Archive for January, 2013

I have talked about it. I have written about it. I have told you about it,  but I haven’t shared it with you.


Simple Fettuccine Alfredo

Ingredients pictured above. I am reading and learning about how to write better recipes. It is not a talent of mine. I am one of those few that have a natural instinct for taste and timing. So please bear with me. I truly wish I could give you measurements for this recipe. I can share with you what I did.

I boiled water in a large pot for cooking the Pasta. I took a small heavy bottomed saucepan. If you have a Double-Boiler by all means use it and melted a 1/3 stick of Butter added 2 cloves of Garlic (finely minced) and let them talk for a few minutes. I then stirred in  1-2 tablespoons of TJ’ Grated Cheese Blend   and added 1/4 c or so of Sour Cream. Stirred well and lowered the temperature to low. You want the Cheese to be incorporated and the consistency to be a little thinner than the consistency of Sour Cream.20130128_172045

By now the water was boiling so I added the pasta. I chose  Linguine because it was in the pantry.


Beautiful Al Dente Linguine


Served with a simple green salad with Newman’s Family Recipe Italian Dressing. I finish my Fettuccine Alfredo with Fresh Cracked Pepper…..Oh My what a YUM.

til tomorrow……..enjoy

My Guy loves Soups and Stew those are his comfort go to eats. So this weekend I made a simple flexible Stew. I don’t use my Crock Pot very often,. So first I had to dig it out 🙂


2-4 lbs. good quality meat. I used a lean Beef roast. Venison, Lamb……use what you and yours like.

1 pint can of Foster’s Lager

Worcestershire Sauce to taste

Now for the Vegetables. This is what I used. Please remember “Recipes are Road Maps, Make them your own”

3-4 med. Red Potatoes

3 small Onions

2 small Turnips- they cook up extremely sweet

1 med. Rutabaga – make sure to peel it well. They dip them in wax for shipping and storage.

4-5 Carrots- I had a bag of Organic Baby Carrots on hand

6-7 Brussel Sprouts

2 small purple Kohlrabi

Cut all Vegetables to approximately the same size.


I have made this with different combinations of Vegetables. This is what I had and it worked out wonderful. My Guy didn’t think he liked a couple of the ingredients. He didn’t pick anything out, he just ate with gusto.

I cooked the Beef in Beer for a about 3 hours on High. I added a generous amount of Worcestershire and let it cook for a couple more hours while I went to run a couple errands. When I got back I went to check on it and it was falling apart,  YEAH. This wasn’t my plan but I just rolled with it. I removed the meat from the Crock pot  and added the Vegetables that would take the longest to cook. Kohlrabi, Turnips, Rutabaga, half the Carrots and the Onions. I added the Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts and the rest of the Carrots  a little later.


I have enough leftovers to have a couple Dinners this week. Not sure yet what they might be. One night will be this wonderful comfort just reheated. That will be even better the second time. Maybe depending on how much meat there is after that I might make Enchiladas or at least Taquitos….we’ll see.

Til tomorrow……..Enjoy

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a strong-rich fresh brewed Cappuccino20130126_081949 a documentary on Earthquakes.  And then going for the Yum.20130126_093712_0Sourdough lightly toasted,  a gently cooked Egg,  wilted Spinach and a slice of Rice Cheese…..YUM.

Next seeing if My Guys want to go to a Movie…..answer “Sure, what movie?”  Hansel & Gretel-Witch Hunters


After a couple errands, mainly to get food in our house that my kid wants. Success. I was going to take my guys out to eat, but. they would rather have something from my room. So, what was I to do. Simply Greek to the rescue. Souvlaki seasoned Chicken Breasts20130124_183659

and  Cucumber and Tomato Salad seasoned with Greek Salad Blend. 20130124_184004 Oh My.

til tomorrow……….check out the Simply Greek link 🙂

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year to  post the 2013 Dirty Dozen(14)………………………………and the Clean 15

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Sweet Bell Peppers
  4. Peaches
  5. Strawberries
  6. Nectarines (imported)
  7. Grapes
  8. Spinach
  9. Lettuce
  10. Cucumbers
  11. Blueberries (domestic)
  12. Potatoes
  13. Green Beans
  14. Kale/Greens

Please remember that the Dirty 14 should be purchased ORGANIC or not at all.

Clean Fifteen: Fruits and Veggie Lowest In Pesticides

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Cabbage
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangoes
  9. Eggplant
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cantaloupe
  12. Sweet Potatoes
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Watermelon
  15. Mushrooms

I found this list and a wonderful article written by Dani Spies at Please check out her site.

Til tomorrow………..:)

just wanted to…….

Posted: 22/01/2013 in Zen Kitchen

give you an update on what I am doing and working on. I had another interesting Restaurant experience. I have asked permission to use excerpts and recipes from a terrific book. I am waiting on a response to use information regarding this years Dirty Dozen. I am researching and reading and continually moving forward.  just a share

til tomorrow…….enjoy and eat well