Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Muy Bueno Cookbook Winner!

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Congratulations to Meryl for winning a copy of the Muy Bueno Cookbook!  I hope you really enjoy the chapter on Entrees.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Creamy Rice Pudding

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Creamy rice pudding topped with toasted pumpkin seeds
Creamy rice pudding topped with toasted pumpkin seeds

Vanilla speckled rice pudding, warm and freshly made - click on the photo to see the larger view so that the specks are visible.   Rice pudding makes a fantastic snack, dessert, and even breakfast dish.  This is not the rice pudding you bake in the oven to use up leftovers you have on hand, instead it is made fresh on the stovetop sort of like a risotto.  Those speckles of vanilla bean are easier to get than you might think, and they don't require any splitting or scrapping of seeds.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Kielbasa and Mixed Greens Soup

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Kielbasa and greens soup with a slice of homemade bread
Kielbasa and greens soup with a slice of homemade bread

Now that school is back in full swing again all of the extra-curricular activities are kicking in too.  We have a couple of nights a week where the schedule gets pretty complicated.  For those nights we eat what we call First Dinner and Second Dinner.  First Dinner is necessary to fuel the kids for their high activity sports, replenish them after the school day, and to keep them going an hour past our usual dinner time.  The downside with First Dinner is that it is served far too early for the rest of the family.  Second dinner is to top up the kids and to feed the rest of us a meal that satisfies while also being quick to fix.  Having easy to use leftovers doesn't hurt either since I never know who will be eating how much.