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Oct-10-2012

Day 318: Fruit iPad Sketches

Posted by annagrace under Days 301-365

I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of the game Draw Something for phones/tablets, but it’s a really fun game sort of like Pictionary where you draw pictures for your friend to guess. It’s really addictive and hilarious and also the inspiration for this post!

I was playing a friend of mine and got the word “fruit.” Before I knew it I became inthralled in the drawing of various fruits with epic shading! She probably guessed the word way before I finished drawing, but I had so much fun that I decided to do some more drawings on my iPad without having to worry about my time in the game. I started by drawing a peach, then ended up, on a whim adding the phrase “She’s such a peach” to it. So I thought, what are some other fruit-related phrases that I could use? So I ended up with 4 drawing/phrase combos! First comes the peach…

Then I drew a slice of a lemon with “When life gives you lemons.” I think this is my least favorite…

Then I drew a couple of cherries with the phrase “Life’s a bowl of cherries.”

Finally I drew a green apple with the phrase “the apple of my eye!”

I think the apple is my favorite! I really loved playing with the layering of different shades on top of each other to get the final image! I think I’ll do some more finger doodling on my iPad :)

Anna Grace

Oct-10-2012

Day 317: Wine & Tomato Braised Chicken

Posted by annagrace under Days 301-365

Rounding out the trio of recipes I’ve tried over the last couple weeks is the Wine & Tomato Braised Chicken I made in the slow cooker! I’ve been trying to find new recipes for the slow cooker because I can make several meals for the week in one day and just turn the cooker on and go about my day while it cooks up! I found this one and immediately knew I would love it! The recipe is up there in that link, but I’ll walk you through my experience with photos!

Here’s the sauteing of the onions in a little left over grease from the bacon…

And then with the wine and all the herbs added… it’s smelled heavenly!

In the crock-pot before cooking…

And here it is in my bowl ready for me to eat!

I couldn’t get a picture of it in the crock-pot after cooking because it kept fogging up my camera! But trust me when I say, it was a beautiful thing! And it was soooooooooo yummy! I divided it into about 8 meals and froze half of them so I can eat them later on when I’m running late to work! This was so good and easy, I definitely will be doing more crock-pot creations!

Anna Grace

Oct-10-2012

Day 316: Carrot Apple Ginger Tea Cakes from PULP!

Posted by annagrace under Days 301-365

As you all know, I have a juicer and I love to juice all kinds of fruits and veggies! Well I had heard that you could actually use the leftover pulp from juicing to make various baked goods! I had never done it before, but after making my roommate and I some fresh juice with carrot, apple and ginger in it, I looked around on the web for a bit and found a recipe that had exactly those ingredients in it! I didn’t have dark chocolate chips so I left them out, but I thought they were amazing anyways.

A note about baking with pulp… PLAN AHEAD BEFORE JUICING!! I didn’t think about doing this until after I had juiced, so I didn’t peel the the fruit and veggies like I should have or cut out the apple cores, so I had to pick through the pulp and pull out the bad stuff before baking… so next time I’ll plan ahead and definitely take the bad stuff out! Anyways, here’s my nicely packed and seed and skin free pulp!

I mixed all the ingredients together and the batter tasted AMAZING! Then I spooned it into the muffin tin and baked away! Here’s the finished product!

The were definitely more dense and moist than your average cake/muffin because of using the pulp, but they were so, so, so, so tasty! I brought them to work and they were a hit! Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of them outside the pan, but oh well! I think I will definitely be experimenting with pulp recipes again!

Anna Grace

Oct-10-2012

Day 315: Eggplant Casserole/Lasagna

Posted by annagrace under Days 301-365

So… I haven’t posted anything in awhile. I’ve had several things in the works, but haven’t had the chance to sit down and post them, so be prepared for several posts over the next few days!

Anyways… the day that the Rooms and I went to the UT Gardens and took pictures we also went to 2 farmers’ markets! At the first one we went to in Market Square I picked up a beautiful eggplant that was striped with purple and white! I’ve never cooked eggplant personally, so I scoured the web for recipes and ended up mixing a few together to create a casserole that could… sorta… be considered like lasagna… Lemme explain…

I started by lining a small baking dish with aluminum foil for easier clean-up and poured a bit of olive oil in and coated the foil. I then threw in about 1/2 tsp of garlic and scattered it all over the bottom of the dish. I topped this with a bit of sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Then I cut the eggplant into thin slices… about a 1/4″ thick?

Then I put a layer of eggplant down, then a layer of chunky tomato sauce. I had found a recipe for this where they just used canned tomatoes, and I thought why not sauce?? It makes it super soupy and hard to cut, but also AMAZING! At any rate, I then sprinkled a bit more garlic into the sauce and salt and pepper. I topped this with shredded mozzarella cheese and then pepperoni. Then another layer of eggplant…

And just kept layering it until it was full! I ended up needing to do 2 dishes because I had a very big eggplant! Here’s before baking…

And then after baking for about 30 min at 350 degrees…

SO YUMMY!!! I have to tell you that this was sooooo good, but also super filling and super duper messy! I tried to cut it into squares like a normal casserole, but it was so much sauce that it just was soupy. We switched gears and got out bowls to eat it instead of plates and served it with garlic texas toast.

I think I may have went a little overboard with the sauce, but it was yummy and made several good meals for us! Here’s my recipe without all my stupid chatter for you in case you want to make it yourself!

Eggplant Casserole/Lasagna

1 large Eggplant cut into 1/4″ slices

1 Tbsp Olive Oil (roughly)

4 tsp Garlic (roughly)

1 large jar Chunky Tomato Sauce

2 1/2 cups Shredded Mozzarella

1 bag Sliced Pepperoni

Salt

Pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Line baking dish with foil then coat with olive oil. Spread about 1 tsp of garlic into bottom of dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Line dish with a layer of eggplant then top cover with a little sauce. Mix about 1 tsp of garlic into sauce layer and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top this with a handful of mozzarella cheese then a layer of pepperoni. Repeat the layering process of eggplant; sauce with garlic, salt, and pepper; mozzarella and pepperoni until dish is full.

Bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 or until eggplant is soft.

I hope you like my recipe! If you want something a bit healthier, you could opt for turkey pepperoni or just put it on top not all the way through. To make it a little less soupy, try doing sauce every other layer or use canned tomatoes instead… but you’ll miss out on the sauce flavor! I opted for Ragu’s chunky garden medley.

I thought this was really, really yummy, so I hope you like it, too!

Anna Grace