The Hobbyholic

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Crocheted Baby Blanket May 31, 2010

Filed under: Crochet — thehobbyholic @ 10:16 pm

Sometime last week I finished with my first hank.

This is what one out of 3 hanks looks like so far. The colors remind me of rainbow sherbet.


Broccoli & Bow Ties May 23, 2010

Filed under: Recipes — thehobbyholic @ 8:50 pm

The second recipe I made this past week was Broccoli & Bow Tie pasta. Of course there is no way I could get away with no meat at a meal with my husband, so I added chicken.

I LOVED this dish. I was so excited about it, I couldn’t wait to have lunch the next day just to eat leftovers.

Broccoli & Bow Ties Recipe

Prep Time: 10 mins  Cooking Time: 20 mins

kosher salt
8 cups broccoli florets
1/2 pound farfalle (bow tie) pasta
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons good olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
zest of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Toast the pine nuts by placing them in a dry saute pan over medium low heat. Cook for about 5 minutes, tossing often until golden brown.  Cook the broccoli for 3 mins in a large pot of boiling salted water. Remove the broccoli from the water with a slotted spoon. Place in large bowl and set aside. In the same water, cook the bow tie pasta according to the package directions. Drain well and add the broccoli. Meanwhile, in a small saute pan, heat the butter and oil and cook the garlic and lemon zest over medium-low heat for 1 minute. Off the heat, add 2 teaspoons salt, the pepper and lemon juice and pour this over the broccoli and pasta. Toss well. Season to taste, sprinkle with pine nuts and cheese.


Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Quesadillas May 21, 2010

Filed under: Recipes — thehobbyholic @ 11:06 pm

Tuesday was my last day of work before delivery. With only 4 weeks left it seemed like the right time. The heat and humidity zap every ounce of energy (the little I start with) out of me. And let’s just say the warehouse is not temperature controlled!

With my new found time and a little extra energy I decided to cook dinner. In fact, twice this week. I love to try out new recipes. And this one is a winner and going into regular rotation at our house.

Here was my first choice. (Note: Apparently I need to find some “Slap Ya Mama” seasoning that I have heard so much about – ahem, Paula)

Grilled Chicken & Pineapple Quesadilla

From The Pioneer Woman

Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cook Time: 25 Minutes Difficulty: Easy Servings: 6
  • 8 whole Flour Tortillas
  • Butter Or Margarine
  • 2 cups Grilled Pineapple, Sliced
  • 3 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups Monterey Jack Cheese, Grated
  • 1 whole Jalapeno, Sliced
  • Cilantro
  • 3 Tablespoons Barbecue Sauce
Preparation Instructions

(To grill pineapple: cut wedges, stick on skewers, and grill over low heat. Cut into slices.)

(To pound chicken, place inside a Ziploc bag and pound with a mallet or large can to flatten to uniform thickness.)

Sprinkle with salt and pepper and Cajun spice (or cumin/cayenne, etc.) Drizzle olive oil on a grill pan and grill on both sides until done, brushing with barbecue sauce. Set aside and slice into very thin slices.

Warm griddle over medium heat and put sizzling butter or margarine in the pan. Slightly warm and toast tortillas on both sides, then remove from griddle and set aside.

To assemble, sprinkle four browned tortillas with grated Monterey Jack. Arrange chicken slices evenly over the surface. Add pineapple slices and jalapeno slices. Sprinkle on cilantro. If desired, drizzle extra barbecue sauce over the top. Add second browned tortilla on top of each one. (You’ll have four complete quesadillas at this point.)

Add to oven to warm, or back to skillet to warm, until cheese is melted. Cut each quesadilla into six wedges. Serve with sour cream, pico de gallo, and lime wedges.


New Yarn May 13, 2010

Filed under: Crochet — thehobbyholic @ 9:50 pm

I’m excited. And yes, it is because of yarn.

This Yarn

Queensland Collection Haze Color #906
I am going to crochet a blanket for Cupcake. Stay tuned…


Glowing? May 2, 2010

Filed under: Pregnancy — thehobbyholic @ 10:51 pm