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Low Carb cooking (SB recipes welcome!)

I did SB to lose the last of the baby weight I put on. Worked like a dream!

A couple main courses we like:
Monteray Chicken: Basically, marinate chicken breasts in 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 1/4 cup soy sauce, garlic, and oregano. Grill and top with tomato, avocado, onion, bacon, and monteray jack cheese. Very tasty.

Roasted veggies and chicken with pesto:
Cut up some peppers, cherry toms, zuchinni, and chicken breasts and place in a casserole dish. Top with small blobs of homemade or purchased pesto. Top with grated mozza cheese and place in oven until cheese bubbles and chicken is cooked. Super fast and yummy. Plus, you can serve it on pasta to those in your family who are not doing the SB thing.

For snacks, I put skim milk, sugar free maple or vanilla extract, and splenda in the microwave for a couple minutes and drink warm. The maple tastes like you are eating a big warm bowl of oatmeal. Also, I mix sugar free yogurt, ricotta, sugar free vanilla extract, and spleda together and eat. Cheese strings are also a lifesaver.

Jan 07, 2009
Finsmom in Home Cooking

your favourite slow cooker recipes, please

I really love my slow cooker! Even though my husband and I are not really "stew" people, we still use it quite a lot, year round, to make a lot of really yummy dishes.

A few great ones, that sound really silly and simple, but come out awesome:

Beef Sandwiches:
Throw a big chunk of uncooked roast in cooker, and top with a ful jar of pepperochini peppers (with liquid). Cook on low all day, and then take out and shred (the peppers too, if you like it spicy). Serve in buns and eat as sandwiches. Leftovers are fantastic made into quesadillas with a little mozzarella.

Chicken Quesadillas:
Place a couple chicken breasts (can be frozen), a can of drained and rinsed black beans, a can of drained corn, and a can of diced tomatoes (with juice) in slowcooker, with lots of cumin. I add some salsa seasoning that I have, but a few big scoops of store bought salsa also works great. Cook all day. Break the chicken into smallish chunks with a spoon (very easy, as it is soooo tender), and spoon mixture with a slotted spoon onto tortilla. Top with lots of grated cheddar and another tortilla. Broil in oven until cheese melts and tortilla browns. Cut into wedges. Soooooo good! Total nourishing comfort food.

At Christmastime, we also use it to make apple cider when people come over. Simply pour in some applejuice, a few scoops of brown sugar, and add a few cinnamon sticks and a entire unpeeled orange that has been studded with whole cloves. Let cook all day, and spoon into glasses. It tastes incredible, and it is great because it keeps the cider warm until people want it.

Dec 17, 2008
Finsmom in Home Cooking

In need of Greek Dessert Recipe

Please share! Sounds amazing!

Oct 08, 2008
Finsmom in Home Cooking

Greek Wine Suggestion???

Hello!
I have been invited to a Greek themed dinner party, and have been asked to bring a Greek dessert, as well as a Greek wine to pair with it. I am thinking of making a twist on baklava, that uses apples as part of the filling...

Any ideas on what to pair with it???

Or, if you have another Greek dessert/wine combo, I would love to hear that too!

Oct 08, 2008
Finsmom in Wine

A decline in home cooking?

I see the lack of home cooking all the time. I am continually shocked by how few people do it anymore.

We just got back from Vegas with another couple, where we went out to some fancy restaurants of my husband and I's choosing... the husband of the couple told me that he couldn't believe how good the food he was eating was, and that he thought it must be that they use "fresh ingredients", unlike what he and his wife do at home... No, really????

I am a mom of two little ones, who has a home cooked meal on the table every night, even when I was working full time. But, this is a priority to us. We make the time. So many people have their priorities elsewhere.

I find that at times I have been almost mocked by other moms, as having "too much time on my hands" or "spoiling my husband" because I make cooking for my family a priority. This drives me crazy. Has anyone else had this happen??????????

Oct 08, 2008
Finsmom in Not About Food

South Beach Diet Phase One Recipes

South beach rocks! One we like a lot is to put chopped zuchinni, cherry tomatoes, onions, broccoli and chicken chunks in a baking dish. Then cover in basil pesto and reduced fat mozza. Bake until chicken is cooked. SOOOO yummy! You can eat it as is, or serve it with pasta to non-south beachers :)

Oct 08, 2008
Finsmom in Home Cooking

The Perfect Birthday Cake

The last birthday cake I made is now my ultimate favourite... moist banana cake layered and topped with dark chocolate ganache... devine! Let me know if you want the recipe :)

Oct 08, 2008
Finsmom in Home Cooking

In need of Greek Dessert Recipe

I have been invited to a Greek themed dinner party, and need to bring a Greek dessert. I want it to be a show stopper :). Any cool ideas??? Bonus points for neat presentation :)

Oct 08, 2008
Finsmom in Home Cooking

Italian dinner menu: need sides ideas

My fav italian side - roasted zuchinni with pesto and mozzarella... yum!

Oct 08, 2008
Finsmom in Home Cooking

Help me like cooked carrots!

Wash and peel carrots. Toss with olive oil, orange juice, orange zest, honey, salt, and pepper. Roast at 400. Very yummy. I hate typical over cooked "gramma style" carrots, but love these.

Aug 02, 2008
Finsmom in Home Cooking

Birthday Dinner Menu Help - Need side dish advice

Wow! These sound fantastic! Thanks!

Jul 31, 2008
Finsmom in Home Cooking

Birthday Dinner Menu Help - Need side dish advice

Hello!
I am making a birthday dinner for my mom and family tomorrow (there will be 7 adults and 3 kids total) and need some menu help. I don't get a chance to cook for them very often so I want to make something nice.

So far, the main course will consist of chicken breasts with sundried tomato cream sauce, roasted rosemary mixed potatoes, roasted baby garden carrots with orange juice, and foccacia bread. I think it needs something more. Any suggestions????

My sister is bringing a salad with grilled peaches and goat cheese, and I have already made a birthday cake (2 tier vanilla cake covered in buttercream and pink fondant... so much fun!).

Any ideas/ help would be greatly appreciated!
(oh- and if you are reading this sis, I could use your help too!)

Also- any appy ideas?

Jul 31, 2008
Finsmom in Home Cooking

Other not-to-miss food related sites

I am new to the whole "internet food site" thing. Ive only recently found chow, as well as a couple neat food blogs. However, I have found them to be quite fantastic. Does anyone have any cool ones for me to check out? "Crafty" type ones would also be cool :)

Jul 14, 2008
Finsmom in Food Media & News

Kid Party - Any Suggestions For Snacks?

Homemade jello made with fruit juice always is a hit :)

I always make a platter of cut up fruit with fruit dip when I have playdates for my little ones. A great fruit dip is simply a mix of cream cheese and marshmallow fluff... tastes like you are dunking your fruit in cheesecake!

If you like the skewer idea, but don't want sharp skewers, you can always use popsicle sticks or straws.

Veggies and dip can seem a lot more fun if you present it in a fun way... maybe brightly coloured individual snowcone type cups, with dip in the bottom and veggie sticks sticking out...

Jul 12, 2008
Finsmom in General Topics

menu help...family visiting

Before I had my last baby, I made a bunch of dishes and put them in the freezer so they would be ready to go when company arrived. One was a baked 4 cheese tortellini, which wa quite tasty, and a bit different from the typical lasagna. Let me know if you want the recipe. Having a rotisserie chicken in the fridge is helpful too, as you can use it countless ways.

I also made a bunch of squares and cookies for the freezer, so I could whip them out when people showed up to see the baby.

Jul 12, 2008
Finsmom in Home Cooking

dinner party conundrum

As an extra note, I should add that I have found that when I am planning on having people over for a fancier dinner, and am planning on trying new recipes, I like to choose a friday or saturday night a week before the dinner, and have a "date night" with my hubby, where I put the kids to bed, open a bottle of wine, and make a mini-version of the meal for us. That way I can try the recipes out before hand, and know if I have to tweek them (or toss them and find new recipes). I feel way more confident when I have made the dishes at least once before, and hubby never complains!

Jul 12, 2008
Finsmom in Home Cooking

dinner party conundrum

A baked brie with crostini to start is always tasty, and very well like by most, in my experience. A good google search will bring up a ton of yummy ones. My fav is topped with apricot jam, pecans, and a bit of diced jalapeno.

I did an Italian dinner party a while back with Proscuttio wrapped pesto stuffed chicken, which was really yummy. It was nice because I was able to prep it all before and just toss it in the oven when they got there. Then I just boiled some pasta and tossed it with some veggies I had roasted earlier in the day, and added some marinated bocconchini (again, done ahead of time) with it. It made quite a nice dinner. For dessert I did tiramisu in individual glasses (again, made ahead).

Tiramisu: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,,FOOD_9936_14508,00.html

Proscuitto wrapped pesto chicken
http://www.foodtv.ca/recipes/recipedetails.aspx?dishid=7996

Another entertaining dish Ive had success with is chicken with sundried tomato cream sauce. Here is the link:

Chicken with sundried tomato cream sauce:
http://definitelynotmartha.blogspot.c...

There are several recipes on that blog page link, so you will have to scroll down to find it. The recipe talks about putting the sauce on chicken that has been stuffed and baked in parchment packets. Ive done this, but think it is better on plain old chicken breasts that has been simply grilled in a pan, and then topped with the sauce. As a side with it I usually do mixed roasted potatoes (potatoes and sweet potatoes diced, tossed in olive oil, rosemary, and coarse salt, and baked

)

Hope these give you some ideas!

Jul 12, 2008
Finsmom in Home Cooking

Menu Help - cooking for "the Man" for the 1st time

I just made this dessert for my hubby tonight. It was super easy to make, and pretty impressive. Nice and cool for summer, and you can make it ahead.

Frozen Strawberry Souffles
http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.fc77a0dbc44dd1611e3bf410b5900aa0/?vgnextoid=c38dd3deb6a0f010VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&vgnextfmt=default

Here is the link for the candied strawberry chips that they use as a garnish. I thought they looked really cool, and were tasty too.

Candied Strawberry Chips
http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/c...

Jul 11, 2008
Finsmom in Home Cooking

what do you make/bake in custard cups?

Ive made chocolate mousse and served it in them before... I wet the edges of the cups and dunked them in chocolate cookie crumbs before putting the mousse in to set. Looked quite fun :)

Jul 10, 2008
Finsmom in Home Cooking

help with pool party menu!

I had some kids over for a playdate a few days ago and did cupcake decorating... I iced cupcakes and then put a bunch of different kinds of candies in small bowls... It looked like a candy store and the kids went nuts. Could be a fun dessert idea for your get together.

Pizzas on the grill are always fun... could make some simple cheese ones for the kids and some fancy topped ones for the adults...

Jul 10, 2008
Finsmom in Home Cooking

Menu Help - cooking for "the Man" for the 1st time

cubed zuchinni... tossed in a pan with garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper... simple but damn tasty... I could almost inject the stuff...

Jul 10, 2008
Finsmom in Home Cooking

go-to summer dinner party ideas

Am looking to host a summer dinner party... anyone have some impressive go-to dinner ideas? Appys? Sides? Main Dish? Dessert???

Jul 10, 2008
Finsmom in Home Cooking

Cheese Platter suggestions

Top a Brie with apricot jam, pecans, and a little chopped jalapeno, and warm in the oven... serve with crostini... TO DIE FOR!

Jul 09, 2008
Finsmom in General Topics

Beach House Dinners

We just got back from staying at a lake cabin and were responsible for dinner one night. I struggled with ideas, but eventually made the following. It went over very well, and I would totally make it again if we were in a similar situation.

Make a marinade of olive oil, lemon juice, honey mustard, oregano, and pepper. Pour into two bowls. In one bowl, place strips of chicken and leave to marinate. In another bowl, place halved red and yellow peppers, chunks of purple onion, and asparagus, and toss in the marinade. Skewer chicken. Place chicken and peppers on grill, reserving marinade from veggies. When all grilled, chop veggies into smaller pieces, and place in a big bowl with chicken pieces and reserved marinade (You might want to make a little extra marinade and add it if you think it needs more). Add some sliced bocconchini and toss. It is really yummy served warm, while the cheese in melty, but is also excellent cold.

As an appy I topped a wheel of brie with apricot jam, chopped pecans, and a little chopped jalapeno, and threw it in the oven for a few minutes. Served it with some crostini. Again, this went over very well. Almost to well, for being so easy,,,

Jul 08, 2008
Finsmom in Home Cooking

Grilled Pizza Questions and Help

We are heading to a cabin this weekend with 2 other couples, and are responsible for dinner one night. We would like to do something on the BBQ, and pizza sounded interesting...

Any tips or tricks?

Any neat recipe or topping ideas?

And what the heck do you serve with it?

Jun 24, 2008
Finsmom in Home Cooking

your favorite midweek, quick dinner recipes

Slowcooker Quesadillas. I have posted the recipe about a million times. They are incredibly easy, nourishing, and so good. Just throw the stuff in the slow cooker in the morning, and come home to a hot, healthy, dinner. The smell coming from the pot in drool worthy. They have become our familys deffinition of comfort food. You can find my recipe here:
http://latestaddictions.blogspot.com/

Jun 19, 2008
Finsmom in Home Cooking

Your week of easy dinner meals please

The family loves them!
I started by using 1/2 white potatoes, and half yams. Then I slowly used less and less white potato each time I made them, until I now use straight yams. This way they got used to the "new" food slowly (hubby included :)).

I chop up the yams into sticks, toss them with olive oil, coarse salt, minced garlic, and rosemary, and put them on a silicone mat on a cookie sheet. Then I pop them in the oven, and toss them every 10 minutes or so until they are done. I don't use a silicone mat for any other cooking, but for this it really seems to make a difference.

Jun 19, 2008
Finsmom in Home Cooking

Your week of easy dinner meals please

I do use the low setting. I put it in in the morning (around 9ish), and take it out around 3. Seems to work good for me :)

Jun 18, 2008
Finsmom in Home Cooking

Knock-Your-Socks-Off Turkey Side Dishes?

Ive just been invited to a dinner party where the host will be cooking a turkey. I have been asked to bring two side dishes. Any knock-your-socks-off suggestions?

Jun 17, 2008
Finsmom in Home Cooking

Summery knock-your-socks off dessert recipe needed

Strawberry Mirror Cake! It has a lot of steps, but isn't that difficult. It is very impressive, and amazingly good. You could bring it in the spring form pan and unmold it at the party.

http://latestaddictions.blogspot.com/

Jun 17, 2008
Finsmom in Home Cooking