Friday, July 29, 2011

paprika pan roasted potatoes

so i was inspired to make these potatoes here.. and thought they sounded so yummy.. and well.. guess what.. i was right.. i served them with a grilled strip steak and salad.. very nice quick easy weeknight dinner..

smoky paprika pan roasted potatoes..

prep time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 50 minutes
servings: approx. 4-6


1 lb. baby/small white potatoes, scrubbed and halved
olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon smokey paprika (i like the hot kind)
1 cup chicken broth
salt and pepper

twice around the pan with the olive oil.. heat the pan to medium heat.. once pan is hot add garlic and 1/2 of the paprika and cook until fragrant.. (this is called blooming the spice) (about 1-2 minutes) add broth and the potatoes, salt and pepper.  reduce heat to medium low and cook, covered, until potatoes are tender, approx. 12-15 minutes.  remove lid and increase heat back up to medium.  cook, stirring occasionally until the liquid evaporates.. approx. 5-8 minutes.  whisk 2 tbls. of olive oil and the other 1/2 of the paprika in small bowl.. add paprika mixture to the pan and cook, stirring every so often.. potatoes will start to brown until for another 5 minutes.. salt and pepper and serve..

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

take my word for it wednesday..

you can definately take my word for it. grandmommy was an amazing women and cook..

Arabelle Osler Brown
Born: October 25, 1917
Died: July 23, 2011

she was the type of grandmommy everyone wishes for.. always a plate of some scrumptious homemade treat for you when you stopped by (even if she didn't know you were coming..).. always fun things to do as a child when we would stay the night.. would go out of her way to make sure we had a wonderful time.. (which is why i always wanted to stay over..) her love of recipes and cooking were my inspiration.. things she could do with jello.. ha. must have been a mid west thing.. she made jello for practically every meal.. and it always had something in it.. whether it was grapes, fruit cocktail to the unusual like celery.. and she had been known to top it off with miracle whip.. ha.. when us kids would stay the night you would awake to a fresh glass of "tang" and toast with grape jelly and if that wasn't enough then whatever you wanted she would make you.. pancakes with corn syrup come to mind.. he he *smile* she was a painter and craftier.. would make us kids things all the time.. i still have my little bedroom set she made me using a tissue box for the bed, 1/2 a tissue box for the vanity (which she made a little mirror for) and the vanity stool was a toiler paper roll cut in half and she made a puffy seat. she even made custom bedding for the bed with an upholstered head board.. i played with that for hours.. she even made home made stationery out of leaves and flower pedals we found out back.. (i will post pictures of both later when i get home and pull them out :) my dad started going over to her house for lunch once a week when he passed the bar in 1968..when i was 17 and worked downtown too i started going over.. in 1992 when my brother got a job downtown he began going over as well.. then over the years my mom, aunt and uncle all moved their business downtown and we would all go over.. my cousins would go over as well when their schedule permitted ..our lunches were wonderful, the time and attention she spent making our meals special were amazing.. the conversations always started off with how was every ones week going, then what was new and current in the news then it always ended up going towards sports.. my grandparents were avid (another word for fanatical) sports enthusiasts.. didn't matter, baseball, football, basketball, tennis or golf.. she would spend hours watching them and take notes during them so when the conversation would veer towards the most recent sporting event she had accurate information and stats to discuss.. and she loved her local sport heroes Greg Maddux and Andre Agassi.. after she passed we found boxes of clippings about them and sports memorabilia she collected.. to say it will be weird not having her there when we go over.. (my grandpa is still hanging in there) is an understatement.. my grandparents were married 76 years this past june.. they were always together and bonded for life (and death).. she will be missed and i can honestly say never forgotten.. RIP Granmommy! I love you..  so my grandma used to make for my dad and me the best simplest dessert.. pistachio pudding with chocolate chips..

1 box pistachio pudding
1 cup mini chocolate chips
cool whip
fancy parfait glasses or glass icecream glasses.

she would make the pistachio pudding according to package directions.. about a 1/2 an hour before it was set up she would add a cup of mini chocolate chips stir until incorporated.. then once it was set up and chilled she would spoon in a fancy dish and add a dollop of cool whip and sprinkle with extra chips.. if she was feeling adventurous she would layer it. yummy.. take my word for it you won't be disappointed..

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

i'm backkkkkkkkkkkkkk

hello out there in blog land.. i've been gone and i apologize but summer around the gullo house is crazy.. between the lake, vacations, graduations, family bbq's.. you get the idea.. so i am back and will be posting again on a regular basis.. check back later this week the blog is getting a make over.. yay!!! so excited and thanks to all the talented people at april showers design..check them out here.. also starting next week i will be doing a new feature every wednesday.. called "take my word for it wednesday".. as i am sure you can all guess there just sometimes isn't time some days to take a picture of the finished plate.. or the kids are are to dang hungry to wait for me to take a picture but the recipe was so yummy i want to share it with you.. so i will be sharing recipes on wednesday that i wasn't able to take a picture of or the picture didn't do the meal justice and i don't want to post.. haha.. eventually i will hopefully post a picture with the recipe as an update... i know everyone wants to see what it will look like.. because i am that way a picture sometimes says a 1000 words and a picture of a recipe alot of times can determine whether or not i want to make it... so thats where the take my word for it comes in.. you have to trust me and just take my word for it.. *smile* starting in the fall i will be doing "under cover" where I will attempt to re-create a recipe on the cover of a magazine... i woud love your input on that so send me a picture of the magazine cover and the recipe or better yet you make the recipe and take a picture and we will share it here.. also i will be updating my 45 by 45 the next few weeks sneak a peak at that as well..i hope everyone is having an enjoyable summer so far.. i have tons of pictures and events to share with you that i will post over the next week once i get them uploaded.. glad to be back y'all.. and check back often for the new features..