Monday, May 23, 2011

Goin' to the Grocery!

This week we will be making a meal that is in celebration of the Memorial Day weekend. You can serve this meal if you are celebrating at home, or take all or part of the meal with you to celebrate at a friend or family's house. This is a fun meal!  Have a fun weekend!


Crudite' w/ Dried Herb Ranch Dip
Southern Cornbread
Roasted Chicken
Cowboy Beans & Cole Slaw
Strawberry Shortcake

Here is what you need: 

Appetizer~Crudite' w/ Dried Herb Ranch Dip                                   
                  grape tomatoes
                  red peppers                                                                   
                  radishes                                                                  Soup/Salad~Southern Cornbread
                  blue nacho chips                                                              self rising cornmeal
                  sour cream                                                                       lemon juice
                  milk                                                                                 2 eggs
                  buttermilk powder                                                            baking soda
                  dried parsley                                                           4 tablespoons bacon drippings

                  dried oregano                                                            
                  dried chives
                  dried tarragon                
                  garlic salt
                  lemon pepper         
                                                                                         bag of shredded cole slaw mix
Entree~Roasted Chicken                                                                 sugar
                      1   4 or 5pound roasting chicken                            white vinegar
                      medium onion
                      4 ribs celery
                      4 carrots
                       dried thyme                                                           Cowboy Ranch Beans
                       dried sage                                                             2 cups dried pinto beans
                       chicken broth                                                        vegetable or canola oil
                                                                                                   4 slices bacon
                                                                                                   1-2 jalapenos
                                                                                                   2 garlic cloves
                    Strawberry Shortcake                                             ground cumin
                       strawberries                                                          fresh cilantro


That is everything you need to for this week. 
See you tomorrow for our appetizer of the week!!
Thanks for reading this post!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Do I Really Need That?

The kitchen gadget under scrutiny today is the Kitchen Aid Counter Top Mixer. I have one. I love it. When I moved recently I made sure it was in the car with us so I knew where it was at all times. Crazy, huh? I know! But this thing is probably the best thing in my kitchen! It does everything. I don't even use it to it's capacity. I don't think I even know how to use it to it's capacity.
The one I have pictured here is the Professional 600. I also have an older one, a white one that is a little smaller. I wish I had a picture to show you, but it is still not unpacked from the trailer, from when we moved. No more moving!!!  Anyway! Do you need this mixer? No. A smaller, handheld mixer will do the job for most cooks. A handheld can make potatoes, cookies, and even mix bread dough. They are making them bigger and better.
But this mixer will do it without having to be held.
It can also do large batches at a time. Such a convenience.
So, no, you don't need it, but yes, it makes everything easier.
It is definitely worth it.
It can make really good cookies like these:
 Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies
(adapted from Ocean Spray Recipes) 
2/3 cup softened Butter
2/3 cup Brown Sugar
2 large Eggs
1 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1 1/2 cup Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup Craisins Dried Cranberries
2/3 cup White Chocolate Chips
  Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Using your mixer,
beat butter and sugar together.

When it is fluffy, add your eggs. Thoroughly mix.

In a separate bowl, mix together your oats,
flour, baking soda, and salt.

Add your flour mix to the butter mix a little
bit at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Stop mixing with the mixer, and add
cranberries and chips by hand.

I put my cookies together by hand.
I usually use a cookie scoop, but these really need
to be hand formed. The scoop made them too rounded,
 and they stayed round while they cooked.
I formed them into a round, flat cookie,
and I think they looked better!

Bake for 10-12 minutes, then cool on a wire rack!


Join me tomorrow for next weeks grocery list. We are going to make a
delicious picnic type meal that you can make
for your Memorial Day Weekend.
See you then!