I remember the first time I ever had a french dip sandwich. It was at this cute little diner in New Port, Oregon... I think it was called 'Big Guy's Diner', I must have been about 10 years old at the time. I thought it was so strange to have a sandwich served with broth. Why in the world would anyone want to dip their sandwich and have wet bread? My grandma talked me into trying it anyway. I did. And I've been hooked ever since...Read More
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It's the first day of fall, y'all! I couldn't be happier. Here in Texas, we're finally getting a 'cold front' in this week that will get us into the 70's at least. Phew. It's been a hot few weeks, so I'm ready for the cooler weather. I'm also loving that I'm starting to see winter vegetables coming in.
I happened to get my hands on a local acorn squash and thought it would make a great addition to a fall style ratatouille; in place of eggplant since I am not a huge fan of eggplant unless it's entirely hidden in whatever it is I'm eating. Hey! No one ever said that ratatouille had to have eggplant in it, right?...Read More
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We all know that summer is all about cook outs and block parties. Of course, here in Texas, we have to get out there early in the day or wait until the sun is starting to set to have a more enjoyable temperature. That being said, I know that when I'm entertaining it's all about simple meals with bold flavors and a nice cool glass of wine to pair!
One of my favorite quotes of all times has to be, "I enjoy cooking with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food...", and today this was my mantra! I decided that in the midst of my entertaining, I would create a lightened up white wine cream sauce to pair with some lemon pepper chicken that was cooked up in the crock pot. Hey, the oven is my enemy right now when it's 100+ degrees outside...Read More
With the onslaught of summer and my little one now home with me for duration of these long hot months, my morning routine has certainly shifted. Even with it's changes, there are those few staple things that always stay the same. One of those things if me starting my day off right with my morning cup of coffee. In fact, it's become common laughable knowledge around here not to attempt communication until I've had my java. Hah!
Once I have my coffee I start in on making breakfast for whoever happens to be around. On most mornings, it's just myself and my little girl. But, my place is sort of the middle ground for most of my family, so there's a handful of people that come and go on occasion; my lovely 'wild cards'. This morning, my wild card was my little brother. I always like to feed him because he's not afraid to tell me what he really thinks...Read More
So, I've been on the hunt for a good way of making ratatouille lately. I had tried it many many years back when I was a brand new mother. But, it didn't turn out at all the way that I had wanted. It soured my opinion on ratatouille and eggplant for years to come. Eggplant is not my most favorite vegetable, but ratatouille is one way that I will eat it.
I think that I'll eat almost anything if it's got pasta sauce and/or zucchini involved.
A few weeks back, I had tried this recipe out while my grandmother was still visiting. It got rave reviews from around the table. As it turns out, I got an eggplant and an acorn squash in my most recent local produce box, and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. Another ratatouille!...Read More
I spent the day revising this recipe after I had some similar comments regarding the amount of vinegar and beer being too harsh for some. I think everyone will enjoy the new final copy even more than the previous one!
I've kept the same basic recipe with a few minor adjustments and fine-tuning... since I don't want anyone to be displeased with anything they try here (within reason of course.)
Hello, gorgeous... mmm... melted irish cheddar...Read More