Posts Tagged ‘recipe’

An Evening in the Kitchen in Paul & Mic

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

Lately there has been a whole lotta cooking going on at Chez Depre! 

We have fallen into a pattern of cooking up a storm one or two nights a week and then kinda coasting the rest of the week, sure maybe a steak or pork chop is grilled but all other parts of a well balanced meal are ready and just need a warming up.    This has really brought some freedom into our evenings and has kept us away from the easy…let’s get a pizza/Chinese/tacos pitfall. 

And it has become quite fun as we search out recipes to try.  Add to this a weekly delivery of produce from Imperfect Produce and the game is on to find ways to use it all and waste nothing.     About 7-8 weeks ago I spotted an add on Facebook for Imperfect Produce and immediately thought…wow that is a great concept.   Then a friend posted that she got her first box.  It looked great and I was in!  Imperfect Produce is basically  fruits & veggies that are deemed not perfect for store shelves but of course are yummy and good on all other fronts.  Of course the ease of picking out (yes you can customize your box weekly or let the people at Imperfect surprise you) of having these foods delivered is a plus with a busy life.  But what we really like and why we support it with our membership is it is a way for those in “food desserts” can obtain healthy food.   So while we can easily buy at our local store (and trust me we still do because there is always a need for more food with Paul in the house) our membership helps support this so that those who don’t have the luxury can still obtain them.

Friday is delivery day here and this was what was in this weeks box. 

Red Cabbage

Yellow Peppers

Fennel

Kale

Green Apples 

Tomatoes

Kiwi

Zucchini

 

Right off the bat I thought SOUP! with the Fennel. 

And a quick search of AllRecipes.com found this recipe for 

Zucchini & Fennel Soup

While I prepared the soup, Paul actually was making a Chuck Roast using up carrots, celery, onions and potatoes from last weeks box.  (with vacay, business travel and son travel we got a little behind) 

 

Sautee those veggies!  Very easy…simple and clean cooking.   While those sautéed I got busy wrapping brussel sprouts (also from last weeks box) in bacon that could share the oven with Paul’s dish. 

Veggies are done just as it is time to pop Paul’s dish and the bacon sprouts in the oven. 

 

Onward to using the blender to puree everything. 

 

I just wish you could taste and smell it.   So good.   I will be adding Fennel and Zucchini to our box for this soup at least once a month!

A little while later these came out of the oven. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were about twice as many as in the picture.  I had two.   That is all I am saying.   I am guessing more brussel sprouts need to be ordered.  LOL 

I forgot to take a pic of the Chuck Roast and Veggies…sorry.   It will be dinner tonight with Paul Jr after we pick him up from the airport.   

If you are interested in checking out Imperfect Produce you can do so here.  

I just went to get the standard link offering a $10 discount on your first order and found that they are running a special for a $20 discount!  if you sign up by November 27th!  So click and check it out! 

Now I am off to sew in the studio for a few hours.  

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

Coffee Energy Balls – The Food Network Magazine

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

We love anything coffee flavored.   It is quite the passion here at Chez Depre.   So when the recent issue of Food Network Magazine came with this little “extra” recipe booklet we happily jumped in.  Several recipes called  to us, and will be made.  Such as Candied Bacon, Coffee Cake, Meringues, Stuffed French Toast…all featuring COFFEE.   

But it was the Energy Balls that Paul decided were going to be first.  He is working some long hours lately and these looked like they would be good to have in his lunch container. 

Here is the recipe exactly as it is written in the booklet.  

 

ENERGY BALLS

Simmer 1 cup each brewed coffee and chopped pitted dates in a saucepan over medium heat until paste-like, about 20 minutes.  Stir in 2 tablespoons each honey and peanut butter, 1 tablespoon each instant espresso powder and butter, and a pinch of salt.  Stir in 1 cup each rolled oats and graham cracker crumbs.  Drop tablespoonfuls (about 18) onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.  Roll into balls, then roll in unsweetened shredded coconut. 

Easy-Peasy and they are delicious. 

We will be making several batches to take with us for our trek to the Smoky Mountains. 

Watch for a blog on Friday featuring some block coloring and quilt ideas for the Tennessee Circles block.  And remember the pre-order special is only good until October 10th.  You can order your Tennessee Circles Block items here. 

Enjoy the day, 

Hot Cocoa Yummies!

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

DSC07609Success again in the cooking baking invention (well new to me) department of Chez Depre.

Hot Cocoa Yummies! are what these new cookies have been dubbed.

Really they are nothing over the top ingredient wise but they are super duper yummy according to my official cookie taster.  Note: I have had strong willpower and  have only eaten two cookies since BakingFest 2013 began on Monday.   (Did I mention there is a cruise in my future?).

You will find the recipe on my PDF page.

Here are some visuals to help you along.

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Also finally got around to photographing my Sawtooth Santa Christmas table runner.

I will go over to Craftsy later this week and make the visual changes there.   You can find this pattern via the link on the sidebar.

Super simple….and if your snowed in this weekend (as we might be) you might even get it done for the table on Tuesday!

Enjoy!,

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Baking up a storm

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

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Two years ago after some serious surgery I found myself unable to machine sew for about two months.   And while I was hangin on the couch working on the first Pieced Hexies I also felt a strange pull to the kitchen.

Now those who have known me for years know one of the great attractions to living in an urban environment for me is that there are many many MANY restaurants within in walking distance of my abode.  And they deliver.  No need to be friends with that room that the frig lives in.   Be friends with your feet and phone.  Problem solved. images

And thank goodness Paul loves to cook.  So we never starved.  (look I have burnt every breadstick I have ever tried to make in my life)

Truly I could burn boiling water.

But then I felt the call of the kitchen.   And miracles began to happen.  Edible food escaped.

And all of the sudden I was demanding asking for trips to Bed Bath and Beyond and new kitchen tools entered Chez Depre.

And then I started to bake.   Now my grandfather was a baker, owning his own bakery here on the southside of Chicago during the 40s/50s.   So I also say that these genes of mine have been infused.  I found my niche in the kitchen.

imagesFA0K1W57My recipes are super simple.  Yes I like the kitchen now but that doesn’t mean I want to be there 24/7.  I’m not a professional chef so your not going to get step my step instructions, calories (do we really want to know) etc.  A bit of “winging it” will be required.  And by all means…tweak them to your own taste buds.  Afterall that is how I made them up.

On the PDF page you will currently find the recipes for Ginger Crack, Chocolate Ginger Crack, and a newbie recipe: Salted Dark Chocolate Toffee Cookies.

I am spending today in the kitchen baking some more.  I am trying out a newly conceived recipe and if all goes well there will be a blog and new addition to the PDF page soon.

Bake On!

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p.s.  This is what Vanilla Sugar Packets look like.  This year I have bought a jar of Vanilla Sugar from Penzey Spices.  A packet weighs 1/3 of an oz.  I have a kitchen scale.  But I will probably wing it.  A little extra vanilla sugar is good for the soul.