November 7, 2012
February 14, 2012
I love fresh baked bread. There is just something about the smell of baking bread that takes a person home. Even though we didn’t bake bread much when I was growing up, I think the smell just makes any place feel like home. After mastering focaccia bread, I have been feeling confident in my bread baking abilities, so I decided to move on to another, more complicated Italian bread: chibatta.
February 12, 2012
There has been a bottle of tequila sitting on my fridge for about 3 months now with just about 2ish shots left in it. I am not a tequila drinker that often, and I honestly can’t remember why I bought it in the first place, but it has slowly been emptied whenever I get in the mood for a margarita. This week though I had a coupon of $2 off a seafood purchase at the store and since $2 worth of shrimp is just right for one person, I figured it was time to make a recipe that I have been wanting to try for a long time. I am calling this dish “Saucy Shrimp”, but it really is a tequila lime shrimp pasta, but does the title really matter? A rose by any other name…
February 7, 2012
Mexican Rice and added some corn and green onion to it for some added freshness. It was a perfect, quick meal that took my mind off the world at large and the things that have been making my life complicated in recent days. Enjoy!
February 5, 2012
this recipe on Pinterest and decided to spend a night and modify it into some kind of pizza roll-up with tasty fresh ingredients. Apparently though, Astoria grocery stores do not believe in egg roll wrappers so I had to go with plan B: phyllo dough. Not a big deal, nothing is better then improvising in the kitchen, some of my favorite meals have come from cooking this way. Not only was I feeling adventurous, but it was the Civil War basketball game and I knew I wanted some kind of finger food to enjoy while watching the game.
February 4, 2012
AllRecipies. It called for chicken to be marinated in a curry yogurt sauce and then breaded and fried in butter. Sounded good but it seemed so heavy and I knew if there was a way to lighten it up I could find it.
January 30, 2012
this, but it turned out terrible. I have no idea what went wrong, but my meat was tough and the marinade was like getting punched in the face by a drunk orange. Needless to say I tossed Thursday's dinner and settled for a Ramen stir-fry. My ego was bruised still the next day so I decided to go with a stand-by with ingredients I had in my pay-day-is-still-4-days-away fridge. While this isn't a single person meal, it will provide about 5 meals after dinner and is one of those dishes that gets more flavorful the longer it is in the fridge.
January 26, 2012
|All photos by Holliday|
I wanted to challenge myself last night and try to make a complete meal from scratch. Since I live alone I am constantly on the lookout for meals that can be tailored down to serve one without many leftovers. I am burnt out on chicken so I headed out to the store to find a small steak to cook up and a small bunch of asparagus. Well, there really isn't such thing around these parts - most food is sold in portions for at the very least two people... two people with mammoth appetites. Maybe I just never noticed it before, but a small packet of sirloin steak (1 lb) is enough to make 4 single meals out of. And since the meat was on sale for about $4/lb I went for it. My initial plan was to buy a single small steak at the butchers, but the packaged 2-pack (of the same cut) was a better price - don't as me why, I just grabbed the smallest packet before I got cornered by the expansive family of 5 following me around the store.
January 24, 2012
|Photos by Holliday|
January 20, 2012
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January 19, 2012
I had planned on writing about my tasty Breakfast Carbonara I had for dinner last night but ended up sewing until way past my bedtime and I just didn't have enough time this morning to write before leaving for work! Please accept this picture of a guy watching Old Faithful erupt at 6am as consolation and check back tomorrow for my post!
|Sketch by Holliday 2010|
January 18, 2012
January 17, 2012
January 14, 2012
The best thing about the weekend is sleeping in late and eating breakfast for lunch. I have been spoiled lately and been going out to Buoy 9 or the Labor Temple for a plate loaded high with potatoes, bacon and fried eggs... oh - and grease. I guess that is what makes it a special weekend treat, but that got me thinking... how can make something just as wonderful, but at home with half the weight...
January 11, 2012
This is my first winter away from Montana snow and ice, but I'm not letting that stop me from enjoying some of my favorite winter traditions here in Astoria. To me, winter is a time to cozy under warm blankets in front of a toasty stove and enjoy a good movie, or bundling up with scarves, gloves, jackets, sweater, wool socks, boots and knitted hats to brave the cold from the car to the brewery in order to enjoy some good times with friends while snow gently falls outside. I have fond memories of laying under layers of blankets listening to the steam pipes knock and the radiator hiss while people crunch by in the snow below my apartment window and snow plows scrape by in the road. There is a certain crispness to everything, from speaking to the taste of a hot mocha, when there is snow on the ground and somehow 616 miles from Missoula MT I have been able to capture winter, sip by sip, in some of my favorite brews.
January 9, 2012
We are into week 2 of 2012 and I think I'm ready to start the new-year-self-overhaul. I did not do any resolutions this year because I think they are a way to set yourself up for disappointment later in the year (I didn't lose 20 pounds by my birthday? I haven't run 3 miles each day? booo me), therefore I have made myself a Feel Better Commitment. I am not going to measure my success by pounds lost or miles run but by how I feel, physically and emotionally. I knew I was on the right path when I started singing in the shower yesterday morning and forgoing my usual cup of Friday morning coffee last week. With this new found spring in my step I tackled the pile of recipes to find something that wasn't fried or swimming in cream sauce. And, with a little tweaking I found the perfect dinner to celebrate my Feel Better Commitment jump-off.
January 5, 2012
It's Thursday way-too-early morning (anyone else up at 5:30 today?) and I've hit my working week wall. Tonight I'll be going down to Corvallis to the OSU Beavers basketball game and then sleeping in the car all the way back to Astoria, getting up again tomorrow and finishing off my week. Needless to say I'm low on energy. Good thing I was planning on posting my Avocado Fries on a low energy day! I made these the other night and was hooked. I'm not sure if it was the warm outside with smooth avocado on the inside, or just making a sinfully decadent treat that I didn't have to share with anybody, but they were amazing.
January 4, 2012
I, like everyone else I'm sure, can't stand self-promotion or friends asking friends to "check out my site!" or "add me to your home page!" or "follow meeeee!!". However, trying to gently promote myself around the hundreds? thousands? of food blogs in order to expand and reach more people has yielded little success. Many blog forums require either a minimum number of published months or a minimum number of subscribed followers to be eligible to share posts. Therefore I am asking those of you who visit my blog regularly, or occasionally give me a hand with my minimums.
I like Chicken Parmesan. It is so easy to make and a perfect combination of crisp and cheese and tomato is hard to pass up. So why change what is a tried and true recipe? To try something new but still familiar. Also, with the holidays past us, now is a good time to start lightening up what is made in the kitchen so last night I decided to tweak an old standby with some new, lighter flavors. Let's face it - Chicken Parm isn't the leanest dish out there.
January 2, 2012
There is something about a hearty soup that makes a person feel all warm and cozy. Who doesn't like to curl up on a Sunday night with a hot bowl of soup and watch a movie (sorry Giants/Cowboys). One of my favorite soups to make is Southwest Corn Chowder. It has chunks of red pepper and sweet potato and a generous helping of corn and spices to make this a well rounded and delicious soup.