Peach Blackberry Cobbler

June 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

So, peaches are crazy in season in TX right now. Only, at the farmers’ market you can only buy them in these ginormous baskets. So the only logical solution I could think of was to make a cobbler. There were also some delicious looking blackberries that made it into this dessert. I had originally planned on a strawberry cream pie my friend Katie gave me a recipe for, but I missed the strawberry season boat here. Sad.

The dough part of the cobbler might be my favorite. It’s not sweet, so it goes perfectly with the sweetness of the fruit. We made some homemade vanilla ice cream to eat with this and the only word to describe the combo was sinful. Mmmmm.

You can mix and match the amounts of fruit- basically just make sure you have 5 or 6 cups of fruit. « Read the rest of this entry »

Basil Lime Fruit Salad

June 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

This is another delicious recipe I got from Katie, who brought us these. Normally, I like my fruit pretty plain- without any sugar or anything else. But this fruit salad has such a light, refreshing syrup that it doesn’t mask the flavor of the fruits. Plus, I got to use basil from our basil plant- score!

The original recipe comes from here. I changed the fruit around a little bit and put way less sugar. If you like sweeter fruit salad, feel free to use the full amount. I like to use 4 different colored fruits because it makes it really pretty. Here’s a tip though- don’t mix all the fruit together until right before you are going to serve it. I chopped it in advance, then stored it in 4 containers. It will still taste good if you mix it ahead of time, but the colors will start to run together a little.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 T grated lime rind
  • 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup packed basil leaves
  • about 1o cups of fruit (more or less) I used: 1 pint of blueberries, 6 small mangoes, 6 kiwis, and 1 lb of strawberries. The fruit should all be cut into bite-sized chunks- except for the blueberries, of course.

Recipe

Peel and cut your fruit into chunks. For the mangoes- peel them, hold it so it is longer vertically, then slice off either side. Slice around the seed to get the smaller sides, then cut everything into chunks. For the kiwis- peel them when they are whole, cut them in half lengthwise, then cut into chunks.

Combine your sugar and water and bring to a boil. Cook until sugar dissolves- about 1 minute. I actually did this in a Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave. Remove from heat and add your basil and lime. Let the mixture cool. When it has cooled, strain it and discard the solids. Toss everything together.

Lemon Garlic Pasta with Shrimp and Veggies

May 24, 2012 § 2 Comments

Going to the grocery store hungry. Always a mistake. Needless to say my fridge is full of food I need to use up before we head out for Memorial Day weekend. This was a simple, fairly quick dinner that was a result of throwing things together.

I think my favorite part of this dish is the toasty little garlic chips. They are not required, and it will still be delicious without them, but man are they delicious surprises every time you crunch into one!

My next task is to clean out the freezer…by eating everything in it. We are going to the Gulf to go deep sea fishing this weekend, and I desperately need to clear some room for delicious fresh fish. 36 hours to finish everything in my freezer and fridge? Sounds like a challenge… « Read the rest of this entry »

Colorful Spicy Cabbage Peanut Salad

May 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’ve made this a few times, and each time I gobble it up faster than I can take a picture of it.  Whenever I make it for parties, I somehow end up never taking a full bowlful….

I usually try to make our salads colorful, since its supposed to give you a wide range of nutrients that way, but I realized lately we don’t eat a lot of purple. I bought a head of purple cabbage a week ago and had yet to use it. Since I didn’t use it for regular salads last week, I decided to make this delicious concoction today.

Since cabbage has a stronger taste, I would recommend shredding it pretty fine- or buying the bagged kind you can use to make cole slaw. I was a little lazier today and just sliced it with a knife; the thicker pieces don’t absorb the delicious dressing as well.

I got this recipe from here, but I changed the veggies around a little based on what I had in the fridge. Feel free to change the ingredients around as well.  « Read the rest of this entry »

Homemade White Sandwich Bread

May 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Never going back to store bought again. Well, never say never. But the homemade stuff is sooo much better. And really, you only need to put in the effort on one day and then you have bread for a week.

As I said in this post, it’s really not that hard to make bread. Time consuming, yes, but most of it is not active time. I wanted to try this out first with regular white flour, and then work my way up to experimenting with wheat. This recipe is still really good if you use 3 cups white/bread and 2.5 cups whole wheat (I used white wheat). I like the taste of wheat bread better, Andrew likes white, so I’m trying to experiment to find one we both like.

This recipe makes 2 loaves. I am trying to figure out how to keep them both fresh for the longest. At first, I would freeze one loaf unbaked. But it didn’t seem to bake as well. Last time, I baked both but froze one. When I find the perfect combination, I will definitely let you know.

We use this bread for both snacking and sandwiches. I just cut it as we need it, since I think it stays fresher that way. It is AWESOME hot out of the oven with butter. We also will reheat it in the toaster oven and it’s almost as good as new.

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And the nomination goes to…

May 4, 2012 § 6 Comments

I briefly mentioned in this post that I had the pleasant surprise of being nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Thanks a million to Patricia for the nomination! Patricia’s blog is an amazing one all about architecture and interior design. For someone who seriously lacks an artistic eye, and only recently safely tucked my fuzzy pink/inflatable/plastic/otherwise hideous college decorations away, I am incredibly impressed by everything that she does. I looked at the other websites that she nominated, and I can’t even believe that I would be in the list alongside them 🙂

So, here are the rules of the game.

  1. Add the award to your blog.
  2. Thank the person who gave it to you.
  3. Mention 7 random things about yourself.
  4. List the rules.
  5. Award to 15 or more bloggers.

7 random things about myself…

  1. When I was little, I hated the name Maya because no one could ever say it right and everyone acted like it was such a weird name. So, I decided I wanted to be Samantha. I had a brief phase where I would write Samantha on my papers in first grade. Now, I wish Maya hadn’t become such a popular name because I’d like it to be more unique!
  2. I (not so) secretly enjoy TV shows that are most likely meant for teenagers.
  3. I have immediate family (meaning siblings of my parents and my first cousins) in the following places: Bangalore, Mangalore, Bombay, Perth, Dubai, Sao Paulo, Paris, Washington DC, Chicago, New York, Charleston WV, Vienna WV, Houston, and one that kind of lives in the US/Africa/Asia/Middle East since she travels so much for work (Hi Tara!) While it is awesome to have such a widespread, international family to visit, it is definitely sad to not get to see them all more.
  4. I really really wish I could sing and dance. (i.e., in reference to #2, I’d love to be a character on Glee). In fact, the only way I can work out in a gym without hating my life is to listen to things like Whitney and Mariah and pretend like I’m belting it out. I may or may not make sweeping gestures with my hands while on the treadmill. Totally normal. On that note, there was another time in my life when I’d watch the Food Network on the treadmill, and get so hungry after 5 minutes I’d just get off and go home. I digress.
  5. Many times I like condiments more than the actual food I’m eating. Andrew says I just use the chips as a vehicle to shove as much salsa/queso/guacamole into my mouth as humanly possible.
  6. I like costumes better than regular clothes.  Year round I point out things that would make fun Halloween costumes.
  7. I don’t keep up with college basketball during the regular season, nor do I ever do research for my March Madness brackets, but I am 5 for 5 on winning my brackets for the past 3 years. I am thinking that my luck has to run out next year.
  8. I.love.college.football. GO IRISH.
  9. Wastefulness is a pet peeve of mine. I cringe when I see people throwing things away that could be eaten/reused/recycled or when they leave water running unnecessarily. I never say anything, because I don’t want to be an annoying nagger, but secretly I am going crazy inside.
  10. For many years of my life, one of my favorite feats was to find the biggest guy at the bar and give him a piggy back ride. My sister and I randomly have that freakish ability for our small size. Once I realized it was a totally stupid idea and I’d probably be a hunchback soon, I gave it up.
  11. I haven’t grown since 5th grade. I used to be the tallest girl in my class, and thought I would grow up to be really tall. Then, everyone else hit their growth spurts and I was left in the dust. This also means, however, that many items in my closet are from middle school/high school. So basically I’m really stylish…
  12. When I was little I wanted to have 100 babies when I grew up. Luckily for Andrew, I have since reduced that number significantly.
  13. I played with dolls until I was pretty embarrassingly old. I think I used my little sister as an excuse for doing so, when secretly I loved it.
  14. When traveling to Brazil to visit my uncle’s family with my brother when I was 12, we had a stopover in Columbia. They were trying to ask us if we had had they yellow fever vaccine, but they didn’t speak English and in my brother’s one year of Spanish he had not learned “Did you have the yellow fever vaccine?”. So, the next things we know we were ushered into a random small room in Colombia and injected. Scary.
  15. I have a very good memory. Which can be embarrassing. Many times I will remember everything about a person, including what we talked about the 1 time me met, and then they have no idea who I am. Stalker.
  16. *Apparently I don’t know how to count and forgot that I was only supposed to do 7 of these. Hopefully you can pick 7 interesting ones from this lengthy list 🙂

To pay this forward, I nominate the following blogs for the Versatile Blogger Award! Keep in mind that my main obsession is food, so most of these are food related. In alphabetical order…

  • Back to the Garden Katie’s awesome blog is more than just food. She also discusses the environment, social justice, and other interesting news pieces.
  • Chocolate Covered Katie a vegan dessert blog. Great place to go if you are looking for healthy desserts to make. And some of the ones that I’ve tried don’t taste like they are healthy!
  • Confessions of a Picky Eater For claiming to be a picky eater, Erin has a lot of versatility on her blog! Her recipes look awesome.
  • How Sweet it is Jessica’s food blog is ah-mazing. She is my best friend even though she has no idea who I am. I seriously want to lick my computer screen when I read her blog. Added bonus, she is hilarious.
  • Hyperbole and a Half Hilarious read.
  • Josephiney Photography Joanne was our wedding photographer. Her pictures are amazing and she is incredibly sweet.
  • Joy the Baker Delicious posts and artistic photographs.
  • Life on the Run Food, travel, wine…what’s not to love??
  • MJ Paperie One of my friends from college started this paper and party design company, and this is her blog. As someone with not one artistic bone in her body, I am super impressed and wish I could do something like this!
  • Oh She Glows A great vegan blog. Angela’s meals look soooo delicious. The few recipes I’ve tried (like this one) have tasted so good that you can’t even tell they are vegan.
  • Save Some Room for Later Leslie’s food blog is new, and yet she manages to post a million recipes! Everything looks so super good I can’t wait to make them.
  • Smitten Kitchen Ahhhh my first food blog love. Deb’s blog is awesome, and includes such amazingness as homemade oreos and homemade goldfish crackers. Plus she has the cutest son in the world that she posts pictures of. Okay now I just sound creepy.
  • The Italian Dish Homemade Italian food. Sooo delicious. She also has great gift ideas, like homemade vanilla extract.
  • Things Notre Dame Students Like Okay okay, this is probably way more funny if you went there, but know that everything he says is sooo true.
  • Young House Love A young newlywed couple and their tales of DIY home improvement projects. When we add “house” to our young love, I can’t wait to do some of these.

That’s all folks! Hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I do!

Honey Hoisin Chicken and Mushrooms

May 2, 2012 § 3 Comments

Mmmm I just finished the last of these leftovers and they were delicious. A few months ago, I had made these. They were awesome, but I think I was more obsessed with the sauce than the meat. I’m more of a chicken person, so I wanted to try this out with chicken.

This recipe is super easy, you can prepare everything ahead of time, and it doesn’t take long to cook it. You end up with extra marinade after you take the chicken out; I saved it to toss with vegetables- and cook very, very well since there used to be raw chicken in it… « Read the rest of this entry »

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