Thursday, August 21, 2008

Lemonade and Pumpkin Pie!

Busy day of cooking today after classes. Jon made the trek out here after work to see me so I figured I would do my part and provide the good eats. First I made the drink which was

Vanilla Lemonade

4 lemons, cut and squeezed into the pitcher
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla

1. combine sugar and water in saucepan on low heat and stir together until the sugar disapears and you have a yummy little syrup - set aside to cool
2. Squeeze lemons out into pitcher (save some to throw back in) - this will really work your squeezing hand fyi
3. Stir your syrup into your lemon juice
4. Fill pitcher most of the way with water
5. Add vanilla and stir it all together

Must be giving credit : I got this idea from Inside Black Apple I just made mine smaller and with a bit more vanilla

After that I was killing time before making the meal and was thinking...what to do with this 3 day old bread that isn't going to make good samiches now...aha! Croutons!

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Cut your bread up into 1/2 inch cubes
3. Place cubes in bowl and toss with olive oil and basil and oregano (dried) (the amount really depends on how much bread you have, but enough to coat the bread but not soak it)
4. bake for 15- 20 min, checking it half way and moving the cubes around if necessary

I threw these in with our salad which was 50/50 mix of spinach and spring mix, cucumber, and radish with Italian Dressing

The main dish tonight was a Cornbread Battered Fish Fry. Real simple, just coat the fish in a beaten egg then coat it in the batter (in this case cornbread stuffing) then heat some oil in a frying pan and fry away.

And Plus! Last night I made pumpkin first time making pie filling from scratch (well I didn't puree the pumpkin this time like I did for my pumpkin spice muffins :look for those in the fall:, but mostly you can say from scratch). Sorry, no pictures of that, though I might take one at breakfast - that's my favorite time of day to eat pumpkin pie


Kiddo said...


Did you know that cookbooks are the number two selling type of books? Right behind selfhelp.

I think you might be making yourself a pretty penny if you can get a good collection together and off to a publisher! And they wouldn't have to look elsewhere for photos!

Then you could travel! and do an Eats and Feet type combo. Travel-ista extraordinaire.


I'm going to try that lemonade. And, for the cheese lover (ie moi) do you think sprinkling crouton oil with popcorn dried cheese flavor might work? I anticipate some stale bread crusts soon... I'll let you know!

Lacey said...

I think it would work, I've seen it done with grated parmesan so I don't see why popcorn cheese wouldn't work.

The problem with starting my own cookbook is that with the exception of a few of these, most of these are recipes I follow that other people have made. The sloppy cheesy, don't ruin your workout salad, and cornbread fish are mine, but I will have to work real hard and make a ton ton more to put together a book

not out of the question though :)

PS Did not know they were the number 2 type of books did you know that?

Pang said...

hmm...i'm gonna have to try that lemonade whenever you make it for me. wink wink. and by the way, the theme for tomorrow's "this is" is "this is my favorite children's book" ...on that note, get on board!

Jon said...

The lemonade doesn't taste like vanilla at all. It's fantastic! Very lemon real-fruit taste.

Kiddo said...

I'm awesome and know everything! hahaha (evil laugh that is)

I also wrote my capstone on publishing.


nerd, me.