I haven't shared any recipes in while, so it seems I should remedy that. Last week at the grocery store, while staring at the vegetables trying to break out of our vegetable rut, I spied a bag of miniature sweet peppers. The price was less per pound than the regular ones and knowing how much my crew loves sweet peppers, I put them in the cart figuring they'd get eaten one way or another. On the bag was a recipe suggestion which I tweaked just a bit... and they were so good. I'm sure we could have all eaten twice as many, small girls included.
Miniature Sweet Peppers Stuffed with Goat Cheese
Miniature peppers (I had red, yellow, and orange), figure about 4 or 5 per person
1 large log of goat cheese (or small if you're only doing a few)
Dried basil and marjoram (I'm sure it will be even better with fresh herbs in the summer)
Wash and seed the peppers by cutting of the tops, leaving as much intact as possible. We cut around the top and peeked in to see if there were any seeds. If there weren't any, we left the top on. Soften the cheese a bit and mix in the dried basil and marjoram. I can't give you an amount, I just added some until it looked right. Fill each pepper with the cheese and place on an oiled baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees, uncovered, for about a 1/2 hour. Serve warm.
This afternoon I'm going to try making my own French bread. While we (OK, by we, I really mean B.) make our bread, there are still some types of bread I buy, French bread being one. I really want to kick my store bought French bread habit. With that in mind, I checked out the book Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day that many of my friends have raved about. It all looks easy enough, so I'm going to give it a try. I'll even follow the instructions the first time and use unbleached white flour. But, then I'll probably start fooling around with it to see if I can make it work using my home ground flour. It just seems wrong to buy flour when I have all this wheat in the house. I'll let you know how it all goes.
And a note on my project to finish things... as I sort through what all is making me feel as though I have a household of unfinished projects, it is the longer term projects that I have completely procrastinated about that hang most heavily. I have begun the process of working to actually finish them or give myself permission to let them go and to stop living in their state of limbo. I have also gone back (again!) to my regular schedule of certain jobs on certain days. It allows me to focus on that day's task and permission not to focus on others. The system works, so why I routinely abandon it only to find the new "system" doesn't work is beyond me, but back again I go. How about you? Have any of you been experimenting with focusing on finishing?