Friday, November 12, 2010

Kitchen Aid Mixer

How have I ever survived without you?

It was a "hand me down"
I am embarrassed to admit
that I was intimidated
by this appliance
it has been
sitting on the
top shelf of my pantry
for a very long time


Watching my friend use hers
to make
homemade pasta
homemade butter
finally made me take 
it out of the pantry

It is now a
permanent fixture  
in my kitchen

Now, all I need
(for now)
pasta attachment

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fall Table Decor

A while back I posted
about my fun placemat collection

Here is my fall table decoration

Torre di Pietra - Fredericksburg Winery

A couple weekends ago
I went to Fredericksburg
for a very brief visit
with Aunt Janae

We stopped at several vineyards
(I will be posting about our stop to Becker Vineyards soon)

We had our first glass of wine

What a lovely winery
I really liked
chenin blanc

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Chocolate-Red Wine Cake

Chocolate-Zinfindel Port Cake

About a year ago, I clipped this recipe
out of

I was meeting my friends
for a birthday dinner
at our favorite winery

I was assigned dessert
so I decided to try this recipe

I wanted to use something from the winery

So, I used this Zin Port
since it goes well with chocolate
What a kick 

The recipes says to sprinkle with powdered sugar
I thought it needed this chocolate glaze

Monday, November 8, 2010

Green Chile Polenta - Test Kitchen

I got this recipe from Pioneer Woman

 I have been dying to cook with polenta
so I used corn grits

Green Chiles & Rotel Tomatoe
4 oz cubed cream cheese

 8 oz grated monterey jack cheese

Yummy spicy creamy polenta

Blackened Shrimp

    Blackened Shrimp At Central Market yesterday, I was given a sample plate with steak, shrimp, and a salad. The shrimp ...