Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sweets For The Sweet

We're headed over to my father-in-law's house today to play some cards (Russian Rummy to be exact) and to take him out to dinner.   He is a wonderful man who just turned 90 last summer and remains active and spry.  I hope that if I live to be that age, I too will keep myself in as good of shape as he has, and does.

To show him how much he means to us, I baked him some cookies to take to him today.  They're healthy(hence the oatmeal) and yet sweet (the candy addition), just like he is and I hope that he enjoys eating them as much as I enjoyed making them for him.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Best Burgers EVER

So just yesterday I did a post on how easy it is to grind your own ground beef using short ribs and a food processor.  Today I post about how mouthwatering these burgers were.  Easily they were/are the BEST burgers EVER and I can't encourage you enough to try them for yourself.  You can thank me later :)

For the sake of simplicity and to allow for full burger flavor, nothing was added to my ground beef except salt, pepper and a simple slice of american cheese to top it all off. Feel free to add what you like but we needed to be purists for this first taste test.   FYI, I used some store bought onion buns but if you're interested in making your own buns, check out my recipe for garlicky burger buns.

Enough typing. I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking :)

FFWD - Savory Cheese And Herb Bread

The real name of this recipe is "Savory Cheese And Chive Bread" and you can find it on page 34 of "Around My French Table" by Dorie Greenspan.  However I didn't use chives.  What I did use was rosemary and thyme because that's what I had on hand in my Kudos Kitchen and as Dorie states, "this is a recipe that begs for variation". 

I have to laugh though because what we're really calling it at my house is "Urban Cheese Bread".  While I was taking my photos for this post, my son asked me what type bread it was and I replied "Herb and Cheese Bread".  Guess I need to enunciate better because he heard me say, get the gist. LOL.  Gotta' love it!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Not The Same Old Grind

I don't believe I've ever called ground beef "pretty" before. It just didn't seem like a word that would best describe ground meat.  However, that all changed today when I called my sister to describe the looks of the boneless short ribs I'd just ground up in my food  processor in order to turn it into burgers for tonight's dinner. Yep, it's pretty all right and could not be easier to make. Let me take a minute to show you:

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Banana Panna Cotta With Florentine Cookies

The February's Daring Bakers challenge was something I'd always wanted to try making.  This is specifically why I appreciate being in these  baking and cooking groups because it pushes me into attempting things I may have never gotten around to on my own. 

This challenge recipe was chosen by Mallory from A Sofa In The Kitchen (don't you just love the name of that site?) and in Mallory's words  "is silky, smooth and downright dreamy".  Of course you can always adapt the chosen recipe and add your own twist and spins on the original so I chose do make mine into a Banana Panna Cotta just because I thought the flavor of banana would compliment the smoothness of the panna cotta and because it's just a heck of a lot of fun to say. LOL

Kudos Kitchen By Renee

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