Tuesday, October 27, 2009

{monkey see, monkey do}

Do you remember the Souffled Banana Pancake? Well I finally followed the recipe and made it with pumpkin. Totally yummy with the pumpkin, and really makes for a good fall breakfast. I've just been in a bit of a pumpkin kick here lately though.


And for an old 4H winner from years back....Beef Wellington. For the first time ever Jeremy requested something I have cooked to eat, whoo hoo! About time is all I have to say, he is probably the only guy I've come in contact with that didn't absolutely love everything I cooked. I've had proposals, fake none the less, over my meatloaf and cupcakes in years past from guy friends hanging around during college. Heck in the dorms once a guy weaseled his way into my all girls dorm and somehow get into my room and take the Peanut Butter Balls he had heard I made, needless to say I caught him running down the road shoveling PB Balls down his throat trying to escape me.

But back to the Beef Wellington, its is super easy and looks and taste like it was much harder, just lie about how you made the crust and everyone will be none the wiser.


1st place 4H Beef Wellington:
 1 lb ground beef
1/2 bag of seasoning blend
3/4 bag of italian blend cheese
1/2 c sour cream
1-2 cloves garlic minced
salt & pepper
italian seasoning
2 cans of crescent roll dough
1 can sliced mushrooms

Saute seasoning blend and mushrooms until onions are soft, add ground beef and brown. Season to taste, I sometimes add cajun seasoning. Add sour cream and cheese to meat mixture. Roll out dough on baking sheet pinching seams together. Spoon half of meat mixture down the middle of the dough, fold dough over beef and pinch down the middle to seal, also pinch ends to seal. Brush with egg wash and bake according to crescent roll directions. Usually 375 for 12 mins.
Makes two Beef Wellingtons.

And the side is my go-to roasted sweet potatoes with green onion. You may notice that I make it a lot, before I found that recipe it was homemade sweet potato fries with taco seasoning.


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Something not food related...and I know you are thinking to yourself "Does she do anything but eat?"


We went to the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo this past Saturday, aka the place where they send old depressed monkeys. We of course went with a purpose, because psychology majors only go to this zoo when a certain monkey loving psych professor teaching Comparative Psychology assigns his "you must be in Hutto's class paper". In Comparative everyone has to write a paper comparing two species of animal that they observe "for several hours" doing all sorts of things depressed animals at our depressive zoo will not do for you, like interact with each other. Well I took this class a few years ago, back in my psych days when I was allowed to have a brain, but ole Jer is just now making his way into the land of hard core Hutto loving stuff. So we went about lunch time hoping to see something eating or awake or just about anything, after wandering around seeing a bunch of nothing(i.e. a bird saying hello to everyone, a turtle, a cage that said it contained a turkey but instead had a buffalo, and being stalked by some large bird that I can't remember the name of at the moment) we headed to the monkey cage in hopes of seeing more than one monkey in that cage. Luckily we found a bunch of baboons picking junk off of each other and eating, and the little squirrel monkeys in the photo above eating pineapple like it was going out of style. I am just glad he got a better observation that I had, I spent 30 minutes watching the same depressed monkey hold onto a branch for dear life with a "please kill me" look on its face.

This all has me thinking, there are three definite way to tell if someone is or was a psychology major at ULM.
1. If you have ever used the word ambiguous in an everyday conversation.
2. If you have ever had to go to the zoo and watch monkeys eat.
3. If you can pass a stats class and still have no idea how to do statistics.

Don't forget about the giveaway that ends Saturday! 
 

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