Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Jicama Salad

From Aunt Val...

I skipped the shrimp and just made the salad...yummm! (except, Kaity, you'll have to leave out the cilantro!)

Cilantro-Lime Shrimp with Jicama, Corn, and Black Bean Salad

Dressing and Shrimp
½ t. lime zest
¼ cup fresh lime juice (I used more..2 limes)
1 tsp whole grain mustard
1 tsp ground cumin
1 clove garlic, crushed through a press
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup oil
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro (or less)
36 large shrimp (1-1/4 lb) peeled, deveined, with tail shells intact

1 lb jicama, peeled, diced (about 2 cups)
1 ½ cups fresh corn kernels (2 ears of corn, not cooked)
1 (16 oz) can black beans, rinsed, drained
2 medium tomatoes, diced (almost 2 cups)
1/3 cup finely diced red onion
2 ripe hass avocados, pitted, peeled, and diced

Like I said...I just made the dressing and put it all on the veggies...sometime I may try the shrimp.

1. Dressing: In a large bowl, whisk lime zest, lime juice, mustard, cumin, garlic, and salt to combine; slowly whisk in oil until blended. Stir in cilantro.
(Put shrimp in a medium bowl and toss with ¼ cup of the dressing. Preheat the broiler.)
2. Salad: Add salad ingredients to remaining dressing in bowl and gently toss to coat.
( Thread shrimp onto skewers. Broil 4 inches from heat source, 2 minutes per side, or until just cooked through.)
3. To serve, spoon salad onto plates and top with a skewer of shrimp.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ummmm....luscious, light lunch....

This is one of my favorite things to make for lunch or dinner, especially when I'm trying to eat healthy (healthily?)'s a great way to get all those helpings of fruit we're supposed to have.
I don't know if I made it up or read about it somewhere...this is enough for 4 people for lunch (or 2 people for dinner or lunch on 4 keeps pretty well,,,)

In a dish (or plastic refrigerator container) start with:

1 pint Cottage cheese

On top of this add a variety of cut up fruit(about 2 cups), such as:

pineapple (1/2 can chunks, crushed)
1 orange, peeled and chunked up
berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, some or all....frozen works)
1 banana, peeled and chunked up
1/2 chopped apple
mango, grapes, whatever you've got around that you like


1 C sour cream (light or fat free)
1/4 C Splenda (or sugar)
1 t vanilla

Pour this over the fruit and finish off with chopped walnuts if you like them.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Happy Birthday, Kaity!

September 22, 1986 was a very happy day in our family! Kaitylyn Elizabeth Nieman joined our family....

She was very CUTE....and had lots of hair!

Santa thought she was a very good girl!

She was very BALANCED!

One year old!

With brother Karl...

With brother Dave...

Two years old....

Riding horses with Mark and Kendra at Gma and Gpa Eck's...

Fun with Daddy...

With Mark in the playhouse...


Even cuter....

Too CUTE! (sorry for the overuse of the adjective..)

A cute bunny for Halloween...

First day of pre-school...(Rosa Rico)

Three years old...

At the SL Temple for Karl and Amber's wedding...

Baptized by Karl...

She was an she is with Alec and Kendra...

And then there was Michael Anthony's gymnastics!

Dad and his daughters...

Remember this prom dress?

With Becca and Kate at Kate's baptism....

At Baker Beach (SF) great picture, Kendra!

She and Dave made a lot of shirts...

Another prom...

Another birthday!

Another nephew!

Trying on prom dresses with Becca...

At Grampa's for Easter...

With dad and the brothers...

With Mom, Sadie and Lindi at Dave and Jess's wedding...

She's definitely a California Girl....(in the best sense of the word)

Has one degree...working on the next...

She went to Boston....

She's done a lot and been a joy in many peoples lives....

We love her so much...she is the icing on our family cake!

Monday, September 21, 2009


I learned about crepes when I went to France with the BYU semester in Grenoble in 1965...making crepes has been a family tradition for a lot of can make them fancy with lots of fillings...but plain old "buerre et sucre" (butter and sugar) are still the favorite!

It helps to make these in a blender...and while at first I used to make them in a small saute pan...our preferred pan is the Nordic Ware Crepe Pan


3/4 C milk
3/4 C water
6 eggs
2 C flour
2 T melted butter
2 T sugar
1 t flavoring (almond, vanilla,)
1/2 t salt

Mix in blender (or with an electric mixer); pour into shallow pie plate (the one in the picture came with our latest crepe pan)
Heat pan medium hot (test with a few drops of water...they should "skitter") You may turn down the heat a bit after you get going. Pam the pan and wipe off with paper towel.
Dip hot pan into batter; wait about 5 seconds, then flip over and put back on heat...but only for about 15 seconds. Lift the edge with a spatula or knife and peel off onto a plate (someone else should be standing by to do the buttering and sugaring) Immediately dip again and keep going.

Friday, September 18, 2009

A to Z Bread

Years ago the Contra Costa Times had a yearly recipe contest...A to Z Bread (or snack cake) was the winner one year....the 2 C of fruit required could be ANYTHING from A to Z (B = bananas, C = coconut, D = dates, etc. down to Z = zucchini)
Since I made Crockpot Applesauce yesterday with some of the apples from Aunt Val and Uncle Dick's apple ranch....I used applesauce and crushed pineapple)

Stir together in a large bowl these dry ingredients:

3 C flour
2 C sugar
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
1 T cinnamon
1/2 t baking powder

Beat together in another bowl:

3 eggs
1 C oil
1 T vanilla
2 C A-Z (in this case....1 C applesauce and 1 C crushed pineapple)

Mix into the dry ingredients and pour into a "Pammed" jelly roll pan (10 x 15). Bake at 350 about 25 minutes. While still warm "sift" powdered sugar over the top or make a thin powdered sugar glaze.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fall Bounty - Tomatoes

If you've grown a bunch of yummy tomatoes (or a friend has given you some or you've even bought some at the store)'s a great recipe I got from The Sisters' Cafe:

Doesn't this look fresh and delicious!!!

Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta

2 C peeled, diced tomatoes (2 large or 4 smallish ones)
...put in boiling water for 30 seconds to peel

1 T chopped fresh basil

1-2 cloves garlic, minced (I used 4...but they were smallish and we like garlic)

1/2 t salt (kosher? but I didn't have kosher)

fresh ground pepper

Stir together and let sit on counter for a few minutes while you get the pasta cooked...

6-8 oz fresh angel hair pasta

parmesan cheese (shredded)

So easy...and SO GOOD...I made it again tonight and sauted a couple of strips of bacon to mix in so it's sort of carbonara (ish)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Recently Read (Sept)

It's turning out to be a medieval month...I listened again to Mistress of the Art of Death...before reading her newest book in the series...sort of medieval CSI or Bones.... (the audible reader, Kate Reading, is wonderful to listen to)
Mistress of the Art of Death opens with a clever takeoff on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, which introduces the central players, a group of pilgrims returning from the shrine of the newly canonized St. Thomas à Becket: a prior and a prioress (from rival abbeys); two knights, lately returned from the Crusades; an overweight but very shrewd tax collector; a gaggle of citizens; and three Gypsies, who are in fact secret investigators sent by the king of Sicily to discover the truth behind a series of gruesome murders near Cambridge.

The Serpent's Tale ....which I actually read last year since it wasn't out yet on Audible (but it is now)...continues the story of Adelia...the medieval Miss Marple...

"A deliciously dark and effective concoction of historical fiction, suspense, romance, adventure and forensics." -Miami Herald

and now the third installment...Grave Goods

When Glastonbury Abbey, one of England’s holiest sites, is burned to the ground, Henry summons the “Mistress of the Art of Death” to identify two skeletons found among the rubble. Could they be the bodies of the legendary King Arthur and his Lady Guinevere? King Henry hopes so. News of King Arthur’s demise would help him snuff out the rebellion in Wales for good.

Again, listening to Kate Reading adds to the enjoyment of this series...

The Boy-Bishop's Glovemaker is the 10th installment in Michael Jecks medieval mystery series....there are 28 books now in the series and while not exactly "page turners" (he spends a lot of time throwing you red herrings but his solutions are still pretty obvious )....butyou learn a lot of fascinating info about this period of English history....the first in the series is The Last's good to read them in order as the lives of the main characters unfold throughout the series...

And back to the present....a woman sheriff in Arizona...The 13th in Jance's Joanna Brady series, Damage Control....again...a good basic mystery series...again good to read sort of in order as the life of the main character, Joanna Brady, is part of the charm of the story.