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Posted by on Jul 8, 2011 in Kitchen Tools, Mr. J | 0 comments

Oh, Mr. J. I can always count on him for a laugh! Isn’t this hilarious? Ok, let me tell you what you’re looking at. It’s my collection of timers. I asked for several last Christmas since it seems like you never have enough when you have a big meal cooking. I got some really cute ones! I think the inspiration came from Rachel Ray, but I can’t find a picture to show you.

The green “helmet” on the egg is actually a pinch bowl (a small bowl used for a “pinch of ingredients). Somehow as Mr. J was unloading the dishwasher (isn’t he wonderful?)…he was struck with the inspiration to make General Egg.

I salute you General Egg…you’re cute!



100th Post!

Posted by on Jul 7, 2011 in Try Something New | 0 comments

Success at the Farmer's Market


Can you believe it? I’ve been doing this thing consistently for all of 2011, and I’m so glad I’ve kept it going. There’ve been some absences along the way, but I’m really pleased with how this little blog has shaped up.

Looking back at what I set out to do, I think I’ve ventured off a little, but I hope to keep up my initial goal of being a guide for the newbies in the kitchen. I can see that I haven’t given the amount of detail I was hoping to, but I’ll improve that as I go! I’d also like to add some how tos like picking out your kitchen registry, setting up a kitchen from scratch, and some additional cooking technique basics.

I have to say the store-bought remix segment is probably my favorite. I feel so passionate about it (just don’t ask @Harto about making things from scratchhilarious, but not G-rated). I’ve enjoyed sharing my doggies and hospitality tips that stray a little from the cooking focus.

So, I hope you’ve learned a new recipe or a new way to do something. I’ve loved sharing it all with you. Happy cooking!

Betty Becca

Menu for the 4th

Posted by on Jul 4, 2011 in Store-bought Remix | 0 comments

As promised, here’s the menu we’ve whipped up for our 4th of July celebration. Mr. J and I aren’t really up to much today, but we’ve enjoyed whipping up some summer favorites for dinner.

BBQ – Early this morning, Mr. J started smoking a Boston Butt. He’s pulling it now, and it tastes divine! BBQ can be really easy to do yourself. I’ve had success making it in the crockpot as well.


Slaw – This morning, I chopped cabbage, carrots, and onions and added a sweet mayo-based dressing based on this one from Bobby Flay. It’s been chilling in the fridge all day to let the flavors come together.


Baked Beans – I started these babies last night with an overnight soak. You start with white navy beans and add tomato paste, garlic, ground mustard, bacon, and a few other things. They taste just like the real thing, only better!


Corn on the Cob – I got a few ears while visiting my parents over the weekend. It’s so sweet, a pure summer delight!


Chocolate Crinkle Cookies – These are so yummy! They taste like cake.


Baked Apples – These were in the plan, but I’m not sure if I’ll get there or not. The sweet tooth kicked in (for the cookies) before I could make them.



So how do you like to eat your BBQ? Chopped or pulled? Hot or mild sauce? With or without slaw?

This may gross out the folks that don’t like their food to touch, but I like to make a BBQ bowl with my bun on the bottom, a layer of beans, a layer of BBQ with sauce, and a layer of slaw on top. It’s a heavenly concoction!

I guess we better start eating. There are only two of us, and there is a TON of food in the kitchen. Maybe you should come over.