Monday, June 28, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
- 1 prepared Pound Cake
- 1 (3 0z.) prepared packet of instant vanilla pudding
- 1 (8 oz.) tub of good whipped topping
- 1 (21 oz.) Lucky Leaf Apple Pie filling
- 1 (21 oz.) Lucky Leaf Blueberry Pie filling
- 1 (21 oz.) Lucky Leaf Cherry Pie Filling - or - Strawberry ;)
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
French Bouquet Garni..... what is it? Basically a bundle of culinary herbs used during cooking to flavor the dish and removed prior to serving.
The Bouquet is usually made from dried bay leaves, parsley and thyme leaves.
For the dried Bouquet use 1 tablespoon each of bay leaves, parsley and thyme leaves.
For the fresh Bouquet use 1 bay leaf, 3 sprigs parsley and one sprig of thyme.
You can use fresh or dried herbs either bundle the fresh together with some string or cheesecloth or the dried in the cheesecloth or a metal tea ball.
The Bouquet Garni can be used to flavor stews, soups, broths, chicken stock, beef stock, fish stock the list goes on.
If you are cooking with fish you can add a sprig of dill, lemon, pepper and some celery. With chicken you could add some sage leaves... do you see where I'm going with this?
The Bouquet is removed prior to serving to prevent stems in the dish or to produce a clean clear beautifully flavored broth or soup.
Be creative and enjoy!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
- 5 lbs trimmed Pork Loin Back Ribs (here there are two racks)
- One large orange
- 6 Heads of garlic
- 1 Large handful of fresh herbs (Thyme, Sage, Oregano, Chives, Rosemary)
- One Large Onion or Leek
- BBQ Sauce (I use Sweet Baby Rays)
- Fresh ground black pepper
- Soaked apple wood chips for smoking
Monday, June 14, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
- A bunch/bush of flowers from the art and craft store, get a bunch with the most flower heads. Here I used a daisy type bush.
- A glue gun
- Flower Pot
- Floral Foam
- Excelsior or moss
- Silk Ivy
- Wire cutters or snips
First you need a pot or container. Because I had to make so many for this party I found paper garden pots at 50 cents for 10 instead of a Terra cotta pot for .89 cents each.
The next step is to cut some foam and glue with the hot glue gun into the bottom of the pot. Make sure the foam reaches almost to the top of the pot. You don't need to have the foam fill the pot exact as shown here.
Take your Ivy and cut into four inch pieces leaving a section of wire to use as it's stem. Place a dab of glue on the stem and push into the foam. For this small pot I used three pieces of Ivy and space them out accordingly. You want to be even on all sides ;) Bend the ivy down and around to make it look more natural as if it's growing.
Next cut your flower from the bush. Cut about 4 1/2 inches down from the Flower, leaving the leaves attached.
Here you have the completed pot! If you need to make a larger version you will need more Ivy, and an odd number of flowers. Make sure to add ivy evenly all the way around the pot.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Thanks to my buddy Stephen Elliott for the guest post
I had been feeling a bit bored and irresolute; there was nothing, short of watering the grass, to do around the house. Because of this, I started to brainstorm on where to go that would not be too far away, and chose Frankenmuth. After setting my adt home security, I set out on my adventure. But why Frankenmuth? I'm about to tell you, so listen up.
Frankenmuth is great for people who are interested in the cultures of other countries. Once you arrive in your car you feel as if you have almost stepped into another world: almost. There are still many modern items, and you know that you are still in Michigan and America, but it still has that impact.
The first thing I did was head over to Zehnder's for something to fill the stomach. They have a lot of tasty treats to choose from, but what I love the most is their mashed potatoes. Don't ask me why; I'm guess I'm just a huge potatoes fan. I always try to hog that side dish all to myself, though it doesn't work too well. The restaurant is big, and there is always something interesting for the eyes to look at, so you never feel want for something to stimulate you.
After that, it was time to go shopping. There is always an item or place, no matter how small, that can appeal to everyone. A friend of mine, who tagged along, especially liked the old fashioned arcade. It made you feel like you were your great grandparents, almost. It was quite a pleasing time.