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Mama's Family Cooking
Before I blog this recipe, I have to admit that I had the settings all wrong on my camera today, so all the pictures look overexposed and dull. So I am just blogging this Quick Bread recipe with only the finished shot, and dinner was pretty simple, so no recipe or pictures for that either....but on the bright side, you'll love this bread, it is delicious!!!!
Preheat oven to 350°.
Heat first 4 ingredients in a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat just until bubbles begin to form around edge (do not boil). Remove from heat; stir in figs and dates. Let stand 20 minutes or until fruit softens.
Combine sugar, oil, and eggs in a large bowl; stir with a whisk until well blended. Stir in cooled milk mixture.
Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Spoon batter into an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle walnuts evenly over batter. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.
*Adapted from a recipe in Cooking Light Magazine
OMG, I just read this in the Readers Digest and I have never laughed so hard at an article in my life!!! So true, so true!! Last time I was at a Whole Foods they wanted $3.49 for a head of cabbage....I walked right out the door and went to a local grocery store where I paid $1.49....For those of you that want the prestige of shopping there for the "designer name"...go for it...I would rather spend my money more frugally!!!
"Whole Foods is like Vegas. You go there to feel good but you leave broke, disoriented, and with the newfound knowledge that you have a vaginal disease.
Unlike Vegas, Whole Foods' clientele are all about mindfulness and compassion... until they get to the parking lot. Then it's war. As I pull up this morning, I see a pregnant lady on the crosswalk holding a baby and groceries. This driver swerves around her and honks. As he speeds off I catch his bumper sticker, which says 'NAMASTE'. Poor lady didn't even hear him approaching because he was driving a Prius. He crept up on her like a panther.
As the great, sliding glass doors part I am immediately smacked in the face by a wall of cool, moist air that smells of strawberries and orchids. I leave behind the concrete jungle and enter a cornucopia of organic bliss; the land of hemp milk and honey. Seriously, think about Heaven and then think about Whole Foods; they're basically the same.
The first thing I see is the great wall of kombucha -- 42 different kinds of rotten tea. Fun fact: the word kombucha is Japanese for 'I gizzed in your tea.' Anyone who's ever swallowed the glob of mucus at the end of the bottle knows exactly what I'm talking about. I believe this thing is called "The Mother," which makes it that much creepier.
Next I see the gluten-free section filled with crackers and bread made from various wheat-substitutes such as cardboard and sawdust. I skip this aisle because I'm not rich enough to have dietary restrictions. Ever notice that you don't meet poor people with special diet needs? A gluten intolerant house cleaner? A cab driver with Candida? Candida is what I call a rich, white person problem. You know you've really made it in this world when you get Candida. My personal theory is that Candida is something you get from too much hot yoga. All I'm saying is if I were a yeast, I would want to live in your yoga pants.
Next I approach the beauty aisle. There is a scary looking machine there that you put your face inside of and it tells you exactly how ugly you are. They calculate your wrinkles, sun spots, the size of your pores, etc. and compare it to other women your age. I think of myself attractive but as it turns out, I am 78 percent ugly, meaning less pretty than 78 percent of women in the world. On the popular 1-10 hotness scale used by males the world over, that makes me a 3 (if you round up, which I hope you will.) A glance at the extremely close-up picture they took of my face, in which I somehow have a glorious, blond porn mustache, tells me that 3 is about right. Especially because the left side of my face is apparently 20 percent more aged than the right. Fantastic. After contemplating ending it all here and now, I decide instead to buy their product. One bottle of delicious smelling, silky feeling creme that is maybe going to raise me from a 3 to a 4 for only $108 which is a pretty good deal when you think about it.
I grab a handful of peanut butter pretzels on my way out of this stupid aisle. I don't feel bad about pilfering these bites because of the umpteen times that I've overpaid at the salad bar and been tricked into buying $108 beauty creams. The pretzels are very fattening but I'm already in the seventieth percentile of ugly so who cares.
Next I come to the vitamin aisle which is a danger zone for any broke hypochondriac. Warning: Whole Foods keeps their best people in this section. Although you think she's a homeless person at first, that vitamin clerk is an ex-pharmaceuticals sales rep. Today she talks me into buying estrogen for my mystery mustache and Women's Acidophilus because apparently I DO have Candida after all.
I move on to the next aisle and ask the nearest Whole Foods clerk for help. He's wearing a visor inside and as if that weren't douchey enough, it has one word on it in all caps. Yup, NAMASTE. I ask him where I can find whole wheat bread. He chuckles at me "Oh, we keep the poison in aisle 7." Based solely on the attitudes of people sporting namaste paraphernalia today, I'd think it was Sanskrit for "go fuck yourself."
I pass the table where the guy invites me to join a group cleanse he's leading. For $179.99 I can not-eat not-alone... not-gonna-happen. They're doing the cleanse where you consume nothing but lemon juice, cayenne pepper and fiber pills for 10 days, what's that one called again? Oh, yeah...anorexia. I went on a cleanse once; it was a mixed blessing. On the one hand, I detoxified, I purified, I lost weight. On the other hand, I fell asleep on the highway, fantasized about eating a pigeon, and crapped my pants. I think I'll stick with the whole eating thing.
I grab a couple of loaves of poison, and head to checkout. The fact that I'm at Whole Foods on a Sunday finally sinks in when I join the end of the line...halfway down the dog food aisle. I suddenly realize that I'm dying to get out of this store. Maybe it's the lonely feeling of being a carnivore in a sea of vegans, or the newfound knowledge that some people's dogs eat better than I do, but mostly I think it's the fact that Yanni has been playing literally this entire time. Like sensory deprivation, listening to Yanni seems harmless at first, enjoyable even. But two hours in, you'll chew your own ear off to make it stop.
A thousand minutes later, I get to the cashier. She is 95 percent beautiful. "Have you brought your reusable bags?" Fuck. No, they are at home with their 2 dozen once-used friends. She rings up my meat, alcohol, gluten and a wrapper from the chocolate bar I ate in line, with thinly veiled alarm. She scans my ladies acidophilus, gives me a pitying frown and whispers, "Ya know, if you wanna get rid of your Candida, you should stop feeding it." She rings me up for $313. I resist the urge to unwrap and swallow whole another $6 truffle in protest. Barely. Instead, I reach for my wallet, flash her a quiet smile and say, "Namaste."
I bet you are laughing now too!!! Good, I brought a smile to your day :)
It sure was nice to have something creamy tonight, although the taste wasn't nearly as good as my Fist Kiss Mac & Cheese, which is amazing!!! But I guess I have to sometimes sacrifice taste when it comes with that much fat and calories along with it. This one wasn't bad though. I served it along with a piece of Salmon, which was delicious!! One serving of Salmon is only 80 calories, so this meal together was still under the 500 calorie limit I've set for our dinners.
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. During the last 3 minutes of cooking, add broccoli to pan; drain. Place pasta and broccoli in a large bowl.
Combine milk and flour in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Cook 5 minutes or until slightly thickened; remove from heat.
Add 2 tablespoons Parmesan and remaining ingredients, stirring with a whisk until smooth.
Add cheese mixture to pasta mixture; toss. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.
*Adapted from a recipe in Cooking Light Magazine
A little different take on pot roast, but very good!! I was a little leery about the Porchini mushrooms though. I made this recipe at my son's house and I woke up early to get it in the crockpot. He was just saying the day before that it was going be hard to work on renovating the bathroom all day having to smell all the good cooking smells coming from the kitchen. When I opened the package of Porchini mushrooms, I thought "Oh NO" there won't be any "good smells" coming out of the kitchen if I use these...the package says they are "earthy"...I think that's just a nice way to say they stink!!! But when I soaked them in hot water and then drained them, they weren't so bad, in fact they tasted fantastic in the final product...Even my daughter ate some and didn't complain, and she HATES mushrooms!!
(Sorry about the quality of the picture, we were HUNGRY and in a hurry to sit down and eat, so I didn't take the time I usually would to make it pretty...LOL)
In small bowl, place mushrooms and hot water; let stand 10 minutes.
Remove beef from cooker; place on cutting board. Cover; let stand 10 minutes. Cut beef into 8 serving pieces; serve with tomato mixture. ( I also prepared mashed potatoes to serve with this)
*Adapted from a recipe on Pillsbury.com
This was so yummy and spicy...really hit the spot!!
Chop all the veggies.
Slice the chicken breasts into 1/2" slices. Combine the chicken and the cajun seasoning in a ziploc bag, seal and shake to coat.
Heat a large non stick frying pan with cooking spray, add the chicken mixture and saute for about 7 minutes or until lightly browned.
Add the veggies and cook 3 minutes, until tender crisp.
Now add the seasoning, Parmesan & Skim milk, bring to a simmer. Let cook 5 minutes.
Cook Fettuccine and then add to the pan with the sauce and veggies, toss to coat. Garnish with Parsley and extra Parmesan, optional.
*Adapted from a recipe in Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2001 Cookbook
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I hope that all who visit, find a recipe that they try and enjoy, but mostly I hope this site will become a place that years from now my children can look back on and enjoy the Times Of Our Lives.
And see that they and our family along with the recipes we all enjoyed together are my personal legacy.