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Veggie Wellington Redux 

1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
4 celery stalks, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
2 sheets puff pastry
5oz spinach, chopped (optional)
1 cup shredded gruyere cheese
Egg wash
1 cup béchamel*

Sauté peppers, onions, celery, and zucchini 5-10 minutes or until soft. Add spinach, cheese, and béchamel and toss with veggies.

Preheat oven to 425 f.

Line loaf pan with parchment paper and one sheet of puff pastry. Pour veggie mix into loaf pan. Fold over puff pastry and lightly coat with egg wash. Place additional sheet to cover veggie mix, light coat with egg wash.

Bake 15 minutes at 425. Cover with foil and reduce heat to 350, bake 45 minutes. Use parchment paper to pull out of pan and cool 15 minutes.

*to make béchamel, melt 3 tablespoons butter, add 2 tablespoons flour. Add 1-2 cups milk to roux and whisk. Add 1/2 tablespoon nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste.

Veggie Wellington Redux

1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
4 celery stalks, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
2 sheets puff pastry
5oz spinach, chopped (optional)
1 cup shredded gruyere cheese
Egg wash
1 cup béchamel*

Sauté peppers, onions, celery, and zucchini 5-10 minutes or until soft. Add spinach, cheese, and béchamel and toss with veggies.

Preheat oven to 425 f.

Line loaf pan with parchment paper and one sheet of puff pastry. Pour veggie mix into loaf pan. Fold over puff pastry and lightly coat with egg wash. Place additional sheet to cover veggie mix, light coat with egg wash.

Bake 15 minutes at 425. Cover with foil and reduce heat to 350, bake 45 minutes. Use parchment paper to pull out of pan and cool 15 minutes.

*to make béchamel, melt 3 tablespoons butter, add 2 tablespoons flour. Add 1-2 cups milk to roux and whisk. Add 1/2 tablespoon nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste.

Green Apple & Bacon Mac n Cheese
after a long and wonderful labor day weekend spent with incredibly amazing people, returning to work was quite a challenge. nothing solves the monday-, or rather in this case tuesday-blues, than comfort food: my best mac n cheese recipe, yet!
10 slices bacon, baked, chopped
16 oz cellentani pasta
3 tbsp butter 
1 shallot, chopped
3/4 c 2% milk
3/4 c half & half
1-2 tbsp flour
8 oz white cheddar cheese, grated
4 oz goat cheese
2 oz asiago cheese
1 granny smith apple, finely chopped
1/4 c bread crumbs
salt/pepper to taste
cook pasta, al dente, about 10-12 minutes. meanwhile, sauté shallot in 1 tablespoon butter, about 7 min. add additional 2 tablespoon butter and flour. slowly add milk and cream over low heat until sauce begins to thicken. add cheeses slowly until incorporated and smooth. toss cooked pasta, cheese sauce with chopped bacon and apples. add mac n cheese to a large, greased baking dish. top with bread crumbs. bake 450 (f) for 10 minutes.

Green Apple & Bacon Mac n Cheese

after a long and wonderful labor day weekend spent with incredibly amazing people, returning to work was quite a challenge. nothing solves the monday-, or rather in this case tuesday-blues, than comfort food: my best mac n cheese recipe, yet!

10 slices bacon, baked, chopped

16 oz cellentani pasta

3 tbsp butter

1 shallot, chopped

3/4 c 2% milk

3/4 c half & half

1-2 tbsp flour

8 oz white cheddar cheese, grated

4 oz goat cheese

2 oz asiago cheese

1 granny smith apple, finely chopped

1/4 c bread crumbs

salt/pepper to taste

cook pasta, al dente, about 10-12 minutes. meanwhile, sauté shallot in 1 tablespoon butter, about 7 min. add additional 2 tablespoon butter and flour. slowly add milk and cream over low heat until sauce begins to thicken. add cheeses slowly until incorporated and smooth. toss cooked pasta, cheese sauce with chopped bacon and apples. add mac n cheese to a large, greased baking dish. top with bread crumbs. bake 450 (f) for 10 minutes.

Mexican Salad (Raw Diet)

1/2 c canned black beans (cheating)
1/4 c canned corn (cheating) 
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
1 green onion, chopped
Half avocado, sliced
Squeeze of lime juice

Mexican Salad (Raw Diet)

1/2 c canned black beans (cheating)
1/4 c canned corn (cheating)
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
1 green onion, chopped
Half avocado, sliced
Squeeze of lime juice

Coban-Inspried Pasta Salad

Serves 4-6

1 large chicken breast, chopped
1 large cucumber, chopped
1 anaheim pepper, sliced and chopped
5 oz grape tomatoes, halved
6 oz cooked pasta, rinsed and cooled
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1-2 tbsp evoo
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt/pepper to taste

Toss all ingredients together and serve or let chill.

Coban-Inspried Pasta Salad

Serves 4-6

1 large chicken breast, chopped
1 large cucumber, chopped
1 anaheim pepper, sliced and chopped
5 oz grape tomatoes, halved
6 oz cooked pasta, rinsed and cooled
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1-2 tbsp evoo
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt/pepper to taste

Toss all ingredients together and serve or let chill.

Simple Caesar with Beef

Romain lettuce tossed in light caesar dressing with stir-fry beef and feta cheese.

Perfect for a quick and light summer dinner.

Simple Caesar with Beef

Romain lettuce tossed in light caesar dressing with stir-fry beef and feta cheese.

Perfect for a quick and light summer dinner.

I drank the koolaid: pintrest challenge.

Melted-Crayon-Art (with special thanks to Rachael for hosting craft night)

I drank the koolaid: pintrest challenge.

Melted-Crayon-Art (with special thanks to Rachael for hosting craft night)

Water into Beer (this stage always amazes me)
First stage of what will eventually be Paper Lantern IPA, 1.0.
Namesake for the notorious Ms. Kisiel, this IPA should be ready just in time for July 4th. An anticipated summer beer with crisp citrus and pineapple flavors accompanied by plenty of hops. 
Nostalgically, this beer evokes memories of a end-of-summer trip to Sedona, AZ. Most of the trip was filled with hiking and pool-side relaxing. While our fridge was filled with good ol’ PBR, Katie and I welcomed the tastes of the desert at Oak Creek Brewing Company and several Tex-Mex joints with their unique margaritas. 
OG 1.07

Malts and Fermentables

6 lbs Extra Light Dry Extract

3.3 lbs Light Malt Extract Syrup

8 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L

4 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L

2 oz Flaked Wheat

Hops

 Boil 60 Minutes 

60 min – 1.0 oz Magnum

Add at time remaining:

20 min - .75 oz Cascade / .25 Centennial

15 min - .25 oz Cascade / .5 Centennial

5 min - .25 oz Centennial

Dry Hops 1 oz Cascade for 7 days

Yeast

Wyeast American Ale II (1272)

Second Fermentation 

Add 2 cans pineapple concentrate (thawed) before racking.

Water into Beer (this stage always amazes me)

First stage of what will eventually be Paper Lantern IPA, 1.0.

Namesake for the notorious Ms. Kisiel, this IPA should be ready just in time for July 4th. An anticipated summer beer with crisp citrus and pineapple flavors accompanied by plenty of hops. 

Nostalgically, this beer evokes memories of a end-of-summer trip to Sedona, AZ. Most of the trip was filled with hiking and pool-side relaxing. While our fridge was filled with good ol’ PBR, Katie and I welcomed the tastes of the desert at Oak Creek Brewing Company and several Tex-Mex joints with their unique margaritas.

OG 1.07

Malts and Fermentables

6 lbs Extra Light Dry Extract

3.3 lbs Light Malt Extract Syrup

8 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L

4 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L

2 oz Flaked Wheat

Hops

 Boil 60 Minutes

60 min – 1.0 oz Magnum

Add at time remaining:

20 min - .75 oz Cascade / .25 Centennial

15 min - .25 oz Cascade / .5 Centennial

5 min - .25 oz Centennial

Dry Hops 1 oz Cascade for 7 days

Yeast

Wyeast American Ale II (1272)

Second Fermentation

Add 2 cans pineapple concentrate (thawed) before racking.

In 2004, while attending a music festival in North Plains, OR, my Saturday morning was greeted with the best damn Bloody Mary. Since that weekend, I have searched high and low for a comparable drink and have had no such luck.
(http://archive.org/details/sci2004-06-19.flac16)
Although, this recipe has nothing to do with those nostalgic Mary’s, it is down right worthy of a “kick-ass” morning, noon, or night drink!

Thanks formerchef for sharing!

Homemade Bloody Mary Mix
by formerchef onDecember 31, 2009
3 Tbsp dijon mustard 3 Tbsp worchestershire sauce 2 Tbsp prepared horseradish 2 Tbsp hot sauce (like Tabasco) 2.5 oz lemon juice (about 2 lemons) 1.5 oz lime juice (about 2 limes) 2 Tbsp olive brine 1 tsp celery seed 2 tsp fresh ground black pepper 2 tsp kosher or sea salt 
64 oz tomato vegetable juice

http://www.formerchef.com/2009/12/31/kick-ass-homemade-bloody-mary-mix/

In 2004, while attending a music festival in North Plains, OR, my Saturday morning was greeted with the best damn Bloody Mary. Since that weekend, I have searched high and low for a comparable drink and have had no such luck.

(http://archive.org/details/sci2004-06-19.flac16)

Although, this recipe has nothing to do with those nostalgic Mary’s, it is down right worthy of a “kick-ass” morning, noon, or night drink!

Thanks formerchef for sharing!

Homemade Bloody Mary Mix

by formerchef onDecember 31, 2009

3 Tbsp dijon mustard
3 Tbsp worchestershire sauce
2 Tbsp prepared horseradish
2 Tbsp hot sauce (like Tabasco)
2.5 oz lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1.5 oz lime juice (about 2 limes)
2 Tbsp olive brine
1 tsp celery seed
2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
2 tsp kosher or sea salt 

64 oz tomato vegetable juice

http://www.formerchef.com/2009/12/31/kick-ass-homemade-bloody-mary-mix/

Best Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

Courtesy of Bon Appétit  | July 2007
Elizabeth Horton de Meza

yield: Makes about 12 pancakes
active time: 30 minutes
total time: 30 minutes
Elizabeth likes to serve these with bacon. For the ultimate breakfast, she cooks the bacon first, pours off a bit of the grease, and cooks the pancakes in the same skillet.

Ingredients

1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for cooking
2 cups fresh blueberries
Pure maple syrup


Preparation

Preheat oven to 250°F. Place baking sheet in oven. Whisk first 4 ingredients in large bowl. Whisk buttermilk, eggs, and 2 tablespoons butter in medium bowl; stir into dry ingredients. Fold in berries.

Heat large nonstick griddle or skillet over medium heat; brush with butter. Drop batter by 1/3 cupfuls onto griddle. Cook pancakes until brown, brushing griddle with more butter as needed, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to sheet in oven to keep warm. Serve pancakes with maple syrup.

Best Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

Courtesy of Bon Appétit | July 2007
Elizabeth Horton de Meza

yield: Makes about 12 pancakes
active time: 30 minutes
total time: 30 minutes
Elizabeth likes to serve these with bacon. For the ultimate breakfast, she cooks the bacon first, pours off a bit of the grease, and cooks the pancakes in the same skillet.

Ingredients

1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for cooking
2 cups fresh blueberries
Pure maple syrup


Preparation

Preheat oven to 250°F. Place baking sheet in oven. Whisk first 4 ingredients in large bowl. Whisk buttermilk, eggs, and 2 tablespoons butter in medium bowl; stir into dry ingredients. Fold in berries.

Heat large nonstick griddle or skillet over medium heat; brush with butter. Drop batter by 1/3 cupfuls onto griddle. Cook pancakes until brown, brushing griddle with more butter as needed, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to sheet in oven to keep warm. Serve pancakes with maple syrup.

Turkey Cabbage Rollups

(recipe to be added later)

Turkey Cabbage Rollups

(recipe to be added later)

Stove-top Chicken Tetrazzini

(recipe to be added later)

Stove-top Chicken Tetrazzini

(recipe to be added later)

Halibut Tostadas

(recipe to be added later)

Halibut Tostadas

(recipe to be added later)

between the magnet and ‘fridge door:

Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go:

1. Give up your need to always be right. There are so many of us who can’t stand the idea of being wrong – wanting to always be right – even at the risk of ending great relationships or causing a great deal of stress and pain, for us and for others. It’s just not worth it. Whenever you feel the ‘urgent’ need to jump into a fight over who is right and who is wrong, ask yourself this question: “Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?” Wayne Dyer. What difference will that make? Is your ego really that big?


2. Give up your need for control.
Be willing to give up your need to always control everything that happens to you and around you – situations, events, people, etc. Whether they are loved ones, coworkers, or just strangers you meet on the street – just allow them to be. Allow everything and everyone to be just as they are and you will see how much better will that make you feel.

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond winning.” Lao Tzu

3. Give up on blame. Give up on your need to blame others for what you have or don’t have, for what you feel or don’t feel. Stop giving your powers away and start taking responsibility for your life.

4. Give up your self-defeating self-talk. Oh my. How many people are hurting themselves because of their negative, polluted and repetitive self-defeating mindset? Don’t believe everything that your mind is telling you – especially if it’s negative and self-defeating. You are better than that.

“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.” Eckhart Tolle

5. Give up your limiting beliefs about what you can or cannot do, about what is possible or impossible. From now on, you are no longer going to allow your limiting beliefs to keep you stuck in the wrong place. Spread your wings and fly!

“A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind” Elly Roselle

6. Give up complaining. Give up your constant need to complain about those many, many, maaany things – people, situations, events that make you unhappy, sad and depressed. Nobody can make you unhappy, no situation can make you sad or miserable unless you allow it to. It’s not the situation that triggers those feelings in you, but how you choose to look at it. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking.

7. Give up the luxury of criticism. Give up your need to criticize things, events or people that are different than you. We are all different, yet we are all the same. We all want to be happy, we all want to love and be loved and we all want to be understood. We all want something, and something is wished by us all.

8. Give up your need to impress others. Stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not just to make others like you. It doesn’t work this way. The moment you stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not, the moment you take of all your masks, the moment you accept and embrace the real you, you will find people will be drawn to you, effortlessly.

9. Give up your resistance to change. Change is good. Change will help you move from A to B. Change will help you make improvements in your life and also the lives of those around you. Follow your bliss, embrace change – don’t resist it.
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls”
Joseph Campbell

10. Give up labels. Stop labeling those things, people or events that you don’t understand as being weird or different and try opening your mind, little by little. Minds only work when open. “The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” Wayne Dyer

11. Give up on your fears. Fear is just an illusion, it doesn’t exist – you created it. It’s all in your mind. Correct the inside and the outside will fall into place.
“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

12. Give up your excuses. Send them packing and tell them they’re fired. You no longer need them. A lot of times we limit ourselves because of the many excuses we use. Instead of growing and working on improving ourselves and our lives, we get stuck, lying to ourselves, using all kind of excuses – excuses that 99.9% of the time are not even real.

13. Give up the past. I know, I know. It’s hard. Especially when the past looks so much better than the present and the future looks so frightening, but you have to take into consideration the fact that the present moment is all you have and all you will ever have. The past you are now longing for – the past that you are now dreaming about – was ignored by you when it was present. Stop deluding yourself. Be present in everything you do and enjoy life. After all life is a journey not a destination. Have a clear vision for the future, prepare yourself, but always be present in the now.

14. Give up attachment. This is a concept that, for most of us is so hard to grasp and I have to tell you that it was for me too, (it still is) but it’s not something impossible. You get better and better at with time and practice. The moment you detach yourself from all things, (and that doesn’t mean you give up your love for them – because love and attachment have nothing to do with one another, attachment comes from a place of fear, while love… well, real love is pure, kind, and self less, where there is love there can’t be fear, and because of that, attachment and love cannot coexist) you become so peaceful, so tolerant, so kind, and so serene. You will get to a place where you will be able to understand all things without even trying. A state beyond words.

15. Give up living your life to other people’s expectations. Way too many people are living a life that is not theirs to live. They live their lives according to what others think is best for them, they live their lives according to what their parents think is best for them, to what their friends, their enemies and their teachers, their government and the media think is best for them. They ignore their inner voice, that inner calling. They are so busy with pleasing everybody, with living up to other people’s expectations, that they lose control over their lives. They forget what makes them happy, what they want, what they need….and eventually they forget about themselves. You have one life – this one right now – you must live it, own it, and especially don’t let other people’s opinions distract you from your path.

Thank you Purpose Fairy!

Spring Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

For the non-school histo-grad-student dessert and wine night. What a great spring break!

Strawberries
1 c dark chocolate chips
3/4 c white chocolate chips
Food coloring (I used blue and yellow.)
2 tbsp shortening

Spring Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

For the non-school histo-grad-student dessert and wine night. What a great spring break!

Strawberries
1 c dark chocolate chips
3/4 c white chocolate chips
Food coloring (I used blue and yellow.)
2 tbsp shortening

Veggie & Pepperoni Pizza II

This dough follows the same recipe save for 1/3 c bread flour and 1/2 c wheat flour.

I also added zucchini and jalepenos!

Veggie & Pepperoni Pizza II

This dough follows the same recipe save for 1/3 c bread flour and 1/2 c wheat flour.

I also added zucchini and jalepenos!