Showing posts from March, 2009

Brownie Pudding

I have been putting off trying this recipe. It didn't look great to me. I thought the texture would be too soft almost like a creme brulee. I was totally mistaken! I made this on Friday evening. Fridays are my long run days and I usually eat what I want afterwards. I halved this recipe since I didn't want 8 servings. I could not believe how delicious this was. I baked it in the water bath and let it cool to room temp. I sampled it a couple hours later. I could not stop eating it. I even ate a serving for breakfast the next day. It was that GOOD! I know that others enjoyed this amazing dessert too. It was crunchy on top and then soft and gooey inside. Tia of Southern, Eh? chose Brownie Pudding. You can find Ina’s recipe here or in Barefoot Contessa’s latest book, Back to Basics. Thanks Tia for the amazing recipe choice. This is one of my new favorites recipes. Next time I will make this for a dinner party so there won't be any leftovers.

Blueberry Crumb Cake

{Sorry I am without a camera this week so my posts won't have any pictures.}
This week Sihan of Befuddlement chose Blueberry Crumb Cake for Tuesdays With Dorie. This looked so amazing to me! I had to make this the night before since it takes 50-55 minutes to bake. I made the recipe with my daughter. She is quite the helper in the kitchen. She was in charge of the crumb topping and getting it evenly distributed over the cake. I have always loved this type of dessert. The crumb topping was an added bonus! I made it to share with my Women's Bibles Study. I found fresh berries at the store and followed the directions exactly. I am hoping it will taste as good as it looks. It baked up perfectly and is cooling on the counter.

P.S. My Son woke up sick with Strep Throat this morning. I dropped off my Crumb cake at the Women's group and never tasted it. I will have to make this again on a weekend and enjoy fresh from the oven.

Picadillo in PIta Bread

I came across this recipe while cleaning out my recipe file today. It brought back memories of when my Mom would make this growing up. She always served this with pita bread, sour cream and avocado slices. I don't know anything about where the recipe came from but this is what I found out about picadillo. Picadillo is a dish mainly consisting of ground beef typically found in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Cuba[1], Mexico, and other Latin American countries. I did have to cook my mixture for closer to 30 minutes to get all of the liquid out. Mark and I both really enjoyed this unique dinner. Our daughter liked it too. The spice combination made it very good.
1 pd ground beef 1 garlic clove crushed 1 onion chopped 1 apple peeled, cored and sliced 1/4 beef broth 1 T balsamic vinegar 1 can tomato sauce ( I used a large can) 1 ts salt 1 ts cumin 1/2 ts cinnamon 1/4 cup raisins 1/3 cup sliced almonds 3 pita pockets sour cream and avocado on side Cook beef, garlic and onion. Brown and then drain fat. Sti…

TFF Chicken Pot Pie

I have been wanting to try this recipe for Chicken Pot Pie for awhile. It is a great comfort recipeand when you have a sick family it seems to "help" everyone start to feel better. Kind of like a good Chicken Soup does. We made a few changes to Tyler's basic recipe. I didn't have any Parmesan so I added a combo of Jack and Cheddar to the top of the pie. I made a mini pie and then also a larger pie for the family. We really enjoyed this. We loved the chunks of chicken and vegetables all baked together. Our family is better now and looking forward to trying another one of Tyler's recipes next week. You can check out everyone else's recipes at

Chicken Pot Pie Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence
Prep Time:
15 min
Inactive Prep Time:
hr min
Cook Time:
1 hr 20 min
4 servings
Chicken Broth:
1 whole chicken, 3 pounds
1 gallon cool water
2 carrots, cut in 2-inch pieces
2 celery stalks, cut in 2-inch pieces
1 onion…

French Yogurt Cake for TWD

Liliana of My Cookbook Addiction chose this weeks recipe for the French Yogurt Cake with Marmalade Glaze. This is a great recipe and requires one bowl! I had trouble finding Lemon Marmalade so I made my own version of it with lemons and tangerines. I poured it over the warm cake and let it all soak in. WOW! I couldn't believe how tasty this was and how simple as well. My Baking cookbook is starting to "show" that I have been using it. I have never made so many recipes out of one cookbook before. It is really fun to try recipes that I would normally pass over. It is even better when we enjoy them. Thanks Liliana for the simple cake! I would like to try this again warm out of the oven.

Spring is here?

Today was one of the nicest days we have had this year. It was sunny and warm! It hit almost 60 today. Mark and I took the kids and dog on a hike today. I love Spring and am so excited that it is just around the corner. I am getting really close to my marathon in Nashville and need to get more outdoor running in. I love being able to run at the gym when it is freezing outside but nothing beats running outside. My sister is coming in 2 weeks and I can't wait to hit the trails with her. She shares allot of the same passions that I do. We always have a blast running and cooking together! I tried a new recipe tonight from Cuisine at Home. It was so good that I wanted to share the recipe. I served this with fried egg and rice noodles.
Basic Egg Rolls
Makes: 10 Egg Rolls
Total Time: 40 Minutes
Rating: Intermediate
Combine; Set Aside:
1 cup pork loin, julienned
1 T. dry sherry
1 t. dark sesame oil
1 t. sugar
1/4 t. kosher salt
Stir-Fry in 1 T. Peanut Oil; Remove:
1 1/2 cups cole slaw mix
2 scallions,…

Chicken Picatta

I was not going to pass up trying this weeks recipe for Barefoot Bloggers' blog.. Lindsey of Noodle Nights and Muffin Mornings chose Chicken Piccata. It was a lightly breaded chicken breast served with a very lemony sauce. We loved it except for the amount of lemon. It was a little too much for our family. I wasn't sure how thin to pound the chicken. I used plastic wrap since I didn't have any parchment paper on hand. I served this with a nice green salad and couscous with tomatoes, garbanzo beans, roasted garlic and more parsley. I wanted to add some capers but my husband does not like them. Nest time I will only use 1 lemon and add a little extra wine. I love Ina's recipes and always enjoy trying something new. Thanks Lindsey for choosing this recipe.

Disney World Family Fun

My favorite view of the castle

Main Street

The Magic Kingdom

lovely weather for jumping waves

In Melbourne, Florida
We just spent the last week in Florida at Disney World. They have amazing specials for military families right now. We also got a chance to spend time at Sea World. What a great week it was for all of us. It even was warm enough to play in the water on Friday. By the end of the week the kids were asking for the roller coasters esp. Space Mountain. Now we are back to the real world of laundry, homework and I even did my long run today. It is always sad when vacation is over but we get to go to Nashville next month for the marathon : -)