Monthly Archives: October 2010

Skillet Gnocchi…

I love gnocchi! But, I usually only have it when I’m out at a restaurant, and really not all that often. My favorite Gnocchi dish from years and years back was from this near-my-hometown restaurant, Sesame Seed. That was pretty … Continue reading

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Honey Chipotle Drumsticks…

Now, the recipe portion of this post isn’t going to be anything spectacular, but our new favorite ingredient is Chipotle Salsa. As an aside, we haven’t come across an organic version as shown in the link, but it’s good to … Continue reading

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I took this photo in January while at Torrey Pines State Park in San Diego. It was indeed a wonderful birthday trip. And I quite like this pic. Just because… Continue reading

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Menu for the Week…

Big yay! It’s taken me awhile to get back into the cooking and food groove type of space. Between the move and then snipping my finger, the cooking has definitely been on the back burner. But, now it’s back! We’ve got a good menu planned for the coming week, with a nice spread for tomorrow’s Football Sunday. I did just make my second (and last) batch of pesto for the season. I’ve got three nice-sized containers in the freezer now. Which, I do consider good, as I only had one basil plant in a pot, and I only got that mid-summer after the move. So, at the very least, we’re getting there… And without further ado, here’s the menu for the week:

  • Hummus, with assorted veggies and breads.
  • Gyro Pizza – This will be leftover gyro fillings on a pizza crust… Gyro meat, tzatziki sauce, onions, feta, and perhaps some sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Inside-Out Lasagna – This will be only my second time making this dish, but it’s a pretty quick and easy one for during the week. And yummy too!
  • Chicken Satay Skewers, with Acorn Squash and Parmesan Rice.
  • Honey Chipotle Drumsticks.
  • Reuben Sandwiches.

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The Ungardened Garden…

The pic on the left is the lovely hole left by the former owners of this house. It had been a koi pond, which we didn’t want, but they said they wouldn’t have time to remove it. Apparently, they did… So, during a rather rainy July, we finally got the hole filled with some good gardening dirt. Soil… See pic on right.

Next, we hauled too-many-to-count bags of mulch in, and spread that on top. We also planted the four Junipers against the fence on the left. The Phlox is the corner is now gone, as it was quite unwieldy and just not pretty-looking. I think I’ll put some Feather Reed Grass there in the spring. So now, the garden is ready to go, yet ungardened… And it will be that way til winter comes and goes…

I’ve got some miscellaneous Russian Sage in pots out front. I should plant them back here before it gets too cold. I’ve not planted in the autumn before, so it would be an experiment of sorts. They should take okay, as long as I water them in well before things start freezing. We shall see. Yes, I’ve got one Purple Coneflower plant too… it’s been a bit neglected, but I might as well plant her and see what happens too… I’m going to wait for a nice sunny day though. 🙂 Continue reading

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