Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Then today I was brought down by a single question. The question that plagues every famous actress the minute she eats a cheeseburger. Maybe you know where I'm headed. Yes - the dreaded - Are you P~~~ Gosh I can't even type it, if you're not P~~ it is the single most horrible question you could be asked. Why would anyone ask unless it was very clearly evident I wonder?
I was asked this several years ago, and immediately after lost about 40 pounds and was skinnier than I had been since high school. I maintained for quite a while. Then I moved and got a desk job and it was over! I had planned on baking when I got home today, but now, I am vowing to spend an hour on the treadmill. Last night I did a dvd, Billy Blanks Tae Bo something I forget. Not your normal Tae Bo but one where they dance in it too. I'm sure I looked quite the fool. So much so that my dog thought I was going crazyyy and was either trying to imitate me, jump on me, or when it got really bad, he'd just look at me with clear amusement on his puppy face, head tilted to one side.
It's just one of those days, you want to crawl back into bed wearing comfy sweats, pull the fleece blanket up to your chin and watch movies. Not just any movies. Chick flicks.
Only that would defeat everything, since the point is to get out of that mode and into the gym.
But I do have this cute pumpkin pan I've been anxious to try out. Maybe if I get a kick @$$ workout in, I will reward myself with being able to bake, and will try just one! and give the rest away. Haha! See, bipolar - why can't I have the best of both worlds. Grumble.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
At first I was thinking, 1973! What could be in there, really? Those recipes aren't new and exciting! I was wrong. They're not new, but they are exciting! Please consider:
Love Light Cake from Estelle Bojanowski
Wacky Man's Cake from Gertrude Stall
Pocket Full O Coconut Cake from Theresa Novak
Harvey Wallbanger Cake from Nina Burzynski
Deep Dark Secret Cake
tons I mean TONS of recipes for Kolacky -- I never heard of it?? Anyone?
Looks like I've got my baking cut out for me!
Being that it's fall, in other parts of the country, not so much here, I have really been wanting to break out the pumpkin recipes! Pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin soup, pumpkin spice latte!
So eagerly I ran out to the grocery store and wouldn't you know it - pumpkin shortage?? Not a single can to be sold. I spoke to the manager who told me there was a shortage of pumpkin this year and he thinks Libby's is trying to stall to start delivering pumpkin until closer to Thanksgiving. Noooooooo! He said to let him know if I found it anywhere else because that means Libby's was lying to him and (shadow crossing over his face) that would make him very angry.Let's not make him angry.
Yesterday I joined Blog to Lose! And I started thinking again about my title, Siestas and Cupcakes. For a while I thought about changing it, I didn't know people would be reading my blog! The Unfit Baker? Kaloula Cooks? I had a whole list, most of which I've forgotten. Then I just decided, you know what, I don't need a direction. This is my little real estate in the blog world, the internet world if you will, I don't need to follow any "rules" Siestas and Cupcakes works, because they are still 2 of my favorite things, and this is a little bit of a stretch, but the "Cupcake" portion is cooking and baking, and "Siestas" could be my break from cooking or baking just to write, or talk about the weight loss journey.
I'm still on my first cup of coffee so if that made no sense to you check back with me later.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I've been to Savannah twice, both times trying to get into her restaurant but they were all booked up. Somehow. They don't take reservations so I'm not quite sure how that happened! Anyhow, there is a gift shop attached which is very crowded with all the other once hopeful rejects who were turned away from her deliciously fattening fare. A consolation prize, a cookbook autographed by Ms. Deen herself, in a stack of hundreds of other pre-autographed cookbooks for all us saps unlucky to have not made it into the restaurant. I know, I know - wah! Break out the violins for me, LOL. Here it is, Ms. Paula Deen's Baked Spaghetti. It takes a while to make but it is well worth it!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Actress wearing six inch heels steps in elephant poo. What was her reaction? You may be surprised to find out!
I can totally be a news person. Oh my gosh I hate leading cliffhanger questions, to get you to stick around and keep watching!!!! Tell me what's coming up, without the cliffhanger.
"Coming up after the break, a funny story about elephant poo" would be a much better way to get me to keep watching. No questions necessary!
"That's ridiculous! A funny story about elepant poo! I need to know more. What's funny about elephant poo? I'm going to keep watching!"
Just a lil rant on cliffhanger questions.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
That is the beginning of a Tomato and Corn Pie, I made to bring to the mountains. This recipe was recently posted by Smitten Kitchen, and it was quite the delicious number let me tell you. Here is her recipe:
Adapted, barely, from Gourmet’s adaptation of Laurie Colwin’s and Jame’s Beard’s versions
2 cups all-purpose flour
Whisk together flour, baking powder, and 3/4 tsp salt in a bowl, then blend in cold butter (3/4 stick) with your fingertips or a pastry blender until it resembles coarse meal. Add milk, stirring until mixture just forms a dough, then gather into a ball.
Divide dough in half and roll out one piece on a well-floured counter into a 12-inch round (1/8 inch thick). Either fold the round gently in quarters, lift it into a 9-inch pie plate and gently unfold and center it. Pat the dough in with your fingers trim any overhang.
Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle. Whisk together mayonnaise and lemon juice.
Cut an X in bottom of each tomato and blanch in a large pot of boiling water 10 seconds. Immediately transfer with a slotted spoon to an ice bath to cool. Peel tomatoes, then slice crosswise 1/4 inch thick and, if desired, gently remove seeds and extra juices. Arrange half of tomatoes in crust, overlapping, and sprinkle with half of corn, one tablespoon basil, 1/2 tablespoon chives, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper and one cup of grated cheese. Repeat layering with remaining tomatoes, corn, basil, chives, salt, and pepper.
Roll out remaining piece of dough into a 12-inch round in same manner, then fit over filling, folding overhang under edge of bottom crust and pinching edge to seal. Cut 4 steam vents in top crust and brush crust with melted butter (2 teaspoons). Bake pie until crust is golden and filling is bubbling, 30 to 35 minutes, then cool on a rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Do ahead: Pie can be baked 1 day ahead and chilled. Reheat in a 350°F oven until warm, about 30 minutes.
Sigh...Delicious memories of the pie that once was, and was devoured quite quickly at that. I have a link on the right to Smitten Kitchen's blog, I eliminated a few of her personal notes to the recipe as I didn't want to be a total thief. Please check it out!
Ooh and another thing! I was going through a few of my favorite blogs and came across something so amazingly good looking I can't wait to try it out. I mean, I want to run out to the store NOW to buy the ingredients, but am holding back on account of that I just ate the aforementioned wedding cake. Ready for this???
Have you ever heard of Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses!!!! That is another Smack my ass and call me Judy moment!! Fibberty gibberish I can't even come up with words for my excitement over this! So, also in my favorite sites at right, check out Picky-Palate's Black Bottomed Mini Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites. (I haven't learned yet how to highlight words in my blog to take you right there yet.) Anyway, check THOSE bad boys out and try, TRY, not to lick your computer screen! Those are coming to my blog quite soon.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Clearly written by a morning person. If that's true, oh dear, I'm in trouble.
I pushed back my GRE date so now I have no excuses, it's time to get fit. I signed myself up for a 5K which is going to be January 16th. Some people may be wondering to themselves aloud why there are no cupcake recipes in my blog with cupcakes in the title. Well my new friend that's because I'm trying to get fit, which means cupcakes have to sit in waiting to be made for the moment. Tonight I made soup, here's the recipe! Courtesy of Taste of Home Healthy Cooking magazine.
4 tsp Italian seasoning, divided
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tonight's dinner was adapted from a recipe Aunt o' Mine (AoM) sent me a few years ago. I've made this different every time and every single time it turns out soo yummy and is incredibly easy to make.
Start out cutting up and sauteeing your favorite veggies. I used broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, yellow and green squash, and a red onion.
Saute for about 8 minutes or until it's to your liking. Season it up with your favorite seasonings. I used McCormick All Purpose Salt Free Seasoning, garlic powder, and a little sea salt. Then throw in a cup of cooked brown rice, a can of pinto beans, and about a half cup of salsa. I had some premade turkey breast in the fridge so I threw that in too.
Simplest dinner you'll ever make and believe me, sooo good!
And good for you makes it even better! Hope you try it out and love it as much as we do!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
2 Healthy recipe books, 1 just plain good food book. Ask me in November and I bet I have at least 2 of them. Can I use these pictures? Free advertising? If you see no pictures here I've been made to take them down. :)
And now I am in need of a serious intervention, which I am giving to myself, just before I break out into a Truffle Shuffle. I've got to get in shape, and I've been contemplating between doing Body for Life or P90X. Both are very similar, I may just do a hybrid. I've been looking over the Body for Life diet, and it is eating healthy and exercising 6 days a week, and on the 7th!! Day 7 you eat what you want so you don't feel deprived. I could still use both cookbooks, just one waaaay more than the other. Stay tuned...
Friday, September 4, 2009
And there she is, all wrapped up and ready for eatin'! But not tonight my good cake, it's late and mama's full. :)
I am now immersed in all the food blogs out there. There are some amazing food blogs out there! I would love to have something similar, not that I want to be a copycat, but, man! Why didn't I think of it first?
It seems the best ones have two things in common - they come up with their own recipes and take amazing photos of the food both in stages and in it's finished form. I do neither come up with my own recipes or take amazing photos. Crap. Let's face it and call it what it is, I'm a thief. I steal blog ideas (like my new layout?), I steal recipes!, I don't take my own photos, I steal them! Guilty as charged, for lack of originality!
As I continue onward with the blogging, I can't deny the prevalence of food on my mind. As a recipe/food photo thief, it's probably best to keep to doing my own reviews on other people's food and recipes. I tried last night to take photos of what I was making, a thai bow tie pasta salad, and the beginnings of an atomic cake, but the photos just didn't look like the ones I admire on the other sites. I plan on learning how to use my camera one of these days.
I'm dipping my big toe into the 30's today, it's my 31st birthday. Yay birthdays! I was making the atomic cake for myself when I was asked to stop because it was ruining other plans. I do have the recipe and it is a fabulous cake, so one day I will post the (stolen) recipe here along with (original) photos!
In the meantime, since I'm not baking, I will need to work on being fit. The holidays are coming up people, get in shape now so you can EAT later!!