Thursday, February 13, 2014

Happy Valentines Day

Don't Forget The Pups, We Love Them Too!

Nothing says " I Love You" more than a bag of  homemade goodies, made with love of course. Another snowy day in New England, perfect baking weather, not that I consider myself a baker.  I would much rather make a tray of lasagna than a batch of cookies.  I consider myself more of a cookie tester than a baker.  My mom, my two sister's and my daughter... now they're bakers. 
For the cookies I used Jam Fig and Peach Mango for fillings.

 I'm a huge Ina Garten fan, so I used her recipe for Shortbread recipe.  Her recipe is by far the best.
Ina Garten's Shortbread Recipe

I also used Ina's recipe for  the White Chocolate Bark which is basically melted white chocolate sprinkled with anything you want on it before it sets.
Ina Garten's White Chocolate Bark
I covered my bark with shelled pistachios and dried cranberries.
The leftover cookie cut outs were dipped in melted Ghiradelli Chocolate and sprinkled with toasted, chopped pecans.  I also stuffed some with melted chocolate.  

February 13th, 2014
 I should probably take down my Christmas lights, ya think???

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sister Carole's Fish Chowder


This is my sister Carole's delicious recipe for Fish Chowder.  It cooks up pretty quick and is loaded with chopped clams, diced potatoes and flaky haddock.   What a great meal for any night of the week.  Thanks Carole!  Remember to do as she says in the directions below:
"Pour yourself some white wine and sip throughout the cooking process."

1 small onion chopped
2 potatoes, diced
2 TBS of butter
Chicken Broth
1 can of good quality chopped clams in juice
1 lb of haddock...
Sour cream
1 1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup of light cream

( I had left over bacon so I threw that in and some chopped celery.  Other than that, I followed it to a teeee).

Pour yourself some white wine and sip throughout the cooking process.
Brown the onion in butter.
Add enough chicken broth to cover the potatoes and bring to a boil.
Add the clams with the juice. Layer the haddock on top of the potatoes.
Simmer for about 10 min. until potatoes are tender and haddock flakes.
Add the milk. I put in some light cream for added richness.
Toss in a dollop of sour cream on top. Finish with some S&P to taste and a pinch of Thyme.
Serve with hot rolls and oyster crackers.

Print Here

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

101 Household Tips For Every Room

My dad sent me this link today.  I've actually cut cherry tomatoes using the above method, it's a great time saver! Some of these ideas make me want to smack myself in the head and say " why didn't I think of that?"
 Click on the link below.  You won't believe how clever some people are!!

101 Household Tips For Every Room 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Turkey Bacon Avacado Swiss Panini with Chipotle Mayo

My husband is working late tonight and for me that means "Sandwich Night"!!!!!
I love my panini maker and I love sandwich night.  The variety and combination of panini's are endless and ohhhh so good.  If you start out with some great bread, you really can't go wrong. I usually buy an uncut loaf of Ciabatta bread at the bakery and cut it into thick slices. You can make the chipotle mayo as hot as you like.  Start out with one pepper, give it a taste.....add more if you dare!! 

Start out by cooking up some thick cut bacon.  I cook mine in the oven in a deep pizza pan at 400 degrees until crispy.  Drain on paper towels and set aside.

Now you need :
1. Thick sliced Ciabatta bread
2. Sliced fresh avocado, 
3. Sliced roasted deli turkey 
4. Thick sliced swiss cheese 
5. Chipotle mayonnaise.

For Chipotle Mayonnaise:
1/2 Cup mayonnaise
2 Chipotle chilies in adobo sauce
1 Tablespoon adobo sauce from can
Salt and Pepper

Directions for Mayonnaise:

Combine all above ingredients in food processor until smooth or place ingredients in a small bowl and blend with a fork smashing peppers as you blend.  If you blend with a fork you will be left with some chunky pieces of the peppers.  Yum.

For Sandwich:
Spread 1 Tablespoon of chipotle mayo on top and 1 Tablespoon of chipotle mayo on the bottom slices of bread.
Layer Avacado, Swiss Cheese,Turkey and Bacon.  Close top.  Spread about 1 Tablespoon of butter on top and 1 Tablesppon of butter on the bottom of breads.  Grille in  hot panini press or on stove top in a grill pan until golden brown and cheese has melted.