If you know me at all, you know that I could eat pasta every single day. I can admit that my pasta consumption during the fall and winter is bordering on overload and I’d like to say that I take a break from the pasta in the summer. Not so. Just because it is grilling season does not mean that we should cease and desist with the pasta. Let’s just lighten it up a bit.Read More
As I write this, it is 95° outside and my house is a balmy 80° according to my thermostat. The mere thought of turning on my oven just about puts me over the edge.
I know what you are thinking. Turn down the air conditioning already so that you can bake something. Ah-ha, my friend. Here in lies the problem. You are clearly not living on the West Coast, where most of us only have AC in our cars, and some not even that. The thought of 90° weather with no AC makes all of my good Southern relatives go weak at the knees. What on earth do you mean no AC? Houses here in our little mountain town just aren’t equipped. And don’t kid yourself, it is HOT.Read More
I can’t stop with the tacos. Anything I can put in a tortilla can and will be put in a tortilla. And, yes, I realize today is Monday, but tomorrow will be Tuesday and you (unlike me) might be planning ahead.Read More
It’s that time again. Time to talk fashion. In my case, lack thereof might be more appropriate, but cut me some slack. I’m working on it.
This month, I’d like to introduce you to my new best friend at Stitch Fix, Zahra. Zahra actually took the time to check out my closet Pin board and my feedback on prior fixes. Wait, what? Who doesn’t absolutely love a listener? Exactly. Zahra also let me know that I can request a particular stylist in the future. You’re the one, my friend.Read More
Sunday mornings meant pancakes when I was growing up. We made the same pancakes every week from a recipe that was printed in pencil on the inside of an old copy of The Fannie Farmer Cookbook. I made those pancakes so many times that I didn’t need the recipe. I didn’t even measure. I could make pancakes by feel. When I would visit my grandmother in Louisiana, I would always make pancakes for supper at least once. I’m pretty sure it was her favorite supper. She ate them loaded with butter and drowning in cane syrup.Read More
I can’t stand mayonnaise. I’m just not a condiment person. Or a cream sauce person. When it comes to potato salad or coleslaw, it goes to reason that I will pick a vinaigrette over a mayo or buttermilk based dressing any day of the week. My husband fortunately knows about my (strong) anti-mayonnaise sentiments so he was wise to pick Ina Garten’s French potato salad to go with our barbeque last Sunday.Read More
We’ve been discussing waffles around here for five months now and you are probably thinking that the waffle is enjoying the longest 15 minutes of fame ever. If we are going to discuss food items over-staying their welcome, let’s talk about avocado toast. It’s good and all, but do I need to see six pictures a day of a piece of bread with avocado on it? Yes, yes I do spend too much time on the Internet.Read More
Now that it's June, it is time to think about backyard parties. And wearing white jeans. And replacing your regular duvet cover with linen. This last one I may have done before Memorial Day.
Memorial Day weekend is usually a bust weather-wise around here, and this year proved no exception. We went to a movie at the library on Friday, then on Saturday took the kids to the theater to see Tomorrowland during yet another round of showers. Just a little PSA: this movie might be a bit scary for some kids. Like Théa. Gus, however, absorbed every single minute of it and thought it was the best thing ever. Especially the robots. With guns. It should be obvious at this point that I made a tactical parenting error taking my five-year-olds to this movie. Also your kids might not want to go on It’s A Small World after seeing this movie. I’ll leave you to decide whether that is a good or bad thing.Read More
I think it is safe to say that pictures of donuts or pictures of sprinkles or pictures of anything tiny are the key to success on the internet. Combine all three and you might even shut down the internet à la Kim Kardashian.Read More
It seems like fava beans are all I see in my food porn stream around this time of year. And every year, I pin or save or drool over fava bean recipes only to find that there are no favas available where I live. Last week, I almost shouted in the market (it’s true – you can ask my husband) when I saw fava beans in stock. I had no idea what I was going to make but I bought a bag on the spot.Read More
I realize that we’ve had a shortage food posts over the last couple of weeks and I would like to blame that on a broken camera. I’m a really bad liar. Would you accept dance recitals as an excuse? Or soccer tournaments?
Here’s a quick and dirty of what we’ve been up to Chez Susie in the last week.
Boise. Twice. Let’s refresh. Boise is a two hour drive each way. Last week, I went twice.
On Monday, we went for an OT appointment. We talked extensively about tantrums, social skills, and emotional recognition. More on this subject later because I could really use a sounding board on this one. We also went to Build-A-Bear. I’m still recovering from this part of the trip. If your kids are Build-A-Bear unaware, do yourself a favor and take all paths possible to avoid their ever knowing anything about it. This may mean that you have to skip every mall in America as well as Downtown Disney. So far, I've only managed to keep my kids unaware of the fact that you can add sounds or smells (gross) to your bear. Just trust me on this one. Stay away.
On Saturday, we went back to Boise for a soccer tournament. Abby’s team was missing their goalie, so, of course, Abby volunteered. Direct kicks are fantastic to watch when your kid is kicking them but they are NOT fun to watch when your kid is in goal. I am happy to say that the weekend was a success. The girls played fantastic soccer, they won all four games, and Abby was only scored on twice. For the first time in my soccer mom career, I actually enjoyed watching my kid in goal. I might be willing to do it again next year.
In between those two trips to Boise? Lauren presented her big senior project, Théa performed in her spring showcase, Gus painted a horse, Sam had two lacrosse games (their team won the quarter final, but lost in the semis – heartbreaker), Gus and Théa had a school play, and Logan flew off to Spokane to try out for a AAA hockey team. Are you tired yet?
In between all of those things, I think we might have eaten. There was Chick-Fil-A. And there may have been pizza. But before there was pizza, there was seared ahi and cucumber salad with fried onion strings. I could eat that meal every single day.
Fried onion strings are a nice little lagniappe that occasionally show up on menus in restaurants, am I right? The unfortunate thing is that they are typically a garnish for a steak or something. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to have to order a steak to get my hands on onion strings. And those fat Outback Steakhouse style onion rings (you know what I’m talking about – I know you’ve seen the commercials) are not a substitute for the thin, crispy bits of heaven that I want.
It turns out that onion strings are ridiculously easy to make at home. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner, but of course Ms. Ree Drummond (a.k.a. the Pioneer Woman) has a recipe for onion strings and of course there are step by step photos. Tiny girl crush going on right now.
It goes without saying that these onion strings are excellent atop a simple salad of sliced cucumbers and red bell peppers. I used Martha Stewart’s Rice Wine Vinaigrette as a dressing for my salad. Can someone tell me why vinegar is spelled with a “vine” and a “gar” but vinaigrette uses an “ai” instead of an “e”? Anyway, this vinaigrette is light and perfect for the cucumbers and fried onions. I’m not sure why it only received three stars on Martha’s website. I thought it was perfect for this dish.
I’d love to tell you about the ahi that my husband made but I have no idea what recipe he used and admit that I was attempting to stay out of the kitchen. It was Mother’s Day after all.
But if you need another basic dressing recipe, might I recommend this basic vinaigrette from Ina Garten? I used cane vinegar instead of champagne vinegar because it was what I had on hand. Very good, very simple dressing that proves that there is no reason to have bottles of dressing in your refrigerator.
Ground turkey? I’ll be honest. I really wanted to name this dish something else, at least for purposes of this blog post, because if you are anything like me, you see ground turkey and you think bla-and. Get ready for a shocker. This green bean and ground turkey stir-fry is so good that I’ve made it twice. And it might be one of the easiest weeknight dinners that you can possibly make.Read More
Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman, was the first blogger that I actually followed. I mean, my first love was Apartment Therapy, but I’m not even sure that I knew it was a blog. This was before I knew anything about feed readers or bloggers or, frankly, cooking. I loved Ree’s voice. I loved how she told stories about her food and talked about ingredients. I loved her photos. I loved that she made cooking look easy.Read More
My husband came home from the grocery store the other day with red snapper and a selection of vegetables. “I thought we would have stir-fry,” he said.
What I should have said was, “Thank you, honey, for planning dinner and going to the store. That was so awesome!”
What I actually said was, “Fish stir-fry? Gross. Have you ever actually heard of fish stir-fry?”
Not my finest moment as a wife. Did I mention that I was napping when he went to the store? With the kids? Yep. Not my finest wife moment at all.Read More
It’s May, and I have not purchased a single box of waffles since I began this waffle quest. I’d say that is a pretty successful New Year’s Resolution. Perhaps my most successful resolution ever. Wish I could say the same for exercise.Read More
We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming (party preparation from hell) to bring you a review of this month’s Stitch Fix.
No, really. I’m drowning in aqua here, people. And lists. Lots and lots of lists. I need to talk something other than mermaids for five minutes, ok?
My grandmother always said “God don’t like ugly.” She usually said this as a reminder to herself rather than as a condemnation of others. I use this saying in the same way. And I’m saying it over and over as I type out the review of my latest Stitch Fix shipment. I’ll be honest. I had to write this review twice. The first time, I had to get the ugly out. I just hope there isn’t too much ugly left in this second version.Read More
It may come as a shock to you that I am, in fact, still alive. It may be an even greater shock that I am still using my kitchen for its intended function. I promise to tell you why I’ve gone off the reservation at some point, but for now, I think we should stick to the donuts.
I had a lovely plan this morning to surprise my littles with homemade Mini Strawberry Donuts. Who wouldn’t love to wake up to that? Excellent plan until I realized that the recipe called for “dried strawberry bits”, which after further investigation, I concluded must mean freeze-dried strawberries. You guessed it. I was fresh out of freeze-dried strawberries this morning. Moving on, I decided to try Baked Buttermilk Donuts with Fresh Strawberry Glaze. Fresh out of fresh strawberries too. I also really couldn’t get past the fact that this recipe called for yeast.Read More
When I was a little girl, my grandmother had a woman who helped her out at home with cooking and cleaning. Mrs. Morvant made the best lima beans in the world. Her smothered corn was pretty damn good too. Anyway, I remember helping Mrs. Morvant shell the fresh beans that she would cook down forever. Her beans had just the right consistency, tasted a bit of whatever pig product she used to flavor them, and were seasoned to perfection. Like anything, I’m sure that these beans are better in my memory than they were in fact, but no matter, Mrs. Morvant’s limas left me with a thing for a nice big pot of beans. (Side note: If you have kids and have not read A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon, you are missing out. It is about a little girl and some lima beans. You should definitely pick it up at the library.)Read More