Archive for April, 2011

chocolate cherry cookies

April 15, 2011

two days ago, i found a bag of unsweetened dark cherries in the freezer that must be used or go bad by may. now, i could have done something healthy with these buggers, like put them in plain, fat-free yogurt for breakfast or used them in an arugula salad. but i didn’t. i used a recipe for soft chocolate cookies from (i know it’s tough to trust this site, but this time it ended up okay) and added some goodies.

  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons finely ground espresso powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened cherries
  • confectioners’ sugar


  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, espresso powder, and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Fold in cherries. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle. Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a fork if desired. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are firm. Remove to wire racks. Dust warm cookies with confectioners’ sugar.

i win! i win! i win!

April 13, 2011

bon apetit has this lucious lamb in this month’s issue, and i decided as soon as i got it a few weeks ago that i NEEDED lamb this easter (it made me feel better about having been ‘volunteered’ for easter dinner by my husband). then said husband said he wanted a ham. a damn HAM. ugh, i don’t even like ham.

okay, that’s not entirely true. i will eat and enjoy a nice ham, but it’s not my pick for a holiday meal. i agreed, however, to do the damn ham because i have not done one for any of our holidays in the last four years. and then i bitched about it for three solid weeks.

yesterday, i mentioned the damn ham on the phone with my mother, but it was with the ‘this is the glaze i’m going to do’ attitude instead of the previous ‘this is such bullshit’ attitude. and scott stopped me. and he said, ‘you know, if you want to do lamb, that’s cool. i mean, it’s not like ham is the greatest thing in the world.’

no time to gloat. no time for ‘i told you so.’ i have to figure out what i’m doing now. here is the tentative plan…

-braised lamb shanks

-goat cheese mashed potatoes (i wanted new potato salad, but scott really wanted these instead)

-orzo with artichokes and graskaas

-lemon pepper asparagus

-emily’s citrus tea cookies (i can’t decide if they will be lemon or orange or both)

-pan de polvo (i am not making this. janet’s is.)

do we think there is too much cheese? or is there ever such a thing? i’ll definitely have a pinot, but i’m thinking i might serve a savingon blanc as well; there is a lot of zinginess going on here that i think would be better matched with a crisper, bolder white, even though the lamb shanks are braised in red wine.

oh, and here’s what i made for breakfast. i wanted eggs in hell, but i also wanted breakfast ready in like ten minutes, so i cheated.

1 can HEB brand salsa casera (i used the verde)

4 eggs

4 pieces of wheat toast

heat your cast iron skillet (i am addicted to this thing) to medium. pour in the salsa and half a can of water and bring to a simmer. crack in the four eggs and allow to cook until set. serve with bread drizzled with olive oil and broiled.

menu planning

April 8, 2011

this whole stay-at-home-mama thing means i can start my weeks whenever i damn well please. so i do. scott and i have been on the p90x train o’ pain for almost six weeks now, and he’s all crazy about being good, so my menus haven’t been all that interesting. also, i hate him because he has lost ten pounds and i have only lost five…and ZERO in the last four weeks. ugh.

also, i’m only doing one (sometimes two) meals each day because hot shot mcgee is so gung-ho about the meal replacement protein bars and shakes. whatever.

friday – scrambled eggs with tomatoes and garlic in olive oil with wheat toast,┬áneilgai steak chili

saturday – cheddar popovers and fresh berries, chipotle crusted salmon over lentils

sunday – spinach and cheddar scrambled eggs over wheat toast, spaghetti with neilgai meatballs

monday – wheat french toast, stuffed grilled chicken over pintos

tuesday – cheat day!!! bacon eggs benedict, something someone else cooks

wednesday – eggs in hell, turkey clubs

thursday – cereal, shrimp in peppers and tomatoes over brown rice