Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Chicken Parmagiana

A few days ago I made this:

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Chicken Parmigiana.

Was it good? Yes
Would I make it again?  No

Because it is like making spaghetti and then adding the step of frying a chicken cutlet..  Which is way more steps and dishes to clean for a weeknight. I like to clean one, maybe two pots a night.

And the kids did not like it.  Yohboh did though, so maybe he can help me make it.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Kidlet Lunch


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Strrawberries, Grapes, Tomatoes, Cucumber, Little Pigs in Blanket, Granola Bar, and a Rice Krispie Treat

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Meat CSA

We took a break from the meat CSA for a little while.  It was longer than anticipated because I forgot when to order.

So this month's ten pound meat box is:

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Two pounds ground beef
Two pounds hot sausage
A ham steak
Pork Chops
Pot Roast

I also got charcuterie.  Because it makes me happy.

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Some bacon, some back bacon, guincale and smoked trout.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

One and a half lasagnas

Whenever I make lasagna, I always have lasagna noodles leftover.  It is annoying in that there were not enough for another lasagna.  So I have always put the leftover noodles in a tub in the fridge so I would forget them and then throw away three days later.

I had an inspiration:

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There are enough noodles for one and a HALF lasagna.

I would give you a recipe but I am just happy I am not throwing away those noodles.  I put spinach in the ricotta layer for the health benefits.

What do you do with one and a half lasagnas?  I put some in the freezer so yohboh could have them for lunch.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Fish Pie

I like to relax watching cooking shows.  Do you?  I find it utterly soporific to watch Nigella Lawson make food.  So I was drowsily watching some British person making something called a fish pie.
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This morning, I realized we had quite a bit of leftover fish and shrimp from last night's dinner so I made fish pie.  Now to sell it to the kids I called it mashed potato pie.  And they ate it.  Yohboh was a little cautious about it but he ended up liking it as well.

I improvised with what I had, which is what a casserole is, improvised dinner.


Fish Pie
Layer in this order

3 cups leftover fish

1 pound frozen peas and carrots

white sauce about two cups with celery and nutmeg

5 hard boiled eggs sliced in an egg slicer

5 potatoes worth of mashed potatoes

Bake at 350 for about an hour.




Friday, February 28, 2014

Kidlet's Best Breakfast

I made this over the weekend.  Kidlet loved it and said it was the best breakfast of her life.

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I liked it too.

Kidlet's Best Breakfast

This makes four servings

4 strips of bacon, cut into one inch chunks
1 onion, finely chopped
2 large leftover baked potatoes, chopped into cubes
8 ounces of leftover rib eye steak, chopped in the same sized cubes as the potatoes
Sharp Cheddar Cheese
4 fried eggs with runny yolks

Sour Cream
Hot Sauce
Ketchup

Get your biggest skillet.  Turn it on medium.

Fry the bacon until there are puddles of grease.
I chopped the onion while the bacon was cooking.

Add the onion and let it turn brown.  It can take 15-20 minutes for this to happen but this step is important. My kids like brown sweet onions and not angry crunchy ones.

I chopped the potatoes and steak while waiting for the onions to brown.

Add the potatoes.  Let them get a nice bit of brown on them.
Add the steak and toss quickly.
You do not want to cook the steak some more, you just want it warm.
Salt and pepper the pan.
Divide this potato stuff between four bowls.
Add a bit of cheddar cheese on each bowl.  I will leave it to your discretion on what your idea of a bit.  I will add that I like sharp cheddar cheese because it is strongly flavored so I do not use as much.

Put the egg on top.

Serve with sour cream, hot sauce and ketchup.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Two Minute Chocolate Cake Recipe

I am a huge fan of David Chang.  I have never eaten at any of his establishments, but I have read his cookbooks and enjoyed him when he is on the telly.  I really enjoyed his fried chicken off with ?uestlove.

David Chang has a magazine called Lucky Peach.  I do not subscribe.  (Shocking, really if you know me in real life.  I am a magazine junkie.)  I read his tumblr.  And this recipe came up.

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So I tried it, liked it and will make it again.  I will say that is really a cake for two people.  And I did one thing different that I really liked.  Instead of milk, I used leftover, cold strong coffee.  I think milk dilutes the chocolate whereas coffee really brings out the complex flavors.  (That is me sounding like a pretentious food snob).

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Rainbow Jello

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Rainbow Jello is not something I like.  However, my whole family seems to LOVE it.  I made this for kidlet's seventh birthday.  Kidlet specifically requested rainbow Jello for her birthday party.

This is not a recipe but an assembly job.  This makes 12 8 ounce portions and one six ounce portion.  I put it in a ten ounce clear plastic cup.

6 boxes of  Jello I have no idea what the flavors are but the colors are purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red.
I made two cups of the purple flavor, following the quick set directions  I put 1.25 ounces of the jello into each glass.  You will have one ounce extra and put that into another glass.  Put it into the fridge and chill for 45 minutes.
Then I made the blue flavor, following the quick set directions.  I put 1.25 ounces of the jello into each glass.  You will have one ounce extra and put that into another glass.  Put it into the fridge and chill for 60 minutes.

Repeat until you run out of colors.

This took about seven hours to make but hands on time was 20 minutes.  And yes, I measured 1.25 ounces exactly.  I have a digital scale.

Yohboh loves this.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing Improved

This is not a pretty cupcake.  I know this.  But you know what it is?

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The best tasting strawberry cupcake I have ever made.  Now, I know what you are thinking- how many strawberry cupcakes have you made, minjenah?  Truthfully, this is my first batch.  But what makes it taste so good?  The icing.

So this is what I did:

Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing Improved

8 ounces of frozen strawberries in syrup, defrosted and pulverized in a blender
1 stick of butter
8 ounces of cream cheese
1.5 boxes of powdered sugar

Whip the butter and cream cheese together.  It should be double the volume.  Now add the pulverized (I LOVE this word) strawberries and whip. You make some fluffy pink goo.  It needs to be uniform in color and now taste it.  This concoction would be really yummy on a bagel.  But now we add the  powdered sugar.  I did a little bit, mixed it up and then added a bit more.  It looks like pepto bismol but it tastes really good.

This is not a stiff frosting.  So you cannot really pile on the frosting but I am okay with that because it is so intensely strawberry flavored.  And I really like the balance between the cupcake and the frosting.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Snow Cream

It snowed tonight.

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So I made snow cream.  Where did I get the recipe?  I remember it from a Laura Ingalls Wilder book.  That I read 30+ years ago.

Snow Cream

Fresh Snow
Half and Half
Sugar
Vanilla

I had the six year old mix this all together and we ate it.  Everyone liked it.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Sometimes I surprise me with my brilliance

I have mentioned before that they have opened a Krispy Kreme near me.  Being a fan of hot doughnuts now, when the red neon sign is one, Ima stopping to get the liquid yeasty sweet deliciousness that is a hot doughnut.  

But it has been REAAAALLY cold of late.  So cold that my doughnuts may not be warm when I get them home.  So the last time I got some hot doughnuts now, guess what I did to keep them warm ?

Put them on the seat warmer set to high.  They were perfect when I got them home to my family.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Yuja Cha


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I find that a steaming mug of yujacha is really a nice way to fight cold weather.

Yohboh calls it jelly tea. It is really like a marmalade that you dissolve in hot water.  Lately, I have been doing half plum and half citron.

I find the plum is a little too sweet and the citron is a nice counterbalance.

Yohboh likes the ginger tea.  It is very spicy and excellent when you have a cold.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Beef and Noodles


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This was leftover pot roast with some stew meat and egg noodles.  It was yummy.  I got the idea from late night TV watching.  Diners Drive ins and Dives showed a place that served something like this with a side of mashed potatoes.

Monday, January 13, 2014

CutCo

A nice young man came over yesterday to tell me about Cutco knives.

They are impressive.

They can cut through leather and rope!

If you would like to know more, please contact him.

His name is Jack Barker and he can be reached at james.d.barker.jr@gmail.com

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Kidlet Lunch


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Pumpkin Waffles, Bacon, Melon, Cherry tomatoes, and a Baby Bel Cheese.