Monday, June 28, 2010

Kid Approved: Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese

Totally one-dish supper worthy.
In a heavy bottomed pan, stir together 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Flour Mix. Keep stirring over low heat until the mixture starts turning a bit brown.
Add one medium sized diced yellow onion and one large diced garlic clove. If the mixture seems really thick, add another tablespoon of butter and stir. Cook over low heat for five minutes.

Stir in two cups of grated zucchini and one cup of diced ham. Add 1/2 teaspoon of cumin, 1/2 teaspoon of table salt and 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder. Stir to combine. Sprinkle in 1 cup finely shredded colby jack/cheddar cheese and stir gently until it melts in and becomes smooth. I used the prepackaged stuff labeled "Mexican."

Cook one package of Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta according to the package directions. Drain and gently fold into vegetable mixture. Let the mixture sit with a lid on it for five minutes or so. Stir and serve.

I even took a picture of what it looks like right before you put the pasta in.

The other picture is of the reason I didn't take a picture of the finished product.
Actually, it really isn't the dog's fault. Just as I was about to finish my dish, photograph it, and share it with the world, there was a knock at my front door.
It was a police officer.
At that moment in time, I had supper on the stove, a teenager in Missouri raising hell, parents on the road, and a husband who was about a half hour later getting home than he usually is. Also, my cell phone died at about 4:00. To say that my stomach dropped when I opened the door and saw a cop would be a vast understatement.
My people are all fine. The police officer and I had a long conversation about a neighbor that allegedly lives a few doors down who was complaining about my dog barking. (My dog who had been outside for less than twenty minutes.) Apparently, this guy is a whiny little high maintenance cry baby and he calls the cops for everything. So, the police officer met our animal family members and I gave him my phone number and sent an invitation back to call me any time. This morning, our next door neighbor's dog started barking at 7:15 am. I wonder if the police will be stopping by later....I hope they offer to take him to jail for disturbing the peace, too. He's a lawyer for the county.
Last night when Tori and I were out back regarding the garden, she asked me about the incident and I explained it like this; Ya know when there's a kid on the playground who tattles all the time? The teacher tells him to go talk to the person he has a problem with, right? OK, well, some kids don't learn how to do that and they grow up to be big giant tattle tales. That's what this guy is. He's a big giant tattle tale. When you grow up, you don't have a teacher anymore, so some big giant tattle tales use the police. Sometimes the police don't want to tell the tattle tale to talk to the person they have a problem with. So that's what I did. I told the officer to ask the cry baby to call me.
Do you know how I know that there is a God? Because I could see the dude through the trees of the yard the separates us while I was explaining all of this to Tori in my Big Mommy Voice. Beautiful.
I'm walking my dogs by the cry baby's house twice a day now. I can't wait to catch the dude outside so I can introduce myself and invite him over for drinks. This tactic (make friends with people who try to make your life difficult) is a new way to spell crazy. It amuses me to no end.
So, sorry you don't get a photo of this righteous Mac & Cheese. If you use a white zucchini, your kids won't know it's in there.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Egg Class tonight at New Pioneer Coop in Iowa City

And here are the recipes:

French Toast

1 cup plain yogurt

2 T sour cream

3 eggs

2 T honey, warmed

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper

8 slices Udi Bread, white

2 T butter

Whisk yogurt, sour cream, eggs, honey and salt/pepper in a bowl. Pour into a pie pan.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Dip bread into egg mixture and soak for 30 seconds on each side. Set bread aside for 2 minutes.

Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a 10 inch nonstick saute pan. Place 2 slices of bread at a time into the pan and cook until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and place on rack in oven for 5 minutes. Repeat with all 8 slices Serve immediately with spiced vanilla butter.

Spiced Vanilla Butter

1 stick salted softened butter

1 T confectioners' sugar

Seeds of 2 vanilla beans

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

Blend in food processor, shape into a log on waxed paper, wrap and chill. To serve, slice into 1/4" rounds and place one on each slice of french toast.

Bacon Egg Pizza

1 package Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza dough mix

--Prepare according to directions and roll out very thin. Pre-cook crusts for 7 minutes in 400 degree oven and set aside.

For one Pizza Crust:

1 large can Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes

1 handful fresh basil, chopped rough

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 large garlic cloves, smashed and minced

4 portabello mushroom caps, chopped rough

5 slices thick smoked bacon, cooked until crisp and cut into 1" pieces

4 ounces fresh mozarella, torn into small pieces

4 eggs

Fry garlic in 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat for about a minutes. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes. Add basil and season to taste.

Spread a layer of tomato sauce over the pizza crusts and scatter mushrooms, bacon, and cheese evenly. Cook for 5-8 minutes. Crack eggs on top of hot pizza and drag a fork through them to spread them around a bit. Return to oven until the eggs are set.

Season with salt and pepper and garnish with fresh basil leaves.

Deviled shrimp in lettuce wraps

1 T olive oil

12 harboiled eggs, peeled and chopped

1 cup chopped red onion

1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

1/2 cup chpped yellow, orange, or purple bell pepper

2-3 T minced pickled jalapeno

1/4 tsp salt

4-5 garlic cloves, smashed and minced

1 14 ounce can Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes

1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/4 cup light coconut milk

1/2 bunch chopped fresh cilantro

4 medium sized inner lettuce leaves, washed, wrapped in a kitchen towel loosely, and chilled (they should form a bowl on their own and be thick enough to hold their shape)

Saute onion for 2 minutes in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add peppers, jalapeno, salt and garlic. Saute 4 minutes more. Add tomatoes and cook 6-10 minutes or until liquid evaporates.

Stir in shrimp and cook 4-5 minutes more until shrimp are opaque. Remove from heat and stir in coconut milk, eggs and cilantro.

Spoon into chilled lettuce leaves and serve immediately.

Spring Hash Scramble

12 eggs, beaten

4 medium sized red potatoes, boiled until tender, diced

1/2 lb skinny, fresh asparagus, cut into 1" pieces

1/2 red onion, chopped

3-4 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped

1/2 bunch fresh cilantro or parsley

3-4 slices thick cut smoked bacon, cooked until crisp and cut into 1" pieces

2-3 tablespoons reserved bacon drippings

salt and pepper

Heat large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Cook red onions, garlic, and diced potatoes in bacon drippings until potatoes are crisp.

Pour in eggs, stirring occasionally until set.

Stir in asparagus and cook for 2 minutes more.

Sprinkle chopped herbs and bacon over mixture, season, and serve hot.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A Rage against Taco Hell

We've been calling it that since the eighth grade and we've helped fuel the rumors:

The beef is "Grade D But Edible."

Never Eat There! I can't tell you why.....just trust me.

I knew a guy who knew a guy who knew the dude that saw the, um, rodent head....

Here's a new one:

There's sand in their Taco Pizza. Actually, there's sand in their beef. They use it to keep the product from clumping during shipping. Google it. I dare you.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Good! Morning!

Oh my. It looks more out of place in writing than it does when I say it. I'm on my fourth cup of coffee and I've taken my vitamins. I'd still like to go back to bed. While I'd like to blame the rain, I think it may be my personality. I'm much more effective (and cheerful) after 10am. The children are watching a movie. I'm about to out myself as a potential "bad parent."

My dear, sweet Highlander won a TV yesterday. This time last year, he won a TV. Last year's TV was big. We had been television shopping, and by "we" I mean he had been walking around the TV section of every store in town while I tagged along and pretended to have no idea what he was talking about when he said he wanted to buy a 42" HD compatible flat screen. Clueless.

Finally, I had to break it to him: Momma doesn't want a TV. At all. Momma isn't going to get on board with your one thousand dollar plan to outfit our home with HD. Momma's Out.

Four days after this conversation, in a fit of passive aggressive persistence, he won a 42" HD compatible flat screen at his company picnic. He was so sure he was winning the TV that he cleared out the trunk of his car before we left to make room for it. He was so sure he was winning the TV last year, that his intention lasted 52 weeks and he won another one this year. Luckily, it's the baby sister of the big Mama. At 22 inches, it's perfect for my bedroom. I may have adapted my tastes in leisure time activity since last summer. After HD, regular TV seems blurry. Momma's In.

Zoe was sure the TV was for her room. She looked stricken when she realized it was being installed in Momma's room.

So I went to the basement, retrieved the little old time non-HD TV and its little-used VCR, and installed it in the girls' room. My children are now watching their brother's favorite movie from his 5th year of life: The Fox and The Hound. They are in heaven. They are quiet. They are not fighting or whining or begging for breakfast (which is cooking right now and is extra great since Momma is not being harassed.)

Breakfast when Momma is not being harassed:
Extra cheesy crescent rolls with eggs over-easy, a banana, and strawberry lemonade.

Hooray. And also, I think my coffee just kicked in.