Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Oh Sweet Potatoes - You Have My Heart

Aside from my love of Jesus, my hubby and my muffin is my love of sweet potatoes! I am obsessed with them. I'm not sure if it is the rich, vibrant color, the sweet tangy flavor, the maple syrup I drown them in or the butter I bathe them in while baking. All I know is that when they melt in my mouth, I sing praises to God for creating this earthy vegetable! (p.s. they are going in our garden this year)

This brings me to a very curious question... What is the difference between sweet potatoes, yams and butternut squash? I think they are all the same... Any insight?

Next week, I am going to try grilling some sweet potatoes (or yams or butternut squash). I'm pretty stoked about it! I watched an episode of Chopped on my iPod this morning and their grilled sweet potatoes (or yams or butternut squash) looked amazing! I also want to try sweet potato fries sometime too.

Now don't these look amazing
Picture of Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

Photo and recipe courtesy of The Food Network
Sweet Potato Fries

Looking for some sweet potato fries tonight? Head on over to the Georgia House Restaurant!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

What's For Dinner?

I seem to go on these spurts... For a whole week, I'll cook all new recipes. Then I'll wonder back to those good old favorites of mine. So for this week, I found all my new ideas from Semi-Homemade, Sandra Lee Magazine.

Beef Stew

So I haven't had beef stew since I lived at home. I never really liked it, but i'm giving it another chance....

Chicken in Mushroom-Wine Sauce
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans

I will be using apple juice instead of red wine and boneless/skinless chicken thighs instead of bone-in.

Meatballs and Marinara

I will be making my own meatballs instead of the store bought. Meatball Recipe

I recently stumbled on these cute little things:
Picture of Little Lemon Meringue Pies Recipe
(photo courtesy of FoodNetwork.com)

I am going to try to make them for Easter with a standard pie crust instead of the crust used in the recipe.

Over and Out

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

"Light" = Blah......

I was tricked! I recently checked out the Food Network magazine from the library and tried a new recipe. I didn't realize that it was "light" until after I made it. Boy did it make all the difference. I even tried to add fat into it late in the cooking process, but it was too late. What a disaster.... Check it out for yourselves! It looks tasty, but don't let it trick you too!

Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs

So, tonight for supper, I am learning from my experiences and cooking with butter, cheese, pasta and CREAM! Now that's what i'm talking about. You can't go wrong with that lineup! Here it is (photo taken by The Pioneer Woman)

Grilled Chicken with Lemon Basil Pasta


Although mine will be lacking the basil because it has vanished from the supermarkets. (I am growing it as we speak - more pictures on that later). And the chances of mine looking like the above, are slim....

Thank you CREAM for enriching my life - and my waistline!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Clean your Oven Day

Today is "clean your oven day" at our house! I dread this chore every year. In my mind, I have made it out to be this horrific, time consuming, dirty task that causes dread and anxiety to bubble up in me whenever something spills onto the oven floor.
Well - I finally got so tired of all the filth and grime and decided it was time! I cranked on the 'self clean' and let it do the work. After it ran its course and cooled down, I whipped out my 409 and a sponge and went to work. Surprisingly, seven minutes later I was finished! And here I wasted all that worry and dread on such a little, pitiful task....

So, my encouragement to you. Clean your oven TODAY. Don't think. Just do it!
You will feel better.

And throw away the sponge when you're done.