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Roasted Garlic Recipe

Cut the top off the garlic head to expose most of the cloves.

There is nothing better to spread on bread then roasted garlic.

Butter is good but garlic is outrageous!

It’s low in calories, is heart healthy and really packs a punch in flavor.

The aroma alone gets everyone’s mouth-watering,

and when your company sees the beautiful golden heads on your table they will be impressed with your culinary skills.

This dish is so impressive but ridiculously easy to make.

My kids eat it on bread, drop it into their soup and put it on vegetables.

Whatever is leftover I squeeze into mayonnaise to make aioli.

Enjoy this simple little treat.

Pour a teaspoon of oil over the top of the garlic and then sprinkle with italian seasoning or pepper. If sodium is not a problem a sprinkle of salt is good. Then wrap the aluminum foil around the garlic tightly. Put it into an oven safe baking dish and roast for 45 minutes.Unwrap when you are ready to serve. Can be eaten warm or cold.

Here is the easy way to make roasted garlic.

You eat it by using your butter knife to slide out the individual pieces (cloves) of garlic.

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Baked Butternut Squash Recipe(Thanksgiving)

The tools to attack the butternut squash.

The big day is coming and cooking ahead makes life so much easier!

The Chef may or may not be frying the turkey ’cause it looks like rain here in B’more.

I may just slow roast it.

But I love nothing better than to sit with the kids and watch the Macy’s Day parade on TV, and then (I know this is so lame…) the International Dog Show.

I’m probably the only person without a competitor watching.

But me and Cujo we just loves it!

So I don’t want to be in kitchen the whole day.

I want my chocolate spoon in my good Ghiardelli hot cocoa and some french toast.

Maybe some caramel popcorn during the day.

But to get that free time and still have a meal for 15 people come late afternoon I have to cook today (and yesterday).

This side dish of baked butternut squash is another seasonal good one that goes nicely with the traditional foods of Thanksgiving.

Just be careful when you are cutting this hard squash up you don’t cut yourself.

You can soften it first by cooking it in the microwave for a few minutes first then proceeding with the recipe.

If you do that be sure to pierce the squash deeply so if pressure builds inside it doesn’t explode all over the place.

Directions:

Peel the butternut squash and cut it into cubes.

After the squash is peeled cut it into cubes. There will be seeds in a center pocket that you can discard.

Dice up 1/2 cup of an onion.

Put the butternut squash into a baking dish.

Toss with 1/2 cup of oil.

Put the onion over the squash pieces and sprinkle on salt, pepper and a teaspoon of sugar.

The squah and onions seasoned and ready to bake.

Cover tightly with aluminum foil.

Into the oven you go covered snugly with aluminum foil

Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

Take foil off and continue baking until squash is fork tender, about 15 minutes.

If you are making this dish ahead of time don’t do the last 15 minutes of bake time.

When you reheat the dish on Thursday prior to the meal you will finish off the baking then.

That’s it another yum dish to serve on your Thanksgiving table.

The finished dish after baking uncovered the last 15 minutes will have browned edges and be so yummy.

Enjoy WP friends.

Happy Thanksgiving!

From gmom and Hoo and Cujo the dog.

Delicious Cranberry Sauce With or Without Grand Marnier

3 ingredients plus 1 optional. You will need 1 bag of fresh cranberries.(BTW you can buy them in bulk now that they are in season and freeze them with the same cooking results) 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of orange juice and optionally 1/4 cup of Grand Marnier.

Nothing complements a turkey dinner as nicely as cranberry sauce.

The sweet tart combination with a bite of succulent turkey is oh so good!

So here is my favorite way to prepare it.

Easy as pie as usual.

“You will need one cup of orange juice”

Put one cup of orange juice into a pot then add in one cup of sugar.

Bring the orange juice and the sugar to a a boil briefly to dissolve the sugar then add in the cranberries.

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Let Cranberries sugar and orange juice simmer for 10 minutes. You will hear cranberries pop. After 10 minutes you can add in 1/4 cup of Grand Marnier if you like. The sauce will be syrupy but when cool will jell.

This is a much loved recipe for it’s great taste.

Ease of preparation and (wait for it) you can make it ahead by several days and it keeps beautifully in the refrigerater.

Happy Thanksgiving Day WP’s.

Watch for the turkey recipe Thursday.

The bad boy is brining away already.

This is gmom and baby Hoo and Cujo the dog sending out cranberry peace to all the blogger cooks out there.

Peace out.

Easy Pizza Recipe

This post goes out to Littlequeenjay who lives far far away and doesn’t get good results from her current pizza recipe.

Here ya go girl!
http://losingtheplotinnortherncyprus.wordpress.com/

Be sure to visit her blog she is awesome!!!!

This pizza recipe is so much tastier (and cheaper) then any take out pizza or frozen store bought.

It doesn’t require a lot of time and can be done in under 2 hours including dough rising.


Ingredients:

– 2 cups warm water

– 2 packet of yeast

– 2 tablespoons sugar

Put water, yeast and sugar into a mixing bowl.

When yeast begins to foam like this….

When yeast foams this is called proofing the yeast. You want to see this as it demonstrates that the yeast is active. If it doesn't foam after several minutes it may be old yeast or the water may have been hot and killed the yeast. Start over.

add in:

– 2 teaspoons salt

– 1 egg

– 1/2 stick of softened or melted margarine or butter

– 7 cups of flour

Mix all ingredients.

Knead briefly.

Cover dough with a tea towel and set aside to rise.

Dough has been kneaded and is ready to rise.Leave it for at least 30 minutes.

Prepare your favorite pizza sauce and toppings.

We used portabello mushrooms and garlic.

For sauce I used 1 can of tomato paste(16 oz) plus 1 can of water.

1/2 cup of sugar

1/4 cup olive oil

2 teaspoons kosher salt

2 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon oregano

After 1/2 an hour or up to an hour or more take your dough and punch it down as it will have risen.

Punch dough down after it has been left to rise and knead for a couple of minutes. Then spread it out in your greased cookie sheet or pizza pan.

Knead it for a couple of minutes.

Spread it on a cookie sheet or pizza pan.

Spread sauce and toppings on pizza dough.

After the dough has been pressed into the pizza pan. Spread the sauce and add the toppings and cheese.

Sprinkle on cheese.

I used cheddar.

Bake at 375 F for 20-30 minutes checking frequently for desired doneness.

Pizza with Portabello mushroom and minced garlic with cheddar cheese ready for the oven

We like ours a little burnt on the edges and very crisp.

Rose home just in time to take the pizza out. There is just a good feeling in a home when you come in after a day of school and work and someone has thought enough of you to make something good to eat. Little gal dug right in!


This is a very simple and delicious pizza recipe.

If you are short on time and don’t want to make your own dough check out Trader Joe’s pizza dough for .99 cents in the refrigerater case. It comes in herb flavour and whole wheat beside plain white dough.
It’s not bad and in a pinch makes a good pizza.

One slice left for any midnight snacker. Don't worry I squirreled away a big piece for my boy Bart. You know where he is. Out collecting oil. Won't be home till the wee hours. There will be pizza a cold beer and warm bed waiting for the boy.

Enjoy WP kids eat pizza today turkey day is coming!!!!

Our turkey is already brining in the fridge.

It’s the only way to make a turkey!

Put a cup of salt, a cup of sugar and a generous handful of spices into a big pot with some water. Bring to a boil. Let cool completely. Put your defrosted turkey in and add enough water so turkey is submerged. Put in fridge. It can sit for 3-4 days until you cook it. You won’t taste a better turkey where every bit is eaten. Will post recipe later.

Turkey sits in the brine in the refrigerater for several days before cooking.

This is gmom ,Hoo and Cujo sending love out there to all you good folks.

Peace out.

Hoo and Cujo

Natural Childbirth: Hypnobirthing (Mom 2.0)

At the tail end of middle age,

here I am.

My eldest child, just now expecting her first child.

I am a grandmom twice.

This child having her own will complete a circle that I have waited for quite sometime.

My girl China, who made me into a mother.

Seeing her now take the place as mother to her own,

now that’s something special.

I will attend her at birth as I have with the other daugher and daughter-in-law,

and have done with hundreds of other babies over the past 18 years or so as a doula.

I have attended hypnobirths, Bradley births, c-sections, stillbirths and of course medicated births.

In hospital, at home and at birthing centers.

I have given birth 6 times myself plus one stillbaby born too soon.

All unmedicated births.

The last 3 using hypnotherapy.

I won’t claim to be an authority but I have a bit of experience under my belt,

so to speak.

China, invited me to her hypnobirth class.

I agreed.

A few couples sat in a semi darkened room with a candle lit.

The instructor sat cross-legged on a footstool with a pashmina across her shoulders like a prayer shawl,

and her hair hanging loose to her mid back,

a good look when you are 30.

Not so much at 55.

She proceeded to speak on birth without pain of any kind.

The contractions as “surges” and pushing as “so yesterday”.

Now as I mentioned I am all for Hypnobirthing.

I think it’s extremely helpful in attaining a natural childbirth if that’s the woman’s wish.

I held my tongue as she led the women through the “full dilation” (or pushing stage of labor) breathing.

“Ladies”, she quietly sang, “You gently breathe in, and breathe out,there is no drama of pushing ,or people coaching you to push your baby out, your baby comes out all on its own with no more effort than your gentle breath.”

Okay, I was done holding my tongue.

I can tolerate varying opinions and means to an end in getting babies born, but telling a group of first time expectant mothers that they won’t have to push their babies out, and that the experience will be pain-free is just plain horsepee.

It will be a sad day for these women when their babies descend low into their pelvis towards birth.

The time when the tendons stretch, and tissues, (it doesn’t matter if you massage in a gallon of evening primrose oil) stretch and often tear with the scope of the coming skull.

I’m not talking perineum here I mean the vaginal canal.

Never mind the “Ring of fire” (straight from a hypnobirth training manual to describe when the head emerges from mom’s body).

“Ring of Fire”

Hello!!!

It’s not called that for nothing!

Hypnobirthing can absolutely get a woman through labor and delivery with much “less pain” then just muscling through the contractions.

But pain-free it ain’t.

“Madam”, I said,”I have attended hundreds of births of all kinds and the disservice you are doing to this group of women appalls me.
Never in all my experience has even the most calm,the most ‘in control’ woman who has used hypnobirth didn’t say post-birth that it was the hardest thing she had ever done.”

I felt my daughter’s hand on my arm.

I was embarrassing her in front of her teacher and classmates.

“With all due respect”,I finished.

We left the class into the cold of the Silver Spring night.

I apologized to China who walked arm-in-arm with her husband.

“I couldn’t abide seeing you lied to,” I said,” Having a baby is going to be the greatest day of your life, a day you never forget, I won’t have someone build you up ridiculous expectations that may leave you feeling afterward like your body failed you.
That if you do end up choosing to take an epidural you will have failed at childbirth.
You are going to have 18 years to raise this child.
This is only one day in your life. Whether she comes natural, by epidural or section she is going to be the same baby. ”

“The truth is giving birth hurts.”

There I said it.

Of Mice And Men, Women And Children

Don’t let this video scare you the mouse wins!

I have been trying to help Rose with one of her college courses.

Psycho-analytical BS I think it’s called.

She has to read this book, Geo-political Architechture.

Just reading it is a challenge.

Understanding it a puzzle.

Some pompous, ESL meshuganeh definitely wrote it.

Translating English to English pain in the …

So there we are.

Cuddled up in bed, me reading, her looking somewhat dazed,

doodling on a notesheet.

Then we heard it.

Skittering little rodent feet across the ceiling.

OMG, I hate mice.

Nervy fellow kept running back and forth.

Rose said, “Don’t worry Ma it’s just one, we’ll get ’em.”

But you know the old saying, “If you see one there are ten.”

I hope they are mice and not rats…

Next day I’m off to Home Depot and perusing the kill section of the warehouse…nice.

Do I want to go guillotine and snap they little brains out or glue their little mouse feet to a board and watch them slowly die of starvation.

The little houses with poison inside, reminiscent of some Grimm’s Fairytale looks interesting.

“I was trapped in the witch’s house with no escape and nought to eat but a bit of funky smelling peanut butter.

Oh God I hate mice.

I went with a dozen snap traps.

But mice are smart.
Smarter then we humans realize.

I set the traps in groups of 4 along the walls where the small fur devils have been hanging out and although there are new sh#t bits the traps are not sprung.

So you want to play rough huh?

I devise a home-made trap with a bucket of water laced with bait and a dowel for easy access up the side for them to climb and take the fatal dive into the bucket.

Hopefully this will fool the ones who have been around for a while and are well acquainted with aforementioned old-fashioned snap traps.

I can hear them in their homes telling their young, “..and never ever go near those dumb-ass wooden squares you see around… But there is a bucket with food in it that looks like fun kids!”

I hate mice.

So it’s day four of the mouse kill.

No catches yet.

I get up early to start breakfast for the troops.

Let Cujo out to do his business.

Drink a quiet cup of coffee listening to Hoo start to stir in his crib.

Perhaps we and the mice can co-exist peacefully.

They are just mice for goodness sake.

Just wanting a warm place for the winter and some spilled dog food to eat.

As a child I even had a few as pets.

As I sip my coffee before the day officially starts memories of Michael Jackson singing “Ben” come to mind.

“Flowers For Algernon.”

And I realize with a start,

I can’t kill these mice…

Then I hear 2 traps snap shut in quick succession behind the breakfront.

The last swallow of coffee goes down hard.

Easy Fried Chicken With Hooter’s Hot Wing Sauce

You can pour the sauce over your fried chicken or use it as a dipping sauce on the side.

Here’s my truth.

Almost every night before I fall asleep I get a little hungry,

and wish there was some fried chicken in the house.

Sometimes I even think about where my husband might be on his pickups around Maryland and D.C. pumping out waste oil from closed restaurants and wonder if calling him to pick up some fried chicken on his way home at 3 a.m. would be thoughtless.

Kinda.

I lie there hungry and wondering how the hell did Jay Leno get the Tonite Show back

and what is Conan doin’ now???

Hungry…hungry,hungry…

Just me and my chapstick and ROC age defying night cream.

Did I smear enough on?

I’m hungry..

Why didn’t The Chef bring anything over to eat!!!! (I whine to myself)

When he has leftovers from a catering job I am often the fortunate recipient and can be found snarfing over trays of picked over hor dourves.

Pigs in blankets.

Yummy!

This 6 foot tall Chef, whose first words were,”No you shut up.”

He turned out swell.

But tonite…oh yes tonite!!!

Let there be late night indigestion!!!!!

Fried chicken!!!!!

(Easy style it’s a work night.)


Ingredients:

2 pounds of chicken parts

2 cups of flour

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1 tablespoon of salt

1 teaspoon of pepper

1 teaspoon of garlic

1 teaspoon of paprika

1 teaspoon of cumin

2 tablespoons of sugar

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Directions:

In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients and then toss the chicken pieces in the mix.

Let sit in the fridge for at least an hour so batter will stick to chicken.

floured chicken ready to sit in the fridge for 90 minutes or so. Time gets that thin crust to stick good.

Heat a pot of oil to 350 F.

Carefully lower in a few pieces of chicken at a time.

Do not crowd the chicken (or the pieces won’t crisp they will steam).

Fry the chicken until the pieces are golden brown and the juices run clear when pierced

with a fork.

It don’t get no easier than this!

Now here is a dipping sauce that will make your chicken taste just like

Hooter’s hot wings!

HOT WING SAUCE HOOTER’S STYLE
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1 stick of butter or margarine

1/2 cup of hot sauce

1 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon garlic

Put butter, hot sauce, pepper and garlic in a saucepan and heat through. Pour over fried chicken or use as a dipping sauce.

Mixing up the Hooter's style hot wing sauce.

As an alternative add 3 tablespoons brown sugar in to the sauce recipe.

Great flavor for those who like sweet and hot.

So there you go!

Your week night fast and easy fried chicken recipe with hot sauce.

Make some mashed potatoes and peas on the side and you are good to go!

This is gmom¬†and Cujo¬†wishing all the working WPer’s out there a safe week!

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