Thursday, April 14, 2011
Aunt Holly's Banana Bread from Epicurious
3 to 4 ripe bananas
1/4 c. melted butter
1 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg beaten
1 tsp. baking soda
1. Mash bananas in bowl
2. Add remaining ingredients - mix with wooden spoon
3. Bake at 350 in buttered loaf pan for 55 minutes
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
On Monday night we hosted a dinner at our house for friends - Nate, Sheryl, their twin 4 month old baby girls, McKenzi, Anthony and Amiya. It was the first adventure for our grill this year (something I have been wanting to get out for weeks now). The dinner, a collaboration of cooking/grilling by me, a salad by Sheryl and dessert made by McKenzi turned out delicious and we had a fabulous time with friends! I love doing dinner this way, after a full day of work at the restaurant, having everyone help out took some of the pressure off and I always love trying new recipes by friends.
Alaska Smoked Salmon Caught by Sister & Her Husband
Rosemary and Sea Salt Flatbread Crackers & Sesame Rice Crackers
Red & Green Organic Grapes
Brie and Boursin Cheese
Flank Steak with Lime Marinade
Twice Baked Potatoes
Greek Salad ~ made by Sheryl
Raspberry & Lemon Curd Trifle ~ made by McKenzi
my new FAVORITE beverage! Dry Soda. I love the Vanilla Bean Soda - only 60 calories and sweetened with sugar cane.
I did not get photos of the twice baked potatoes or the dessert - which was SO beautiful!
Saturday, April 9, 2011
For my birthday this year we did a casual make your own pizza dinner at my parents house. My mom is an amazing cook/baker and we love having dinner at their house anytime we can. For our pizza night she made us each our own pizza dough ball from scratch and had all the perfect toppings a person could want. We cooked the individual pizzas on the grill - a new favorite way to make a yummy pizza! I would recommend grilling pizzas to anyone who has not tried a pizza this way before. I know think this is the only way to make a pizza at home and is so easy with little clean up. This is a fabulous way to serve a casual lunch or dinner for a small or big group as well.
Spinach salad with strawberries, red onion, walnuts, feta topped with a vinaigrette dressing
Individual grilled pizzas
Apple crisp with vanilla ice cream (my favorite dessert)
My finished pizza
pizza dough from scratch
making sure our dough is stretched to a 7 inch round. This amazing kitchen gadget is from King Arthur Flour Co. and my mom uses this when making breads
Place dough on cookie sheet sprinkled with cornmeal to prevent sticking. Send to the grill for 1 minute and then bring back to top with your choice of toppings
After they had been grilled for 1 minute we brushed them with olive oil and used a pesto as our sauce base and topped with yummy fresh ingredients
back to the grill they go for 3 minutes to be finished
Thursday, April 7, 2011
What a leg
Today we found out we are having a baby boy! Adam and I are SO excited. My mom stopped by our house and left a message on our chalkboard in the kitchen. Now that we know it is a little boy, the planning for the nursery can start. This will be a fun project!