Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Witch and The Pumpkin Brigade

 Tomorrow is September 1st and it is official Fall decorating time.  I asked the old witch to assemble her minions and help me out.

 This year I've decided to decorate my back yard with all of my blow molds.  I've bought each of these blow molds (except the witch) at thrift stores and have not paid more than 4.99 each.  Most cost 2.99.  Teddy is very suspicious of this group.

 Time to clean up the potting bench and transform it for Fall.

 The Fall Flowering Clematis is just beginning to bloom.

 My okra is still producing.

 The Oakleaf Hydrangeas have turned brown.  A sure sign that Fall is close.

 The dogwoods are dropping their seeds.

 The pool will be closed next week.

 And it is official, my neighbor definitely killed my Silver Maple.  It has to come out next spring.

 I bought some printed burlap and I am making pillows for the front porch.

And a witch, black cats, cauldrons and pumpkins are out. Let the games begin!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Apple Pies and Street Food

 It's apple pie time and I made a couple yesterday to give away.

Most everyone likes apple pie.
 I used good tart apples and the pies smelled wonderful.

 I baked potato bread too and gave it all away to neighbors.  I've been neglecting them since I started cooking for the shelter.

I was so busy that we bought street food for dinner. We are very lucky to have food truck battles going on here so we can get very good street food.  This is a Korean mung bean cake, skewered chicken, fried rice and lo mein.

If you requested the recipe for yesterday's cheeseburger pasta, shoot me an email and I will send it to you.

I can't believe another weekend is here already.  We are hoping to visit some Fall festivals so hopefully I will have some good pics!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Tupelo Honey

I bought some of my favorite honey yesterday.  Tupelo honey! Tupelo honey comes from honeybees collecting nectar from blossoms of the White Ogeechee Tupelo (Nyssa Ogeche) trees which grow in remote areas of Florida and Georgia.
So I made some potato bread for toast this morning.               

 I had some good music to go with it too.  Click to play!

 I bought this silver skull too.

 And a new sign for the kitchen. Click to enlarge.

 It goes so well with my bats.

 Short post today because I am busy doing shelter cooking.  I made them cheeseburger pasta.

 It's sort of like homemade Hamburger Helper!

 Look what happens when you don't form your bread loaves correctly.

You end up with a bread glove.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

St. Louis Pizza Recipe

This is a new recipe for me and it is so good that I have already made it twice in about 5 days.  I had never heard of St. Louis pizza until recently and honestly, it didn't sound very good.  But it looked great!  My curiosity got the best of me and I had to try it.  I am glad I did.
Unlike most pizza, the dough has no yeast in it.  Mix 2 C. of self-rising flour with 2 T. of olive oil and 6 T. of water.  That is it.  Knead it until you have a smooth ball and split it in half.  Set it aside and cover it with a towels.  Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Roll the dough out as thin as possible.  It should be cracker thin.  Thinly spread your favorite pizza sauce over it.  This is where it gets weird but follow  the recipe.  It works!  Dice some American cheese, provolone and mozzarella.  Toss it in a bowl with some liquid smoke.  Sprinkle this mixture over the pizza. ( In St. Louis they have a special cheese called provel but I can't get it here.)

Add some small diced green pepper.  Sprinkle it with Italian seasoning and granulated garlic.

Bake it in your 425 degree oven for about 12 minutes just until you start seeing brown dots on the cheese.

St. Louis pizza is traditionally cut in 2 X 2" inch pieces.  A surprising blend of flavors that produces a very flavorful pizza which is very light and doesn't make you feel like you have swallowed a ball of dough after you eat it.  This was a HUGE hit with The Blog Tech and his sister.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Homemade Crackers

These crackers are so very good to eat with cheese.They are pretty simple to make too.
Place 1 C. of water in the bowl of your mixer.  Add 1 tsp. of rapid rise yeast.  Add 3 T. of oil.  Add 1/2 tsp. of salt, 1 T. of sugar and 3 C. of flour.

Knead until you have a smooth ball of dough, place it in an oiled bowl, cover and let it double in size.

Dice some fresh rosemary.

Remove the dough from the bowl.

Divide it into 16 pieces.

Roll each piece out to about a 4 X 10 inch size.

Place them on parchment covered cookie sheets.

Brush them with an egg wash and sprinkle the rosemary, sea salt and any combination of seeds that you like.

Bake them in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes until golden and crisp.  Cool on racks.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Back to the Fair

 It's always a happy day when I find my first pumpkins of the year.

 My daughter came home for a visit so The Blog Tech and I took her back to the fair.

 She couldn't believe how cute the entire festival was and how they laid it out like a little village.

 The shops were just opening when we arrived.

 We found some more carved tree trunks.

 This would be such a fun project to do with an old trunk.  I got rid of all of my chisels just last year.


 My daughter ate some of the homemade potato chips with malt vinegar.

 We tried the halushki too.

 The Blog Tech got his BBQ'd pulled pork parfait and I let him eat the whole thing this time.

 He loves his parfait!
 We were talking about the halushki not being very good.

 He thought that the women that sold it to us heard him so he gobbled it with a smile on his face.

 I bought the basket I wanted last weekend.

 And another one too.  This one is called a Cape Codder.

 They have wooden bottoms and the workmanship is very high quality.

 The big basket is called a cottoner and is meant to hold textiles. I will put my wool in it.

 I just love baskets.

 These are very sturdy and will wear well.

 My new witch.

 She is pinching a spider to drop in her cauldron.

She has a nice face too.