Archive | April, 2010

Rhubarb Pie

29 Apr

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Make this pie crust with this butter.
It is tried and true.
The best pie crust recipe and the best butter.
(You can find the butter at Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and a few other stores…although I’ve never seen it at Costco)

Line a 9-inch pie pan with half of the dough.
Position a rack in the lower third of the oven.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Without peeling, cut into 1-inch lengths:
   1 3/4 to 2 pounds rhubarb stalks, trimmed (or about 5 stalks)
Measure 5 cups and combine in a bowl with:
    1 3/4 to 1 1/2 cups sugar, depending on tartness of fruit
    1/4 cup quick-cooking tapioca or cornstarch (I used cornstarch)
    (1 to 2 teaspoons grated orange zest)
    1/4 teaspoon salt
Let stand for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. (I got distracted and let mine sit longer and it was no big deal)
Pour the filling into the bottom of crust and dot with: (I roll out the top layer of my pie crust first so that the filling isn’t sitting in the crust any longer than it has to before going into the oven. No one wants a soggy crust)
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter,cut into small pieces  (do it!)
Cover with a pricked or vented top crust or a lattice.
Lightly brush the top of the pie with:
    Milk or cream
Sprinkle with
    2 teaspoons sugar
Bake for 30 minutes, then lower the heat to 350 degrees and bake for 25 to 30 minutes more, until the juices are thick and bubbling.
(I totally think this is important for making a great pie. Adjusting the heat half way threw…you never burn the crust and always get both crust and filling cooked to perfection)
Cool completely on a rack.

Recipe from Joy of Cooking cookbook

chicken and chocolate

28 Apr

You guys…I went to the gym today and ran for 20 minutes.
20 minutes straight.
Yeah…all together it was only one and a quarter mile…but I have never ran for that long.
I usually stop because I want to barf or am bored.
I am not a runner.
So I am proud of myself today.
Now the goal is to not let that 20 minutes be my peak running time ;)

Now that I have gone to the gym I can talk to you about food.
As if that ever stopped me before ;)

I made my first roast chicken last night!
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And it turned out pretty darn good.
Those are purple potatoes…not burnt potatoes.
I cross referenced these two recipes.

And I also made salted caramel chocolate mousse
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It was WONDERFUL!
I even felt like I messed up a couple times while putting it together.
Whipped my egg whites too early so they started to break down by the time I folded them into the chocolate.
I also used only 4oz of chocolate versus the 7oz it calls for.
Turns out it is a very forgiving recipe.
And you feel so fancy cause the first step is to make your own caramel.
Super easy and smells so good.
And even though the recipe calls for white sugar…I am imagining it’s healthier than a processed brownie mix that you cook in the microwave.
Although…I’ve had my share of those too ;)

Total side note.
Those little dishes I used for the mousse…they are pampered chef prep cups.

OMG…MY HUSBAND JUST SPILLED HIS ENTIRE CUP OF TEA ON THE CARPET!
Now he is leaning over my shoulder laughing.

Okay…back to the prep cups.
I ordered a can opener and garlic press from pampered chef about six months ago (thanks to the recommendation of my sweet friend Serena).
They promptly arrived in the mail.
Then about a week later another package came in the mail from pampered chef.
It happen to be these prep cups.
I called the company because I hadn’t ordered them and they had no idea how they got sent to me.
I even inquired as to who made the purchase…thinking it might have been a friend.
I had no idea who the person was. No idea.
I offered to send them back but…
Pampered chef said it was a mistake, they were sorry and that I was now the proud new owner of six prep cups.
How awesome is that?
They have measurements on them, are microwave, freezer and oven safe and even have little lids.
Gotta love when little blessings like that happen.
Okay…done with my side note now ;)

I put my recipe for rhubarb pie under the recipe link on the right.
But I will make it easy for ya…if you want to check it out click here.

Hope you are all having a good day…
and let me know if you run into any good recipes!

rhubarb

26 Apr

On Sunday we did some gardening.
And then the boys picked rhubard…
and gave strict instructions that the wives make them rhubarb pie.
So I made my first rhubard pie.

Before pie
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After pie

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Before pie

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After pie

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That sweet, goofy smile makes it all worth it.

anyone else?

26 Apr

Do you see all those pokey up little baby hairs?
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Does this happen to anyone else?
I look like a chia pet.
La la la Leah pet.
That’s me.

sweet iron waffles

20 Apr

Last Saturday, before going to the PW book signing husb and I went downtown to see about a craigslist add.
I was hoping to get this desk for a good price.
Sadly, the guy wasn’t home when we got there.
However, we took the opportunity to visit Sweet Iron Waffles.
Husb found out about this place from Groupon a week or so before and snagged a gift certificate.
$10 for $20 worth of waffles!
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Yeah…it was good.
I got a banana brulee waffle and husb got a pineapple brulee waffle.
Next time I have to try the chocolate waffle.
Its been calling my name.
They have savory waffles as well…but hello…banana brulee with caramel sauce.
As if I could resist.
If you are in the Seattle area I suggest this little sweet spot.
After you have experienced Molly Moon of course ;)

Also check out Groupon.
Pretty cool site…husb has already snagged a crepe certificate.

Princess Ka’iulani

19 Apr

I watched this trailer when Leah and I went to see The Young Victoria last week.
Looks like a good one.

pioneer woman

17 Apr

We did it!
We met Ree!
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Even our men came.
Well…most of them.
I’m totally calling you out Flyn!

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She was just as sweet and funny as you expect her to be.
And was more than happy to let us take a group picture with her..
She kept telling us “come on over…I have no personal space”.
Her oldest daughter was there too.
She seemed sweet and was just walking around among all us crazy fans.
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But guys…I have to admit…I was a little star struck.
It’s weird to see someone in real life…that you only read about.
And I let myself become too distracted by the fact that husb was taking our picture instead of just being in the moment and talking to her for the minute I was up there.
Oh well.
I promise to make a better impression when I get invited to stay at the lodge ;)
It was a ton of fun!
If you get the chance to go to one of her book signings…do it!
I’m still smiling about the whole thing.
Total side note…but when we got home I realized I was still giddy from meeting her.
And then thought…what a crazy nerd I am for it.
But then this thought popped into my head…if I am this excited and happy about meeting Pioneer Woman just imagine how crazy I am going to be when I get to stand face to face with our sweet God.
Oh goodness.
I am going to be a serious HOT MESS that day!

Thanks to all the sweet friends that went with me.
You guys are the best and it was way more fun to share the experience with you.
And a special thanks to my sweet husband.
Thanks for being excited for me and going to a girly cookbook signing with me.
You are a one of the greatest blessings God has given me. 

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