Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tomato Haul

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Garden still going strong. Yohboh fertilized.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fall Garden

Fall garden is in. Brussels Sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, four different kinds of lettuce, kohlrabi, broccoli and cauliflower.

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That is yohboh doing the hot and sweaty thing.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Leftover Prime Rib

Leftover prime rib makes an excellent steak and cheese sandwich.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Prime Rib

Dry aged prime rib is sublime. We do not eat this often but it is wonderful.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

School Lunch

The kidlet is in Pre K. She did not get into the local public school so she is a private Pre K program. I have to provide a lunch every day. I love bento boxes and wanted to make her elaborate lunches with little faces. But reality reared its ugly head and I make quick and easy lunches.

Here is an example:

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Organic juice box, halved red and green grapes, carrot sticks, a whole wheat croissant and a hard boiled egg.

The kidlet really likes the handle.
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

The summer of tomatoes

So this summer, I think I ate seven tomatoes every day from late June to now. Shockingly, I did not get sick of them. They were delicious and made me happy.

I like my garden.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Grilled Meats

You know why I love my yohboh? Because he will grill meats when I buy them.

Here is what is left of some ribs that he made:

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And here is some chicken grilling:
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Corn and Bean Salad

I made this salad for some grilled meats yohboh made. It's sharpness was a nice contrast. It is also good on a hot dog.

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Corn and Bean Salad

2 cans of corn, drained
1 can of black beans, rinsed
1 jar roasted red peppers
1/2 of a red onion chopped
1 bunch of parsley
3/4 cup of your favorite vinaigrette

Pour these into a large bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let sit overnight and taste again. Makes a lot. More than I should have made.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Dumpling Greedy

We had dim sum for brunch this morning. This was the first time that the kidlet actually had an appetite for dumplings. Actually, the kidlet loves dumplings.

We had ten different plates of dim sum. Kidlet ate nine different types of dim sum. And she had one kind twice. Because bacon wrapped shrimp apparently tastes like hot dogs.

We like to go to
Royal China
3295 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd
Atlanta, GA 30341
(770) 216-9933

I love the sesame balls, yes you can snicker if you like.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Red Beans and Rice

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The weather this week has been signaling fall. So I made red beans and rice. Because in the fall you want something stew-y.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Pizza Dough Revised

Since I first posted my pizza dough recipe, I have changed it. It was not really a conscious decision, it was more about making it healthier. Also, I had read Jim Lahey's book and he espoused about the wonders of time in bread making and I tried it.

Minjenah's Pizza Dough

1.5 cups of warm water
1 T honey
1 T yeast

2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups bread flour
2 T Kosher salt
1/4 cup Olive Oil

Mix the water, honey and yeast in a large bowl. Let the mixture get foamy. Add the next four ingredients in the order that I have listed. Mix to combine. I use a Dough Whisk
, but I am a gadget girl.

Then I leave it overnight. If it is summer, I let it rise in the fridge. In the winter, in a cold oven. Right before I bake it, I do a quick knead (less than a minute) in the bowl that it was proofing in. Then I roll it out, top it and bake it at 550 for about ten minutes.

This can make 2-6 pizzas depending on how thin I roll it out as well as how big the pan is. I use half sheet pans usually and on average I can make four pizzas and one little pizza for the kidlet who only likes cheese and sauce.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

What to do with the garden tomatoes part ten

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Garden Chili

2 T olive oil
2 onions chopped
12 banana peppers chopped
10 cloves of garlic smashed

50 ripe plum tomatoes
1 12 ounce can of beer
2 6 ounce cans tomato paste

1/2 cup chili powder
1/4 cup cumin
3 T oregano

15 ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
3 pounds of ground beef, well browned and drained
2 15 ounce cans of pinto beans

Saute the onion, peppers and garlic until it is well browned in your largest pot.

Take half the plum tomatoes, half the beer and one can of tomato paste and puree in a blender. Pour into the pot. Repeat and pour in the pot. Let it simmer until it is reduced by half. This took about two hours for me.

Add the seasonings and salt. I cannot tell you how much salt because what tastes right to me may not taste right to you.

Add the fresh tomatoes, beef and beans.

Makes an enormous amount that I froze most of it.

Friday, September 2, 2011

What to do with garden tomatoes part nine

This is my second favorite pasta.

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Minjenah's second favorite pasta

1 T olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, smashed
10 softball sized tomatoes, chopped and salted liberally
8 ounces of hot cooked pasta, I used angel hair
30 leaves of fresh basil, sliced in ribbons
1 T butter
3 T pecorino cheese

Heat the olive oil and garlic in a large skillet until it smells yummy. Add 3/4 of the chopped tomatoes and let it cook down. I normally do this while I am boiling the water for the pasta. When the tomatoes are the consistency of maple syrup, add the pasta and toss to coat. Add the basil, butter, cheese and remaining tomatoes. Season liberally with salt and pepper.

The kidlet really likes this.