Monthly Archives: February 2012
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who voted for my recipe over at Velvet Aroma! And a special THANK YOU to those of you who voted every 4 hours! 😉 The votes were tallied up, and I WON! This was the first contest ever for me…and I may have gone a smidgen overboard in bugging all my followers and friends to vote for my Cashew Butter Chocolate Strawberry Bites, but I was just SO EXCITED. Not to mention, I was simply floored by the outpouring of support! It was an altogether fantastic experience for me. Fellow bloggers reblogging or mentioning the contest and my entry, friends repeatedly posting links to vote for me on their walls… I am such an extremely lucky girl!
I am getting a great prize from the contest as well! A KitchenAid Hand Blender, a box of Love With Food Gourmet Bites, and a $100 gift card to Williams-Sonoma!
Again, thank you for the support and votes! ❤
My dearest lovely readers. I realize I’ve been somewhat absent here and in my online communities the past week, except for the occasional photo post of my refrigerator contents or the facebooking references to the contest I’m in (Vote HERE and “like” me on FB here) or the random tweets (follow me here). Alas, my life has been hectic chaos lately.
By hectic, I mean sinus infections and migraines and just when I thought I was getting better, I pulled a muscle in my back that knocked me flat.
By chaos, I mean my husband has taken over most of my motherly-duties and my meds were making me loopy. Which basically meant that he did things like put the opened organic cranberry juice in the cabinet, but I no longer cared.
By loopy, I mean loopier than my normal typical self.
Alas. Bear with me here.
This is what I’ve been up to. When I wasn’t laying in flat-out agony, I mean. I pulled this meal together a few nights ago. It was quick, easy, and simple enough I could manage it right now. I’ve never loved to eat fish, but this stuff was incredible.
Yummy huh? Yes. It was.
Tilapia, gourmet potatoes, and risotto. With that side of bad back.
This was very easy. Even injured.
No, I don’t whine and complain much. Why do you ask?
I used a 28 oz package of Tasteful Selections potatoes and quartered them. I placed them in a skillet and added just enough water to not quite cover them and brought it to a boil and let cook uncovered. These are my favorite potatoes…I use the Sunrise Medley the most, and their fingerlings are wonderful as well. Delicious little things. Trust me.
I let the water boil almost entirely out. Then I added a teaspoon of kosher salt, a teaspoon of crushed black pepper, and two tablespoons of butter. I let them slightly sauté until the outside started to crisp.
Meanwhile, I prepped the garlic risotto. It was a GF box mix from Lundberg, shown here. I followed the directions on the box. Honest! Rare for me, I know.
Then. For the fish I used a recipe from a friend and made a few tweaks (I had tilapia on hand, instead of his flounder) and fried it in a heavy cast iron skillet. His original recipe is here. I basically dredged the filets in butter and then in the seasoning mix, and fried them. Click the link, check it out, and go try it!
PS. Best things about cooking with a back that is a mess? I finally have a valid excuse for not being able to load the dishwashers.
After a recent trip to the grocery store, this is what my fridge looks like.
Perfect? No. Far from perfect.
I live in a small town. My nearest Whole Foods store is 4 hours away. The nearest chain discount-type big store (that I despise and so I won’t even mention their name but it rhymes with Fall-Apart) is about an hour away. My local grocer is two minutes away.
What does this mean?
This means that I buy most of my groceries locally. I make trips occasionally to bigger stores, and once in a while to my dream grocers. Since I love cooking with less-processed foods, the local store sees me frequently.
My point? Is that it can be done. Gluten free can easily be done in a small town, even with a lack of most of the marvelous gluten free substitutes and a lack of organic produce and meats.
There isn’t a lot of fresh meats in here – I am going today to go pick some up!
Anyways. You don’t have to spend a ton of money, or buy every thing in the specialty store just because it says “gluten free”. Find what you like. Visit the local store regularly to replenish your stock of fresh foods. Cook. Experiment a bit. Explore. Have fun with it!
Remember this recipe? I am so excited! It is a part of Velvet Aroma’s My Gourmet Valentine contest! I entered in my recipe for gluten free Cashew Butter Chocolate Strawberry Bites and I’m doing great in the contest! I am currently in 2nd place!
You can vote for my Cashew Butter Chocolate Strawberry Bites here. There is also a neat little widget over on the side bar from the great folks at Velvet Aroma that will get you there with a click! When you register with an email, you get entered in to win 2 dozen red roses delivered anywhere in the US by Valentine’s Day.
Since the morning the contest began, I’ve been posting this link on my Facebook page, on my personal Facebook wall, sending tweets about it, emailing and texting friends, and posting it everywhere I can. I have really been enjoying myself, and I am so overwhelmed by all of the positive feedback I’ve received – both on my recipe, as well as all the general support and encouragement! I’ve had friends share the info and link on their walls, even. The reaction has been astounding. ❤
In summary. My friends and blogger-contacts are AMAZING. I am truly a lucky lucky girl! Thank you all! Please consider voting for me, the contest runs until Feb 10th and you can vote once each day! And I would be honored if you wanted to reblog this, or shared my links on FB, twitter, or anywhere else!
Located in Pampa, Texas, the Texas Rose Steakhouse was quite busy a few weekends ago when we stopped by. We were seated after about a ten minute wait.
The staff was friendly, and our drink orders were quickly delivered. A staff member circles the room, delivering those famous homemade hot rolls (for the ones at the table consuming gluten). I ordered a medium ribeye, baked potato, and a dinner salad. The dinner salads come without croutons. The ribeye was full of incredible beefy flavor, seasoned perfectly, and cooked exactly how I had ordered it.
Overall, it was a good dining experience. The staff was attentive and professional, and the food delicious. Highly recommended.