July 31, 2012

Eggs in Clouds

I'm still working on finding and loving *savory* breakfast treats.  When I saw this recipe, I was intrigued.  The original recipe called for the use of chili peppers.  I was already in savory overload so I left them out.  I don't really like omelets, so the more things that are in eggy things, the more I turn up my nose....but when I saw the final picture of the recipe, I was in love.


I mean, really, how cute are these?  Light, fluffy, different and to be honest, tasty.  It was a bit weird for me, knowing it was basically meringue and savory things.  I've never worked with meringue either, so I was very tentative.  And on one of them, not pictured, the yolk broke while I was putting it on the cloud.  Lesson learned, practice with meringue and make extra in case of yolk breakage.

I am excited about these guys.  I can add a variety of different things and just keep testing.  I did use veggie bacon as well.  Hub and Taster Two and Three loved, loved and liked them  Taster Three is super picky, so a "like" from him had me sold.  

This recipe is featured on Busy Vegetarian Mom and Foodie Friends Friday's Linky Party!   

July 24, 2012

Corn Pancakes with Smoked Salmon and Lemon-Chive Cream

So many things about this post are "so not me".  A)  I got this recipe from Cooking Light magazine.  Me, Ms. I Don't Love to Cook "Healthy".  B) I do love pancakes, nice and sweet, fruity and sugary.  Not Corn Pancakes.  Not Savory Things.  But I am branching out on both.  Healthy and Savory.  Call me versatile.

So honestly, what initially attracted me to this recipe, Corn Pancakes with Smoked Salmon and Lemon-Chive Cream, was that it was pretty.  And breakfast-like, despite it being in the "Dinner" category.  And I love salmon.

I surprised my dear husband by telling him I had cooked dinner for him.  Once he picked his jaw up from the table, he said "Twice in one month?!??"   I told him to shut his eyes and plopped this beauty down on the table.


Pretty, right?  His thoughts?  He liked it.  Definitely, make it again....but husband, I said, what about if I serve it for breakfast?  Hmmmmm, he said....yeah, that could work.  Slap some fresh tomato slices on the plate, some nice sausage from the local farmer and it's breakfast. 

This makes me happy.  And as you know, I like double dipping.  But this time, it is not "Is it breakfast or dessert"  it is "Is it breakfast or dinner".  Not that I would be serving much any dinner at our bed and breakfast, but the recipe works for breakfast, and that my dear blog readers, is happiness for me.


July 22, 2012

Brownies

I am sorta on a quest.  A mission to find the perfect recipe for a must have staple available to the soon to be guests at our dream bed and breakfast.   Chocolate Cake....check.  Chocolate chip cookies....still searching.  Peanut Butter Cookies...check.  Brownies...not so much. I know that box brownies are simple and easy and really sometimes just perfect, but I can't believe homemade is less better than boxed.  Less Better?  hmmmmm.....moving on.

I got some magazine in the mail, not even show how it came to me, but I think it was an ad type thingy for cookbooks....the only thing that sparked my interest was a recipe for Boston Cooking School Brownies

For whatever reason, I found it fascinating that you mix the whole thing in a pot.  Probably an indication that I need to experiment more, but that is what I am doing, so that works.  I do love me some butter, but 2 sticks seems GreeeeeSeeeeeee (greasy)  :-)


If this picture is any indication of how good they were, I should just stop here. 

Well, that was me only pausing.  They definitely were good, as shown above, most of it got eaten before I had a chance to snap a shot of it.  However, to me, they were too greasy.  I could feel  the butter on my fingertips and yes, I ate them with my fingers and no I was not raised a barn, but that's just how I roll when it comes to brownies.  

So, my quest continues, although Hub insists these are the best he's ever eaten.  Onward. 

July 18, 2012

Love our furry critters!

I feel like ringing my bell all over the neighborhood and the blogosphere....Hear Ye, Hear Ye....It's the third Wednesday of the month.!!!!  It's time for A Haven for Vee's Notecard Party!

Last month, I went a little nuts posting 7 pictures instead  of the suggested 4 pictures.  Vee was kind enough to invite me back for July.

To preface the  pictures, I have to let you know that we have 5 dogs and 2 cats.  And fish.

As you can see by the introduction on my blog, my husband and I have a dream of  opening a bed and breakfast.  It will happen, I have no doubt.  All in good time.  I am acutely aware that by the time that we open the bed and breakfast, if life is good to us, all 7 of these critters will still be alive.  They will become part  of  our Bed and Breakfast.  No biggee, just a fact.

Now I know not everybody loves animals for whatever reasons, but we have them, so I know there will be a section on our website, introducing the critters so guests will know that critters are present.  Not free roaming  but definitely on the property.  I can also see postcards of these mutts as part of the room goodies.  So let's start with Copper. 

With this face, all in the house is mine. 
Cooper is a Tibetan Spaniel.  He's a rescue pup.  We  took this picture on the day we got him.  He was about 2 months old.  We named him Copper because when he was at his foster mom's  house, he got bit by a Copperhead. Foster mom grabbed  him, dashed to vet, and he survived.  I love her...being a Foster Mom, either critter or human is to be greatly admired.  Now he's mine and he is spoiled with a capital S.  Now meet Moose. 

King of my yard. 
Moose is a Great Pyranees.  Another rescue.  He's a big  ol' lug of a dog and the best protector ever.  He was found cruising the buffet line at La Quinta.  That still doesn't make sense, but that's the story. I can only imagine the shock of the hotel guests to see a matted massive mutt in line.  (more likely, paws upon on the buffet).  Now meet Sophie.

What are best friends for, if not to lift you up?
What can I say about my girl?  She was my first dog and I got her when she was 5 weeks old.  I didn't know at the time, that is too early to get from a mama but she was just fine.  If it wasn't for her lack of interest in other animals and extreme patience, we would not have any more animals.  She couldn't care less how many critters are in the house.  And who doesn't love having a tiny Copper on their back?  And another picture of  Sophie. 

Dog days of Summer
This is one of my favorite pictures of my girl.  Just loving life as she knows it. The way everyone should be.  If, when you stay at our bed and breakfast, you will have this same look on your face.  Just pure bliss. 

So, that is not all seven of the critters and I doubled up on some of them, but come to the yet to be bought bed and breakfast  and you can meet not only Copper, Sophie and Moose, but Winkie (our one-eyed rescue mutt), Dexter, (cutest Yorkie ever), Snowy (big white furry Ragdoll cat) and Neddy, (just a lump of long black fur, that is disguised as a cat). 

Thank you Vee, you are the best!  

July 16, 2012

Cinnamon Roll Cake

Who doesn't love Cinnamon Rolls?  I know there is a debate of raisins or no raisins, especially between Hub and I.  If you can pick it out, add it...right?  No worries, there are no raisins today. 

So when I found a recipe for Cinnamon Roll Cake, I died.  With Love, that is.  I thought it sounded tasty and easy, so I went for it.  OH. MY. GOSH.  Died and went to Heaven, I say. 


Moist, sweet, so very Cinnamon Roll like, but it's a cake! 

And as mentioned here, I am loving the idea of double dipping.  Is it breakfast or is it dessert? Both, I say, both.  I've had it for breakfast and now I've had it after dinner (and as an afternoon snack) and everytime, it was the perfect time. 

This is will be a staple at our bed and breakfast, I promise you that.

And, yes, I know it's not the *best* picture I've ever taken, but to honest, I had eaten most of the cake before I remembered I needed a picture.  


July 9, 2012

Baked Tilapia and a super colorful topping!

I never, rarely cook dinner.  The last time I cooked dinner for Hub and I was in February.  It took Hub having foot surgery to make me do it in February.  I am very blessed, that a) I have a husband that will cook dinner for us, or is just as happy eating alone and b) that I really don't need to have dinner.

When I was dating Hub, he would call me at night and say "Watcha doin?", Me:  "Eating dinner"  Him:  "Watcha havin'?", Me:  "chips and Ranch dressing"  Him:  "Sigh".

As mentioned in February, I don't have dreams of having a Bed and Dinner.  Serving dinner won't even be an option (highly unlikely)...unless we are snowed in and the guests are starving and want chips and Ranch dressing.  Or fingers crossed Hub is in town and can cook dinner.  Or I guess, they could be like me and have breakfast for dinner, if necessary.

So today, I felt like being a really nice wife and cook dinner.  I even went to the grocery store (yet another thing that Hub does and I don't).  I went because what we were going to have was a surprise, so I couldn't have him going to the store.

I didn't have a recipe, just a picture in my head of what might be tasty. Thankfully, I knew there was leftover pizza in the fridge from the night be
fore, so if I failed, I could pop the pizza in the microwave and viola...dinner.

But it was not only a huge success, but it was pretty and colorful.  I present, drum roll, please.....


Baked Tilapia....basted with Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Paprika and Ancho Chili Powder.  Just things that sounded to me what *might* go good together.  I topped it with avocado, mango, kiwi and a tiny bit of red onion.  I was really more interested in making the topping and finding something to put it on. 

I put all of it on some Angel Hair Pasta...I could have lived without it, but not having, pasta or rice with the meal is like a day without running for Hub and that would be just wrong.  Oh and some sweet corn for more color.

It was very good and I'm happy with the way it turned out and Hub raved.  Alot. 

So, look for another dinner posting, probably in another 5 months, for now I'll stick to baking and breakfast.

Dinner couldn't be complete, of course, without dessert.  Nothing too exciting, but definitely satisfying...Original NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip Cookies.


Very yummy and he leaves tomorrow for a few days, so I tucked a couple in his suitcase...:-)

I'm also super excited because this recipe is featured on Walking with Sunshine and Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party!






July 6, 2012

Carrot Pineapple Layer Cake

I love special requests.  They make my heart sing, and at the same time, they make my heart beat fast.  I love making things that people really want and ask for, but what if I screw it up?  Although, if you have read this, you know it's a definite possibility.

So when I got a request for a carrot cake, I was actually pretty excited.  I've made one, but it was years ago, but for some reason they do intimidate me.  Same with an Italian Cream Cake.  Intimidation City.  My second best taster gave me her favorite recipe.  Carrot-Pineapple Layer Cake from Rosie's Bakery All-Butter, Fresh Cream,Sugar-Packed, No Holds Barred Baking Book.  That is a serious name for a super cool cookbook.  The key words that had me at Hello....Butter, Cream and Sugar Packed.

So I checked out her recipe and this carrot cake looks remotely healthy...carrots AND pineapple.  Pineapple in a carrot cake kinda skeered me, but the end result was friggin' awesome.  I'm so happy that this may end up being my go-to Carrot Cake recipe.


It was moist and delicious and so pretty.  And yes, that is homemade Cream Cheese Frosting. 

I want to give a shout out to my favorite girl.  She's amazing and soon, you will be hearing about her bakery.  It's going to be spectacular and I can't wait.   She started a blog to get our taste buds going.

Enjoy!

July 1, 2012

Dutch Baby Pancake and Maple Bacon

I stalk, follow Kelly Senyei on Facebook and Twitter.  She is an awesome food blogger of Just A Taste and author of  Food Blogging for Dummies.  I ♥ her.  I own alot of For Dummies books, but I flip through them, looking for what I need.  Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, does that make me a Dummy?  Nope.  Just smart.

When I found Food Blogging for  Dummies, I was four months into the blogging world, but I am enthralled with her book.  Not only is it interesting and I learn something in every chapter, but it's in color, not black and white.  Vibrant, pretty bright colors.  

I do most (all) of my breakfast meals on the weekend so I checked out Kelly's breakfast ideas and found her Dutch Baby Pancake. My first time that I had one of these was my visit to Villa Calma Bed and Breakfast.  I was fascinated with it. It's puffy and tasty and what the heck was it? Harold, one of the Innkeepers, said oh, it's super easy and I think he said it was a Puff Pancake. 

So when I saw Kelly's recipe I went for it.  The recipe says it makes 2-3 servings.  I envisioned 2 - 3 tiny pancakes.  Not sure what I was thinking.  Clearly, I was not, so I doubled it.  When I realized I am pouring all of the batter in the skillet, I realized I goofed.  I didn't use it all and can use tomorrow....anyhoo, mine  turned out all puffy around the edges and just cool looking.


I also, for the first time, made Maple Bacon.  I baked some bacon, also for the first time (who *bakes* bacon???), and poured on some maple syrup.  That was heaven.  

I am very happy with breakfast, I will be making it a few more times to get more comfortable with the idea of baking a pancake and baking bacon.  Oh and with the extra pancake that I baked and didn't eat, I nibbled on most of the day. 

The picture isn't the best....hungry hands with pointy forks were coming too quickly at me to take the kind of picture I prefer (one that isn't fuzzy).  

Oh, and from a stalker's fan's point of view, I had emailed Kelly a thank you note for ideas in her book and she wrote me back.  Right away.  Me....Precious....oh so happy.