Sunday, January 30, 2011

Chocolate Dipped Straweberries


So I was just on one of my favorite blogs, Be Different...Act Normal and came across this really fun idea. I am totally going to bring these for our Super Bowl Party this year. Who says you have to have eat fattening, greasy, unhealthy food. Not me. So this year I am putting aside the buffalo wings and pizza, and going to bring sushi and chocolate dipped strawberries. Yeah they probably won't taste that good together, but I don't really care. How can you pass up these cute little things?! Oh man, I am so excited to make these.

Banana Cookies


Yesterday after I put away all of the items from my Bountiful Basket, I realized that I had 18 bananas sitting in my kitchen. No they didn't all come in the basket, but the day before I had gone to Costco and bought some. Yeah smart move I know, but I hope Im not the only one who goes into a store at times and just starts aimlessly wandering around throwing things in the cart.
ANYWAY, so this morning I decided that I need to think of something I could do with some of these bananas. I didn't want to make more banana bread (cuz I just made some last week) and I didn't want to make a pie...but I was having a sweet tooth. So I started searching online and came across this recipe at simplerecipes.com.
To be honest I had never, ever, thought of making a banana cookie...a banana cookie...really?! So I thought I would give it a try. They turned out really good.
They look like a cookie, but have the consistency of a banana bread or muffin.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bountiful Baskets


So I just got done putting away all the fruits and vegetables that I got from my very first Bountiful Baskets excursion. I must say, that is a really fun experience and you get what you pay for thats for sure.
For those of you who don't know what Bountiful Baskets is, I will explain a little. Bountiful Baskets is not a business. It is a group of people who work together for mutual benefit. Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op is constantly growing to reach new areas as volunteers want to have a co-op site close to their home. They train with an existing Volunteer Site Coordinator and request a site to be added. They are completely volunteer-run and make no profit. They purchase these fruits and vegtables from all over the states, and Mexico. You never know exactly what will come in your basket because they change it every week depending on what is in season and price of food.
Anyway, you go online to http://www5.bountifulbaskets.org/ and register. The days that you can purchase your basket is on Monday after 12 until Tuesday at midnight. Although from what I have seen they run out pretty fast. You place your order for what you want (number of baskets, and any other special offers such as bread, honey, etc.) and then you go on Saturday to pick it up. Now when you go you have to bring your own basket, bag, or box to carry your stuff in. You stand in line, sign in, and then go to wherever your food is located. Once you have loaded it up, you lug it all back to your car and enjoy. In the typical basket you get 6 vegetables and 6 fruits. Now I don't mean you only get 1 of each. For example, today I got:
1 bunch of romain lettuce
2 cucumbers
1 bundle of asparagus
1 head of cauliflower
3 bunches of broccoli
10 tomatoes
6 oranges
7 apples
2 pomelos
1 canetelope
1 box of stawberries
9 bananas
Basically overall, I am very impressed. It runs very smoothly and you get a ton for what you pay for in my opinion. Plus, I wouldn't normally go to the store and buy some asparagus or pomelos, so its a good chance to try some new things or things that you are to cheap to buy! I can't wait to make smoothies out of some of this stuff! I will definitely be doing this again and hopefully I will get up early enough to go and volunteer sometime.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Shrimp with Spicy Garlic Sauce


This recipe was so simple and it made me bring out my wok which I haven't used in quite some time. Overall, its a nice meal jam packed with vegetables.
The thing I love about making stir-fry is that you can add so so so many different vegetables or meats, throw a little sauce on it and boom...you've got a fabulous dish made with fresh ingredients, all in one dish!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Banoffee Pie...or mess :)


I saw this recipe on the food network channel while I was in Las Vegas with my sister. Of course she was taking forever getting ready (love you sis) so I had a little time to watch some cooking show. I don't remember exactly which show it was from but I had to come home and make it. I have now made this pie twice and the more I have it, the more I like it! So I thought I would share the recipe and see what everybody else thinks of it. I already know I have one fan...one of my nephews, so hopefully there will be a few more who can enjoy it as much as him!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Slow Cooker Jambalaya


I don't know why I have always feared making jambalaya. For some reason it always seemed really time consuming and difficult. But I found this recipe on the betty crocker website and I had to try it. IT WAS SOOOOO GOOD, so I thought I would share it with everybody. I hope you like it as much as we did.
This particular recipe isn't a spicy one. Although you can totally adjust the spice in it by simply adding more of the red pepper sauce, or some of your favorite spicy flavorings.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Panzanella-and-Sausage Salad


Sam and I branched out a little bit and tried this very interesting looking dish for dinner tonight. It turned out actually REALLY good. Now I didn't have everything that this dish called for but here is the original recipe and then I will let you know what I used. Enjoy.
~UPDATE~ This is my all time favorite recipe ever. I make this all the time now and it never gets old. Its good hot, its good cold, its good at room temperature. I don't put the bread in the bowl if I plan to have leftovers I just serve the rest of it on top of some crunchy grilled french bread.

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