Archive for March, 2010

Happy hump day to all of you glorious people out there!

It’s been a bit of a crazy week so far but thank heavens it’s time for a little break to explore two curiously awesome websites. Well, one of them is more normal than the other. 😀 So with out further mish mash of blibber blabber I present to you 5 minutes of interweb awesomeness.

If I Can Dream

The If I Can Dream concept is brought to you by the creator of American Idol, Simon Fuller. Simon has 5 (soon to be 6) roommates living in a house in Hollywood purely so the world can watch their every move as they attempt to “make it.” They have set up cameras in every room from several angles and you can log on to the website and watch what they are doing. It is admittedly a little strange and maybe sadistic, but for those of us who were not-so-secretly sucked into watching the likes of the Bachelor, this show is an interesting look into how people act in strange-yet-awesome situations. Actual episodes that are well edited and highlight the happenings of the previous week are released only on Hulu every Tuesday.

and now for our mind-numbingly fantastic second featurette…

Budget Bytes!

Budget Bytes is not my typical blog. I am just as much a food blog fanatic as I am a cook, but there are several aspects that appeal to me in Budget Bytes that I haven’t found in many other blogs. The author of Budget Bytes breaks down the serving by serving cost of each dish she makes. I personally am trying to go organic and green as much as feasible, so not all of her pricing works for me, but at the same time her recipes are simple, delicious, and remind me of my mom’s wonderful home cooking. This site is perfect if you’re new to cooking, trying to save money at the grocery store, or just looking for some new, easy ideas, do yourself a favor and check into this blog!

Well thanks for tuning in this week for our mostly regular programming,

you are now free to cook about the country,

(eat well and love much),



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More on these delicious pots of gold in a second…

So I am not a good blogger. At least I am not a very consistent one. I have officially thought of a hundred and one excuses for why it has been over a month since my last post and all of them sounded good. You know, excuses like:

“I had to buy toilet paper.”


“Last week was midterms.”


“Don’t blog posts deserve a spring break too?”

And yet, my blog was always there in the back of my mind. Ideas for posts and hilarious screw ups that the world just really needs to know about me in the kitchen. Like how yesterday I ate two frozen cookie dough balls that I made for a rainy day when company comes over and I need a dessert fast. Well, lets just say I’m down a few (dozen) cookie dough balls now.

Anywho, I’m sorry, for all of you who accidentally fell upon my poor abandoned blog whilst I was having a mental breakdown of epic proportions. Ok maybe that is a slight exaggeration. Slight. In my head this whole thing just seemed like such a grand idea, like I would magically have posts that write themselves, and suddenly I would have a stay-at-home job. Before I knew it, I was having commitment problems like Harry in Something’s Gotta Give!

Obviously, things don’t really just do themselves. Ergo–>

Well today, I’m recommitting myself. Even if no one other than my sweet Sister-in-Law and other family members are my only faithful readers, I think I need to write this out lest I go to a dark and twisty place*. So I hope you can forgive my lack of pretty pots and pans and less than fantastic photos (Lord willing we will get a nice camera someday) and lets hop back on this ride for a while and see where it leads!

It’s a little out of season now that we’re coming upon spring, but here is the sweet potato and carrot souffle I promised to post about what seems like forever ago. It is SO delicious! When I made it I was feeling onery so I hand whipped some whipped cream with some fresh grated nutmeg on top, and oh man…just try it, ok?

*Shout out to my Grey’s Anatomy lovers!

Sweet Potato and Carrot Souffle

1 & 1/2 pound Peeled Carrots

1 to 2 medium size Sweet Potatoes

1 & 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar

1 & 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder

1 & 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

1/3 cups All-purpose Flour

4 whole Eggs

1 stick Melted Butter Or Margarine

1 tablespoon Confectioner’s Sugar, Garnish

Heavy or Whipping cream, Garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut carrots (if whole) into 2 inch long sections so they will steam evenly. Cut sweet potatoes into 1 inch cubes.

Place carrots and sweet potatoes in microwave safe bowl and cover with water.Cover bowl loosely with some form of a lid, even if that’s an upside down plate. Microwave on high for 10 minutes or until both carrots and sweet potatoes are fork tender and soft enough to be mashed.

Drain potatoes and carrots and put in the bowl of a mixer and add sugar, baking powder, vanilla, and flour. Beat slowly until carrots and potatoes mash and then beat on high for 3 minutes until very smooth.

With mixer on low, add eggs one at a time, being sure each is incorporated before adding the next. Gradually add the melted butter.

If making in ramekins, spray each ramekin with Pam for baking or butter and flour each ramekin. If making in a 1 1/2-quart casserole or a deep 9-inch round pan do the same. Fill each ramekin, or dish, no more than half way up as souffle will puff while cooking.

If making in ramekins, cook for around 20 to 25 min in 350 degree oven, or until doubled in size and inserted toothpick comes out clean. If making in a casserole or round pan cook for 1 to 1 and a half hours or until top is a light golden brown. Garnish as desired!

PS–I made red sauce again recently and added some artichokes because I felt like it and oh man…please try it sometime!

Eat well and love much,

a recovering commitment phobe

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