Saturday, September 3, 2011

Deep Fried Veggies

by Meghann on September 3, 2011

Being at home means an orange date scone with a packet of Barney Butter is an acceptable lunch, right? ;)

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Mmmm…. sugar rush. ;)

It also means an afternoon beer while watching the Noles kick some butt is a given.

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We’ll just pretend they weren’t playing a school I’ve never heard of and instead focus on the landslide win.

We’ll also pretend I watched all of the game and didn’t sleep through half of it. Watching the last 5 minutes of any game is the most important part anyways. ;)

My Dad had fun with dinner tonight.

He had his heart set on wings and tempura veggies – a bit random, but it worked.

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The tempura veggies were a first for us, but ridiculously easy to make. We chopped a variety of ‘fry worthy’ veggies (zucchini, yellow squash, asparagus, and sweet potato), then made a tempura batter of flour, cornstarch, and seltzer water. The veggies had a quick dip in the batter, a nice soak in the deep fryer, then ended their journey with a sprinkle of salt before ending up in our bellies.

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Mmm… deep fried veggies…

I was pleasantly surprised how great they came out. Everything (including the sweet potatoes) were done in just a few minutes. The centers were warm and soft, while the outsides were crispy and fabulous.

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My Dad’s version of wings are a tad healthier than traditional. There is no breading or frying here – he just soaked the wings in a teriyaki marinade, than baked until done.

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My plate.

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I mixed a bit of ranch and bbq sauce for a homemade dipping sauce for the veggies. It was the perfect pairing for the sweet and salty veggies.

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Yum. :)

My Mom had requested a cookie cake for her birthday, so we had a few options:

  1. Purchase a cookie cake from the store
  2. Make a cookie cake with store bought dough
  3. Make a cake from scratch and cross our fingers it turns out.

Guess which one we chose? ;)

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Homemade all the way!

Note the half empty bags of chocolate chips we scraped together for the cookie cake. My Dad had quite a collection in his pantry!

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We followed the recipe on the back of the Nestle Toll House bag and doubled it in anticipation of one cookie cake and a bunch of little cookies.

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Attempt #1 seemed innocent enough. We filled the pizza pan with cookie dough to the edge and placed it in the oven for 20 minutes.

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My Dad and I left to take the dogs for a walk and when we returned my brother asked if we were trying to burn the house down. The cookie had overflowed onto the bottom oven and caused the kitchen to fill with smoke.

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So, we decided to try again. Only this time we left some room for the dough to expand.

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Fail.

This time we actually succeeded with catching the oven on fire. Oops. I did learn something new – pouring salt on an oven fire is the quickest way to extinguish it. Got it.

At least the cookie cake survived. ;)

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And it was edible. Score!

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Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Mommy, Happy Birthday to you!!

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I had a little sliver (plus, a few other crumbs I had been munching on all afternoon) with a scoop of ice cream.

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Cookie cakes rock. Nice choice Mom. :)

It’s family game time…

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Kelly and I are getting our butts kicked. Not cool!

Good Night!!

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River Road

September 3, 2011

Views like these make waking up at 5:30am for a 40 mile ride worth it. Beautiful. Coming home for the weekend makes me excited for many reasons – seeing my family, my Dad’s cooking, Maddie burning off energy with Scooby, a fully stocked bar, etc. – BUT above all that it also means having a more ยป

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