When I met my fiance, he told me he played bass in 4 different metal and hard core punk bands. I thought, "oooooh my! The two kinds of music I don't listen to...this is going to be interesting". And trust me, there has neven been a dull moment!
I started going to see my sweet FBP play at his metal shows, and I would post pictures of him on Facebook. But I knew that my family, friends, and fans would be a little shocked. I started calling him my "Favorite Bass Player" on Facebook and said I was on a Nashville Rock Tour. Nashville is where we met by the way.
I still refer to him as my FBP, but I'm not sure that I've ever posted any videos of him playing bass. Let me warn you, this is not for the faint of heart. This music is definitely NOT country! HA!
But I luuuuuurve my fiance, and I love seeing him do what he loves! This picture was taken of us right before he played a show last night at The Vera Project.
My FBP just moved to Seattle a year ago this month, and he already is playing in a new band that he loves. They call themselves Witch Ripper, and YES I have the t-shirt! HA! Oh, and they just got their first write up in The Stranger!
Only a few days left to milk the Candy Corn thing! Can you believe Halloween is Thursday? Where does the time go? I love this idea for a Halloween party or for a treat for the kids before they go Trick or Treating. This is so simple, only requires a few ingredients, and you can make them in seconds! What mom doesn't love that?!
I found this recipe on Pinterest from the ladies at High Heels and Grills. Here is the link to the page, and the recipe will be posted below for you.
Some say this is the ultimate comfort food. When my FBP asked me to make this for dinner, I immediately thought of my hips. You know the old saying, "if you're gonna eat that sister, you might as well tape it to your hips"? Yeah, that's the first thing that went through my head. BUT I also knew I been good all week, and this would be the first time in over 7 days I would be preparing red meat. And honestly, what is soooooo bad about potatoes? They are actually really good for you. Yes, the reasoning had officially set in. So I found 97% fat free ground beef, and I enjoyed every last morsel of this rib sticking meal!
I call this dish Shepherd's Pie but after researching it, I discovered that the English refer to this as Cottage Pie if it is made with beef. In order to be an official Shepherd's Pie, it needs to be prepared with ground lamb. But I'm not English. I'm just a good ol' southern girl from Arkansas, and we've always called this Shepherd's Pie. So I'm stickin' with that!
Dontcha' just wanna take a big ol' bite?!!
For the potatoes:
1 1/2 lbs of russet potatoes 1/4 cup half and half
2 oz. unsalted butter
3/4 tsp. salt
1 egg yolk
1 lb. 97% fat free ground beef
2 tbsp. canola oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 carrots peeled and diced small
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 tbsp. all purpose flour
2 tsp. tomato paste
1 cup chicken broth
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsps. fresh mined rosemary
1 tsp. fresh chopped thyme
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup frozen corn
Peal and cut potatoes into small 1 inch chunks. Place in a large pot, cover with cold water, cover and bring to a boil. Salt the water once it's boiling, remove the lid, and turn the heat down and let the potatoes cook for 15 - 20 minutes or until soft when pricked with a fork.
Drain water off of potatoes in a colander and return to the pot. In a separate container, microwave half and half with butter and mix together. Then add the mixture to the smash potatoes. Add salt and pepper. Stir in the egg yolk until well combined.
Preheat oven 400 degrees.
In a large cast iron pan, heat canola oil. Add onions and carrots and saute for 3 - 4 minutes. Add the garlic and stir to combine. Now add the ground beef, salt, and pepper and let cook until brown and cooked through. Sprinkle the meat with flour and toss to coat. Continue cooking for another minute. Add the tomato paste, chicken broth, Worcestershire, rosemary, thyme and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer 10 minutes to let it thicken. Add the corn and peas to the meat mixture. Top with mashed potatoes starting around the edges to create a seal so the mixture doesn't bubble up while cooking in the oven.
I took a spoon and created texture on the top of the potatoes. Then I sprinkled with a little paprika to give it some color. I also added a little sharp cheddar cheese on half of the pie. My FBP doesn't eat cheese, and honestly you don't have to add it. I was just experimenting. It's great without it too!
Bake 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until the potatoes begin to brown on the top. Remove and let cool 15 minutes.
So i am pretty convinced that not one person has ever read my blog in the history of time. It's ok. I don't mind. I have decided that for today's post, I will link to some cute babygoats. Who doesn't love baby goats? I know my girlfriend, Amber, happens to LOVE baby goats.