Tuesday, June 28, 2011

California Country Magazine

The magazine finally came out!! We are so excited! California Country magazine, a publication produced by the California Farm Bureau recently published an article about Bonnie and her husband Claude. It talked about Bonnie Marie's Catering, their vast knowledge of BBQ and Claude's cattle business.

Please check it out by going to http://www.californiacountry.org/features/article.aspx?arID=898

Here are a few pics from the issue!

Bonnie, Claude and Hazel, 2

That's me! working with Bonnie on our bbq dinner

Rose (me), Grady Cooley, KT Cooley, Clayton Cooley, Hazel, Bonnie, Claude,
Ashley Lewis, Lacey Lewis and Amy Lewis
after working cattle in Buellton, CA

Please stop by and check it out!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Crafting in Chaos

It never fails...right in the middle of our busiest time, Bonnie will always have a great idea for some new craft project she wants to start. Last year during the Sunset Magazine event, we were running around like crazy and the night before she decided that we had to make coordinating aprons of retro/vintage fabric for all of us to wear, 5 of them! We somehow got it done.

This time it was a last minute little girl and boy birthday party that brought on the craftiness. We had recently seen a super cute girls sun hat in the recent issue of Martha Stewart.  So the project was on...

This was the final outcome, so stinking cute!! I made the fabric flower for her, because luckily that is one of the crafts that I'm really good at! My grandmother was an amazing seamstress and tried to teach us every weekend growing up her tricks of the trade, sure wish now that I was one of those good grandkids that listened...

Pretty much in love with it!

But we couldn't forget about the big brother's birthday also...they're a ranching family so Bonnie knew that she could whip up one of her now famous kids rope bags.

With the family's brand and all, even had a kids rope inside.

This is hanging on Bonnie's saddle from when she was a child. Our grandparents, Marie and Jess Fehlman were amazing leathersmiths and actually owned and ran Fehlman Saddle Shop in Gilroy, CA many decades ago. These are amazing family treasures.

Thanks for stopping in!
Bonnie Marie's Catering

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

BBQ Pizza on the Grill

Oh how we love when summertime rolls around and you can find any excuse to fire up the grill instead of slaving away in the kitchen. Here is another one of Bonnie's creations that I have stolen and used at our house! On a sunny, sunday evening we fired up a grilled veggie and pesto chicken pizza, Yum!

I made my own pizza dough from a simple recipe off of food.com,
but if I don't have time I usually just pick some up at Trader Joe's

This is my trusty Kitchenaid that I've put through the ringer, my parents gave it to me
 for my college graduation, I Love it!

I also like to use whole wheat flour whenever possible in my baking and cooking,
it makes me feel a little bit better!
I defrosted chicken from the freezer and marinated it in some Olive Oil and pesto

Max likes to cook on Sundays, so I had him prep and cut all the veggies, nice! Yes, as you can see Sunday BBQ's and Bud Light go hand in hand in our house

I tossed the veggies in my go-to EVOO and fresh cracked salt and pepper

I was very excited about finally enjoying the first ripe apricots of the season from Farmers, yum!

My new obsession these days, radishes! I often find myself going in phases oh what I love,
radishes are it right now! I love them sliced thinly in salads
This is another one of our guilty pleasures, the best investment in the house so far is our flat screen in the kitchen, don't know what I would do without it

And we're still eating the marinated beets I made earlier this week

See how pretty radishes look in salads? Try them!

We just got this for the grill at Home Depot, made it so much easier

I got to use another one of my fledgling Basil plants. I'm officially known as "The Black Thumb"
around these parts...I kill every plant I bring into the house

Still can never get the pizza dough in a perfect circle, but what are you doing to do??

Put the dough on the grill first, without any toppings

After it has cooked for about five minutes, you can start putting the toppings on

Make sure it is on low at this point, you don't want a burned bottom!

Once you put all the veggies on go ahead and close the lid, cooking time will vary but ours took about 12-15 minutes

you now have fresh grilled pizza with great bbq flavor, not hot oven needed on
these scorching summer days!
Thanks so much for checking in with us! Enjoy
Bonnie Marie's Catering

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Marinated Beets...Yum!

I know, I know, not everyone loves beets like I do, but I urge you to give them a try. I think you either love or hate these earthy vegetables...

So here's a quick way that I like to make beets, enjoy!

I just went down to the Farmer's Market and got these huge beets! I love during the summer
when you can buy huge bundles like this...look at this one!

I like to chop the beets before I boil them, off the leaves and stems, dont' worry about the skins,
those will come off with ease later

And chop into small pieces, this will help them cook faster,
otherwise it would take forever!

Don't throw away the greens though, you can actually cook them up later with dinner. I like to cook them with some butter and garlic for a healthy side dish.

Drop them into boiling water and cover

Once again I'm using my Great Aunt Geri's pots, I love this gift that my mom passed down to me. It is so sturdy and seasoned, I use it so much. Only downfall, the lid gets extremely HOT! It took me a while to learn this, now I pick it up with tongs or a towel

During the cooking time, I usually find myself snacking on my guilty pleasure.
A little natural peanut butter and some of Bonnie's homemade jam, Love it!!

You can check your beets periodically, but I think they usually take 30-45 minutes for me

Pull and drain the liquid, I like to run cold water on them to try to cool them down a
little so I can work with them easier

Once they've cooled down enough to touch you can easily peel the skins away

Then chop the beets into smaller pieces and put into any bowl you'd like

I like to add red onion to my beets, but white or yellow onions would work fine too

Cut the onion in half and then slice as thin as possible

Add them to the beets along with extra virgin olive oil, basalmic vinegar and salt and pepper

These seems to be cooking staples in my kitchen, love these little grinders from Trader Joe's.
They're affordable and go along ways

Done! Now you can enjoy a gourmet salad at home, just throw them on a bed of mixed greens, arugula is an awesome pairing and you're done! I also love to add some basalmic vinegarette, goat cheese and walnuts, so now you can wow your guests with this simple yet elegant salad!

Bonnie Marie's Catering