Thursday, July 15, 2010

Spider Salad???

Welcome to Arizona!! Home to such lovely things as Mohave Green Rattlers, Tarantulas, and Vinegaroons. All to be found right in our backyard.
Here is a Vinegaroon. They are fast and jump. They bite and if you are unfortunate enough to be bitten you will be tasting vinegar for 3 weeks! Everything you put in your mouth will taste of vinegar.
Which of course gave me an idea to make a vinegar salad out of my new cookbook- 1959 Edition of the General Foods Cookbook!!! Thanks Amber.

Start with potatoes. Wash and cook till tender. Peel and slice 1/4 inch thick.

Dice your Grand Canyon onions.

Fresh fruit as a side dish.

Brown your bacon and crumble..set aside.

Cook onion in bacon fat.

Mix oil, vinegar and spices together and add to onions. Add flour, sugar, salt, and celery seed. Simmer until thick.

Add potatoes.

Add crumbled bacon and a dash of parsely.

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds spuds
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3-4 TB vinegar
  • 1 TB garlic salt
  • 4-6 slices bacon
  • 3/4 cup onions
  • 1 TB flour
  • 1 TB sugar
  • 1 tea celery seed
  • 1/2 tea salt
  • 1 TB parsley

Perfect summer meal.


Watch out for those spiders!!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Wild Mushroom and Cheese Quesadillas Farewell

This was one of my last packing meals in Radford. I had put my books away and was living on paper and plastic when I just had to indulge and make something extraordinary. Wow did I find a great recipe.

This is a wonderful cookbook with some of my favorite recipes: Earthquake Cake and Gingered Sweet Potatoes.

Whirl your vinegar, olive oil, sugar, mustard, orange zest, OJ, salt and pepper.

Add cranberries, shallots, and jalapeno and pulse.

Add pecan just before serving.

In large pan melt butter and cook onions and mushrooms. Add worcestershire, garlic, and salt. Lastly add white wine and pepper.

Heat your tortillas.
Layer 1: Cheese

Layer 2: Mushroom Mixture

Layer 3: Feta

Fold

Enjoy

Even on paper plates and as a left over these were great. The flavors together really made your mouth sing.

Did I mention that I really really like this cookbook.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

White Bread Challenge

I have found a fellow baker here in Kingman. Someone who makes bread from scratch, everyday! We decided to have a bread bake off....having guests and residents be the blind judges.

I made two batches of bread because I thought the first batch did not have enough flour. In the end that is the loaf I decided to use. I used King Arthur's classic white bread recipe.

Turned out looking great.

Here is our offering. Breads Left and Right. More judges liked the left contestant!!!! That would be my bread.

In a winning ceremony, I received the opponents bread slicer. He offered it to the winner and then said that he would never lose it. He later said I "slaughtered" him...hence our funny photo. What a fun thing to do!

Friday, July 9, 2010

The Parmesan Cheese Tree

Something about this tree makes me hungry!!

oh yes..it reminds me of Parmesan cheese!

My new wonderful kitchen tool..thanks fairy godmother.

Isn't this tree the best!! Now, where is the meatball tree?

There are definitely things I miss about Virginia..wallow wallow wallow.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Taylor Tracker Arizona First Meal

My first visit to the grocery store produced heavy cream, sour cream, and toast butter. It looks like a well rounded fridge to me..chocolate of various sorts and the makings of Alfredo.

Much to my surprise I have gas appliances!!!

We are all very hungry..as you can see CT cannot even wait for the food to arrive.

My version of Puck Alfredo Sauce:
  • 2 Tb olive oil
  • 2 Tb butter
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 block cream cheese (4 oz)
  • 1/4 cup fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tea fresh ground pepper

Heat olive oil and butter. Add cream and broth. Bring to boil. Whisk in cream cheese till melted. Serve over hot pasta and top with Parmesan cheese and ground pepper.


I wanted to make cookies and realized that I did not buy real butter only toast butter!! Oh no..luckily my church ladies came for a get to know you visit and brought with them a jar of butter. How lucky is that? And did you know you could can butter? I didn't but I would love to learn.

I chopped up some of my wonderful Lindt bars...coconut yumminess.

And made cookies...my very first baked item in Arizona.

And of course we had to deliver some to our new neighbors.

(friends, I found this in my edit pages list-a month later! Sorry for my absent mindedness lately.)

The Wonderful Edible Egg

Last stop in Pulaski country, VA was a quick trip to the "Barn".

To get...well


Eggs everywhere...but they only sell "what they see drop"


So are fresh really better than store bought?

We couldn't tell a huge difference. The fresh had more flavor but nothing too significant.

Who doesn't love eggs?