Quick Patriotic Project

Here’s a quick and easy project that uses the red, white, and blue theme to add a Patriotic accent to your home.

You’ll need:
1 Mason Jar
Burlap Ribbon*
Blue Ribbon with Stars
Red, Ivory, and Blue Embroidery Thread
Gorilla Glue

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Cut both ribbons to fit around jar.  Using the Gorilla glue, place some dots on the edges of the blurlap and glue to the jar.  Let this dry.  While it’s drying, use the embroidery thread to make a friendship bracelet type braid.  Measure the mouth of the jar and double or triple the threads length, depending on the braid type the length will shrink.  I made a fish tail braid, but you could do a regular braid or knots, have fun with it.  Using at least six pieces of thread to give it thickness, knot one end and braid, then knot the end of it to prevent the braid from unraveling.  Trim ends so they are even. Once the burlap ribbon is dry, glue on the blue ribbon.  Finally tie the braided thread around the mouth of the jar.  Fill the jar with flowers, flags, or whatever you would like and enjoy.

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*Note get the burlap ribbon slightly wider than the blue ribbon for a layered effect.

Happy crafting!

❤ Always,

TT

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Healthy Man Salad

After making the Chi Chi Salad I realized that wasn’t going to cut it for lunch for my two favorite men who had been working all day.  To make the salad, I used spring mix as a base for the lettuce, this is a staple in my house, and I added small mounts of the Chi Chi Salad  tomatoes, tuna, cumbers, black olives, marinated mushrooms, and a few hot peppers.

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I dressed the salad with my Spicy Aioli and some additional olive oil as well as salt and pepper to taste.   The guys seemed to like the salad…success!

Happy Cooking!

❤ Always,
TT

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Chi Chi Salad

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Chickpeas aka Chi chi, or garbanzo beans are one of the most versatile beans out there.  Whether you want to add them to salads, soups, or pasta they are great to have in the pantry.  The Chi Chi salad is inspired by the Italian deli’s antipasti counter, the bean salad is always on my shopping list.

Ingredients
2 Garlic Cloves
1/2 Tablespoon Italian Parsley
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1/4 Red onion
3 Cans Garbanzo Beans
Juice of 1 lemon
1 Celery Stalk
1Tablspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
Salt and Pepper

Process garlic, parsely , oil, and half of the diced onion in a food processor.

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Drain the beans and add into a large bowl. Add parsley mixture. Add lemon juice, diced celery, vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.  Add parsley mixture.  Serve as a side dish, as part of an antipasti, or in a salad.

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Happy Cooking!

❤ Always,
TT

 

TTs Baked Garlic Salt Fries

I don’t make fries often so I was a little intimidated by the task, but I had some extra potatoes so I thought fries would be best to go with the left over peel and eat shrimp I had as well as corn on the cob.  I decided to salt them prior to cooking to draw the water out, which helps make them crispy.  This is something I recommend if you don’t want to fry the potatoes.  I made Spicy Aioli to dip the fries in, the spicy, lemony aioli paired great with the salty and crisp fries.

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Ingredients
4 Yukon Gold Potatoes
3 Garlic Cloves
1 1/2 Tablespoons Salt Plus More for Sprinkling on Cooked Fries
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Italian Parsley
1 Teaspoon Chopped Rosemary

Combine garlic and salt in a food processor.  Mix until garlic and salt are almost a paste texture.  Slice peeled potatoes into fries, making the fries as even as possible to help with ensuring they cook eveningly.

Place fries in a colander over a large bowl and cover with salt mixture, coating all the fries.  Let sit for at least 45 minutes, tossing occasionally.

While uncooked fries are brining, set oven to 375°.  Chop parsley and rosemary.

After potatoes have released their liquid place on paper towels to pat dry.  Place on a large sheet pan that is covered with greased aluminium foil (for easier clean up).  Drizzle oil over fries.  Cook fries for 45 minutes or until golden brown and soft on the inside.  If you find the fries aren’t browning, but the fries are cooked inside put the broiler on for two to three minutes, but watch carefully so fries don’t burn.

Take fries out of the oven and sprinkle with salt.  Put fries on a plate covered with paper towels and sprinkle with parsley and rosemary – enjoy!
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Happy Cooking!

❤ Always,
TT

Spicy Aioli

I love making homemade dressings and mayonnaise.   To go with my salt and garlic fries as well as peel and eat shrimp I decided to make an aioli with hot cherry peppers.  It turned out better than I expected and I’m already thinking about other items to dip in it like maybe hot soft pretzels, steak, or veggies, or anything!

Ingredients
2 Egg Yolks
Juice from 1/2 of a lemon
1 Cup Olive Oil (Chilled)
1 Scallion
1 – 2 Tablespoons of Hot Cherry Peppers
1 Tablespoon Italian Parsley
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Blend egg yolk with lemon juice in a food processor (if you want extra lemon flavor add a little lemon zest).  Slowly add oil, alternating adding the oil and blending until thick.  Pour dressing in a separate bowl.  Add chopped peppers, parsley, and scallions to the food processor and chop until minced.  Add the peppers mixture to the mayo.  Add salt and pepoer to taste.  You can blend it all together in the food processor for a smooth texture.  Put the mixture in a ramekin and add a sliced hot pepper for garnish.  Refrigerate immediately if you are not serving it right away.

Happy Cooking!
❤ Always,
TT

Go Bananas!

20160519_063824-COLLAGEDoes baking intimidate you? With this Banana Crumb Muffin recipe you don’t have to be intimidated, it’s a great recipe for baker novices as well as veterans who are looking for an easy,  delectable muffin.  I’ve been using this recipe for over five years and it has been a fan favorite.  The muffins are between a sweet breakfast pastry and cupcake.  I’ll make it for brunches and holidays, to bring into work, or just because I have some ripened bananas that I need to use.  The recipe is foolproof, I have definitely missed a step or added the wrong measurement and the end result was always great.  I’ve also substituted one banana for an apple or pear and the muffins came out delicious.  I imagine there are lots of enhancements you can make to this recipe, like adding a pinch of cinnamon to the batter or adding nuts or oats to the topping.  So try this recipe to make some tasty banana muffins that folks will go bananas over!

Happy Cooking!

❤ Always,
TT

Fast Avocado Dressing

½ Avocado
Juice from ½ Lemon
1 Tablespoon Mayo
1 Tablespoon Water
1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Put all ingredients in food processor (I use my Magic Bullet) and blend until smooth and creamy. Add more water if you would like it thinner.
I used this dressing over a simple salad that included lettuce, tomatoes, chick peas, green onions, and salmon. I also would use this recipe as a dip and serve with raw veggies and tortilla chips
Happy Cooking!
❤ Always,
TT