Thursday, July 31, 2008
2 pounds large raw shrimp, shelled and deveined (I use frz from Costco, yails on 31- 40 count)
1/3 cup galic infused olive oil (recipe follows)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/w cup Cazadores Reposado Tequila
1/2 teaspoon cayenne, ground chipoltle powder or ancho chile powder
3 to 6 garlic cloves
1/2 cup chile sauce
Garlic Infused Oil -- Place minced garlic cloves in the 1/2 cup olive oil. Place in microwave for 30 to 60 seconds. If too hot, place in freezer for 5 to 10 minutes. Use in recipe.
Place shrimp in a medium bowl and add garlic, infused olive oil (garlic too), salt, tequila, cayenne and chile sauce. Cover and refrigerate 1/2 hour to 2 hours. (No longer or they will become tough.)
Spray grill pans with Pam. Prehat pans along with gas grill on high. OR preheat George Foreman grill to 300 degrees. Remove shrimp from marinade and place on preheated grill pans OR on George Foreman grill. On outdoor gas grill cook about 2 minutes per side. On the George Foreman grill, 1 minute total. You will have to do this in batches.
Eat. They are finger licking good! Note: These are good served right off the grill, or chilled in the refrigeratot. They make as good as an enteree, an appetizer or topping a leafy green salad such as spinach.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 pound pork loin (or other meat), cut into small chunks
1 ancho chile, washed and soaked in hot water for 30 minutes OR use 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 small white onion, cut in half
1/2 cup water
2 cups boiling water
1 cup long-grain white rice, washed until water runs clear
2 tablespoons large capers
1 tablespoon dreid Mexcian oregano
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Heat the oil and fry the meat in a deep pot until brown. Remove the meat with a slotrted spoon to a dish. Reserve the oil in the pot.
Stem and seed the chile. (Or measure ground ancho powder) Put it in a blender with the garlic, onion, and 1/2 cup water. Puree until smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender with a rubber spatula. Reheat the oil in the pot, carefully add the blender ingredients (it slatters!) and fry the sauce. Cook, stirring for 2 minutes. Add 2 cups boiling water and the reserved meat to the pot. Bring it back to a boil. Add the rice, capers, oregano and salt. Mix well, then lower the heat to the lowest simmer and cover. Cook until the rice is cooked and the meat tender, about 25 minutes. More water may be added little by little, though usually not necessary.
Monday, July 28, 2008
My niece Erin's husband Rob who we do not get to see often and my son-in-law John. It was a real treat having them together.
My long time friend Cathy who I met in kindergarten was there. (I will not say how long ago that was!) My daughter Jen and my honorary son Wayne. It was great all being together.
Flowers. I made sure we had beautiful flowers.
Classic California Wine Tasting Fair.
Here's Joy and me. It was a delight to see her. It had been way too long!
The wine tasting menu.
The tasting table set and waiting for the guests to arrive. That's Henry in the background, the owner of VJB. It was a pleasure to have him in our home.
Friends and family enjoying the wines and food.
Henry keeping up with the pouring.
Fun and more fun.
Decisions, decisions. What to purchase they are all so good!
Okay Henry, I want 2 of the Tucai, 2 Dante's....................
After the wine tasting, most people stayed for more wine, appetizers and later a buffet dinner of penne pasta Alfredo with chicken, tossed green salad and garlic French bread. Fun was had by adults and the children. It was wonderful to be all together and share such a perfect day of tasting wines and food, as well as perfect weather for this area. We sopent the evening otdoors on the aptio listerning to water fountains in the background as we ate, drank , talked and laughed. The after party ended around 10 PM. It was a thoroughly delightful day!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I have always been an organizer and being married to my collector loving hubby I really had to beef up my organization or I wouldn't be able to live in the house. It doesn't help that over our married years, I have become a bit of a collector as well. Though I have been getting rid of this year. It is good for the soul. It is good for breathing deeper. It is freeing.
Music CD's. I love music and I can't get rid of my CD's because I honestly do listen to them. They are organized in my office in alphabetical order by last name of the artist. I can always find just what I want.
I scrapbook so I put these rolling drawers at my desk and they are filled with scrapbooking supplies such as stickers, glue sticks,, pens, double sided tape, my writing tablets, address labels, rubber stamps I use often, paperclips, envelopes, etc. Right at my fingertips which I like, and it is all things I do use.
These little containers are actually magnetic spice containers I picked up at IKEA. I have dried flowers from my garden and cloth buttons I use when making greeting cards and scrapbooking. They are attached to my magnetic bulletin board above my work area.
These old antique jars house buttons and spools of thread that belonged to my Nana. She was an amazing seamstress and these notions of hers always make me think of her and smile.
This year we added two walls of these floor to ceiling small shelves in my walk-in kitchen pantry. They hold herbs and spices, vinegars, oils, baking chocolates, bread crumbs, Jell-O and such. Everything is right at my fingertips and easy to see. We also took a coat closet in the back end of the kitchen we never used and filled it with floor to ceiling large shelves that houses canned goods.
These are in the closet of my craft room/office.They house my rubber stamps and inks, all stamping supplies such as embossing powders, hot air gun, stencils, papers, envelopes. The containers on top are full of wire ribbon which I find I do not use that much. My friend Verona does so they are all going to her.
Those rubber stamps I mentioned? I stamped passionately for years though no longer find myself using them much. Over those years I did end up with a collection of stamps. I have this binder that is spearated by types of stamps "flowers", "ocean," etc and I stamped every stamp I have so I know what I have. I just flip through the book and find what I want to use, then go to the appropriate drawer. Well, I USED to go to the right drawer easily. They have gotten mixed up so I do have to go through and organize again. Actually, I am thinking of donating a lot of them to daughters, grandsons and friends. My craft paints. I used these a lot for quite a few years, though slowing down with them now as well. I think this is something that needs to be downsized.
Scarpbooking, crafting and computer papers. A few years ago a Currents store closed out near us. They were selling their fixtures as well, so I bought this papaper stand. It was bargain too! This sits right next to my work table. I not only like organized but I like convienent too.
That is a little taste of some of the ways I have organized here. Did someone ask me if I was an organizer?
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
The house gets wrapped today with Tyvek.
To us it seems the house is going up so fast. However I am sure to John and Bob it doesn;t feel that way!
At the end of another hard work day Dad and son fall asleep sitting at the computer!