Rumblings of a night in Winslow, good toast, fishie fishie and Taste of Home

5 Apr

We started getting this new cooking magazine called Taste of Home. Have you read it? There are some great recipes. This month I’m tempted to make Fresh Berry Shortcakes and Cardamon Cheesecake. They also have a recipe for beef & spinach gyros:

1 lb lean ground beef

1 pkg. frozen chopped (10 oz) spinach thawed and squeezed dry

6 green onions chopped

1 can sliced ripe olives (2 1/4 oz) drained

2 tsp lemon-pepper seasoning, divided

1 large tomato chopped

1 cup 8 oz fat free plain yogurt

1/2 cup reduced-fat mayo

6 pita breads (6 inch) halved

12 lettuce leaves

1 cup (4 oz) crumbled feta cheese.

In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat (you could also use ground lamb) until no longer pink. Add the spinach, onions, olives and 1 tsp. lemon-pepper; heat through. Stir in tomato, set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, mayo and remaining lemon-pepper. Line pita halves with lettuce; fill with beef mixture and feta cheese. Serve with yogurt sauce.

This sounds pretty good. And you won’t have to heat up your oven to make it.

We had a yummy potluck yesterday at work. Sherilee brought a 24 hour salad (also known asĀ  7 layer salad), one of the most delicious salads I have ever tried. The lettuce (butter?) was very fresh, there were also peas, bacon, mayo and I’m not sure what else. I mean, bacon and mayo with lettuce isn’t a bad combination. I found a recipe online if you want to try and make it. http://southernfood.about.com/od/vegetablesalads/r/bl30608c.htm

Sherilee promised me hers but I don’t have it yet.

I spied a package of tilapia filets in the refrig this morning, so I’m thinking there is fish tonight.

Jack is typically secretive about menus, I think he does this to appease the “child” in me, I get very excited when I come home from work and smell fish soup and fried fish. This isn’t unusual. Typically he will do a fish/chicken/beef or pork two ways (maybe stir fry it with veggies and make a soup) with jasmine rice on the side.

Not only does the kitchen wench get excited about the smells of dinner, but I get excited about toast. Good toast. Mom always believed in buying good bread, typically we had the Francisco brand sourdough or french bread around, for sandwiches and toasting. My Mom makes the best blt, and cinnamon toast.

This morning I grabbed the last slice of whole wheat bread from the freezer. I like the 100% whole wheat from Costco (Kirkland brand) because it toasts very nicely and is really hearty. With orange marmalade, that’s all the kitchen wench needs for breakfast, along with coffee, of course.

We’re still enjoying the 2 lb. bag of Peet’s coffee brought by Jack’s sis and bro-in law, courtesy of the largesse of his nephew, who works at Peet’s, near San Francisco.

There were some rumblings of spending a night in Winslow this weekend, Jack is really into star-gazing and we thought it would be fun to go to meteor crater, since we haven’t been there together yet. I went there as a girl, and didn’t fully appreciate this big hole in the ground, made by a huge meteor. We’re just not sure what else is up there, quite frankly, for sight-seeing. Has anyone else been up to Winslow? What is there to do up there? Please let the kitchen wench know what you recommend doing in that neck of the woods.

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