August 04, 2015

pineapple stir-fry with coconut rice


I get excited when a recipe calls for coconut rice.  It is so much a favorite of mine that when I find a good recipe that includes it, I will make it multiple times.  In fact when my kids see the rice going in the rice cooker that is always their first question, "is that coconut rice!?", and when I say yes I am the best mom ever.  Come to think of it maybe I should make it daily!?;)  My second favorite part of this dish... the pineapple.  I am picky when it comes to mixing fruit into a dinner dish, so if I post one that means it was delicious!  The sweet fruit goes perfectly with the cool cilantro and fiery, red peppers!

As you can see the chicks are getting so big and work up quite an appetite after playing!!!  I can't wait to finish building the coop this weekend and then I will post some pictures.  

July 31, 2015

orzo with sun-dried tomatoes and broccoli rabe


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Oh broccoli rabe, also known as rapini, how I love you... if you haven't ever tried it now is the time!  Love kale, spinach, and collard greens?  You will love this then.  It has a slightly bitter taste and a stronger flavor than the usual greens.  I really enjoy it paired with the sweetness from the sun-dried tomatoes and nuttiness from the cheese and pine nuts.  This pasta can also be made with spinach or kale, you will just want to throw them into the water for 1-2 minutes, shortening the cooking time since they wilt very quickly.

Chicken update: They are growing so quickly!!  They seem to have another centimeter of wing feathers each morning when we wake up... reminds me of when my babies were small and they seem to grow right in front of my eyes!:)  The kids take them out to play each day and watch over them.  As you can see they also sit and read, while watching over the flock as they call it, which is a win/win for everyone!  As you can see in the background our chicken coop has be started... yay for their new home!!!

July 29, 2015

pulled pork tamale bake


How are the chicks... well we had a tragedy this past weekend.  I found a four foot snake that had gotten into the brooder and eaten four of them.  I didn't grow up on a farm, loved being on my grandparent's farm, but there is a certain mindset that people who have grown up on a farm have and I am beginning to understand it now.  Nature is brutal.  There are things that you can't prevent no matter how hard you try, you only do your best.  My kids were distraught to say the least.  However, I also as a parent know that it begins the lesson of death and that life has a finality to it, no matter how hard that is to grasp at times as we tend to live like life is never ending.

So... the brooder is now is my basement/garage (it is unfinished and has a garage door), no more chances, and even although I know that there aren't any snakes down there I find myself checking... even a couple of times in the middle of the night.  I know, I know that's crazy!  I'm not sure who was more upset about it... myself or the kids?

Sunday we went and picked up four more chicks, and the kind gentleman actually gave me five, to help my poor, sensitive son to cope since he lost his special chick, the only one with spots.  So, now we have 17.... oh my!;)

On a happier note we will start building the coop this weekend and have spent the past few days working on the foundation and leveling out the site with cinder blocks... talk about a hard job!!!

On to food!  We had some leftover pulled pork and used it to make this dish, which I have had an eye on for quite some time.  The roasted poblano peppers and pork are sandwiched between a cornbread crust... sound good!?  It's amazing.  If you would like to make it a vegetarian entree you can substitute 4 cups of vegetables, such as black beans, mushrooms, zucchini, bell peppers, and/or tomatoes.  It's delicious and I served it with tortilla chips that were handy to scoops up an stray bites!:)

July 27, 2015

cilantro and lime coleslaw


I  am super picky about my coleslaw (trust me I have made several different recipes and this is the first one you are seeing) so I usually prefer to make it instead of buying some at the grocery store.  There are so many variations to this classic dish that no two seem to be the same.  My personal favorite way to eat slaw is on barbeque tacos or sandwiches and this recipe is perfect for that!  The cilantro throws in a southwest taste along with the lime juice, but not so overwhelmingly so that you couldn't take it to your next cookout and eat it with plain burgers and brats.  Make it ahead of time and it will only get better as the flavors come together!

July 22, 2015

southwest chicken and rice skillet


Chick day is here!!  They finally arrived at the post office this morning and we got the call at 7 am to come get our babies.  They were all bundled up in this little box, huddled together.  They are even cuter than I realized they'd be... and so tiny!  My kids are beyond excited and already deciding which ones they want to be "theirs" and the names. So fun!!!

So in keeping with my latest trend of quick, easy, and budget friendly, here is another dish that you will want to add to your weekly rotation.  It is so versatile that you can add just about any veggie, plus it takes very little effort to prepare.  Perfect for a busy weeknight as school starts back in a couple of weeks and sports start to ramp up.

July 20, 2015

lentil spinach coconut curry


Well everything is in place for the chicks.  The brooder (where the chicks will live for the first few weeks of their life) is all set up and ready!!!  We are super excited and I can't wait to post pictures of them!  They will arrive Tuesday-Thursday... so check back.

Since I have been busy during the day with all my "projects" I have been focusing on quick, easy dinners at night.  This one is no exception.  It is budget friendly and delicious!  I always serve any Indian with naan, being the bread lover that I am, rather homemade or store-bought (it is easy to find, usually by the bakery bread in a package), and cucumber raita which I make in a few minutes. We ate this dish as a main course but it can also be served over rice.

July 17, 2015

potato, leek, and pear gratin


Anything with the word gratin is always delicious!  It's like one of those foods that reminds you of your childhood, sitting around the table with family, discussing the day.  Maybe that was just me... it's possible, if it is... just bear with me!:)

This version of the original potato gratin is even better... at least in my opinion!  I made it with parmesan cheese, but gouda would also be amazing.  The thyme and pear just add to the flavors that all come together in this delicous potato dish!