December 22, 2010

Our Christmas Menu

You can let this post evoke jealousy....or just change your whole idea of what "Christmas Food" should be. 
I love turkey...but thats for Thanksgiving.
I love ham...but thats for Easter. (Or Lamb.)
Christmas to me is PRIME RIB. (Yummy juicey, still pink in the middle...really pink, prime rib.)

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Breakfast...More like Brunch:

  • Typically we have Eggs Benedict...but the hubby isn't a big fan of Hollandaise. Its too tart for hoo, I like it tart.
  • I may make the whole thing benedict style with poached eggs, English muffins & ham (Canadian Bacon), but use Mornay (light cheese) sauce instead this year. A little compromise never killed anyone.
  • We also add sliced avocado to our benedicts. Yum yum!

  • Prime Rib Roast (rubbed with salt, pepper, garlic & thyme. Served with Au Jus & Horseradish.)
  • Roasted-Garlic Mashed Potatoes (red skin yellow potatoes with the skins left on, butter, sour cream, roasted garlic puree, salt & pepper.)
  • Steamed Green Beans ( bacon or onion. yeah yeah.)
  • Fresh Bread (home baked artisan bread...I may add fresh herbs to the bread.)
  • Green Salad (mixed greens & spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots & avocado with balsamic orange vinaigrette)
  • Chocolate Mousse Decadence (made in a spring-form cheesecake pan, oreo crust, thick layer of chocolate mousse, whipped cream & shaved chocolate on top...sliced strawberries on the side)

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December 17, 2010

Homemade Gatorade

Tis the Season...Flu Season!
This morning, yes the morning after he finished his 1st semester of college finals, my husband woke up with either the stomach flu or food poisoning.
He tried to push through this morning and go to school to finish a non school related project, using the school video equipment. That didn't work...because hes home now and looking like death warmed over.
I just made him up my favorite concoction. Icy & cold, homemade lemon-lime "tummy-ade". I absolutely hate lemon lime flavored Gatorade, but this is SO good. Probably because its naturally flavored. Its also cheaper than buying sports drinks at the store.

Homemade Gatorade..."Tummyade"
2 Liters water
1 packet sugar free Lemon Kool-aid OR 1 packet/little tub of Great Value Lemonade Drink Mix (I prefer the GV)
10 Tbsp sugar
1 Tsp Kosher Salt
1 Lime
Empty juice bottle or milk jug

  • Take water & put into blender.
  • Add sugar, salt & drink mix.
  • Juice lime into the blender.
  • Blend well until all sugar, salt & drink mix is dissolved.
  • Pour all into large empty bottle.
To serve to a sicko at home:
  • Take a glass & fill part way with ice cubes.
  • Pour Tummyade over the ice till glass is nearly full. 
  • Pour entire glass of ice & tummyade into the blender.
  • Blend till the ice is gone.
  • Pour back into the glass and tell the sicko to drink!
  • Because its icy cold there is no hesitation in drinking this...its almost like a slushy.

December 9, 2010

Zuppa Toscana

Olive Garden has the most amazing "Zuppa Toscana"...yes the translation: Tuscan Soup.
Truly I don't care what it means, its just freaking good.
Italian sausage, kale, potatoes, in a creamy but not thick base. (If you are aiming for a thick potato soup, this is not it.)
Perfect for a cold night...or not so cold. Anytime of day its good really. I'd probably eat it for breakfast. We just had it for lunch...because lunch is our large meal on Thursdays.

1-2lbs of Hot Italian Ground  (not in casings)
1Tbsp Red Pepper Flakes
4 Russet Potatoes (washed well, skins left on, sliced in thin circles)
1 large yellow onion (sliced thin)
2 Tb minced garlic
1.5qts water
1 cans Chicken broth (I use 1 large aspetic/cardboard container)
3-4 cups chopped kale (take out the center rib, and only use the sides)
2ish cups of heavy whipping cream
Salt & Pepper

  • Brown sausage, crumbling during cooking.
  • Drain sausage & put back into pot.
  • Add Pepper Flakes.
  • Add onions & garlic, brown a bit.
  • Add potatoes.
  • Add water & chicken broth
  • Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add chopped kale.
  • Add cream.
  • Shut off.
  • Season to taste w/salt (it needs a bit) & pepper (I don't add any because I use the Hot sausage & red pepper flakes).