Sunday, January 31, 2010
I usually try to find a new recipe to make each week ... have had this recipe in my to try folder for a bit now and putting together tonight for this week ... I'm not sure where I got this from, might be Epicurious ??
Quick Chicken and Chorizo Paella
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
14 oz. chorizo, cut into 1/2 slices on the diagonal
1 onion, choped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 gloves garlic, chopped
1/4 tsp. pimenton or paprika
2 cups short of medium grain rice
1 pinch saffron threads
2 bay leaves
4 cups chicken stock
1 1/4 pounds roast chicken (meat from 3 lb chicken, skinned, deboned and torn into chunks)
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 tomato, chopped
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Heat over to 400 degrees F. Heat oil in large pan over high heat. Add chorizo and cook until browned and fragrant, about 1 minute. Add onion, red pepper and garlic, continue cooking, stigging occasionally, under vegetables are tender, about 3 minutes.
Add rice, pimention or paprika, saffron and bay leaves. Stir to combine and coat the rice, about 1 minute. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add roast chicken, frozen peas, and tomato; stir to combine.
Transfer to baking dish/pan and to oven. Cook uncovered until rice is tender and no liquid remains (about 20 minutes). Remove from oven, fluff with fork and enjoy.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
This is really the first year that I have taken some time for Valentine decorating. Just a few touches here and there. Glad I am as it does add a "sweetness" to the house. I'm especially surprised at the number of Christmas items that fit in so well.
Last week when I was at Michael's I came upon this Christmas pot in a 90% off bin without a price tag, they charged me a whopping 10 cents! I really liked the pot when I first saw it, after the price I LOVE it! And yes, I think this will work into the decor for all seasons.
My dollar store dishes are still making their appearance. Certainly fit well into the season of hearts.
Now all this cuteness and sweetness is going to my head ... I think I may have to get some valentine day cards to mail out. Oh, maybe I should make hearts to go inside ... gotta run, get busy crocheting!
Bless your hearts.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
The rains are upon us and will be for another day so a nice stew is in order.
Tomorrow night's fare will be
Whole Wheat Croissants
Salad with the fixens
fruit and/or pudding
I found the recipe Argentine Lentil Stew at All Recipes http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Argentine-Lentil-Stew/Detail.aspx
and with a few minor changes* this is my version:
2 cups dry lentils
2 quarts water
1 veg. bouillon cube
2 15 oz. cans petite diced tomatoes
1 large onion, diced
2 carrots, chopped
1 apple, peeled, cored, and diced
1 cup frozen peas
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup barbeque sauce
1 can chicken broth
1/2 - 1 teaspoon paprika
salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot bring lentils to a boil, while simmering prepare veggies. Add all ingredients and simmer for 3 - 4 hours. Season to taste. It is very, very good! A keeper! Enjoy.
*My changes (already included in the recipe above): I doubled the amount of lentils, water, and barbeque sauce, used two can diced tomatoes, 1 can chicken broth and increased the cooking time. Its an excellent stew.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
adding hook and thread and I'm in heaven.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
With size 5 steel hook and size 10 crochet thread
2. 2sc in 1st st, sc in next sc, 2sc in last sc (5sc) ch1 turn.
3. Sc in each st., ch 1. Turn.
4. 2sc in first st, sc in each across with 2sc in last st, ch 1 turn.
5. Sc in each st, ch 1, turn
Repeat rows 4 and 5 until you have 25 stitcches.
Continue another 10 rows on the 25 stitches, (ch 1, turn at the end of each row)
1. Decrease over next two sc, sc in next 10 sc, ch 1, turn
2. SC in each sc, ch 1, turn
3. Decrease over next two st, sc in next 7 sc, decrease in last two sc, ch 1, turn.
4. SC in each sc across, ch 1, turn
5. Decrease over next two st, sc in next 5 sc, decrease over last two sc, ch1, turn.
6. SC in each of 5 sc. Fasten off.
Attach thread opposite outside edge, ch 1, turn.
Repeat rows 1 thru 6 but DO NOT fasten off.
7. SC around heart, join in first sc.
8. *Chain 3, sk1 sc, sc in next st* around, join.
9. Slip stitch into chain 3 space, ch 3, 2dc in same space,
3dc in each ch3 space to bottom point, 3 dc in sc at bottom point,
3 dc in next ch 3 space and each space to
top three spaces, yo and draw up thread in each of these 3 spaces,
you will have 7 loops on hook, yo and draw thread through all 7 loops.
3dc in each remaining ch 3 space and join.
10. Ch1, sc in same st, *ch 5, skip 2 dc, sc in next dc* to last join, then ch 2, dc in first sc.
11. Ch1, sc in same , *ch 5, sc in next space* around, join in first sc.
12. Sl st into space, ch3, 4 dc in same space, *5 dc in next space and around, join.
13. Sl st to 3rd dc, ch1, sc in same st, *ch 5, sc in middle dc of group* around to last space, ch 3, dc in first sc to join.
14. Ch 1, sc in same space, *ch 5, sc in next space around, join.
15.St st into space, ch 3, dc, 2tr, 2dc in same space, *2dc, 2tr, 2dc* in next space and each space around, join and fasten off.
Starch and block.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Tomorrow's dinner menu:
Slow Cooker Pepper Steak
another recipe from All Recipes
I love this site!
Slow Cooker Pepper Steak
2 pounds beef sirloin, cut into 2 inch strips
garlic powder to taste
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cube beef bouillon
1/4 cup hot water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 large green bell peppers, roughly chopped
1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes, with liquid
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon white sugar (I'm leaving this out)
1 teaspoon salt
Sprinkle strips of sirloin with garlic powder to taste. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the vegetable oil and brown the seasoned beef strips. Transfer to a slow cooker.
Mix bouillon cube with hot water until dissolved, then mix in cornstarch until dissolved. Pour into the slow cooker with meat. Stir in onion, green peppers, stewed tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar, and salt.
Cover, and cook on High for 3 to 4 hours, or on Low for 6 to 8 hours.
addendum = this was quite good, would thicken it more next time, will be keeping this one too.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
This beautiful angel was a gift from a very special friend. We met over 40 years ago, I treasure this angel as I do her friendship.