Grilling

Today was a hot one in Houston, so I decided to make almost everything in he grill tonight.

Hamburger, topped with sliced Avocado, yellow squash brushed with EVOO and sprinkled with Italian spices and grated parmesan, garlic bread made from homemade sourdough bread.  The only thing that didn’t go on the grill were the left over frenh fries from Five Guys that I popped into the microwave.

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Memorial Day Breakfast

Happy Memorial Day to all of our brave veterans and soldiers.  A friend of mine posted a note on FB yesterday about his dad’s experience on WWII.  I was humbled.  And what followed was even more humbling, as friends of his also posted notes about their fathers who faught in the same battle.  God bless and keep all of our troops safe.

Sorry I have been MIA on the blogging.  I’ve been taking pictures of my cooking and baking…just haven’t found the time to sit down and post.

Yesterday I made homemade honey vanilla ice cream. It called for 6 WTG yolks, so I had 6 egg whites that need to be used.

This morning I used 1/2 of them plus one whole egg for breakfast.

Scrambled eggs, topped with what I had left from the best marinara sauce in town from Joe’s 5 Star Pizzeria (I posted about them a whole back).  A slice of tart cherry ficassa bread that I made from A recipe out of Bon Appetit’ and fresh fruit, including a peach I picked yesterday from my tree in the backyard. 

A great start to a beautiful Memorial Day on Houston.

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Such a nice summer drink, I will have to give this a try soon!

Stevil

Over the last couple of weeks, San Diego’s weather has made its decisive “no more rain for six months” move into our long summer. And much like the necessary wardrobe alterations, the change of seasons also calls for a switch to more “summery” drinks.

For the long, warm afternoons I was looking for something new and this evening The Beloved mentioned that our basil plant was doing pretty well. That sparked a memory and I found the Lonsdale in my collection of drink recipes and decided to go for it.

Lonsdale

  • 1.5 oz gin
  • 0.75 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz apple juice
  • 0.25 oz honey
  • 2 basil leaves, torn

Vigorously shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe or cocktail glass. Garnish with a basil leaf.

The apple juice and honey provide a nice mellowing against the bright gin and lemon. The fresh basil evokes a powerful “summer”…

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Crawfish Boil

I’ve been feeling guilty for neglecting my blog lately.  I have been taking pictures and everything, just haven’t had the chance to sit down and post all of them.  In fact, I have been pretty busy with cooking and baking – well, except this crawfish boil.

So, I am getting all my pictures uploaded to the blog and will be publishing quite a bit over the next few days.  🙂

My church had this event the last weekend in April.

Here are a few pictures:

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It’s a whole lot of work for just a little bit from each crawfish, and really messy…

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What other food can you play with like this??

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There were two crawfish spared from “the boil”…

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Church Garden Jan/Feb Harvesting

Well, I added a new page to my blog for my church garden pictures, and then found out that I cannot post new “posts” there – So, instead I have added a new Category – Church Garden – for these updates.

So, here we go…. since I haven’t posted anything about the garden really, I am posting the pictures I took back in January/February and will have additional posts for each group of new pictures.

First up – Broccoli –  We let the broccoli continue to grow after the first harvesting, and each time we get smaller and smaller “heads” of broccoli, but you get more “heads” per plant.  I find these much more tender and a bit sweeter than the first harvest.

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Next up – Beets – I’m not a big fan of beets, and apparently neither are the folks who visit the church’s food bank, but aren’t the pretty?

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Cabbage anyone?

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These are our snap pea plants.  YUM

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We have a hot pepper plant that yields these tiny peppers that are HOT HOT HOT.  They are very popular with the church food bank patrons.

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Carrots!!  Lots and lots of carrots!

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Church Garden March 2012

Here is a great view of the church garden early one Saturday morning, not much planted at the time, as we were transitioning to the spring crops.

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We decided to leave our pepper plants in and see how they do this year since they survived the mild winter  –

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Bush beans, I planted these just 1 week prior to taking this picture – they sprouted up really fast!

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No garden is complete without flowers

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Cucumber plants just a couple weeks after being planted

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Cantelope plants, just transplanted to the garden.

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Big fat peppers!

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We are getting an abundance of peppers from the plants, and boy are the HOT HOT HOT!!!

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New Orange Tree

Our new/little satsuma orange tree that we planted late April.  The original orange tree in this spot didn’t survive the severe drought we had in southern Texas last summer.

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Replacement orange tree.  The original one died in the drought last summer

Another Grilled Chicken

Yes, I am finally getting around to updating my blog with a bunch of the things that I have made over the past month or so… 🙂

I have a Wasabi Balsamic Vinegarette dressing (Newman’s Own) in the fridge that I need to use up, so I decided to marinate a chicken breast in some of it overnight and throw it on the grill, along with some more zucchini.  The chicken was great!  Going to do this again with another chicken breast in the near future.   Honestly, I am not really fond of the vinegarette on salads, the Wasabi is just a bit to strong for my liking – but as a marinade for chicken… WONDERFUL!!

I also had a new potato from the Farmers market along with some other veggies in the fridge that I needed to use up – so I chopped them up, tossed them with some EVOO, salt and pepper, wrapped in foil and threw that on the grill too.

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Dessert … Fresh fruit!

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