Friday, September 30, 2011

How to peel garlic in 10 seconds!

I don't know about you guys, but I hate peeling garlic, its tedious and stinky, and no good for a manicure. When I saw this video I knew I had to shre it!

Executive Food Editor Todd Coleman shows us an amazing trick for peeling an entire head of garlic in less than 10 seconds — no acrid fingernails, no knife required. 

What you'll need: 
2 deep bowls of equal size   

How it works: 
Smash the head of garlic with the heel of your hand. 
Sweep the cloves into one bowl. 
Invert the second bowl over the top of the first bowl. 
Hold the bowls together where the rims meet and shake the dickens out of them. 
Here's the link to see the video:

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Brown Family visit's Florida!

Wow, I can't believe it has already been a week since the Brown's came to visit us, we had so much fun while they were here! The entire family came to the Vinoy pool and we had so much fun swimming, laughing, and eating together. My 87 year old grandmother was here with all of us and she even sat at the side of the pool with her feet in the water, so happy she is capable of being out with all of us. She had two daughters there, 4 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren, quite a long lineage!

Here are a few fun pictures to share of our happy weekend!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pie!

  • 1 9-inch deep-dish pie shell, unbaked (see our favorite recipe below)
  • 1/2 Cup flour
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 Cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 Cup quick oats or oatmeal (or ½ cup oats and ½ cup chopped nuts, if you prefer)
  • 1 Cup chocolate chips (Stephanie prefers mini chips)

Crust for single crust pie:

  • 1/4 lb. butter (1 stick)
  • 1 Cup flour
  • pinch salt
  • pinch sugar
  • 2 TB milk
Preheat oven to 350°. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and sugar. Add the eggs and mix. Add the butter and mix again. Fold in the oatmeal or nuts, chocolate chips and VANILLA. Pour into the pie crust. Bake at 350° for about 30-35 minutes, until golden.

Pie Crust: To prepare the crust, cut the butter into small pieces; it doesn't have to be cold, but it should not be warm to the point of melting. Add the flour, salt, and sugar to the butter and beat or mix by hand to combine. Add the milk in a thin stream, mixing until thoroughly blended. Form into a ball and chill until it can be easily handled. Sprinkle a wooden board or counter top with flour, place the dough on the board, and sprinkle the top of the dough with flour. Using short strokes, roll it from the center to the edges until it is 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. You will want to turn the dough over and re-dust with flour halfway through. Roll until the crust is about an inch larger than your 9-inch pie pan when inverted. Fold the crust in half and in half again so that it looks like a triangle. Place it in the ungreased pie pan with the point in the center. Unfold the crust and ease it into the pan. Roll the edges of the overhanging crust under so that you have a nice rim around the pie plate. Prick the crust all over with a fork.

Prep. time: 10 minutes plus pie shell making time
Baking time: 30-35 minutes
Serves: 8

Saturday, September 3, 2011

I'm back!!!!!

Wow, it's been a while since I posted anything, I took some time off for the summer from blogging, but I had no idea that I hadn't even been on blogger since July, wow!

My MFA classes started on Sept. 1st and I am loving every minute so far, I am taking Flash animation and Interactive concepts, which is a thesis development course that will help me to develop my thesis project to present to the midpoint review committee, whoo hooo, I can't wait, so excited.

I have been waiting to take this particular animation course for months now and can't wait to share with you some of my animated shorts that I will be working on :) :) :)

Today is also the first day of the college football season, go FSU!!!

I am an FSU alum class of '09.

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