Category Archives: Snacks

Donuts, Olives, Hot Dogs, and Some Healthy Stuff

This week there are people in my house who are sick.  I’m working hard at not catching it, so far so good, knock on wood.

I’ve been eating a lot of garlic, and drinking all kinds of antioxidant concoctions.  It’s working, I know it.

 

Tonight I wasn’t too hungry at dinnertime, after a busy day of eating donuts, hot dogs and olives.  My husband made himself some Ramen Noodles with chunks of hot dog floating in it, which didn’t appeal me (go figure!).  So, I made some yummy steamed kale tossed with raw minced garlic, parmesan and some apple cider vinegar.  Then I toasted up some bread and butter.  It was a nice little dinner that didn’t make me feel unhealthy, so I thought I’d share.

I know the picture is horrendous, which is why I used Instagram to fool you into thinking it was artsy!

Kale w/ Yummy Bread

Consider yourself fooled sucka!

I ate it all, then screwed it all up and ate 2 chocolate enrobed donuts.  I may or may not be drinking a martini now.  There’s always tomorrow.

xoxo, Mere

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This sounds weird, but it’s good.

Not crazy.

Polish dill pickle soup, that is.  It’s amazing, if you like pickles. It does sound really weird, and everyone looks at me skeptically when I tell them about it, but you should try it before you judge it, you just might love it.  My kids always laugh when I tell them I’m making it, so at the very least, you’ll get that out of it.

I actually do a variation of this recipe: http://www.food.com/recipe/polish-dill-pickle-soup-138138.  Basically, the difference between theirs and mine I use broth rather than stock, and I forgo some of the broth for water and beer. Also I like mine really pickle-y, so I use a LOT of pickle juice, but you can do whatever you want.

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups thinly sliced potatoes
4 large kosher dills, shredded
1/2 cups, or 1 cup, or 2 cups pickle juice from the jar, depending on your taste.  I use 2 because I like it to taste good and pickle-y.
4 cups broth of your choice (veg, chicken, beef)
1 cup milk
2 tbsp. flour
1 cup water
1 cup beer
1 egg
2 tbsp. butter, softened
Salt and pepper
Dill (fresh or dried)
Sour cream

Why not?

In a large pot, combine your shredded pickles, potatoes, pickle juice, broth, water, and beer.  Bring it all to a boil, then let it simmer for 10-15 minutes until the potatoes are soft.

Gradually whisk your flour and milk together and add it to the pot. Bring it back to a boil, then remove it from the heat.
Blend your butter and egg, and gradually stir it into the broth.

Put it all back on the stove to warm it all up again.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish with dill and a dollop of sour cream.  This is really good served with some good crusty bread and butter.

I’ve been served.

Mere

Will she do it?

With a challenge, that is!  Allie read my rantings about homemade pie crust being for kooks, and here’s what she said:

“I don’t mean this to make you feel bad or anything, but…- those apple pies, ok, what made them so out of this world was the homemade pie crust.  I know it sounds like a lot of work…but…please…just try it.  Just throw the dough together when you have 5 minutes and stash it in your fridge for a rainy day.  I’m telling you, there is no comparison.”

Hmmmm….. just throw it together, you say?

Supermom Cooking Challenge 002 – Mere’s Interpretation

Alison’s Baby Apple Hand Pies

I rarely bake.

When I first read Allie’s post (here) about her apple hand pies, I was pretty blown away.  I always knew that she really enjoyed cooking, but her post really hit home on just how much enjoyment she really gets out of it.  I’ve always thought of cooking as a huge chore.  I like it once I start, and feel good about the results, but I hate having to plan for it.  I almost never have the ingredients I need on-hand, and it’s hard for me to get inspired to make something really terrific.  She apparently has no problem with that whatsoever, which is great for me, I’ll just make whatever she tells me to.

So if you read this post, she took a whole afternoon to make these little tiny apple pies from scratch.  She’s always been so detailed and meticulous.  When we were little kids she once spent an afternoon making tiny little geese with Little House on the Prairie bonnets out of Crayola clay.  She even made tiny eggs that you could actually open, and a miniature baby was inside, hat and all.  Amazing.

The thought of spending a whole afternoon doing just about anything makes my head explode.  I like things in 20 minute increments.  I load my day with lots of things that take 20 minutes, because I am the complete opposite of Alison.  I like a crapload of variety in my life.  I’m trying to slow down a bit now though, because I’m starting to show signs of aging due to stress.

That said, I decided to make these pies, only because Alison loved them so.  I didn’t use homemade dough, because  That. Is. Crazy.  They were delishes (typo, I’m keeping it, it sounds like it’s spelled, like, DELISH – IZ).  Here’r (I like my new words!) the highlights :

Chopping was time consuming. Next time I’d put them in my food processor and save myself 20 minutes.

This person was being cute, and keeping me company while I chopped 3 apples for 30 minutes.

Apples, when they were done cooking in the pan.

Apple taco, just before I pinched it all together.

Yummy raw pie dough.

Getting crazy up in hur.

I don’t have fancy sparkle sugar, so I used brown, it was fine.

Happy mouth time.

All in all, this was a nice little recipe.  As a “working” mom, I could easily adjust the recipe to fit my packed schedule.  As I said before, I’d recommend using a chopper for the apples, pre-made dough, and I’d also double the recipe, because these were gone in minutes, which was disheartening because of the amount of time I spent making them (about 40 minutes of prep, but I’m slow).  They were delicious though, and I’d make them again.  Additionally, spices like clove, cinnamon and nutmeg are warming, and help you with a whole host of problems, according to Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, and I’m all over that junk.  You can read more about that here.