Saturday, September 26, 2009

Kickin' Beef Burger

I was finally
able to cook again.

It feels
like it has
been forever.

It's been a
hectic week.

Kickin' Beef Burger
via: Rachael Ray
  • 2 cups store-bought coleslaw
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapeno chiles
  • 1/4 cup jarred sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, finely chopped, plus 1 tablespoon sauce
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef chuck
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 slices pepper jack cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 onion rolls, split
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 20 chili-flavored kettle-style potato chips

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the coleslaw and jalapeƱos. In a small bowl, combine the sun-dried tomatoes, chipotle chile and adobo sauce.

  2. Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high. In a bowl, combine the beef, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper; shape into 4 patties. Grill the patties for 4 minutes, flip and cook for 4 more minutes, topping with the cheese during the last 2 minutes of cooking.

  3. Meanwhile, spread the butter on the rolls and grill until toasted. Spread the tomato-chipotle mixture on the roll tops and bottoms. Top each roll bottom with some red onion, potato chips, a patty, some coleslaw and a roll top.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Side Note

side note...

For some reason
my blog
was not updating
my Twitter

It was updating
another persons
and then putting it
on my blog.

But don't
I am trying
to fix
the problem.

It will be
back up
and running

Monday, September 21, 2009

Beef and Bean Burger

Since there are
only a few
more days left
of good summer

Micah and I
are trying
to get as much
grilling done
as possible.

Here is a
Burger recipe
that we
just made.

Beef and Bean Burger
via: Rachael Ray
  • 1 pound ground beef sirloin
  • One 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup leftover white or brown rice, cold
  • 1 tablespoon grill seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin (about 1/2 palmful)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground coriander (about 1/2 palmful)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno chile or serrano chile, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • Grated peel and juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 crusty rolls, split
  • 4 leaves red-leaf lettuce
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  1. In a large bowl, combine the beef, beans, rice, grill seasoning, chili powder, cumin and coriander. Form into 4 patties. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook, turning once and lowering the heat slightly for the last few minutes, until browned, 12 minutes.

  2. While the burgers cook, in a medium bowl, mash together the avocado, onion, jalapeno, garlic, lime peel and lime juice. Stir in the sour cream.

  3. Layer each roll bottom with a lettuce leaf, a tomato slice, a beef patty, guacamole and a roll top.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Browned Butter Blueberry Muffins

Or should I say...

Mini Browned Butter
Blueberry Muffins.

I made these
for a potluck
breakfast today!

Thank you
Joy the Baker
for the

Browned Butter Blueberry Muffins

7 tbsp butter
1/3 cup milk
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup blueberries

For the Topping:
3 tbsp softened butter cut into chunks
1/2 cup flour
3 1/2 tbsp sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Keep an eye on it. You need to melt the butter until it starts to turn brown and stop crackling. Remove from the heat.

3. Whisk the milk, egg, egg yolk, and vanilla together then slowly add the melted butter.

4. Whisk flour, sugar, butter and salt together then add the melted butter and milk mixture. Gently fold in the blueberries.

5. For the topping, combine all the topping ingredients together and rub together with your fingertips until crumbly. Sprinkle over the muffin batter (which has been placed in prepared muffin pans).

6. Bake for 10 minutes for mini muffins and 18-20 minutes for regular sized muffins.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Lemom Bluberry Cupcakes

Look how beautiful
my cupcakes
turned out!

They were
Lemon Cupcakes
with a Blueberry filling
and Lemon Buttercream.

So yummy!

Posted 1 Year Ago: "Dining like human beings"

Tuesday, September 15, 2009



That is all
I have to say
about this meal.


1 lbs pork (cut into 1 inch cubes)
1/2 red onion, quartered
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp pepper

1. Place everything in a crock pot and add about 1 cup of water. Cook on high for 5 hours.

2. Remove pork and place in a stock pot. Cook on med-high heat until the water has boiled away and fat has rendered. Stir a few times to make sure that the meat has browned on all sides.

3. Serve with guacamole.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Bobby Pin

How wonderful
would this be.

A little
gold orchid
placed in
your hair.

I just love it.

Prismera Design

Posted 1 Year Ago: "Part 3"

Saturday, September 12, 2009

New York Coffee Cake

Yesterday we threw
a going away party
for our dear friends
Mark and Ashley Smith.

So we were
pretty busy
all day.

But I did
have time to
bake this!

New York Coffee Cake

1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
8 tbsp (1 stick) butter, melted and warm
1 & 3/4 cups flour

1 & 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
6 tbsp butter, softened and cut into chunks
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup buttermilk

For the Topping:
1. Whisk in a small bowl sugars, cinnamon, salt and butter until combined.
2. Add flour and stir with a spatula until it forms a cohesive dough.

For the Cake:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. In a standing mixer, mix flour, sugar, baking soda and salt on low speed (about 1 minute).
3. Add butter one chunk at a time until batter resembles moist chunks.
4. Add eggs, vanilla and butter milk on med-high speed until light and fluffy.
5. Transfer batter to a prepared baking pan (I used a spring-form pan) and top with all the crumb topping.
6. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Banana Muffin with Streusel Topping

If you are
a fan of

then this
muffin recipe
is for you.

Banana Muffin with Streusel Topping

1/2 cup chopped, toasted walnuts

1/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp. flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. butter at room temp., cut into tiny pieces

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 med. mashed ripe bananas
1 lg. egg
1/2 cup half and half
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

To make streusel: mix walnuts, oats, sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. Kneed in butter with your fingers until well combined.

To make muffins: sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in a medium size bowl. In a large bowl, mix bananas, egg, half and half, butter, brown sugar, and vanilla. Wisk in dry ingredients until combined.

Divide into muffin pans and top with streusel. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Monday, September 7, 2009

Strawberry Turkey Club Sandwich

Now I know
this recipe
a bit strange
but please
stay with me...

it is amazing!

By far
one of the best
I have had
in a long time.

Strawberry Turkey Club Sandwich

12 oz bacon
1 lb slicked turkey breast
salt and pepper
1 avocado
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/3 cup mayo
6 slices whole wheat toast
2 cups lettuce (or baby spinach)
1 cup sliced strawberries

1. Cook bacon until crispy then drain on paper towels.
2. Using a food processor (or you can do it by hand) puree avocado and lemon juice, then transfer to a bowl and stir in the mayo. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Assemble the sandwich: bread, avocado spread, strawberries, lettuce, chicken, bacon, avocado spread, and lastly another piece of bread.

Makes 3 sandwiches.

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Arm Candy

I love what
has done
with their
new jewelry.

This makes me
want to...
1. Go Shopping
2. Eat cake.

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Oven Baked Fries with Herbes de Provence

Last night for dinner
Micah and I had...

Hamburgers and Fries!

Both were good
but the Fries
were amazing!

So I think
I will share
the recipe.

Oven Baked Fries with Herbes de Provence

4 Russet Potatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp Herbes de Provence
1 tsp sea salt

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Slice washed potatoes into strips and toss with 1 tbsp of olive oil.

Coat a sheet pan with the remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil and then layer the potatoes on the sheet.

Place in the oven for 20 minutes to bake. Then (after the 20 minutes) repeatedly toss the potatoes every 10 minutes until they are crispy.

Remove from the oven and immediately season with salt and herbes du provence.

Serves 2 (very hungry) people.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Back Home....and a Recipe.

After spending
the summer
in Nebraska.

Micah and I
are back home
in Montana.

I wanted to cook
a yummy dinner
for our first night back.

So I made...

Hot-Sauce Grilled Chicken
Sauteed Green Beans
Mediterranean Pasta Salad.

It all turned out
so delicious.

And this
Pasta Salad recipe
is now one of
my favorites.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad
serves 2

1/2 lb. Penne pasta
4 cherry tomatoes (quartered)
1/8 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 tbsp chopped peppercinis
slivered red onion (how ever much you like)
1 tbsp basil
cheese (either Feta or Parmesan)
1/8 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 tbsp stone-ground mustard
1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp sugar
salt and pepper

Mix the crushed garlic and the red wine vinegar together and let it set while you prepare the rest.

Cook the penne then toss with a little olive oil (so that the noodles wont stick together). Then let cool.

Add the mustard and sugar to the vinegar mixture and combine. Slowly drizzle in olive oil, whisking consistently.

Toss all together and chill for 30 minutes.

Recipe adapted from a food blog.
And for the life of me,
I can't remember what blog it was.

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