New (to Me) Blogger on the Block Thursday

by Cate on March 31, 2006

Is this not the cutest cookie? I know Mrs. Olsen will get a kick out of these! And well, another day brings another visit to the hospital and thankfully, not for ME! I was happily enjoying a much-needed day off when The Husband calls me and tells me he’s on his way to the hospital. I’ll spare you the gory details, but he’s fine. Cut his hand, so three stitches and one tetanus shot later, all we need is The Neighbor Wife to make a visit, and we’ve come full circle! Given today’s excitement, no dinner report. We were actually planning on escaping for a little bit to go look at swingsets for Nicholas, but the babysitter was sick, so we ended up getting take-out from the Olive Garden, a place I know the guys at Hungry Magazine appreciate. Everything was delicious, and I love their reusable take-out containers. I’m about to dive into their Chocolate Lasagna … today needs to end on a sugar note.

In one of the nooks and crannies on my site, I have a little tracker that tells me what keywords people punch into Google that lead them here. It never ceases to amaze me how people find me. For instance, if you search for “Giada DeLaurentiis,” my site is actually 4th on Google’s list. Pretty cool, eh? But I bet people that came here looking for “girls playing footsie” were pretty darn disappointed. ;)

Next up is this week’s nod for New (to Me) Blogger on the Block ThursdayMilk and Honey. Whether it’s her unique take on lasagna, her to-die-for potatoes or her cupcake love, go discover her website if you haven’t already.

OK folks, all for tonight. I’ll leave you with the recipe from The Husband’s cooking last night. Until tomorrow … go rap about Sandra Lee and let me know about it – you’ll get included in the Sandra Lee Send-Up tomorrow (see last night’s post for details).

A year ago today… it was a recipe recap.

Carne con Papas
Cuban Beef Stew

1/2 cup pure Spanish olive oil
2 pounds boneless chuck, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 large green bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon paprika
2 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup drained and chopped canned whole tomatoes
1 cup water
4 large all-purpose potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch dice
1/4 cup brine-packed Spanish capers, drained
1/4 cup green olives

In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat until fragrant, then add the meat and brown on all sides. Add the onions, bell pepper and garlic, and cook, stirring, over low heat until the onion is tender, 6-8 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the potatoes and capers, and cook, covered, for 1 hour. Add the potatoes and capers and cook another hour, until the meat and potatoes are tender. If extra liquid is needed, add water as necessary. Add green olives. Transfer to a deep serving bowl and serve immediately. Makes 6-8 servings.

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Kalyn March 31, 2006 at 3:26 am

I love Milk and Honey. It’s one of my favorite blogs.

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emily March 31, 2006 at 3:45 am

I’m not moving to your block!Ya’ll like visiting the hospital way to much for me.;-)

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Robyn1007 March 31, 2006 at 3:59 am

I think I’m glad I’m not in your inner circle for the time being! ;) Hopefully the hospital visits will stop now and everyone will start feeling better.

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Baking Soda March 31, 2006 at 8:41 pm

She is a nurse! ahem, took me three clicks to see..
I hope everyone will have a quick recovery (you did manage to get a frequent visitor discount did you?)Wishing you well!

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Patti March 31, 2006 at 10:29 pm

Love, love, love the nurse cookie! i wish I could find a nurse cookie cutter.
Sent you a link for the SL sendup.

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Cate April 1, 2006 at 1:08 am

Kalyn – me too, I’ve been lurking there for a little while. ;) Yummy stuff.

Emily – LOL. Me too! Hopefully we’re done for QUITE a while!

Robyn – I’m looking forward to some peace and quiet myself – I think we’ve earned it. :)

Baking Soda – really? three clicks? We’ve decided we should just rent a room and rotate. At least we’re taking turns, although there was some overlap there yesterday with BOTH The Husbands there at the same time!

Patti – I’ll check out the local stores and see if I can find one for you.

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Kristen March 31, 2007 at 4:31 am

That cookie is so cute!

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