Sunday, July 25, 2010

Leftover Rhubarb

Is that rhubarb icing? Yes it is and it was damn good by the spoonful. But seeing that its probably not the healthiest thing to eat by the spoonful I put it between some french toast and had a seriously sweet and caloric breakfast.

Here are the insides oozing with icing:

It's too hot to leave the house

The goals on this particular Saturday night was to not leave the house, for dinner to not be a project, and to use up some of the 2 lbs of zucchini in the refrigerator.

So I give you spaghetti with zucchini, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and capers in Tuscan herb olive oil.

Sprinkle with some Parmesan cheese and eat several plates full and be happy that all goals for the evening where achieved.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

I can't say I had much to do with the making of this pie other than slicing the fruits and putting an adorable smiley face on the pie crust, but it was damn good so I thought the world should see it.

We cooked the strawberries and rhubarb before putting it in the crust and in the oven because who can wait 40 minutes for a pie to cook? Certainly not us.

Here's that fantastic smiley face I was talking about:

And here is the big goopy mess it turned out to be when we cut into it. It really was a very tasty pie and congealed up nicely in the refrigerator that night.

That my friends was my first rhubarb experience and it was quite a delight.

Popcorn S'mores

This little recipe was left on my pillow by a magical fairy who must have been reading my diary because this recipe is what dreams are made of.

graham crackers.

There is nothing more to say, here is what these little balls look like:

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Happy Birthday AJ!

Last year I made peanut butter chocolate gooey butter cake, a Paula Deen recipe for my brother's birthday. So this year I figured I should bake something a little lighter and went for these blueberry crumb bars. It turns out this recipe actually ended up requiring 2 sticks of butter, but let's let the fruit aspect distract us from all that.

I really wish I had some vanilla ice cream to go right on top of these.

Happy 24th AJ!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Raspberry Coffee Muffins

I received a cupcake-a-day calendar for Christmas. I am 193 days behind the 8 ball on these recipes so I figured now is as good a time as any to get started.

I made these raspberry coffee muffins for my boy's first day of school. I must say I was a little nervous about how they would come out considering the recipe listed an ingredient and then never told me what to do with said ingredient. It also claimed to make a dozen muffins, I ended up making 24 and a giant ramekin heart. I'm not quite sure what kind of gigantore muffin tins cupcake-a-day author is using, but clearly ours were not the same size. Needless to say I think I can safely claim they were a success.

And of course, an innards shot:

Monday, July 5, 2010

3rd of July BBQ

The night before this bbq I woke up with a series of nightmares. Forgetting the keg, not knowing what to wear (the horror!), and of course an uninvited guest in a skanky prom dress were among the terrifying anxiety dreams that occurred. Needless to say everything went off without a hitch, well so I imagine. Who can really remember anything passed dinner? My only regret, not enough pictures of food! Here are a few that I managed to remember to take.

I didn't get any close ups of the dinner portion so here are the salads on day 3 of being leftover:

Potato and green bean salad

White sangria with peaches and green apples

Ice cream cake with snaps, peanut butter cups, and caramel

Thank you friends for the delicious salsa, spinach balls, guacamole, cookie cake and boozed up horchata that I am currently sipping on.

I hope your 3rd of July was as kickass as mine!