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From Disaster to Divine

 The first time I ever made clover rolls it was a kitchen disaster. To this day I have no idea what went wrong. The rolls that I had such high hopes for were hard as a rock. My husband and I had a fun time kicking them around the kitchen. I tried to give our dog one and he, the dog that normally inhaled people food, took the roll in his mouth, ran outside and buried it. I think he knew deep down that these rolls should be out of site because of the danger they could cause if one was thrown and bonked someone in the head. We are talking concussion quality rolls.That was a few years ago and I had stayed clear of clover rolls because of that one disaster. Today, however, I had a change of heart. I was trying to decide what to make for the Waiter There's Something in My...Bread event. I was browsing through my recipes and was feeling uninspired. What happened next was nothing short of fate. I literally stumbled upon a food blog called "What We're Eating". This blog sucked me in from the first post I read and I kept reading and reading. It is a brilliant blog. As I was browsing through the posts I noticed some amazing photographs. Particularly, a photo of some incredible looking Rosemary Clover Rolls. I knew that this was my sign to get back on that horse and try to make clover rolls again. I was going to give this recipe a try and hope that it would be a success.Let me tell all of you... I think these have got to be the best rolls, hands down, that I have ever … [Continue reading]

A Taste of Yellow

 Over the weekend I heard about a food blogging event put on by Barb of Winos and Foodies that will show our support for LIVESTRONG Day. LIVESTRONG Day is the Lance Armstrong Foundation's (LAF) grassroots advocacy initiative to unify people affected by cancer and to raise awareness about cancer survivorship issues on a national level and in local communities across the country.  LIVESTRONG Day 2007 will occur on Wednesday, May 16. Barb is asking that all of us participate in her event "A Taste of Yellow". The challenge is to make a recipe using some kind of yellow food. I knew right away that I wanted to participate in this worthy event. Cancer has touched each of us in some way or another. We have an Aunt on my husband's side who is currently undergoing chemotherapy. Two of my close friends are struggling with the recent diagonsis their dad's have received regarding prostate cancer. I have several more examples but these three are the ones that are close to us right now.As I sat in my kitchen trying to decide what yellow food to use, I glanced over and noticed some ripe bananas on my countertop. It is so rare that we have ripe bananas... my kids usually eat a few bananas a day between the three of them, so we go through bananas quickly. I knew right then and there that my yellow food was probably not going to be unique, but it would be tasty! Banana Bread would be my contribution to the "Taste of Yellow" event.A few months ago Claire at Cooking … [Continue reading]

Simply Salmon

 I know a lot of people who claim to not like fish. They often say it is because of the "fishy" flavor that fish has. A lot of people I know who do like fish don't like to make it at home because they think that the recipe has to be elaborate or the process of making the fish is time consuming. They would rather go out to a seafood restaurant and order up their fish than to make it at home. My husband and I used to be like that. We would only go out to eat if we wanted seafood. We had a "fish phobia" that neither of us were willing to do anything about...we were intimidated by the entire fish process.A few years ago this all changed when I decided to give Tilapia a try at home. I had several great attempts with various Tilapia recipes (click here to see some of my favorite Tilapia recipes). My confidence and desire to learn how to cook other varieties of fish grew. I discovered that cooking fish is really simple. I have no idea why I thought it was so difficult because it really is not.One of the seafood recipes my husband and I love to make now is just about as simple as it gets. It is a cedar plank salmon recipe that uses few ingredients but packs restaurant quality flavor into every single bite. We don't go out to eat at seafood restaurants anymore, thanks to recipes like this. If you are ready to get over your fish phobia head to your nearest fish market, of if you are in the midwest like us, head to Costco. Make it easy on yourself and buy your … [Continue reading]

Become an Addict

A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from David Rock, a rep for a product called Nandos Peri Peri Sauces. He was wondering if he could send me some of their products to try and then review. I took a look at their website and found out that Nandos is a company that manufacturers basting, cooking and marinade sauces as well as rubs and spices derived from the peri-peri chilli pepper. These products were right up my alley, so I agreed and within a few days a big package of goodies arrived on my doorstep.  My package from David included the Medium Peri Peri Sauce, Hot Peri Peri marinade, and the Peri-Peri Coconut Curry cooking sauce. Also included was a nifty looking T-Shirt that my husband seems to have adopted for his own. I was very eager to give these products a try but wasn't quite sure which one to try first. Lucky for me, the May 2007 issue of Food and Wine magazine appeared on my doorstep a few days later and included in the issue was a recipe for a  Jamaican Chicken Rub that required the use of hot sauce. At first bite, I noticed a difference in what I was tasting. You know how with most spicy foods, the spice tends to overpower the flavor of whatever you are eating? Well, with this hot sauce, you can still taste the food. The flavor of the chicken and the spices in the rub came through loud and clear and then...a short while after my first bite... the heat hit. It was truly delicious. I love hot and spicy food, but I hate it when the heat of the food makes my … [Continue reading]

The Bundt Cake Movement

Bundt cakes always get a bad rap for being boring. When I think of bundt cakes, I think of little old ladies and their church pot luck suppers. Bundt cakes seem to be all over the place at those events.  People seem to like bundt cakes, but they rarely get the ooohhh's and ahhhhh's they deserve. Is it the lack of frosting that gives them their less than stellar appeal? Is it that they tend to be a simple, dense cake without a lot of flavor variation? I really do not know what the reason is, but I am here today to change your mind and to convince you to give the simple little bundt cake another chance. I needed to make a cake this weekend for a party we were having. For some reason, I had it in my mind that I wanted to make some kind of bundt cake. As I was browsing through my recipes at home I could not find anything that stood out. I did not want boring... I wanted a cake that people would leave asking the recipe for. After an unsuccessful attempt browsing through my own recipes, I decided to turn to Recipezaar. I typed in "Bundt Cake" and a zillion recipes popped up. I sorted the recipes by rating and as soon as I did that a recipe for an "Irish Cream Bundt Cake" popped up. I opened it up and started reading the reviews. People loved this bundt cake! With 23 high star reviews and all of the ingredients right in my pantry, I knew I found the recipe I would be using for my bundt cake.This cake is amazing. AMAZING! I am not exaggerating when I say … [Continue reading]