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You’ve Been Mislead

 Recently, I have had a large number of hits on my blog from people who have found my little slice of the web by Googling things such as "Losing the Baby Fat". Next to my Monkey Bread post from long ago, the two posts I made about attempting to lose the baby weight have brought the largest number of Google hits to my site. I hate to break the news to those of you looking for advice on weight loss, but Dine and Dish is probably not the place you want to turn to for weight loss guidance. With posts about a delicious chocolate cake roll filled with a marvelous heavy whipping cream concoction, cakes with a richness only gained by using 5 sticks of butter, and scrumptious dishes such as this one...laced with heavy cream, my blog is the type that will make you gain weight just by reading it.Chicken in Lemon Cream with Penne from Everyday Pasta (Giada de Laurentis)Servings: 4 to 6 1 pound penne pasta 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, diced in to 1-inch cubes 1 teaspoon herbes du Provence pinch of salt, plus 1/2 teaspoon pinch of freshly ground black pepper, plus 1/4 teaspoon 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth 2 cups heavy cream Zest of 1 lemon pinch of cayenne pepper 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain. Meanwhile, heat … [Continue reading]

What kind of fool…?

 What kind of fool has her oven on during the middle of the day when it is hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk outside? You know what? I am that kind of fool. I am the kind of fool that was tempted last week by a Banana Cake photo and article I read on Just Baking. I am the kind of fool that bought extra bananas over the weekend, simply so I could have a few ripe ones to bake with. I am the kind of fool who is tired of making ice cream, milkshakes, and slushy drinks and wants to get back to some honest to goodness baking. You try this recipe and then let's see who is calling who a fool, OK?Adapted from a Recipezaar Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting 3/4 cup butter 2  cups sugar 3 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 3 cups flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda … [Continue reading]

Beat the Heat with Kool-Aid Slushies

My son had his tonsils and adenoids taken out this week. Because of that, and because of the major heat wave sweeping across the state, I have been on a mission to make treats that are soothing to a sore throat as well as cool and refreshing enough to help beat the heat. We have made ice cream, sorbet, milkshakes, floats, Popsicles and smoothies. Last night, I was in the mood for something different. Remembering that Jacob had been begging for a slushy drink from Sonic the day before, I decided to make our own slushy drinks right at home. In my pantry, I happened to have a container of Kool-Aid to use to make Kool-Aid Popsicles. When I picked up the container, I noticed a recipe for Kool-Aid Slushies. Quickly reading through the recipe, I realized that this was exactly what we needed...something quick, easy, soothing and refreshing. This recipe for slushy drinks hits the spot with both kids and adults alike. As an adult, you may wish that your beverage had a little rum or something in it, but even without the addition of alcohol, you will appreciate how this tasty treat cools you off. Kool-Aid Slushies Place 1 cup water, 1/2 cup of your favorite flavor Kool-Aid soft drink mix and 1 cup ice cubes in a blender container; cover. Blend on high speed until smooth. Add an additional 2 cups ice cubes; cover. Blend, using pulsing action, until smooth. Serve immediately. Store leftover slush in the freezer. Recipe makes 7 (1/2 cup) servings. … [Continue reading]

Get Well Soon

 Jacob went in to Children's Mercy hospital on Monday morning for surgery. He had his tonsils and adenoids removed, a hernia repaired and the veins in his nose cauterized. Talk about a triple whammy!He was really out of it on Monday, as can be expected, but yesterday he was back to his normal self. He ate a ton...eggs, toast, turkey, strawberries, bananas, milkshakes, smoothies, Jello, etc. Today, he is paying some for it. He is really tired, hoarse and just out of it again. He is still doing really remarkable though, in my opinion. He is such a little toughie!According to Jacob, the best thing about having surgery is that when you come home, when you ask for something, you get it. Oh boy..this may be a hard one to break!  … [Continue reading]

Alpha Mom vs Slacker Mom

Alpha Mom - a modern mom who is confident and in control, a well informed decision-making multitasker. Hip, educated, technologically savvy, type A--personality mom.I know that this is completely against all things good about the feminist movement, but I have always wanted to be like June Cleaver, or our modern day example, (minus all of the random murders, drug issues, etc) Bree Van de Camp. I would love to be the mom that always has linens on the table adorned with a beautiful centerpiece of fresh cut flowers from my garden in the middle. Having a plate of fresh from the oven cookies available whenever the little ones come in from playing in the picket fenced yard would be ideal. Having my home be in tip top shape, laundry never piling up, and my kitchen sink always shiny would be standard behavior for me. I would be the Alpha Mom... complete with the hip clothes, ever full PDA and a shining disposition. I read an article in a small local magazine this week about the Alpha Mom and her opposite... the Slacker Mom. As much as I try to be like the Aplha Mom, I have discovered that my tendencies tend to be more Slacker Mom oriented. An example of this would be last nights dinner.Alpha Mom - Alpha Mom would have looked at her menu for the week early on in the day, making notes of what meat needs to be thawed and what advanced preparations need to be made for dinner to be a complete success.Slacker Mom - Slacker Mom remembers at 4:30pm that Calzones is on the menu. She completely … [Continue reading]