Monday, August 15, 2011

Kitchen Craft: Cooks' Helper Magnet

Craft Time!

Found this great little craft on! I'm always converting things or needing to know measurement equivalents and things and this little doodad will help anyone with just that.

Just down load the printable page at:
Then print onto magnetic paper to stick on your fridge or card stock to put in the pocket of your favorite cook book.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Linguine for Two

Some nights a quick dinner is all you have time for, but a husband with a full belly = a happy husband. So last night I whipped together a simple meal in about 20 minutes.

What you will need:
Olive Oil
4 or 5 fresh sage leaves

1/2 bunch of Asparagus
1/2 box of Linguine Noodles
Garlic Salt
Herbs d' Provence
Lemon Juice

To Make:
Begin by bring a large pot of water to boil and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to it so the noodles don't stick together. Also add salt to flavor the noodles.
Quick Tip: Only add salt after the water is boiling or you will get pits in your pot.

While the water starts going, heat a large skillet over medium heat, add 3 or 4 tablespoons of butter, 1 minced clove of garlic, and add the sage leaves or another favorite herb of yours. Simmer and let the butter begin to brown and the herbs wilt and crispy.

Add the noodles to the boiling water about now. They take approximately 7 minutes.

And heat another skillet over medium heat and drizzle about a tablespoon of olive oil in it. Cut the ends off the asparagus and add to the pan, also add a splash of lemon juice to brighten the flavor, a shake or two of garlic salt and a few shakes of Herbs d' Provence. Toss occasionally until bright green and slightly roasted. Then just put a lid on it and remove from heat.
Quick Tip: If you take a stalk of asparagus as bend, the end will pop off exactly where it starts to get woody. Then use that piece as your guide as to where to cut the rest.

Drain the noodles. Add to the butter sauce, mix together and serve. Its that easy! Serve with a green salad, and maybe some pita chips with hummus, and you're good to go!


Monday, August 1, 2011

Tonight's Dinner

What a crazy couple of weeks! Busy with a teething baby and weddings! So much fun that was had by all... Both weddings were out at our friend John Barbier's Palisade winery, events venue, and home, Amy's Courtyard & Winery Maison la Belle Vie. Beautiful setting, delicious dinner, dancing, and of course the love between fabulous brides and their grooms. :)

Now back to food! Watching Food Network this morning I found what we're having for dinner tonight. I don't know that I've ever made Hamburger Helper... But this HAS to be just as quick and easy!

Lemon Chicken Breasts on the Food Network

This is dinner for tonight - with a side salad and couscous. Thanks Ina Garten for this fabulous recipe!