Summer Basil

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Every summer I grow fresh herbs in pots that sit on the deck right outside of my kitchen. I love being able to step outside and cut fresh herbs for our cooking. This year I grew three kinds of basil: Siam Queen (Thai Basil), Nufar Basil, and Genovese Compact Basil. The Thai Basil is great for salads and Thai cooking. The Nufar and Genovese are great for making Italian Pesto sauce. Pesto sauce is made with basil, garlic, nuts, parmesan cheese, and olive oil. Today I made two kinds of Pesto, one with Pistachio nuts and the other with Pine nuts. Tonight we are enjoying  Paccheri Rigati, a wide large noodle resembling a rigatoni, with the Pistachio nut Pesto. The other Pesto I am bringing to my son who is spending the summer in New York City and he loves home-made pesto. We will our accompany the meal with a nice salad and delicious Focaccia bread.

Today I share a great quote from Albert Einstein.

Comfort food and Comforting Quotes

Today we are enjoying a Colombian comfort meal of beans with meat accompanied with rice and patacones. Today’s beans and meat were cooked in a pressure cooker. Patacones, known as tostones in some countries, are double fried plantains. Here is my link to my easy Colombian meal recipe. https://thelabyrinthguide.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/frisoles-colombianos-con-arroz-chorizo-y-aguacate/ (no pressure cooker required)

Today I share a quote by Marcus Aurelius.

We do a lot of experimenting with cooking burgers. My husband likes to sous-vide them and I like to pan fry them. Both versions are mouth-watering. My only requirement for my burger is that it comes out medium rare.  Below are two wonderful quotes, one by Louise L. Hay and the other by Albert Einstein.

In 2015, we enjoyed a fun weekend dinner of smothered pork chops. We used America’s Test Kitchen recipe. The chops came out moist and delicious. The homemade parmesan biscuits are always a favorite.

 

 

 

 

Happy Groundhog Day!

So for all of you out there who are fans of Punxsutawney Phil, prognosticator of weather, Happy Groundhog Day to you! But I am a bit disappointed that Punxsutawney Phil has predicted 6 more weeks of winter. Well, the upside of that is that we will continue to enjoy winter dishes.

In 2014,  Super Bowl XLVIII fell on Groundhog day. We got to enjoy a  feast of finger food that night while the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos. We made homemade puff pastries and sausage with sweet potato fries. We did a little prognostication ourselves that day since we placed the Seahawk above the Bronco when we drew the board earlier in the day. Punxsutawney Phil also predicted 6 more weeks of winter, and boy was he right, we were days away from terrible snow and ice storms.

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Another delicious comfort meal in 2015, a Texas Cornbread Shepherd’s pie.

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And that’s brings us to this year. Today is an easy day in the kitchen. I took out of the freezer some of our homemade pizzas. Once again it’s that time of the week to gear up and think about the delicious food we will make for the weekend. More to come…

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February the Month of Love

Happy 1st day of February! We play a game in our family, the first person to wish the others “Happy Last Day of the Month” or “Happy 1st day of the Month”, wins. It used to be that you had to say it in person, but now with my son in college, a text message is allowed as a means of communication. There are no real prizes, just the honor to say that you were the first.  Today, my  husband got us all. Can’t let that happen again.

For dinner tonight we are revisiting (hint:leftovers) a delicious pork loin stuffed with figs, prosciutto, and arugula that my husband had made. I am preparing frozen Polish pierogies (perogies) by Peter and Pat’s. I’m not a big fan of store-bought perogies because they tend to be very dense and flavorless but we tried these at Costco and they were yummy. They only carry them twice a year.

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Another favorite Asian staple is Beef Lo Mein. I used American’s Test Kitchen recipe as a guideline.

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On this day in 2015 we celebrated my dad’s 80th birthday. Once again, my husband stuffed food, this time chicken breast with Gruyère, ham, spinach, and roasted pepper. It was exquisite. I made my dad a red velvet birthday cake with a cream cheese frosting since we were so close to Valentine’s day.

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Each family member has a dish they consider a favorite. One of mine is my husband’s short-rib slow-cooked ragu. We sometimes serve it with homemade pasta, but in 2014 we served it with creamy polenta. Mouth-watering.

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Today I share quotes by Albert Einstein, Anatole France, an African Proverb, and Rev. R. Gibson.

I especially like the one by Reverend R. Gibson, a reminder to all of us to stay positive.