picture one is of some investment cooking I did on Sunday-just to show off :) the other is my sister and my girls when we went apple picking. There was a third showing all the apples we picked but it didn't post. I have a ton of apples!
GOOD LUCK TINA! YOU GO GIRL! I'm so excited for you. Sending really big positive vibes up to St. Petersburg for your morning interview! Whoop-whoop! :) Sounds like you have a lovely day ahead of you Laurie. Nice pics. I thought at first that was a Lacrosse stick in the picture and then realized it was an apple picker. ROFL! (I've only had one cup of coffee, cut me slack!) Nice on the investment cooking and lucky you to have an apple abundance. Am going to make Asian Spareribs for dinner tonight http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/szechuan-style-spareribs-recipe/index.html Dahlia had posted the link as it was one of the dishes one of her friends brought to her Dinner Party last weekend. JIm's very excited! :) Not sure what I'm going to serve on the side. Lots of cooking to do today. Am making up the Cocktail Meatballs to bring to the cottage this weekend. Am going to put them in the crockpot liner once I'm done and freeze them. Also going to try this cookie recipe I came across on Pinterest http://www.reclaimingprovincial.com/2011/10/31/chai-iced-pumpkin-cookies/ and freeze those as well for the weekend. I've got Grilled Oriental Tofu for Benjamin's dinner, marinating in the fridge. So basically it's all systems go today! Cloudy here today. Rain forecast overnight. Have a great day everybody! Happy Hump Day!
WHOOP WHOOP! Sending you good vibes Tina!!!! Can't wait to hear how it goes. Sounds very encouraging so far. : ) You will be an asset to any company.
Hi Laurie! Love the pix. Love apples, too. We are talking about going to Merciers in GA with Donna and Gary to get some apples, hopefully they won't want to go when Bryan is working. Sounds like WW is going well. That's great!
Busy few days coming up for you, huh, Janet? Sounds like you have your game plan all figured out. I've never cooked with spareribs before. Or eaten them that I know of. I see them all the time on FN though. I need to do that.
OK, so, I am not a big fan of pumpkin...but...I just saw this link to the Top 10 Pumpkin Desserts from Taste of Home...and they sound really good. Thought you all might like to see them. http://www.tasteofhome.com/Top-10-Recipes/Top-10-Pumpkin-Dessert-Recipes?keycode=ZFB10TOP
Hi Laura! Is Merciers a long drive from where you are Lori? Apple Orchards are the best. They smell good, they look good and they taste good! :) You really never made spareribs before? Really? Or even ate one? That freaks me out. I make your Lori and Bryan's Pulled Pork recipe with ribs. We don't eat them a lot as the cut of meat obviously isn't the healthiest, but for an occasional treat! My Dad never used to care for them a lot. My Mom used to make a Sweet and Sour spare-rib recipe that I loved, but my Dad called them "Bone Meat". LOL. Thank you for sharing that link of pumpkin desserts. They're GORGEOUS! I have made an amazing pumpkin roll in the past with a cream cheese filling. Haven't made it in a long time though. That Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle has my name on it! :) Internet was down for a couple of hours but I called in and for whatever reason it was a problem on our end. They got me fixed up and I'm good to go but boy you feel out of the loop when you can't connect hey? LOL!
Interview went well. I left giving myself 45 minutes to drive (planned 15 extra)and it was raining so hard, traffic was at a standstill. 5 car accident at the Tropicana field, another 4 car accident at 54th avenue north, so I took the 54th ave west exit, to Haines, up Haines to US19, North on 19 to 49th street, 49th street to 118th ave east to 28th street to Carillon Parkway. It took one hour and fifteen minutes for a normal 30 minute drive. I had curled my hair, worn the long dress with the bolero sweater. And then had to sit in the car for the rain to let up a bit. I still arrived totally drenched and looking like a drowned cat. PSCU is a call center for 650 credit unions nationwide. They have four call centers. I listened in on an agent for 30 minutes and then had a 30 minute interview. They said "they will call". So, I'm on hold. Thanks for the good wishes. I appreciate it. I hope I get a full time position, benefits start immediately. I'm home and my clothes are still soaked.
I have to read back and catch up. Laurie, lovely investment cooking there. Janet, congrats on all the prep ahead. We are still munching on navy bean soup, turkey and meatloaf. Might try the shrimp garlic soup today after my nail appointment.
LOL Hate when the internet is down, Janet! You really do feel unconnected! I have always used pork, country style boneless ribs, which is a different cut of meat. (And I think they are not actually ribs. lol). I've had baby back ribs, but, I usually don't order ribs in restaurants because of the mess, lol, so I've not had the spare ribs. "Bone Meat" lol...that's too cute! Glad you enjoyed seeing the pumpkin recipes...I thought they sounded cool. I may make one to take to Mom's on Thanksgiving, since almost everyone but me likes pumpkin. Donna said Merciers is a couple of hours away. They go every year, we haven't been before. I'm sure they will want to go on a Sunday...I just hope Bryan's off when they go. If not, I may tag along anyway. : )
Hurray,hurray! I knew it would Tina. Ditto what Lori said about you being an asset to any company who is lucky enough to get you. When would the position start? And it looks like you are off today. That's awesome! And a nail appointment at that awesome place. Are you going to buy that guys fruit snacks today? LOL! It sounds like such a fun spot.
GOOD LUCK TINA!!!YEAH! Way to go The very best of luck to you!!!
Laurie, Great pics of the girls and your investment cooking! I would love to have a ton of apples to cook with right now. Any ideas what you are going to do with them yet? Enjoy your day and dinner too!
Janet, I think that rib recipe is just great and I bookmarked it the other day so I could find it again. Let us know what Jim and you think about it. Have fun cooking all the goodies you are bringing to the cottage this weekend. Those pumpkin cookies look just awesome! Glad your internet is fixed now.
Lori, Thanks for the pumpkin recipes the Pumpkin Torte and Pumpkin Trifle are calling my name now! You have never cooked with spare ribs and don't recall eating them ever!!!??? I thought they were a southern tradition. I don't buy then often b/c you are paying for so much bone and fat but they are just great when I do make them. Possibly you don't b/c many of the recipes are with a sweet sauce?
Hi Laura, What are you cooking today?
I didn't sleep a wink last night then went down for the count between 7 and 8 this morning and work up at 11:00? Coffee tastes like a bitter syrup now and I probably won't finish this cup. Dinner will be Garden Chicken with smashed tators and roasted beets.
Group recipes is acting wonky today! I made that first post and then did some chores but never turned off my computer or took GR off the screen. I come back and refresh the screen and it says to make a comment I need to log on and join the group? so I try to log in and it tells me my password is wrong. then the whole site turns black and I can't get back on. waited an hour and try again, it still tells me I need to log in, usually it keeps me logged in even if I shut the computer down. so I try again.....again.....again and it tells me wrong password so then I ask it to send it to me and it never comes...... try again and this time ask for me user name and it immediatly gives it to me but still doesn't have me logged in. so I log in with what I know is my user name and password and I get.................................................Hey Laurieg go grab another cup of coffee because you are already logged in. What the heck!!!! so far with the apples my sister and rachel made an apple crisp -using a cake mix recipe that was really sweet. I made an apple tart and then yesterday I made a lower suger/fat apple tart. still have a ton of apples left. I bought some carmels so they can make some carmel apples. I don't have any sticks so they will have to wing it and use forks.....had a bitch of a time trying to find carmels wound up finding some at the dollar store but they aren't kraft.
Something in the Fall air that just brings out the pumpkin in us. I have been theatening to make some pumpkin bread and haven't done it. I have cans on the shelf needing to be used. But then I think PUMPKIN SOUP one of my all time favorites. Well I'll ponder it a bit longer. Not sure whats for dinner tonight. It will end up being scrounge night, chilli dog nite or express your inner shrimp night. Not sure. You can see I am lightly motivated today. Fending off a sick headache does that.
What a drag not sleeping last night Joce. Hope you manage to get a good one tonight. Your dinner sounds AMAZING! I have two lovely large beets I really need to do something with. I was going to make Tina's beet salad but I don't have any yogurt. Roasted Beet And Walnut Dressing Salad I do have a bit of sour cream. I bet I could sub that and no one would really notice hey? That'd be a neat side dish to the spareribs. LOL @ the GR troubles Laurie. These darn computers will be the death of us yet. :) And I hear you on the KRAFT caramels. There are NO other kinds! That was actually my Dad's favourite halloween treat. I'll have to keep an eye out and see if I come across any this month. Dad's been popping up in my head today. Must be waving 'hi' from above! :) Oh ya Laura...I'd forgotten about pumpkin soup. That's good stuff too. Don't think I've ever had a Pumpkin bread. I would be up for either chili dogs or shrimp. Sorry bout your headache. Never ever heard of pumpkin sauce Tina. Very cool. Meatballs are made so just about to make up the sauce. Spare-ribs are marinating. Next...cookies....mmmmm.....can that be my lunch? LOL!
I did an impulse buy at Costco on Safie's Sweet Pickled Beets. Split the jar with Dad and I'm already sorry I did. I love them so much I don't know if I would bother roasting my own beets again unless fresh ones landed in my hands. I have been using them in salads, plain and for snacking. The beet juice has been in marinades and salad dressings. http://www.safiespecialtyfoods.com/homestyle-sweet-pickled-beets
It is a Michigan company. I wonder if Dahlia is familiar with the brand.
Hi Tina! SP! Good luck! Sounds like it went well if they had you listen in. : )
LOL Joce...no...I haven't bought them to cook because of the fat and the bone. : ) I can work around the sweet in a recipe and adjust to my liking...or just use a different sauce if too much adjusting. Ribs are definately southern. Oh wait, it's the SHORT RIBS I've never had. LOL ooops. But, you won't hear them called "spare ribs" here...just ribs. : ) Sorry you didn't sleep last night. That's no fun. Hate nights like that. Supper sounds yummy!
Feel better, Laura! Hate those sick headaches. Cream of Chicken Soup with crackers would be what I would be having. : ) Take it easy.
Janet, I think cookies would make an excellent lunch!
Laurie, nice pic of the girls & your sis. Too bad the apple pic didn't upload. What types did you pick? That is really crazy about this site. I can't log in from my phone, have been trying since I went out of town almost 3 weeks ago. I went through and asked for them to send me my password even though I know I'm putting in the right one, and have never received anything. I kind of gave up! Luckily I can still log in from my lap top! I've seen "inside out" caramel apples. Apples cored & cut in half, filled with melted caramels, cooled and then cut into wedges.
Janet, I can't wait to hear how the ribs go over for you. I'll bet you both love 'em, they're so good! I;ll have to check out that cookie recipe, as if I of all people need to look at yet another recipe.. oy vey! Can you say addicted?! I also thought that was a lacrosse stick in Laurie's pic :-D
Lori, the spare ribs were very much like baby backs - very tender and not very fatty. I think that's thanks to the preparation method but I'm not totally sure.
Tina, my sister always tells me about how driving in Florida (Miami specifically as she lives there) can take SO much longer to get from point A to point B even if those are fairly close to one another for any number of reasons, accidents, storms, or who knows what. Glad to hear the interview went well and glad you can change into some warm, dry clothes now that you;re back home.
Joce, your dinner sounds SO wonderful! Sorry your sleep schedule was so crazy last night and this morning. I hate that. At least you were able to catch a few winks, though not enough I'm sure.
Laura, I've been wanting to dive into the pumpkin scene myself and I think I'll do so after buying some pumpkins from Eastern Market on Saturday. I've been eyeing Pat's Pumpkin,barley And Sage Soup for a while now. Chili dogs sound yummy, I was thinking about them just today actually. Hope you don't get sick!! Kris has had a cold and I've been trying hard not to catch it though I am stuffy and runny and have a tickle in my throat, worse in the AM and late night. Lucky I haven't gotten it full fledged yet and hope I won't. I'm not familiar with Safie's but I did read through their website and now I would like to find it in stores near me. They are based fairly close to Detroit (about 30 miles) so I'm surprised they don't set up a booth at Eastern Market.
Dinner this evening will be Thai turkey meatloaf with Basmati rice and Pat's Chinese Restaurant Style Sauteed Green Beans. I've got the itch to bake something seasonal myself! My friend Liz is coming over tomorrow to do laundry and while she's here we'll do some baking. We didn't end up making it to the market yesterday, by the time she came over we weren't going to have any time to peruse before they closed. We're going to make something with apples. We're trying to decide between apple cheddar hand pies and cheesecake stuffed apple muffins with streusel topping. We also plan to make sweet potato cornbread muffins and a broccoli cheddar version of Crustless Quinoa And Kale Quiche. Not feeling very motivated myself today. Did do a few chores around the house, have more to do as always.. Cramps from that time of the month don't help - especially when I can't have coffee, argh!
My Mom used to make pickled beets when I was a kid but I never appreciated beets growing up. Now I do so I should give that a try sometime Laura. Oh my goodness on the inside out caramel apples Dahlia! Sounds like you have a busy day planned for tomorrow. Went through my multitude of bookmarked tomato recipes and saw this one Smoky Guacamole Stuffed Tomatoes Contemplating giving it a whirl today too. We'll see how quickly the cookies go.
Tina, SP! I missed it too!!! I am delighted the interview went so well and you probably were all ears listening to that agent. I bet you can teach them a thing or two b/c you are so used to dealing with customers on the phone. Bummer on the traffic and being drenched but I am quite sure they would understand that. Crossing everything for you to get that call! Get that fruit salad from that Crazy Guy as a treat too!
Laurie, Every once in awhile I get wonky things happening in GR and everywhere else for that matter. LOL It is a good thing your computer came to though! You could make applesauce, butternut squash soup, breads, loaves, muffins, cakes waffles and so many things with those apples.
Laura, Didn't your sleep tea help you with your headache last time? Pumpkin soup, bread and a long list of things keep occupying my mind as well as beets at the moment.
Lori, We don't see too many of the longer ribs often 90% of the time it is short ribs.
Dahlia, I hope you are feeling better soon. Enjoy your afternoon baking tomorrow with no doubt it will be good whatever you decide on.
First batch of cookies is in the oven. Anytime you have the vanilla,cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin puree out it just smells like fall doesn't it? I've decided against the stuffed guacamole tomatoes. I'll cut up some fresh tomatoes and drizzle them with olive oil, the beet salad and the ribs. That'll be plenty. I went out to the garden and picked a few more ripe tomatoes. They are slower to ripen now that's it's cooler. I froze one cookie sheet full of whole tomatoes washed and prepped. Tomorrow I'll pop them into a freezer bag to use this winter in recipes. I have about 4 cups of cherry tomatoes that I need to do something with though. I do often make a salad with chopped tomates, chopped cucumbers, grated cheese, and chopped green onion and then drizzled in Italian salad dressing. Maybe I'll bring the ingredients with me to the cottage and squeeze it in somewhere. Looking forward to a cookie as my lunch dessert. Made a bowl of wonton soup for lunch but it didn't hit the spot. Gorgeous link on the Creme Caramel Joce. I was never a fan of that either but the last few years I've been enjoying it a lot more.
Im covering my ears with all the beet talk! I HATE BEETS!!!!! because of our nonwinter we had in Massachusetts the apples came out early. All that were left to pick were Mac's and courtlands. We did find about three red delicious on the top of trees. the apples were expensive but the best deal was the basket for $40 not sure how many pounds the basket held but I still have a ton left. feel free to forward any apple related recipe you come accross! I think I have one for apple/banana cake that was frank's mom's I might make that this weekend and bring it to the girls at work (macy's not WW) I am so in the pumpkin spirit. Love me the pumpkin Latte from Starbucks, although it is a tad to sweet for me so I ask them to only give me 2 pumps insstead of the 4 they usually do. Perfect! Frank and I have also been drinking this pumpkin beer, we met last week after I got out of Macy's and we were having them at a bar (they put cinnamon and sugar on the rim) and we thought it was quite funny that Frank doesn't care for pumpkin and I usually don't care for beer/ale but we both love it! I keep telling him to go get a case for the coke machine before the season it over!
Laurie, awesome on the pumpkin beer! If you come across it again and could try to take down the name I'd love to try and find it. I put apple in my chicken pot pie (and usually make a big batch of filling, divide & freeze). Apple Cider Beef Stew In A Crock Pot, Pat's Harvest Apple,cheddar And Sage Bread is wonderful. I've seen cole slaw type salads made with apple, I'm sure someone in here has probably made it but CRAFT..
The name of the beer in Pumpkinhead and its made by Shipyard. the sell it in bottles and they had it on tap at the place Frank and I were at Saturday. I just know that in a few weeks it will be hard to find. I remember from working at Outback that Octoberfest would be long gone by the middle of October!
Your sister already made you one but the only 'apple' recipe I have is Apple Crisp It's not WW friendly but it sure is good! :) Macs and Courtlands are Jim's favourites Laurie! I totally hear you on the Starbucks Pumpkin Lattes being too sweet. Didn't realize I could get them to change it up so I'll try remember that for next time. Not sure if you were on when we were talking about these earlier but there's a link on Pinterest for a Pumpkin Spice Latte you can do up in a crockpot! I'm gonna try it at the cottage this weekend. http://alwaysamrsforeverakidd.blogspot.ca/2011/09/tasty-tuesday-crockpot-pumpkin-spice.html I've seen some pumpkin type beers in the store but not that brand. When do I leave for the cottage Dahlia? Friday morning.
I usually ask for less pumps of syrup when I get flavored lattes from Starbucks. Now I want one! A decaf (really want caff) hazelnut latte... Maybe Kris will bring me one on his way home from work. I just posted my 300th recipe: Salmon Croquettes With Portabella Cream Sauce. Crazy!
The only time I ever went without caffeine is when I was pregnant with Benjamin. After the initial two day headache from caffeine withdrawal I didn't actually mind drinking decaf. It tasted pretty much the same to me. Your Salmon Croquette recipe is gorgeous Dahlia! Well...those cookies were AMAZING! And talk about Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes....well...this taste just like that in cookie form. Seriously! I will totally make them again. Infact I'm going to download the recipe here so I can locate it easily next time. Just finished making Tina's beet salad recipe too and it is awesome. Just love that recipe. It's been a busy day. Went by quickly. I feel very productive! :)
http://www.delish.com/recipes/cooking-recipes/fall-apple-recipes Apple recipes for you! Chicken and apple sausage! Apple stuffing for pork. Sounds yummy. My nails are day glo orange with little pumpkin faces, a tribal design and yellow bows with polka dots. Too cute for words. NO fruit salad man today, the salon was slow. The hiring specialist said she would call me tomorrow, And I could be hired by Friday if all is well. I want beet salad. Love that stuff, I'm sure sour cream with a bit of lemon juice would sub in the salad. I think the tang of yogurt is part of the appeal. Laura, I love pickled beets too. Never thought of using the juice in a dressing. That is a great idea.
I have a big bag of kale that I'm going to wilt into our navy bean soup and slice up a grilled kielbasa link. It is rainy still and that will be a comfort meal and Fred would like it better than shrimp garlic soup. Especially since I have some soft pretzels out of the freezer to warm up with some mustard to dip with on the side.
Joce, my dear, I would be a zombie with that little sleep. Bless your heart. Lori, shortribs in the crockpot are fabulous, so good, especially with polenta. Shortribs with wine, onions, carrots like stew and cooked slow all day are beyond tender and very delicious. Janet, what an ambitious day of cooking. Those cookies sound wonderful. I make my pumpkin pasta sauce by cooking one large onion, diced, in some olive oil until tender, add a diced garlic clove or two, a generous (big) pinch of red pepper flakes, 1/4 cup of dry white vermouth, simmer a bit to reduce, add a can of pumpkin puree, generous sprinkle of salt, some chicken broth (about 1/2 cup) a pinch of sage or poultry seasoning. Add in my turkey sausage that has been cooked til brown and crumbly. Stir well. Taste adjust salt/pepper. if you want to be naughty, add a bit of heavy cream. Drain a package of penne pasta well and stir into the pot of sauce, add parmesan cheese. toss and serve. It is delicious......just extra vitamins in a plate of pasta that fools Fred and Olivia.
Pumpkinhead beer sounds so fun...especially with the rimmed glass. I like pumpkin seeds toasted with cayenne and a bit of sugar.
Liv and Marielle are having way too much fun planning food for their Halloween party. So far we are making meatloaf "HANDS" and a bowl of mashed potatoes with peas and carrots mixed in served in a mini plastic toilet bowl with a puddle of beef gravy. The meat loaf hands will be served on either side of the TB to look, well, gross. Spider web seven layer mexican dip, web of sour cream over the guacamole layer with blue corn tortilla chips. Black bat wings (chicken wings, coated in toasted black sesame seeds with a Thai glaze...a cooling green onion dip. Boccocini mozzarella balls, carved with olive inserts wrapped in proscuitto on a bed of spicy marinara style salsa. Parmesan bread sticks, to look like fingers with yucky fingernails. The Kitty Litter cake and Marielle's glow in the dark cupcakes. There will be salad and crudite to round out the menu. There is some discussion over the punch and it will be decided later. My favorite to serve is the "dirty bath water" punch, but they don't like it. The theme is NOW, Scary Tales instead of Fairy Tales...you need to dress as a fairy tale character with a dark side. I have Goldilocks coming who murdered the Three Bears....there has to be a back story. I have to be the judge. I think the peers should vote and let me tally the votes. I fished out goodies from the attic for their decorations.....a bloody handprint shower curtain, bloody footstep bathmat, strobe light, Cousin Bob will be hanging from the arch, plastic rats, screeching mirrors, the kids are making glow in the dark steps to the front of the house. We ordered in skeleton Flamingos for the back porch. It should be fun.
Oh! Your nails sound ADORABLE Tina! Too bad on the fruit man. Shall keep fingers and toes crossed you hear good things tomorrow. Indeed the sour cream was an okay sub for the beet salad but I do prefer it with the yogurt. Wow on that pumpkin pasta sauce. Sounds heavenly! LOL @ the serving vessel for the Halloween mashed potatoes. That's hilarious! If you've got a link for those wings pass it over! They sound awesome. What awesome party plans and I LOVE the skeleton flamingos. That's excellent! Where did you find those?
Amazon.com had the skeleton flamingos, as well as the prank toilet bowl. Glad the beet salad worked with sour cream. I love the flavor of the walnuts and beets.
The pumpkin pasta sauce is always a hit and they never even know.
The wings are going to be a "wing it" Tina contribution for the girls' party. That and the kitty litter cake. Otherwise they are on their own. I'll measure and write it down when i make the bat wings for you. Fred is gone that weekend and after all the Halloween talk today, he is very happy he won't be here. Party pooper. LOL