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Herb Roasted Mini Potatoes

In Just Good Food on August 31, 2011 at 8:49 am

Are you ready for Autumn? I am. I want to wear jeans and boots. I want to watch football. I want to have my morning coffee outside and not be sweating. I want to buy cute fall clothes for the babe. I am sooooo ready.

Now, if you’ve been reading my blog since it’s inception, you’ll know that I love “mini” food. I especially love small potatoes. They are so cute and tasty.

I bought this potato mixture at Whole Foods. It was called a "Pee Wee Pack of Potatoes". How cute is that?

I did tweak this recipe from Cooking Light some. I used rosemary instead of tarragon and chives. Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs, and it screams “Autumn” to me. I love the way rosemary smells – the apartment smelled so delicious while I was roasting the potatoes. This recipe is super easy. Just follow the instructions and you’ll have an incredible side dish. They go with anything (chicken, beef, lamb, fish, cookies, whatever). I even tossed these in a salad the next day – they are great cold too!

I really like the dijon and rosemary flavor combo.

I was recently in Alabama visiting my family. The babe, Dan and I all had a wonderful time at Lake Martin. It’s such a beautiful and special place. And this is big news:  you can now get a latte in Alex City!!!! Go to Coffee and Cakes Cafe in the Queen’s Attic and you can get a really good latte. It made my whole trip! Additionally, while I was downtown, I shopped at Cloud Nine and Carlisle Drug Store. They both have some really cute baby clothes. If you live in/near Alexander City you should go check it out.

While I was home (2 days longer than I had planned thanks to Irene) my mom and I did some great cooking. So stay tuned for delicious peel and eat shrimp, fruit cobbler, faux banana ice cream and oven baked okra. Have a great Labor Day!!

Parmesan Crusted Flounder

In Just Good Food on August 24, 2011 at 4:10 pm

This blog entry is going to be quick – just like the recipe! I have been making this flounder for several years. It’s tasty, incredibly easy and not a lot of clean up. Follow the recipe from Cooking Light.

Start by making this mixture of mayo, green onions and parmesan cheese. Then spread it all over the flounder.

Then make this mixture of breadcrumbs (I used whole wheat) and dried herbs.

Sprinkle the coated fish with the breadcrumbs and herbs then bake at 400 degrees until flaky.

I like to broil the fish at the very end to get the topping nice and crispy.

I serve this flounder with sauteed spinach and wild rice, but it would be great with almost anything. Enjoy!


Whole Wheat Apple Zucchini Bread

In Bread, breakfast, Fruit on August 19, 2011 at 10:41 am

If you tasted this bread, you would not believe that it doesn’t contain any sugar, oil or butter. I had extremely low expectations for this very reason. How can bread be  good, edible even, without ANY sugar, butter or oil?

This bread really surprised me.

I followed this recipe from Clean Eating. I used almond flour instead of spelt flour so my bread had a slight almond flavor. I used a granny smith apple and 0% Fage yogurt.

When this bread came out of the oven it looked and smelled delicious.

I had a piece as soon as it was finished baking and a piece the next day. It’s definitely best warm or slightly toasted. I resisted the urge to spread a little butter on it (trying to save calories anywhere I can these days). I think if I were going to make this bread again, I would use vanilla yogurt. Just that slight addition of sweetness might make this bread really, really tasty. Or….wait for it….I might add some chocolate chips. Now we’re talking!!

This is the first recipe I’ve ever tried from Clean Eating. It was a solid first. I will let you know if I try anything else.

I hope you all (all dear 7 of you) have a great weekend. The babe is taking a long morning nap so I am off to fold burp cloths and swiffer the apartment. Good times!

Fish Tacos with Yogurt Lime Sauce

In Just Good Food on August 14, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I am a big fan of taco night. It’s easy and you can get pretty creative with tacos. Let’s be honest, almost anything is good when covered in salsa and wrapped in a tortilla. My tacos were based on this recipe from Cooking Light.

This is sea bass. Whole Foods was out of halibut. I think halibut would have been better.

Check this out! When you spend $30 at the Whole Foods seafood counter, you get this free bag.

I made the lime yogurt sauce early in the day and then put everything else together just before eating. I purchased a smokey corn and tomato chutney at Whole Foods and used it as a base for a little salsa. I added cilantro, lime juice and some diced jalapeno. The salsa actually turned out well. I liked the yogurt-lime sauce too, but if I had to pick one I’d choose the salsa. This is a nice week night meal….it comes together quickly, not too much clean up, and if you want a side, open a can of black beans or make some fiesta rice. Then you’ve got a real dinner! I just left it at the tacos because I had dried spit up in my hair and all down my left sleeve. Considering that, I thought the tacos were quite the accomplishment.

We spent the weekend in Westhampton Beach, and the sunset on Friday was just beautiful. The babe was sleeping, the dog was chasing tennis balls and Dan and I were grilling tuna steaks. Actually, Dan was grilling. I have no clue how to operate our grill.

The perfect start to a great weekend!

However, it rained ALL day on Sunday and this family of deer was in the backyard all weekend.

I think baby deer are really cute. I never saw Bambi because my mother said it would be too upsetting. I have a vague understanding of the storyline. Now that I have a baby, I don't think I'll ever see it.

Does anyone know a humane way to get rid of deer? We’ve installed a deer fence and sprayed some disgusting smelling stuff in our yard, but the deer still come. I wouldn’t mind (because they are so cute) but they do eat the hydrangeas and almost everything else. I would love some good advice!

Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Arugula, Pine Nuts and Herb Dressing

In Just Good Food, Lunch on August 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm

I love a good pasta salad. It’s the perfect accompaniment to almost any summer dish. I made this pasta salad to go alongside BLT sandwiches. If I had to choose one thing to eat all summer it would be BLT sandwiches! Goodness they are delicious. Toasty bread, home grown tomato, crisp bacon. I can’t get enough of them!

Back to the salad. I got this recipe from Food and Wine. It is super easy and tasty. While I was boiling the pasta, I put all of the herbs and garlic into the mini prep and gave it all a good chop. Then I added yogurt (instead of mayo) and olive oil. The recipe also says to add 1/4 cup pine nuts to the herb mixture. I didn’t have a lot of pine nuts on hand, so I just left those out. I used goat milk yogurt, but I think any plain yogurt would do just fine.  You might ask why one has goat milk yogurt on hand…well, I’m breast feeding the babe, and some people say that cow dairy causes gas in babies.

And, for whatever reason, goat dairy does not.

The babe had lots of gas, and I was desperate to try anything, so I cut out cow dairy and stocked up on goat yogurt, almond milk and tofu cheese (which is horrible). Only to find that the alternative dairy didn’t really make the situation any better. Basically, she just had gas. She still has gas, but now she just toots and smiles. She used to toot and cry.

Once the pasta is finished, drain it and toss it with the arugula. Then add the tomatoes and dressing and toasted pine nuts (I did have a few, so I toasted them up and put them in the salad).

And voila, delicious pasta salad! I used penne instead of fusilli because that's what was in the pantry.

This is a great salad for a picnic in the park or to take on a boat ride. I tossed in some grilled chicken for lunch too. I’m all about cooking once and eating twice these days! I hope you had a great weekend!

Hello Again!

In Miscellaneous on August 4, 2011 at 9:53 am

I’m back (sort of)! In the past 8 months, I lived through an apartment renovation where our kitchen was taped up for almost 2 months.

Oh, and I had a baby!

Now I have an almost 4 month old.

She does not like swimsuits. Otherwise, she is fairly agreeable.

Motherhood is an amazing, frustrating, emotional, happy, overwhelming, time consuming, fun, and rewarding experience. Hopefully I’ll be able to balance blogging, being a mom and wife, and having a life! My posts will not be daily…I’m aiming for 2 a week (but I’ll settle for one). And I’ll probably be using fewer photographs. The photos are really time consuming (getting the right shot, editing and uploading – it takes forever).  So without further delay….I’ll tell you what I’ve been up to in the kitchen!

I made Lemon Grilled Chicken Breasts recently. I cooked 4 breasts and had enough for dinner for me and Dan plus 2 lunches. The recipe is from Cooking Light and it’s pretty straightforward and simple.

I am in love with this side salad. It’s “Walnut-Green Bean Salad“. It’s really delicious and it’s a great side for almost any summer meal. It has bulgur in it. I bought a little bit of bulgur from Whole Foods (just enough for this recipe) and it costs $.65. What else can you buy for $.65? And one cup of bulgur goes a long way! I ate on this salad for several days. I think it’s even better when it’s a day old.

In case you are wondering...Chance loves Anna, but he was a little shocked when we brought her home from the hospital. Frankly, we all were.

Ummm, yeah, so that’s what I’ve been up to. Pretty boring. I have spent a lot of the last four months feeding the baby. While I was doing that I read some really good books. And I watched the Auburn/Oregon game at least 3 times.

I highly recommend Tina Fey's book, Bossy Pants. It is hysterical and there is a chapter entitled "There is a drunk midget living in my house" that really spoke to me.

I also read Ruth Reichl’s books. I really enjoyed them. Ruth is a former food critique, cook and editor of Gourmet Magazine. She’s also a great writer and her memoirs Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me with Apples are both great reads. They are lighthearted and emotional at the same time. Perfect for a vacation (not that I’ve been on one of those) or a new mom who is up all night nursing a baby.

Baby is waking up – not sure why she decided to shorten her morning nap today! Next time I promise some food pics and less baby talk. Hope you come back!