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Dry Rub Dry Run

They say practice makes perfect.  I don’t know about that, but people do seem to enjoy the practice efforts.
20161106_124906_resizedThe Kiddie Cocktails do make it go down a little easier, if ya know what I’m sayin’

First up, the turkey.  I made this Cranberry Dry Rub from Foodie with Family. The only snafu was I could not find freeze dried cranberries anywhere. So I had to oven-dry Craisins as I mentioned in a prior post. Nonetheless, I used Foodie with Family’s Turkey recipe, replacing sweet potatoes with regular and used butter instead of olive oil. Turned out great.

20161106_121008_resizedThe potatoes underneath were just so-so. But not to fear, made Smitten Kitchen’s Sweet Potato Roast. Even people who don’t like sweet potatoes liked these.


Made Pioneer Woman’s Beautiful Brussel Sprouts. Sorry PW, it’s not you, it’s me. Just not a huge sprout fan.


And now this.

20161106_124145_resizedHey, it is practice after all. I might add, this was the only dish completely polished off.

We finished with Smitten Kitchen’s Pear, Cranberry and Gingersnap Crumble with vanilla ice cream. It was delicious.

20161106_140441_resizedI found some gluten free gingersnaps yesterday at Whole Foods. Might try this again for McNamara Christmas. Which is what I’m practicing for today!

That’s right, I have 6 events in 45 days here. So there’s a lot of list-making and practicing coming up.  For now,  I think I’ll practice with some sangria.


And leave you with this, from our event last night at the Museum of Science and Industry. I hope science can fix whatever is wrong with Guitar Boy’s neck.

dsc_0312Have a great week and a safe and warm Thanksgiving everyone.

A Nod to Phineas and Ferb

In the last week before school started, the boys lamented that we hardly did anything this summer.  I think all the blog posts that precede this one might disagree.

Nonetheless, for this last week, we jammed in some swimming, tennis, multiple birthday/pool parties, Pizza Night, trying out new instruments –

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Visiting with cousins


And, on the very last day, when surely no more fun could be had in the last throes of summer – Wizard World Comic Con!!!!

Meet the Nerdfoiles:








Ok.  Geekfest over.  What did we make for this last hurrah?

Drizzled olive oil, salt and pepper over halved cherry and grape tomatoes (from Mbork garden) and sprinkled with rosemary (from yours truly’s garden) and slow roasted them in a 275 degree oven.  Toasted slices of baguette, topped with provolone in a 350 oven and then topped with the tomatoes.


And this salad,  THIS SALAD.


This salad could be anything it wants to be if it just puts its mind to it.  Add Asian flank steak, chicken, shrimp or whatever protein you desire and it’s dinner.  Otherwise it is quite a side to grilled chicken.  It can be served room temp or cold so it would be good for a late summer block party.

Asian Noodle Salad
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman and Foodie with Family.  Serves 6 with some leftovers for lunch.

For the Dressing
1 whole Lime, Juiced
8 TBSP olive oil
8 TBSP low sodium soy sauce
3 TBSP toasted sesame oil
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 TBSP chopped or minced fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1  Jalapeño pepper, chopped
1 large handful fresh parsley, chopped

For the Salad
1/2 package linguine, cooked al dente (seriously, don’t overcook) rinsed and cooled – -if doing ahead toss with a dash of sesame oil and refrigerate.  Both PW and FwF called for a full pound of pasta, but I thought it was a bit much for our crew.
2/3 bag of coleslaw mix (or you can chop up 1/2 a head each of Napa and purple cabbage)
1 clamshell or 10 oz bag baby spinach
1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
1 yellow bell pepper thinly sliced
4 green onions, white and light green parts, sliced
1 hothouse cucumber, thinly sliced
1 bunch parsley, roughly chopped
6 TBSP toasted sesame seeds

Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar and shake, shake, shake until it’s all combined.

Toss all salad ingredients except sesame seeds in a bowl and toss with dressing until fully dressed (you may not need all the dressing).  Top with sesame seeds.  You could also add some peanuts or cashews if desired.

And for dessert:


Rainbow Krispie Treats

6 cups Fruity Pebbles
6 cups Rice Krispies
1/2 cup butter, plus more for pan
20 oz. mini marshmallows

Butter a 9×13 pan and butter a piece of parchment paper cut so there is overhang on the sides of the pan.    Melt butter over medium low heat in a large saucepan.   Once butter is melted, add marshmallows and stir until fully melted.  Add in cereal and stir until combined.   Plop it all in dish and using a butter covered spatula or the the actual wrappers from the butter, press into the pan until all flat.   Once cool, lift sides of parchment to remove and cut into uniform squares.  Use a protractor if you have to, they’ll be ruined if not uniform.  No, not really.

All in all, a really fun week to end the summer.  In between all these activities, we MAY have watched some American Ninja Warrior and played a few video games.  Someone was very tired out by all that.


Happy Back-to-School week everyone. See you on the playground.


Long Weekend Lookback

So it went like this. Pizza Night, soccer game, soccer game, a Communion Party for the Second Set at our house, birthday party, epic clean of Guitar Boy’s room, BBQ, epic clean of Drummer Boy’s room and Birthday BBQ. Yes, that’s right, it was only a three day weekend, but we shoved five days of living into it.

Not much in the way of original cooking as the Communion party was an empanadas and make-your-own-nachos bar. But we did enjoy this new twist on sangria from Foodie With Family: Cider Sangria.


However, with over 50 people at the house, I couldn’t make individual drinks for everyone so I converted Foodie’s recipe into a punch-like drink. Just fished the popsicle sticks out of the punch bowl. I know, fancy indeed.

I also made my standard sangria recipe.

Basic Sangria

One orange, sliced and cut into quarters
One lime, sliced and cut into quarters
10 green grapes, halved
One apple, cored and chopped
1/4 cup brandy (the mini airplane bottles are about 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup orange peach mango juice (or sub whatever fun juice you have)
1 TBSP sugar
1 bottle red wine
8 oz club soda or lemon-lime soda (depending on how sweet you like it – I used 3:1 club soda to Sprite)

Combine all the fruit, brandy, orange juice, sugar and wine in a pitcher and stir. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, add the club soda or soda. Serve over ice.

Also made Two Peas and Their Pod’s Black Bean Quinoa Enchilada Bake for the gluten free in our lives, though a nacho bar is pretty gluten free.


New favorite thing. Honey on the cheese tray. Dip cheese (or bread with cheese, or grape with cheese) in raw honey. Urf, it is so good.


Some flowers:


The Communicants (not their band name):


A cookie cake (you stay classy San Diego):


Once Communion starts, Communion don’t stop for no volleyball game:


Epic cleaning of Drummer Boy’s room. Before:


During the closet phase #nothelpful


After (still needs to be painted and sports pictures hung, but a work in progress):


Made Blogging Over Thyme’s Everything Bagel Cheese Twists for the birthday barbecue:


Happy birthday Baker Boy. He makes the best desserts.


Hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend and thanks to all who have served.

Now, back to work everyone!  But first, season premiere of American Ninja Warrior.  Wooooooo!

Spring, a Surprise Guest and Mother’s Day

I have a perpetual problem when ordering spices of thinking, “Oh, 4 ounces doesn’t sound like much”.  This mindset results in my owning an extraordinary number of light spices that don’t weigh very much.  Like this, just one of my many, many jars of bay leaves (did I say many?):


And sadly, I’m not in need of a laurel.  Anyone need a cinnamon stick?  Just ask, call any time. And well, vanilla beans fall into that category too.  However, I industriously turned 2 of them into vanilla sugar (scraping the seeds into a clean jar and adding fine sugar).

So now what to do with vanilla sugar? Since Spring began, I’ve seen a number of recipes for fools. LIke take 8 beers, combine with 2 frat boys, add a Family Guy episode, stir….  No, I mean like British fools…take 8 Pimm’s cups, combine with 2 muggles.. No, wait, I digress again.  A fool is a English dessert that combines stewed fruit and cream. I have a lot of strawberries, so I thought I’d use my vanilla sugar and strawberries and make a fool.


Strawberry Fool

4 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped
1/2 cup of vanilla sugar
2 TBSP water
1 TBSP vanilla extract
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Put strawberries, vanilla sugar, vanilla extract and water in a bowl and stir.  Let sit anywhere from 15 minutes to 5 hours.   Mash half the strawberries with potato masher or two forks until there are mushy bits and still whole pieces of strawberries.

Whip the cream with the powdered sugar until peaks form.  Fold in half the strawberry mixture and stir just a little bit with a spatula.   Then fold in the rest of the strawberries and only stir once.  Garnish with a sliced strawberry and mint if you have it (I didn’t). Serve with Nilla Wafers or Lorna Doones.


Had a nice surprise visit from my nephew Joe before he departs to study and work in China this summer. So we made some steaks, following the directions from Serious Eats.  I’ve mentioned in other posts, or maybe I just wrote it in my recipe binder, but yep, salting beef ahead of time works wonders. So we grilled NY strips, made Oh She Glows’ Smashed Potatoes with Avocado Aioli (yes, again) and a big ol’ salad with homemade ranch dressing from Foodie With Family.


This time I boiled and smashed the potatoes ahead of time, covered the baking sheet and kept it in the refrigerator.   At dinner time I then cooked them in the oven a little longer, about 35 minutes, flipping them half way through so both sides got crispy.  Worked great.

While I made dinner the boys and Fake Sister played soccer with Joe (sorry Joe, hope you didn’t think this would be a restful visit).

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And games about football:


And music:


I didn’t host Mother’s Day, so there are not many recipes to report on.  But who am I to let a holiday go by without an appropriate beverage? This year, it was Blueberry Bellinis from She Wears Many Hats.

Here they are in all their blueberry and bubbles glory!


Really couldn’t be easier.  Just boil the ingredients, puree with a stick blender in the pot, bring to your sister’s house.  Add to Prosecco and eat donuts.  Done and Done.

Mmmmmmmh, donuts.


A leeeetle mishap involving Alvin’s face and Aunt Colleen’s windowsill of death.   What would Mother’s Day be without a trip to the emergency room for 8 stitches on one’s lip?  Al was a trooper, didn’t even cry.


Happy Mother’s Day everyone.  May Father’s Day be stitch-free.

Volleyball, Spiderman and the Twilight Zone

I introduce these recipes without meaning any offense to the first two.  The first two were delicious.  Had we made only these two, the post-volleyball tournament, post-re-doing her son’s room, post-Religious-Ed mass with the dead grandmother movie (Grandma’s Bread – look it up) crowd would have been very pleased.

But then came the green beans.

First the Korean Style Bulgogi Steak, inspired by thekitchn.  Thekitchn tells you how to make your own gochujang sauce but requires gochujang paste.  Neither Jewel nor Whole Foods sought fit to provide me with this, but Jewel had pre-made gochujang sweet and spicy sauce.


So I looked at the ingredients, added what seemed to be missing (a little rice wine vinegar and neutral oil) and used it as a marinade for the steak and drizzled some extra on top.  Wonderful.

Then, having only one usable avocado, I made Smitten Kitchen’s Obsessively Good Avocado and Cucumber Salad.  It was, as advertised, obsessively good.  So much so, we didn’t take a picture, so here’s one of Guitar Boy before the oral report he had to give on Spiderman creator Stan Lee.**


Presented for your consideration. A humble pound of green beans. Trimmed. Fresh. But what happens next can only be explained in..the Delicious Zone.


These Roasted Ginger Sesame Green Beans from Foodie with Family come from another planet.   A planet where everyone finishes their green beans.   Where children (not mine!) willingly take them from their father’s plate. Fantastic. Thanks Foodie with Family.


** Our excellent friend Jeremy Manier commented on Facebook that if Guitar Boy wanted to make his Stan Lee oral report authentic, he should make brief cameos in other kids oral reports.  Genius.