Tuesday, March 22, 2011

2 Easy Dinners

This one's so simple and pretty delicious! Of course, we stumbled upon this by accident, considering we were trying to make something out of almost nothing!

Saturday's Easy Dinner is......Spinach Tomato Pasta!

My sister loves pasta and I love to cook. We decided to make up a recipe that SOUNDED good but we had no idea how it would taste. We cooked a pot of penne rigate and added crushed tomatoes & canned spinach. Easy enough, but making it taste good took skill.....random skill.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Oatmeal at Sunrise

Upon reading my email, SparkPeople sent me an article about getting fiber in the morning with oatmeal! I thought "I already eat oatmeal...sometimes. I have packets of Quaker raisin n' spice!" but they had something better in mind. Ready for this?

Crock-pot oatmeal

Weird? I know, right? That's what I said!

I read the article, tips and the recipe. Sounded good, so I got out of bed and thought I'd give it a try! Here's my spin on it. Here we go:

1 cup Old-Fashioned Quaker Oats
2 cups 1% milk
1 cup finely chopped apples
1/2 cup Craisins dried cranberries
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 TSP butter or spread
1 tsp sugar (I ran out of brown sugar)
dash of salt
dash of nutmeg

Crock-pot it up. Stir well & cook for 'undetermined amount of time'

This part scared me. After reading the reviews (like I usually DON'T DO til LATER!) many people said theirs burnt after cooking 8-9 hours, like the recipe called for. Some cooked in only 90 minutes! 90 MINUTES?!!? I need sleep, man!

I put them on at midnight & checked at 1am to see how they were so far. They looked no different, so I decided to get some sleep.

8 hours later....

It came out strange. I didn't like, nor did I eat it. haha.....right.

I was a bit cranky that I had to keep checking on it all night. And I forgot the simplest thing about the meal choice:

I like my oatmeal soupy. Which I know is gross to most of you. But thick, soggy oatmeal doesn't do it for me. And it didn't have much flavor, despite me adding a bazillion extra things. Oh well, in the words of Jim Carrey in The Grinch Stole Christmas "BUT THAT'S WHAT THESE TESTS ARE FOOOR!"

Until next time!

Jess ♥

Sunday Dinners: Chef Tyffanie

I'm going to start posting about Sunday dinners that my friends and I put on. Tyffanie cooked up some soul food, with some help from the eaters. We had an awesome time dancing to Lecrae and frying chicken! I made the filling for Apple Pie and our friend Gijey came for some gluten-free treats!

Here's the awesomeness that went down:

Baked Mac n Cheese
Fried Chicken
Apple Pie

After hours in the kitchen, several trips to get more milk and things, and a ton of dancing, we finished! Food was awesome! Not much more to add! Pictures say it all! :D

Jess ♥

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Favorite Food

Whenever I think back to the simple times, I think about how a tiny town could have all of its necessities when the whole town pitched in. Cute little shops and each town had a baker, a shoemaker, a butcher, some farmers probably, a blacksmith, a seamstress, and even a candlestick maker! I've always wanted to be the baker. My version of corporate America retirement would be to open a bakeshop & give cookies away to kids! I want to be that cute grandma that spoils the kids & makes pies for busy people!

One thing I've always wanted to do is bake bread. It's like the simplest, most basic food need for a simple family, and it's one of my FAVORITE foods! It's a HUGE culinary step for me. I tried banana bread last semester and it was delicious!

Here's the recipe from SimplyRecipes.com:

Banana Bread Recipe

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour


3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup)
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour


No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

Yield: Makes one loaf.

Since bread is one of my favorite foods, you'll be seeing it again. I would like to try something new. So look forward to Apple Bread, Cinnamon Pecan Bread, Cheese Bread pretty much anything that can be a muffin I'll find a way to loaf it! :D

Until we meet again,

Jess ♥