Thursday, April 17, 2014

Summer is coming!

Growing up in Maine, rhubarb was a common treat paired with strawberries.  Here in the south, rhubarb is more of a commodity.  Ashley, Kaleigh and I found some inexpensive rhubarb at the farmers market and decided to make some strawberry rhubarb lemonade!

It turned out really well.  Tart and extra sweet.  We used about 12 lemons, a cup of strawberries and a stack of rhubarb, then loaded it up with sugar!  There is nothing like fresh lemonade.

We also had Kaleigh's favorite, roasted brussel sprouts and one of Ashley's favorites, spaghetti squash with pesto.  Both great dishes for the warming weather.  Summer is almost here.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cooking with Kaleigh; Part 16: Fruit Salad

when we film Cooking with Kaleigh, i is typically a recipe that I have and taught her to make.  This time, it is her very own recipe!  Lots of fruit, lots of yogurt and an extra addition that throws the fruit salad over the top!

We are so proud of her, not many 7 year old's have their own recipe.  She is a special kid.  This video is a little longer than the others because she wanted to be able to show everything.  In fact, it was over 30 minutes but I got it edited down to around 6. 

So excited for her!  She loves this dish and requests it all the time when we ask her what she wants for dinner.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hiking at Sweetwater with our house guest!

For a week now, we have been dog-sitting.  Her name is Sandy and she lives with Ashley's sister but they are on their honeymoon.  Sandy is a great dog and it has been great for Kaleigh.

One day last week, during Kaleigh's spring break, she and I took Sandy for a hike at Sweetwater Creek State Park.  It was Kaleigh and my 2nd trip there this year.  I think it was Sandy's first time on a hike, she loved it!

Due to a recent rain, the creek was flooded and some of the trails were a little washed out but it was still a great time.  Before we left, Kaleigh packed our lunch, Peanut butter and jelly's with almonds on the side and we each got a banana.  She also packed her new binoculars!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Getting better and eating well!

Ashley had recently been saying she wanted some sweet potatoes.  We do not have them often, not for any particular reason though.  We all like them and they are a healthy option.  Now that I am starting to feel better and regain some strength, I decided it was a good time to succumb to the requests for sweet potato soup.

We coupled the soup with the equally starchy, New England shepherds pie!  A layer of mock meat, a layer of creamed corn, topped with a layer of thick mashed potatoes!  Growing up in Maine, this was what all shepherds pie was like.  It has always been a favorite of mine and it makes anough for us to take to work as well!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Deep Frying!

I have had my new deep fryer for about a month now.  We have made some great things so far.  One of my new favorites is an old recipe that used to take forever to make due to the frying process.  My seitan chickin nuggets!

With my deep fryer, the process now only takes minutes when we hit the end step.  It is amazing.  The crunch is so much more consistent as well.  They are amazing the following day for lunch too.  It really has perfected the dish.

This time, we had them with some roasted cabbage and smashed potatoes with gravy.  I can not wait to get some time to try some of my other recipes in the deep fryer!  This thing is a gold mine!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Pizza Dilemma

Surprisingly, for  7 year old, Kaleigh does not like pizza very much.  Unfortunately, it is Ashley's favorite food.  We try to only eat pizza when Kaleigh is not home but sometimes, Kaleigh has to give in.

However, Kaleigh does really enjoy making pizza's at home, just not eating them.  Over the last couple of weeks, we seems to have found a happy medium.  Calzones!  For whatever reason, Kaleigh seems to like calzones but not pizza.

Using Ashley's awesome clay pizza stone, we have made individual calzones.  We all get the opportunity to put on whatever we like.  Ashley and I both vegan cheese while KAleigh skips it.  Kaleigh and I both load up on mushrooms while Ashley skip those.  It works out great and the pizza stone cooks to perfection.

It is also nice to follow up a great calzone dinner with some ice cream sundaes!

Monday, March 31, 2014

A quick update while sick...

I have been incredibly ill the last couple of weeks.  I am still far from 100% at this point but am beginning to feel better.  Due to the illness, I have not been cooking much and have been mainly eating foods that are quick.  I did make some roasted red pepper soup one of the days I was sick.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Cooking with Kaleigh; Part 15: BB-Que Portobello Sandwiches!

Kaleigh has been cooking in the kitchen with me regularly.  In fact, there was a day a week or so ago where she made an entire stir-fry herself.  She cut all the veggies, added the oil and even made the sauce.  She is really gaining a lot of confidence in her ability and I believe this video series is on of the catalysts.

Last night, since Ashley was working, we decided to make BB-Que Portobello Mushroom Sandwiches and roasted brussel sprouts.  Two of Kaleigh's favorite dishes.  She proposed making a new episode of Cooking with Kaleigh for the sandwiches.

I was excited to realize that I could use my new tri-pod and she was able to use her new cutlery.  I set the camera up and just let it roll, she took over!

When we finally sat down to eat, her sandwich was gone before I even got us waters.  She destroyed it.  She wanted another but sadly, there was not enough mushrooms.  I guess next time we will have to make more!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

TexMex Pasta with Tofu

Breakfast Burrito

Alfredo Pasta

Monday, March 10, 2014

Days N Daze with Railyard Ghosts

Late last week, Ashley and I had the opportunity to go see a great folk-punk show.  There we several locals, including We Few that opened the show.  We Few doesn't play for long and a different iteration of the line-up each time I see them but they are always worth watching.

Rail Yard Ghosts really stole the show.  They have just more instruments and members than I thought and it makes for a great full sound.  The haunting hobo-esque old timey music was well complimented by their aggressive youthful angst.  They were a lot of fun to watch and listen too.

Lastly, Days N Daze nailed it.  I saw them about a year ago as well and they were just as good then.  The trumpet really adds some ska elements to their sound.  The misanthropic but fun energetic music had people in rolling chairs rolling through the room shouting their lyrics along with the band.  It was quite a sight and loads of fun.