Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
1 (2 to 5 pound) beef tenderloin
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 teaspoons olive oil
½ cup chopped shallots
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups dry red wine plus more for drinking (duh)
2 cups beef broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 sprig fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Take meat out of refrigerator 1 hour before roasting. Season meat with salt and pepper. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add meat and sear until well browned on all sides.
Transfer the meat to a rack set on a baking sheet. Roast until desired doneness (140 – medium rare, 150 – medium). Take meat out of oven 6 degrees below desired temperature. Tent. Residual cooking will bring to desired temperature. Let rest AT LEAST 15 minutes before carving.
Heat remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the shallots, carrot and celery and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, cook for 2 more minutes. Add the wine and broth and stir in tomato paste, bay leaf, rosemary and thyme. Bring to a boil. Reduce and simmer until reduced by half (about 30 minutes) Strain through a fine mesh strainer. Discard solids. Return sauce to pan, whisk in cocoa. Season to taste with salt & pepper. Serve on the side with the sliced tenderloin.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The best husband in the world gave me a food scale for my birthday. Hoopdeedoo! Well, to be fair, he gave me a food scale AND a juicer. For some of you out there this would mean immediate expulsion from the best husband in the world club. But don't be judging the BHITW, because this is exactly what I wanted.
Monday, April 27, 2009
One Flaw In Women
Women have strengths that amaze men. They bear hardships and they carry burdens, but they hold happiness, love and joy.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
You will need:
Spray bottom of 9 inch springform pan with nonstick spray. Beat butter and peanut butter until smooth. Add sugar and salt and beat again. Beat in vanilla, then flour. Take out 1/3 cup batter, shape into flat disk, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for 30 minutes. Pat rest of dough into bottom of pan using slightly wet fingers. Refrigerate while waiting for the frozen disk.
Remove pan with dough from refrigerator. Spread jelly or jam over dough leaving a ½ inch border. Using the large holes of a box grater, grate the dough disk and sprinkle over jam.
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool. Release sides from pan. Cut into “pizza” wedges.
Enjoy being a little, middle, kidadult or adult again.
Children are amazing, aren't they? Their response to everything is so simple and pure. This is Shane, my 10 year old nephew, less than 24 hours after surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his side.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
2 1/4 cups flour
Monday, April 20, 2009
This is James. He is fifteen years old and one of Zach's, my 15 year old son's, best friends.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Yea! Today is a perfect spring day. 75 degrees, slight breeze, blue skies and sunshine. To celebrate spring and to honor the renewed talks of lifting restrictions to Cuba, I am going to make Mojitos.
Add 2 shots of rum (or more - it's your Mojito)
Add 1/4 shot simple syrup
Friday, April 17, 2009
IMPORTANT HEALTH INFORMATION FOR WOMEN
Do you have feelings of inadequacy? Do you suffer from shyness? Do you sometimes wish you were more assertive? If you answered yes to any of these questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist about Margaritas.
Margaritas are the safe, natural way to feel better and more confident about yourself and your actions. Margaritas can help ease you out of your shyness and let you tell the world that you're ready and willing to do just about anything. You will notice the benefits of Margaritas almost immediately and with a regimen of regular doses you can overcome any obstacles that prevent you from living the life you want to live.
Shyness and awkwardness will be a thing of the past and you will discover many talents you never knew you had. Stop hiding and start living, with Margaritas.
Margaritas may not be right for everyone. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use Margaritas. However, women who wouldn't mind nursing or becoming pregnant are encouraged to try it.
Side effects may include:
Ø Dizziness, nausea, vomiting, incarceration
Ø Erotic lustfulness
Ø Loss of motor control
Ø Loss of clothing
Ø Loss of money
Ø Loss of virginity
Ø Loss of bladder control
Ø Attraction to ugly men
Ø Table dancing
Ø Dry mouth
Ø and a desire to sing Karaoke
WARNING: *The consumption of Margaritas may make you think you are whispering when you are not. *The consumption of Margaritas may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them. *The consumption of Margaritas may cause you to think you can sing. *The consumption of Margaritas may make you think you can logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting. NOTE: Margaritas are also available in generic form, known as tequila. Just as effective and costs only a fraction
Thursday, April 16, 2009
"To bloviate means "to speak pompously and excessively" or "to expound ridiculously". A colloquial verb coined in the United States, it is commonly used with contempt to describe the behavior of politicians, academics, pundits or media "experts," sometimes called bloviators, who hold forth on subjects in an arrogant, tiresome way.
The current verb 'bloviate' seems to be regarded as a back-formation from the noun blowhard.
The Oxford English Dictionary indicates that bloviate derives from adding a faux-Latin ending to the verb 'to blow' or boast, following a 19th-century fad of adding Latin-like affixes to ordinary words. However, others like William Safire claim that 'bloviate' comes from combining the words 'blow-hard' and 'deviation.'
Although 'bloviate' is listed in slang dictionaries as far back as the 19th century, the term was popularized by United States President Warren G. Harding in the 1920s. Famed for his poor English usage, Harding often used the word to describe his own speaking style. The term dropped from popular usage following his presidency but was resurrected in the 1960s when it was sometimes used in reference to Harding.
It became widely spoken again in the 1990s. Today, it appears regularly in The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Washington Post.
The term is used frequently by Fox News commentator, Bill O'Reilly whose show, The O'Reilly Factor, concludes with requests for email. The request for feedback sometimes includes: "And please when writing to us no bloviating, [that's] my job."
'Bloviating' has taken on new life in the blogosphere, used derisively to identify and otherwise chide the most pompous of contributors to message boards and forums."
Oh my - is that what I have been doing?? Bloviating on my blog? Does that make me a blogviator? Yes, my beloved assured me - although not as much as some. He said he was just giving it to me straight, "talking turkey". Which reminded me of the following recipe:
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
The Gnocchi were perfect. Tender, fluffy little pillows. But anyone who knows me, knows I cannot leave good enough alone.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
I like to grow things but I hate to garden. Every spring and fall I go through the backbreaking ritual of planting stuff. It's hard work all that digging and bending and yanking. I tell myself that I am being one with nature. Me and Mother Nature working hand in hand. blah blah blah. The truth is I hate to garden but love to grow and cook with things I've grown.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
I had to go the grocery store this morning to buy a few items for a Bolognese Sauce I want to make today. Just a few things, like tomatoes, a fresh hunk of parmesan cheese. All the other ingredients I already have, including some lovely Pappardelle Pasta.
- Wallet containing credit and debit cards, coupons, 47 cents, pictures k through 12 of all 4 children, pictures of both granddaughters, engagement picture of son and daughter-in-law, insurance cards, drivers license, PADI C-card (in case I need to go scuba diving at a moment's notice), at least 8 "store" cards - like PetSmart, Drug Fair, Macy's, etc.) prescription slips, mac receipts never given to my husband, dog's rabies vaccination tag, current dog license, dog license from deceased dog, health insurance card, cell phone cheat sheet, various receipts from clothing stores, life-time weight watcher membership from 1990, weight watcher pound counter from 1990.
- dog treats
- nutrigrain bar
- breath mints
- cell phone
- cell phone charger
- blue tooth ear thing that I never figured out how to work
- band aids
- prescriptions (1 week supply for everyone in the house)
- pads with wings (my daughter likes the ones with wings)
- bottle opener (hey, you never know)
- cork screw (ditto)
- keys to every house I ever lived in
- car keys
- thing that cuts your seatbelt and breaks your window if you drive into a lake
- small flashlight
- reading glasses that I bought at the drug store for $5.00
- pepcid ac
- lactaid (husband is lactose intolerant and you never know when you are going to eat cheese)
- business cards (mine and others of people I don't know or can't remember)
- Clie (pda)
- Old dog collar (again, you never know)
- Cold medicine (sniff)
- hand cream
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I keep getting fooled by Mother Nature. This morning it was snow flurrying on Holly Bear and I at the dog park. Brr... Everyday I look out my kitchen window promising the grill we will get reacquainted only to be foiled by nature.