Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Soup

Hurricane Sandy has been drenching us for the past 48 hours but we've lucked out and haven't lost power so this afternoon was the perfect time to make my favorite soup!

It really is the simplest soup EVER! You just use whatever cans of veggies you have in the house.


Throw them all in a pot and bring to a boil.


I don't put a lot of spices in it...I just use a can of diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano seasoning and then a pinch of salt and lots and LOTS of pepper!

There's nothing like a good burn on your lips on a cold day.

Today I had a roll of refrigerated biscuits on hand so I made some bread bowls out of them. Just spread them out (not too thin- you don't want the dough to have holes in it) and place them on top of a ball of foil. Don't let the biscuit touch the cookie sheet. Bake according to directions.


and there you go...a hot bowl of veggie soup in a bread bowl. Perfect Hurricane Sandy soup!


Here's a recipe but like I said- feel free to switch out some ingredients for whatever you have on hand.

1 can tomato sauce (the really big one)
1 can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano
1 can Vegall (use the water)
1 can corn, crisp and sweet (use the water)
1 can carrots sliced, drained
1 can Italian cut green beans, drained
1 can lima beams, drained
1/2 can kidney beans
Salt and pepper to taste

Meanwhile...this is how my cats dealt with the storm

Louie kept watch

While Bailey kept warm

They say pets resemble their owners in this case Louie was just like my husband and Bailey was lazy like me :)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Pinterest chicken FAIL

Ok- let me preface this blog post by saying I'm a vegetarian...have been for over 20 years. I stopped eating meat at 12 years old and have never cooked a piece of meat in my life. That said, my husband eats meat and I found a crock pot recipe on Pinterest for a chicken dish and thought "I can do this, I just have to throw the chicken in in the pot. I can handle that"

Not so much. I bought the wrong chicken. Apparently "thin sliced" chicken breast doesn't work well in crock pots.

So at the last minute I decided to try another Pinterest recipe. http://www.stuffed-pepper.com/gluten-free-recipes/fooddreamer/rosemary-walnut-crusted-chicken

To the left is what the Pinterest recipe looked like...to the right is mine.


I have NO clue where I went so wrong.

One thing might have been the fact that my chicken was thinly sliced? Who knows.

Since I wasn't going to taste this recipe to find out whether it just looked like a slimy mess or tasted like it too I had to leave that part up to my husband. The look on his face said it all.

Pinterest Success level: FAIL

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pinterest Pumpkin lights

One of the things I love most about Pinterest- getting inspired for the holidays! I'm not big on Halloween- at least the creepy, crawly, bloody decorations out there ...seriously is a guillotine with a head laying at the bottom REALLY necessary? Or a grave yard in front of your house?! Can't wait to drive down my neighborhood street in a few weeks and not be completely freaked out!

Anyway...I DO love fall decorations- hay bales and scarecrows and of course, pumpkins. I was pinspired by this particular pumpkin carving http://maiconsoares.blogspot.com/2010/10/halloween-how-to.html


Sooo pretty! And looked pretty easy so I set out to do my own.

I started with a small pumpkin and cut the bottom of it off


next I got all of the seeds and guts out (ok I gave my husband this task because pumpkin guts are disgusting!)


Now it was time to drill the holes...when my husband found out there were power tools involved in this project he suddenly became a lot more interested in participating. The original post said to use a 1/4 drill bit but he thought that was too big for our small pumpkin so we used a smaller one...wrong move.

The holes were too small to get any light through so we ended up going back over them with a bigger drill bit.


The original pin says to use a small pack of plug in lights but since mine is setting on the kitchen table and I HATE cords- I went with a few small battery operated tea lights inside. It does make a difference on how bright it is but it's better than seeing cords in my opinion.





So there ya go. Pinterest success rate: Medium




Pinterest inspired Cauliflower Pizza Crust

When I saw this post on Pinterest for a pizza crust made out of cauliflower I was intrigued...especially when the caption said "sounds weird but tastes amazing." http://www.eat-drink-smile.com/2011/04/cauliflower-crust-pizza.html

I tried to convince my husband that it would be good but he just didn't believe me...until we tried it! It definitely does NOT taste like a normal pizza crust but as long as you go in knowing that you won't be disappointed with this recipe.

First get a head of cauliflower and "rice" it- basically chop it up in the food processor and the microwave it for 8 minutes. No need to add water in when you microwave.


I followed the originally recipe almost exactly except I used egg beaters instead of real egg.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

For one pizza crust: Stir together 1 cup of the riced cauliflower with 1/4 cup of egg beater and one cup of mozzarella. Add 1 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp minced garlic and 1/2 tsp garlic salt.

Pop the mixture onto the cookie sheet and using your hands form it into a round pizza "dough"

Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.


While it's baking- make your toppings. I made one vegetarian pizza for me and one pepperoni for my husband. So I sauteed up some mushrooms (a vegetarian staple) and some green pepper.

Once your crust is done spread some pizza sauce on top, your veggies (or meat) and top it with cheese.

Now here's where I deviated from the original recipe- it says to broil the pizza on high for 3-5 minutes until the cheese melts...well my broiler doesn't seem to do anything so I just popped it back into the heated oven for a few minutes and that worked fine for me. But if you have a working broiler- by all means try it :)

Here's the final result

We made two pizza crusts that night and saved the rest of the riced cauliflower to make more during the work week. Like I said, it doesn't taste like a normal pizza crust but it's a nice change of pace.

File this one under: Pinterest Success!