cody bear's friends


and everyone was invited!!!
November 27, 2009, 4:13 am
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ahhh. the holidays.

this week i was pulling into my driveway, jammed on th breaks.  the neighbor didn’t stop…she ran into me.i’m in a rental. i mitsubishi eclipse.

but thennnn….it was thanksgiving.  my friend r. invited me over. all the food was so tasty. they even made vegetarian versions of some of the dishes.

i brought a salad and…these….

i made chocolate covered strawberries!  it was really easy.  you just melt chocolate. then you dip the berries in.  sort of a lame dessert really, but people like ’em.   it was verrrry easy.

oh…and r. said the dogs could come!

r. has 2 dogs, coco the poodle and emma the schnauzer.

the dogs don’t get to go to r.’s much, but they love it there, and they LOVE coco!

all in all, a wonderful thanksgiving day!

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fresh on friday. fresh veg, that is.
April 25, 2009, 6:02 am
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friday.

it ended with c, l and myself dining al fresco in my back yard while cody bear ran around and pickles trimmed the grass.

basilall pickles had the energy to do was snack on grass tonight. she had dog day care today and is wiped out.  (however…if i were to pick up the leash right now…she would suddenly be rejuvenated)

tonight i made a salad consisting of fresh basil, fresh mozzarella, spring mix, mini tomatoes, cucumber chunks and balsamic dressing.  i also made tortellinis with sauteed green onion and zucchini in a basil and garlic tomato sauce with fresh oregano.  and i got a great crusty bread, too.

onions

it was the first time c and l came over for dinner.  their table manners were very good and they are fun to chat with.  next time they come i might grill something.

it was a perfect night.

tomorrow i’m meeting friends for breakfast, going hiking then cooking for dancingbee, buzzy and buzzy’s dad!  how fun is that?  fun, very, very fun.



recipes for the cilantro lovers!
March 14, 2009, 9:01 pm
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buzzy is here so we can get some work done…but i’m forcing her to eat my leftovers from last night, blogging the recipes THEN i will work on the antiques project.

one has to have priorities.

first of all, i’m so glad that some of you wanted my recipes!  thanks a bunch. so here goes, from the kitchen of goodbear:

ingredientsgoodbear’s not-bad-for-a-gringa salsa:

1 fresh jalapeno pepper – chopped

1 fresh anaheim chili pepper – diced

3 medium fresh tomatoes – diced (i like mine chunky)

3 cloves fresh garlic(i sometimes use more!)

1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro

1/4 cup fresh chopped green onion – green and white parts

1 can stewed tomatoes – dice the chunks

2 tbsp. diced green chilis

salt & pepper to taste

i like my salsa hot and chunky!  the night before serving, chop, slice and dice the peppers, garlic, onion and tomatoes.  mix em up.  take your stewed tomatoes, but before adding them to the mix, slice the tomato to your preferred chunkiness.  add all remaining ingredients EXCEPT the cilantro.

over night the flavors will blend and the salsa becomes a little hotter.  right before serving add the fresh chopped cilantro.  you can add it the night before, too, but since we have so many cilantro lovers here at cody bear’s friends….it stands out more if you add it right before serving.

serves 2 – 15 people, depending on how hungry they are and how tasty the other dishes are!

goodbear’s damn-i-need-a-side-dish easy corn salad:

2 cans whole kernel corn – rinsed well & drained

1 can black beans – rinsed well & drained

1 medium red onion – chopped

1/2 red wine vinagrette dressing

1-2 tsp ground cumin

1/2-3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

salt & pepper to taste

prepare the night before serving. in medium mixing bowl mix red wine vinagrette dressing and cumin.  next add chopped onion, corn and beans.  stir ingredients.  and just a little salt & pepper.  again, i like adding the cilantro the next day.  also, depending on what brand of dressing you use, you may want to add a couple extra tbsp.s of olive oil.

this dish takes about 5-10 minutes to prepare.  i have no idea how many folks it serves.

here is buzzy, enjoying her leftovers and working diligently on her defense:

working

thanks for stopping by!



sans apron….
March 1, 2009, 6:46 am
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oh, hello there. welcome to goodbear’s kitchen.kith1above the sink we have my new lucky cat, paw raised and ready to bring me prosperity.  or…at least keep me from overcooking the asparagus again.

kith2the kitchen got a deep cleaning today because the pet sitter is coming later this month. i’m flying back east in a few weeks to see my grandmother one last time.

regarding the kitchen:

my dogs think i am an amazing chef!

no raw chicken is allowed in my kitchen. it freaks me out.

i make THE BEST TOASTED CHEESE SANDWICHES IN THE WORLD.  i have people that will vouch for this.

my border collie is laying in the middle of the kitchen floor.  she has eyes the color of coffee beans and she is waiting or me to drop something.

under my kitchen table lies my cody bear, a mandarin collie who has to eat four times a day and needs meds to digest his meals.

and there is a black cat with white mittens sitting on the counter waiting for chow.

there are always beers in the fridge.

and again…best toasted cheese sandwiches in the world.  plus,….i know my way around a potato, as well.

mangia mangia!



my big night out…with dumplings!
February 4, 2009, 5:46 am
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and so i hopped on my kombi lux 2-piece bike and headed to yoshi’s!

plastic-foodahhh. the plastic food samples.  no worries.  i already know what i want!  veggie gyoza bento with takikomi rice.  they have the best salad there!

but…but…but…

japanese-beersit’s a school night!

SO WHAT!  asahi, please and thank you.

masters-of-the-universethe place has hundreds and hundreds of toys all over the place.  hanging form the ceiling, mounted on the walls.

toysand the gift shop has scads of lucky cat maneki-neko statues.  i want one so badly!  if you’re ever my secret santa…get me the japanese cat with the raised paw!

how was the food, you ask?  flippin’ yum yum, that’s how it was!  and low cholesterol, mates!

the beers were huge, so it was a wobbly bike trek home.

atmosphere – excellent.  food – excellent. transportation – excellent.  christmas gift hinting opportunity – excellent!



fruits of very little labor!
June 29, 2008, 3:11 am
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after i got home from volunteering, i took the pods out back to stretch their paws while i watered my thirsty plants.  i can’t believe it, but there is actually a baby tomato there, deep inside all the dense leaves!

oh…i hope the little thing makes it!



ww – garlic in everything, please