Retro Recipe Challenge #10: Story Book Food

November 9, 2007 at 11:03 pm | Posted in Family Meals | 2 Comments

I was so excited to read Naomi Devlin’s Retro Recipe Challenge #10: Story Book Food. The challenge was to revisit my childhood story books and find a food item to recreate using retro recipe resources. The original recipe must have been published or originally made before 1980.

Growing up, I loved to listen to my parents read me Dr. Seuss’s ABC Book, The Foot Book and Hand Hand Fingers Thumb. These books have a great rhythm that my kids love today. Back then, it was Curious George swallowing the puzzle piece, The Little House being moved back to the country and Harry the Dirty Dog changing from a white dog with black spots to a black dog with white spots, that captivated me.

Early on in my teaching career, I stumbled upon a fabulous children’s author, Patricia Polacco. The Keeping Quilt, Rechenkas Eggs and The Bee Tree are just some of my favorites of hers. I love how she weaves her stories with tales of family, tradition, magic and food.So, for my Story Book Food Challenge (I hope this is okay), I drew upon my favorite children’s author, Patricia Polacco and her great work, The Bee Tree. In this story, young Mary Ellen finds herself bored of reading and wishing she could be outside running and playing. At this, her Grampa suggests they go on a bee hunt. Soon, Mary Ellen, her Grampa and other town characters are chasing after bees in search of a bee hive. When the hive is found, they pull out several pieces of honeycomb to enjoy back at home with the towns people.After the bee hive hunt, Grampa invites everyone back to their house for baking powder biscuits, fresh brewed tea, and the honey. Add some music, dancing, laughs, and tales of bee tree hunts, and you’ve got yourself a party!Wanting to recreate this magical event, I consulted my mom’s Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook, circa 1969. (This was a bridal shower gift of hers.) Here is the recipe for Baking Powder Biscuits:

2 cups sifted all purpose flour
3 t baking powder
½ t salt
¼ c shortening
2/3cup-3/4 cup milk

Mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in the shortening. Make a well and pour in 2/3 cup milk, mix. Add more milk as needed. Kneed gently on floured surface for 10-12 strokes. Roll dough to 1/2 inch thick. Use a circle dough cutter to cut biscuits. Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes.


Home Alone with the Cookies

November 9, 2007 at 6:27 pm | Posted in Diet and Exercise, essay, solutions | 2 Comments

I got in a good workout this morning burning over 350 calories on the elliptical machine, doing three sets of push-ups and crunches, and then finishing with a nice stretch.

But now I just keep thinking about the cookies my hubby made last night. Soft and crunchy, chocolaty with the touch of peppermint…soooo good.

However, I can’t ignore my growing waist line with this past month of cooking, baking and blogging. My solution…

  • Get to the gym a minimum of four days a week. (Confession time, I had been going only 2 days a week in the month of October, awful!)
  • No eating at home past 7pm.
  • When eating dinner at home, get in a walk afterwards.

I will be using this blog to keep me accountable with short posts about how my solutions are helping to reshape my waist, currently measuring at 32 3/4 inches (how embarrassing).

For lots of good information on waist size, visit Dr. Oz.

You have no idea how hard this post was to write (admission and confession) and then publish (accountability and commitment).

dh’s "better get to the gym in the morning" cookies

November 9, 2007 at 5:28 am | Posted in Dessert | 2 Comments

Okay, my dh just pulled these from the oven. Holy Cow! No purees, no veggies…just chocolate, peppermint, butter and sugar goodness. Seriously people. It’s 9:30 pm and I want another….better grab a glass of water and watch Greys Anatomy, I need something to distract me! 1 bag Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
6 T unsalted butter
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 t baking powder
1 bag white chocolate chips
1 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips

In a double boiler melt the bittersweet chocolate chips and butter. In large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until thick; stir in chocolate mixture.

In a small bowl, stir together flour and baking powder; stir into chocolate mixture. Gently mix in white chocolate chips and peppermint crunch chips.

Using a sheet of plastic wrap, form dough into two logs, each about 2 inches in diameter and 8 inches long. As dough will be very soft, use plastic wrap to hold dough in log shape. Wrap tightly. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until firm.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Unwrap dough; with sharp knife, cut into 3/4 inch slices. Place slices on parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake 12-14 minutes or until shiny crust forms on top but interior is still soft. Cool on baking sheet.

Recipe from Ghirardelli

…and now for that third potato

November 9, 2007 at 2:19 am | Posted in Family Meals, sweet potato puree, veggie side | 1 Comment

My friend Tiffany said she makes sweet potato french fries for her boys. These are so easy. And Tiffany was right, they were a hit! Just slice a sweet potato into strips (wedges would be good too).Then put the sweet potato fries, salt, pepper and evoo in a big bag. Shake bag to thoroughly coat the potatoes, but then scoop them out to leave the extra evoo in the bag. Tiffany recommends not too much evoo or the fries get soggy.Place them on a roasting pan in one layer leaving room on the sides. Bake in 400 degree oven for 30 minutes. May be more or less depending on how thin you cut your fries. Check half way through and give a gentle stir so they can brown on all sides. Put on paper towel lined plate, sprinkle with salt and enjoy. My kids reaction, “YUMMM, these fries are good!”.

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