Week in Review

More Instagram pics this week…

Rained all weekend. This is what it looked like Saturday running errands.

But of course Monday morning it was all blue sky and sunshine.

Anxious to start planting flowers, but I know I really should wait until May…

Wednesday night we had pizza from a food truck

And yogurt from Huddles our favorite frozen yogurt shop.

I cooked a lot this week too. Manicotti…

Black & White (3/52)

Not sure how I feel about black & white food shots. But that was the theme for this week and I decided to go for it. The pattern of the countertop is much more prominent in the B&W I think.

And here’s the color version. The soup is stuffed pepper soup, which is very easy and pretty tasty. Perfect for the cold weather we’ve been having.

328:365 Thanksgiving 2010

327:365 Thanksgiving 2010, originally uploaded by team.breeze.

Well, our Food Blog Thanksgiving is over. Lots of cooking. Too much eating. Martha’s turkey looked beautiful and had good herb flavor but was a little dry. I suppose that was my fault, although I tried to follow her recipe to the letter. The mashed potatoes were a little lumpy, but the rolls and sweet potatoes were yummy. I guess everything went pretty well. The only casualty was the gravy boat which I found smashed on the kitchen floor this morning. (I blame the cat.) It was nice to be all together, which hasn’t happened for a few years. Next year, remind me how much work this is… I’m going to look for some (more) shortcuts. I hear Cracker Barrel serves a good Thanksgiving dinner.

327:365 More Pie

326:365 More Pie, originally uploaded by team.breeze.

Making an entire Thanksgiving dinner all by yourself is a lot like giving birth: You forget how bad it’s going to be until you’re in the middle of it. And after 15 or more years of cooking dinner mostly by myself–not counting “help” from the kids–I’ve pretty much tried every method imaginable from all-natural to completely medicated.

Let’s see, there was the cooking bag phase of a few years ago that boasted easy cleanup but left the turkey unevenly browned and vulnerable looking. Then we got cable TV and I went through my Food Network phase, where brining was all the rage. That year, the poor turkey spent the night before Thanksgiving shivering in a bucket of a salt water on my back porch. But all we got for our effort was–what do you know–a salty bird. So salty it was nearly inedible. (Does Food Network give refunds? Because I’ve had a lot of flops from their recipes.)

This year much to my family’s trepidation we’re having a good old-fashioned Food Blog Thanksgiving. I used the No-Roll Pie Crust recipe from joythebaker.com to make pies tonight–two pumpkin and a banana cream. Do you know Joy the Baker? She’s my go-to woman for baked goods–especially pancakes. The crust is delicious and easy. You don’t get the lovely fluted edges, but I can never get those to look right anyway.

I’m also making Pioneer Woman’s No-Knead Rolls. From year to year I can never remember which roll recipe I like, and I usually end up trying a new one each year. The jury is still out on these.

MarthaStewart.com is supplying the turkey recipe, and I’m using a dressing recipe from Eatingwell.com.

So we’ll see how successful Food Blog Thanksgiving 2010 is. By Friday I’m sure I will have a full-blown case of kitchen fatigue. Let’s just hope I don’t lose my Internet connection before then.

Okay, for some reason I cannot get the Linky tool to work… so I am including the blog hop button at least. Love the Mortal Muses.

43:365 Homemade Oreos

43:365 Homemade Oreos, originally uploaded by team.breeze.

I’ve been wanting to make these for sometime and then I saw them on another 365 blog and decided to go for it–it is Valentine’s weekend after all. I made these a number of years ago but used a cake mix for the cookie part. This recipe comes from Smitten Kitchen, my favorite food blog. They are very rich and sweet. I think I might like them better with a cream cheese filling instead of just a shortening/butter icing. I am taking them to a casual dinner tonight so I will get most of them out of the house.