Monday, December 26, 2011

Pictures of Christmas Dinner

This year we made a goose for Christmas. It was very pricey and I have three cups of goose fat to play with.

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Beets Pre Roasted.

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The Goose!

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Purple cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts

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Cheese platter

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Prune Cognac Stuffing

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Le Staub

Yohboh got me this for Christmas
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It is a Le Staub which is like Le Creuset but you know, with a BLACK enameled interior.

So I made some chicken and rice.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

How to make soup in five hours

For those of you who do not know me in real life, I had a baby a few months ago. So cooking has not been a priority. Eating has been a priority because I am nursing and I need calories and honestly, I am greedy.

I tried to make albondigas soup:

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Normally, this is something that takes about 45 minutes from start to finish. An hour if I am distracted.

Here is the timeline.

Pull out an onion and some garlic. Chop it finely. Pull out a skillet. Put some olive oil in it.

Baby cries and needs to be changed and fed. 45 minutes later.

Turn on the flame under the skillet. Add the garlic and onions and saute until golden.

Baby cries and needs to be changed and fed. She requires an outfit change.

Turn off the flame.

About an hour later, pull out the ground beef, rice, eggs, oregano. Add the sauteed veggies and mix well.

Chop another onion and garlic. Saute them in a large pot.

Baby has puked on herself. Outfit must be changed.

Turn off the large pot.

Forty five minutes later because baby wants to be eat and then diaper needed to be changed.

Turn on the large pot and finish cooking down the onions. Go and find two cartons of chicken broth.

Realize that you need to pick up kidlet from school.

Turn off the flame, gather up the sleeping baby, load her into a car seat and go pick up kidlet.

One hour later, (kidlet needed a snack, gas up the car and unload the kid and baby), turn the flame on the big pot and add the broth. Add a can of tomatoes.

Baby has now puked again. It is in her hair. She requires a bath. Leave the pot on a low flame. Bathe the baby and put her in the third outfit for the day. After she is dressed, her diaper needs to be changed. While doing the diaper change, my shirt needs to be changed. Baby is upset about this and needs to be nursed again. Another hour passes.

Drop the meat mixture into balls into the broth and cover. Let simmer for 30 minutes until the meatballs float.

That is how to make soup in five hours.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Birthday Cheesecake

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Birthday Cheesecake
1 graham cracker crust

2 eight ounce blocks of cream cheese, at room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
2 T of honey
3 eggs
1 T vanilla

strawberries
melted apricot preserves

Preheat the oven to 350.

Put the graham cracker crust in the oven while it is preheating.

While the graham cracker crust is toasting, mix the next five ingredients. If your cream cheese is warm, this should only a few minutes.

Pull the crust out of the oven and pour the cream cheese filling into the toasty crust. Put it back in the oven for about 30 minutes.

Top with fresh strawberries. To keep the berries fresh and glossy brush on some melted apricot preserves.

Eat on someone's birthday.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Yohboh's Birthday Dinner

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Prime Rib, roasted yellow beets, orange cauliflower, purple asparagus and a baked potato.