New Recipe: Turkey Chili Shepherd’s Pie

August 18, 2011 at 7:18 pm (recipes, resolution: 1 a week)

I picked up this cookbook, Rachael Ray’s Look + Cook, at the library last week, and flipped through it while I was at jury duty on Monday. (Side note: got excused! Yay!)

There are some pretty good dinner recipes in there, and I tried one tonight: turkey chili shepherd’s pie. I used my recipe for chili instead of the recipe from the book, made in a crockpot a few days ago. Then today, I put some of the leftover chili in a 9 x 9 Pyrex dish, and topped with mashed sweet potatoes. Yes, sweet potatoes. I was skeptical, but Rachael was right. I stuck the chili and the potatoes in the oven at 475 degrees for about 20 minutes, then sprinkled on some cheddar cheese and stuck it back in until melted and golden. No picture, cause I was starving and forgot. 😦

Our verdict: pretty good!! Definitely a good way to use up leftover chili, and it’s a change from our typical chili meals. I added a little sour cream on top of my serving, and I loooved the creamy rich tang it added.

Are you a Rachael Ray fan? I can’t watch her show because I feel like she’s yelling at me, but I do love her cookbooks!


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Best of Pinterest: August 14

August 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm (links, pictures, random)

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve become quite a fan of Pinterest – you can see my boards here. I thought that maybe once every week or so, I’d share some of the things I’ve found. I always enjoy seeing pictures that other people have found inspiring.

So, here’s what I’ve loved this week:

Source: via Stacey on Pinterest

I’m obsessed with the idea of a lovely wreath for our door for Christmas this year. Perhaps this one will do?

Source: via Stacey on Pinterest

Crock pot mac and cheese. I’m about to jump into a crazy commute, and I’m gonna need to rely on some crock pot recipes to make sure I’m eating dinner before 9 PM!

Source: via Stacey on Pinterest

Minion cupcakes!! I definitely want a Despicable Me party for my birthday now.

Source: via Stacey on Pinterest

We’re moving to an apartment with a PATIO(!) in a few weeks, and I’m dying to try a version of this.

Source: via Stacey on Pinterest

Loving this dress. With a cardigan it’s great for teaching, without a cardigan it’s great for dinners out or warm days. Hope to try sewing this sometime soon! Thinking I’ll leave off the bow though – makes it easier to fit under cardigans!

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Darning socks

August 11, 2011 at 7:04 pm (crafting, family)

My husband has a pair of socks – they’re nothing spectacular, just a stocking stuffer from his mom a few years ago. But he LOVES them. He calls them his “comfy socks,” and when he knows it’s going to be a rough/long day, he wears them. Sadly, about six months ago, he wore a hole in the heel of one of his comfy socks. It’s been sitting in my craft stuff for a while, and I finally got to JoAnn’s today to find some yarn to darn it with.

So after following this tutorial, and watching this video, I got this:

darned sock

Yeah, it’s not pretty. I couldn’t find yarn of the same thickness or color, so this was the best I could do. I also didn’t have anything round to stick in the sock, so I used a ceramic scoop from my kitchen, which worked okay. I tried on the sock, and I think it feels fine – Tyler was a little more skeptical, but we’ll see. I think once he gets over the fact that his sock has a black heel, he’ll be fine. 🙂

So first darning experience – somewhat a success. Will I do this again? We’ll see… does anyone darn socks anymore? I don’t think I’d do this for anything other than special socks! Have any of you ever darned a sock?

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New Recipe: Hasselback potatoes

August 9, 2011 at 9:27 pm (recipes, resolution: 1 a week)

I pinned a recipe (picture below) for Hasselback potatoes on Pinterest this morning, and by lunchtime had scrapped what I’d planned for dinner and decided we were having steak and potatoes instead! 🙂 This was a new recipe for Tyler, but not a new recipe for me. I grew up with potatoes like this, but my mom called them “hedgehog potatoes.” My humorous husband says they look more caterpillars than hedgehogs, but I’m sticking with my mom’s name. 🙂 Come to find out, they’re Swedish, so perhaps my mom learned to make them when she studied there? I’ll have to ask!

You can click on my pin below to repin it to your own board, or you can see the original source here. I won’t repost the entire recipe, but I do have a few tips:
-SLICE THINLY. Seriously. If it’s thick, it just doesn’t work as well. Put the potato between two wooden spoon handles to stop you from cutting down too far.
-Be stingy with the olive oil. Maybe just brush it on, definitely do not pour it on. If you do, then it starts smoking, and you’re running around opening windows and turning on fans. (Seriously, do I ever learn?? Apparently not.)
-You’ll probably need longer than 40 minutes. Mine could have used about 20 minutes more, but I realized that too late.
-This is a great recipe for improvising! It’s been so long since I’ve had my mom’s version that I can’t remember what spices she used to add, but I know that she added more than salt and pepper. Rosemary? Oregano? I have no idea! I’ll just have to make more, I guess!

Anyone else grow up with Hasselback/hedgehog potatoes? Do you know them by yet another name? 🙂

Source: via Stacey on Pinterest

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