Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
This article on CNN is about a fun new food invention. Because so few American children eat their daily dose of fruits, some entreprenurial scientists are looking at new ways to make fruit exciting. One man found that by leaving a pear in a cooler of dry ice, the cardon dioxide infused the fruit with carbonation.
Although the article points out that no long-term studies have been done to discern the long-term effects of cardonation in fruit, Fizzy Fruit is already on shelves at Wal-Marts in the Southeast. They only add cardon dioxide, which presumable makes it good for you.
I'd give it a try, but I do worry how one's body would react. Then again, I'm prone to drinking diet soda all day, which I'm sure has more cardonation.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
"Attempted" is the key here. I figured it would get up to 200 degrees in my car if I let it sit in the sun with the windows up. I "preheated" my car all afternoon, then placed a sheet of tinfoil on the dash with evenly-spaced cookie dough balls. This was the packaged kind, so all the work was done for me.
Nearly an hour and a half later, the butter was running out of the batter and the cookies were not set. It simply was not hot enough.
I will attempt again later in the week as the thermometer reaches 110. I will also be enlisting the help of a co-worker's thermometer to make sure my car reaches optimal temperature. I have faith this will work -- people use solar cooking all the time with fabulous, energy-efficient results.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Luckily, we were ready for one of those perfect days Saturday. We cooked hot dogs and burgers on our grill for a family lunch. Here are my mom's secrets for burgers on the grill.
For more photos, visit here.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Monday, June 4, 2007
Friday, June 1, 2007
Because I had leftover chicken, BBQ sauce and mozarella, I tried to make something different. For this recipe, you need: four chicken cutlets, pancake mix, barbecue sauce, oil for frying, a tomato and a handful of shredded mozarella.
I marinated chicken chunks over night in barbecue sauce. Then, I dredged then in dry pancake mix. Next, the got a dip in a batter of pancake mix, barbecue sauce and water mixed to the consistency to pancake batter.
Then they fried in the oil for about three minutes. What you see in the photo is what was left after several, several tries. First, there wasn't enough oil and the pan wasn't hot enough. Then, the batter was too thick. Finally, I realized that my stove isn't really level, so I had to work around the fact that certain parts of the pan were hotter than others.
The side dish is just a tomato cut into wedges with a little bit of cheese on top. I put it under the broiler for a few minutes, until the tomato was soft and the cheese was melted.
All in all, the food was worth the effort. The chicken was crunchy and had a distinct, smoky barbecue taste. The tomato was delicious and didn't even need the cheese.
For future reference, I'll use a smaller pan so the heat is better distributed.