April 30, 2010

Cascadian Farm Giveaway!

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Earth Day’s 40th anniversary was on April 22nd and Cascadian Farm wants you to join the celebration by pledging to follow a few eco-friendly tips on Facebook. Choose from eight different pledges, ranging from reusing clothes to reducing your speed while driving on the highway, and find the one that fits your lifestyle. For each person that signs a pledge now through May 31, 2010, Cascadian Farm will donate $1, up to $40,000, to the Organic Farming Research Foundation, which fosters the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems.

How would you like to receive a “Live Green Together” prize pack that includes Cascadian Farm cereals and granola bars, including: Fruitful O’s cereal, Cinnamon Crunch cereal, Chocolate Chip Chewy granola bars, Dark Chocolate Almond Granola, Dark Chocolate Almond granola bars, Oats & Honey granola, and an eco-friendly grocery bag?  Cascadian Farm through MyBlogSpark is looking to give this prize pack away to one of my readers.  I received this prize pack myself and I can tell you that the products are great.  Grumpy and I both loved the granola bars (they were chewy!) and the cereal was great too! 

To receive an entry into this giveaway you must:

1)Leave me a comment telling me what you pledge to do.  Make sure to leave a way for me to contact you.  If you do not do this your name will not be entered.

To receive additional entries:
1) sign up to receive my E-recipe newsletter and leave me a comment letting me know that you have signed up**
2) join me on Facebook and leave a message on my wall letting me know that you are now following me there
3) tweet this entry and make sure to include @GrumpysHoneyB in your tweet

**All those already receiving my newsletter will automatically be entered.

Visit CascadianFarm.com to learn more and download a $1.00 coupon today!

The products, prize pack, information and additional prize pack to give away were all given to me from Cascadian Farm through MyBlogSpark.  Giveaway will end on Tuesday, May 4th at 6:00 PM EST.

April 29, 2010

South Beach Hamburger Kebabs

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Grumpy and I have been following the South Beach Diet for the last week.  We did this before we got married and it worked pretty well for us.  Lately we both have felt like it was time to get rid of the excess baggage we had collected over the last year.  So, to inspire me, I started searching through Kalyn's Kitchen and bookmarking recipes that I wanted to try.  Kalyn has an abundant number of South Beach Diet friendly recipes on her site!

As soon as I saw the recipe for Hamburger Kebabs I knew I would be making it.  I am always looking for recipes that use ground meat - so I can substitute the ground venison we have in our freezer for the ground meat in the recipe! 

In Kalyn's post she said the next time she made this recipe she would use her food processor to make sure all the ingredients were well incorporated - so I used my food processor.  I was a little wary at first about the pine-nuts (or any nut) in this recipe but I put them in anyway.

This was a great recipe to "change up" our eating this week.  I hate getting in the same old rut when dieting and all you end up eating is salad and chicken.  If you would like the recipe to try these kebabs out for yourself, you can find it by clicking HERE and visiting Kalyn's site.

April 28, 2010

Final day of Brunch Contest

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The last savory recipe for the Brunch contest was from Keri for Egg & Sausage Muffins.  When I made mine I used red pepper instead of sausage - Keri says the possibilities are endless for the fillings in this recipe - so I went with one I knew was going to lower the fat.  The muffin pictured is a full muffin - not a split one.  After I made this one I split the muffins in half before forming in the muffin cups so there wasn't so much biscuit pushing the eggs out.

Following the recipe - keep reading...as the winners are announced at the end!

Here is the recipe in Keri's words!  :)

I don't have the exact amounts, but I never follow it exactly anyway.  I actually got this off a "healthy" recipe website, so if you make it like they suggest it's less calories, if you're counting.
350 degrees for 20+ minutes (I usually have to cook it for longer because I put more stuff in my muffins then it actually calls for)
1 pkg. 50% Less fat Pillsbury biscuits - 10 count (hard to find in the regular not Grands variety)
1 container egg beaters
1 pkg. 50% less ground sausage (Jimmy Dean makes it) or bacon
Light grated cheddar cheese
Make sure you spray muffin tin or use cups, muffins will stick
put one muffin in bottom of each spot and gently spread out so it covers bottom and goes up the sides a bit
put in cooked crumbled sausage
poor in egg (2 TBL)
sprinkle cheese on top and bake
You want your muffins to be golden brown and make sure the egg is cooked all the way through.  You can loosen with a knife to remove muffins to cool.
The possibilities are endless............

I'm sure you are all wondering who the winners are!  First I want to say that I had taste testers helping me decide - it wasn't just my decision.  I took food to work and fed my current bosses, future boss and some other faculty along with my co-worker and took their comments as to what they liked best and tallied it all up.

It was a really close call with the sweets but the winner is:  Barbara of Barbara Bakes with her Citrus-Cream Cheese Pull Apart Rolls!

My son Justin was a taste tester and he barely gave me a chance to sit at my desk at work when I had an IM from him telling me "OMG, these rolls are freakin' awesome!" and "I hope Kristina left her's at home so I can steal them from her!"  lol.  He even bugged me to send him the recipe like ASAP so he could share it with Kyle his co-worker!  He also told me he intended to share one of the two rolls I gave him with Kyle, but after the first bite of his first roll he decided he could only give Kyle a taste!  lol.  Poor Kyle.  I agree with Justin.  This was one of the best breakfast treats I have had since the Daring Baker's Danish Pastries I made! 

Lisa, who submitted the Breakfast Bruchetta was the winner of the savory dish!
Those of you who follow my blog are most likely aware that I do have a hard time with eggs at times.  I can't eat just scrambled eggs without dousing them in ketchup and even then I can get queasy when even just smelling them.  So, for me to tell you all that I LOVED this recipe is a big accomplishment!  I'm not sure what it was, maybe the flavorful veggies beneath the eggs, but I literally did not "taste" the eggs.  I know that Fallon and her mom were big fans of this recipe also!  This is definitely a keeper.  I actually suggested to Grumpy we have it for dinner tonight....but he's a stickler about when you eat breakfast....and that is in the morning. 

Congrats to both Barbara & Lisa!  I will be in touch with you very soon about your prize!
I also want to thank Fallon of Fallon's Cucina for think of this contest, for participating with me and for trying some of the recipes herself!

April 27, 2010

Crab & Swiss Quiche

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Today's entry into the brunch contest was submitted by Carmen.  This is a recipe that her daughter gave her.  Carmen say's that her daughter is a great cook!  This quiche was quick and easy to put together.  The baking was the longest part of the whole recipe :o)

Make sure to come back tomorrow for the last entry in the brunch contest!

Crab and Swiss Quiche

2 eggs, beaten
½ c milk
½ c mayonnaise
1 tsp cornstarch
½ pound crab
1-1/2 c shredded Swiss cheese
9” unbaked pie crust

In medium bowl, mix eggs, milk, mayonnaise, cornstarch.  Add crab and cheese.  Pour into pie shell.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 3-40 minutes or until knife comes out clean.

April 26, 2010

Raspberry Stuffed French Toast

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Day 5 of the contest round up!  :o)  Today's entry for Raspbery Stuffed French Toast was submitted by Heather for the Brunch/Breakfast contest.  She found the recipe of Kraft Canada which you can view by clicking HERE.   This was the last of our sweet entries for the brunch contest. 

I apologize for my lack of words today - we ended up visiting Grumpy's step-mom over the weekend.  She will be incapacitated for a while as she was involved in an accident at work that led to breaking her kneecap!  I feel so bad for her.  We left for the day yesterday and I took her some of those yummy Cooking Light Toasted Coconut Cookies to try to make her at least feel a little better.  Our families have had enough accidents to last for a while! I sure hope this is the end of them!

Make sure to come back over the next couple of days to see the last few entries for the contest :o)!

April 25, 2010

Breakfast Bruschetta from Lisa

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 If you are enjoying the recipe round ups and would like to join in on the contest fun you can fill out the form to the right to join my E-recipe newsletter!

Day four of the contest round up brings us this recipe from Lisa.  When Lisa sent this she told me that she came across this recipe online but wasn't sure where she saw it anymore.  I understand that - happens to me too often!  That is where Delicious has come in handy for me now  :o)  She told me that she loves to make it for breakfast and when she made it for her in-laws they loved it!

This recipe is very easy to scale down to one person, has great vegetables in it that are good for you (like spinach, tomatoes & red peppers), and was pretty quick to throw together.  Fallon made this recipe before I did and she suggested toasting the muffin a little before making it - which is what I did because  I too like my muffins on the crispier side.


Because Lisa doesn't have a blog and didn't remember where she had gotten the recipe from I will leave you with it below and maybe you would like to try this out too!  We have 2 more savory and 1 more sweet to share with you.  Come back Thursday to see which recipes are the winners!

Fallon also made this recipe and you can check out her version on her blog by clicking HERE.

Breakfast Bruschetta
this recipe is easily adaptable to veggies of your choice and to scaling down for just one person.  

3 whole English Muffins, split
2 c. fresh Spinach, cleaned
1 small tomato, diced
1/3 c. fresh Sweet Red Pepper, diced
4 Green Onions, chopped
1 clove of Garlic, minced
2-3 slices of bacon, crispy fried
3 eggs, scrambled
1 TBL EVOO, (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
1 c shredded Mozzarella cheese or any white cheese
Salt and freshly ground Pepper
Tad of Hot Hungarian Paprika, Basil or Tarragon

1. Break up the Crispy Bacon into 1/2" pieces
2. In a skillet heat the oil. Add spinach, bacon, garlic, sweet pepper, tomato, onions, Paprika and Tarragon or Basil and saute until spinach is wilted. Remove spinach mixture and set aside.
3. In the same skillet, scramble the eggs until just fluffy. Set aside.

To assemble the Breakfast Bruschetta:

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment and place the split muffins on the sheet.
2. Put 2-3 TBL of Spinach mix on each English Muffin
3. Place 2 TBL of Scrambled Eggs on top of Spinach.
4. Sprinkle with shredded Mozzarella
5. Pop the baking sheet under the Broiler until the cheese is melted, about 1-2 minutes.

April 24, 2010

Breakfast Gems

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This is day 3 of a round up of recipes sent in for the brunch/breakfast contest being  held with my newsletter readers.  Today's recipe is from Nan of Nan Cooks.  Nan sent in a recipe for Gem Muffins - a recipe that was from her freshman home economics class back in the 70's :o) I loved the 70's....I was a 70's girl too!

Nan made and posted these the other day and she left some tips on what she did differently when she made these.  Fallon and I did make them exactly as her recipe stated when she sent it to us.  Make sure you check out her post to see the recipe made by Nan by clicking HERE

You can hop on over to Fallon's Blog and see how her muffins turned out.  Come back tomorrow to see a savory breakfast post and before you go, take a look at the inside of the muffin.  ;o)

Breakfast Gems
Submitted by Nan Cooks

1 3/4 cup flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 egg
1/3 cup oil
2/3 cup milk
1/3 cup drained, crushed pineapple (small can)
1/4 cup fruit preserves

Mix dry ingredients. Mix egg, oil, milk, pineapple. Mix together to moisten. Spoon into muffin cups 1/2 full. Top each with a tsp preserves. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

April 23, 2010

Citrus Cream Cheese Pull Apart Rolls

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The next submission to the Brunch/Breakfast contest being co-hosted with my friend Fallon of Fallon's Cucina were these Citrus-Cream Cheese Pull Apart Rolls.  They were submitted to to the  contest by Barbara of Barbara Bakes.  I have known Barbara for a couple of years now.  I believe that Barbara and I met through Daring Bakers.  I remember back in the early days of reading Barbara's blog, she had taken a romantic trip to Italy to celebrate her 30th wedding anniversary! She and I started exchanging emails about then and I remember talking to her about my son's wedding.  Wow, can't believe it has been two years!

Barbara makes these rolls for her family every Easter!  It is also a very quick and easy dish.....if you read her recipe correctly and realize you need to buy frozen roll dough!  I have a tendency sometimes to "think" I know what the recipe requires - and then find out I was pretty darn wrong!  I ended up making my own roll dough since I live too far away from a store to just run out quickly and buy frozen dough :o)

 The final recipe for the contest will be posted on or around May 5th, so make sure you stop by to see who the winners of the brunch contest are!  If you would like to try Barbara's Citrus Cream Cheese Pull Apart Rolls yourself, take a hop, skip and a jump on over to her blog by clicking HERE.

If you would like to join in the fun and receive recipes, enter contests and giveaways, Ask Grumpy questions, and challenge me to recipe redo, you can sign up by filling out the form to the right!  I hope to see you there!

April 22, 2010

Strawberry dream

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One of my recent endeavors is an E-Recipe Newsletter that I send out twice a week.  Sunday I send out a newsletter that has Ask Grumpy questions, information on contest and giveaways, links to favorite recipes and HoneyB's recipe remake.  Wednesday I send out a recipe only.  Currently I am hosting a Brunch/Breakfast Contest with Fallon of Fallon's Cucina.  We received 7 entries which we will be blogging about over the next several days and the last day will announce the two winners.

April 20, 2010

The juiciest burger I ever made

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Before I bring on my burger post - I want to bring to your attention that Thursday is Earth Day.  Did you know that Cascadian Farms is donating $1 for organic gardening for every pledge to do one green thing made on their Facebook account?  Head on over and give your pledge by clicking HERE!
This information was provided by Cascadian Farm through MyBlogSpark
Sunday I had ground venison thawing and was looking for burger recipes.  Something different and something that would kill that "wild taste" in a burger.  I have never been able to eat ground venison straight up as a burger.  Not without putting a lot of other stuff in it with the hopes of killing that "wild" taste.  I asked on Facebook and got a lot of great ideas - but then I came across this recipe from White on Rice Couple.  I knew right then I was going to use their recipe that night!

Diane's parents created this recipe as a way to give their children the hamburger they were always begging for.  The secret ingredient?  Fish Sauce.  I have some experience with this now since I have been making several Chinese food recipes and I knew I was going to try what Diane and Todd have labeled "magic meat" and the Best Umami Hamburger.  This is the juiciest burger I have ever made not to mention tasty.  I topped mine with swiss cheese and mushrooms sauteed in fresh minced garlic and soy sauce (YUM).  Don't let the stinkiness of fish sauce turn you away.  I am finding the more I cook with it that it really does enhance flavor.  Todd and Diane have a great post about this burger - and of course the recipe is there, so you should head on over!  

P.S.  Grumpy & his dad had 2 burgers each!  Grumpy said to me it was almost too juicy (bah humbug) but his daddy said he'd rather have a juicy burger than a dry one!  Thanks White on Rice Couple - for letting me know yet another use for my fish sauce!  :o)

April 18, 2010

Bambi's Peanut Butter Cookies - a Family Recipe

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I am really excited this month to share a family recipe with you.  For the first time ever I am going to get to share a recipe that is from a family member on my Dad's side of the family! Facebook has been something I don't regret getting into!  It has put me in touch with family I never got to see on a regular basis.  If you ask me, that makes it a real good thing!
Just a little while ago I posted about a peanut butter cookie recipe that I like to make that is from a 70's cookbook.  I also mentioned that my cousin Nichole (on my mom's side of the family) told me that the cookie recipe I posted was a family favorite of theirs.  Her mention of the cookie made me want to make it again (which I did!). 

I posted about the recipe and when the post went up, my cousin Cheryl told me about a recipe for flourless peanut butter cookies that her daughter Bambi makes.  Bambi, whom I have never met - but seen photos of,  really resembles me, just a much younger me!  The first time I saw her photo I thought I was looking in a magic mirror.  Only because I was young again.   ;o) Cheryl's dad and my dad are brothers.  The only boys in their family!   This is the family where I have all those Christmas Eve gathering memories of that I hold dear to my heart.    I finally made Bambi's recipe today.  Like Cheryl, I have to be in a peanut butter cookie mood in order to eat them.  They are very good!  It is good to know a recipe like this is so good and now I have a recipe I can make for my friends who cannot eat gluten!
I will be submitting this to Lynda of Lynda's Recipe Box for our Family Recipes Event.  This event was started by Laura of The Spiced Life and myself last April.  I can't believe it has been a whole year already of Family Recipes!  In the last few month's Laura has had to take a break from the event but Lynda and I will be carrying on as long as there is interest and people want to submit!  Family Recipes are very special to most people and it has a lot of meaning and feeling behind the making of these recipes.  This is the heart of our event.  The memories that the recipe evokes and the love behind it all.  

Bambi's Peanut Butter Cookies

1- cup of peanut butter
1- cup of light brown sugar
dash of cinnamon and vanilla(for taste)
(you can add peanut butter chips and or milk chocolate chips)or leave plain...

Mix all together with electric mixer.  Scoop with small cookie scoop onto baking sheet and flatten with a glass bottom dipped in sugar.  Bake 350 till sides are set, approximately 8 minutes.

April 17, 2010

Have you ever been so tired you couldn't think?

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Late in the afternoon on Friday I received a phone call from Grumpy suggesting we go out to dinner that evening.  We did not have our "date" night this last week because we have been so busy. In order to do all I needed to do I had been going to bed late and getting up early - making for a very tired HoneyB by the end of the week.  While the thought of going out didn't appeal, I just wanted to go home and do nothing, the thought of not cooking did.

When I arrived home we still couldn't decide whether to go or not and we ended up not going out after all.  In order to go out anywhere to eat, we have to drive too far in my opinion.  So, I ended up making our dinner at home after all. 

I am really glad we did.  Fortunately my tiredness did not effect my making of dinner.  All afternoon at work I had been so tired that I couldn't make sense of anyone or anything very quickly.  Even a good dose of caffeine didn't make me any more alert.  I really frustrating Grumpy when he called me because I kept thinking he wanted to go to Watertown for dinner (which is an hour away and I really wasn't crazy about that!) when he was suggesting Potsdam which is closer (still not close enough for me to want to go back there after I got home).  I don't know how many times he had to tell me that before he got it through to me that was what he wanted.  LOL.  Poor Grumpy.  I'm certain I was really frustrating him!  It will teach him to talk about his family and going out to dinner in the same sentence (they live in Watertown!). 

I was on a search for a pasta dish and the "Asian" flair about it caught my attention.  The peanut butter, garlic, lime and cilantro in the ingredients had me drooling along with the photo.  The recipe is over at Stephen Cooks and it is called Thai-Style Shrimp Pasta with Tomato-Lime-Peanut Sauce.  It is a definite keeper so go ahead and check it out!

On a side note, I added about a tablespoon (maybe a little more) of light brown sugar to the sauce and I used Sambal Oelek Fresh Ground Chili Paste for the heat.  The recipe did not call for sugar but for my taste I needed a sweeter heat.  The peanut butter just did not add enough for me.  I didn't measure the chili paste but that is really added to taste anyway (as my post about the Kung Pao Tofu testifies!  *big grin!*)

April 15, 2010

Honey Sesame Chicken

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Somehow I have gotten on this Asian kick lately and I'm loving every bit of it.  I am finding out just how easy making these meals are and they all are so yummy!  I'm also pretty darn proud of myself for totally keeping to my meal plan this week.  I chose dishes to make and didn't really specify a day but the night before I needed to make dinner I would choose which one to make.  It worked pretty good for me that way!
I came across the blog My Kitchen Snippets quite some time ago.  The Honey Sesame Chicken sound like something that Grumpy would eat at home so finally, this week I got to making it!  I am finding this type of cooking really supper easy...another reason I keep making it!
Grumpy enjoyed this meal very much.  I did do cheaters fried rice and eggrolls...I was beat and didn't even want to cook dinner, but the decision to make it was made when Grumpy said he was hungry.  I enjoyed it but I like my Chinese food more spicy (like last nights!).  However, this is a keeper as it is variety and Grumpy liked it!

Honey Sesame Chicken

Published 04/10/2010
Honey Sesame Chicken
Bits of deep fried chicken pieces coated with a honey sesame glaze


  • 12 oz. chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cooking wine
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Sauce:
  • t tablespoon sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


  • Marinate chicken in soy sauce, wine, sesame oil and sugar for about an hour. Mix flour and cornstarch and place in a large ziploc bag. Drain chicken and add to flour mixture. Shake gently to coat. Fry in hot oil (350 degrees) until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.To make sauce, mix chili sauce, ketchup, honey, oyster sauce, soy, sauce and water in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil then simmer until sauce begins to thicken. Toss sauce with chicken pieces, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Total time: 30 mins.
Tags: Asian food, Chicken, Honey, Sesame

Other Asian recipes you may enjoy:

Spicy Orange Chicken from Flavor Mosiac
Quick and Easy Asian Dumpling Soup from Renees Kitchen Adventure
Better than Takeway Beef Broccoli from Anyonita Nibbles
Sweet Asian Chicken from Our Life Tastes Good

April 14, 2010

Kung Pao Tofu

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Daddy Grumpy:  "You almost burned my lips off" and "What kind of meat is this in here?" and, um, well, you probably don't want to hear the other comment....

Grumpy:  "It wasn't bad, but you need to cut the spice next time."

Did you hear that people?  He said next time!   Yes, my Grumpy knowingly ate tofu and said it wasn't bad and referred that he would eat it again!  Actually, Daddy Grumpy did say he would eat it again, but he wanted me to not try to kill him with the peppers.  ;o)

I really love this Asian kick I'm on lately.  I'd love to be on an Indian food kick but I'm working on easing it in.  I have almost given up on Mexican food but my friend Lady made these fish tacos with mango salsa that I must try.  She said she would supply the earplugs so I didn't have to "hear" it from Grumpy when I do make them.  ;o)  However I am beginning to think that he might not be too vocal about not wanting it considering tonight he ate tofu without blinking an eye!

While planning my menu last weekend and searching the foodie sites I came across a recipe for Kung Pao Tofu from The Spiteful Chef.  So, I made a trip to the local Asian Market.  Don't you love how I say that? lol.  Well we have one, but believe me it's not large and I have gone many times and not found what I wanted.  This time however I struck gold.  I was able to get the dark and light soy sauce along with the black vinegar.  I also finally got the black sesame seeds I've been looking for over 2 months now.  I was happy and excited!

The only mistake I made in making this was I didn't get rid of the seeds from the peppers.  I used only half of what the recipe called for (or maybe 6 instead of 10) but it was still pretty spicy for Grumpy & his dad.  I didn't mind so much.  Next time though I will go with 5 peppers, not break them up too small and get rid of the seeds.  That should help cut the heat more.  This was very easy to make.  The most tedious part of the job was chopping all the vegetables.  Everything else went very quickly and was well worth making.  I thought it was perfect the way I ate it and will definitely be making this one again!

Kung Pao Tofu
The Spiteful Chef

1 lb tofu
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 small or 1 medium zucchini, diced
1 large carrot, diced
1 stick celery, diced
2 scallions, diced (white and light green part only-save dark green part for garnish)
1 T ginger, minced
1 T garlic, minced
10 oriental chiles (I used 6)
2 T peanut oil
1/2 C peanuts

2 Tablespoon light soy sauce
2 Tablespoon dark soy sauce
3 Tablespoon black vinegar
1-1/2  Tablespoon cornstarch
5 Tablespoon water
1-1/2 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon sesame oil

Preparation: Dice all of your vegetables and protein to roughly the same size.  Combine all sauce ingredients, stir, and set aside. Season tofu with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium-sized pan til almost smoking. Add ginger and garlic and saute quickly, careful not to burn. Immediately after about 30 seconds add the tofu and saute until crisped.

In a large pan, heat remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. When hot, add carrots and chiles and saute for 1 minute. Add onions and celery and saute for 2 minutes more. Finally, add zucchini and saute for 1 additional minute. When the pan appears dry, add the sauce all at once. Have water nearby in case the sauce thickens too quickly. Add water as necessary to thin sauce.  Stir the sauce and vegetables together to coat, add tofu and stir gently to coat.

Top with nuts and scallions, and serve over white rice.

April 12, 2010

Thrills of the day...and I wouldn't change a thing. HoneyB rambles.

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Welcome to my home....

It's not much but is a place to lay my head at night and its in the middle of nowhere - where I can obtain some peace and quiet.  We wish it were in better shape and a little bigger but for now, its home.

My rhubarb.  Can you believe this little plant is giving me such joy?  Grumpy laughs at me because I go out back to check on the one surviving plant my dad planted for me last year.  I read on my friend Debbie's facebook yesterday that her rhubarb is taller than mine.  I'm jealous.  She is just down the road from me....maybe I'll visit her rhubarb patch.  ;o)
  I want pie.  Rhubarb to be exact.....
I want Custard Bars.  Rhubarb to be exact.
I want lilacs in my back yard.  It means new life and that summer is coming.

I'm very happy that my new vanity and mirror are in.  The bathroom is coming along...this is only a slight glimpse.
 Pretend you don't see that toilet paper on the floor there.  :)

Who's that girl?  ;o) She's happy, thats for sure.  That is also what she looks like almost every night as she takes photos of her food.  She sure is glad Grumpy's over that now.  He now will say "aren't you going to take a photo of that?" when she is too tired to think about doing it.

 That girl is happy.  Happy that her hubby is such a good hubby (albeit Grumpy at times!) and that her children are healthy and happy.  She is really really happy that as she was driving home today she met her son Chris on the road.  When he saw her, he turned right around and headed towards her, so she pulled to the side of the road to get a hug from her son.  On the side of the road in Pyrites NY.  She got about 4 good hugs before they got back in their respective cars and headed in opposite directions.

I'm a really lucky happy girl today....because I am loved by those who mean the most to me.  My family. 

Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club - 5 Ingredient recipes

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Its time for our Cooking Light love this month!  Ok, ok, so I give Cooking Light a lot of love, but its time to share our Virtual Supper with you.  ;)

Sometimes you just need something quick and easy to make.  You also want it to be flavorful and delicious!  Jamie of Mom's Cooking Club chose the theme 5 Ingredients or Less.  This was a challenge for me this month however I found a recipe that was not only delicious but good to eat hot or cold!

Our Cooking Light Virtual Cooking Club enjoyed the following for our get together :)

Aggie from Aggie's Kitchen - Spinach with Chili Oil
Jamie from Mom's Cooking Club - Sherried Pinapple Pork Tenderloin
Val from More Than Burnt Toast - Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar
Helene from La Cuisine d'Helene - could not join us this month
Shelby (me) from The Life & Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch:  Chili Lime Shrimp

Next month our theme is Mother's Day Brunch.  You can join in by creating a dish based on the theme and leave a comment on the Cooking Light blog Test Kitchen Secrets with a link to your recipe post once they do the write-up which is usually the following week. You should post your recipe on your own blog on/or around the second Wednesday of each month. 

I hope you enjoyed our virtual supper!

Chili Lime Shrimp
Cooking Light

  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup chopped green onions, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined large shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

    • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 1/2 cup onions; coat onions with cooking spray. Cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Add shrimp and chili powder; cook 4 minutes or until desired degree of doneness, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Add lime juice, butter, and salt, and stir until butter melts. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup onions.

April 08, 2010

Happy Birthday Momma!

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It's my Mom's birthday today.  It might seem strange to people that a 46 year old woman would call her mother "Momma" but really, it isn't ;)  When Justin was a baby learning to talk he found a way to discern Grandma and Mommy.  He would hear me call my mother mom but to him I was mom!  What he decided to do was call me Mom and Grandma became Momma!  So, still, to this day, my mother is called Momma whenever I am talking about her to my children and my children still call her Momma.

Happy Birthday Momma!

Even though Mom's birthday was almost a week away, we celebrated it here last Saturday.  With my Mom's schedule not being workable with our schedule during the week, I decided we needed to get together when we had the opportunity.  We had a little family gathering the day before Easter, had grilled chicken, venison burgers, tossed & potato salad and for dessert we had Mom's birthday cake.

I started searching Cooking Light for some cake recipes and came across this Banana Raspberry Cake with Lemon Frosting.  I had bananas that I knew would need to be used and I loved the fresh berries with lemon frosting so this became the cake to make!  There were no raspberries in the grocery (and boy do we have a lack of grocery stores in our area right now!!!) so I bought these nice big blackberries they had.  Turned out the cake looked beautiful with those big blackberries filling it and decorating it.  This was a very good cake and it made my Mom happy!

If you would like to make this cake yourself, you can find the recipe by clicking HERE.
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