Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Feta Lamb Bites with Mediterranean Cous Cous

The first time I ever had Greek food was at a Greek Fest held at a Greek Orthodox church in my hometown. I automatically fell in love with the cuisine and have returned to this festival many times over the years. I love the simplicity of Mediterranean cooking. I had never tried lamb, until I had Greek food. I admit at first, I wasn't a fan. I felt the lamb had too strong of a flavor. Luckily, I tried it again, and fell in love. I believe the key to lamb is in the seasoning. The right combination of spices accentuate the exotic flavor of this meat. In this recipe, I mixed mint, rosemary, cumin, garlic and cinnamon. It might sound strange, but I promise you it works!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Feel Better Soon! Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Ever heard the phrase "If I go down, we all go down"? Apparently, this philosophy has been adopted by my family. First, my son got an ear infection. Then my husband and I both got a sinus infection. Next thing I know, my daughter has pink eye, which is ironic since it's in both eyes! And, being the ugly, highly contagious funk that it is, I have become it's next victim.  It's been an ongoing nightmare for a week now.  So, obviously we need something to make us feel better...cookies! Pair a couple of cookies with a cold glass of milk and you've got a dynamic duo sure to put the pep back in your step.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Banana Bread

It's cold outside, and I'm looking for comfort. I've got 3 bananas and an idea.....Banana Bread. I made this recipe for Christmas, and included 1/2 cup dates, 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, and 1/2 cup walnuts. Unfortunately,  I didn't have those things on hand, but I highly recommend making it that way. However, either way you have a comforting, warm slice of Heaven. I prefer to eat mine still warm and slathered with butter and my daughter likes it with a smear of peanut butter. I imagine this would be good as a French toast too! The possibilites are endless!

Caliente Brownies

Ever heard the song, "Baby, did a bad, bad thing", by Chris Isaak? Well, every time I make these brownies, that song starts playing in my head. These brownies are a sinful blend of cinnamon, cayenne, and melted dark chocolate chips. And, yes maybe they aren't heart healthy, but they will do wonders for your mood! You might have noticed that the picture of the brownie I posted is slightly undercooked. Well, that's because I can't wait for them to set. Is that bad?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Oh, My! Turkey Pot Pie Soup and Hearty Biscuits

Today, I took my little boy to the doctor's office and found out the lil' gherkin has an ear infection. Whenever I was sick, as a little girl, my Mom always made me Chicken Pot Pie. It always made me feel better. So, of course I thought this would be the perfect thing for my lil' one.  However, I decided to make my Mom's version with turkey instead, since I made turkey and stock yesterday. And, rather than thickening it up with a flour slurry like she does, I whisked in a B├ęchamel sauce. And, because lil' gherkin loves biscuits, I nixed the traditional pie crust.