May 29, 2012

cherry-apple salad with homemade creamy feta dressing

Two salads in a row!  Wooohooo!  Not sure why that's exciting but it is!  Maybe because this salad was so  different and delicious.  Maybe  I was so completely busy all weekend this is all I had time to make.  Maybe our downstairs air conditioner was not cooling and it was 95 degrees outside and I couldn't imagine eating or cooking anything hot.  Whatever the reason, I enjoyed this salad very much and I think you will too.

May 24, 2012

Chipotle Chicken Salad

I had a big time craving for grilled chicken salad.  There is no special meaning behind the craving thing.  I'm too old for that.  Yeah, I'm a grandma.  It probably just means I needed more vegetables and protein.  So we made a ginormous salad and went in search of a good, flavorful chicken marinade.  Bingo!  We found the perfect marinade that would be terrific as the star in a fajita dinner, tacos, salad or anything.  I didn't manage to get any photos fresh off the grill, but you'll have to trust me on this.  This chicken is so tender, juicy and full of flavor.   If you're in a real spicy mood, add more chipotle chilies and enjoy. 

May 22, 2012

Dulce De Leche Ice Cream

Memorial Day - the wonderful long weekend marking the start of summer; the end of school; the opening of neighborhood pools; family BBQ's; vacation; watermelon and ice cream.  But Memorial Day means so much more than those things listed here.  Memorial Day is a Federal holiday originally set aside to honor those who died in the Civil War.  Eventually it was expanded to include all Americans who have died in all wars.  Many Americans use this day to reflect on all those who have passed, whether or not they served in our military.  

May 18, 2012

Photo Tip No. 5 - iPhoneography

iPhoneography: Traveling Husband's favorite photo apps 

Hey it's NON-traveling husband today.  I'm dog-sitting and guest-blogging while Tricia is on the road to a family gathering in Atlanta. 

As I've mentioned before I'm really becoming a fan of iPhoneography.  I thought this week we could take a quick look at some of my go-to apps which you might find useful and fun. 

May 14, 2012

Chocolate Truffle Cookies with Sea Salt (Gluten free)

Rich bittersweet chocolate cookies with a little zing from a sprinkle of sea salt ... absolutely perfect.  This lovely little cookie is soft with a gooey center and so simple to make.  

May 10, 2012

It's good to be yellow

Hello friends!  I've been a little MIA lately.  It's been one of those weeks.  Not necessarily bad, just so busy and not the normal routine.  Consequently I haven't been in the kitchen cooking,  at all.    But I will cook this weekend!  I can't wait.  So as I'm planning my menu I started thinking about lemons.  You are probably wondering why.  Yeah - me too.  Maybe it's because I've had many successful lemon recipes.

May 7, 2012

PB Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Have you ever thought you're a good enough cook to overcome anything, even barometric pressure?  Let me back up a minute.  I had a wonderful cookie recipe to post today.  "Had" is the key word here.  But after two batches it become apparent (I'm a little slow) there's a good reason not to make meringue cookies on a day when rain is probable.  Meringue becomes a sticky, runny mess when the humidity is too high. Let's just say I know this to be absolutely true, so very true.  Or ... I'm a total failure at making meringue cookies.  I'll just blame it on the weather and stick with that story.  

May 4, 2012

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

I’ve been doing a little spring cleaning in my freezer and look what I found!  A small turkey breast picked up on sale during the holidays.   I like to use frozen meats within 6 months if possible.  And since I would never dream of messing with the standard roasted turkey and gravy at Thanksgiving (my family would be very unhappy) I thought this would be a perfect time to try an herb roasted turkey breast.  

Boy-o-boy does this smell wonderful, slowly baking in the oven.  I love the herb-y flavor with a little garlic and a slightly salty zing.  Instead of gobble-gobble, this was nibble-nibble while I sliced it up!  Who says turkey is just for turkey day?  I love it all year and will absolutely make this again!  I’ll even use the herb rub/sauce on a whole chicken next time we roast one. 

May 2, 2012

Photo Tip #4: Shutter Speed

Swing batta batta swing!  

This time we're going to finish our discussion of "the exposure triangle."  We've already covered aperture and depth of field in part one and in part two we talked about ISO and light sensitivity. 

The third side of the triangle is shutter speed.

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