Archive | March, 2010

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!!

17 Mar

Top O’ The Mornin’ to ya!!


Okay, so yes I have been made fun of for my bright green car.  But hey, on days like this it really comes in handy.  I let the guys in the office next door have it every year on St. Patty’s day.  They have a wall of windows in their office overlooking where we park.

I always try to pull up to work on St. P Day with my bright green car (of course!) a green outfit, talking on my green phone, and anything else I can whip up.

It’s always a lot of fun getting out of my car because I know they are like

WOW, that is green overload.

I used to say that my favorite color was blue and it has been for many years, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized I had a true love for the color green.  Some say I am crazy to have JUST  discovered this.  Well maybe just a little.

It was the fall of 07′ when I purchased my Kiwi Green Honda Element.  It was love at first sight!  I had to have one.  It wasn’t until someone commented to me while giving them the tour of my interesting vehicle.  They said, “Is green your favorite color?”  I was like, “No, why?” I was actually confused why they would ask.

Yes, I was serious!!!  I know, I replayed the conversation that night and thought it sounded funny too.  You know, the fact that I was surprised they asked that.  It really made me laugh too.

I began to think about my color choices with things.  And VOILA, I realized I was truly a green enthusiast.

I had just become conditioned to say that blue was my favorite color.  Hey, why can’t a girl have two favorite colors??

Well, I think I really got honest when I bought the green cell phone, it was just the natural choice.  I also have a favorite green pen at work that someone gave me the other day and sadly a green covered iPod.  Oh well, I know you guys won’t hold it against me.

So that’s my green confession!  I LOVE GREEN! and blue…

So, with this story follows another, secretly I love St. Patrick’s Day!  It’s a great excuse to wear green and to have some fun with friends and even complete strangers.  Plus, there’s always green beer!

Kansas City is dense with Irish people so it has always been a very celebrated event here.  There is always tons of Irish parties, festivals and two parades.  I had a girlfriend when I was young, whose family was Irish and they would have their own St. Patties Parties, it was a Hoot!!  Her grandmother was the biggest party’r of all, they even died their beer green, boat-loads of fun!

When I was in high-school my sister and I would sneak out to of school and go to the parade.  Sometimes we didn’t have to sneak and our mom would just call us in.  It was a blast!  We felt like it was an adventure, we made most of our friends mad that they had to be in school.  One time, we didn’t even make it to the parade on time, we just got lost and drove around until the parade was over.  (I wasn’t driving…)

Unfortunately, it almost always rains on St. Patrick’s Day, which makes for  a soggy parade.

When this would happen, my sister and I would go to Perkins.  That was the place to go after events, still is, I think?

Are you IRISH? And do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?  I have a little Irish in my genes, among other things.

It’s funny sometimes you get people who are like bah humbug. They notice that you are wearing green and question your Irish heritage.  I just laugh.  Just so you know, I don’t care if you are Irish or not, if you want to celebrate, then by all means, GO TO TOWN, I’ll be the one right next to you in GREEN!

HELLO-OH!

9 Mar

HELLO-OH!

Hey guys!  I’m still around here, doin my thang.  Just haven’t really had a whole lot of time to cook or post anything in the last week.  Alright this is the edit to this post:  I have not given up on you.  I took some awesome pictures for this post and haven’t been able to get them off of my sim card.  ARGHHH! So for now you’ll have to read just text, shortly I should have it fixed or have a new camera…Whoo Hoo to the last one.

But I do have a recipe that I wanted to share for potatoes.  I was at the President’s Day Sale at Price Chopper the other week and picked up a 10 lb. bag of russet potatoes for only 99¢.  I was so proud of myself.   I will admit that I did go to that store specifically for the potatoes.  I couldn’t pass up the deal!  I’m a deal junkie, okay not really.

You can feed an army on potatoes!

So I get home and it dawns on me that I have no idea what I am going to do with all these potatoes!!!  I don’t really make anything with potatoes unless it’s mashed, baked or in with a roast.  Even at that we don’t eat a ton of potatoes.

Flipped on PBS and caught the Cooking with Julia & Jacques: Cooking at Home.  Guess what they were cooking… Yep POTATOES!!!  I was so excited!  They had a special name for the two recipes of potatoes that they were doing.  I don’t remember honestly.  But we’ll just call them scalloped.

The recipe was so easy that you don’t really need to use a recipe.  I just took notes in my head and then ran into the kitchen to hurriedly put my own potato dish together.

For this recipe I recommend using a food processor as it makes it very fast and easy.  (I refuse to slice potatoes this thin by hand.)

What you’ll need:

12″ saucepan (oven safe) or something about same size

8 med-large potatoes (doesn’t have to be exact)

1 Quart Stock (Whatever you like)

1 Onion

1-2 Sprigs of Thyme

Salt/Pepper to Taste

First, pre-heat your oven to 350°.  Next, you will want to get your potatoes peeled and then sliced in the food processor. (You could use a mandolin, too)  Slice your onion in the food processor as well.  If doing by hand, you want your slices to be fairly thin so they will cook through in the oven.

Side note:  Do not rinse your potatoes after sliced.  You will need all of the starch to make your sauce into a thick, yummy, bubbly dish.

Put your sliced potatoes and onions in your saucepan and on to the stove top.  Give ’em a gentle toss to distribute.  Add stock, just covering the potatoes.  Salt and Pepper to taste.  Bring mixture to a low boil.  Turn the burner off and tuck your sprig or sprigs of Thyme into the mix.

Toss it into the oven uncovered for about 30 min.  Just check for doneness.  As I said before I made this dish without a recipe.  So, if I can do it, then I know you’ll be able to pull it off.

This is very versatile too, you can sub Rosemary for Thyme or whatever you like.  They also made some similar to this dish but used half milk and half cream and some butter.  You can do whatever you want just use your imagination.

It was a definite husband pleaser, he was impressed at how yummy and full of flavor they were.