Two Lives, One Lifestyle

Aunt Laurie’s Rainbow Chard + Bacon by Katie
September 12, 2010, 2:10 pm
Filed under: Dinner, Grilling

If anyone’s keeping track (we have at least  two regular readers!), Kelli nor I have exactly been on top of this whole blog thing.  There are a lot of updates I want to make but basically anytime I’m in front of the computer I feel obliged to do job search related things.  Then it just got overwhelming how behind I was and I stopped updating at all.  Give up because there is too much to do? Doesn’t sound like me.  Well I got the push I needed.  Last night there were plans for dinner at my Aunt Laurie’s house and around 3 she called.

Laurie: “Hey, what are you doing?”

Me: “Applying to jobs and chasing flies around the house with McSchultz.”

L: “Okay well make sure you bring your camera tonight.”

Me: “Alright… why??”

L: “Because you have a blog you’ve been neglecting and I have beautiful chard!”

It’s true.

Cooked up with some onions and bacon, topped with pine nuts. Please enlarge that picture. Everything is better with bacon!

It was yet another example of how delicious simple and fresh can be with a few ingredients.

Actually, the whole dinner was just that- simple ingredient lists and incredible flavors.  Roasted potatoes with fresh rosemary and chives, roasted broccoli with pickled peppers, roasted beets, grilled pork tenderloin, and skillet cornbread.  Oh have I mentioned Laurie is a good cook?? And shout-out to Uncle Scott’s grill skills.

Thank you for the photo opp, great dinner, and encouraging me to get back on the blog!

Guest Star Granola Bar by Katie
September 12, 2010, 1:40 pm
Filed under: Baking, Family, Katie

Well this post is long overdue.  My sister made these granola bars weeks ago but after uploading the pictures, my computer started to crash every time I opened WordPress.  Turns out it was just my 6 year old laptop I got before college (happy birthday computer?) and not all computers.

Enough about technology problems, the granola bars were based on this recipe by Alton Brown.   I’m not sure about honey as a sweetener in these because there was a weird honey aftertaste.

We were basically excited to both be home at the same time, sipping wine, and talking each others ears off so I started to take pictures of her making granola bars.



Dried fruit! Regular and golden raisins, cherries, cranberries.

The “glue.”

Mix it all up.

Make a pile and tell a sassy story.

Flatten everything out. The original recipe calls for a smaller pan but Madelyn has made these a few times and prefers thinner bars.

Some of the bars crumbled but the better for eating in a bowl.

And as usual, making them at home means they are cheaper, you know what’s in them, and your sister can take pictures..