June 27, 2007
June 25, 2007
I am so excited about the dish I made for dinner tonight- inspired by my friend Colleen who lives in Pittsburgh!! I cut an eggplant in half, scooped out the meaty part and diced it. I sauteed it in a little olive oil over medium high heat and after a few minutes, threw in a chopped roma tomato, some diced yellow squash, 2 sliced spring onions and garlic powder, salt and pepper. Keeping the heat in the pan up, I continued to sautee for 5 more minutes. Then I took it off of the heat and tossed in some shredded Parmesan cheese. I then stuffed the whole mixture back into one of the halves of the scooped out eggplant. It smelled SO GOOD as I was stuffing it back into the eggplant half. I baked it at 375 degrees for half an hour or so until it started turning brown on top. This has a fantastic flavor, you could really make it with the eggplant along with any other vegetable you please. It's going to be a regular dish in our house...and the eggs.
June 24, 2007
June 22, 2007
1 loaf bread
1 chopped medium onion
2 stalks chopped celery
1 1/2 sticks butter
Sprinkles of oregano
Salt and pepper
Tear or cut up bread and let it sit out to get a little stale. Saute onion and celery in butter, remove from heat and add bread, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir.
4 or 5 bone-in pork chops = 1 1/2" thick
White onions (we slice them and use rings or large-ish chunks)
Red wine (we use Cabernet Sauvignon)
On cutting board, cut chops in half horizontally, stopping before hitting the bone or the other side. Stuff chops with stuffing- just stuff 'em. You don't have to worry about toothpicks or twine.
Place some rings of onion in a shallow baking dish. Pour in enough wine to cover onions. Place chops in same dish. Toss a few more rings or pieces of onion on top and around chops. Pour more wine on top of that- to a little over 1/4 of the way up the pan. Once or twice as they cook, baste chops with the wine and onion. Bake at 350 for an hour or until chops are cooked through- I take them out when they reach 160 and let them sit for 10 minutes.
The chops are so big they don't need a large accompanying side dish, I usually make a simple salad or sauteed spinach to have with them. These are sooo good, wait until you smell them cooking! Try them- they're super easy and are also good reheated in the oven the next day if you save them in the cooking juices. Enjoy...and the eggs!
June 21, 2007
June 20, 2007
June 19, 2007
Kirin is an Akita and is 4 years old, the same age as Millie Mae. He's quite a fine fellow, and you can't walk him without being practically mobbed by people saying how good looking he is. Weighing in at 125 pounds, Kirin looks ferocious, but is as docile as your favorite teddy bear. We have to shave his double coat due to the heat in Miami. He loves squeaky toys, but they don't last long with him...in fact, given to him, the average life expectancy of the squeaky mechanism in a chew toy is about 2 minutes.. but he loves them long after the squeaker is gone. Kirin is always 2 steps behind Millie Mae who is constantly running after every little thing...Kirin's her back-up in case anything is really amiss. They go together like peas and carrots...and the eggs.
June 17, 2007
June 16, 2007
June 14, 2007
A co-worker has a banana tree growing in his backyard. He brought some to the office a few days ago and I noticed them sitting on the counter in our communal kitchen. The next day they were still there- I thought it would be funny to steal them, take them home, make banana cake and pull the old switcheroo! So I did.
June 12, 2007
June 11, 2007
Boil 1/2 cup each of dried apricots, dried cherries and golden raisins for 4 minutes and drain.
June 10, 2007
The home cooking for this evening includes an artichoke tart and charcoal grilled rib eye steaks with crabmeat stuffing. The scoop on that later tonight or tomorrow morning. I'm off to the pool, it's a beautiful day in Miami..and the eggs.
June 8, 2007
...and the eggs.
June 7, 2007
June 5, 2007
June 3, 2007
June 2, 2007
The resulting chowder is corn-sweet but with a nice little kick...and the eggs!