Sunday, September 30, 2007

New bed linens

I'm still getting use to it, but i think i'm diggin' it!

it's got this pretty funky pattern on it, it totally caught my eye at the store.

Sunday morning breakfast

I decided to take a shot at crepes this morning. We still have apples from going apple picking, and i picked up some raspberries.

Apple Filled Crepes

Makes: 2 Ready In: <>
3 whole eggs

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup flour, sifted

2 tablespoons sugar (for batter)

4 tablespoons sugar (for filling)

2 large apples

3 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon vegetable oil


Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples. Toss them with 4 Tbsp. sugar. Melt the butter in a non-stick pan, add the apples and saute until soft. Set aside. Beat the eggs with the milk, add the flour and remaining sugar. Give the batter a few swift strokes to avoid lumping. Heat a 6-inch non-stick pan almost to the smoking point, add a few drops of oil, then just enough batter to coat the bottom of the pan. Allow the crepe to brown, then flip. Repeat the process until all the batter is used. Lay the crepes out on a work surface, place some apple filling in each and roll. Reheat in the oven or serve at once. Dust with powdered sugar.

Dinner party

Last night we had our best friends over for dinner, and i even whipped out the china for the first time!

Heres last night's menu.

Spiced Pork Chops
Prep Time: 20 MinutesCook Time: 1 Hour
Ready In: 1 Hour 20 MinutesYields: 4 servings
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon dried basil
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 pinch pepper
4 (3/4 inch thick) pork loin chops
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 cup ketchup
1 cup water
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1. In a shallow dish, combine the first 10 ingredients; dredge pork chops on both sides. In a skillet, brown chops in oil on both sides. Place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Combine ketchup, water and brown sugar; pour over chops. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 1 hour or until tender.

Chocolate Trifle
**Instead of making it in a big bowl i made little individual ones for each person**
Prep Time: 30 Minutes Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Ready In: 8 Hours 55 Minutes Yields: 12 servings
1 (19.8 ounce) package brownie mix
1 (3.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
1/2 cup water
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (1.5 ounce) bar chocolate candy
1. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions and cool completely. Cut into 1 inch squares.
2. In a large bowl, combine pudding mix, water and sweetened condensed milk. Mix until smooth, then fold in 8 ounces whipped topping until no streaks remain.
3. In a trifle bowl or glass serving dish, place half of the brownies, half of the pudding mixture and half of the 12 ounce container of whipped topping. Repeat layers. Shave chocolate onto top layer for garnish. Refrigerate 8 hours before serving.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

now that was delicious!

I tried a recipe posted on by one of the Rhode Island girls.
and i quote my husband "that shit was bangin'!" The photo is of my husband's plate, and if you couldn't tell he LOVES stuffing!

Stuffed Buffalo Chicken
Ingredients:2 Pound(s) chicken breast halves
2 Tablespoon(s) plus 5 T softened, divided butter
1 Clove(s) minced garlic
2 Ounce(s) bottle hot sauce
8 Ounce(s) room temperature cream cheese
1 Cup(s) ranch dressing
3/4 Cup(s) chopped celery
1/2 Pound(s) crumbled blue cheese
olive oil for frying

Directions: Mix together cream cheese, Ranch dressing, celery, 5 T butter and blue cheese. Form into 3" oval patties. Melt 2 Tbl butter. Add Red Hot and garlic. Flatten chicken until 1/4" thick. Arrange cheese mixture on chicken & roll up, tucking in sides to enclose filling. Secure the ends with wooden picks. Dust chicken rolls in flour. Dip in the butter/Red Hot/garlic mixture. Roll in bread crumbs. Brown chicken rolls on all sides in olive oil. Bake at 325 for 45 minutes.

It's already more than half gone...

We went apple picking at Keith's Farm in Acushnet, MA on Sunday, and i decided to make a crust-less pie, that i made last year again. Well my husband has had more than half the pie. Please keep in mind i made this Monday evening, and it's now Wednesday!

anyway, it's easier and delish, hope you love it.

Swedish Apple Pie

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour 5 Minutes
Ready In: 1 Hour 20 Minutes
Yields: 8 servings

2 1/2 cups peeled, cored and
sliced apples
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup margarine, melted
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 pinch salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 inch pie pan with margarine.
Fill 2/3 of the pan with sliced apples. Sprinkle with cinnamon and 1 teaspoon sugar.
In a medium bowl, mix 1 cup sugar with the melted margarine. Stir in pecans, flour, egg and salt. Mix well. Spread mixture over the apples.
Bake in preheated oven for 65 minutes, or until golden brown.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

So theres no leftovers!

I made this last night and there isn't even a drop of sauce left over! I was really hoping for some leftovers for lunch, but no dice :(

Baked Manicotti

Serves/Makes: 6
Ready In: 30-60 minutes
8 ounces Manicotti -- uncooked
1 (15-ounce) container part-skim Ricotta cheese -- whipped until smooth
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg -- beaten
1/4 cup sliced scallions
2 teaspoons parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 (26-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
Grated Parmesan cheese -- for topping
Directions:Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain. In medium bowl, blend Ricotta, Parmesan, egg and scallions. Stir in parsley, salt and pepper. Stuff pasta with cheese mixture. Arrange in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Pour spaghetti sauce evenly over pasta. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese. Cover. Bake in a 350F oven until hot, about 35 minutes.

Starting my new life...

I've never been "wife" material. I don't cook, i hate to clean, hate laundry, just hate chores in general, so when the idea of being married came into play, all those things i hate followed suit as well.

Little did i know i was going to LOVE cooking. LOVE having my house clean. LOVE the smell of my husband in clean laundry. And LOVE being a wife!

This blog is to document my journey into being the best Wife a Wife can be :)