Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Kimfoo Salad Extraordinaire!

I have officially perfected the yummiest salad ever! So here I share it with you....

  • Red Leaf Lettuce
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Spinach Leaves
  • Plum Tomatoes
  • Black Olives
  • Canned/Marinated Mushrooms
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Ramon noodles
  • Corn Kernels
  • Avocado
  • Green Goddess Dressing

So um - do you really need to be told how to make this salad?
  1. Dice all the items into eatable pieces
  2. Empty contents into bowl
  3. Crunch up the raw ramon noodles (no sauce or power or anything) and scatter over as a crouton replacement
  4. Pour dressing over top
  5. Eat the heck out of it
*feel free to add anything that sounds good to you

Lazy quesadilla

Ok, so I have trouble making my toddler eat sometime. By the time I finish making a meal, all of a sudden "he is not hungry".
So, this quesadilla takes literally like 2 minutes to make. All you need is tortillas and cheese. I usually use American cheese slices.

Take a flat ungreased skillet to a medium heat. Flop the tortilla on it. Now, tear up the cheese to place it uniformly on top. Put another tortilla on top. Press with your hand a bit. After about 1 min - turn over and repeat the process, but without pressing this time.

The tortilla will be slightly crunchy and the cheese will be gooey, and I need to make sure it makes it to my son's plate before I "taste it" for readiness, eating it whole.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Royal Icing Recipe

So Bryan and I realized we had never made a gingerbread house before and decided this was the year to start/practice/give it a go. We wanted it to look like our house, but realized after construction we didn't have enough skill graham crackers. I bought gingerbread graham crackers, lots of candy and ingredients for royal icing (the cement that would hold the gingerbread house together). Here is the recipe I ended up using and it worked AWESOME!

8 cups of confectionary sugar
18 tablespoons (or 6 eggs) egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

  1. I blended this concoction with a hand mixer for about 7-10 minutes until it became white, shiny, and stiff.
  2. I scooped it into a plastic sandwich bag, removing air, and leaving much room for squeezings and so it wouldnt come out too fast.
  3. cut a tiny corner off the sandwich bag for squeezing out of
  4. Have a couple wet cloths on hand to cover the tip of the sandwich bag so it doesnt harden in between using. Also cover any leftover icings so it doesnt cement before you can use it

Voila - its done. One batch did the entire house and candy and protective layers. We used four sandwich bags about half full each - to separate and make it easier to handle. You will definitely want to be careful until it cements - but at that point its hard as a rock. :)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Quickest Desert you will ever make.

All you need for this little masterpiece is:

Large can of canned yams
a few large marshmallows
backing dish of any kind

Open the can, drain the juice (but not all). Pour yams in the dish.Put marshmallows on top, leaving some space between them. Stick int he oven for a few minutes (about 300 degrees). Take out when marshies start browning.

Easiest way to impress someone with homemade desert.


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