Crusty, chewy bread from the local bakery and a FREE bottle of olive oil (courtesy of Influenster and Filippo Berio)…what more could you need on a crazy weather night?!
As a member for the Influenster community, I’ve been given a variety of items to try and then review. Up until now the items have aged me quite a bit. No offense Influenster, but airbrush tanning/makeup for the legs and pantyliners are NOT really how I’d classify myself. I’m a physical therapist by profession and I have a young family. We enjoy being active together and eating healthy. So FINALLY they “qualified” me for a decent review: olive oil.
I was sent a mailer with a neat magnet and various coupons, along with one for a free bottle of oil.
magnet with olive oil and butter equivalents
So I decided to sauté some chopped garlic in the oil, then add some beef patties. Meanwhile, I steamed some spinach and cut up the bread. After the meat was finished, I added a dash of flour to the pan and made a quick roux. Then added some salt, pepper, and worshestershire sauce and made a gravy.
The kids ate it up and the gravy was a hit. I’ve actually never made gravy using dripping from an olive oil base. This one was great. The flavor wasn’t near as heavy as many cream/pepper gravies I’ve eaten or made.
I used the “Robusto” variety. It wasn’t as full bodied as I was expecting, but delicious nonetheless.
My plan is to use my coupons to get the “Delicato” oil and have a tasting party. We’ll see!
Disclaimer: the reviews expressed in the post are my own. Influenster and Filippo Berio provided the oil in return for a review. No other compensation was rendered.
…to brush off the cookbook and get back to trying out Grandma’s recipes. What better way to do so, than for Thanksgiving?!
We actually had a traditional dinner two weeks ago when my sister and her family were visiting. Tomorrow, we are heading to my stepdaughter’s house for a not-so-traditional meal of lasagna. Who does that?! However, it will be a nice change from all the typical foods at this time of year.
So, I have a carton of whipping cream already in the fridge. I’m thinking a cream pie, or crust less pie. We will see what Grandma has to say about it.
Just a quick post as time seems to have quickly flown since we found out we are going to be welcoming our second child in just under 8 weeks (give or take)! My plan is to make a few of my recipes as “thank you” gifts for upcoming showers and gatherings.
If you want to know what I’m planning on making, there are two recipes I have in mind:
1) Pear Honey and
2) Pickled Squash (a new one for me!)
The pear honey, you may recall, didn’t win at the county fair in 2012, but it did sell for $70 in the 4H auction. Not too bad for a rookie! I’m looking forward to making the pickles too. I’ve not yet ventured into the “pickling” realm, but the recipe isn’t too difficult looking.
I hope to post some pictures and entries as I make these things. It should be within the next week or two.
So, I’ve done a lot of reading and researching and decided that I’m changing up how I eat. Since the main issue I’ve had has been with dairy, I knew I’d needed to figure out how to change recipes and my usual go-to snacks (I LOVE me some queso)!
I am an over-ripe banana hoarder. We buy them, all nice and yellow, only to forget about them and watch them all but peel themselves off the banana hook (although I have been standing next to the kitchen counter when one decided to peel…creepy). They then get tossed into the freezer where they await their fate: bread, smoothie, and the pièce de résistance ICE CREAM.
That was tonight’s challenge, which I gladly accepted! The picture below is all I had left after I realized I should have taken the picture at the beginning.
Amber’s Pb & Cocoa Ice “Cream”
• 2 frozen bananas peeled
• 1-2 TBSP peanut butter
• 1/4 to 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk ( mine is unsweetened)
• 1 tsp cocoa powder
• 1 short squirt/dash/splash agave nectar
Throw everything in the blender and mix until smooth. The variance in milk depends on how much you need to keep the mixture moving in the blender. I then poured it into a Tupperware container and plopped it into the freezer for about a hour-and-one-half hour. After an hour, or so, I took it out and stirred it (the edges freeze quicker). I added pecans to top it, but you don’t need anything!
Enjoy, and let me know how yours turns out!
…well, it was here. Now we focus on the New Year. New goals, new friends, new lives…NEW! However, before we move on, I am following-up on a previous post in which I promised to share our Christmas breakfast and dinner. Hold on to your seats! This is going to be a recipe slam!
I mentioned two breakfast recipes: one oatmeal and one more traditional breakfast casserole. I also had a Hot Cocoa bar with a crock pot hot cocoa (found here) along with chocolate chips, smosh-moes (marshmallows), and crushed peppermint.
My simple tablescape:
My sister even brought me some Trader Joes gingerbread men!
The Gluten-Free Oatmeal casserole found here
This thing is DELISH! I would however, cut the chocolate chips in half or just add them as a topping at the end. I’m also pretty sure I could make this a vegan-friendly dish by using an egg substitute. There was none left at the end of breakfast!
Another gluten-free option found here
This also had nothing left of it at the end of the morning. There is just something about sausage, cheese, and hashbrowns!
The boy enjoying Christmas Breakfast!
OK, realizing how late it is here, I will continue this post with a second entry. Next time, cabbage, savory carrots, potatoes in cream sauce, and Martha Washington balls!
With Christmas rapidly approaching (I could’ve sworn there was another week to go) and family already on their way, I want to pause and thank Hod for such an amazing 2012. From new career paths to upcoming career endings, to a two-year-old that is already smarter than me…it has been amazing.
Now don’t worry. I’ll still be cooking and blogging, but the next post won’t be until after Christmas dinner.
So, with that, I wish you and your family the merriest of Christmases!
Christ, Jesus is born!
I’m putting off doing my Christmas meal shopping, kind of. It’s just going to take me actually writing down a list of what I need and then going to the store to get everything. Until then, however, I still need to feed our family in the days leading up to Christmas. So, when I went out today, I made sure to grab some tortillas, enchilada sauce, and shredded cheese. In my prior trips to the grocer I managed to stock up on chicken broth and onions, along with some evaporated milk. I was set!
Mexican Chicken Casserole
- 2 cups cubed, cooked chicken
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 can (10-15 oz) enchilada sauce (mild or hot)
- 1 can (5 oz) evaporated milk
- 12 corn tortillas (I bought flour by accident…they taste good but get pretty mushy)
- 1 lb grated cheese
- 1 cup chopped green chilies (I wish I had my hatch chilies for this)
- 1 medium onion chopped
Combine chicken broth with enchilada sauce and milk. Layer half the tortillas in a 9×13 casserole dish. Top with chicken, 3/4 cheese, chilies and onions. Add remaining tortillas and cheese. Pour sauce mixture over casserole and bake for one hour at 350. Side note: when you pour the sauce over the top, the cheese tends to “migrate,” so pour slowly!
Grandma’s Notes: 12/15/91- White frost. Marcus came home with me after church. He’s watching football game while I fix lunch. We ate in front of the TV. He went to George’s after lunch, Haley came by- took me to choir practice. She’s spending the night. I THANK YOU LORD THAT YOUR FAMILY SPREADS TO MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD. THANK YOU LORD THAT I AM PART OF IT.