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Saturday, February 20, 2010
Jim left me in the snowy northeast this week while he was enjoying sunny San Diego in flip-flops for a work trip. Am I bitter? Only a little :)
Well to welcome him back I thought I'd try something new for dinner last night. He LOVES bread pudding, and this is a delicious variation of that. Savory Bread Pudding. YUM.
My mother-in-law gets about 650 magazines a month, which she then passes onto my sister-in-law, who then gives them to me (in addition to the 350 magazines I get a month!). Several months after receiving a huge tote filled with Good Housekeeping, Southern Living, BH&G, etc, etc, I eventually get around to flipping through them and tearing out the pages of things I want to buy, things that inspire new home ideas, and recipes that I want to try. This was one of those recipes, but I made a few minor changes.
The original recipe can be found HERE or in the September '09 issue of Southern Living.
Here's my version - I think it makes more than the original, but was definitely delicious. I used it as a side dish to some lightly panko breaded, oven fried pork chops. It could easily hold up on its own for an easy vegetarian meal. You can use any vegetables you have on hand, and really you can also use any bread you have.
Savory Bread Pudding
6 large eggs
1 cup milk
2 tsp stone ground mustard
1 1/4 tsp kosher salt
3/4 tsp black pepper
2/3 loaf of challah bread (try to cut the crust off), cubed into 1" chunks (day old bread preferred)
1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
12-16oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup julienned carrots
3/4 lb baby spinach
2 tbsp olive oil
Friday, February 19, 2010
So, after owning our lovely home for over a year, I have the itch to start making some changes. Some are grand and take a lot of planning and $$, and others are a quick fix to make a small change until I get the time, resources, and funds to tackle something larger. This is one of those quick fixes. Our dining room is blue - 2 different blues which I am already starting to dislike (hopefully this summer we will be doing some crown molding work and I will then paint the entire room the same dark blue).
Anyway, I have had these old photos for several years now. Some very cool photos taken by a great uncle in WWII when he was stationed in the South Pacific (that's him on the left in the photo). He and I being the only two sailors in the family, I was the lucky one to inherit his photos. When I first got the photos, my mom found a matching set of frames at a flea market - with mats - and they looked great. They have graced the walls of several of my homes, and now have found a resting place on the wall of our dining room - strategically placed around the thermostat our previous owners felt the need to place smack-dab in the middle of a main wall in the room. However, the color of the frames were a light oak wood color, where the dining room furniture is mahogany and cherry, and it just doesn't go.
So with a can of spray paint I took the frames into the basement, and gave them a new look. I started by giving them a coat with some flat black spray paint (because I didn't have spray primer and I figured that should cover all the oak color, and the flat will be a good base - it worked!)
I also picked up some fresh new mats from Michael's and gave them a great makeover! They connect with the rest of the room and I am pleased with the end result!