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For Christmas one of my friends got me a subscription to Everyday Food.  She had been raving about this magazine and how great it was.  I had also seen the show on PBS.  Yeah I thought they had good recipes and it was by Martha so it had be decent.  I have been completely surprised by how much I have used and enjoyed this magazine.  I have a bunch of cookbooks by the Barefoot Contessa and Giada De Laurentiis that I use once in a while.  I also use some of the America’s Test Kitchen booklets and online resources like TheKitchn.  Since getting the first two Everday Foods I have tried 4 of the recipes and been completely impressed.  The recipes are easy to follow, delicious, and fast.  I eat a lot of vegetarian food to keep by grocery budget down and I like make ahead freezer friendly food; Everyday Food has delivered on each of these.

From the January/February Issue 79 I have tried:

  • Sweet-and-Sour Chicken with Green Beans – I substituted extra firm tofu for chicken and used a bag of frozen vegetables.  Basically I just used the sauce they suggested and served over rice.  The rice and sauce ingredients were in the pantry so I spent around 5 bucks at the store.  This made 4 HUGE servings.  Loved it.
  • Chocolate Ricotta Mousse – I love jello pudding but I know it probably has no nutritional value and is made with high fructose corn syrup and other crap.  This was a much superior alternative to pudding.  Again most of the ingredients were in my pantry so only had to buy the ricotta cheese.  Made 4 huge servings and next time I will split it up into 6.  I put some of the mousse into little to go containers so I could pack it in my lunch.  Awesome.
  • Shrimp Pot Stickers with sriracha-ginger dipping sauce – This was a splurge since I added shrimp.  The recipe says it makes 36 but I think I made at least 40.  This is a great freeze ahead recipe, you can just grab a couple and fry them up so easily.  This is something I would not normally attempt and I was surprised by how well they turned out.

From the March Issue 80 I have tried:

  • Tomato Soup with Bacon Grilled Cheese – Great recipe for just one person.  Again mostly pantry ingredients; it was a great way to use up some shredded cheese I had leftover.  I had to buy a can of tomatoes ($0.77!) and bacon.  I did pick up some concentrated pesto in a tube, and it might become my new favorite pantry item.  It is refrigerated so it keeps well and tastes amazing.  I think it adds a nice hint of fresh basil and nuttiness.  I could add it to any pasta dish and homemade pasta sauce for more depth of flavor.  I hate buying fresh basil out of season because it is so dang expensive.

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This was the first weekend I had to myselft after quitting my part time job.  It was filled with all of my favorite things: homemade food, crafting, knitting and watching Harry Potter.  Yes, I am still single, why do you ask?

Saturday I hit up Michael’s and dropped way too much money on supplies to make valentines.  I was inspired by the Sushi Card over at Paper, Plate, and Plane.  I am still a novice crafter so my cards are much simpler and I wanted to make a ton of them.  I found some cards and envelopes in the clearance section, stocked on some cardstock, and picked up a trimmer by my girl Martha.  I set up a little assembly line and used my heavy school books to help everything dry flat.  Now I know why people use the expensive double sided tape; no crinkly paper when it dries and you save a ton of time waiting for everything to dry.

Here are the results:

I made 16 of them to give to my coworkers, family, and friends.  The only thing is that the envelopes are square so I will have to get extra postage on them.  Next weekend I have plans to go to the roller derby; and I am hoping to bring along my camera and get some action shots.

One of my guilty pleasures is browsing the aisles at Michael’s, or any craft store.  I can always find a million things I “need” and tons of project ideas.  Last night I got home from a very boring day of meetings and decided I just had to start a new craft project.  What was the new obsession?  EMBOSSED GIFT TAGS!!!!  NOW!!!!  Money was no object.  Unfortunately for my bank account Martha Stewart has come out with a new line of crafting supplies, complete with Martha Stewart prices.  Sidenote: I love Martha, I love that she crocheted a frickin poncho in PRISON!  I also love that she is buddies with Conan O’Brien and Snoop Dogg.

Anyways about 100 bucks later I walked away with enough craft supplies to make 3 gift tags.  I got a Martha Stewart embossing gun, some Martha Stewart ink, alphabet stamps, embossing powder, and cardstock.  If possible I would have taken home the whole aisle of Martha stuff.  Now you know how I spent my Saturday night… I too will be an old spinster like my girl Martha at this rate.  But unlike her I will be broke!

Scenes from Christmas 2010:

Gingerbread with Royal Icing thanks to Martha Stewart.

Tonight I made Turkey Meatball from Martha Stewart’s Great Food Fast. It was delicious and I would make it again. It didn’t take a long time, the ingredient list was manageable, and I didn’t wind up with a ton of dirty dishes. My sister, who works part time at Barnes and Noble, gave me this book for Christmas. This is the third recipe I have made from it and all of them have been winners. I especially like how the book is broken up into the four seasons and that there are great pics of every recipe.

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