Saturday, February 9, 2008

Child Labor - My secret to being a Super-Mom

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OK- you asked "Melanie- how do you do it all? Fantastic career, awsome physical shape, incredible weekly menus, immaculate house- Well- here is one of my most precious secrets- child labor. This tiny human does tha majority of my cooking- and he can't even touch the ground! See those little hands? They are perfect for measuring out a multitude of ingredients and then taste testing them to perfection. Although its not the most sanitary procedure-it is the best.

Spooky Old House with Devil Dog

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This is my favorite spooky old house. When I drive by it- I want to sneak a peak inside and see what old creepy stuff is in there. I also imagine myself sitting in the chair on the front porch waving to passing cars creeping other people out. Last time I drove by this house, I was having that day dream and when I looked at the chair- there was this white German Shephard sitting in it- (who will now be referred to as "Devil Dog" 'cause there is no such thing as a white German Shephard). I screamed 'cause it scared me and in turn scared my son- who naturally assumed we were going to crash.

Man- I look good in this dress!

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Yes- No need to comment- I know I look good in my new dress. Don't hate.

Pooh & Baby

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This is at the library- probably before he screamed like an insane monkey then hid an baked me some brownies (not the edible kind).

Greek Chicken Pitas

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Well- even though I broke up with Rachel LY, I still use her when its convenient. I tweeked Ms Rays recipe to cut out the raw chicken.
1 bag tyson cooked-grilled chicken tenders
Salt and pepper
8 pita breads
1 ripe lemon, zested and juiced
3 tablespoon red wine vinegar, eyeball it
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, eyeball it
2 tablespoons fresh chopped oregano, 4 stems, stripped of leaves and chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 hearts Romaine lettuce, chopped
1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
2 vine ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/3 seedless or English cucumber, diced
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley leaves, a couple of handfuls, chopped
Preheat grill pan over high heat. Place chicken in shallow dish and season with salt and pepper. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. Wrap pita breads in foil. Place in warm oven and heat until dinner is served. Combine lemon zest, juice and vinegar in a bowl and whisk in oil. Add oregano, garlic and whisk again to combine into dressing. Pour half the dressing over chicken tenders. Turn tenders in dressing to coat. Combine remaining salad ingredients in a bowl. Pour remaining dressing over salad and toss well. The salad should be very lightly dressed. Season salad with salt and pepper and transfer to a large serving platter. Grill tenders 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Transfer hot tenders to the salad lined serving platter. Remove pitas from oven and unwrap. Cut pitas in half and arrange around the edge of platter. To serve, each person can pile grilled chicken and veggies into pita halves, wrap up on either side and enjoy!

Unusual Theatre

This place looks so spooky/scary/cool/fun. I am going to rent it out ant through a party here in May- if you want to come- email me @ It is a drive in.
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Girl Gone Wild

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Yeah- it's not THAT kinda wild, it's the I went mountain-biking with my boys kinda wild. I thought this trip would kill me, but it was so much fun we are doing it again today. All that treadmill stuff has got me in shape because we rode for 2-3 hrs that day an I was not even sore or tired.

Yo- Fred Sanford! Somebody done stole yo truck!

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Yo Fred- They done tore it up too.

Creamy Potato Soup- SOOO EASY!

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My sister-in-law Crystal Pitmon gave me this recipe. Easy to make and perfect for a cold winter night.
2 cans sliced potatoes
1 large can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup dry coffee creamer (trust me)
Bacon & Cheese optional- but recommneded
Heat ingredients together on stove. This takes @ 20 minutes-add your toppings. Serve and enjoy

General TSO's Chicken

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This is the best ever- am since I made it at home, I can 100% guarantee it is chicken and not some mystery meat (aka rat). FYI- the oil get HOT- when I was cooking this it popped at burnt a perfect circle at the top of my forehead so now I am a cyclops ot triclops? Whatever- food was awsome!
Again Tyler Florence- he is soooogood!
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken, thinly sliced
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon peanut oil
2 cloves garlic, smashed
2 slices fresh ginger, smashed
1 handful fresh cilantro leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Peanut oil, for frying
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup cornstarch, plus 2 tablespoons for slurry
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
4 dried red Thai chilies
4 scallions, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
3 thick strips orange zest
1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon honey Cilantro leaves, for garnish
Steamed white rice (or brown), for serving

Put the chicken into a bowl with the remaining marinade ingredients. Stir well to combine all the flavors, cover, and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Heat 2 inches of peanut oil in a wok or deep skillet to 375 degrees F. Mix the egg, cornstarch, water, and sesame oil in a large bowl until smooth and season with salt and pepper. Add the marinated chicken and coat it well with the batter. When the oil is hot, cook the chicken pieces in batches until they are browned and crisp, about 4 to 5 minutes per batch. Drain on paper towels. When you have fried all the chicken, pour off all but 2 tablespoons of oil. Over high heat, add the chilies, scallion, garlic, ginger, and orange zest. Stir-fry for 1 minute then pour in the soy sauce, chicken stock, vinegar, and honey and bring it to a boil. Mix the remaining 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 2 tablespoons cold water until smooth. Pour the slurry into the boiling sauce, in 2 additions, until the sauce thickens. Add the chicken pieces and cook until they are heated through, about 2 more minutes. Garnish with scallions and cilantro leaves. Serve with white rice.

Peach Cobbler Mix

WOW! The people have spoken! I created these Peach Cobbler Mix Gifts as a promotional tool to expand my customer base and entice more traffic to my website. Like I said- the people have spoken- THIS is what I am getting more requests for. Can you blame them? When you can't beat 'em- you join 'em.

Peach Cobbler Mix $6, with charm bracelet $9.
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