May 2012: The Cookbooks (The Vegan vs. Baked Goods Showdown)

Every month, I buy a new cookbook and place it on my kitchen sideboard for display. Last month, the cookbook was the new Pioneer Woman Cookbook: Food From My Frontier. It came in the mail from Amazon perhaps 4 days before I decided to try to do some Vegan business, and ALL MONTH LONG, it taunted me. See, when the cookbook for the month is chosen, it stays there. That was a struggle to say the least. So, in an effort to try to align my monthly cookbook selection with my current move toward a more plant friendly lifestyle, I went to the BookMark in search of some Vegan books. Much to my surprise, they had quite a few, including the Skinny Bitch Vegan Swaps! However, that's already on it's way from Amazon to the Mail Store (aka, the Post Office), so I didn't need to pick that up. What DID catch my eye was the Alicia Silverstone book, The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight and Saving the Planet. I'm already following some of her boards on Pinterest, and I … [Read more...]

Forks over Knives

Well, after weeks of being virtually prodded by Janelle, I made the leap and rented Forks over Knives. Anything that can turn my fellow cookbook loving, garbage bread making, prime rib slinging friend vegan was something I needed to investigate. I've watched documentaries like this one in the past, and like others, it makes you think, shows you that what you eat sucks, and that you need to back away from fast food. Well, I really don't eat a lot of fast food. But, I do like to go out to restaurants of dubious nature (Chili's, etc). I also LOVE Chinese food (um, mystery, low grade meat?). Above all that, I LOVE ethic foods that involve a lot of meats. Carne Asada tacos...Chicken Enchiladas...Green Chili stew, etc. I'm from NM for crying out loud. If it doesn't have something that once lived in sauce, it's just not the same. But, then came the nightmares. ALL last night, I had scary dreams about what I was eating! I had one dream where I was roaming around the supermarket desperately … [Read more...]

Cooking…Revisited – Vanilla Almond French Toast

I'm re-energized...Cooking wise, at least. For the past three months I haven't been doing much cooking, to say the least. First, it was getting ready for the move that drained me, then it was the actual move, then after the move, who wanted to really deal? Also, with so much good food in Europe, who really wants to be cooking anyway? Well, I do love to cook, and I wish I had more time to do it! So, now I'm MAKING the time. I collect cookbooks, and have a ton, so, it's really time to start making recipes out out of the ones that I have. The goal is to make two new recipes a week, and blog one new recipe and one old favorite (for the Christmas cookbook..remember that plan?)This week, I decided to focus on my Vanilla Almond French Toast, which is AMAZING. I have perfected it over the years with a strong eyeball and experience. I have never made this recipe with measurements and probably never will (who has the time to measure?). But, this is one recipe that you can eyeball … [Read more...]

Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi

One of my favorite fish dishes to make is my Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi. It's an Asian inspired dish and has a sticky/sweet glaze that pairs perfectly with Rice. I made this last Monday and I'm just now getting around to posting it, because I took a ton of pictures because of the steps. This dish is NOT an easy week night dish, though I do like to make it on Mondays for some reason. It involves some planning, and you need to ensure you have ALL the ingredients on hand. Nothing (except the jarred garlic and ginger) tastes good as a substitute. I retrieved this recipe over two years ago off of All-Recipes. It's a good meal to make for kids because it is sweet, and Mahi has little if no bones in it. Joaquin, one of the pickiest eaters on the planet likes it, so, there you have it. Ginger Glazed Mahi MahiHere are the Ingredients:4 6oz Mahi Fillets (I buy the frozen, and then defrost in cold water the afternoon I make them). 3 tablespoons honey3 tablespoons soy sauce1 … [Read more...]

Homemade Sunday: Pico de Gallo and Guacamole

One of my main goals over the next year is to create a photo cookbook of all my good recipes and get a color, glossy cookbook printed, get a few copies, save two for my kiddos, keep one in my recipe book cabinet and then maybe give a couple to friends for Christmas. To do this, I'm going to make sure I make only the best recipes on Sunday, take some pictures, type out the recipes, and then document. On here, I'll document what I make on the Sundays. This past Sunday I broke out a new recipe for this endeavor. My Sister-in-Law Diane gave me The Pioneer Woman Cookbook. It is chock full of good, filling recipes that are meant to please a crowd, and are definitely not low fat. On Sunday, we had crunchy taco night, so I decided to make the Pioneer Woman's Pico De Gallo and Guacamole. Below are some pictures I took on my journey of making the Pico and Guac. I rate both five stars (out of five that is) based upon how many "yums" I get from Alex and how many times … [Read more...]