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Nope, I did not made the tortellini. It will be in the list of I wanted to cook in our new kitchen.

I boiled the pasta according to the package direction. Saute chopped onions and garlic in olive oil, then I add the tortellini, salt and pepper to taste. I add the baby spinach after turning off the stove. Stir until the spinach are wilted, serve with romano cheese on top.

Furthermore, I just wanted to show off my new kitchen counter top. We could not afford the granite, and we asked our carpenter to just make us a counter top instead.


Big kitchen is still unusable. DH and carpenter is moving very slowly. I hate it.

Our New Big Kitchen

Here is one side of our new big kitchen. Actually, there are three kitchen in our house. One at my in-law suite, another at ODS (wearing a dark hoody & dark pants in the pic) bedroom and this one. We gave him a studio style bedroom.

Wood cabinets and wood flooring. We did the floor over night with no sleep, then we moved all of the appliances and furnitures on day break. I haven't done an allnighter since I was in my twenties. It was very tiring. The dishwasher, refrigerator, separate upright freezer, hood/vent, range/oven are already in place. Even the dining set are already in the kitchen area.

Right now it's very crowded here, I cannot put everything on its place because we are waiting on the counter tops. Plus my pantry is full of DH tools. I'm not in the mood to move them in the basement (yet) because he needs to build some shelves down there.


There are new cooking pics here. Busy at our new property. Hoping to move there within a month or six weeks. I will have a better kitchen (crossing my fingers) and better recipe pictures too because of lighting we are looking at. I can't wait.

Fried Potato Slices

In short fries, golden or yellow potatoes. My MIL had so much potato fries slicers seen on TV. DH took two of them which I hated. This slicers are so light you need to be very strong to slice a potato. I told DH that I will stick to all fashion hand and knife slicer instead.

I also read that fried food are not good for human consumption. My mother cooked a lot of fried food when I was growing up. However, we eat a well balance diet. We eat a lot of fresh, naturally grown food. Now a days, you cannot tell what they put on store bought produce. Stick to naturally grown produce. Plant when you can.

The Coffee Maker

Here is the coffee maker I was talking about on my post on July 2nd. My camera even showed the dirty part on the right side...ha ha ha. I never thought it was dirty until I looked at this picture. The white filter cannot be found in your local grocery store. Staples have them, but my local Staples do not have it.

DH looked online for local restaurant supplier/store and found this. He said that everything are still in boxes, they do not have anything on display. If you cannot find what you are looking for, you need to ask the clerk to point you to the correct isle. The filters comes in pack of 1000 for $8.95. Furthermore, the store name is Keyco Outlet, they are a restaurant/commercial products supplier.

Now, to clean that dirt...he he he.

The building looks like a bed and breakfast. We put an offer last Monday and hoping we get an answer this Monday. That's my daughter and my mini-van at the front. Maybe I can open a bed and breakfast, I already have a coffee maker that can brew f…

Chicken Florentine Soup

This is my first try making it. And also I waited until it cool down before taking a picture of it. I am still missing one ingredient which is spinach.

It has pasta, carrots, red bell pepper, chicken pieces, curry powder, cream, and salt & pepper. I might also try making another version with potatoes, instead of pasta. My eldest DS liked it, actually he is the one wanted some of this. So, I made some just for him.

I Love Commercial Grade Equipment

My husband, our only daughter and I went back to the local flea market on Sunday to look for some Hotel Bar Supplies for our soon bigger house. (If we ever get a hold of the bank, we are playing phone tag to some of them.) However, we came back empty handed with bar supplies and got a huge coffee maker instead. I told my husband that we can finally have a food stand in our front yard, but he likes to keep the coffee maker in his office instead.

We could probably try shopping for Hotel Supply Online. Like what we did when buying the filters for said coffee maker above. Local grocery and office supply stores are out, or simply does not carry a 9 & 3/4 by 3 & 1/2 coffee filters. Yes, we have to wait for a few days before actually using it, because we are scared that the coffee grounds will overflow if we use the home version coffee filters.

I would not mind if we can locate a branch of Atlanta Hotel Supply in my area. Have you seen their summertime outdoor entertaining supplies? …

Corn Bread

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup ground corn meal
3 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups (5 1/4 ounces) sugar
2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted, melted butter
1 1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup milk
1 cup chop mix craisins & dried apricots

Adjust an oven rack to the middle position & heat oven to 400 degrees F. Rub butter in 9x13 & 6x9 baking pan. Set aside.Whisk the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, & salt in a medium bowl to combine; set aside.Whisk the eggs in another medium bowl until well-combined and light-colored, about 20 seconds. Add the sugar to the eggs mixture, whisk vigorously until thick and homogenous, about 30 seconds; add the melted butter in 3 additions, whisking to combine after each addition. Add half of the sour cream and half the milk and whisk to combine; whisk in the remaining sour cream and milk until combined.

Add the mixture to the dry ingredients; mix gently with a rubber spatula until the…

Banana Bread/Cake

This what happens when I don't have a lot to do. Or simply got too much bananas, since MIL never liked bananas with brown spots. And no, she doesn't eat the cake/bread either. If they are not organic or the flour is not from sprouted grains.

(HP Photosmart E317 5.0 megapixels camera)

(Canon PowerShot A400 camera)

The recipe can be found at my first banana bread post. Moreover, the sugar icing. Enjoy!

Homemade Maple Syrup

A little over an acre is the size of my yard. I have about ten feet or less of trees at the very back. And guess what I did this year? I found three big enough maple trees to tap and made my own maple syrup with. I am very static.

My PIL own twenty-four acres of woods (the total property size is 25 acres) and not one maple tree to tap. The syrup is very sweet, and have a caramel after taste. I can't wait to do it again early next year.

Yeah! Summer

-how do I love thee -solstice birthday with my love -sharing birth month with
There will be no apple pie, nor apple preserve for me this year again. This is the only apple I have from the three apple trees in my backyard. And I'm pretty sure it will fall before it ripens. :( Have a great first day of summer, I have a very lovely sunny sky today!

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Steam Broccoli & Potatoes with Cheese

When I don't feel like cooking rice for myself, this is what I make. DD and I are the only two who eats this at home. I only scoop the Velveeta cheese on top without softening it first. However, those cheese are enough for the left over. All I have to do is warm it up and all the cheese are melted.


Cottage Cheese with Fruits

Or is it the other way around, Fruits with Cottage Cheese, either way it's yummy. I made a post about this a long time ago. However, this time I found a nice camera to take food picture better. You'll be the judge.

It look very nice with black table top also. As for the ingredients; mandarin oranges, ripe banana slices, cottage cheese, & sprinkle with sweetened coconut flakes. Very easy to make.

For the camera, I used DH HTC/Thundervolt camera phone with no special setting. Point and click. I am very glad how the picture turned out. Enjoy.

Pastry Cloth & Rolling Pin Cover

I saw one for the very first time and I questioned DH, "really, I don't want lint in my dough?"

DH found them at the junk that his mother buys and never used. Maybe she saw her mother using it but even DH do not remember her using it when him and his siblings are growing up.

Anyway, now I got one and I don't know if I wanted to use it. DH wants me to use it because he complains about the flour all over my pizza dough. He said, "I hate biting the pizza when flour falls off from it." So, he is for it. As for me, I worry about the lints...:)