Thursday, September 30, 2010
Awwww the potato.
A few years ago I was on the Atkins diet. I still feel guilty when I eat bread or potatoes.
But I HAVE to with the French Skinny Experiment so...........
After 13 years we decide to have the neighbors over for a BBQ.
It only took 13 years. Sheesh.
BBQ ribs and chicken. An amazing asparagus recipe by my neighbor, Karen R.
(There are 7 Karens in my life.)
Karen R's amazing recipe
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Recipe
1/2 c Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 c Olive OIl
1 cube frozen Garlic (from TJ's) or 1 clove minced finely
1 T Brown Mustard
1-2 T Brown Sugar to taste
Blend in mini blender until thoroughly emulsified
Blanched Asparagus (or grilled)
Prosciutto smeared with cream cheese (I find the whipped easier to spread, same result)
Wrap a couple of spears with the Prosciutto and Cream Cheese and just before serving smother in Dressing
Our friend lassoing the 6 ft. water powered rocket off of our neighbor's roof.
And at the end of the night there is a tiki fire.
I have the best neighbors ever.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
"Mom, who's the boss of the world?"
"Well, many people have tried, but there really isn't ONE boss. God made the world but he let's us do what we want."
"Does God have feet?"
"No, I don't think God has feet."
"How does he walk out to water his garden?"
"He makes it rain.......... Isn't that beautiful?"
"I think The Sgt. Major is the boss of the world."
"Really?...........Why is that?"
"Because he has a lot of guy stuff and you need guy stuff if you're the boss of the world."
"Mom, God is just in our imagination right?"
"I don't think so. Why do you say that?""Well, I don't think I can believe in a God without feet."
Photo by my kid
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Karen sends her posts from Burbank, CA
Here's what I did to come up with this recipe.
First I made The Barefoot Contessa's French Onion Soup a few times. (Although I never used Veal stock because who the hell sells that and I just couldn't bring myself to hunt it down......sort of speak.)
Then I made Paula Deen's French Onion Soup a few times.
Then I made this one because they said it's The Best French Onion Soup Ever.
Then I made this one because I enjoy Allrecipes.com
And then a few more.
Photo of me about a year ago taken by my unbelieving Hubby.
The most difficult part, for me, about making French onion soup is chopping the onions. I've tried doing it while running water, wearing glasses, holding my breath, just powering through it and then I borrowed Hubby's respirator. NONE of these things stopped me from crying. Then a friend told me to just shut my mouth while chopping. (I'd rather wear the respirator) This actually worked pretty well. Ah the jokes from Hubby, they just never stop.
After all this research I came up with my version. Hubby has tried them all and he said this is the best French Onion Soup he's ever had. I have to agree.
* 3 pounds of onions, halved and slice 1/4-inch thick
* 1 stick of unsalted butter.
* 1 bay leaf
* 1/2 cup of dry Vermouth
* 1/2 cup of Brandy
* 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
* 4 cups of chicken stock
* 4 cups of beef stock
* salt (to taste)
* pepper (to taste)
* Fresh loaf of French bread
* Gruyere cheese
In a large stockpot on medium-high heat, saute onions with the butter and bay leaf until golden brown. (This takes me 40 to 50 minutes sometimes.) Deglaze the pan with the Vermouth and Brandy and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Add the white wine and simmer uncovered for 20 more minutes. Add the chicken and beef broth. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove and discard bay leaf.
Slice French bread into 1 inch slices.
Ladle soup into ovenproof bowl, add one slice of French bread with slices of Gruyere cheese on top. Place ovenproof bowl on a baking sheet lined with foil. Bake at 350 degrees F for 5 minutes under a hot broiler.
For my 4 year old, I don't put the dish in the oven. I just put some cheese in the soup and it kind of melts on it's own and cools down the soup at the same time. He has been known to down 3 bowls of this soup in one sitting. (Obviously all the alcohol is burned off during cooking time.)
Serve with the rest of the bread.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Karen sends her updates from Burbank, CA
0 pounds lost this week
Goal: Lose 35 pounds in 6 months the French Skinny Way.
Total lost so far: 14 pounds
The plateau continues.
A cloudy day activity.
There was a brief moment where I thought maybe instead of taking this picture I should make him stop the laundry diving. Instead, I decided to take some video because he actually got air that time! Whoo Hoo!
Clearly I've been inside too much and we need to get out.
I call Smacksy. "Can we come over? We're all going a little crazy over here."
Smacky's house is so pretty.
And there's always coffee.
Unfortunately there was an "incident" involving light sabers and an unlucky hydrangea that I still need to replace. (I haven't forgotten I promise.) But what was that other thing my kid destroyed? Ah my memory isn't what it used to be.
Somedays I feel like I have it all together.
What's French for "Today is not one of those days"?
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
4 and I went on a French Skinny walk today.
"Mama are you sad?"
"Not really Boo Boo."
"But you look sad."
"I'm....... remembering how your Grandpa Woody used to love to paint clouds."
"You mean Papa?"
"Well, you've never met him but that's what you call him when you see his picture, yes. He went to heaven 1 year and 2 months before you were born. I wish you could have known him. He would have gotten such a kick out of you."
"It's okay Mama, don't be sad.
He said he's happy now."