Groovin' in the kitchen, dancin' in Missoula.

Tag: Eating

How to make friends at parties in 8 easy steps

How to make friends at parties in 8 easy steps

Step one: Roast a head of garlic and a red bell pepper. Comment repeatedly about how the roasted red pepper looks like a flower. Step two: Find a brie baker. This one was made by my very talented mother in law. If you don’t have […]

Apple Pies

Apple Pies

I know, I’ve made a few pies lately. But see how these are different? Look at how adorable these are! I mean, come on. Could you resist? I sure couldn’t. Which explains why I don’t have a picture of these all plated nicely, snuggling with […]

Dinner I pulled out of my…

Dinner I pulled out of my…

Brain.

I pulled this dinner out of my brain.

I completely made it up on the fly, and pretended to know what I was doing.

I’ve heard of people making roux, and figured I could pretend to know how to do it too.
IMG_7915
This is flour and beef broth. Not a roux. Close enough?

IMG_7917
This is onion and some unidentified orange thing that could possibly be bell pepper. I told you this was done on the fly.

IMG_7918
Beef sounded like a good idea, so I threw some in.

And I didn’t want to over cook the beef just yet*, so I pulled it out of the pan to rest.
IMG_7924
*I frequently-accidentally overcook beef, so now I kinda plan for it.

IMG_7927
And what goes better with beef than potatoes? Carrots? Both.
At least the mysterious orange thing is explained.

IMG_7932
And then I thought, “Shoot! I should have added herbs and spices!” I proceeded to madly throw around spice bottles until finding this one. Then I thought, “Oh sweet, savory.”
What exactly is “Savory” made from? I didn’t have time to care. Stuff was cooking. I threw it on the meat and stirred it around.

IMG_7933
And then I added more beef broth, because it seemed like a good idea at the time.
And it was.

IMG_7937
All together, resting comfortably.

IMG_7940
So, naturally, I tucked everything in.

I happened to have an extra pie crust, because earlier in the day I figured that if you’re making one pie crust, you might as well make two.

It’s solid logic.

IMG_7942
And then I had some time on my hands, and decided that I should at least attempt to give this dinner the appearance of forethought. So I made it look pretty.

IMG_7943
And there you have dinner!

Surprisingly, this was excellent. It got approval from all the men in the house. I was told that I could make it again. Should make it again, even!

Crap.

At least I have pictures to guide me?
Recipes are for chumps!
I guess it’s back to the kitchen for me.
Darn 😉

If I can figure out how I made this, I’ll post a recipe that includes actual quantities of ingredients.

Healthier Banana Bread

Healthier Banana Bread

I like healthy food. A lot. Actually, I like food a lot. So it’s important that the food I make is healthy. I make exceptions, of course, but I try to make sure that 90% of what I consume is made from whole foods, healthy […]

And now for dinner

And now for dinner

I know, I know–it’s not pie. It’s Beef and Broccoli. But it’s seriously delicious! And healthy! I mean, look at this That’s a lot of vegetables, my friend. And even though the meat was delicious, juicy, and tender, this photo makes it look completely unappealing. […]

How about dessert?

How about dessert?

Apple Pie

More specifically, how about some pie?

Apple? With caramel sauce and ice cream?

Yeah, let’s do it!

I used local Fuji apples, and they were so juicy and delicious! I’m going to do this again, because this was seriously the best apple pie, but I’m going to use Granny Smith, cause that’s what I’ve got. It’s gonna work, don’t worry.
Apple Pie

I also didn’t follow a recipe. It was probably the wildest thing I’ve ever done.
Apple Pie
Don’t make fun of me. There’s no feeling like the pounding in your heart when you have no guarantee that the pie you’re making could be epic or awful.

I also used cinnamon chips, and I think I need to have them permanently stocked in my pantry. You should too. What can’t you use them for?
Apple Pie

Apple Pie

I ALSO LEARNED THE COOLEST TRICK!!

Sorry for yelling, but this tip changed my life. For real.

Instead of crying over flour and mangled pie crust, roll it between two sheets of plastic wrap.
Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Then all you have to do is gently peel off the top layer,
Apple Pie

flip it over onto a pie plate, and peel off the other layer!
Apple Pie

I know!! Amazing!
Apple Pie

Apple Pie

I took the decadence an extra step this time and brushed the top crust with butter, and then sprinkled it with cinnamon sugar.
Apple Pie

Apple Pie
Clearly I’ve made no New Year’s Resolutions.

Apple Pie

No big deal.
Apple Pie

Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust
Makes two crusts

2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut in cubes
4 tbsp ice water, plus more if needed

Cut butter into small cubes and freeze for 15 minutes. Combine flour, salt, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl, then add the very cold butter and combine with a pastry cutter until it looks like coarse sand. Sprinkle ice water over the mixture and press the dough together with a rubber spatula. Eventually you will be able to pinch the dough together and have it stick to itself.
Divide the dough in half, press into round disks and cover in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for at least an hour, and up to a day.

Cinnamon Apple Pie

3-4 medium apples
Juice from half of a lemon
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 cup cinnamon chips

Preheat the oven to 375F.
Slice the apples very thinly, and then add the apple slices and lemon juice together in a large bowl. Make sure all the apple slices get covered in the lemon juice.
In a separate bowl, whisk the sugar, brown sugar, nutmeg and cornstarch together. Add the cinnamon chips and stir them in.
Add the sugar mixture to the apple slices, and make sure the apples get coated in the sugar mixture.
Roll out the first pie crust (see above for rolling instructions, or use a well floured surface), and gently put it in a pie pan. Pour the apple filling into it, and then roll out the next crust. Lay the second crust over the apple mixture, and pinch together and trim the edges. Cut vents in the top of the pie, and brush with butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, if desired.
Bake for 45-50 minutes. If the edges look like they’re starting to burn, wrap them with foil. Allow the pie to cool for 1-2 hours before serving. If you’re very very hungry for pie, you can put it in the refrigerator for half an hour before serving. Just don’t melt your refrigerator shelf.

Say you’ve roasted a squash…

Say you’ve roasted a squash…

Ok, so I kinda stole that title…from myself.  I think I’ve got a good thing going on, so why stop now? I roasted a butternut squash the same way I roasted the pumpkin.  I also pureed it, exactly the same way as the pumpkin. But […]

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

How do you know when something’s deliciously awesome? When there are no leftovers. Remember the homemade pumpkin puree? I mixed it with this stuff Then added more stuff And then poured it into a pie crust. . It became something serious. Something warm and seasonal. Just […]

Say you have a pumpkin…

Say you have a pumpkin…

IMG_6831
A cute one, much like this 6ish pound sugar pumpkin.

What would you do with it?

Carve it?

Roast the seeds?
IMG_6477

You could do that, but here’s something else you could do…

Cut off the top
IMG_6835

Cut it in half
IMG_6837

Scoop out the seeds and the stringy bits
IMG_6851

Place the pumpkin cut-side down on a greased baking sheet
IMG_6852

Roast it for about an hour and twenty minutes (less, for a smaller pumpkin) at 350F
IMG_6854

Make sure it’s incredibly tender
IMG_6856

Scrape out the mushy flesh
IMG_6858

Maniacally play with the roasted skin.

Ok, that was just me.

And, ewww.

Transfer the pumpkin to a food processor
IMG_6860

And create homemade, fresh pumpkin puree.
IMG_6864

Hmmmm, now what do you think I can do with this?
😉

And now for something completely different

And now for something completely different

Name that movie! The blog world has gone pumpkin crazy.  Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cake, pumpkin ravioli and even pumpkin macaroni. I love it, but Nick swears he just doesn’t like pumpkin.  Sad face for me. So instead of a pumpkin recipe, I bring […]