Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Krista's a bundt cake master, but this recipe is my favorite thing she makes. Very summery!
Angel Food Ice Dream Cake with Mint-Berry Sauce
for the cake:
1- Angel Food cake
1- Quart Premium Strawberry ice cream, softened
1- Quart cream, whipped (I sometimes use Cool Whip) for the sauce
1- Pint fresh strawberries, quartered
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup chopped mint
Slice the cake horizontally twice, making three layers. Separate the layers and place the bottom layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Spread half the softened ice cream over the bottom layer of cake and stack the second layer on top. Spread the second layer with the remaining softened ice cream and cover with the top layer. Freeze for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, using an electric mixer or wire whisk, whip the cream until stiff. Remove ice-cream cake from the freezer and frost with the whipped cream, using the back of the spoon to make swirls. Return to freezer for up to 2 days. To make the sauce, combine the strawberries, sugar, and mint in a bowl, and serve alongside the cake.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The square says:
Since the world is round, the homes of friends and family are always just around the corner! Travel well, visit neighbors, receive love.
This square is from my Uncle Tom and Aunt Sue and cousins Peter and Sarah. Tom is my mom's younger brother. Both my Mom and Tom inherited a collection of incredibly creative genes. Tom is a Lutheran pastor (who performed the homily at our wedding) and talented wood-worker and gardener extraordinaire. He has a very good eye for design and can create amazing things with few supplies. In his garden he has always shared and split plants for my brother, sister and I as we each bought our first homes. When our front yard elm tree was struck with Dutch Elm's disease and we were left with a terrible void in our yard, he came over to help me design two new garden areas. Sue is a dietician and can whip up great food for guests, ready to go with a new, healthy recipe at all times.
Here's a recipe that Sue gave me for Christmas many moons ago, tucked into a recipe box filled with her specialties. This one is very popular at potlucks. Depending on what is fresh in your garden, you can add or subtract vegetables. Lately I've been making it just with baby carrots.
Glazed root vegetables from Sue:
8 tiny new potatoes, quartered
1 medium rutabaga, cut 1" pieces
2 medium carrots, sliced
1 medium turnip, cut 1" pieces
1 medium parsnip, sliced
1 onion, cut in wedges
2 tsp. marg or butter
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. corn starch
1/4 c. water
1/2 tsp. finely shredded lemon peel
3 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. fresh dill weed or 1/2 tsp. dried
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
In a large saucepan cook potatoes and rutabaga, covered, in boiling water for 10 minutes. Add carrots, turnips, parsnips and onion. Return to boiling and reduce heat. Cook covered for 7-10 minutes or until tender. Drain.
Meanwhile, for the glaze, melt mutter in a saucepan. Stir in brown sugar and cornstarch. Stir in water, lemon peel and juice, dill, slat and pepper. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook 2 more minutes.
Pour glaze over the drained vegetables. Toss to coat and heat until warmed through. Keeps well for a potluck.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Gus and Louise almost share a birthday. They were spared this situation by a mere 40 minutes or so. I was in labor with Louise and Ron asked the nurse (at 11 pm), "What are the chances that this baby will have its own birthday?" She looked at me, looked at the chart and said, "Pretty good." Eighteen minutes later she was born. She must have known that Gus would really like to have his own day, but wouldn't mind sharing a party or two in his life.
Gus turned three this weekend. This is going to be a big year for him... a time for preschool, a time to have more big-brother time with Louise when Carl starts kindergarten and a time for him to snap out of the intense middle-child behavior we've been witnessing this year. This is his "sparkle" year. "Sparkle" is a word that was coined by my mom one day when I was at my wits end with something he was doing, maybe relapsing on potty-training or yelling at Carl. She described a sparkle day as one when he didn't have accidents, got along with everyone, and generally was more patient. He loved it. I ran with it, even going as far as creating a secret handshake for sparkle boys. It makes him feel like the coolest kid in the world and has the power to immediately snap him out of the worst behavior, catching his attention and his fist gravitates towards mine to bop fists and say "sparkles" while we wiggle our fingers. How can a secret handshake do so much? He's a new dude. And now, he's THREE!
Not my finest cake at all... but what was I supposed to do when the kid wanted a "candy cake, like a pinata, Mom." Hmmm... I think after this shot I added some Mexican wrapped candies on top to really give it the look. It was four layers high and didn't get attacked by our hungry dog this year as has happened in years past to my home made creations. Tasted great, made him happy, and looked spectacular next to the tulips on the bright yellow table cloth. Ole!
The local grocer Kowalski's gives free cakes to kids for their first birthdays. Couldn't pass that up. And it was SO cute!
The pinata Gus picked out. Spiderman... paper plates and all. It was so strong that the kids couldn't hit it with the wooden bat by themselves. Eventually Ron picked them up and swung them to attempt to do some damage to the pinata.
To my 2nd baby... Happy Third Birthday, Gus!
Friday, May 9, 2008
Mmmm... my absolute favorite way to enjoy vegetables. As long as it isn't too cold outside (relative, I suppose, living in MN), I will always volunteer to bring these apps to an event. I first had these when my sister brought them to my 30th birthday party a while back. I suppose it should become "her" recipe, but I love to make it too. The dip is great drizzled on sandwiches, pasta, or anything really. The other plus of roasted veggies is that you can use up vegetables from your rotter (crisper) drawer in the fridge that might be on the verge of going bad. With a little kosher salt, pepper and olive oil, toss 'em on the grill and they're brand new.
Here's the recipe. Enjoy!
VEGETABLES WITH RED PEPPER AND GARLIC MAYONNAISE
A nice hors d'oeuvre teaming fresh vegetables with a simplified version of rouille, the spicy red pepper and garlic sauce that typically accompanies French fish soups.
2 large garlic gloves1/2 cup diced drained roasted red pepper from jar
1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup mayonnaise
Assorted vegetables (such as carrot sticks, yellow bell pepper strips, cherry tomatoes and boiled baby potatoes)
With processor running, drop garlic through feed tube and mince. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add roasted pepper, vinegar and cayenne and process until mixture is almost a smooth purée. Add 1/4 cup mayonnaise and process using on/off turns just until combined. Transfer sauce to a small bowl; mix in remaining 1/4 cup mayonnaise. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate at 30 minutes. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Keep refrigerated.)
Place dip in center of platter. Arrange vegetables around dip and serve.
Makes 1 cup.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Ok, thank you. Glad you picked it up. I guess when you're two, it is hard to resist touching warm, fuzzy, grey critters even when your mom tells you that we don't touch baby animals we find outside. I guess I would have wanted to touch it too... but I'm an adult, I'm supposed to know better. It looked soft to me. At least it wasn't the racoon we saw tonight on our way home, cuddled up to the new retaining wall by the freeway. What was it doing there?!?
Happy? Scared because a 2 year old picked it up? Relieved? Looking for its mama? The next day we found it in a new pile of leaves, quite far away from Gus' new location for the bunny. Truly a beautiful find in our hosta bed.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Must have been a good one... Gus fell asleep for a while. I guess it WAS during his nap time and he DID have sunscreen in his eyes. Poor little guy.