Sunday, January 10, 2016

Red Wine Beef Stew

A few years ago we were dining at a friend's house.  Sharon "threw together" a stew for us.  It was unbelievable and I won't soon forget it.  A few months ago, I went to Sharon's daughter's house for dinner.  Again, Whitney made her version of a beef stew.  I looked wide eyed and said "is this your family's stew?"  She shrugged it off, just like her mother, and said it wasn't really much of a recipe.  These are my favorite types of recipes.  Meat.  Veggies.  Wine.  Cook a while while you put your feet up.  Invite friends over.  Done.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Persimmon Vanilla Cobbler

Oh Persimmons!
We had a rough start, you and me.
But after a few years, playing under your tree,
I've come to love thee!

Really though... when we first moved in, we had no idea what kind of tree it was that provided such beautiful shade and stood as the figure piece for our backyard, that was not yet a yard at all.  After a season, we learned it was a persimmon tree!  So fun!  After doing some poor research, and giving it an undeserving hack job, it went through a bit of a rough season.  But this year... THIS YEAR... I fell in love with our little tree and the harvest was plenty.  Maybe trees just need to be loved to produce well (and we added it to the drip system this year... poor thing).  And by loved, I mean embraced as a part of our yard: yoga under the tree, using it as a "secret look out," and it acting as a "fielder" to our son's line-drives.  It's a part of our yard now, which is a part of our family space.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Roasted Poblano, Corn and Potato Chowder

Well it's not cold yet here, but I figured I could start practicing for when this supposed "El Nino" hits.  But whether the rain is pouring, or you're just praying for the rain, this chowder will make all things better.

Roasted Poblano, Corn and Potato Chowder
adapted from Iowa Girl Eats (easily serves 8 people)

2-3 poblano peppers, 
2 tbls olive oil
6-8 slices of bacon, chopped
4 leaks, white and light green parts, cleaned and chopped into half moons
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2" cubes
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups whole or 2% milk, separate out 1 cup for mixing the roux
2 cups sweet corn, frozen or fresh
4 tbls flour
3/4 cup shredded cheese (I used a combo of cheddar and jack)
cilantro for a cooling garnish
Salt and pepper throughout to layer the seasoning

Friday, October 30, 2015

Crostini with Blue Cheese Butter and Roasted Balsamic Grapes

Can we talk appetizers?

I'm a huge fan of them.  It's always a party when dad gets home for the day, so why not pair his homecoming with a fabulous snack to kick off dinner?  Toasted bread with fine toppings is usually a hit with most folks.  But this crostini is a home-run.  Wowsa.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Blackberry Cupcakes with Yogurt Cake and Berry Butter Cream

Oh hey there blackberry season!  Here it comes, and there it goes.  

My girlfriend and I went to a U-pick blackberry farm this year.  It was Colton's first experience.  I loved watching him study each one to see if they were "black enough" and then the inner struggle of where to put the chosen berry: in your basket or in your mouth.  The kid must have consumed a pint by the time we left.