Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Feeling Green...
Don't adjust your monitors! This is a very green post! I first learned about matcha from Celine of Have Cake Will Travel. I mean, I'm not dumb...I have had green tea before, but I had never heard the term matcha before. After a little investigation, I realized that people either love it or hate it. There are really not a whole lot of people that are in the middle on this. After some searching, I found that a couple of friends of mine had some that they graciously loaned to me! So, now the adventure begins...I have found a few recipes that I am interested in trying, but on this occasion I thought I would try this cookie recipe I found on Smitten Kitchen for green tea shortbread cookies. It just so happened that it was my friend, Stein's, birthday and she was the one that gave me the green stuff. I have to say, that I made a little mistake and used granulated sugar instead of powdered (I had to add 2TBSP soy milk because it was crumbly) and I scooped them instead of rolling them out to save on time. I had this really cute porcelain Chinese takeout container that I thought was completely appropriate to use for this occasion and the gift was complete!

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Quick, I am STARVING!
This was one of those days that I was so thankful that I had those delicious homemade Chicago Diner Burgers in my freezer! The illustrator and I had been running around all day and by the time we saw what time it was 3:00pm and we were starving! I had to get the kids from school and then deal with food! Thank God for freezing leftovers...right? I made a large batch of the burgers a few weeks ago and they freeze so well. I made a few changes to this batch and they were better (in my opinion) than before. I will just repost it here with my changes!

Chicago Diner Burgers
(adapted from

1 cup diced roasted red peppers
1 cup diced onion
1/4 cup tamari
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
pinch of salt
3 cups quick oats
4 cups diced portobello mushrooms
1/2 cup whole wheat flour

Bring 4 cups water, roasted red peppers, onion, soy sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper to a boil in a pot over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in oats, mushrooms and flour and cook 5 minutes more. Transfer to a bowl and chill.

Preheat oven to 350°F; coat baking sheet with cooking spray. Shape mixture into patties and bake on prepared baking sheet for 15 minutes. Flip and bake 10 more minutes. Cool.

Heat grill to medium-high. place foil on grill and coat with cooking spray. Grill burgers on foil for 7 minutes per side. Serve.

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