Giada's Kitchen: New Italian Favorites
Baking: From My Home to Yours
Then there's Dorie... I can't live without this book. It just so happens that for every work dessert, I've chosen something out of this book. What's your go - to dessert book? I have pumpkin cream cheese muffins memorized, but I can't exactly make those in the summer. This gives great options for all year long.
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food
And vegetarian... Great ideas for sides and main courses for when you have a vegetarian in the house. Or just for yourself!
What other books are staples in your kitchen? (Actually, I have a lot of magazines too...)
The Tudors - The Complete First Season
The Tudors - The Complete Second Season
It's pretty good - though I do have to say, don't have that high of expectations for the acting. And it doesn't follow historical facts, so don't be surprised if events are left out or if it seems like time periods of wives should be longer. At least there's a few hotties to keep your minds off of the lack of historical facts!
Caldrea Liquid Hand Soap- Green Tea Patchouli
My favorite scent - but I also happen to love lavendar. Trust me, if you're kind of sick of seeing Seventh Generation and Method products, don't be fooled, branch out into the world of green products by trying Caldrea. I've also found Caldrea products at Tuesday Morning.
Try something new - definitely try a Caldrea product, you'll be pleasantly surprised!
Kraft has super easy recipes that can be prepared in minutes, which is why I like receiving their emails. It gives me ideas for later, even if I don't follow the recipes to perfection. I think that when you add your own little twist, it gives you a sense of accomplishment to know that you just made something better. On your own. (Bimmer Man now uses other spices instead of just hot sauce and soy sauce in his taco meat. Makes me proud...)
So enjoy the online magazine and get inspired - not every meal has to take an hour to prepare.
I found a whole new website (ok, new to me) that has some great deals on furniture. Amazing in this day and age, right?
The Hawthorne Hall Tree Storage Bench above is $278, which is an awesome price for entryway storage.
I personally have too many shoes to shove into a boxed tree so I'm more likely to pick a bench that's more like the above Chesterfield Bench with shoe storage. Though it may not hold my four inch heels OR my winter boots, most of my work shoes and Bimmer Man's shoes will fit comfortably in the bench. The 3 drawer bench is $195 and the four drawer bench is $245.
But instead of those brown paper bags, check these out! They are on the pricey side at $23.95, but I'm sure you can google your way to a coupon code at checkout with no problem. They'll last for a long time (and probably through at least 5 of Bimmer Man's Formula 1 race seasons in Indy) plus they're cute!
Here's what's on my list:
Broiled Cumin Lamb Chops with Curried Couscous
Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 lamb chops and about 1 cup couscous mixture)
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon honey
8 (4-ounce) lamb loin chops, trimmed
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup uncooked couscous
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
To prepare lamb, combine first 3 ingredients in a bowl. Brush honey evenly over both sides of lamb; sprinkle evenly with spice mixture. Arrange lamb in a single layer on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; broil 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.
To prepare couscous, heat a nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in cranberries and next 4 ingredients (through 1/4 teaspoon salt); bring to a boil. Remove from heat; stir in couscous. Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Add cilantro; fluff with a fork.
Calories: 510 (33% from fat)
Fat: 18.7g (sat 9g,mono 7g,poly 1g)
David Bonom, Cooking Light, NOVEMBER 2007
Gnocchi with Asparagus and Pancetta
Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups gnocchi mixture and 1 tablespoon cheese)
1 (16-ounce) package vacuum-packed gnocchi (such as Vigo)
2 ounces pancetta, cut into thin strips (about 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup thinly sliced shallots
1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup (1 ounce) shaved Parmesan cheese
1. Cook gnocchi according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Keep warm.
2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pancetta; sauté 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate.
3. Add shallots and asparagus to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add gnocchi, pancetta, reserved cooking liquid, juice, salt, and pepper to pan; cook 1 minute. Serve with cheese.
Calories: 277 (21% from fat)
Fat: 6.5g (sat 3.1g,mono 2.5g,poly 0.1g)
Jackie Mills, MS, RD, Cooking Light, APRIL 2008
With Stubby Pencil Studio, there's so many art supplies to chose from. They can color their own cards, have personal stationary and also get eco friendly crayons and drawing supplies. There's watercolor paints, soy crayons, eco highlighters and environmentally friendly #2 pencils (a teacher's dream).
So there's another way to be eco friendly in your life...
Just try it! You'll save money!
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So here's my plan:
1. Export this blog.
2. Import the blog into my gmail address blogger account.
3. Delete THIS blog (meaning the Organized McTatty in my maiden name).
4. Quickly snatch up the domain "The Organized McTatty" again under my married name.
Do you think this can be done????
I sure hope so because it's so confusing to have TWO blogger log ins!!!!
Man... If anything happens, here's what I'm going to change the blogger stuff to:
So um, yeah, how easy is that?
I'll, uh, let you know what happens!
In any case, today is National Pie Day and I think it's time to bake tonight. One question - what kind should I make?
Ummm.... Hmmm... (Picture McTatty throwing her arms up in the air, squishing her face into an I-don't-know expression and wondering what's for sale at the grocery store)
The L.A. Times has a very short article - but I'll see what they have in store in the fresh produce. And then possible bake a pie.
Or two. If I can find a good pie crust recipe, which hopefully will fit in my 3 cup food processor.
Bimmer Man's favorite Twin Cities grocery store is Byerly's - his favorite soup is shown above. A little nasty to photography, but it tastes like no other. It freezes well (store in individual containers, I use Gladware...). The link goes straight to the recipe, though you'll find that they have so much more to offer than traditional wild rice soup!
Being of finnish descent, I can't quite help NOT shopping at FinnStyle, simply because of Marimekko - cute napkins, placemats, towels, etc... will dot your walls with something fun in the dark depths of Winter.
In Indiana - one can't help but shop at BloomingFoods. It's a co-op. And it's local and it's fabulous. It's deli is amazing - so if you're in Bloomington, Indiana, make a stop at the downtown BloomingFoods for lunch. You'll be pleasantly amazed!
Enjoy all the recipe links!
MONSTER has his own blog, ok, so really it's me telling the story of Rusty and pet stuff and dog stuff and treats and whatnot. It's boring if you're not a pet person.
Trust me. IT'S BORING IF YOU'RE NOT A PET PERSON.
But in any case, we rescued MONSTER from the White River Humane Society in Bedford, IN. This picture was taken for his adoption picture for Petfinder. Poor dog was 15 pounds under weight. I'm slowly telling the story of MONSTER so far and what has worked for us, training wise, etc...
So um, here's the link: Rescuing MONSTER
At first I was going to do a photography blog and then, well, no that was too boring for me. Go figure. Enjoy, all of my two freakin' posts...
But that means that I have to be more adventurous with chicken and turkey. I think eventually I'll probably go vegetarian but right now I love chicken and bacon WAY TOO MUCH.
So today I got an e-mail from Real Simple. I'm going to make just about every chicken recipe on this list. Why? Because I'm not as creative right now with food as I was three weeks ago. And I feel like making a list and checking items off of it. Like cleaning out the closets. Check. Making chicken for dinner. Check.
And so tonight the checklist begins...
And then my blogging spoke to me... About Twitter. Ok, so blogs don't really speak but whatever. I'm on Twitter so if you want to see what I'm up to - feel free. I'll probably put up blog updates and stuff and interesting links. And life.
Twitter Me This!!!
See? Super easy. No chopping required. Unless you want to...
2-1/2 cups KRAFT Shredded Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese, divided
1 container (15 oz.) POLLY-O Natural Part Skim Ricotta Cheese
1/2 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 jar (26 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1 cup water
12 lasagna noodles, uncooked
HEAT oven to 350°F. Brown meat in large skillet on medium-high heat. Meanwhile, mix 1-1/4 cups mozzarella, ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan, parsley and egg until well blended; set aside.
DRAIN meat; return to skillet. Stir in spaghetti sauce. Add water to empty sauce jar; cover with lid and shake well. Add to meat mixture; stir until well blended. Spread 1 cup sauce onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish; top with layers of 3 lasagna noodles, 1/3 of the ricotta cheese mixture and 1 cup sauce. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining noodles, sauce and cheeses. Cover with greased foil.
BAKE 1 hour or until heated through, removing foil after 45 min. Let stand 15 min. before cutting to serve.
You know, being thrifty is kinda fun! I should post more free stuff more often. Here's a few links that I like to look at every once in awhile:
Walmart Free Samples (Yes, seriously)
Etc... Etc... You can pretty much just google "free sample of..." and lots will pop up. Right now you can get a free sample of Rachael Ray's dog food and then of course Dove always has samples... The list can go on and on!
But at least you can green your cutting board. Try this acacia wood chopping block. Acacia is naturally sustainable, even more so than teak (who knew?). It's $34.98 at Lowe's right now.
Or an even more awesome alternative is THIS cork cutting board from Crate & Barrel. It's on SALE for $19.99. Crate & Barrel also has a green living section of their website. I'm glad commercialism is heading eco-friendly.
Enjoy being green in your kitchen!