Thursday, March 15, 2012

Country Skillet Breakfast~Improv Cooking Challenge

Today is Improv Cooking Challenge day! The two ingredients for this month are potatoes and cheese!!! My first thought?~Where to start? Those two ingredients open up an avalanche of ideas!! I had both of these ingredients on hand, so I started pulling groceries from the fridge, looking at what I had, and I ended up with
a country skillet breakfast that was easy to throw together and delicious!

Country Skillet Breakfast
1 Potato
1 Piece of Bacon
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Shredded Fiesta Blend Cheese
1/2 Roma Tomato
1/4 cup Onion
Microwave your potato for approx. 4-5 minutes, 
until cooked. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Start your bacon cooking.
While the potato and bacon are doing their thing,
dice your onion and tomato.
When your potato is done, let it cool for a moment
or two, then chop it into bite size pieces.
Put the onions and potatoes in a frying pan, .....
and cook on medium high until the potatoes start to get
brown on the sides.
Once your bacon is down,
chop it into bite size or even smaller, pieces.
Fry your eggs. I love my eggs over easy, and with this dish,
over easy works great, because the egg drips down
through the potatoes and bacon.
While your eggs are cooking,
 place the potatoes and onion mix in the
cast iron skillet.
Add the tomato and bacon pieces.
Once your egg is done,
Place the egg on top of the potato, onion,
tomato, and bacon mix. Cover the egg with the cheese.
Add more if you like it really cheesy!
Heat until the cheese melts.
Top with a scoop of sour cream and a slice of avocado!
(or whatever is your favorite)
Serve immediately!

See how much fun the Improv Cooking Challenge
can be?!! I know you would love it, and we would love to have you!!
Check us out, and check out what everyone else is making below!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Potato Pancakes~Holiday Recipe Club

This is my first post for the Holiday Recipe Club, so I am excited and very curious to see what everyone else is making. Every month we are given ingredients to use. We can use one of them, two of them, or all of them. This month the ingredients were pistachios, potatoes, and beer! I chose potatoes, and I made these great Potato Pancakes!
Hometown Potato Pancakes
1 1/2 pounds Potatoes
1 medium Onion
2 Eggs
1/3 cup Flour
Corn Oil
Peel your potatoes, and take the skin off your onion.
Put the potatoes and the onion through the 
food processor using the shred blade. You can also use
a manual grater if you would prefer.
I used a trick I learned many years ago. The most important
thing in cooking these potatoes is to make sure there 
is as little water as possible. so you must drain the 
potatoes and onion of juices. To do this,
place the potatoes and onion in a clean towel. 
Fold up the towel like above, and twist the ends in 
opposite directions,
and empty the liquid that pours out into a bowl.
I got quite a bit from these potatoes, and see all the starch
at the bottom of the bowl?  That's great! These pancakes
will fry up so much better because all of that is gone.
Add the eggs, and mix very well. I used my hands 
to make sure the eggs were fully incorporated.

Add the flour, a little at a time, mix it in, and then add more.
This way the flour won't clump, and it gets evenly
distributed. add your salt and pepper now also.
Heat (on medium) your oil in your pan.
Add approximately 1/2 cup of mix.
Let fry for about 5 minutes on each side. Smash 
potato patty as you can.
Flip to the other side to fry for 5 minutes on that side.
Drain on paper towels.

Thanks for joining me today!
For more information on the Holiday Recipe Club,
click on the link above!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cookie Journey Thursday~St. Pat's Day!!

Here I am late again for Cookie Journey Thursday. Believe it or not, I am not the person that always "is running behind"! I am usually the person that is on time or early, but too much on my plate right now is making me crazy and late! So let's talk cookies!!
St. Patrick's Day Cookies
I love these cookies I made! The shamrocks turned out great,
the pots of gold turned out pretty good, and the rainbows, well,
not so good. Let's start with the shamrock!  :)
This was the easiest cookie to decorate. I used the 
cookie and frosting recipe we used in previous posts.
I outlined the cookie in leaf green,using a Wilton #2 tip,
and then filled it in, using the Wilton #2 tip.
Super Easy!
Now lets make the pot of gold!
I outlined the pot in black,using Wilton #2 tip,
and then filled it in with the black, using the same tip.
I let it dry completely, then, using leaf green and
a Wilton tip #5, I piped a green rim onto the top
of the pot.
Using a Wilton tip #2, I piped small circles on the top of the pot
to look as if coins were falling from the pot. I had to pipe the
circles, and then wait for some to dry, and then stack more on top.
I poured a little gold pearl dust onto some wax paper,
dabbed a tiny bit of water onto a brush,
and then dabbed the brush into the gold dust.
Lightly brush the gold dust onto the circles.
I think the gold added a needed shimmer to the look,
but the coins were not what I was looking for.
I think they should have been flatter and a bit bigger.
Let's make the rainbows!
I outlined the clouds on the rainbows with white
frosting and a Wilton #2 tip.
I filled in both clouds with the same color and tip.
As soon as I filled in each cloud, I sprinkled
white sparkly glitter on each one.
There are six different colors on this rainbow, so I
marked a line with edible marker,
where to start and finish the arch of color.
I started with the purple, using Wilton Violet and a Wilton #5 tip.
This is the second set of rainbow cookies I attempted.
When I made the first set, I used the Wilton tip #2, but they
looked worse than these!! The #5 tip covers much better,
and presents a cleaner look,
except for a few problems which, we will get to soon.
Next, I added the light blue color, Americolor, Electric Blue.
then the green, Americolor Leaf Green,
then the yellow, Wilton Lemon Yellow, orange, Wilton Orange
and the red, Americolor Super Red.
Here is what I need to work on. I am upset at the way I
did not follow the design of the rainbow.
 There should not have been cookie showing. I should have
figured out how to do that. I need to work on this.
Like in this picture. The top of the rainbow was ignored.
Also the start and finish of the arch. It just looks
amateurish. Of course, I am an amateur, but that is
beside the point, don't you think?
 My final problem with the rainbow is the frosting.
The consistency is not correct for all the colors,
and it looks like my hand was shaking when I
applied the frosting. I will be working on all this!

Well, I think things may be getting a little better with
my decorating, but I really need to practice.
 I am making some "new baby" cookies
for a family friend, so you can let me know
 what you think on Thursday!

Meanwhile check out this wonderful blog!
I am a subscriber to Lila Loa, and this is one of her
blog posts from last week. It's all
about icing consistency, and I think you will find it
interesting and full of valuable information!!
I did!!

Thanks for joining me!!

PS~I wrapped all the cookies up and sent them to my
son and his roommates!!I love the taste of these cookies,
so I have to give them away immediately,
or we all know what happens!!

This post is linked to the following fun parties!:
Works for Me Wednesday
These Chicks Cooked
Cast Party Wednesday
What's Cooking Wednesday
Made by Me
What's on the Menu Wednesday