Monday, November 23, 2009
Begin by melting butter (microwave is fine) with garlic. For 2 sandwiches I use about a Tbsp or 2 of butter and 1 clove of garlic.
Brush each slice of bread with garlic butter.
Plop some cheese on top of the butter coated bread (mmmm....cheese and garlic butter on bread....I could stop here, but a meatless meal is unacceptable to Michael). Bake the bread at 350 for 15 minutes or so or until the cheese is all melty. If you are in a hurry, as I was this past Saturday, you can put the bread under the broiler for a few minutes, but be careful!Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat the roast beef in beef broth until heated through (The meat looks weird here because I had 2 different brands of roast beef and they were different colors, but both were tasty). Take the cheese bread out of the oven.....Throw some of that beef on it......Pour the broth into bowls for dipping and enjoy!!!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Anyway, I am so ready for Christmas. Maybe it's because my Christmas last year was an epic fail. I mean, it was great and all, but I just didn't feel very Christmasy. I didn't even put out our outdoor lights and I only sent Christmas cards to A-L people on my list. I guess that is what happens when you are defending your thesis in mid-December. I vowed that this year would make up for it. Maybe that is why I am so in the Christmas spirit. As I type this, I am listening to Christmas music on iTunes.
I bought an issue of Real Simple magazine this weekend and fell in love with the following floral idea:
Yesterday, I was at JoAnn's Fabric Store getting some cross stitch floss (I'm always running out of white!!), and I noticed that they had Christmas floral 40% off. Score! I remembered that
I have some Mint Julep cups at home that I used at our wedding. I bought 2 bunches of white poinsettas (I know the real kind would look better, but I have a cat that loves to eat flower type things, so I try to keep ones that will make her sick out of the house) and 2 bunches of small green poinsettas. I love that you can find really nice realistic flowers!
Friday, November 13, 2009
After using my meat mallet to flatten and tenderize the meat, I dipped it in egg and then into a mixture of flour, seasoning salt, and pepper. I was generous with both the salt and pepper.
I put about 1/4 to a 1/2 inch of vegetable oil in a skillet and got it piping hot. Then popped in the steaks.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I found this in a cookbook and just had to make it as soon as I saw it. It just looked so rich and yummy (and believe me, both are true with this pie). The recipe is as follows:
1-2/3 c all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c cold butter
1/3 c sweetened condensed milk
2 egg yolks
1-1/2 c sugar
1/2 c + 2 Tbsp butter
1/3 c maple syrup
3 egg whites
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 c ground pecans
In a bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in butter until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. It helps to cube the butter first.
Combine milk and egg yolks (save the whites....you will use them in the filling) and stir into the flour mixture until dough forms.
Press the dough into the bottom and up the sides of a 9 in pie dish. Cover and refrigerate.
In a saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, and maple syrup for the filling. Bring to a boil over medium heat stirring contstantly. Remove from heat.
Beat eggs, egg whites, and vanilla in large mixing bowl. Slowly add the hot syrup mixture.
Stir in ground pecans.
I used whole pecans and ground them in my mini food processor. It worked great!
Pour filling mixture into pie crust.
Bake on the center rack at 350 F. Mine did not run over, but it is a good idea to put a cookie sheet under the pie just in case. It's easier to clean the cookie sheet than the oven!
Bake for 35-45 minutes or until set. I actually baked mine close to 50 and it was still a little jiggly in the center. It is a good idea to cover the crust edges in aluminum foil to protect from over browning. I didn't do that since I was out of aluminum foil....guess I need to go to the grocery!
After cooling for a couple hours, slice and enjoy with a glass of milk! Store in the refrigerator. It is also yummy cold!
I hope that you enjoy this pie. It would be great for Thanksgiving! Michael and I enjoyed a couple of slices apiece and now I've brought the rest to work to share. It's a bit much for 2 people!