Archive for February, 2013

February 28, 2013

Chicken Noodle Soup for my family and friends up North. I will be making this by this weekend since Houston is expected to have freezing weather by Sunday, too.

Main St. Cuisine

chicken noodle soup

I think there are two North Carolinas.

There is the one with the warm, mild winter.

Or a light cardigan and linen scarf type of winter.  That was last year.

Days filled with endless sunshine and the sun’s earthly counterpart, daffodils…poking up through the ground to quietly greet us.

And then, there is this winter.

Let me pause for a moment to say, I was born in New York.  And, I’m no stranger to cold winters and the occasional blizzard.

I don’t know anything about “lake effect snow,” but I am familiar with several feet of the white stuff piled up, faux fur-lined boots, no electricity for days, and scraping the ice off of one’s windshield.

But this North Carolina winter is filled with cold, grey days. A wool scarf type of winter.

We’ve been experiencing mini snow events that turn into snow days (cue the giddy school children)…

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My Blogs :-)

February 14, 2013

Thanks for stopping by! When I first joined WordPress I wasn’t really sure what I was doing, etc. so I set this blog up; and then didn’t do anything with it.

Since then I have started two other blogs on WORDPRESS.COM. I post fairly regularly on those (ok, not as regularly on the food blog as I used to, or would like).

My first blog is – A food blog that I started to keep me on track to eat what I have in the house instead of dining out, or always heading to the grocery store for something else. check it out! It may inspire you!

My second blog is – I started this blog to help keep me on track and accountable for decluttering my house. I figure if I do a little bit every day, and don’t allow clutter to accumulate where I have cleaned/purged/decluttered, by the end of the year I will have a fabulously clean and uncluttered abode. Plus, I will be feeling so much better not having so much stuff laying around. 🙂 Check it out and follow me there too!

Thanks again for stopping by!


February 11, 2013

Homemade Icicle pops!! YUM

Love Notes Restyle Studio

In the Philippines, ice candy is a popular dessert. Best way to describe it is that it is a homemade creamy icy pole.

Normally it is made with milk, sugar and some sort of fruit – mangoes, coconut, avocados – anything! Today’s version I made especially for my niece, Mischa. Mischa has a few allergies so this version was made with this in mind.

What you need?

What you do?

  • Put a small saucepan onto a medium heat – add the blueberries and the raw sugar
  • Cook until the sugar has dissolved – the blueberries will start to release it’s water
  • Keep cooking until the syrup thickens up a little
  • Set aside to cool
  • Add in the rice milk
  • Pour into ice candy plastic bags – or any type of…

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February 9, 2013

Pizza anyone!?

Where Flours Bloom

pizza pie

This is the Neo-Neapolitan Pizza Dough from Peter Reinhart’s American Pie.  It is a low-yeast, slow-rising dough with enough suppleness to make it easy to work with. This is the BEST pizza dough and sauce.

The Dough:

Makes 4 10-inch pizzas

5 cups all-purpose flour

1 Tablespoon sugar or honey

2 teaspoons salt (or 3 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt)

1 teaspoon instant yeast

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 3/4 to 2 cups room-temperature water

Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon or mix in an electric mixer.  After you’ve combined all of the ingredients, set the dough aside to rest for 5 minutes.  Stir again for 3 to 5 minutes, adding more water or flour if necessary.  Generally speaking, you want the dough to be wetter and stickier than your typical bread dough.  It should be dry enough that…

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