Monday, January 31, 2011

Carbonnades A La Flamande- Julia Child's Recipe- January 23rd 2011

So in the morning... we were going to head out for a day at Disneyland. The winds were blowing out of control, so Ryan Matthew had a great idea!! He suggested we go to Borders Books, buy the Julia Child's cookbook, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," pick a recipe, go to Costco to get all the ingredients, and make a yummy meal! What an AWESOME idea! He picked Carbonnades A La Flamande. It looked pretty simple to put together, but was going to take a few hours to cook. The recipe is Beef and Onions Braised in Beer. The process was a piece of cake! There is nothing better than pitting all of the ingredients into a pot and letting it cook! Browning the beef took a little time, but I enjoy cooking, so it didn't matter. Cooking to me is peaceful! It's kind of like gardening or going to therapy lol. The only difference with cooking is you get pretty immediate results and gratification. Gardening gives you flowers, fruit, or vegetables, months later usually. Going to therapy takes years sometimes to make any real progress =-) So I choose to cook! If you put your soul into it, you can have amazing results! Ok back to my experience and enough about how I heal myself lol...

The meat came out really tender! Perfectly cooked! The caramelized onions and brown sugar added a touch of  sweetness. Ryan Matthew made the parsley potatoes to go along side the beef, as suggested by Julia. They were buttery and yummy! I look forward to making this dish again, and can't wait to try some of the other recipes from Julia's cookbook! I'm a simple person that loves cooking! I've never studied cooking, but I watch the cooking channel as if it were my own personal professor. I'm sure some of the recipes will be more challenging than others, but I'm up for the learning experience!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Ghosts

It's 2:30AM and I'm watching Ghost Hunters International. I'm awake feeding Jacob of course. Thank Goodness for the DVR! These days, I can't manage to stay awake much past the kids going to sleep, so I end up missing a lot of primetime television.. Jacob was on a roll, sleeping through the night; however, the last couple of weeks, he's been waking up between 2 and 3AM for a bottle. It's given me time to catch up on all of my shows, so I guess it's not a bad thing. Or should I say, I'm entertained, and don't mind being up at this hour.

So now I ask, Do you have any interest in Ghosts? Have you seen a ghost? How did it make you feel? Was anyone else with you to experience the same event? I have been intrigued by the Ghost phenomenon for many years! I think I was around 12 when I had my first experience. We lived in Las Vegas at the time. I got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. My room was at the end of the hallway, and straight in front of me was my brothers room, with the bathroom between us. My brother slept with the door open, so it was only natural for me to look in his room as I headed down the hall. This particular night, much to my surprise, there were two Rottwieler's at the foot of his bet. They seemed to be playing tug of war with something, but I couldn't tell what it was. I remember thinking it was a pair of socks rolled up. As I got closer, they saw me and stopped what they were doing. A strong growl came from within them as they started at me with their red glowing eyes. I got into the bathroom, which seemed to take forever, and splashed water on my face. I did this because I had seen it done in movies, and I thought it would either wake me up from this scary nightmare, or wash away this hallucination. Was I dreaming? I know what I saw. I didn't not feel crazy, but ghost dogs?? Never heard of seeing ghost dogs before. After I finished my business in the bathroom, I headed back for my bedroom. I was scared now to look in my brother's room. I had to see if they were still there! I had to know if I imagined it! I began to look in the direction of his doorway, and the growl started again! They were still there! How was this possible? In effort to keep them where they were, I tried to walk calmly back to my room. Would they come after me??? I closed my door, and hid under my covers! Hiding under my covers was something else I had seen in movies lol... My covers would protect me =-) I told my family the next day what I had seen. I think they thought I was crazy and tried to convince me it was just a dream. If only someone else could have seen what I saw! Oh well. I know it was real and thats all that matters to me! This is only the beginning of my experiences. What have you seen, heard, or felt?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Bubbie's Chicken- Izzy's Style

This is a recipe my Bubbie has been making for many, many years! I remember going to her apartment in Santa Monica, at a very young age, and enjoying this comforting meal! This is one of those dishes that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside! You can feel the love in every bite. Bubbie doesn't cook these days, unless a bowl of cereal counts =-) but my mom has continued to make it over the years. I hope you all enjoy this as much as I have, and pass it along to those you love! This dish is super simple, and is guaranteed to bring great joy into your life! There is nothing more special than sitting around a table, with those you love, and sharing a yummy comforting meal!

Bubbie's Chicken

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup bread crumbs (gluten-free)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon pepper
1/4 cup olive oil

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Salt and pepper the cleaned chicken breasts. Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning into a large zip lock bag. Place (one at a time) chicken breast, into the bag of dry ingredients, and shake well, making sure each piece is covered well with mixture. Arrange chicken in a casserole dish. Sprinkle a little bit of the mixture on top of the chicken for added texture. Sprinkle the chicken with olive oil. I sometimes add butter as well for extra flavor, but it's optional. Bake for about 40 minutes or until the juice from the chicken runs clear. Then all there is left to do is enjoy!!!

Bubbie originally made this recipe with corn flakes which is delicious of course! I sometimes buy gluten-free corn flakes to use in place of the bread crumbs. It just depends on what I have in the house, or what I remember to buy at the grocery store. This recipe can take many forms, and everyone's taste buds are different... but don't be afraid to try it! You will be comforted and satisfied!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Bachelor- Episode two- 01/10/11

Date number one... Ashley H (Dentist) PA. Brad has an amazing night planned and is hoping to laugh and have fun. The arrive in the middle of no where and it's pitch black. They flip the switch and much to Ashley's surprise, they are at a carnival, and they have it all to themselves. How magical would that be for a first date?? How could you not fall in love? What happens when all this magic is gone and they go back to their normal lives. Dates become dinner and a movie. Ashley says it was a perfect date and she even gets to dress like a princess. But is this all their reality or a made up fairy tale which ABC has created. Brad says he likes her a lot and they share their first kiss. Surprisingly, they had similar childhoods. Their fathers were not in their lives which might bring them closer together. Brad feels like she is easy to talk to and looks forward to many more conversations. Ashley is given a ROSE and their date continues... I like Ashley. She seems genuine, but how much can you really learn about someone in six weeks?? I'm a skeptic!

Date card number two is delivered to the house where the ladies wait. It's a group date. 15 girls to be exact. They are filming a Public Service Announcement for the American Red Cross... the goal is to get people to go out and donate blood. Emily, Stacy and another girl (didn't get her name) seem to have a lot of fun doing their skit. They are lighthearted and entertaining, with smiles on their faces. Melissa (Waitress) FL, is a little nuts though! She's getting frustrated, so she busts into their scene and plants her lips on him. EEwww gross! She looks like total white trash to me! Michelle (Hair Stylist) UT, has a bad attitude! It's her birthday and wants all of the attention on her. She is creating drama and like one of the other girls said, "It's her birthday, and she can cry if she wants to." Her plan works to some extent. Michelle gets a ROSE later that night at the Roosevelt Hotel. I don't think I like her much. She is playing the game, but doesn't seem to be there for love.

Jackie gets the second date with Brad. First, he takes her to a luxurious hotel in Beverly Hills. They change into robes, give one another facials, and then it looks like a little hand massage. After the pampering, Jackie is lead into a room with beautiful gowns. She is able to choose one to wear for the night. Next, Jackie is off to her own personal stylist session where she has her hair and make-up done. She is having a Pretty Woman moment!! Especially once Brad shows her the jewelry she will be wearing. Can you say Bling Bling!!! The couple then heads to the Hollywood Bowl. They share a romantic dinner, and then... Train! The band is there just for them! What a special moment! Train wouldn't be my first pick for a romantic evening, but maybe the band is special to Brad... or maybe even Jackie?

In the end, I'm glad Melissa and the other dramatic girl got sent home! Michelle should have joined them! She's rude and seems unstable! In the middle of the cocktail party, she pulls Brad to the side to ask him about what kind of coffee he likes. Really?? Starbucks or Coffee Bean? Couldn't this have been a topic of conversation at another time? I see her claws coming out,

Monday, January 3, 2011

The Bachelor Season Premier 01/03/11

I can't believe Brad a second chance at love, I mean, on national TV. I believe everything happens for a reason, but does he deserve a whole new season of the show. There are so many bachelors out in the world... why BRAD? He obviously has a lot of internal issues. Gladly he found a great therapists and has been working on himself for the last three years. I find it funny that in the first five minutes of the show, he is shirtless and then shown with his brothers kids. The producers are doing their job. They are providing sex appeal, and a tender heart lol... He says he has done a lot of soul searching and is ready for love. He wants to prove to America that he is a different man. Only time will tell.

Now it's time to meet the ladies. So far (I'm watching it as I blog), the women seem very interesting. One of them literally has her fangs out (Madison) ha ha lol. I like the girl that lost her father (Ashley S.), but it's only been two years. I don't know if thats long enough time to heal. It's not my life so it isn't fair for me to make judgments... I lost my dad in 1999 and i'm still dealing with the pain. Just saying. I also like the girl who "lost the love of her life," and has a daughter from him (Emily). I couldn't imaging going through what she went through! She seems like a very genuine person. Individuals whom have lost someone very close to them, seem to love on a deeper level or sometimes, not love at all. Then there is Alli, she tells him, "I Know America hates you, but I'm willing to give you a second chance." Chantal, who is the first to greet Brad, slaps him in the face, and proceeds to tell him that it's a slap for all the women. This should be an interesting season thats for sure. Many more blogs to come =-)