Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hubby to the rescue!

Tired of eating from Quick Service Restaurants...  Hubby to the rescue!  Our last Lacrosse game of the season was last week and off I went after work to retrieve our darling daughter.  On my way I picked up my  84 year old mother, her cane and a lawn chair in case the field they were playing on was close to my car.  And it was, so Grandma got to see her granddaughter stand on the side lines.  (That is really all she does.  Coach does not play the second string.) And following the game Grandma proudly told darling granddaughter that she should be honored that Grandma made two of her games this year.  Too bad she sat the bench both time, but hey she got to see her. 

While all of this was taking place, hubby was mowing the lawn and putting a new recipe in the oven for a late family dinner.  There was a recipe booklet attached to our Better Homes and Gardens subscription renewal and he found this little treasure - Chicken Enchilada Pasta.


It was quite tasty and filling.  I guess when he saw the recipe he thought that it would take no time to prepare.  What he didn't realize that it was really stuffed shells Mexican Style, so prep time was a bit longer than planned.

Everyone enjoyed it, except our little guy who picked out all of the peppers. The only bad part about it was not as tasty reheated.  So if you plan on making this...feed a crowd and eat it all!

So, one sport done for the season and one still in full swing.  Maybe a little more time for homemade dinners?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Remind me what normal is?

Lacrosse, Baseball, full time job, Mom's taxi service... Practices, away games, 3 games in one week.....and now a Garage Sale on Friday!  Are you kidding me?  No wonder I am not posting any good recipes or culinary delights.  When will we return to normal life, normal diet? 

Well the good news is school is almost over.  Lacrosse is almost over! and our next gourmet dinner club is scheduled.  In the mean time, here is a couple of recipes I used from Food Network and Fine Cooking  for our Valentine's Day Dinner in 2011. 
Sauteed Asparagus and Snap Peas on the Food Network
Beef Tenderloin with Rosemary and Chocolate - Fine Cooking Recipes, Techniques and Tips

So easy and delicious. 

Off to pick up my darling daughter from larosse and then to a baseball game for our handsome little guy!  Subway anyone?

Monday, May 14, 2012

How was your Mothers Day?

Pancakes following a sleepover was the only thing I cooked yesterday.  3 hungry boys, and one Bisquick Pancake shaker.  Breakfast was served.  But why is it that my first 2 pancakes never come out right?  Those are the ones that take so long to cook and still don't look right.  (They are the ones I always end up eating!) Oh well....

Mother's day was a beautiful day!  The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, the hummingbirds came back to our feeders.  What a glorious day.  We visited my Mother early in the morning, came home and worked around the house, then took my Mother-in-law out for dinner. 

I count my blessing each day for my 2 beautiful children, my wonderful husband, my large family (I am the last of five) , my nieces, nephews, great niece and nephews and my wonderful friends!  They are all very special to me!  I am glad that they are in my life.  Happy Mothers Day and Happy Monday!.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Picky eaters favorite dinner!

Do you every look at your children and say " hmm, this one is just like me or that one is so totally my husband'?  Well, when it comes to eating I can definitely say that about my children.  My oldest is just like my husband.  Will try anything, great eater and adventurous.  My youngest is just like me - picky!  My mother would blame herself for my eating habits when I was little, because she said she kept me on baby food too long.  Go figure that out growing up in a Diner.  I am not a cold sandwich lover.  I wanted a hot lunch, soup preferred.  But I did like the good stuff.  Steak, Prime Rib, shrimp, scallops, you know the expensive stuff.  When I was little and we went out to a restaurant, no hot dog hamburg for me.  It was a steak or prime rib, baked potato. 

Well my youngest is the same way.  We can not get him to eat a grilled cheese for anything.  He won't eat a sandwich unless it is a sub from Subway.  But give him a plate of calamari and he thinks he is eating exotic!  Well today is his birthday and I owe him one of his favorite dinners. I found this recipe in Fine Cooking and thought, "He will never eat it!"  Was I wrong.  He loves it and asks for it.  I think that is what I will have to make for him this weekend.

Pork Scaloppine with Prosciutto, Sage & Caramelized Lemon

Happy Birthday my little man!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Welcome - This is new to me!

Let's start something new!  I have spent a bit of time browsing blogs and websites for what is new and interesting.  Saving recipes, printing out numerous copies and just trying things out. 

Ever since I was little I have been around food.  My parents owned a diner is a small town from before I was born until I was about 12 years old. When I was little, my brothers and sisters and I lived upstairs over the diner.  Dinner was always made downstairs and then brought to the table to share.  My dad was the main cook and my mom was the waitress, donut maker, salad preparer, and everything else.  Meat and potatoes was always what was served for dinner.  After the diner was gone, there was still a lot of cooking going on.  The family grew with in laws and grandchildren adding to the mix.  Traditional foods always kept popping up at dinners and holidays, and recipes were either passed around or passed down for the next generation to start making. Food was comfort in my family.  Dad's homemade soups, Mom's chocolate cake, Christmas cookies and casseroles.  There was always something to nibble on.

I lot of time has past since then.  I have been happily married to my wonderful husband, let's call him  'Valley Boy" for 20 years.  Cooking has changed for us from our first days of wedded bliss.  Back then, newly married and on a budget, chicken legs were $.29 a pound and could be cooked a variety of ways. Our friendships changed as we moved from apartment to first house to our current neighborhood.

We now have two wonderful children who keep us busy. My husband took an increasing interest in cooking and trying new recipes.  And our love of good food and entertaining grew.  Watching cooking shows and then running to the computer to print off the recipe, gathering our closet friends together for a gourmet dinner club and creating our own "cookbook" of favorites is what our culinary explorations have become.

Culinary adventures from the Dinergirl's kitchen. Not just my cooking, but my husbands as well. This is what I hope this blog will bring to all interested parties. 

First Simple Recipe from our Hawaii Inspired Menu, a way to Jazz Up White Rice

Saffron Rice

2 cups basmati or jasmine rice
4 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoonsdiced onion1 teaspoon salt
2 pinches saffron, crumbled  (American saffron will be fine)


1.       In a medium size saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and add the diced onion.  Cook to translucent.
2.     Add the chicken stock, rice and saffron.
3.       Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat.
4.       Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until stock is absorbed and rice is tender.
5.       Fluff with fork and serve.