Sunday, July 29, 2012
So Mr. Gill and I usually try to take some time to have a nice breakfast on Sundays for a couple of reasons.
1. Usually Saturdays are busy and having a slow morning doesn't work out well
2. Church is in the evenings for us so we are able to chill out in the am.
This morning we had whole wheat biscuits and eggs w/Mr. Gill's fancy sauce.
The biscuits came together SUPER quick and made a bunch so we have plenty for the quick mornings during the week.
The recipe comes from The Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook my mom gave me when I moved out, which I have referenced many times in the years I've been cooking for myself!
2 c flour (we used whole wheat but it calls for all-purpose)
4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar (we omitted)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c shortening
2/3 c milk
Pre-heat oven to 450* and stir together all dry ingredients. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center and add in milk. Stir until dough just comes together and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently for 10-12 strokes. Roll to a 1/2 inch thickness and cut w/biscuit cutter (or the top of a drinking glass).
Bake on un-greased baking sheet for 10-12 minutes.
Makes 10-12 biscuits.
Top w/homemade jam or a creamy bechamel sauce and fried egg.
Pour yourself some coffee and enjoy w/your favorite person!
Saturday, July 21, 2012
You may or may not have noticed but I am a terribly inconsistent person.
There are a few things I do regularly.
Sleep. I've got that one down.
Eat. I really enjoy that one.
But blogging.....apparently not.
Reading anyway even if I don't post daily.....or weekly....sometimes I even go a month.
There have been a few fun things that have happened in since our last chat.
1. My little sister Laura came to visit!
We had a stupid awesome time floating the Boise River, having her lead me through Nike Trainer and not being able to walk the rest of the day, and marathon out of nowhere shopping spree.
Sidenote: Laura is probably my favoritest person to go shopping with because she's honest and has a HIGH sense of fashion and most of all she can talk me into trying things on I love but would have NEVER picked out for myself.
2. The day after my sister left to go home to Michigan, my sister in law went into labor and had her first child! I was there for the birth and it was awesome.....and slightly terrifying....but mostly incredible.
I've never seen a human come out of a human before.....and I thought I knew what to expect, but I was literally in awe of what I saw.....absolutely incredible.
Last thing I have to say about this is-Men are wimps. I can't imagine a dude doing anything like that.
3. The Boz and I have been spending quite a bit of time together!
Believe me, he's still a puppy-but he's been mellowing out quite a bit.
We've been exercising him more, and I think the high heat here in Boise is making him in general more tired.
He's a pretty happy dog, and even though he ate a WHOLE STICK OF BUTTER that I set out to make cookies with today-I still love him.
Hopefully next time we sit down to talk I'll have a recipe up for you!
Have a good weekend!
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Baking a pie.
Sounds easy right?
ok-here's the story. I was given a bunch of rhubarb recently and I though-GOODNESS! I'll make a couple of strawberry rhubarb pies, one for Mr. Gill (his favorite) and one for our neighbor....since we're still new to the neighborhood and have yet to bribe people to like us.
But things got complicated for several reasons.
1. I froze the rhubarb.
apparently rhubarb doesn't really like to be frozen, as a stalk that is-it was kinda mushy and gross....which made it hard to cut through.......so-don't freeze rhubarb.
Maybe it would survive better if you pre-chopped then freeze? I dunno.
2. I tried a new pie crust recipe that boasted making enough for several pies.....when attempting to give away a pie just DON'T try something new.
The crust was um.....kinda not good.....i'm not going to even tell you what recipe I tried because-well-it was edible but we've all had not so great crust so why share sometime less than awesome right?
3. I didn't have a pie plate!
I've lent it out and forgot about it until I'm all strawberry rhubarbed up and have (not-so-awesome) pie crust coming out of my ears.
So I being my inventive self used a cake pan from the dollar store that I don't actually bake cakes in because-well......bakeware from the dollar store just doesn't really cut it does it?
so I made only one, and Mr. Gill ate it.
and our neighbors still think we're slightly shady since we haven't yet had a pie.
I'm sure if you have a pie plate AND use her recipe for crust or any other tried and tested crust recipe it would be a wonderful pie to share for the 4th of July! What is more American than Strawberry Rhubarb Pie?
but those aren't quite in season yet-but berries are so head over to Deb's blog and try this recipe out.