Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sundaes anyone?




It's potluck week over at I Heart Cooking Clubs.

Potluck means whatever is available or comes one's way, which made it an easy week for me.

My 2 year old granddaughter is here visiting from Virginia, so we invited her 7 year old cousin to spend the night tonight.
The Handyman and I are crazy. We have a tent/fort set up on our family room and we've been watching the movie "UP" for the last 6 hours. I exaggerate only slightly. We've also played catch, cars, had a tea party, colored.... it's been a busy afternoon, but also a very fun afternoon.

For supper, we fixed some hamburgers with french-fries. For dessert, I looked for whatever was available in my freezer. I had some ice-cream, and I remembered seeing Nigella make a chocolate sauce one time, so I quickly did an inter-net look on her website, and there it was, her Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Sundae.


It also gave me a good excuse to use these Sundae/Milkshake glasses that I have had for over 31 years. I rarely use them, but they are something I just can't get rid of. They come in handy in times like this.


How can one go wrong with a chocolate sauce? Especially when it has peanut butter too?
No one in this house had any complaints!





from Nigella's website

175ml double cream ( I used 6oz heavy cream)
100g milk chocolate (I used about 6oz milk chocolate chips--I had them on hand)
100g smooth peanut butter (about 4-5 oz)
2 tablespoons Karo syrup
toffee ice cream
vanilla ice cream
chocolate ice cream
salted peanuts, roughly chopped


Put all the cream, chopped chocolate, peanut butter, golden syrup into a saucepan and place it on the heat to melt, stirring occasionally. In about 2 minutes you should have your sauce ready.
Get out your sundae glasses and put a scoop of toffee or caramel ice-cream, followed by one each of chocolate and vanilla.
Pour some chocolate peanut butter fudge sauce over each sundae and sprinkle with the salted peanuts. Hand them round and wait for people to weep with gratitude.


The only trouble I had was trying to do the math....ml into oz.
But it worked...it was a great fudgy sauce.
I also didn't have any toffee or caramel ice-cream, so I used to vanilla and one chocolate scoop.
I had left over fudge sauce, to put in the fridge for tomorrow night too. And give a jar to friends to tomorrow. They'll weep with gratitude, as Nigella says.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Voting...the last round!

It's the last round of voting.   Our twin grandbabies have made it to the last round in the "multiples" costume contest.  The grand prize is a brand new double stroller (among other things).   We just want the double stroller (they are expensive).
And now....we kind of want the glory of winning....having pushed the button more times than anyone else.
Our family and friends: THE CHAMPION BUTTON PUSHERS.
But of course,  we do think they have the most unique costumes....and the cutest smiles.
My daughter-in-law goes to Yale Divinity School, and the twins,  Eli and Emerson, were  dressed in these costumes for the "Sinners and Saints"  Halloween/Harvest party.

Mary, of "One Perfect Bite"   let me know on round 2 that you can vote more than once.  But, we were all afraid to try it before then, we thought it was one vote, one computer.   Well in this, the last round, the voting only once rule is no longer being enforced  (thank you Mary for pointing that out), so...... they are letting us vote  "multiple" times.

So, if you would love to help us out,   please go to THIS SITE and vote for #2.   As many times as you want.  And if you want to pass the word around to your friends, do it!  Don't hesitate, because  you don't know them...  they are the angelic looking ones.



Voting ends tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Raspberry Salsa Black Bean Dip--from the books!



I'm excited to be joining Connie over at "Tales from the Fridge"
for the first "Cook From the Book" challenge.


As some of you know, I have been trying to get myself to "cook from my books" for months now. I have no stick-to-it-ivness, when I am left to my own devices.
There is a poem that describes me perfectly:
 
I Meant To Do My Work Today

by Richard LeGallienne

I meant to do my work today,
But a brown bird sang in the apple tree,
And a butterfly flitted across the field,
And all the leaves were calling me.
And the wind went sighing over the land,
Tossing the grasses to and fro,
And a rainbow held out its shining hand,
So what could I do but laugh and go?

so, there you have it. That is me.


But this time I am determined!! I have made a commitment...I've joined someone else's club.
I decided to just go in order off of my bookshelves, which, when I looked at the next few books, was kind of disappointing to me, as the next few in line aren't my favorites. BUT, I have over 200 cookbooks and a good one will come up in the next 6 months or so, I'm sure.

I just realized...... it'll be 9 years before I get thru this challenge. I have that many cookbooks.

We were invited to a 50th birthday celebration on Saturday night, so to kill 2 birds with one stone, I "cooked from the book"....

this book:
Simple Celebrations (a Beta Sigma Phi Cookbook)
and the recipe I chose was:
Raspberry Salsa and Black Bean Dip (submitted to the BSP cookbook by Lisa C. Reader of Bentonville, Arkansas --1999)



It might not have photographed all that well, but it tasted great!
I asked my husband, the Handyman, before we got to the party, to please eat from my dip, so that it looked like an appetizer people liked.
It turned out, he didn't have to. Everyone said it was really good. In fact, someone I didn't even know, pulled me aside and told me that her husband wanted her to get the recipe.

It's always great when a recipe comes together like that. Especially when I'm brave enough to take it to a party without trying it first.

My Conclusions:
The only thing I have about recipes in a cookbooks such as this (church cookbooks, or organization cookbooks) is that they are not as precise on their directions.

It says to use a 9-inch pan. 9 by ???
Yes, I am the kind of person who needs to know EXACTLY... or just wants to know.

I doubled the recipe and used a 9x11 inch pan, so it was kind of thick.
It's kind of like that 7-layer taco dip, only with a sweet tang and it's warm, "out of the oven" warm.
It's really good, but not so good heated up the next day. The cheese gets hard, and it can never really be melted good enough again....I tried tho. I heated it in the microwave and my 2nd helping in the oven. (smile).

Oh...and apparently drinking wine while shooting blog pictures makes for blurry photos. Who knew?

So, here you have it..... my first entry in "Cook From the Book".
You can join us, I'm sure. It's only 2x a month, so not as much pressure as an every week club.


Raspberry Salsa Black Bean Dip
1/2 red onion, minced
1 (16oz) can black beans, drained
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 (14oz ) jar raspberry salsa
8 oz shredded pepper jack cheese

Layer the red onion, black beans, cream cheese, raspberry salsa and pepper jack cheese in a 9-inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until bubbly.
Serve warm with tortilla chips.

The dip at the party  (that sounds like I should have some weird drunk guys picture inserted here)


The table at my friend Shelly's house.  That is not a real cat peering over the table... she has a wonderful mural on her wall.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I Heart Cooking Clubs: Man-Food!

One Pan Sage and Onion Chicken and Sausage
(and some roasted brussel sprouts)



I have been a lover of Nigella for.....oh, quite a while now. I love how she talks about food and makes it so sensual.


I wrote a post about Nigella once, but I can't remember if it was for my food blog, or my book club blog. (yes, I used to have a book blog, but I just couldn't keep up with both of them).

The reason I wrote about Nigella for a book club tho, was because one of the women in my book club had made some great cream puffs for dessert (brought them to my house) and in the middle of the night, they actually called to me. Called me to get out of bed, walk down the stairs, turn on the kitchen light, and sensually pull a cream puff out of the fridge and bite into it...that soft kiss of powdered sugar still on my lips as, I glance towards the dining room window only to realize that I've turned on the light, the neighbors can see in my kitchen now and I'm standing there in my underpants only, with wild bed hair eating a cream puff and the powdered sugar is smeared all over my chin.

When Nigella gets out of bed to have a "midnight" snack, she NEVER looks like that.
Nope, not EVER.
I'll have to work on my Nigella impersonation.
But for now... now, I have joined a cooking group, "I heart cooking clubs".

In "I heart cooking clubs", there is a cookbook author or chef, whom is chosen and then the bloggers who choose to join in, make a dish of that author/chef's and post about it in their own blog. With a link back to all the others who joined in that weeks theme.

That is another reason I was inclined to join in the fun of "I heart cooking Clubs"... because there is a "theme" every week. This week it's "Man Food" and we can cook whatever our heart desires, as long as we consider it to be in keeping with the theme for the week and the author/chef of the time period.
 
Check it out here (to see the other takes on MAN FOOD)   for this week's theme.
 
(to join and be on the blogroll click here) 
 
Whew! I feel like I just explained all the legalities as they do on Oscar night... when the Price-Waterhouse attorneys come on stage and explain the voting process.



Because all you really want to know is....whatdya cook? whatdya cook?
Well....my "Man Food" of the week (and that week ends tonight at midnight--I love the pressure of cutting it close) is:  One Pan Sage and Onion Chicken and Sausage.
I've been wanting to make it for quite some time, and this seemed like a good opportunity. It's Man-Food. Sausage. Chicken. Onions.


The only problem I had with the recipe was that she/Nigella listed everything in the metric system. At first I thought I'd have to go google to get a conversion chart, and that would be a lot of work. But, little did I know that Pyrex's glass measuring cups have the metric system right there beside our oz, pints, quarts, etc


I was relieved.


The other thing was, English Mustard. I bought "original English mustard", and when I got home and was reading the directions better, it mentioned "seeds" in the mustard, but my "original" didn't have seeds. It was quite a smooth yellow, but with a different tang than French's mustard.


I also didn't use "jointed" chicken, but chose thighs instead. We like them.


The outcome of Nigella's One Pan Sage and Onion Chicken and Sausage?
The Handyman "liked it fine".
I, on the other hand, really liked it. It was very "fall".... an autumn kind of meal. But all in all it was just baked chicken, with a baked sausage. With some onions and sage seasoning. Nigella makes all food seem so fancy.
Nothing too fancy, but it made for a good Sunday dinner.
Would I make it again? Yes, I would make it again.


One Pan Sage and Onion Chicken and Sausage


Ingredients:
1 large onion or 2 small onions

125ml olive oil (not extra virgin)
2 teaspoons English mustard
1 tablespoon dried sage
ground pepper
1 lemon
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2kg chicken jointed into 10 pieces


Method:
Peel and cut the onion into eighths and put into a freezer bag with the oil, mustard, dried sage, a good grinding of pepper, the lemon juice and the squeezed out husks of the lemon, cut into eighths, and the Worcestershire sauce. Squidge everything around to mix (the mustard needs help to combine), then add the chicken pieces. Leave to marinate in the fridge overnight, or for up to two days.

Preheat the oven to gas mark 7/220c ( I did it at 350degrees-f ). Allow the chicken to come to room temperature in its marinade.


Arrange the chicken pieces in a roasting tin, skin-side up, with the marinade, including all the little pieces and bits, and tuck the sausages around them. Sprinkle with with some fresh sage and put them in the oven to cook for 1hour and 10 minutes.
Turn sausages over halfway through to colour them evenly.


Arrange the chicken and sausages on a large platter.



The stuff we needed for the marinade



I must say, that I do love the way Nigella uses Zip-loc or freezer bags.  She rarely has any mess.
And I had little this day.



Ready to pop in the oven




On the plate.  Let's eat!


Friday, November 13, 2009

My Tasty Kitchen's best comfort meal ever!



Last week I got a flu shot. This week I swear I had the flu.... a low grade, mild flu. Not bad enough to stay home sick, but my body ached and my throat was very dry and scratchy and well... I just didn't feel good.


But yet, not bad enough to crawl into bed and have everyone leave me alone.
My 2 year old granddaughter from Virginia is here at our house for 6 weeks also, and she had a runny nose, so perhaps I caught something from her.
(my youngest son, father of the preemies/twins had the swine flu this summer, soon after the babies came home from the hospital. Hopefully that is immunities enough for everyone in their house for the winter!)

Whatever I had tho, like I said, wasn't bad enough to keep me down.... just wish that I could justify going to lay down and bypassing all my housewifery duties.
Here you are reading a "food blog", which is mine. Because I do love to cook. I love to bake, and cook new dishes.... but only when I "want" to. My boys are all grown, with families of their own, so for the past couple of years, it has been just me and the Handy-man. We go out to $1 taco night EVERY THURSDAY, eat with our friends the Miltons EVERY FRIDAY. I might cook like mad for 7 days straight, and then not cook anything at all for 5 days in a row.

I'm lucky like that...the Handyman doesn't care. He's good to make himself something to eat if I don't feel like cooking. Or rather, he's good to say, "where should we eat tonight?"


(a confession: we eat out more than anyone I know. It's not even fun anymore. Except that I don't have to do the dishes).

My point, you might be asking yourself? Is that, my middle son moved home a while ago... he is transitioning. But even with him home, I don't cook every night. He's 26, he knows his way around a kitchen (at least enough so he won't starve), but...... he brings home this cute, adorable, little devil... I mean ANGEL. (did I say devil--ha ha.  She really is adorable, and very spunky)to visit and stay with us for the next 6 weeks, and all of the sudden, I have The Handyman (who should know better), my  son,  and my little "spunky"  granddaughter, (who really does need to eat), looking at me, like "what's for dinner tonight?"

So on Tuesday, I just felt achy and icky...and I was looking thru some food blogs and was laughing at Donna's from Tasty Treasures, when I noticed she had a recipe for Chili Mac with green chilies. She had me at green chilies. Because truthfully, I already make a chili-Mac. My mom makes a chili-Mac, my friend Traci in California makes a chili-Mac. Chili-Mac is not that hard to figure out.... BUT she had green chilies. I had never seen that before, and I love the flavor of green chilies. And Donna also had the addition of cheese... mmmmmmm.

I ran my achy body to the store on the way home from work and picked up the few things I didn't have in my pantry. Because lets face it... Chili-Mac is one of those recipes where most of us, have most of the ingredients on hand, and is easily thrown together. We don't think of Chili-Mac as something grand.


I finish that errand and go home, where, you guessed it, I walk thru the door, where 3 expectant faces are scanning my face for clues as to what I am planning on making and glancing at the grocery bags in my hand to see some interesting ingredient is sticking out.


I tell them I'm fixing Chili-Mac. All of them except for my granddaughter  (she's happy with most things on the dinner table), turn away with disappointed looks on their faces.

That is, until I made this Chili-Mac and they tasted it. They went back for 2nds, for 3rds... the next day at lunch, the Handyman calls and asked what we were having for dinner. I say "leftovers". He is disappointed again, but not because we are having the Chili-Mac for dinner, but because he wanted to come home and heat it up for lunch.
Donna's "Skillet Chili-Mac with Corn and Green Chilies"         was comfort food at it's best. And  super easy to top it off. I think Donna was working on some easy week-night simple suppers. Or maybe one skillet meals.  I can't remember...check out her blog for that.... whatever it was tho, this one is a keeper.

I will never make my old Chili-Mac again.
Good-bye stupid oregano---hello green chilies and cheese!


I can't say enough about it... warm, tasty, filling, easy, comforting. YOU should try it. It really was grand!
I will post the recipe, but for pictures that are 100x better than mine and for a full tutorial, check out Donna's blog. Seriously. She's funnier than I am too.  You won't leave disappointed.

I am going to submit this meal to "thekrazykitchen's"   "Simple Saturday" meme.

Skillet Chili-Mac with Corn and Green Chilies

Ingredients

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 garlic-cloves, minced
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 8oz cans of tomato sauce
2 cups water
8 oz (2 cups) elbow macaroni
1 cup frozen corn
1 4.5oz can chopped green chilies
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped
2 cups shredded cheese ( Donna used a combination of cheddar and Monterey jack, but she says we can use pepper jack or a Mexican shredded cheese blend. I used cheddar this time. I also used sea-shell pasta, because that's what I had)

Directions
Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef, onion chili powder, cumin and salt. Cook the beef until it is no longer pink. Drain off any excess fat or grease (the amount will depend on how lean your beef is) Stir in garlic and brown-sugar and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomato sauce, water and macaroni. Cover and cook, stirring often and keeping the heat a steady simmer, until the macaroni is tender, about 10-12 minutes.

Stir in 1 cup of the cheese, frozen corn, green chilies and cilantro. Sprinkle remaining cheese over the top. Cover and let sit until the cheese melts, about 2 minutes.
Yum!!
 
Browning it all up



The addition of brown sugar....not sure what it did, but it was good!



As I mentioned, I had sea-shell pasta.  It worked tho.   That's the great thing about easy week night meals, you can substitute what's in your pantry.



And Wah-La!  It's on the table!



And my little dev...I mean angel.
Evalynn.

Poll: Which photo do you think should make the Top 10?


Poll: Which photo do you think should make the Top 10?

I think #3 this time!! Vote for #3 says this grandma.
They've made the top 20.... #1 gets the grand prize of a new stroller. YAY!

Thanks to everyone who voted....it's been fun.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Alice Storm's Scrumptious Chocolate Cookies




Only 6 weeks until Christmas? Seriously? Oh, my gosh... this year has flown by in a flash for me. So, much so that I just noticed on a few other blogs that I read, that they are participating in the "12 cookies of Christmas"... a cookie a week.

I thought, oh that sounds like so much fun! Until I noticed that they just posted for week 5 and will be posting #6 soon.

Then it dawned on me, not only am I behind for the 12 weeks of Christmas cookies, but that it is the middle of November and I have not purchased one...NOT ONE...Christmas gift.


I live in Nevada...I kept waiting to win the lottery....oh, well, we don't have a lottery in Nevada, BUT my husband did get a slot machine. (I think I mentioned this before, but it reminds me of the movie "A Christmas Story" and the leg/lamp? The Handy-Man is in love with his slot machine, and wants to show it off. I don't want it in my house. It doesn't go with the decor. LOL )

Anyway, hopefully that slot machine will magically be filled with quarters and just start pouring forth with them... heck, I'll sit and roll quarters for free Christmas money!
While I am sad to have missed the "12 weeks of Christmas Cookies" event, because I really do have some good cookies. (how can ANY cookie not be good?), I will have fun seeing what the others are making, and perhaps I will find a new cookie tradition or two.


You should check them out at:
Megan's Cooking
Keeper Worthy Recipes
Abby Sweets
 
I came across these particular cookies, Chocolate Cookies, at my friend Mitzi's house a few months ago. It's a recipe that  her mother-in-law, Alice, made often.  It has a special place in Mitzi's cookbook collection.  Mitzi is a wonderful cook, but unlike me,  only keeps tried, tested and true recipes. 
"Alice's Chocolate Cookies" is that kind of recipe.

Alice had 9 children, 7 boys and then 2 girls. Mitzi is married to boy #7, Larry.
(see Mitzi and Larry in this post here )
With that many kids in the house, I'm sure Alice always had to have the cookie jar full.

These cookies took a bit of work, (that's why Larry said his mom only makes them rarely anymore) but they were really scrumptious. He said that everyone in his family loved them.


So, here is to "Alice Storm's Scrumptious Chocolate Cookies" (my new name for them)

Grab yourself a big glass of milk, or a cup of hot coffee and a few of these cookies and enjoy!
 
 
"Alice Storm's Scrumptious Chocolate Cookies"
Take 15 marshmallows and cut them into quarters. Then freeze them.

Sift together and set aside:
3 cups flour
1 tsp soda
2/3 cup cocoa
1 tsp salt
Cream together:
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
add :
2 unbeaten eggs
1 tsp vanilla
add:
dry ingredients.
Mix well
Fold one rounded teaspoon of dough around each frozen marshmallow quarter.
Roll in sugar.
Bake on a greased cookie sheet until they crack ( 5-7 minutes at 400 degrees )
Be sure each marshmallow is completely covered with dough.






I love old handwritten recipes.  I took Mitzi's copy of her mother-in-laws and made a copy of it for my notebook.



Cutting marshmallows is sticky business!




Just one Tablespoonful of dough




And then try to cover the marshamallow COMPLETELY.
It was kind of hard.




Rolling in the sugar.




And then baked until they crack.




This is the wonderful gooey suprise you get inside.  Yummy!!




This is the "famous" Alice Storm.
By the way...  she makes her own wine.  In fact, I think I have a bottle of her award winning  (Minnesota Fair)  Grape Wine in my wine cupboard.  Mitzi and Larry left one here on Halloween night... and I never mentioned it to them. That way, there's more for me!
Thank you Alice!


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

One more thought

One more thought this afternoon..... I am supposed to be working, but have been drooling over (on the internet)  the Pioneer Woman's cookbook "The Pioneer Woman Cooks" (I am going to put it on my Christmas list--if I can wait that long).

I am noticing Charlie, Ree's Bassett Hound. I notice that Charlie actually "cooperates" when Ree photographs him.
This causes me some frustration, because, I too, have a Bassett Hound named, Monroe.


Monroe, for some reason, is adverse to having his picture taken. He won't look at me if I have the camera out. He runs away.

In Ree's book, Charlie sits with a cowboy hat on.
Hmmmmm..... Monroe would assume it was edible and try to eat it.
My 2-year old granddaugther is here from Virginia, and  he is in heaven.  He is finding many good morsels under the dinner table when we are thru eating every night.

Poor old Monroe, he will never help me get a cookbook published.....

(but look at him... he's an old man. We still love him tho)
 

supper tonight

Tomorrow I have a day off. I plan on staying home and baking some cookies.  These Cookies.   Or 
 These Cookies
Because they are REALLY GOOD.  But tonight.... tonight I need a quick dinner idea.  (or supper idea, depending on where you are from)

Any Ideas?  I know, I'm cutting it close...as it is now 2:13 PST.  
I'm going to go check out some "quick and easy" blogs.

Monday, November 9, 2009

please vote for us!





My kids in New Haven, have entered a contest. A "cute" baby photo contest.   (since I am blogger challenegd, please CLICK HERE to vote.... the button will get you no where)

The "winner" gets a new double-stroller. Yes, its a photo contest of "multiples" and there are some awfully cute baby pics, but I do think #29 deserves YOUR VOTE!

It's a picture of my twin grandbabies---remember the preemies? Well look at them now! All decked out in their "Sinners and Saints" costumes. (my daughter in law is attending Divinity School at Yale, they had a Halloween party... hence the costumes the priest and the nun).
My son says, that while all of the babies are adorable.... the triplets and quads couldn't benefit from a "double" stroller as much as they could.  I mean  LOOK---those babies get so heavy they a have to lay them down in pumpkin patches and fall leaves!!!
Can you even imagine!?   Those poor babies just lying around.  They need a  hug from their grandma!!
Or a brand new double stroller, WHICH you can help them win.
Won't you do your part to help?




PLEASE VOTE NOW FOR #29


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Lamb Chops with gorgonzola butter sauce

The problem with being way behind both in my blogging life AND technology, means that I am having trouble with "Blogger". I am hoping it is just me and that I need some "reminders". Last night I couldn't "cut and paste" in a blog that I was writing. Today I can't move pictures around, but I can cut and paste  (hooray!)
I just want things to be easy in my blogging life.
I loved everyone's comments about "putting up".  I didn't actually get anything "put up" this fall, but I do have some pickles from my mom and sister-in-law, and some apple butter from a friend.
 
Speaking of friends, our Friday Nights, if we are not busy, are spent with our friends, the Miltons.  So, actually, the Handyman and I are busy every Friday night.  It started years ago, and has become a tradition.  If neither the Miltons or us have other plans we get together for supper.   Robbie and I like to try different recipes --our husbands like meat and potatoes--we are trying to broaden their lives with good food.
 
This is one meal, I made over the summer, and everyone loved it.
Lamb Chops  (I guess the men, do have a broader palate than some, as not everyone likes lamb) with Gorganzola Butter.  (not everyone likes gorganzola either)
I found this recipe at  "What's Cooking America"    (click on the  link for the entire recipe).
 
What to pick up at the market:
for the chops
extra virgin olive oil  ( 1/2 cup)
chopped shallots  (1/4 cup)
minced garlic (2 Tblsp)
finely chopped rosemary, (4 tsp fresh)
coarse salt and coarsely ground pepper
rack of lamb cut into 8 double chops (2 1/2 pounds)
 
for the gorgonzola butter
butter  ( 1/2 cup)
minced shallot  (2 tsp)
minced garlic  (1 tsp)
gorgonzola cheese  (2 oz)
extra virgin olive oil (2 Tblsp)
freshly squeezed lemon juice  (1 Tblsp)
 
The Gorgonzola butter actually becomes a sauce, that is spooned over the chops.
You grill the chops and melt the butter ingredients together and then plate them up.
Here are my pictures....  in no particular order, because I can't seem to move them around  ( I also can't find spellcheck on this new blogger look....am I just going crazy?  I know that I haven't blogged in a while. These changes are probably old to you)
 
A platter full of grilled lamb chops with the gorgonzola butter sauce








My dinner plate.



A better pic of the platter of chops





One must marinate the chops before grilling them.... (I told you, they were in no particular order.  LOL )




I had also made bruschetta from tomatoes in my garden.




Cherry tomatoes.  And I toasted some bread with garlic olive oil.



Well, I guess the tomatoes weren't from my garden!   It was August when I made this meal.
It was a great meal tho.... I suggest you go the link to find out how to make it.  It was very company worthy.
(messy kitchen---Friday night after work--trying to make a "company" meal.)





My Big Backyard (on Thursday instead of Wednesday)

Because I'm a nerd, I want to see how my backyard changes throughout the year. So! I'm going to take a few pictures of it ea...