Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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"Dinner last night. Pork tenderloin with red wine mushroom gravy, red beans and rice and asparagus. My husband rocked it!"

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Monday, September 26, 2011

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"Steak for two <3"

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"My bosses went to MN and all they ........ Damn teases!"

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

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"I did it, I did it! Wrist flipped an egg without breaking it! Thanks honey! You gave me the confidence to do it!"

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"Breakfast! I wrist flipped the egg and didn't break it!! So proud!"

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

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"Bath time!"

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Friday, September 23, 2011

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"Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!! #thingsushouldneverseeatwork"

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

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"Yes, that's an icepack on my head... It's sorta helping.... But not really...."

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Pretty toes make me feel good

Now if we can just get rid of these headaches...

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"Cute toes & sandals...
Waiting for the doctor"

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

One of the best soups ever...

I had this soup (or a version of it) at my Sister in Law's house about a month ago, she made it from scratch, even using fresh green beans.  I've been craving it (and the shaved parmesan cheese that you put on top when you're eating it), so I made it on Sunday night.

I have to say, it's one of the best soups ever.  If you know anything about me, you know that I LOOOOOVE soup.  This one looks a little intimidating, but i'll tell you, if I can make it on a Sunday night, after moving furniture and doing a bunch of errands all day, ANYONE can make it.  It really went together in a snap, and is so delicious... I know I keep saying that, but it really is.  The layering of flavor is just astounding.  Of course I know the fact that it made it into the "Joy of Cooking" cookbook, is a tribute to just how fantastic it is.

I made a few changes to the cookbook version.  The most notable change was the addition of the sausage.  I just love sausage in soup.  There was a time, that I would have used spicy italian sausage, but not these days.  I did add a little bit of crushed red pepper flake though, and it wouldn't have hurt to add a few dashes of Choloua or some other such hot sauce.

Enjoy!

Char

Char’s Proven├žal Vegetable and Sausage Soup



Adapted from Joy of Cooking

Ingredients
1 ½ lb Italian Sausage, casings removed (I used Publix cheese and parsley flavored-use what you like)

6 T olive oil, preferably extra virgin, divided

1 medium onion, chopped

1 small leek (white and tender green parts), cleaned thoroughly and chopped

1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped

1 large celery stalk, chopped

3 medium, ripe tomatoes, chopped

1 small potato, peeled and chopped

5 15 ½oz cans chicken stock

1 heaping T chicken base

Pinch of saffron threads (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste

1 can white cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

1 can light red kidney beans, beans, rinsed and drained

Small handful of thin spaghetti, broken up, or macaroni

1 small zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced

1 pound FRESH green beans, cleaned and broken into bite size pieces

5 cloves of garlic (minced)

1/3 tube basil paste

2/3 cup grated or shaved parmesan cheese

1 tsp black pepper

Wine for deglazing (optional)

A few shots of White Worchestershire sauce (optional)

A pinch of red pepper flake (optional)



Directions

Heat 2 T olive oil in large soup pot or dutch oven over medium low heat. Add Italian sausage and red pepper flake, if desired. Cook until no longer pink, breaking up into smaller bite sized pieces. Remove to separate bowl. Deglaze pan with a little water (or wine if you have some). Add 2 - 4 more T olive oil. Add carrot, leek, onion and celery and cook, stirring, until tender but not browned, 5 to 10 minutes.

Stir in tomatoes, potato, stock, white Worchestershire sauce, chicken base, saffron and 2 tsp salt.

Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes.

Stir in cooked sausage, cannellini and light red kidney beans, pasta, zucchini, green beans, basil paste, garlic, pepper, parmesan cheese and more salt to taste.



Sunday, September 18, 2011

Seared Tuna on the BGE



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"Blackened Tuna seared on screaming
 hot big green egg griddle FTW!"

They look so darn happy!





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"Celebrating with mom and
her BFF for BFF's bday"
We went to Squid Lips.  The food was exceptionally good.  The pineapple martini... meh.

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"Countrified breakfast. Fried egg, country ham n biscuits with red-eye gravy and jam + lots of hot strong coffee!"

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

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"So intense"

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"Great day today! Thumbs up!"

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

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"Olive garden salad with big fat pepperoncini for my favorite booknerd"

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

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"Ravioli Lasagna is a huge success!"

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"Ravioli lasagna with fresh spinach and pesto in da HOUSE!"

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"Ravioli Lasagne almost ready for the oven!"

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Reasons why its gonna be ok

9-11-11

1.  Think of the money we will save
2. Not having to worry about something happening
3. to be continued

Saturday, September 10, 2011

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"Look who I found in the mall!! Dragged her off to lunch! Friends who pick up where they left off are awesome!! Love you C!!!"

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"Sunflower umbrella hanging from hair salon ceiling! The last one is mine, for 60% off! SCORE!"

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"Pretty toes - not Snaggle toes! YES!!"

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"Breakfast of champions! No?"

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Monday, September 5, 2011

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"Three of the most beautiful ladies I know!"

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