Archive from September, 2009
Sep 27, 2009 - File Icon Main Dishes, Soup, Vegetarian   Comment Icon Comments Off on Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup

I got more tomatoes! This time they came from another coworker and he gave me quite the bag of them!

Gifted Tomatoes

There seems to be such a difference in people’s gardening styles. The first tomatoes I got from my friend were soft, fully ripened and ready to eat. This second batch I got from another coworker is more on the unripened side, a little more orange inside and not quite there yet. But I can understand the reasoning for them to ripen on the counter and last a little longer.

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Sep 25, 2009 - File Icon Rants/Ramblings   Comment Icon Comments Off on Growing Apples

Growing Apples

Sometimes in the morning I’m really not awake. It takes me forever to wake up.

So the other morning I was chopping my apple for work and I saw what looked like a worm in the core. When I finally focused my eyes I realized that it wasn’t a worm, but a seed that had started to grow inside the apple!

I would have gotten a picture of the little seed but like I said, I wasn’t awake. It was 5 am, give me a break.

I did though put it in a pot I had in the kitchen, so I’m really hoping that it’ll grow and be a big strong tree! The last time I tried this, the little seedling died after a while, so hopefully my black thumb wont come in to play here.

Growing Apple

Sep 23, 2009 - File Icon Main Dishes, Soup, Vegetarian   Comment Icon Comments Off on Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato Basil Soup

Its tomato season! It seems everyone is having the same problem of tomatoes or other produce just running wild in their gardens. Which means I benefit by having everyone give me bags and containers of tomatoes!

Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato season now makes me so excited, ever since my coworker brought me home grown tomatoes for the first time.

Last year I decided I was going to make something I had never actually tried, let alone try to make. Tomato soup. That’s right I had never eaten tomato soup and grilled cheese as a kid. Not sure why, I had a weird culinary upbringing.

I love her. And her tomato growing dad.

Cherry Tomatoes

So when she brought me my first round of yummy, lovely tomatoes I proceeded to give myself heartburn before I had to stop eating the cherry tomatoes and I knew I just HAD to make more tomato soup this year.

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Sep 21, 2009 - File Icon Cake, Dessert   Comment Icon Comments Off on Easy Berry Trifle

Easy Berry Trifle

A few years ago I made a trifle by the seat of my pants for a little get together. Now keep in mind there were only 4 of us and I used my largest mixing bowl to make it. We ate the whole thing. Just the 4 of us. Insanity.

Berry Trifle

I made it again for a little party on Friday night. This type of dessert is quite awesome for those times where you won’t have enough time just before the party to get anything together and get ready at the same time, and it only gets better as it sits and all the flavors combine.

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Sep 17, 2009 - File Icon Cook Books   Comment Icon Comments Off on Recipe Box

Recipe Box

I don’t know about you but I’m exhausted. It’s been a trying few days and all I wanted and needed to do was just sit on my butt and relax for a bit.

But then again I don’t relax. I just don’t. So I had to do something.

I found this box of recipe cards at a local Good Will, you know me and my love for a good thrift store, and for only $3 there are hundreds of recipes in there. Awesome.

Recipe Box

It even had little tabs to separate each section. I must have spent hours looking at all the recipes and getting ideas for new things to cook and different methods of cooking different meats. Besides it was a great way to relax, having the fire place going, covered in a blanket and reading through new and interesting recipes. Ah, heaven.

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Sep 14, 2009 - File Icon In The Kitchen   Comment Icon 2 Comments

Green Onions Update

Well it really did work.

Growing Onions

I didn’t kill them! The only thing I did was change the water half way through the week. I’m really shocked at how quickly these things grew. I’ve seen the obligatory growing a potato in a jar but I never really grew up with growing an onion so this is pretty neat. The edible science experiment. Maybe the schools should look into growing onions instead of potatoes, and then teach them how to use the onions!

I think I’m reaching a little far with today’s school systems.

Oh well, at least I have fresh onions for this winter.

Sep 10, 2009 - File Icon In The Kitchen   Comment Icon Comments Off on Bulk Blackberry Honey

Bulk Blackberry Honey

I love buying in bulk. I always love walking through the little aisles and finding something new to try.

This time I decided I wanted to try the honey. I never really knew there was a difference to honey until now. At the store I shop in, they have 3 different types of honey to bulk buy. Blackberry, Clover and Orange.

Blackberry Honey In Bulk

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Sep 7, 2009 - File Icon In The Kitchen   Comment Icon 3 Comments

Growing Green Onions Indoors

There are times where I think I have a black thumb. Its not green, it kills things. An old coworker I had once gave me three tomato plants one year. Guess how many tomatoes I got off of those suckers?

Three.

Yep. Just Three.

I told you my thumb is black.

Now I’ve decided to try again. But this one involves no dirt, feeding, composting, or any of that crap. Just water.

Green Onion Starts

I saw this in a magazine sometime before, that you can just stick the green onion bottoms in some water and you have instant onions! Well maybe not instant, they do have to grow a bit.

Besides this is kind of a fun project to do now that the weather is starting to cool off here and it’s really not a good time to be planting anything out side.

I’ll let you know next week how its doing!

Sep 6, 2009 - File Icon Cake, Dessert   Comment Icon Comments Off on Rich Chocolate Cake-Style Brownies

Rich Chocolate Cake-Style Brownies

Every once in a while I like to pretend that I’m a master baker or chef and go make something that I’ve never made before except from a boxed mix and expect it to come out perfect! Yeah and we all know how that one can turn out.

Earlier in the year I had a craving for brownies and wanted to make them on my own. Well they didn’t turn out too good, or too bad, they just…were a brownie I guess. It wasn’t anything to write home about but hey, I made them.

This time I decided to look for a richer brownie. After some research I found out there are so many different types of brownies! Ok well not that many. They generally can be broken down into three types: cake, fudgy, and chewy.

I found one brownie recipe that I can’t really remember for the life of me where I found it, but I decided to try it. There was lots of chocolate, butter, and some brown sugar. Now THAT sounds like a winner to me. It didn’t say what type of brownie it was, but it sounded pretty darn tasty from the description.

Cakey Brownies

And they were darn tasty!

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