Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Fast & Fresh and my cutie patootie

Queen Anne's Lace

Some say weed. I say flower.
And they are bloomin' everywhere around here!


Bleu Cheese sauce

Over a nice, juicy grassfed steak?
The best!
Fuzzily recalled from Pioneer Woman's blog

Brown some red onions in a bit of olive oil and butter...hmmm...maybe 1 medium sized.
Add 1 cup heavy cream, or 1/2 and 1/2
Add a few oz of bleu cheese, maybe 6oz.
A couple dashes cayenne
Simmer till thickened, stirring often.
Weep for joy.

Mahogany Mushrooms and Zucchini

These mushrooms were SO dang good!
From "Fast, Fresh and Green" by Susie Middleton... a cookbook I was asked to check out by Anja, our CSA's farmers wife.

1 TBL soy sauce
1 TBL lemon juice
2 tsp dark brown sugar
2 tsp ketchup
1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
2 TBL unsalted butter
1 TBL water
2 TBL olive oil
1 LB crimini mushrooms (halved or quartered, depending on size)
3/4 teas. kosher salt
2 tsp minced garlic
fresh ground black pepper

Whisk together soy sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar, ketchup, worcestershire, and water and set aside.
In a 10" skillet heat 1 TBL of the butter with the olive oil over med/high heat. When the butter has melted, add mushrooms and salt, stir right away and continue stirring until the mushrooms have absorbed all the fat.
Let the mushrooms sit and cook for 2 min., then stir once. Don't worry; the pan may look crowded and dry, but keep the heat up at med/high. Let it sit and cook, stirring infrequently (they squeak when you stir 'em!), until the mushrooms are shrunken, glistening, and some parts have developed a deep orange-brown color, about 10 minutes.
Turn the heat to low and add the garlic and remaining 1 TBL butter. Stir and cook until the butter is melted and the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Whisk the soy sauce mixture again and very carefully add it to the pan. Stir and cook just until the liquid thickens slightly and coats the mushrooms, 15-20 seconds more. Season with pepper.
Weep some more.
These are going to become THE way to cook our mushrooms.

Let me tell you, after last week, I was SO ready to just hang out here at home!

I did some cooking.
I did some cleaning.
I did some reading.
I did some praying.
And it's only Wednesday!

And did I tell you?
My favorite granddaughter in the whole world will be here in a few days?
That's right!
Our daughter Giselle, hubby Jon, and granddaughter Trena are driving in from Montana to spend some time here.

Trena Constance
Can hardly wait to get my hands on her!!!

I will definitely be in touch!
xoxo,
Cindy
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17 comments:

cityfarmer said...

she deserves to be at the TOP of the menu ...

she's grown' like a weed (er) flower

Cheryl said...

How exciting to have your little grand daughter coming!! She is such a cutie. Have fun with her and your daughter and son-in-law.

Wendy (The Local Cook) said...

What a cutie! *almost* as cute as my niece ;-)

And I LOVE mushrooms. Will have to try that recipe.

Camille said...

Oh Cindy!! Your Grand-daughter is SOOOOO cute!! :) I can just imagine how excited you are to have them come and visit!

Oh those mushrooms sound super yummy!! I can almost smell them through the screen of this computer. YUM YUM!!

Have a WONDERFUL week! It sounds like it began GREAT! :)

Blessings,
Camille

Dianna said...

The mushroom recipe is one I will have to try. Putting them on the shopping list for Friday!

Your little Trena is a cutie. I can only imagine how excited you are that they are coming. Enjoy your time with your daughter...ours was here a week ago and it was so good to look across a table or the room and see her there smiling back at me.

Lady Farmer said...

You are just going to have the best time with your grand daughter! Enjoy!

Pam said...

The blue cheese sauce sounds heavenly...so do the mushrooms.

Trena is a doll!

Barbara said...

She is such a cute little one, hugs

Debra said...

I say queen ann's lace is a flower too- and yes she sure is a cutie!!

Maria said...

Oh my Cindy... she is ADORABLE!
I'll bet you're just so excited to see her, hug her and give her grandmere kisses!

Your recipe is making my mouth water... butter and olive oil are the perfect pair!

I've been cutting Queen Anne's Lace and filling bouquets with it...
It lasts so long too!
So pretty and sweet...
Enjoy your family time, Cindy! such precious moments ♥
*Maria

Jane said...

That mushroom recipe sounded delicious! I love mushrooms so I'm going to give this a try.
Have a wonderful time with your family. Your granddaughter is adorable!!
Jane

Renata said...

Oh I hope you have a lovely time with your family!
That food looks (& sounds) to die for! Those mushrooms - YUM!!!! Thanks for sharing the recipes.
Have a great weekend
Renata:)

Holly said...

What an adorable grandbaby! Take lots of pictures to treasure when she goes back home and we'd love it if you'd share a few with us your readers. Have a wonderful time with your family, they are life's greatest gift.

Farmchick said...

Yummmm...love bleu cheese sauce...and anything else with bleu cheese! lol Hope you are doing well...stop in and say hi!

Our Treasured Home said...

I have given you the Sweet Blog Award!

http://ourtreasuredhome.blogspot.com/2010/07/my-life-as-domestic-nerd-with-sweet.html

Dianna said...

Hello Cindy,
I'm hoping you are having some FUN time with that little cutie of yours.

I wanted to let you know that I made the Mahogany Mushroom recipe this evening for supper. OH. MY. GOODNESS. Those are THE very best mushrooms I've ever eaten. Hubby went on and on about them, also. Just wanted to let you know that we SO enjoyed the effort it took for you to put the recipe on your blog!

Hugs to ya,
Dianna

Kimberly said...

Of course it is a flower!!!