Friday, August 31, 2012
Artichokes are one of my favorites. Fortunately for me, I grew up in California where artichokes are abundant. In my house we always steamed them, then they were served in a bowl where we would pick them apart and dip them liberally in mayonnaise until you get to the choke, which you scrape away to get to the best part. The artichoke heart. Yum! What kid doesn't love to play with their food?
I know some people think there's so much work involved in eating an artichoke, and you just get a little bite out of each leaf, but it's just so fun! And they're oh, so good!!
As I've grown in my cooking style, I've discovered I love to roast rather than steam my veggies. So I came across this recipe, to roast artichoke halves and couldn't wait to try it. It's definitely a keeper. The added bonus is that little piece of roasted garlic! Delish! And the lemon slices are tasty as well!
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
My husband loves to just make a big pot of white rice every so often, and he adds milk and sugar to it and eats it as a little meal, kind of like oatmeal. So when he does that, there's often leftover rice. Stir fry rice actually works best with rice that has been cooked previously, usually 2-3 days before hand. When it's being stir fried it's less likely to get soggy and mushy, and is able to keep it's shape more.
I make this differently every time. It varies according to whatever vegetables I have on hand, but it's delicious every time. Keep in mind, this is not authentic stir fry, it's more "inspired". The kids love it though, so it's great for us, and that makes Mama Harris a happy mama!
Friday, August 24, 2012
I've played with this recipe quite a bit. One night about a year ago I needed to go grocery shopping, but I wanted to get dinner started. I didn't really have any meat to make other than some drumsticks I had picked up on sale that were in the freezer. We had gotten rid of our BBQ with plans to get another. Up until then, the husband had been in charge of drumsticks and they were always prepared on the BBQ. I looked at the drumsticks, then looked at my slow cooker and figured why not? I threw a bunch of seasonings and various sauces around on it, and you know what? It came out wonderful! I've since changed a few things and added a few more. I don't really have exact measurements on anything, but that's the beauty of it. You just throw it all together and it cooks itself! Magnificent! I joke and say I throw everything but the kitchen sink into this dish. Seriously! I made this the other night and my 12 year old 90 pound daughter had 4 drumsticks. My 36 pound 3 year old went back for seconds. Yes, it's good!! The secret is to make just enough sauce to lightly cover each piece of chicken, the chicken itself is tender and juicy, so you want the outside to be sticky and not soaking wet. The meat is literally falling off the bone. I hope you enjoy this as much as we have!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
I simply love it! Garlic and Parmesan also go hand in hand, and they compliment asparagus wonderfully. This is a favorite go to veggie for me when I'm bored of salads. It's a simple recipe to throw together, and all the ingredients you can usually find in your pantry. If you haven't noticed by now, that's pretty much ideal for all of my favorite recipes, and what you will usually find here from me. Quick, easy and simple ingredients, with wonderful flavor. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Monday, August 20, 2012
I think French Toast is one of the first things I ever learned how to make. I remember when I was about 4 or 5 years old, I went to this preschool that was an actual daycare center, but it was a house turned into a center. Miss Joyce was the owner and she was very hands on. She made all the breakfasts, lunches and snacks right there in the kitchen that she kept intact when they remodeled it into a daycare.
Sometimes she would have projects the kids would do, and one of my earliest memories there was one morning all the kids sitting at the eating areas at our little tables. She had placed bowls with eggs and bread in the middle of each group of kids tables and she taught us how to make, prepare and dip french toast. It was so fun. French toast is definitely one of those kid friendly meals, especially for the little ones to help you with in the kitchen. Kids love getting messy, beating eggs, playing with bread, etc. Talk about a good time!
Here's a little variation on the traditional French Toast breakfast. I'm not a big maple syrup person. I prefer preserves, and fresh fruit on my pancakes, waffles and french toast. This recipe plays on that.
I had a bunch of leftover strawberry spreadable cream cheese that my mother in law had purchased and given to me since she didn't have much use for it. We don't really eat bagels, so I thought I'd get creative and use it with one of our breakfast favorites. French Toast, of course!!
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
This is a favorite in our house for our simple dinner nights. I love roasting potatoes, or making homemade fries, but I like changing it up a bit with these red potatoes and cheese.
I make these every few weeks and everyone in my house can never get enough of them. I always feel like I hit jackpot when I make something that pleases everyone's taste buds. I love complicated savory recipes with lots of flavor and even some spice and heat. My husband is the same, but he doesn't like things too salty. Each of the kids have their own preferences too, sometimes I'll love something and they don't because there's too much savory spices. Sometimes I hate something if it's too bland, but the kids will love it.
So when I find something that pleases us all I hang onto it!!
These potatoes are no exception, they're roasted for flavor, seasoned up and cheesy. Everyone loves cheese!! But I use part skim Mozzarella so it's friendly to my waistline too! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!!
Monday, August 13, 2012
It was a hit!
What I've discovered is when your bananas get a little brown and all the sugar comes to the surface, that's the best bananas to use in baking and even smoothies. It enhances the natural banana flavor and sweetness.
I also love baking scrumptious treats like this as it leaves my house smelling wonderful! The kids enjoy the yummy treats too. Enjoy!
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
I've been under some stress lately, and baking is the ultimate way for me to relieve stress. Something about getting in the kitchen with my own thoughts while mixing together something sweet... it always does the trick for me.
Needless to say, everyone loved this. Even the ones in my family not particularly partial to plums!
Depending on the season, you can trade out other fruit with this and play around with the recipe. Enjoy!