Gwen Paltrow- “My Father’s Daughter”

It has been so long since I have posted something fun on my blog. It has been a really busy month, but I think that I am getting back to really cooking or thinking about food things now.

My first post though will be about someone that I have really started to take seriously. Gwyneth Paltrow.

I have liked Gwen in the movies and thought she was a cute and seemed to be a decent person (at least we hear no bad gossip about her).  When I found she had a blog that really had a wide variety of things in it, I subscribed.  It is really interesting and I go to it when I have down time to see what’s new.  I love that she has really shared her passion for food with us and you can tell it means love not just sustenance.

Her latest venture is a cookbook called “My Father’s Daughter”. This was a mission of love for her and it looks great!  I have seen a few recipes online and really wanted to share the link to her blog.

Go and see for yourself what she has to offer.


Stuffed Burgers

Tonight my son decided we were going to stuff the hamburgers that I was going to make for dinner tonight. I have to say, I was feeling kind of lazy and just wanted a good homemade burger. My son took over and decided he would make dinner.

He first sauteed some garlic and onion, just to the point of them sweating but not getting too soft.

He then shredded medium cheddar cheese and took the blue cheese crumbles that we use over our salads out. He decided we would have cheddar or blue cheese as our choice tonight.

He mixed the hamburger with egg, panko crumbs, celery salt, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
After he formed a skinny patty, he put a mixture of the onion/garlic, then one of the cheeses. He then took pancetta out of the fridge and sauteed it up crispy and sprinkled it in the mixture.

Then he took another patty that he had formed thinly and pressed the two patties together pinching the side to seal them.
We were going to BBQ, but it is Oregon and March and it was pouring. Normally this would not stop us (and by us, I mean my husband) but I am a cat and don’t like getting wet unless it is my choice. We served the burgers with sweet potato french fries that I made and served with cocktail sauce.
It was a great dinner, not only were the burgers stuffed, but I could only eat half of mine, I was so stuffed!
Thanks Kiddo for making dinner!!

Taco Salad with Sour Cream Ranchero Sauce

My sons inspired this recipe. We all like Mexican foods and my sons are pretty great in the kitchen.  The other night we came up with this slightly different twist on a taco salad.

We made our taco meat as we usually do. I add tomato paste to my taco meat along with my seasonings.  I don’t know where I picked that up, but I have been doing it for years.

My son came up with his own dressing for the salad.  I have to tell you, when we are experimenting, we may not be the best at writing down the exact measurements, so I will try to write it out as best as we remembered. 

He took sour cream and ranch dressing in a 2 to 1 ratio (we made 1 cup sour cream and 1/2 cup ranch) and mixed it together. He then added chili powder, cayenne pepper, lime juice, lots of fresh cilantro, cumin, and green onions.  He just did it to his own taste. It should taste Mexicanny (word?) with a tart taste of lime behind it.

We made our salad with Fritos on the bottom instead of tortilla chips ( I told you it had a little twist) added shredded lettuce, cheese, onions, avocados, our own homemade salsa (Thanks Auntie), and it was great! The kids loved it, we loved it! I mean who doesn’t like Fritos anyway?

Love the fact that my boys are “kitchen handy”. I wanted to be sure my future daughters in law would never come back on me and ask why the heck I didn’t teach them how to cook!

Now my darling daughter is another story.  Mac and Cheese? Top Ramen? Micro Popcorn? She has it down cold, in her sleep, with one hand tied behind her back, and a pack of rabid dogs at her heels. We are working on other things in her repetoire, but it is a slow process when you have no interest in cooking.  She said she is going to marry someone whose mother taught them how to cook. (Sorry future son in law).

Enjoy your week and try something new!

Gotta Love That Man!

Hubby came home early today and he declared he was making dinner! (If it had been flowers the voices would have told me to be suspicious, but since it was food, I beat that whiney voice down hard and enjoyed it!) 

He made Teriyaki Salmon, rice pilaf, and steamed broccoli.  Not just any teriyaki salmon but teriyaki salmon with fruit salsa.   YUMMY!

He combined watermelon, pineapple, tangerines, and green onions with a little lime juice. It was the perfect partner for both the teriyaki and the salmon. He grilled the salmon perfectly and then served the salsa on top along with broccoli steamed with citrus juice. That with a side of pilaf. I love this guy!

Crab stuffed Jalapeno Poppers wrapped with Turkey Bacon and homemade fresh Salsa

I had some friends over the other day and my cousin had this recipe he found on and wanted to try it out. So we ran to the store, grabbed what I didn’t have, and within the hour, we had some absolutely, delicious little snacks to serve with the homemade bean dip and fresh homemade salsa! (Thank you sweet little Mexican Auntie, your recipe is still la mejor salsa que hemos probado!)

Here are the ingredients for her salsa before we get to the Jalapeno Poppers.

  1. 8-10 Tomatoes
  2. 3 Cloves Fresh Garlic (we are garlic freaks in this family)
  3. 5 Green Onions
  4.  1 Large Onion
  5. 2 Jalapenos- I seed them so it is milder. My son takes a few seeds and adds them to salsa he puts away for himself. (Whatever you do, wear gloves or wash your hands thoroughly with hot soapy water to make sure not get the oils on sensitive membranes.)
  6. Juice from 1-2 Fresh Limes
  7. 1/2 Bunch Cilantro. We love a lot of cilantro!
  8. Salt and Pepper to taste

Depending on the crowd is going to depend on the ratios.  She taught me to do it by sight. I gave you an amount that will cover about five people for a day or two.

Now for the Poppers!  When my cuz gave the recipe to me I thought it sounded interesting because isn’t everything better with bacon? Yet, the crab (and fake crab at that) sounded very unlike any popper recipe I have tried and I was a little nervous, but out we went to the local food source to procure our items.

  • 24 large jalapeno peppers
  • 6 ounces fat-free cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 package (8 ounces) imitation crabmeat, chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 12 turkey bacon strips, halved widthwise


  • Cut stems off jalapenos; remove seeds and membranes; set aside. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder until blended. Stir in crab and cheddar cheese.
  • Transfer to a resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in a corner of the bag. Pipe filling into jalapenos. Wrap each with a piece of bacon; secure with toothpicks.
  • Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 40-50 minutes or until peppers are crisp-tender. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutrition Facts: 1 stuffed pepper equals 41 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 188 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1/2 lean meat.

All I can say is yumdillyishous!!!  I was wrong wrong wrong about the crab sounding “fishy” in a popper. It was Fabulous!!

Fun and easy to make. So we hung and ate and played.  Good day.

Hello world!

My first post to my first food blog.  I hope by posting to this blog, I will be able to translate the love that I have for food and all that that encompasses to the readers of this blog (if there will be any!:) )

I am going to tell you about other blogs that I love to visit, and recipes, and any little incites I get from the numerous chefs I know in the area. I also am going to try to share any money saving deals I come across.

I would love to know what you think about food trends and what is going on in your part of the country (I’m in the Pacific NW). How has this economy changed how you shop or where you shop for your foods. What “tricks or tips in the kitchen” has been borne out of this economy in your household?

So that, in a nutshell, is what I am hoping to do/accomplish with this blog.

It should be informative, entertaining, and heck, I have nothing going on right now, so I will have loooots of time to do some looking and cooking while the kids are in school.