December 25 2010 • Posted by corene • 0 Comments
A very Merry Christmas to those celebrating today. Hope your holiday menus are delicious and your time spent with family and friends filled with love. All my best!
December 19 2010 • Posted by corene • 0 Comments
This is the giant, light-up Santa head we put in the window every year. My husband’s mother won it at an office Christmas party over 50 years ago. We are in a new house this year but giant Santa head is still going strong and we found a new window for him to glow in.
I’ll still be making those Grasshopper Squares people clamor for every year (seriously, make them. They are fantastic!)
What are your must-makes? You know, the dish you MUST make during the holidays or your friends and relatives will TP your house. I’ve started a Facebook discussion - come join us!
I wish you and your families the very best this holiday season and always. Thanks so much for being part of the Foodie Patootie community!
October 20 2010 • Posted by corene • 1 Comments
Fall is my favorite time to eat! The harvest is peaking…pumpkins and insane variety squash are everywhere…and it’s time to braise. All those good cooking smells have really helped make our new house feel like home. What is your favorite thing to cook this time of year?
We have already been to several pumpkin patches but the best is yet to come. This weekend it’s a trip to Washington State’s beautiful Skagit Valley. If you haven’t been it’s truly a foodie family paradise.
We love our pumpkins of course…but have also come to love the funky varieties of squash that seem to be everywhere. This photo is of a Galeux d’Eysines squash. The strange texture is perfectly spooky and sneakily disguised as a science lesson. The funky warts that form on the outside are caused by a buildup of sugars under the skin. Trust me: One of these on your porch or centerpiece is certain to spark a conversation.
We haven’t tried carving one…which is surprising because my husband is very fond of cutting into any vegetable for the sake of art. He was the one who came up with the ‘spook-ini’ - a giant zucchini with a face lit up by a tea light.
Has anyone tried carving one of these warty wonders? I’d love to post photos of your squash-o-lanterns!
August 9 2010 • Posted by corene • 1 Comments
I’m so proud and excited - my family was featured this week on the fantastic website, Cascadia Kids! Orcas Island is such a special place and I love sharing our adventures there. Have you been to the San Juan islands in Washington State? Do you travel hours via car, ferry or airplane to return to that perfect loaf of hearth bread too? Please share your foodie family vacation finds! I’ve posted some photos too. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures, as always.
August 1 2010 • Posted by corene • 1 Comments
Are you on twitter? I wasn’t until the launch of this website. What have I learned through my 6 months or so of tweeting? It’s fun! I’ve met all kinds of like-minded people who care (and are very knowledgeable about) kids, food, nutrition, gardening, cooking…the list goes on and on. I tweet a lot more than I tend to post blog updates and the conversations are always fun. Facebook has proven to be a nice way for Foodie Patootie peeps to chat, too. Hope to see you in the twitterverse! Find me @foodiepatootie
July 21 2010 • Posted by corene • 3 Comments
Camping was a topic of discussion today during a play date. The ideas just keep rolling in! Here’s what some great minds have come up with ~ let us know if you try any of them.
~Pack a jar of pesto to go with everything from eggs to fish.
~Pre-baked potatoes wrapped in foil, re-heated in the fire. Fill your cooler with all the fixings for a potato bar.
~Sourdough bread bowls for soups, stews etc - kids will love this.
Keep the ideas coming!
July 20 2010 • Posted by corene • 3 Comments
Campfire burritos? Yes, please! Camping cuisine is getting serious. Still would love to hear your favorite camping recipes. Happy Summer everyone!
July 9 2010 • Posted by corene • 4 Comments
When you camp from your car, boat, or RV, often you have more storage, conveniences, and the ability to just pop over to the store for fresh foods or that item you forgot. But if you leave the trailhead you’ll be packing everything in, probably on your back, and possibly not with the help of the kids. If you are lucky, the dog will wear one of those harnesses with his water, food, and dishes in it. Any type of camping requires careful planning and thought, with special attention given to the portability, storability, versatility—and nutrition—of the food you will bring along.
Dried fruits and nuts pack a nutritional punch and are light in weight; when the family goes exploring you can fill their pockets or packs with snacks to keep them going, and some chopped nuts and dried apricots can make the base for a nice fish preparation or turn plain rice into a pilaf. Ghee (clarified butter) works hard both as a cooking medium or an addition to a sauce. It will keep about a month without refrigeration, it is calorie-dense (it is mostly fats, but that’s ok if you are hiking, right?), and its high smoke point makes it easy to work with on camp stoves, charcoal, or the campfire…cooking methods that are not quite as controlled as you might find at home. A few cloves of garlic take up little room in your pack, weigh next to nothing, and can zing up your powdered eggs in the morning or bring a little life to canned soup or stews. Trader Joe’s has great canned options - many organic. Herbs and spices can be packed in small (labeled!) plastic bags or even better, in paper envelopes: when empty, or in an emergency (knock wood) the envelopes can be used as tinder to start the campfire. Lemons and limes can add juice and zest to your dishes or bottled water and the rinds are biodegradeable after you have had the best of them. Aluminum foil has a number of uses and can be a literal lifesaver as a rain- or dew catcher. Metal tongs are a kitchen staple around our house. They are easily slipped into the side of a pack or hung on a ring, and can get the can of beans out of the fire or turn the bacon.
There are a number of producers that are making tasty wines in boxes these days. I’ve had the best luck with Australian vintners. Simply remove the wine bag from the cardboard - it will fit leak-free in your pack. At the end of a long outdoorsy day that collapsible cup of wine will go nicely with the campfire, and maybe even help you ignore that rock the kids swear they cleared away from the tent site.
Camping near a river, lake, or the sea means fresh seafood is on the menu. It is important to remember that the fish do not always cooperate! For that matter, neither does the weather or your sense of woodcraft. It is fun to think about harvesting fiddleheads and nettles, pine nuts and morels, but when you are squinting over the pages of your field guide at that mushroom, it is always nice to know that you reserved part of your backpack for freeze-dried foods, energy bars and that extra jug of water, along with the rest of your emergency gear.
Have fun in the great outdoors! What are your favorite camping cuisine tips? Looking forward to your ideas.
My husband loves to reminisce about camping, years ago with his buddies. This photo is him in his handsome glory 20+ years ago, long before we met…cooking up steak and scampi on the Coleman. We were meant to be!
This particular meal is his most memorable:
Malad River Trout
Prepare a roaring campfire. Lay a cleaned, medium-sized (10-12 inch) trout on a sheet of aluminum foil. Place thin slices of lemon all along the inside of the cavity. Add chopped pecans or slivered almond, and light shavings of garlic. Drizzle with ghee and approximately one tablespoon of white wine if you have it. Fold the foil into a packet, taking care to fold the edges over twice to seal in the ghee and wine. When the fire has burned to lightly ashed embers, lay your trout packets gently on the coals. In ten to fifteen minutes, retrieve the packets with your tongs. Pierce the foil to allow the steam to escape, and carefully unwrap. The flesh should flake easily. Trout have many small bones - so be sure to break the fish up well for smaller kids.
July 7 2010 • Posted by corene • 3 Comments
Frozen Food! Freeze grapes or banana slices for a yummy fruit treat kids will love.
July 6 2010 • Posted by corene • 2 Comments
As I mentioned… this salad has become the Independence Day tradition around here. It’s make-ahead, delicious and is full of veggies. Granted the veggies are covered in mayonnaise, bacon and blue cheese but HEY! That’s OK sometimes. Here’s my photo (salad chillin’ in the fridge) and I look forward to seeing your food photos too.
Hope everyone had a great weekend!