Monday, October 25, 2010

Which Baking Book ?

Good Monday morning to you all. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.
We spent the weekend running errands and fussing with the chicken yard in preparation for the change in weather, and that's about it. . . This morning I was thinking that I needed to do a new post for The Kitchen Calls and what should it be? Well I came up with this idea.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it's rainy and beachy stormy out so I have decided that we need to bake...what book should we bake with? How about if we all have a hand in deciding which book will be awarded to the next. . . . . giveaway winner. Yes I know we just had one but I want a baking one before the Holidays.

This will start today and all you need to do is leave a comment telling us what your favorite Thanksgiving baked good is and what cookbook you vote for...that's it.

This will probably be the last giveaway until after the Holidays as we will all be so busy.
Good luck to you all.
All images from

Friday, October 22, 2010

Giveaway Winner

Above is the Fennel seed from our 'old' garden at the Vancouver house. It comes back every year and likes to self seed. I would be really happy to share some seeds with anyone who would like them. Plant these and you will never need to buy Fennel seeds again. I use them in place of Anise seeds in recipes. They have a nice licorice flavor. Just ask and I will pop some in an envelope and I will furnish the stamp, you have nothing to lose.
Now, the winner is. . . . .

Congratulations Kami!
Yes this is daughter Kami and Mr. B. drew her name but it was very above board and fair.
Thank you all for your entries and really we all win by having a few more recipes in our files. There will always be another giveaway at The Kitchen so you will have another chance again.
Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Garlic and Basil

Photo - Kitchen Daily
Kat from Princess and the Pea sent in her entry just in the nick of time so I will get right to it.
Roasted cherry tomatoes with garlic and basil
Ingredients -
Cherry tomatoes on the vine - as many as you want!
A clove or two of garlic
A glug of olive oil
Crushed sea salt
Crushed black pepper
Fresh basil
Chuck the cherry toms in an oven proof dish with a load of chopped garlic. Pour over the olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and put in the oven at 200.c until the tomatoes split. Once cooked, add a little chopped fresh basil and eat as part of a main course or on a sesame bagel or wherever you like! Yum! My favourite. I eat them with everything!
Thanks Kat and good luck.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

King Ranch Chicken

Photo - Milk and Honey Home

We are all happy when we can add another good slow cooker recipe to our files. Julie from Milk and Honey Home, has challenged herself to dust off her crock pot and test out some fall meals. This King Ranch Chicken recipe is a keeper she says and is happy to share it as her entry in the giveaway. You will enjoy a taste of her blog as you scroll down to the recipe.

Thanks Julie and good luck.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Caprese Salad

Photo - Life In Rehab

This recipe that Sunny, from the always informative and inspirational blog, Life in Rehab, sent in for the giveaway, has to be the easiest salad recipe that I've seen and so pretty too. She has posted it on her blog today so you can go right over for all of the details here.

Thanks Sunny and good luck.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Bolognese Sauce

Alex is a new follower to The Kitchen Calls and we welcome her with open arms..especially when bringing a delicious pasta dish to us. This Bolognese Sauce is a recipe by Mark Bittman and you can find the entire procedure here at Alex's blog - A Moderate Life.

Thank you Alex for this entry and good luck.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Crispy, Sticky, Chicken Thighs

Photo - My Everyday Graces

Heather from the delightful blog, My Everyday Graces has this entry all ready for us on her post today. It is one of Jamie Oliver's recipes and a favorite with Heather's family. You can read all about it there.

Thanks Heather for your entry.

Have a great day everyone!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Tomato Basil Orzo Salad

Photo - Lola Nova

Here is our latest entry for the giveaway, from Lola Nova. This is what she had to say in her email.

Tomato Basil Orzo Salad - Recipe here.

We used our very lovely sun gold cherry tomatoes and fresh basil from our garden. Delicious! We had it with a green salad and a crusty artisan bread for dinner. It would be a wonderful side dish as well.

Thank you Lola for this tasty looking entry. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage anyone who has not grown the tomatoes that Lola has used in this dish, to do so. They will be one you will plant year after year as they are one of the sweetest and best performers around.

Have a good Monday.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Sloppy Joes

Photo - Life on Coyote Hill

This blast from the past has been sent in by Kate from the lovely blog, Life on Coyote Hill. I haven't thought about Sloppy Joe's in a long time but just looking at the picture brings back the memory to my tongue. Kate reports that she has made this recipe of Rachael Ray's a couple of times and it was a big hit with the grand kids. She says "It reminds me of a Coney dog on a hotdog bun."
Thanks Kate for bringing this up again.
Good weekend to all!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Cajun Chicken Pasta - PW

Photo - Pioneer Woman

This recipe was sent in by Sarah, my lovely daughter in law. Cajun Chicken Pasta will melt my Mr. B.'s heart as it will remind him of his beloved Louisiana.
Photo - Pioneer Woman
Sarah new she would find something delicious from the Pioneer Woman's Website as it is a go to place for anything you could hope to whip up. I love how the PW always has great step by step photos and instructions so it is easily put together.
Thanks for your entry Sarah.
Here is the link to the recipe.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Lentil Soup

Photo - The Food Network

Here is Kami's proper entry for the giveaway after her lack of tomatoes in the recipe yesterday. This is a hearty lentil soup from Giada De Laurentiis, courtesy of The Food Network website. Kami made it for her dad the last time he was down and he gave it rave reviews.

Thanks Kami for sending this Lentil Soup recipe.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Where's The Tomatoes Daughter?

Photo - Kami

Well now, for all of you mothers out there who feel that their children don't listen to them and wise people have told you that they will grow out of it, I am here to tell you . . . . . they are lying.

Unless there are some yellow pear tomatoes in there somewhere I will have to come to the sad conclusion that my child still does not pay attention to my words. I ask myself "Are you in a Peanuts special? Is Charlie Brown in school and are you the teacher? Wha, wha, wha, wha, wha, wha."

Lucky for daughter Kami, that I have made these and Mr. B. took them to work and he hints on a weekly basis for more. And. . .she is a good wife and mom and had out of town guests and still managed to pull these out of the oven for them. Also her heart is always in the right place and I do love her gobs so her entry will be allowed and so here it is.
Recipe for Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls.

Have a good day and you can find the details for the giveaway here.

Monday, October 4, 2010


Photo -

Good Monday morning to all. Today we have our first entry for the soon to be released cookbook, How Easy Is That? Maureen has emailed this Gazpacho recipe from . Maureen and her husband live in the Midwest and enjoy cooking and even though they don't have a blog of their own, are happy visiting others to get ideas. Maureen is a busy lady helping her parents and giving her sister and extra hand with her three young boys.
Here is Maureen's email. - My father loves Gazpacho and this is actually the recipe he sent me to make for him. I have made others in the past but he wanted this recipe to be made.
I would love to be included in your giveaway for the Ina Garten book. I love her books.
Thanks Maureen and good luck.
Details for the giveaway here.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Barefoot Giveaway Details

Photo - How Easy Is That? Ina Garten - Release Date October 26, 2010
If you are fortunate enough to have ripe tomatoes from your garden this would be a great way
to get them to the table. Pull this out of the oven on a cool evening and get the napkins out, I
can almost smell it as I type. This recipe is from the soon to be released new cookbook by Ina Garten.

Do you know where I am going with this? If you know me then you know I am just itching to do a ....drum roll . . . . . . Giveaway! And who is one of my very favorites? You are right again, you do know me. So let's do it.
This needs to be done in the next few weeks so we can choose the winner and get the special pre-order price, so a name and address is needed.
Details: ** Note - You do Not have to have made this can be a 'hope to make'.
I would so appreciate more people entering than I have had in the past, so if you spread the word any way that you choose it would be greatly appreciated.
1. Choose a recipe that uses tomatoes of any kind, fresh or canned.
2. Send a picture (yours or from internet) and the recipe, it's fine if you haven't made it yet, to my email and I will feature it on The Kitchen Calls.
3. Contest starts today, October 1st and ends October 21st , winner announced on the 22nd.
Good luck to all and remember please spread the word.
Note: Daughter Kami has pointed out to me, first in the comments (didn't get it then) then on the phone, that the readers may not know if they need to take a picture of the recipe that they make or can it be from the web....It can be anything you want to do as long as I have a photo to go along with the recipe, I will even try to find one for you if need be. If you do use one other than your own please give credit. If anyone has any more questions please do not hesitate to ask.