seticat: (* cat - food - kiraxlee)
I don't think I've ever posted a recipe but today I'm going to share this one. I found it off a food list here on the LJ somewhere. I just made it and it came out wonderful! And it's a really easy recipe to cut in half. Next time I make it I'm going to try subbing different veggies.


Hobbit Pie
Serves: 10
Cooking Time: 45 min

2 small onions, chopped
8 scallions, chopped
2 green peppers, chopped
1 pound mushrooms, sliced
2 cups cooked rice
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup croutons
juice of 1 1/2 lemons
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
1/8 teaspoon dill
1/8 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1.Saute onions, scallions, peppers, and mushrooms in vegetable oil.

2.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

3.Mix with rice, 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, croutons, and lemon juice.

4.Spread mixture in 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Mix eggs, milk and seasonings and pour over vegetables.

5.Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 min.

6.Top with 1/2 pound of grated cheddar cheese and 3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese. Broil until bubbly.
seticat: (* cat - food - kiraxlee)
Trying to lose weight, or at least watching what you eat, is a hard thing. But I just discovered a usable recipe for a 'mock' pumpkin custard.

1 small package of instant, sugar free butterscotch pudding
2 cups low-fat milk - I usually use just a bit less than the full 2 cups because I like thick pudding.
1 can of pumpkin
pumpkin pie spices [whatever you like to use]

The recipe calls for using 1/2 of the can of pumpkin. I whisked it into the milk until well blended. And then I whisked in the pudding mix. At this stage you can adjust the amount of pumpkin [I added a bit more for taste and for consistency] and spices until it tastes about right. Pour it into a bowl to set up, or, if you're like me and have crummy portion sense, pour it into smaller containers. I save the cups from pre-made pudding and Jell-O and leave about 1/4-1/3" at the top. I cover the cups with bits of 'Press and Seal' and off they go to the fridge.

Enjoy them later on with a dollop of the low fat/sugar free topping of your choice.

Next up is to try the 'egg nog' recipe: French Vanilla pudding with a tiny dash of extra vanilla and egg nog spices.


Nov. 5th, 2010 06:13 pm
seticat: (* cat - food - kiraxlee)
McRibs! Something that actually tastes as good as I remember them.

There goes the diet for this month...
seticat: (* cat - O_o - p3nsive)
A single serving packet of flavored Crystal Light tossed into a 2 liter bottle of diet Pepsi to give it some added flavor.

An interesting idea that goes terribly, terribly awry. The Mythbusters and the whole soda and Mentors have no idea what they missed out on trying.

I'm just sayin'...
seticat: (* cat - cooking-cat - milena)
Went out shopping today and decided to check out the local Win-Co and it was Win-Co for the WIN! The prices are much better than the local Wal-Mart and the produce and meat much better. I just have to adjust my buying a bit more back to bulk, but with planning that's fine. They've got a much better variety of things

Right now there's two whole chickens in the oven [over $3.00 cheaper than buying precooked] and I'm trying the Quick Roast Chicken method from 'Instructables'. They just came out and they both look great, smell better and are coming out just right as to internal temps. Nice crispy skin and moist meat. So there will be big chunks of fresh roast chicken available for the rest of the week for stir fry and such.

I'll be doing this a lot more often if I can go from fresh chicken to roast in under an hour.
seticat: (* cat - cooking-cat - milena)
Normally I'm made of win in the kitchen but this holiday season, not so much. So far every single recipe has had something go cranky with it. Two cookie recipes misbehaved - they taste fine, but look funky. The 3 loves of zucchini bread came out denser than expected. The peppermint bark 'just ain't right': the chocolate tastes a bit 'off', not bad, just not as chocolaty as it should be. So far the pumpkin-apple bread looks okay, but I'm waiting in dread.

I don't know if I want to tackle the rest of the baking list or just let it go this year. And I still have to finish little presents and wrap things.


EDIT: Pumpkin-apple bread is 'too moist' on the bottom and sides. Damn! Probably nothing that a light dusting of powdered sugar or corn starch won't fix, but, come on!
seticat: (cat - eat cookie by xkurie_eleison.)
Go here and download a coupon good for a two piece meal, two sides and a biscuit for free. Good from now through May 19, but not on Mother's Day. [US only, so far as I can tell, but I could be wrong].

But hey, a free meal & you can 'download' the coupon four times.
seticat: (* cat - abbycat-cook - milena)
Coldstone Creamery's Peanut Butter Cup Perfection made with their peanut butter ice cream rather than their chocolate. That's a big blob of fresh churned ice cream flavored with real peanut butter plopped out on a chilled marble mixing board, a real Reese's Peanut Butter Cup plopped down in the middle of it, a spoonful of peanut butter and a big drizzle of fudge sauce all over it and then chunked up and mixed by hand.

It's a great show. And then you get to eat it. :}

Himself had a 'Custom Banana Split' - picture the same production with really rich French Vanilla Ice Cream, fresh strawberries, a chunk of banana and fudge sauce and then all hand chunked and blended.

Oh My GOD! I may never want to eat again...
seticat: (tvm - starfleet-logo - sol_station)
Part of the kitchen crew for the Third Anniversary dinner for my Starfleet ship tomorrow, the USS Thermopylae, NCC-74703. This year we decided to go with a Greek-Mediterranean theme in keeping with the name of our ship and it's attached Starfleet Marine Corp unit, the 503rd Marine Strike Group, known as The Spartans. Well... to be honest, currently *my* Marine Strike Group. At least for a bit until our regular Officer in Charge [OIC] gets back from her sandbox deployment. Then I can step back into my DOIC [Deputy Officer in Charge] boots and turn the whole thing back over to her - reports and all.


There will be much Greek madness tomorrow, Gyros with Tzatziki, Greek Salad with Balsamic Vinegarette, etc. And somewhere around 5 dozen+
Kourambiethes: clove flavored Greek butter cookies dusted with powdered sugar that put Scottish Shortbread to shame.

Assuming I don't eat them all as they come out of the oven...

EDIT: Looks like closer to 7+ dozen. And counting.
seticat: (cat - 2lumps- fishie - mine)
Just got back from one of the best meals I've had in a very long time. Had a long time friend [Hey, Stone!], call me up and ended draging me out with other SCA/Fleet friends and we headed off to the 'Southern Kitchen' here in Tacoma.

If you're ever in the area and you want *really* good southern style food - come here. I had the catfish entree [a whole freakin' catfish as long as my forearm, not just a fillet] with a hush puppie [heck with 'puppie', it was closer to a small dog in size] with greens, red beans and okra as my sides and we shared a round of sweet potato fries dusted with powdered sugar as a pre-dinner noshie. And the ice tea? it's real, honest-to-God southern 'sweet tea'. I haven't had these sort of goodies in 'way too many years.

I am absolutely stuffed.

Good food. Good friends. Good evening. Winner all the way around.
seticat: (cat - eat cookie by xkurie_eleison.)
The story of my life in one picture or less...

more cat pictures

Sadly... that is all...
seticat: (cat - Kitty nomnomnom by Picassiette)
O.M.G.! Hansen's Diet Pomegranate Soda and Diet Ginger Ale. No calories, no caffeine, no sodium, no carbs and no aspertame - it's sweetened with sucralose. And it has some of the most incredible flavor I've ever had.

$1.99 a six pack at Trader Joe's. Yes... under 2 bucks a six pack.

Sprint, don't walk, and try some. It's 'Awesome in a Can'!
seticat: (cat - sushi)
And for all you folks out there in the SCA - or anyone who's ever had to organize a potluck...

humorous pictures
see more crazy cat pics

Well... at least it isn't more bread and cheese.


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