Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Gouda Cheese Fondue with Roasted Vegetables

Andy and I our enjoying a nice New Years Eve at home. To bring in the New Year we shared a wonderful cheese fondue with rosemary roasted vegetables. We've started the Chronicles of Narnia movie Prince Caspian as we await our champagne toast.

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  • 1 clove garlic, halved
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 12 ounces Gouda cheese, (rind trimmed), shredded
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • Cubed or torn bread, roasted steak fries, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and/or sliced apples or pears

Rub the cut sides of the garlic on the inside of a fondue pot or a heavy 2-qt saucepan; discard the garlic. Combine wine and lemon juice in a small pot over medium heat. Toss together both cheeses and cornstarch in a large bowl. When the wine comes to a boil, slowly add the cheese and cornstarch mixture, whisking continuously until smooth. Season with nutmeg and cayenne. Transfer to a small slow cooker set to low and serve with the selection of dippers. Fondue should hold on low setting for up to 1 hour.

Recipe from Rachael Ray

I saw that Jen over at Running with Food finally found the Arnold's Sandwich Thins so it gave me the courage to go out and hunt for them this afternoon too. I stopped into Kroger and found them located in the bread aisle!! The whole wheat variety is 100 calories per sandwich and 6 grams of fiber!!!

For now I've stuck them in the freezer (we don't eat bread that often) but I can't wait to try them soon!

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Best Eats of 2008

Besides my favorite holiday recipes, I’ve compiled a list of my top recipes of 2008.  As you can see it was a delicious year and I had a tough time narrowing them down...


Cheers to another wonderful year of good eats in 2009!!  Happy New Year's Eve!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Potato & Chive Pancake

I've been craving a good potato pancake for awhile now, today my taste buds met their match!  I love making potato pancakes out of leftover mashed potatoes but tonight I decided to go for an extra crunchy hash brown version.  Don't skimp on the salt, potatoes need a lot of it.

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  • 16 oz shredded potatoes, fresh or thawed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup chives, chopped
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Lay the potatoes on a kitchen towel, bring the corners of the towels together and squeeze out the moisture. Place in a large bowl, add the garlic, chives, egg whites, salt, and pepper. Mix well until all ingredients are combined.

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In a 12-inch skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the potato mixture to the pan. Using a spatula, press the mixture evenly into the pan. Cook for 6 minutes or until the edge of the mixture just starts to brown. Place in the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the top of the pancake starts to brown and the edges are crispy.

Allow pancake to cool for about 5 minutes. Slide the pancake out of the pan onto a cutting board and cut into wedges and arrange on a serving platter.


I used my new Le Cruset pot to reheat the the last bit of our buffalo chicken chili.  We both loved this meal!

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Merry 5th Day of Christmas!!

We’re back! I ended up taking an much longer blogging hiatus than I anticipated, but I only get to enjoy my family and friends a couple times of year so I really wanted to relish in it (and did :o)

Four Family Christmas’

(I’ve grown up having many of them and so it continues...)

  • Fisher Christmas at Dad’s in Ohio (back row: Rob, Kelly, Brent, Conna, Andy, Me, Dad front row: Aaron, Sara, and Colton) christmas 2008 007
  • Bates Christmas at my sisters house christmas 2008 041
  • Johnstone Christmas at Andy’s parents house (uncle Bill, father-in-law John, hubby Andy, and grandfather-in-law Bob)christmas 2008 075

Entertainment Highlights

  • Evening at the Winebarger’s (17 mo old baby Anna and 5 mo pregnant Kelly) christmas 2008 031
  • UK v FAU at Rupp Arena (attended my first UK game!) christmas 2008 108
  • Andy’s Mamaw’s 80th Birthday Celebration at Malone’s Steak House
  • Visiting Bill and Bren before and after our KY trip
  • Sleepover at my sisters
  • Seeing siblings and friends: Rob and Kelly, Sara and Brent, Elise and Ryan, Kelly and Jarred, Carrie and Mark
  • Surprise visit with Lori christmas 2008 088
  • Playing with my nephews
  • Pre-Christmas Shopping at Hamburg
  • Lunch at Old Chicago Pizza
  • Spending quality time with loved ones

Favorite Christmas Foods

Fun Gifts Received

  • $$$$$$ and gift cards
  • EKU fleece vest and UK sweatshirt and t-shirt
  • Sweaters/shirts and misc
  • Le Cruset Cast Iron Enamel 5 Qt Pot
  • Cushioned Kitchen Mats
  • Blue Tooth
  • Swatch Watch
  • Evergreen Christmas wreath
  • Christmas figurines
  • Crocheted Coasters
  • Wall hangings
  • Nuts and Candy package
  • Books
  • Candles
  • Stocking goodies

Fun Gifts Given

  • Trader Joe’s goodies
  • Bob’s Red Mill goodies
  • Wine Authorities wine and sausage
  • Holly Berry Christmas Wreath
  • Guglhupf stolen
  • Digital photo frames
  • Crate and Barrel Dish Towels
  • Target gift cards