Sarah + Tim

a canadian, american and calico living in perfect harmony

Herb Garden and Homemade Pesto Recipe August 9, 2009

Recently I had a lunch with a girlfriend at Flour Girl’s and Dough Boys in American Fork, Utah, and had their pesto, mozzarella and tomato sandwich on a baguette.  It’s definitely one of the tastiest things on the menu!  Upon returning home, I still wanted more pesto, so Tim and I decided to plant an herb garden so we could make our own pesto.

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We headed out and picked up some herbs from Highland Gardens and Home Depot and brought them home.  Included in our to-be herb garden were sweet basil, lemon thyme, Greek oregano, rosemary and purple sage.  We rolled up our sleeves and got our hands dirty by planting our herb garden as a family home evening activity.herb-garden-2herb-garden-dirty-hands

We also discovered the authentic way to make homemade pesto.  Would you like the recipe?  It’s simple and absolutely delectable.

  • Bunch of fresh sweet basil
  • Few cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 C pine nuts
  • 1/4 C Parmesan cheese
  • Tablespoon of olive oil

1.  The trick to make pesto the authentic way is to not use a blender.  Instead, chop a some of the basil with a knife, gradually adding more basil as it gets cut.  Also, fresh basil is best!

The trick to authentic pesto? Cut it the old fashioned way!

The trick to authentic pesto? Cut it the old fashioned way!

2.  Add the garlic and pine nuts, chop some more. Add the Parmesan cheese, chop some more.

3.  Add the olive oil and mix it all together.

For best results, serve on a baguette with balsamic vinegar, fresh tomatoes and Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

For best results, serve on a baguette with balsamic vinegar, fresh tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese

For best results, serve on a baguette with balsamic vinegar, fresh tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese

Enjoy!

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Sunday Dinner at Grandma’s and Grandpa’s July 5, 2009

When we were kids, every Sunday we would go to Grandma and Grandpa’s house in North Vancouver for Sunday dinner.  Without fail, we would have meat spaghetti with Parmesan cheese, homestyle shake and bake chicken with Miracle Whip on it (trust me, it’s divine) and chocolate milk.  Then we’d watch Star Trek.  Every single Sunday, it was tradition.

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With Grandma’s recent passing, Grandma’s children and grandkids gathered together at her home to remember her.  We thought it only fitting that the last meal we ate together in her home be that same Sunday dinner that she used to make for us, chocolate milk and all.  Even us lactose intolerant few had a couple sips 🙂

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I think I may have decided what to have for dinner…

Do you have any nostalgic meals that your parents or grandparents made that have carried on through your kitchen?

 

Iron Chef Third Place Recipe June 7, 2009

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This week, Sunrise Meadows had an Iron Chef Competition.  It was an absolute blast!  All the women split up into small groups and brought ingredients together in order to prepare a dish or two which incorporated the secret ingredient that we found out on the spot.  We hosted a team at our place which consisted of Gretchen, Laurie, Tammy and I.  We had such a blast!

Here is our final presentation.

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Isn’t it lovely?  And guess what!  We took third place!  For the record, even though Tim was a judge, he says we won the third place award fair and square.  🙂

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Here is the shrimp coconut curry recipe, based off the Better Homes and Garden recipe for basil chicken in coconut curry.  The recipe below has our adjustments.  Click here for the original.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons curry powder | or one square of Glico medium curry
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 bag of shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 of a large red onion, cut into thin wedges (1 cup)
  • a couple slices of jarred jalapenos
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 13.5- or 14-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp of dried basil
  • 2 chunks of ginger (this adds the beautiful ginger taste without being overwhelming and allows you to remove it easily after cooking)
  • 1/4 C of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of dried coconut
  • 3 cups hot cooked rice w/ coconut added to the rice cooker

Directions

1. Pour oil into a wok or large nonstick skillet; heat over medium-high heat. Add onion, ginger, and garlic to wok; cook and stir about 8 minutes or until crisp-tender.

2. Stir together coconut milk, cornstarch, one tablespoon of dried coconut and pepper until smooth. Carefully add to wok. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly. Add the curry powder and shrimp. Mix in the milk and stir till smooth.

3. Stir in basil. Cook and stir about 2 minutes or until heated through. Serve over hot rice and sprinkle dried coconut overtop. Makes 4 servings.

Enjoy!

 

What’s for Dinner? April 17, 2009

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What do you cook when you don’t want to cook?  We’ve had a lot of days like that this week (we’ve cooked once in the last six days) and I’ve been dying to ask your advice.  So, what are your quick, no thought meals that you put on the table when you have no desire to cook?  Care to share a recipe or two? 

Also, here are some great blog resources for food:

Preparedness Pro has some great quick and easy recipes (loooove the chicken enchiladas) as well as great food for thought on food storage.

Gourmet Momma shows how she does dinner for $5.  Her taco soup looks amazing! 

If you’re one of those amazing women that can plan meals a week in advance and shop accordingly, please share your wisdom!  I need to know how!  Is there some Women 101 class I missed?

 

Killer Spinach Dip Recipe February 19, 2009

If you have a hankering for a killer spinach dip recipe, look no further.  This spinach dip recipe is wicked good and has its own fan club.  It is ideal for superbowl parties, new years parties, girls night out on the weekend when calories don’t count parties…  It’s sure to be a hit.  You don’t have to share the recipe if you don’t want to.  It can be our little secret…

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THE SECRET SPINACH DIP RECIPE
(no longer secret because I’m now posting it online)
Care of redhead Allison

Mix together 8 ounces of softened cream cheese, half a package of frozen spinach (thawed and drained – can also substitute half a bunch of fresh spinach), 1/2  cup of mayo, 1/2 cup of grated chedder cheese, TBSP of dill, a clove of garlic,  1/4 onion (minced) and some bacon bits if you have them.  Put it all inside a hollowed out loaf of bread, wrap it in foil and bake it at 350*C for a half hour or till it’s warm

It really is the easiest recipe in the world – if you can’t heat it up it’s still good, if you don’t have bread it can be stuck in the microwave and eaten with crackers, and pretty much anything can be substituted/increased/decreased depending on your taste.

ENJOY!  Let me know what you think!

 

Pizza Turned Calzone… November 16, 2008

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Last Sunday we decided to make pizza for dinner.  Tim worked on the dough and I piled on the yummy toppings.  As we were about to put it onto the hot pizza stone in the oven, we realized that the dough was sticking to the wooden pizza peel and when we tried to peel it off, toppings started slipping off.  So we elected to make our pizza into a calzone and voila!  Pretty sure that’s how calzones came to be in the first place…  would you agree?

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Some of our favorite toppings: bacon, chicken, onions, peppers, sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts.  What do you put on your pizza?

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Homemade French Fries

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So Tim and I recently bought a big bag of organic potatoes – which I highly recommend… they have so much more flavor than regular potatoes! – and been eating them in creative ways.  These fries which we made for lunch this afternoon were AMAZING!  So I decided to share the not-so-difficult recipe with you.

  1. Take 2 or 3 potatoes & slice them as you wish
  2. Grease your baking pan with butter (or Pam if you prefer)
  3. Turn your oven to a high broil
  4. Brush some olive oil onto the fries & sprinkle salt & pepper on them
  5. Broil the fries until they are golden brown
  6. Remove the fries and flip them over; let them brown
  7. Remove from the oven & serve with a few spoonfuls of sour cream, green onions & freshly grated cheese

ENJOY!

PS: In Canada, fries eaten with cheese curds & gravy are called poutine & are absolutely delectable!  This is very close… but a few hundred calories off.