Friday, December 28, 2007

french onion soup a la crockpot

Last night I told my husband to look up some crockpot recipes for me. I had to wait around all day for Verizon service people so I thought I'd make dinner. He found me Sandra Lee's french onion soup recipe for the crockpot. We just finished dinner and it was really yummy. I'm surprised because most of the time we laugh at Sandra Lee and her "cooking" ideas. This was not a salty french onion soup! The first time I ever made the stuff it was a different recipe and very salty. ew

**my changes**
I used three huge sweet onions
Safeway brand beef broth, it wasnt low sodium
some other companys onion dip mix
I broke my bread slice into small pieces so you could eat it easier
we layered on the cheese, I doubt it was just 2 tablespoons a bowl :)

French Onion Soup

5 small onions, thinly sliced
2 cans (14 ounces) low sodium beef broth (recommended: Swanson's)
2 cans (10 ounces) beef consomme (recommended: Campbell's)
1 packet onion soup mix (recommended: Lipton's)
8 slices French bread, about 1 inch thick
1 cup shredded Gruyere

Combine onions, broth, consomme, and soup mix in a slow cooker. Cook
on HIGH setting for 4 hours, or LOW setting for 8 hours.

Ladle soup into serving bowls. Top with a slice of French bread.
Sprinkle 2 tablespoons cheese over each bread slice. Put soup bowls
under broiler until cheese is melted. Alternatively, place the bread
on a baking sheet and top with cheese; broil until cheese has melted,
about 30 to 40 seconds, and set on top just before serving.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve appetizer

So we dont host either of the Christmas dinner events. My sister-in-law does Christmas Eve. I asked her what we could bring and she said appetizers. My husband made hot artichoke dip and I made Paula Deen's glazed nuts over brie. It was quite a hit!

***I used crushed macadamia nuts and I did red and green apples and crackers, no pears***

Sugar and Nut Glazed Brie
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts or pecans
1 tablespoon brandy (get the mini bar type bottle)
1 (14-ounce) round brie
Apple wedges, for serving
Pear wedges, for serving
2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice
Crackers, for serving

In a small bowl stir together the sugar, nuts, and brandy. Cover and chill for at least 24 hours or up to 1 week.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

Place the brie on an ovenproof platter or pie plate. Bake for 4 or 5 minutes or until the brie is slightly softened. Spread the sugar mixture in an even layer on top of the warm brie and bake for 2 to 3 minutes longer, or until the sugar melts. Brush the fruit wedges with lemon juice and arrange them around 1 side of the brie. Place crackers around the other side.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

puffins and BWs

I love eating Puffins Peanut Butter cereal! I eat it dry as a snack. It's an all natural food.

I am SUPER CRAVING Buffalo Wild Wings. I want boneless chicken with spicy garlic sauce and buffalo chips with cheese. I desperately wanted some last night but husband was sick and wanted to go home. Its really hard to get Buffalo Wild Wings in MD. THere are only 3 locations in the state and none are near us. In Columbus OH they were everywhere!

**edit 2009** There is a BWs coming to Rockville Town Center and it'll be so close to our house. Yay!**

Saturday, September 22, 2007

7 layer salad bars

I needed a quick baby shower food for today. I think a nestie recommended this recipe. Its from Pampered Chef originally. It was yummy and it is all gone! It did not last more than a few hours.

*I used both shredded cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese on my salad bars!

Seven Layer Salad Squares
Pampered Chef

2 (8 oz) pkgs refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup miracle whip
1 clove garlic, minced
6 slices bacon, crisply cooked, drained and crumbled divided
1 cup frozen peas, thawed, divided
1 tomato, sliced
shredded lettuce
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup coarsely chopped red onion

1) Preheat oven to 375° F.
2) Unroll one pkg dough across one end of a bar pan with longest sides of dough across width of pan.
3) Repeat with remaining package of dough to fill the pan.
4) Using rolling pin or your fingers seal seams and press up sides to form crust.
5) Bake 12-15 min until golden brown. Remove from oven to cooling rack, cool completely.
7) Mix cream cheese, miracle whip and garlic until smooth.
8) Add half the bacon and half the peas and mix well.
9) Evenly spread cream cheese mixture over cooled crust.
10) Arrange sliced tomatoes over cream cheese mixture.
11) Sprinkle remaining bacon, remaining peas, lettuce, cheddar cheese and onion over tomatoes.
12) Cut into squares and serve.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

100 calorie pack

I just tried the Keebler 100 Calorie pack with the fudge stripe cookies. It was SOOO good. They were on sale at Target when you buy 2. I bought two of the fudge stripes :) one for work and one for home snacking!

Monday, September 3, 2007

Tortilla Roll Ups

I made some tortilla rollups for an appetizer today, Labor Day

8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 small can of chopped green chilis, drained
1 packet of ranch dressing mix (I chose one that did not say buttermilk)
a handful of shredded cheddar cheese
also some chopped red pepper though I'd eliminate it next time just because it was the only crunchy thing in the roll ups and to me texturally it'd be better without.

I mixed all those ingredients together, spread a thin layer over a tortilla, and rolled them up, stored in a tupperware over night, and cut them into 1 inch pieces the next day. Serve with salsa

Sunday, August 12, 2007


DH and I took a road trip to Wegmans this morning (before noon is a must). It was busy even though it wasnt lunchtime yet. Here are some fun things we bought

Apple danish with streusel topping- delish

We bought some things for dinner
1 package of blue cheese burgers
1 package of cheddar and bacon burgers
shitake mushrooms, saute in butter for the burgers
french style green beans, I think I'm going to make garlicy beans
potatoes for oven fries

DH bought a sandwich for lunch and didnt share a bite!
I bought some Kettle CHips in the new Buffalo Blue flavor. I love buffalo sauce and blue cheese. I was disappointed that they just taste like regular BBQ chips :(

We also bought some Jalapeno cheese bread, a whole loaf. It smells wonderful but I dont know what I'm going to use it for...

We bought some asiago artichoke dip that was so creamy and good! We put it on some bread toasts. I showed major restraint and only have about 3 toasts before putting it away

We bought a few acai drinks. This is one of them

For dinner another night this week we bought chilis in adobo (its been impossible to find at the grocery stores near us), we bought 2 fresh thai chicken sausages, some thai rice noodles, a peanut sauce mix, a zuchinni, and some sugar snap peas. It'll be a thai pasta night! yum

I swear I'm probably forgetting some cool stuff we bought. Its just so exciting to go to Wegmans. I cant wait for them to open a location in our area. I'll do some reviews of how the burgers turn out later.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Bobby Vans review

I went to Bobby Vans Grill yesterday for the restaurant week lunch. It was so freaking hot in DC our group was dying when we got there. They were busy but we had a reservation so we were seated right away. They have really great service, waters always filled, bread and butter was filled twice. I ordered the caesar salad, steak entree, and chocolate raspberry cake for dessert. I LOVED the steak. If you ever go, please get steak! It is a steakhouse afterall. It had a wine reduction that was part of the reason the steak was so so yummy.

DH had the portabello sandwich and said it was good but there was a lot of zuchinni on the sandwich and you couldnt taste the meaty portabello very well. The sandwich also had some sauce and cheese. He still ate every bite and liked it, but maybe wasnt his favorite portabello sandwich he's ever had.

My nephew got the 10 ounce burger. They brought him one with cheese even though he asked for a hamburger. They took it away and brought a regular hamburger out for him pretty quickly. I felt bad for him though while he waited and everyone had their food sitting in front of him. He's going to be a 5th grader but he was very patient even though he was hungry. He ate every bite of the burger which is amazing because he's a small kid!

We bought him a dessert, it was like a chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream and a white chocolate cigarette. He said it was really chocolatey and he loved every bite :)

Subway sucks

I had teacher training today and we all went out together for lunch. We all went to Subway. I got an italian BMT. I really just dont like Subway at all. It doesnt taste fresh even though the logo is "eat fresh." I even toasted my sub to try to make it seem yummy. I just like the sun chips and cookies. Luckily tomorrow I'll be eating somewhere else because I'll be at a different school at lunchtime.

PS If you are one of those people who are looking for food blogs that only post recipes and personal photography of recipes this isnt the blog you should be bothering to read. Not all food blogs should be exactly the same.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Highly Recommend

I got a Panera strawberry smoothie today. Its about 100 degrees today. Oh man I'm glad I got the large because it was really really good. Its supposed to be low fat too. I also got cheddar broccoli soup, not supposed to be low fat, but good.

Friday, August 3, 2007

O O it's magic!

I bought Oreos at the grocery store today. I had to, they were buy one get one free at Safeway. Score :) one package for eating and maybe one for baking?

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Apple Pie Cheesecake Squares

I havent made anything since DHs birthday at the beach. These sounded easy enough! I just pulled them out of the oven and they smell great. I cant wait to cool them and taste.

Apple Pie Cheesecake Squares
From Blessed8/21/04 who got them from another nestie on the What's Cooking board :)

2 (8oz) cans crescent roll dough
8 oz light cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. powdered sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. lemon juice
1 (20 oz) can apple pie filling, or any flavor you desire
2 t. butter, melted
1/8 c. sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13" baking pan with non-stick spray

2) Press one can crescent roll dough evenly into the bottom of the baking pan. In a medium bowl, mix

together cream cheese, powdered sugar, egg, vanilla and lemon juice until smooth. Spread evenly over

crescent layer, stopping 1/2" from edges. Spoon apple pie filling over cream cheese layer. Unroll second can

of crescent roll dough and lay on top of apple pie layer-pinch seams together but do not press down.

3) Brush the top layer of crescent dough with melted butter. In a small bowl, combine sugar and

cinnamon-sprinkle evenly over top of butter layer. Bake for 25-30 minutes until top is crisp and golden.

Allow to cool before cutting into squares. Top with cool whip. Store in refrigerator.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Food the game!

Can be purchased at and I just put it on my wish list!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Food related Jewelry

Some of my favorites from they have a ton of food related jewelry!

From advertise your favorite soda with a bottlecap necklace

A few things from They have so much great stuff!

Check out seller inediblejewelry for many goodies

From seller sudlow on

From seller sweetstella

Friday, July 20, 2007

Dinning out breakfast and lunch

Sister-in-law called and wanted to meet up for bagel breakfast. I got a dutch apple bagel with light cream cheese. The top half of the bagel has yummy stuff, the bottom half is plain and that sort of sucked.

I had to go to the bank which is next to the California Tortilla. I've been once before and I didnt like the burrito I got. It was too spicy and I dont think I like blackened chicken. Its just too crispy, ew. Today I got the Crunchy BBQ Ranch burrito! Its super good :)

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Fiber One bars and a comment on dinner

These are one of my favorite snacks and they solve a chocolate craving which I've been having just about every day!

I had a mexican casserole for dinner, its leftover from days ago, I think its a Paula Deen recipe but I am having no luck finding it anywhere online. I felt like it was really bland. It had ground meat, corn tortillas, cheese, and a little bit of other stuff. I feel like it needed spicing up, badly!

Lunch Today

Here is my completely store bought meal!

Put about 4-5 of these buffalo chicken nuggets in the oven or toaster oven
Microwave a flour tortilla
Put lettuce on the tortilla, then the nuggets, pour on some wing sauce, and then some light blue cheese dressing.
Wrap up the tortilla and eat!

This is what I washed down my spicy lunch with
Turkey Hill's diet iced tea with honey and ginseng! I can polish off a gallon jug of this stuff easily in a matter of days. Its so good