Burning The Souffle

"A Woman Happily In Love, She Burns The Souffle"

Good Summer Recipe July 10, 2009

Filed under: cooking — Rachel @ 10:55 am

This blog, contrary to Dr. Google’s beliefs, is NOT a cooking blog. Sorry googlers, I don’t know how to make a souffle. I can’t tell you whether it will rise when it’s raining or even what goes into a souffle, other than beaten, separated eggs, which have to be tempered, and I HATE tempering eggs, because they often end up scrambled. That being said, I do like to cook. Look, I even have a nifty cooking category! I like cooking simple stuff the most, although occassionally I’ll branch out and cook something a little harder.

I love to bake, but I haven’t baked much at all this summer. Something about running the oven for a long time in 95 degree weather with 100% humidity just saps the fun out of it.  I have been using my new ice cream maker though, which I LOVE.  I really wanted one last summer, but could never find one that was not majorly expensive. I mean, I like it, but in all honesty, it is probably only going to get used during the summer. I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money on something that only got used during one season. Anyway, I found one that was not expensive, and I like it.  So far I’ve made orange crush  (which would have been better if i had not used skim milk (was very flaky when it froze), but that was all that I had on hand), and chocolate frosty. You know, like the frosty from wendy’s? This tasted JUST like that. Delicious.  We (well me and D plus my sister and my dad) ate the whole batch in a few days (sorry mom!).  It was really awesome. Here is the super simple recipe:

1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

1 16 oz tub cool whip

Chocolate milk poured to the “fill line” of your ice cream freezer/bucket.

That’s all! Just freeze it however your ice cream maker tells you to.  I poured mine into plastic lunch containers (be sure to leave enough room at the top, because it will expand when it freezes) and everyone could just pull an individual portion out of the freezer when they wanted one.  Oh yes, and I used 1% chocolate milk,  I despise the taste of whole milk, so the rest of the gallon would have gone to waste if I had bought that kind. The 1% froze just fine though.

Seriously, try this, it took less than five minutes to mix up. (Obviously longer to freeze, but you don’t have to do any work during that part.)



Delicious Recipe June 23, 2009

Filed under: cooking — Rachel @ 12:29 pm

Do you ever get burned out on fixing the same old thing all the time? I do. I feel sort of like I have exhausted all of the recipes I know-I am a good cook, but living in a small town sometimes limits what I can cook. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t THAT small, we have several grocery stores, but they don’t carry a lot of specialty items.  For example, I love Rachael Ray’s show, and I think that her food always looks delicious, but I looked at one of her recipes and it has not one, but 3 ingredients I know I could not find in the stores here. We don’t typically have fresh herbs or specialty cheeses, so that can stop me from fixing a lot of “food network” type stuff.

Yesterday though, I was looking through some of D’s mom’s cookbooks for some fresh ideas. I found several recipes that look SO good, but I haven’t tested them yet, so I won’t put them here. This one however, I made for my sister and I for lunch. It was delicious! And it totally tastes like something you would get at a restaurant. Here you go:

Curried Tuna and Apple Sandwiches

1/4 cup of mayo (I used regular Miracle Whip, I don’t like mayo.)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon curry powder (I used yellow)

1/8 teaspoon of garlic (I actually forgot to put this in and it still tasted fine.)

1 6 once packet of tuna (The original recipe called for canned albacore, but I prefer the kind that comes in a pouch.)

1 small granny smith apple, chopped

1 celery rib, chopped

1/4 a cup of raisins (I like raisins, so I might add more next time)

2 tablespoons diced onion (I used a vidalia onion, I think they are the best, they are slightly sweet and not so pungent.)

Whole grain bread.

Mix the first 4 ingredients. Stir in the tuna. Stir in the next 4 ingredients. Spread on bread and enjoy!

See, it is super easy! And SO good. This recipe says it makes 3 sandwiches, but my sister and I each had a sandwich, and there is more than enough for 2 more sandwiches later.   It also says that it is “10 minutes or less” but I sort of disagree-it didn’t take long at all to stir it all together, but it did take a little extra prep time to chop all the ingredients. Not very long though. I would say it was 15-20 minutes total for me.


Hope You’re Having A Red Hot Christmas… December 25, 2008

Filed under: cooking,life is flippin suh-weet — Rachel @ 2:54 pm

I totally am!
This Christmas has really and truly been wonderful, with only a slight hitch of some paper in the oven catching fire.
No, we weren’t trying to cook paper, don’t you worry about that, apparently some mail had gotten stuck to the bottom of a pan earlier. We were heating some cinnamon rolls and the oven just must not have gotten hot enough for the paper to burn. My mom was preheating the oven for sausage and cheese toast (yummmm) when my sister started freaking out. “Mom, mom! The oven is on fire!”
Sure enough it was.
The fire extinguished itself when the oven was turned off, but sadly, the smell lingers.
All of the windows are open.
At least it’s nice outside!
Anyway, I’m super thankful we were all standing around in the kitchen talking, and no one was hurt, and the only damage done was a stinky smell!
Merry Christmas!


Time For Treats December 9, 2008

Filed under: cooking — Rachel @ 10:21 am

Well everyone, I have one final tomorrow, and one on Thursday, and then I will be done for the semester! Yahoo!

Oh, and did I mention that Christmas Day is only two weeks from Thursday?

This can only mean one thing….

Time for treats!!!!!!

I think I will start making my Christmas treats this weekend and this upcoming week. And the week of Christmas.

I like baking/making stuff. A lot.  But I’d like to try my hand at a few different things this year.

I want to try to make: divinity, rock candy, pralines, and miscellaneous cookie recipies that I haven’t tried before.

I will make: oatmeal-coconut cookies, cheese wafers, fudge (I have a super simple fudge recipe, and you don’t even need a candy thermometer), and several recipes out of this thing that came with the newspaper.

I really do want to try my hand at making some new things. I made a lemonade pie at Thanksgiving that I had never made before and everyone loved it.

So what are some of your favorite holiday recipes?

Please, please, give me some. I really need some new tricks.


Help Me? October 2, 2008

Filed under: cooking,Uncategorized — Rachel @ 12:02 pm

It’s no secret that I love to eat. I am one of those people that will try nearly anything (unless it’s made from some weird animal or weird animal part) at least once. I love spicy, flavorful food. But I’m kind of stuck in a culinary rut. I’m a good cook (not bragging, but I’ve been cooking since I  was around 7 or so, I’ve had lots of practice), but I seem to cook sort of the same things, or same types of things all the time. Mostly because I cook for D or my mom, dad, and sister, or D’s parents, or any combination of those people, so I cook things I think they will like. I mostly make stuff that’s fairly easy-spaghetti, salad, pasta salad, fruit salads, au gratin potatoes (a big favorite), meatloaf, fried rice, an assortment of cakes, cookies, and pies, lots of casseroles, and pretty much any kind of “southern” food you can imagine (i make a mean baked garlic and cheese grits). My favorite thing is probably baking, but baking can be sort of limited. I mean, desserts are great, but you can’t exactly eat them all day everyday. So I need some new recipes.  I would love to be able to make Thai curry, because there is a great Thai restaurant that I like going to, but it’s sort of expensive for just some curry and rice.  I like their pineapple red curry. It has pineapple, green bell peppers, red bell peppers, your choice of meat, and fresh basil. I am not entirely sure what the soupy part is made of other than the red curry. I don’t want to make any curry with coconut milk in it, because it has SO much fat and calories, even though it is delicious.

So does anyone have any great recipies to share with me? Recipies for anything? Any idea how to make Thai curry? (Or Indian curry, i like the Thai, but as I said I love spicy.) I love trying new recipes, so please, SHARE!


I Just realized I eat like a five-year-old September 10, 2008

Filed under: cooking — Rachel @ 12:11 pm

Yeah….I just came to an important realization. I eat like a five year old.

For lunch today, I had graham crackers and peanut butter, strawberry-banana applesauce, a 100 calorie pack of wheat thins, and some water.

Now my desk is coated with graham cracker crumbs and little dribbles of applesauce. Not to mention the floor, which now has enough crumbs on it to feed a small nation.

Oh, and I also managed to get peanut butter all over my hands, and on my pants, and crumbs on my laptop.

Actually, the peanut butter that got on my hands was probably more from trying to hurriedly dig it out of the jar with a spoon, so that I could just eat it plain, without bothering to first spread it on a cracker.  I think if I could have just injected the stuff intravenously, I would have.  Love me some peanut butter.


Tuesday August 5, 2008

Filed under: cooking,good news — Rachel @ 5:46 pm

Good afternoon campers.

How about an update on my reproductive organs?

The news: Small (!) cyst, follow up with an appointment, no ultrasound (yet)

I was pretty pleased with this plan of attack. I really wasn’t dying for someone to press on my full bladder.

On that note, I know that every lady who has had an ultrasound of her female parts thinks of one thing and one thing only: How to keep from peeing on the technician.

The last time I had one I seriously thought that I was going to, because they made me drink all that water, then something happened where I had to wait a REALLY long time, I mean longer than usual. By the time I even got on the table to have the scan, I was questioning whether or not I could hold it much longer….then she started pressing around….ohhhhh.

I didn’t though.

On another (non-reproductive system) note: I’m feeling particularly creative today…I really want to make ice cream. I don’t have an ice cream maker though. I think I will go buy one.  The only problem is that I really don’t know anything about ice cream makers at ALL.  I’ve already done enough research to figure out that I don’t want that ice cream ball thing (you toss it around till it’s done, maybe fun for like 5 minutes, or longer if you have small kids), and I am horrified at some of the reviews or the other makers….they all seem to break at the merest provocation…not a good thing in my kitchen, where things routinely get dropped, shoved, stepped on and swore at. And I don’t want to spend a lot on this thing. I mean, I don’t think making ice cream is going to become a daily thing (maybe for the first few days, then I think it will probably just get used occasionally on weekends or something). And the thing needs to make more than a pint of ice cream at a time. (“Yum”, says I, “where’s mine?” says D) I want to make enough to share with family.

Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.