Posts made in May, 2016

Get out the slow cooker…

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Pasta | 0 comments

Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

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One more time; a bird’s eye quick video clip complete with Italian tunes cajoled me into assembling 12 Tomatoes Baked Ziti in the slow cooker.

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I followed instructions and painted butter on the inside of the pot before assembling layers of marinara, ricotta mixture, pasta, and cheese.

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A little tip I learned from a chef here-- Place a cartouche (a fancy name for a piece of parchment paper) over the pasta to help contain the moisture.

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After four hours on high, load on the final cheese layer and hit the road...

Remember those crazy days that stretch from May until the school bell rings (or buzzes) in June announcing –it’s over.

Ultimately, this yummy crock of pasta was on call dishing out comfort in waves to my kiddos stretching 4 o’clock, after volleyball practice until 9ish when Ty and Luke cleaned up the toasty edges—so I heard.

maddy with pasta

♥ ♥ ♥

 

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Reoccurring Dreams

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in New | 0 comments

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To dream of an abandoned house represents belief systems, ways of living, or relationships that have been discarded. It may also reflect abandoned ideas or a future you planned for yourself and gave up on. Decisions or lifestyle choices you are aware of yourself having purposely given up. The rooms of the house are indicative of how an issue is being approached or dealt with.

--dreambible.com

Photo Source: Corey Amaro, http://www.willows95988.typepad.com.

 

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Custom House

Dreaming of a custom-house denotes you will have rivalries and competition in your labors. To enter a custom-house, foretells that you will strive for, or have offered you, a position which you have long desired. To leave one, signifies loss of position, trade or failure of securing some desired object….

--G. H. Miller

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Abandoned House

To see an abandoned house in your dream implies that you have left behind your past. You are ready to move forward toward the future. To see an old, run-down house in your dream represents your old beliefs, attitudes and how you used to think or feel. A situation in your current life may be bringing about those same old attitudes and feelings. Alternatively, the old house may symbolize your need to update you mode of thinking. If you see messy and/or dilapidated houses in your dream, then it implies that an aspect of your own life is in chaos. You may be suffering from some emotional or psychological clutter. You need to release these feelings in order to regain control. To dream that your house is damaged indicates your waking concerns about the condition of your house. To dream that you are cleaning your house signifies your need to clear out your thoughts and get rid of old ways. You are seeking self-improvement. To dream that you are building a house implies that you need to work on some aspect of yourself and better your mind or body. Alternatively, the dream is also representative of your maturing mindset.

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Housework

To dream that you are doing housework suggests that you are making changes in your lifestyle and the way you are living. You are doing away with your old ways and habits and starting anew. Alternatively, the dream may just be a reflection of the monotony of your daily life.

Do something adventurous.

--dreammoods.com

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What do you think of dream interpretations?

 

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One Note Isn’t Necessarily Wrong…

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Soup | 1 comment

Ripped from my copy of Real Simple Magazine, Sesame Chicken Noodle Bowl  posing on the page without description, leaves the steaming bowl up to imaginary taste bud interpretation gleaned from a list of fresh Asian veggies, pure miso gingered broth, slick rice noodles; and obviously the beautiful photograph.

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Substituting thigh for breast meat, a thinner noodle (because that’s what I had) and additional handful of snow peas shaped our bowl.

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Once again have the ingredients close at hand;

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here the chicken cooks ahead of time in exotic toasted sesame oil to be set aside.

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Then, when the burner ignites, the mushroom, aromatics, and miso

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set the pot to flavor a clean clear broth.

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A few minutes later, vibrant baby bok choy, crisp snow peas and rice noodles slide in with the reserved chicken and a measure of rice wine vinegar for a zippy note.

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MP and I have been on a roll with noodle bowls of late; kindled with robust flavors emanating from hot and sour umami flavors.  In brilliant contrast, this noodle bowl was subtle and delicately nuanced; a one note syllable which wasn’t necessarily wrong. Therefore, except for the addition of salt and perhaps less water I would definitely prepare this scented garden again; notating aroma and taste create a world of profiles.

Pass the Sriracha if you must!

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Head Heart Hands

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in New | 1 comment

black beans

Mother’s Day 2016 weekend was a mash-up of divine Black Bean and Brown Rice Stuffed Peppers;

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a survey of shifting sands after Tuesdays storm

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 and a Crystal Cove treasure hunt with MP.

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I solo selfie hiked six miles back country up El Moro Canyon

( with at least one bent ear)

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before our Sunday dinner with family, which closely resembled a firehouse spread— The guys cooked of course...

 

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What I have for you today are some random photographs found on my camera!

 

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You'll know something becomes meaningful when it goes from your head to your heart to your hands.

-- Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz in God Is in the Small Stuff

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May Days

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Desserts | 0 comments

 

 

A secret ingredient in this boss brownie recipe hits every mark for the merry month of May; Cinco de Mayo, Mothers’ Day, my Mom’s birthday (she would be 93), and Memorial Day potlucks. 
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In addition, it is gluten-free.  Wheee!

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The entire show takes place in the bowl of a food processor; making clean-up simple.

Puree rinsed black beans with coconut oil;

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then add remaining ingredients to a glossy finish.

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Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until set in the middle (test with a toothpick).

Cool and present with vanilla ice cream or what the heck—guacamole. You know I’m joking.

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Seemingly decadent, what fun I had last night, teasing MP about my up-to-date medicinal brownie bites (soluble fiber); people.

Gooey, chocolaty, with a poke of heat makes these mysterious treats--

Fudgy Spicy Black Bean Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • ½ cup plus 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup (4 ounces) unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. (325 F convection)
  2. In a food processor, blend black beans adding coconut oil to form a smooth paste. Add in cocoa powder, almond flour, baking soda, and salt. Pulse the food processor a couple more times to combine.
  3. Add in sugar, cayenne pepper (if using), egg, applesauce, and vanilla. Run the food processor until everything is completely mixed together.
  4. Spoon mixture into an oiled 8x8 square baking pan lined with oiled parchment paper. Bake for 15–20 minutes, or until the brownies are set, pull away from the side of the pan, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the brownies cool completely; loosen the edges with a paring knife. Remove from the pan using paper as handles. Cut into 16 small squares and serve with vanilla ice cream.
  5. © Copyright 2016 Peggy Barrett Lunde
  6. All Rights Reserved
  7. http://cococooks.net/
http://cococooks.net/may-days/

 

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