7.31.2011

Pecorino Romano Caprese Pasta



Another of my addictions, in addition to corn, is cheese.  The stinkier, moldier, smellier, the better.  One of my favorites is Pecorino Romano.  When it's real - that is to say imported from Italy with the stamping on the rind to prove it - it's outrageously pungent and flavorful.  It smells a bit like a boy's locker room filled with sweaty feet.  Which means it's damn good.

7.24.2011

Grilled Beef Kebabs


Last night we took the girls and a friend to dinner at a pub. This place is a total hole in the wall.  It's old and the furniture looks like it was purchased in 1968. There are neon beer signs everywhere, as well as shuffleboard games and pool tables. The clientele usually go there to drink but they really do have killer chicken tenders (brined, hand-battered and deep fried to order).

7.20.2011

Huli Huli Chicken


I've never been to Hawaii.  So I'd never experienced the delicious Huli Huli Chicken of the tropical state.  Typically they roast the split chickens on huge rotisseries and are continuously turned over hot coals and smoking special Hawaiian wood called kiawe.   While on a recent family trip to Gatlinburg, my cousin Chad (who is fondly known as Choo Choo) made an easier version of Huli Huli Chicken for dinner one night.

7.17.2011

Cornmeal Biscuits


I am under treatment for a self-diagnosed (have you heard about my ability to diagnose despite the fact that I do not have a degree??) addiction.  This little habit of mine involves eating pretty much anything made from corn.  It's really an obsession.  I love corn on the cob, frozen corn, corn chowder, caramel corn, canned corn, cream corn, corn with bacon, corn fritters, pop corn, hush puppies, cornbread (both northern and southern), polenta, Johnny Cakes, fried corn, corny jokes, Mexican grilled corn, corn casserole, spicy corn, corn in salads, cornbread crumbled into milk, corn dogs, corn muffins, and hominy.

7.12.2011

Garden ~ What's growing now

Petunia Easy Wave Red

For those of you who have followed my successes and failures this season in the garden, you'll be happy to hear (or perhaps not - it depends on how you feel about me) that the garden is a raging success as of now.

7.09.2011

Greek Salad


The other day I ran into a gas station to purchase a drink.  First I peed, where I saw an employee who had to be at least 87 years old, scrubbing the toilets.  I hate to see the elderly working their asses off when in all reality, they've earned the right to do a whole lotta nothing during their senior years.

7.02.2011

Cheesy Corn Casserole


So this Cheesy Corn Casserole looks like slop.  So what?  It's amazingly delicious. As some of you may know, I do happen to have a healthy (naturally...) obsession with corn in all forms.  In fact, I've never met a corn I didn't like.  When I saw this recipe, I had to try it.  Plus, it has bacon in it.  I think corn and bacon have this secret love affair going.  The lights dim, Marvin Gaye pipes through the speakers, Mrs. Corn peels back her husks...  Sorry, that got a little creepy.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Garlicky Potato Salad


I have been struggling lately.  Not with lifting some heavy object or being forced to speak in public (which I did at our HOA meeting in March about just about blew chunks from nerves).  You see, I've gone back to work and I am struggling to find that balance among kids, husband, house, errands, work, and my favorite thing ever: cooking, gardening, and blogging.