Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Simple-ology: A Course on Blogging

I'm evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. For a while, they're letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.

It covers:

  • The best blogging techniques.
  • How to get traffic to your blog.
  • How to turn your blog into money.

I'll let you know what I think once I've had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it's still free.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Classic done in a Large Grill Pan.

So I was looking through my "One Dish" recipe book and came across pot roast.  I love me some Pot Roast!!  Simple, hearty ingredients for a dish you can create especially if your on a budget like we are.

1/2 stick of Butter
1/2 cup of Flour
1 tbsp of Olive Oil
4 cups of Beef Broth
Garlic Powder
1 medium Onion (chopped)
6 medium Potatoes (washed, peeled, and chunked)
1 package of Baby Carrots
3 slabs of Steak (cut into small strips)

Melt down 1/2 stick of Butter and then add your Flour.  While the Flour is cooking through, drizzle the Olive Oil over the mixture.  Add about 1 cup of Beef Broth, and let thicken.  Add your Salt and Pepper to your Beef mixture.  Add about 2 groups of your Potatoes.  The starch in the potatoes will also help to thicken up the mixture.  Since we are cooking this dish in a Large Grill Pan, I added the ingredients grouped a little at a time to let the thickening process happen.  Add your Garlic Powder and your chopped Onion.  Mix in more Beef Broth and another 2 groups of chunked Potatoes.  Add 1/2 your Baby Carrots.  Keep mixing all your ingredients as your cooking on medium heat.  Mix in the last of your Beef Broth.  Sprinkle in more Flour if needed.  Add the last group of Potatoes.  Mix in the strips of Steak.  Mix all ingredients,  lower heat, and cover pan for about 5-10 minutes.  Serve over steamed Thai Jasmine Rice and you got yourself a hearty meal that even the kids will love.


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ramen Noodle Salad w/Peanut Butter Vinaigrette

Hope everyone had a happy 4th this past weekend!!!  So I reinvented something I saw served at my parents dance club gatherings.  Someone had brought a ramen noodle salad which was delicious!  Basically used ramen noodle crunchies, bok choy and some kind of soy sauce vinaigrette concoction.  We had family and friends over for the 4th for my Sister's and my Brother's "Berfday" BBQ.  I wanted to serve some kind of salad and all I had was Romaine lettuce and other ingredients in my pantry and fridge.  Here's what I came up with.

To serve a get together for about 20 people you'll need:

6 packages of Ramen noodles uncooked and crunched up
3 bunches of Romaine lettuce washed and chopped
10 bunches of Green Onions sliced
3/4 jar of Peanut Butter
1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
2 cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil

I didn't really measure the Vinaigrette ingredients.  I did it by taste.  Mix together 2 parts Extra Virgin Olive Oil to 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar.  Whisk in Peanut Butter.  Add Sugar according to preference (sweet vs tangy).  Mix together Romaine, Ramen, and Green Onions.  Pour Vinaigrette mixture on top of salad.  Toss and Serve.

Bon Appetit!