02 am Leave a comment

It’s Friday After 6:00 PM

And I’ve worked pretty hard all week.

Between getting this blog going and operating my regular business it’s the weekend and I couldn’t be happier.

My husband Ernie took off a couple hours ago.  He’s on his way to Southern California to see our grandkids play soccer and flag football.  I went with him on a similar weekend two weeks ago.

He is 65 and semi-retired.  I am 52 and definitely not retired.

He’ll be back home Sunday late in the afternoon.  We gave each other warm hugs and kisses when he left and now I’m on my own for two days.

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October 29, 2010 at 6:15 pm 3 comments

Mediterranean Parfait with Greek Yogurt

I love dessert.  But a dessert that’s simple to prepare, moderately healthy and elegant all at the same time is a winner in my book.

I was watching Tony Bourdain of “No Reservations” on the Travel Channel do a show in Greece.  He ate some Greek yogurt in a simple dish with a little honey and walnuts. He almost swooned.

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October 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm 2 comments

When Food is Ugly

Let’s be honest. We don’t always have time to make a gorgeous, enticing meal every night.  Cooking and eating aren’t always picture perfect.

That’s where I’m at tonight. Right now.  My husband is zonked out with CNN droning away on the boob tube in the other room.  While I’m trying to figure out what I can put together in 15 minutes flat with the ingredients in my frig after a busy afternoon working. I have a little more leftover chili from the pot I made on Sunday – but I’ve had it a couple days in a row and I’m kinda chili’d out.

It’s not going to be easy.  Or pretty.  This is when food goes ugly. This is when food goes “trailer trash.”

It’s crazy, isn’t it?

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October 27, 2010 at 7:53 pm 2 comments

Turkey Chili w/ Tri-color Beans

There’s nothing that quite warms the cockles of your heart like a gorgeous bowl of chili.  I’ve been excited about making and eating hearty soups since our temps here in Vegas dropped into what’s probably considered balmy for most folks but chilly by our standards.  After all, it’s over 100 degrees for about four months of the year.
This recipe originated from Epicurious.com but I made a few changes.  Their version was all white cannelini beans – I mixed it up a bit.  Their version called for beef broth – I used a combination of white wine and chicken broth.  I also had about four ounces of smoked chicken sausage left over from the Carmelized Onion Pizza so I tossed it in to add a little bit of smoky flavor. You could do the same with cooked, crumbled up bacon if you’d like. Or not.
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October 25, 2010 at 9:01 pm 4 comments

Carmelized Onion Pizza

Friday afternoon I was surfing and discovering different food blogs – just to get connected with the foodosphere out there.  I learned a lot and got some inspiration, too.

On a blog called “He Cooks – She Cooks” they shared a recipe for a pizza made predominantly with carmelized onions.  It sounded amazing and like something that would be just the ticket with a cup of tomato bisque for dinner.

I made a few changes and came up with a pizza reasonably close to the original version but slightly healthier and easier.  A friend asked me how it turned out. I said it was so decadent it was like food porn.  Bown-chicka-chicka-bown-bown!

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October 24, 2010 at 1:03 pm 3 comments

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