4.28.2011

Beef Jerky - Three-Way(s)

Teriyaki Beef Jerky

I must admit, I do not like beef jerky.  It's too....well....beefy.  I'm not a big meat-eater anyway but to eat something that is pure 100% meat turns me off.  However, my husband and son absolutely love beef jerky.  Not to mention their friends, our neighbors, our family...

I decided to learn how to make the men in my life their special (gag) treat.  And I must admit, it was the most tolerable beef jerky I'd ever had.  I realize this isn't a very good way to promote my recipes for Beef Jerky, but I need to be honest about my own tastes.

These three recipes are for spicy, teriyaki, and peppered beef jerky.  If you make lovey-dovey eyes at your butcher, s/he might just slice the beef for you so you don't have to bother.

4.25.2011

Banana Bread


What to do with all those brown-speckled bananas sitting on the counter top?  Why, make Banana Bread of course.  Now, before you start groaning, hear me out.  How many of us have made banana bread that comes out heavy, dense, with very little banana flavor?  I know I'm guilty of it.  I usually slather the dry bread with butter to mask the blandness of it.

4.23.2011

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs


It should be easy to successfully hard cook eggs, but so many of us find it difficult. Sometimes the yolks are overcooked and chalky, noted by the sulfurous green tinge on the outside.  Other times the yolk is undercooked and oozes.  On a good day, we can peel the shell without gouging and maiming the cooked white.  Here is a fail-safe method to perfect hard boiled eggs, just in time for Easter.

4.18.2011

Soupe à l'Oignon - French Onion Soup


We have a teenager from Paris visiting us for twelve days.  We met their family many years ago and have remained friends since.  Their daughter, Justine, is 13-years old and amazingly beautiful and intelligent.  She and our son, who is also 13, get along famously.

4.11.2011

Shredded Slow-Cooked Pork Tacos


So you've made Puerco Pibil and have lots of leftover shredded pork goodness. What to do with all that meat?  I make tacos and they're damn good, if I do say so. They're so good, in fact, that I can't decide if I prefer the traditional way of eating it with white rice, diced tomatoes, and fresh cilantro or piled in toasted corn tortillas topped with other bold flavors.  I've got an idea!  Why don't you, friends, try both methods of consumption and let me know which you prefer?

4.10.2011

Seedlings - Lights, Camera, Problem!


I inherited a light fixture for my seedlings and I am thrilled about it.  My husband is equally thrilled because we now have our dining room table back.  However, my seedlings were not so thrilled about their new environment.

4.07.2011

Puerco Pibil - Johnny Depp Killed For This!



Puerco Pibil, also known as Cochinita Pibil, is a slow-roasted pork dish from the Yucatan Peninsula.  Typically the marinade is heavy on acid, flavored with achiote (ground annatto seeds), and the pork is slow-roasted in banana leaves.  The Hubs and I have been making this for years, ever since we saw Once Upon a Time in Mexico.  In the movie, Johnny Depp's character orders Puerco Pibil everywhere he goes and murders any cook who makes it too well "in order to maintain balance." The movie's director, Robert Rodriguez, gives a little how-to as a bonus feature.

4.05.2011

Seedlings - Update and Supplement

I realize it's been a while since I've posted about gardening.  Honestly, there's not been much gardening going on lately, thanks to my good friend Mother Nature.  I have also acquired a set of lights on loan for my babies (thank you kindly, C.!!).  My darling husband doesn't know this yet, but he will be helping me assemble a device to hang said lights over the trays of seedlings.  I will post photos of new lights and hanger once established.

Petunias 
Seeds sown 2.13.11
Photo taken 3.30.11

These are slow-growing little buggers, but man-oh-man do they look gorgeous once out in the hot sunshine and allowed to grow to their full potential.





4.01.2011

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


I suppose I really am on a childhood favorites kick.  My grandma used to bake me a carrot cake whenever I asked.  I was not into the typical yellow sheet cake with chemical frosting for my birthday, either.  I wanted carrot cake.  I found my grandmother's recipe and it is actually quite similar to this recipe for Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.  However, I wanted something a bit more simple and easy so this recipe is it.