YUM!

Mar. 2nd, 2010 06:41 pm
deltamiss: (Chef Miss)
One of Melanie's friends shared a recipe for a scrumptious soup. It's simmering as I type, but I just had to taste it. I usually don't care for soups with lots of melted cheese, but this one is to die for. And so easy! The most difficult part for me is opening the cans. ;)

Chicken Corn Chowder

2 cups cooked chicken
16 ozs. chicken broth
Medium onion, diced
2 tbls. butter
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 14 oz. can of whole kernel corn
1 14 oz. can of cream style corn
1 10 oz. can of Ro Tel tomatoes
8 ozs. Velveeta cheese, cubed
8 ozs. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
Salt and pepper to taste

Saute onion in butter until tender. Add in all ingredients except cheeses. Stir until well blended. Bring to a boil. Add cheeses. Stir. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.

There went the timer. Soup's on! :D
deltamiss: (Baking Miss)
Last year around Thanksgiving or Christmas - probably Christmas - I bought a gingerbread quick mix. Then I found out Melanie doesn't really care for gingerbread so it got put into the back of the cabinet and forgotten. I found it last week and decided to make it for myself, but I didn't want a super sweet icing of any kind on it. It was delicious with a lemon glaze. Who knew?

When I was at the grocery store yesterday, I decided I'd make another one and share with the rest of the family. I just knew if Melanie tasted it, she would like it.

Why is it when I find something I really, really like the store stops carrying it? Not a package of gingerbread quick mix to be found. Maybe it's a seasonal thing. Anyway, my second choice was a spice cake mix. Okay. I've decided that lemon glaze goes with anything. I may try it on chicken next time - if I don't eat it all before I can use it. Seriously, I could drink this stuff!

deltamiss: (Chef Miss)
I needed something quick and easy tonight for the grands and me. They absolutely LOVE spaghetti noodles with Italian salad dressing. This was the perfect night for pasta as Melanie and Jeff wouldn't be home for dinner, I was starving and the recipe is quick. Only...I wanted something different than what the kids were having. I'd seen a few people on Food Network mix pasta and chickpeas so I decided to try it. I didn't stop to look up a recipe - just used what I had. I'm glad I did!

This recipe is so easy a...well...a caveman could make it. ;D

Pasta, cooked (I used spaghetti, but I'm sure you could use other types)
1 can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano
1 can chickpeas (garbanzos)
1 large clove garlic, halved
2 tbls. olive oil
1 tbls. fresh basil leaves (optional)

While the pasta is cooking, heat oil in skillet. Add garlic and sauté about three minutes. Add tomatoes and bring to boil; reduce until most of the liquid is gone. Add chickpeas and stir, stir, stir until they begin to color. Maybe three minutes - I didn't count. Turn off heat.

Add pasta to skillet straight from the pot - I use long tongs to transfer the noodles which adds a tiny bit of pasta water and makes a nice sauce. Mix well. Mound pasta in bowl and top with shredded basil leaves.

YUM!!!


deltamiss: (Chef Miss)
We had another birthday party at school today for one of my team partners. I've been wanting an excuse to try a watermelon salad so that's what I made. OMG! It was sooooooo good! I tripled the recipe because there were 13 of us and had just enough left for my dinner tonight.

The combination of ingredients may sound odd to some people, but it really is easy and delicious - aaaaand perfect for summer.

Tomato and Watermelon Salad )

Dinner...

Mar. 14th, 2009 06:12 pm
deltamiss: (Chef Miss)
Crab cakes, lime soaked avocado, sea salt...



deltamiss: (Chef Miss)
...it must be Fiber and Antioxidant Day. ;)

My favorite vegetables are the dark green and bright orange ones so today for lunch I had sauteed spinach in garlic-infused olive oil, sweet potatoes and butter beans. I feel healthier already. :D

Finally...

Feb. 15th, 2009 12:58 pm
deltamiss: (Chef Miss)
I've been craving avocados, but lately the ones in the grocery store have not been that great. Until this weekend. Perfectly ripe and just right for my favorite chunky guacamole salad. Add cold roasted chicken and slip into paradise!

deltamiss: (Cup of Joy)
Food today:

English muffin/sausage pattie/coffee for breakfast...protein...check...

Snickers bar for snack (STOP IT!)...chocolate...check...

Mini-bag popcorn for lunch...fiber...check...

Sensible supper? Honey Nut Cheerios/banana...fruit...check... ;)

deltamiss: (Cuppa Joe)
They say it's the most important meal of the day.

My mother cooked breakfast every day of her married life - every day. Cooked it from scratch. Sunday morning: pancakes and sausage or bacon; Monday-Friday: oatmeal, toast, sausage or bacon; Saturday: biscuits, gravy, eggs, grits, sausage or bacon. Sometime she'd melt a little cheddar cheese on the side or add grits to the Sunday meal, but Monday-Friday was always the same.

Food was the last thing on my mind first thing in the morning all my life. I think it's because I'd always eaten my big meal at night, but the thought of food early in the morning was revolting. Mama made me eat something, though, and drink a glass of juice. When I moved from home, I swore off breakfast. For years I would consider it on weekends because I could eat later in the day, but never during the week. Never.

Worse yet, were the cold winter nights when Daddy would request breakfast for supper. UGH! When one could have a juicy hamburger or chicken and dumplings, WHY would one even suggest such a meal? Mama usually tried to make the meal at least a little enticing for my brother and me. She would make two little biscuits that snuggled into the center of the iron skillet, squish her thumb print indention in each and say, "One for you, and one for Dwayne." When you're hungry from a long, active day, you'll eat anything put before you. Those little biscuits were surprisingly good with Uncle C.D.'s honey drizzled over them or Miss Juanita's pear preserves piled high. ;) Once in a while, she would make another treat that has become my favorite.

When the girls came along, I realized they needed to eat breakfast, even if I didn't. I was a stay-at-home mom until Melanie was six, and their dad had a grueling job on a ranch. Everyone needed breakfast. I cooked just like Mama had. Eggs, biscuits or toast, grits, oatmeal, bacon or sausage, etc. But the girls liked cereal best. In fact, Melanie learned to read by stringing letters from Alpha-Bits together. ;) Eventually, they even eschewed the morning meal. I don't think Melanie eats breakfast to this day...maybe on weekends.

A year or so ago, I began taking a breakfast bar or a bagel to school with me, and would eat it around 6:00 or 6:30. Since I'd been up since 4:00, my mind and stomach didn't rebel against the thought. I'm in the habit now, and have successfully incorporated breakfast into my life - even on weekends. Of course, I've gained close to ten pounds in the last two years, too. ACK! But it's a habit I don't want to break. I feel more energetic longer on school days, and I need all the energy I can get Monday-Friday.

My all-time favorite breakfast is what Mama called Eggs in a Basket. A slice of bread with the center cut out toasted in a skillet with an egg dropped into the hole. I've begun adding a little cheddar cheese on top for some added flavor. The cut-out is slathered in some sort of jelly or jam. Include coffee, and I'm in hog heaven.

Saturday Morning Breakfast )
deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
The principal provided breakfast for the cafeteria workers this morning and invited teachers who had morning planning to finish the leftovers. So I had my usual English muffin/coffee breakfast at 6:00 and bacon/eggs/grits breakfast at 11:00. Then I had half a dark chocolate candy bar around 2:00. I'm stuffed still. My dinner is a cup of pumpkin spice tea with honey and lemon tonight.

Photo of the Day...'Cup of Joy'...

deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
It's that time again. This old iron skillet is going to get a work out tomorrow. I plan on making enough dressing that I won't have to make any Christmas...just thaw, heat and eat.



I'll be out of pocket tomorrow most of the day so let me say now that I hope all of you have a wonderful day...even my friends from other countries. We all have a lot to be thankful for, don't we? :D

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!
deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
The weather is changing and so are my taste buds. Something spicy like chili, maybe? Or another cassoulet? I know...pumpkin pasta! But not from the pumpkins in the picture. They're too cute to cut. ;)

Photo of the day...'Pile-O-Pumpkins'...another student work sample...

deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
There has been a commercial on the radio about a new sandwich at Panera Bread. It has sundried tomato pesto and mozzarella, but I can't recall what else. Anyway, the more I heard the ad, the more I wanted the pesto. Sooooo, I made some. I don't know if mine tastes anything like theirs, but it's delicious and that's all that counts. ;)

Photo of the Day...'Chicken with Sundried Tomato Pesto, Mozzarella and Kalamata Olives'...



Recipe )
deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
I can't resist couscous. I can't. I can eat it hot or cold, day or night, with or without other foods.

Usually, I sauté onions and garlic in olive oil, add a can of diced tomatoes and simmer until the juice is reduced and add to the couscous. Occasionally, I mix in sun dried tomatoes instead of the canned. Once in a while, I add garlic shrimp to the mix; sometimes I have it as a side with roasted chicken. Today I used up some leftover carrots and celery. YUM!

Photo of the Day...'Veggie Couscous'...(I HATE that I don't have good light in my kitchen! I guess I'll have to start taking the food outside to photograph. :/)



Recipe...such as it is )
deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
My lunch reflects the spirit of Labor Day. No slaving over a hot stove for me!

Egg/olive/onion salad with cantaloupe slices. Mmmmm! Sometimes simple is sublime. :D

Photo of the Day...'Labor Day Lunch'...

deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
Today's lunch special...'Ratatouille Over Rice'...photo of the day...



Recipe... )

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