The other day, I was taking stock of what we had in our refrigerator. Over the holidays, I had clipped coupons and combined them with sale prices to get a steal on refrigerated pie crust. After making holiday pies, I still had some leftover. I was going to make the classic chicken pot pie, but decided to branch out a little. After considering my husband's love for spicy foods, and my love for convenience, I decided to make some easy hand pies. They were yummy! And the sour cream had a nice smoky and tangy flavor--a perfect complement.
while my DH is going back to school, we are on a pretty tight budget. that means we get to eat a lot of potatoes. Since I don't like fried potatoes, I've searched for new ways to cook these cheap staples. I was slicing some thin with the mandoline, when I was thinking about au gratin. I decided to make a free-form pie with thin potato slices as the crust. And since I had some goat cheese (on sale! yay!), I used goat cheese, leftover chicken, roasted garlic, and rosemary to top it. It was so delicious!
So, I was a sucker for the after Christmas clearance on panettone. But my husband and I could not eat the whole loaf. When it started drying out, I thought the best thing to do with it was make bread pudding. And since panettone is full of raisins, what better way to serve it than with a rum sauce (mmmm...rum raisin...).
If you're interested in the recipe, you can find the instructions at my examiner site:
I love, love, love potatoes. To heck with Adkins and South Beach Anyway, on a cold night, like the ones that we've been having in St Louis lately, I like to make this super easy baked potato soup. It uses already baked potatoes, so it doesn't take long at all to make. Love that!
I once ran with Team In Training and loved it, but I really wish there were a running team to raise money for the Lupus Foundation of America. Since there's not a team, I've decided to be my own team. I'm running 50 races in 50 places (one half marathon in each state), with my first race being in Bowling Green, KY. (see my blog for more info: http://craftycookie.blogspot.com/)
Since there is not an organized training team, I had to make my own singlet. This really didn't involve any fancy stencils--just simple freezer paper stencils. But it was hard to do because of the porous, wicking fabric of the singlet. The paint bled a bit. However, if anyone is standing close enough to me to notice the bleeding, then they are too close
Here's the front "after" shot. You can kind of see the bleeding around the butterfly:
Yesterday was National Cupcake Day, which I think should be a national holiday. Anyway, in honor of National Cupcake Day, I made my favorite vanilla cupcakes. I like homemade cupcakes--the boxed kind just tastes funny to me. (And I HATE having boxed cupcake mixes around because I learned at the Houston Museum of Science that roaches LOVE that stuff. Ewww.)
Anyway, I forgot to take pics, but it's the same recipe that I used to make my 1-up cupcakes for Halloween. Ignore my horrible job icing the cupcakes. One day, I will learn to ice properly.
So, I decided I wanted to make a chicken soft taco that was quick and easy, but cheaper and healthier than the fastfood alternative. My tacos were bigger and better than the fastfood tacos. And, per taco, they were $0.07 cheaper. I was happy!
I love, love, love fresh tortillas. I DO NOT love the lard in them (lard = saturated fat). So, I make mine using olive or canola oil, and they turn out yummy! I use them for tacos, wraps, baked tortilla chips, etc.