Saturday, May 24, 2014

Another Recipe to Share

I was invited over to Nicole the Knitter's house this afternoon for a catalog/shopping party. While I pretty much knew I wasn't going to buy anything, I figured I'd at least take along some snacks. This is another recipe that my boss told me about. And she was right...this simple little recipe went over pretty freaking huge.

Brie topped with sauteed mushrooms
1 tablespoon olive oil
Italian bread crumbs
8 ounces mushrooms (cleaned and quartered)
1 (8 ounce) wheel of brie
A box of Triscuits

1. Heat the oil in a pan on low to medium heat.
2. Add the bread crumbs.
3. Add the mushrooms and saute until they start to caramelize, about 20-30 minutes. You can just use a rubber spatula to keep mixing the bread crumbs and mushrooms around the brie. Make sure to drizzle some olive oil on top of the brie as well, and sprinkle with some more bread crumbs.
4. Place the brie in the middle of the bread crumbs, top with the mushrooms and continue to saute until the cheese melts, about 8-10 minutes. (Optional: Cut the top off of the brie and let the mushrooms melt right into the brie.)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Infused Water

Nicole the Knitter picked up infuser pitchers for both myself and Michelle the Cook from 5 and Below. To get myself started on (hopefully) drinking less pop, I decided to look up infused water on the Internet.

Look, fizzy drinks are my vice. I try to drink diet whenever possible, but sometimes you need the caffeine, the carbonation AND the sugar!

As it turns out, there's actually a site called Infused Water, and it was a good place to start. Really, all you need to do is start throwing fruit into the pitcher and find out what you like. So far, I've done:
--strawberry infused water: so good and takes on a very light pink hue. I let this chill in the frig for almost a day before trying it. It had very good strawberry taste to it.
--kumquat and mandarin orange infused water: it has the lightest orange tint to it. I loaded the tube with the kumquats first and the oranges on top. The water from the top of the pitcher tasted very faintly of orange Vitamin Zero Water, but as I drank it, the water down by the kumquats was very sour orange tasting.
--Granny Smith (green) apple infused water: this water didn't take on any color and really no taste at all. I ended up dumping the apple slices out sooner rather than letting them try to keep on infusing, because they were just turning brown. Maybe if I had peeled the apple instead of just slicing it, the water's taste might have been stronger, but I don't know.