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Sunday Summary

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Monday:  I hope y’all had a Happy Labor Day.   It started out dark and stormy around here, but the sun came out just in time for Phoebe’s walk.

Zinnias from my back yard:

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Tuesday:  I was off today, but I vigilantly waited by the phone for The Call and it never came.

I ran a few errands and as a result I’m here with an official statement:  Enough with the pumpkins already.  People, it’s September, not October.  What about the humble apple?  Ever heard of Johnny Appleseed?  Why is everyone in such a rush for fall?  Sure, I love fall as much as the next person.  I mean, hello, it’s the beginning of holiday decorations and all.  But here I am thinking that I just got cheated out of a good summer because of excessive rainfall, so please keep your pumpkins to yourself.

Wednesday:  No work today.  All caught up; so no editing.  Here’s the question:  why haven’t I been in the kitchen?  I’m really not sure where my time has been going.  Unless you count the two hours I wasted today trying to figure out why my water wasn’t working.  Thank you, Useless HOA, for letting me know an inept crew was going to test the fire hydrants today.  Oh, and thanks to My Immortal Beloved for drinking all of the bottled water while I was in Nashville.

Thursday:  Here’s something you don’t want to hear while enjoying your morning latte with Kelly and Michael:  your tenant just moved out with no notice.   I guess it’s a good thing I had to work today.

Friday:  I finished reading Girl With a Pearl Earring and of course I had to watch the movie because Marnie and I are going to see the exhibit at the High Museum on Sunday.  As usual, the book was way better.  But no complaints about Colin Firth.

Saturday:   A while back Marnie told me that I would like Smitten Kitchen.  For some unknown reason I didn’t listen.  Recently I stumbled onto the site and discovered these Butterscotch Pudding Popsicles, and now I’m hooked.

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Um, yes, I took a couple of bites out of one.  So good.

Sunday:  I made Hungry Girl’s Caramel White Chocolate Brownies.

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Cake mix and a can of pumpkin = genius.

Marnie and I went to brunch at Another Broken Egg.  It was my first time there, but I’m obviously going to have to take Jake there some day.  It’s too cute and too close by.  And there are biscuits and gravy.

After that we headed down to Midtown and then turned around and came back.  There was some sort of something that caused the street to be closed down.  We would have had to walk two blocks to get to the High.  Perish the thought.  Let’s just say we didn’t have proper footwear.  The Girl With a Pearl Earring isn’t going anywhere for a few weeks.

Good Deed of the Week:  Become an organ donor.  Done.  I have been for a while now.  I’m not sure when I first signed up.  You would think something like that might be memorable.  For all I know it was because BJ gave her heart to Maxie on General Hospital.  And they say soaps don’t educate.  I’m mostly kidding, but I do tear up every year when they celebrate BJ’s birthday.

Eat Well and Savor.

Sunday Summary

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Monday:  Well, you know I love to start the week with a day off.  Unfortunately this one included a trip to the canine dermatologist.  Phoebe has battled itchies and bumpies for years.  Now we are trying some preventative techniques and she’s on more medications than I am.

I made some Peach Melba Compote from Sherri Brooks Vinton’s Put Em Up! Fruit.

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So good on ice cream!

Tuesday:  I spent seven hours in Macon and three hours in the car.  That really doesn’t leave much time for anything else.  Except drinking.

Wednesday:  I obviously went from ice cream mode to canning mode.  I made Tomato-Ginger Refrigerator Lemon Verbena Jam from Southern Living’s Little Jars, Big Flavors.

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I promptly put it on a grilled cheese and bacon sandwich!

Thursday:  I had a crappy little job this morning.  Then I got to meet Marnie for coffee!

I also made Hungry Girl’s Banana Split Cheesecake.

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Friday:  Another crappy job.  Are we noticing a trend here?

I made Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce from Better Homes and Gardens.

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I am no where near a canning expert.  But if I have any advice to give you, it’s that you should never start a canning project at 6:00 p.m.  Especially when you have to roast six heads of garlic and four peppers.  And you know what follows?  Squishing all that garlic out and peeling the peppers.  Speaking of, why don’t I roast garlic more often?  There should be roasted garlic scented candles.

Saturday:   Well, first of all, I slept until 10:30 by mistake.  I hate when that happens.  Other than that, very exciting stuff going on here, you know, like work and laundry.

I also made Honey-Sweetened Peach Chutney from Food in Jars.  I’ve been following this blog for about a year or so now and this is the first recipe I’ve made.  I don’t know what took me so long!

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Excellent with some goat cheese.  I also feel the need to stir it into some rice.

Sunday:  More exciting stuff here, you know, like work and paying bills.  That’s okay.  I’m sure I will have a day off this week where I can go out and about.

Introducing Cherry Mostarda from Put ‘Em Up! Fruit.

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There’s a lot more where this little jar came from.  There’s red wine in there and I just want to drink it with a straw.

I suspect that next week there will be very little cooking going on because I have a fridge full of little jars that didn’t seal.  Apparently I’m not very adept at wiping the rims.

Eat Well and Savor.

Sassy Veggie Egg Rolls

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Do you want to see what’s inside there?

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I guess it’s the usual egg roll attendees:  celery, bean sprouts, cabbage, pineapple, water chestnuts, and celery.

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The pineapple might be a little unusual, though.  I was hoping that it would be the shining star, but the water chestnuts really stand out.  .  . crunch, crunch, crunch.

Add some soy sauce and garlic and bake at 375 for 25 minutes.

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Not very pretty, huh?  I haven’t quite figured out why Hungry Girl calls them sassy.

The recipe was supposed to make twelve, but I only had enough filling for nine.  I had extra ingredients, but didn’t feel like dealing with the cabbage, so I steamed some broccoli and added some ginger.

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Not bad for a girl who doesn’t like to deviate from a recipe.

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Much prettier, eh?

Of course the broccoli filling brought my total egg roll count to 16.  They’re supposed to be 82 calories each; so of course I had three for lunch, which I dipped in some peach jam.   I can’t believe that I’ve lived my whole life without realizing how closely related peach jam is to duck sauce.

Now I still have wrappers left and I need a non-egg-roll-type filling.  I’m thinking apples, but surely there’s some savory combo that’s screaming for avocado or something.

Eat Well and Savor.

 

Big Bopper Burger Stopper

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It’s a good thing this recipe has a snappy title, because this is the saddest-looking little sandwich.

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But if you’re craving a burger this is a nice substitute.  100-calorie bun and a veggie burger.  Hungry Girl says you can even add a slice of fat-free American cheese if you want.

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It’s really the pickles that make it worthwhile.   The important thing is it’s under 300 calories; that is, if you only use 1 teaspoon of mayo and ketchup.  You can do it.

Eat Well and Savor.

 

Sunday Summary

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Monday:  I love a Monday with no job.  Unfortunately I could not get motivated to leave the house.  I guess we could consider that a good thing since I had time to make Challah bread.

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This was my first time making Challah.  I got the recipe from Williams-Sonoma’s Bread.  The shape didn’t turn out quite right, but the taste is spot on.

Tuesday:  The bumpies reared their ugly head on my Phoebe’s noggin this morning.  Soon we’ll be taking a trip to the doggie dermatologist.

My job went until 1:00 today and it was torture.  The witness pretty much had a clown car full of things he claims were stolen.  I guess it’s a good thing I’m not the claims adjuster.

I made this yummy Ham Salad with Artichoke Hearts.  I saw the recipe in the Whole Foods flyer, which I now realize is called The Whole Deal.  How cute is that?

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I needed something to go on my Challah bread.  And there are pickles in there too.

Wednesday:  I love an afternoon job.  There’s nothing like being able to sleep in without the alarm on a weekday.  Then I had plenty of time to make Coconut Patty Cake Pops.

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I guess technically they’re cake balls since I didn’t use a stick.  I’m sure Hungry Girl wouldn’t object.

Thursday:  Well, I had to get up early, but we were done by noon, so I guess I can’t complain . . . this time.

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I made Cast-Iron Burgers for dinner.  Who needs a grill?  Especially when you have Cooking Light’s Crave!  Caramelized onions and bacon?  Yes, please.

Friday:  Get this, guys, I was forced to go to the mall today.  Can you believe the bad luck?   Jake took the MARTA up from the airport and I met him there, since I was already going to be in Buckhead for my hair appointment.

I managed to score this pie plate from Anthropologie.  I guess I am obligated to make some pie in the near future.  Stay tuned.

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I also snagged some gladioli from Whole Foods.  They were 2 for $6 and there were a lot of stems in each bunch.

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These are definitely up there in my top five favorite flowers.  When I was a kid my brother worked at a florist and they had gladioli fields; so he used to bring them home a lot.

My friend Lily came over for an impromptu happy hour.  I should say several happy hours; she stayed until 11:00 p.m.  I made the Drink of the Week:  Summer Fruit Sangria.

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Just soak two cut-up peaches and one cup of sliced strawberries with 1/2 cup of brandy and 1/4 cup of sugar in the fridge for an hour.   Then add a bottle of Merlot and chill for two more hours.  I found the recipe in The Fresh Market’s Cooking in Season.  I know that sangria is traditionally served in a wine glass, but I found these little glasses on sale at Williams-Sonoma, so I had to use them.   btw – if your colorist who seems to know everything tries to tell you that you need to chill it overnight don’t listen to him.

Saturday:  Jake and I went to dinner with Marnie and her husband.   We met at the Union restaurant in Alpharetta.   If you’re near there you should check it out.  The Web site doesn’t do it justice because the place is adorable.  I had the tomato bisque (highly recommended) and the scallops (I brought home leftovers) and unfortunately there is no photographic evidence because I didn’t stop talking/feeding my face long enough to take any.  Sorry about that.

Sunday:  I made Peach French Toast Sandwiches for brunch today.

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Lucky for me I had some Challah bread left.  This recipe is from Kelly Alexander’s Peaches.  It’s simply two peaches simmered with butter, brown sugar, and a touch of sour cream.  I actually used Greek yogurt because I had it on hand.  The filling was great, but next time I will just use it as a topping.  I would rather have both sides of my French Toast crispy.  Call me crazy.

Eat Well and Savor.

 

 

Shrimp Cocktail Tacos

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No offense to Hungry Girl, but I’m not sure you can call this cocktail without cocktail sauce.

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But here’s a big hooray for already cooked shrimp.  In other words, already cleaned and deveined!  Just toss it with some black bean and corn salsa and throw it in the taco shell with some lettuce and you’re done.  HG said it was okay to use a little fat-free sour cream.  Maybe it’s the time of year, but I think a little extra corn would have worked well too.

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Just in case I haven’t made it clear, I’m a wimp when it come to spicy.  This medium salsa from Paul Newman was too much for me, so you should be proud that I gave it a shot.

Recipe from Hungry Girl to the Max.

Eat Well and Savor

EZ Thin-Crust Pizza

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Sometimes it’s the simplest things that just never occur to you.

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That’s why we need Hungry Girl.  I’ve often said she’s like a super hero.

Pop a tortilla in the oven at 375 for five minutes.  Then flip it over and top it with a little pizza sauce and cheese.  Not just any cheese, mind you; chop up a light string cheese.    That may be the incorrect use of a semicolon, just saying.

Put it in the oven for another five minutes.

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I can’t help but think that this would be a perfect little appetizer.  I’m going to try topping it with some thin ham or maybe some artichokes.  Even better:  a slice of bacon.  I’m pretty sure they will all come in under 400 calories, since the naked pizza is 181.   Is it naked if there’s cheese?  These are the things that keep me up at night.

Crispy and cheesy.  The End.

Wait.   I just had a thought:  black olives!!

Eat Well and Savor.