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lunch

Originally uploaded by All Things Mimi

This is my kinda lunch. I have some flatbread crackers, sliced smoked gouda, pepper jack, dubliner, sliced apples, smoked turkey, smoked salmon and prunes. I know- gross. But I’m getting old, plus I just like the way they taste- everyone needs more fiber!

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Tapas Party


Tapas Party

Originally uploaded by lyricalmezzo

During the Cavalcade of Fun, we had a tapas party. This was really fun and everyone loved the food and the fun of the many dishes. You can do it however you’d like. I tried to make most of the foods compliment each other. As the appetizer we had some yummy chipotle cheddar cheese, for the tapas we had a good variety; seared tuna, buffalo shrimp, hummus, roasted red and yellow peppers, caprese salad, fresh seasonal fruit and of course wine. We sat at the table and laughed and ate and drank and had just a great time as the cavalcade of fun drew to another close and Mimi and Devin headed back across country. As it turns out they are even farther away, though still in Colorado, but I am not going to figure out the mileage and change the blog name, its close enough. So – for a while our food blogs will again be separate, divided by two time zones and a lot of miles, but still together at heart.

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Potato Soup

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I love soup. Especially potato soup.

The last few potato soup recipes I’ve tried have left me flat. So when I checked out the “New Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant” book from the library, I was hesitant to try the potato soup recipe.

Luckily, I threw caution to the wind and tried it anyway, and I’m so glad I did.

Very Creamy Potato-Cheese Soup from “New Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant.”

3 to 4 tablespoons butter
2 cups chopped onions
1 large garlic clove, minced or pressed
2 large potatoes, unpeeled and coarsely chopped
1 large carrot, unpeeled and coarsely chopped
1/2 stalk celery, coarsely chopped (I added this- it isn’t in the recipe)
3 cups veggie stock or water (I used 2 cups chicken stock plus 1 cup white wine)
1 teaspoon dried dill (2 tablespoons of fresh)
4 ounces cream cheese
1 1/2 cups milk (or part cream)
1 cup grated sharp cheddar (3 ounces)
salt and black pepper to taste
fresh or dried parsley for garnish

In a large soup pot, saute the onions and garlic in the butter until the onions are translucent. Add the potatoes, carrots and celery and saute for 5 to 10 minutes longer. Add the stock or water (or wine) and dill and simmer until all the vegetables are tender.
Puree the veggies with the cream cheese and milk in a blender or food processor. Return the soup to the pot. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the cheddar cheese and reheat gently.
Serve each cup or bowl garnished with parsley.

This soup was delicious…and even better the next day. When I rewarmed it, I had to add more milk because it thickened up in the fridge. This was excellent with a piece of parmesan toast and a simple spinach salad…

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Have I mentioned lately how much I love weekend breakfasts? I’m sure I have. Most of my posts seem to be about weekend breakfast.

Dev and I went to Sante Fe and Albequerque this weekend, so Sunday was the only day I cooked.

I had a ton of veggies left in the fridge from the harvest at the greenhouse last weekend, and I needed to use everything up fast (We are headed out again Tuesday to go to Montrose til Sunday).

I have posted about rostis before. I have found these to be a great way to clean out the refrigerator. Basically it’s a big potato pancake with whatever you want on the top, shoved under the broiler til it’s a big hunk of melty cheesy love. Here’s a link to my original rosti post.

This time around I used bacon, onion, swiss chard, mushrooms and tomatoes, topped with cheddar cheese. Because Dev doesn’t like fried eggs, I topped his with scrambled eggs when it came out from under the broiler. I, on the other hand, am a runny yolk person, so I topped mine with a couple of fried eggs. There’s something about the yolk that helps emulsify the whole dish.

Anyway, as usual, these were to die for. When Dev and I retire and have all the time in the world, I might just make these during the week, too. But right now, he’ll have to suffer through crappy weekday breakfasts to get to the decent weekend stuff.

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Potato Soup

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When the weather around here starts getting bitterly cold (it was 6 degrees here this morning), I start thinking about soups and stews. Last weekend I had some chicken stock to use up- so I decided to make some potato soup.

This recipe is an old southern one from a book called (appropriately enough) “Southern Cooking.” The author of the cookbook, Lorine Olliff Hendricks, is from Metter, GA. The book is pretty entertaining, and includes recipes for possum and squirrel- I would say that’s pretty authentic.

I was looking for a potato soup recipe (cuz I didn’t have any possum or squirrel laying around) and found one on page 5.

Here’s the recipe:

3 slices bacon
1 sweet onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped fine
3 cups potatoes, sliced thin
salt and pepper to taste
1 c. water (I used homemade chicken stock)
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese for garnish
3 cups milk
1/2 c. cream

Cook bacon in heavy saucepan until crisp. Remove for later use (I garnished the soup with it). In the bacon drippings, saute onions and carrots. Add water (or stock) and potatoes. Simmer until potatoes are tender (it took about 20 minutes for me). Add seasonings and milk. Heat to boiling point and add cream. When ready to serve, sprinkle crumbled bacon and shredded cheese on top. Yields 1 1/2 quarts.

If I make this again, I would dice the potatoes instead of slicing them. Sliced potatoes are hard to eat in soup. I also think it needed more flavor. It tasted more like milk soup than potato soup.

But it did the trick and warmed everyone up, so it wasn’t a complete loss.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Originally uploaded by All Things Mimi

This was my second attempt at a rhubarb pie, and the result was every bit as scrumptiuous as the first!

This time I used strawberry instead of raspberry, and I cheated and used a store bought crust. But the results were amazing.

Read the whole post here.

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Flour Tortillas


Flour Tortillas

Originally uploaded by All Things Mimi

You are looking at the very first ever batch of flour tortillas I’ve ever made. They came out pretty well.

I think next time I will sub whole wheat for some of the flour, and I will definitely add some herbs to the dough.

The recipe was simple. I found it on foodtv.com…

Flour Tortillas

2 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. veggie shortening
1 teaspoon salt
1 c. warm water

Put flour, shortening and salt in a mixer and beat with the paddle attachment until crumbly. The recipe said it would take 3-5 minutes, but it didn’t take that long for mine. With the mixer running, slowly add the water and mix until the dough is smooth. Take the dough out of the mixer and shape into small balls. Mine were like golf ball sized, but the resulting tortillas were small. If you want bigger tortillas, make the balls bigger. I think it is mostly trial and error. Put the dough balls on a tray and cover with a damp cloth. Let them sit at least 15 minutes.
On a lightly floured board (I actually used 2 pieces of parchment paper on a silicone mat) roll dough balls into discs. Mine were pretty thin, and most made 6 inch (or thereabouts) tortillas. Heat a cast iron skillet on medium high heat. Make sure it is very hot before you put in the dough. Cook tortillas one at a time, about 30 seconds per side, but you will know when they are ready to flip because they will get bubbles in them and start lifting off the skillet bottom. But keep an eye on them- they go from pleasantly charred to unedible in about 2 seconds!
The article I read said they can be frozen after they are cooked. Layer them in ziplock bags between wax paper or parchment paper sheets.

Mine are bound for some red curry paste-marinated chicken pieces with greek yogurt sauce. I will try to remember to post a pic of the wraps before we dig in!

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 Dev’s mom gave me this neat little pan for Christmas. 

The idea behind it is pretty ingenious.  You fill the little indentions half full of batter, then you drop some sort of filling in, put more batter on top, then flip and cook the other side.  You are rewarded with little pillows stuffed with wonderful things.  The recipe book offers such temptations as chocolate stuffed brownie bites, pancake puffs full of seasonal fruits, pancake puffs filled with meats, or just about anything!

This morning I decided to take the new pan for a spin.  I washed it and oiled it per the package instructions.  I made up a batch of home made buttermilk pancake batter, cooked and crumbled some bacon, and began my adventure….

Unfortunately, my little puffs stuck to the pan like crazy.  I’m not sure if it was the batter itself or if it was just the first time using a new pan and it wasn’t seasoned well yet.  For whatever reason- my little puffs were a horrible sight….

I finally just pried them out of the pan and cooked the last batter in traditional pancake form, adding chopped bacon to the top of the pancakes.

It will be a while before I try this again!  You can go to my flickr page to see the rest of the pics from the experiment!

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I’m still here…

Sorry I haven’t posted a lot lately.  It seems since we got back in town Monday night, I’ve been running 6 ways for Sunday.  I have done quite a bit of cooking, but none of it has necessarily been blog worthy.  Tuesday night I did my favorite tomato/garlic/feta/shrimp pasta.  Wednesday we had breakfast for dinner, and tonight we are having baked potatoes.  Tomorrow night will be pizza night- I already have the dough in the freezer.

This weekend we are judging a district history fair, but hopefully I’ll have time to do some cooking and blogging!!

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Originally uploaded by All Things Mimi

One of my favorite food blogs is 80Breakfasts.blogspot.com. As I was reading it earlier this week, I found out that the host of this blog won the Hay Hay it’s Donna Day foodblog event last month. So- as part of her prize winnings, she gets to host this month’s contest and choose the theme. She chose pizza, one of my favorite things. In an effort to become a more active blog writer and to honor one of my favorite food blogs, I decided to enter the contest this month.

My friends Shane, Tonya and Sarah invited us over for movies last night, so I offered to make pizza dough so everyone could make his/her own pizza. I figured I’d shoot the results and send it in for the contest.  You can see more shots of the fun on my flickr page.  Actually, Tonya shot it as well and she takes way better pics than I do, so go to her page, too.

I made the dough from a very simple recipe that I believe originated in “Cooks Illustrated.” The recipe is for grilled pizza, but I use this dough recipe even when I’m baking it.

You take 1 cup of room temp water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil and mix them together. Then, in the food processor you put 2 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of sugar, 1 1/4 teaspoons of table salt and a teaspoon of rapid rise yeast and take it for a 5 second spin. After that, leave the motor running and pour in the liquid ingredients. Process until the dough forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. You can add a bit more flour if you need to.
Then put the dough in a bowl to rise for an hour or so, or put it in the fridge overnight.
I divided the dough into 4 equal portions (actually I doubled the recipe to make 8 individual crusts), and roll or stretch them into the desired shape. Mine always look like abstract cell drawings because I am really bad at shaping doughs.
The toppings we had available were cheese, sweet italian sausage, green peppers, onions, mushrooms and pepperoni.
Unfortunately, some of the doughs stuck to the peel (we were using a pizza stone to bake them). Next time we should par bake the crusts and maybe that won’t happen again….
But everyone had fun and that was the point!

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