Saturday, February 14, 2015
So I am in love with The Pampered Chef stoneware. This has nothing to do with the fact that I just started as a consultant for The Pampered Chef (www.pamperedchef.biz/heathergiraud) and everything to do with the fact that I LOVE this stoneware for everything! I have no idea why it took me so long to get myself some! Everything that I cook on it turns out awesome--- evenly cooked and browned-- and the more I use it, the better it gets. Plus, I use them for sweet and savory and the stoneware doesn't retain any flavors or smells!
One of my favorite things to cook on my stoneware is an egg frittata. It's perfect for brunch and so easy to make! You just cannot go wrong with this dish. You can modify it to suit your tastes-- remove the feta and add a different type of cheese, add some sauteed onions, remove the sausage and add bacon or ham. It all works. Oh, and did I mention that it sure is impressive when it comes out of the oven :) Yum yum!
Saturday, January 17, 2015
So, as you can see, I have been missing in action for the last few months. Doesn't mean I haven't been cooking, but it means that life has been crazy!
But, here I am, ready to post this fantastic, very festive appetizer. It's festive because of the cranberries so would be a great addition to an Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas menu, but really, you could serve it all year round :)
It's so easy to make and it just gets better with age, so make it ahead of time and take the stress out of entertaining! The flavours are so fresh, but the ginger, jalepeno, cilantro and citrus juices just give this appetizer extra depth. Oh, and served alongside a block of cream cheese? To die for!
Sunday, November 2, 2014
I don't usually buy drumsticks. I love chicken, but would prefer to buy them whole or if I buy pieces, I prefer the wings or the thighs. That has all changed.
We recently had chicken wings for dinner. As usual, I proceeded to take off some of the meat to give to my 1 year old daughter. This time, however, she was insistent on having a wing too. So, I cut off the drummette and gave it to her. She loved it. So much in fact that she completely cleaned the bone!
Curious to see if this enthusiasm would continue, the next day, I bought a package of chicken drumsticks and made these Red Curry Chicken Drumsticks. I wanted to see if my daughter would like eating off the bone as much as she had the previous day. To my surprise, my daughter happily ate 3 of them! It seems that she likes food with a little kick, and she loves holding the drumstick and eating off of it.
Since that time, I have tried other marinades for drumsticks and I have not been disappointed. My daughter has enjoyed all of them. So I guess I will be buying packs of drumsticks more frequently!
Monday, October 13, 2014
A few things happened today. I wanted to make something yummy and freshly baked to enjoy in the afternoon. I noticed I had an abundance of ripe bananas in the freezer. And I wanted to give my daughter some kind of treat.
So I made banana bread. With zucchini. And way less sugar than usual. But then I messed up and shorted the recipe an entire cup of flour. Yup, a whole cup. And I didn't realize until just now as I was looking at my recipe. I didn't notice because the banana bread was fantastic. Moist and yummy. So good in fact that we (my husband, me and my 1 year old daughter) ate almost the entire loaf!
Oh well. It was pouring rain today, the house smelled like baking and the banana bread was fairly healthy as far as baked goods go. And I got a new and better recipe as a result. A very productive day!
Monday, September 29, 2014
My daughter just turned one. I can't even believe it. It seems like just yesterday that I was busy cooking up a storm to stock our freezer for her arrival.
This past weekend I found myself trying to make a somewhat healthy but still decadent and crowd pleasing first birthday cupcake.
In the past year, I haven't given our daughter a whole lot of sugar, salt or processed food. I try my best to make her meals healthy and packed with nutrients while of course making sure that the food is tasty.