Monday, October 19, 2015

Absolute Food Wins

These recipes are so simple, that they really don't require an ingredient list.

A bloomin onion! This was an onion cut into a flower, with the bottom part still attached. I mixed together some panko, flour,  and seasoning salt for the main crust, but soaked this first in buttermilk (actually coconut milk and vinegar) and then dipped it in the panko mix. The cooking times really varied depending on the size of the onion, but I almost liked the smaller onions more because they were easier to handle. 8 stars.

Easy Baked Pesto Chicken: This recipe is so simple that it's ridiculous. Take a jar of pesto and slather it on chicken, then cook. YES!!! That's all! And oh my, it is incredible. I enjoy pesto as much as the next foodie, but this is a whole different flavor of wonderful. Make it. 8 stars for flavor, 11 stars for ease of making.

Keto Meatloaf – Stuffed w/ Goat Cheese & Spinach
2lbs fatty ground beef – preferably grass fed
2 whole eggs
3 scallions (chopped)
1 large yellow onion (chopped)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
handful of raw spinach
3-4 oz of che’vre goat cheese (I used mozzarella sticks this time and goat cheese the first time- goat cheese is better)
2 T tomato paste (I used BBQ sauce the 2nd time and it was so much better!)
4 shakes of cayenne pepper
3 finger pinch of oregano
2 three-finger pinches of salt
6 course grinds of pepper
1 sprigs of rosemary


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Add 2lbs of meat and 2 eggs into mixing bowl. Add finely chopped scallions, garlic and onions. Mix it up together.

Add cayenne, oregano, salt, pepper and mix up again.

Throw down some plastic wrap on the counter and then roll out your meat on top of it. Try to flatten it out and create a rectangle (mine was a little long) and then add the spinach and goat cheese to the middle. Roll up the meat into a log.

Dress up the top with your tomato paste (or leave it dry to make it more keto friendly), sprinkle some rosemary on top.

Cook about 50-60 minutes until the middle hits about 150 degrees.

A Little Deer for Your Day

Friday was craft night and I decided to create this little jewel based off a picture from a wedding blog. Just sketching on a large piece of cardboard, which was cut out and copied onto a moss table runner. That was cut out and glued to the cardboard (using the magic of rubber cement on both, dried, then put together). A little bow on my boy and he's ready for the door! It took about 1.5 hours while I was chatting the entire time and the longest part of sketching it, so it would have been much quicker if I would have printed off the original design offline.

Screen Printing at Home

I love cute t-shirts and used a fantastic at-home kit a few years ago from EZ Screen Print ( Their instructional videos are great and very easy to follow, so I finally got down to it and started my shirts. The most difficult process of this is having a clear, sunny day when you can burn the print. Really, I only have weekends for this, and while sunny days aren't hard to find, we have so much forest fire smoke in the summer that I waited until October to get my prints made. I only had a couple to make for myself, so the majority were for my mom. Step 1 involves printing your design on a transparency. Step 2 is burning it, Step 3 putting ink on, and Step 4 ironing. Yes, there are other logistics in between, but that's the majority of the process! Since I made so many small designs, there were little marks of ink in the wrong place, but that's my fault. I also didn't have great cardboard under it, so the designs would normally be even more slick.