Jeremy, Jake, Naomi, & Amelie

Fondu for us! May 21, 2011

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Since Jonathan grew up in France and I lived there a short while, we occasionally have to re-live some fantastic French food moments. This means Crepes, Raclette, Boeuf Bourguignon, Cuisses de Canard and now Fondu Savoyarde make cameo appearances in our dinner menus. Last night we were delighted to find Comte and Beaufort  (Frenchy Cheeses) at Sam’s club, they make the meal authentic. We kinda sorta waaaay over estimated the amount of cheese we would need, we were wishing some grandparents could show up on the scene and help us out, but alas they live far far away. Our kids ate a lot though, Jacob gave it “thumb’s up” Naomi said “Ya know, I just want more and more” Jeremy asked “can we have this every night?” and Amelie made the sign for “more”.  I think the French gene transfer is now complete. Magnifique! We will definitely do it again, and we’ll plan a little better how much we make….or maybe we’ll just have a party and let some others experience this gut busting delicious way to eat cheese. Seriously only the French can get away with eating Cheese dip in such an elegant way!

Here is the recipe we used (next time we will cut it in half)

400g Comte

400g Beaufort

400g Guyere

1/2 litre dry white wine

1/2 litre water (this was because we have small children)

8g Cornstarch

1 Glove garlic

3 baguettes or thick bread sliced or cubed

1. Cut garlic and rub inside of fondu pot for flavoring, discard clove.

2. Grate cheeses and keep separate ***this can be hazardous to your finger tips, and J found out 😦

3. Add Wine and water (reserving a small glass) and heat on Medium

4. Slowly add cheese one handful at a time and stir in a figure 8. Allow them to melt, and continue adding

5. While adding cheeses, mix cornstarch in glass of WARMED water/wine  and add to pot

6. Continue to stir slowly in figure 8 until smooth, creamy and emulsified.

7. If too thick, add water or wine. If too thin add more cheese or cornstarch and warmed wine/water.

Serve immediately placed over sterno gel flame. Enjoy! This recipe feeds 6 super hungry adults, or 8 moderately hungry.

Serve with  plate of Fresh fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe, honey dew) to cut the richness and refresh.

Bon Appetit!

These photos were all done on my iphone because that was all we had at home at the time.

 

Amelie turns 1 August 23, 2010

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Our Sweet Amelie Claire turned 1 on Saturday! She is such a happy baby, it has been an awesome year with her. We went river rafting down the Illinois and then had cupcakes. I will post some pics of the rafting, that’s a whole other ordeal on it’s own. Amelie really tore into her cupcake, like she new what she was doing. She has brought us a lot to smile and laugh about this year! Here are some of my faves. Enjoy!

Want some?

 

Before/After July 31, 2010

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So here is my little distraction for the afternoon. Sometimes, I need a hands on creative outlet, and need it STAT. I’m not a “crafts” person, at all. I totally stink at anything paper crafty. I admire you peeps out there who love it and are good at it. Anyhow. I love the feeling of taking something boring, and over looked and sprucing it up.  I have done this with a few pieces in my home, and sometimes fantasize of getting rid of all my furniture and starting over. It’s a sickness. It took me 3 hours total to do this. From Purchase to Photo finish.

Anyhow, here is my little Before/After **  DIY**  Why I burned Dinner…

Cute Mid-centuryish chair. I really wanted to keep the wood natural but there were to many boo boos and the wood wasn’t as pretty as I hoped.

After a good sanding/and painting and re-upholstering….Voila!

Just what I was hoping for! Happy girl, Happy Mama.

 

First fruits… June 28, 2010

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I was so excited to find some beautiful red tomatoes in my garden. FINALLY! I have been so eagerly awaiting them. I planted them mainly because I’ve been craving bruschetta forever. And last night, we ate our fill. Yummm. Plus I have a very productive basil bush happening right now.  My zucchini decided to be a late bloomer, and produce monster size squash. I’m pretty proud that I haven’t killed my garden plants…yet. Maybe it has something to do with planting it on our old compost spot. Anyway, in spite of me, my garden is growing bountifully.  Here are a couple pics.

 

Perks of a small town # 23 June 4, 2010

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THE FARMERS MARKET!!!

We headed down to the market this week to pick up some fresh produce and enjoy the cooking demo by the Cafe on Broadway. The kids loved it, it was hard to keep them from touching everything.  It was tricky to decide who to buy from. I mean, do you always buy from the same person, or do you spread the love around? I grew up in a Chicago suburb, so I’m not schooled in farmers market etiquette. I bought some fresh lettuce mix from Chaney Farms( I kinda sorta know them), and then from another guy I picked out some sweet potatoes for Amelie’s baby food, I grabbed a bunch of radishes (mmm, so good), and then bought the most delicious loaf of corn bread I have EVER eaten. We hoovered the whole thing. It was sweet and moist and melted in your mouth. Wow, I’m hungry for it now.

We watched the cooking demo of the strawberry fields salad from the Cafe and then got to sample it. Along with the cornbread I bought it was the perfect snack. Later , for lunch I made a salad with the stuff I bought, it was de-lish.

So here are some pics from the day. If you haven’t visited the Farmers Market, it is Tues/Thursday mornings, and then once a month there is a cooking demo from some local business. Go! I’ll probably be there, stalking the local produce and devouring cornbread. Have a great weekend!

Waiting for balloons!

Oh and here is what I made at home from some of my farmers market buys…yummy!

A mixed green salad with chicken, walnuts, apple and Parmesan cheese and CORNBREAD!

 

le jardin {the garden} May 29, 2010

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We are selling our house, or maybe what I should say is, our house is for sale.  I know planting a garden might be a dumb move, since we may not be here for harvest, but I don’t care.  I’m doing it.  Besides, the kids have enjoyed it, and  watering it kills that weird not quite bedtime time (like how I still have to talk myself into being ok with it. sad.) Anyway,we have a a somewhat soggy Spring, and my garden has greatly benefited from it and I am so very appreciative to God for watering for me. I took some photos of it today so you could see what I’ve got growing in my garden. If you want tips, don’t ask me. This is a fluke.

“look mom, fruitlets!”~Jeremy

Below:  is my “Watermelon” plant I bought from Lowes. yeah right.

rosemary & thyme

In my dream world, I would then harvest and cook amazing things with my home grown produce, all while artfully photographing each gourmet creation, and win prizes for my fantastic-ness. But lets face it, this maybe the first and last you see of this garden.

But One can dream.

 

Snow Ice Cream. January 31, 2010

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So, since we got 6 inches or so of snow the other day (which is super rare for NW Arkansas) I decided to make use of it, sort of. I made Snow Ice cream. Naomi and Jacob liked it, but Jeremy said “thumbs down” which isn’t shocking since he’s uber picky, and prefers processed foods anyhow. I kind of felt like a crafty mom for a quick sec.

Here is the recipe I used. If you have gobs of snow, and are in the mood for some.

1 cup of milk

1 tsp of vanilla extract

1/2 c. sugar

4 cups of FRESH (not yellow) snow

Mix all together and serve instantly! You could probably add strawberry syrup or chocolate syrup if you wanted something different.

Bon Apetit!

-B

Here are some photos of my excursion with Craftiness..

Notice my Crazy red table and red walls ?  AHHH!!!! I must paint it’s driving me mad.