Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Middle Eastern Basmati Rice

Midnight At the Oasis by Maria Muldaur
I've traveled quite a bit but never to the Middle East.  So in choosing a song for this week's recipe I grabbed at the first song that popped into my mind when I thought "Hmmmm.  A song that reminds me of the Middle East....."  It was 1974 and I was 14 years old growing up in a busy steel town in northwestern Pennsylvania.  And this song was the only information I had regarding what life must be like living as a nomad in the desert.  I could picture it - the beautiful oasis surrounded by tall palm trees.  It was all imagery overload for an impressionable young teen.  My mother pursed her lips whenever it came on the radio so that told me that "kick up a little dust" was probably more than shuffling along the sand dunes really quick.  Hahaha!  But this song formed my view of life in the Middle East until well into adulthood.  Too bad I hadn't known about the spices - that would have completed the picture so nicely!

While in Salt Lake City, Utah
recently, we joined my brother and sister-in-law
for lunch at a Middle Eastern restaurant.
I was worried if I'd find something
I could eat within the AIP guidelines.
Luckily there were a few options!
I looked longingly at the bread, though!
Gluten and grains!!!!
I miss you!!!

Sadly, I can't remember what I ordered.
I know it was good.
Apparently not memorable.
But as soon as my husband's plate
came out with the most beautiful
yellow rice on it, I had eyes 
for nothing else!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Beachy Steak Salad

 Don't Worry Baby by The Beach Boys
The recipe I'm sharing today came along at just the right moment - and SAVED me!  Yes - saved me! And as it's a fresh-mex beachy kind of dish, who else could I invite to the occasion but The Beach Boys.  My oldest daughter was the one who narrowed it down to this particular song of theirs.  It is a song of comfort - of soothing.  Which is exactly what happened the moment I ate this for the first time - and every time since.

Who knew salad could be 
a comfort food?!
I always thought comfort 
from food had to include
some sort of velvety
sauce and squishy textured
food that sort of melted
into all the recesses of your mouth.
But apparently not!

So we're over the Rice Krispie
Treat stage - and might I add that 
they all turned out fabulous
and were well received!
But through it all,
I have STILL been doing
that AIP diet.
I am in the reintroduction phase
and it's a slow one so I still won't be
having any grains or legumes until June/July.
Still no tomatoes, potatoes,
cheese, or corn.
Some of those are 
coming up soon though!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Toasted Coconut Rice Krispie Treats

Easy by The Commodores
Hahaha!  I always get a good laugh when I hear this song!  I have a very particular moment attached to it from my teen years.  I'm riding in the car on my way to the mall and it comes on the radio.  My mom is driving.  I'm riding shotgun.  I start to sing along, naturally.  I loved this song.  My mom is listening quietly - or thinking about what she's going to do later, I don't know, she's just quiet.  But, she is, in fact, listening to me sing.  And suddenly starts chastising me for singing such a song!  She was only listening to parts of the words - namely the chorus - where I'm singing "Yeah, I'm easy!  Easy like Sunday morning!"  She pontificated on my poor judgment to sing a song that would lead young men to believe I was a girl of loose morals!  I should know better than that - putting ideas into their heads!  Haha!  And then when the guttural cry at about 2:47 (my favorite part) takes place - and I do it justice - she is completely exasperated!  I cautiously smile and let her know that she needs to hear the whole song and know that I'm not advertising myself at all!  To my surprise, she gave up the sermon and let me enjoy the rest of the song - and even smiled herself!  Haha!  But I share it today because this recipe is soooo easy!  Like a Sunday morning!  Oooooo!

I think this might be the last of the
Rice Krispie Treat experimenting!
My intention was to do another
flavor combination - 
like Coconut Lime -
which would have been awesome!

And even though, by nature,
Rice Krispie Treats are as easy
as it comes,
I wanted something
even EASIER!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

No Salt On Her Tail by The Mamas and The Papas
This is a sweet, sweet song from this iconic band of my youth!  It's about letting her go - letting her be free.  And who is "her"?  I guess it could be anybody who is leaving.  And I thought this sweet song was fitting for today's post.  Even though my "baby girl" left the nest years ago, she is getting married.  And that's always a new chapter in a parent's life as well as that of their child's.

This weeks' Rice Krispie treat
took a few turns before it came to 
a final stop in this form!
It's all fun experimenting, though!

I found some Salted Caramel
candy melts at the craft store.
Something told me to buy them.
I listened.
And they were the "win"
in this final version.

Let's talk, for a minute,
about any sweet treat
that's been "salted."

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Muddy Buddy Rice Krispie Treats

We're Going to Be Friends by The White Stripes
I LOOOOVE this song!  It recalls school days - early school days for me.  Not because the song was popular in my elementary days - Jack White wasn't even alive back then!  But it's skippy, happy-go-lucky rhythm makes me think of the days when I'd walk over to play at my friends' houses.  There were four of us that were good friends - myself, Kathie, Meg, and Julie - and we lived in a teeny tiny little town in Pennsylvania nestled around the Allegheny National Forest. We loved to jump rope, play house, or meet at the playground.  This song about friends just floods my mind with memories of those childhood friends.  And Rice Krispie Treats are for kids, right?  I'm finding out that that may not necessarily be so!

I'm continuing with my 
Rice Krispie Treat 
experimentation for my
daughter's "wedding cake."

This one isn't too inventive
but I did have to do a few batches to
get the ratio just right.
The first batch was too hard
to bite into.
The reasons were twofold.