Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Not Nigella Lawson's Praised Chicken

When you watch a cooking show and find a recipe that intrigues you, do you look up the recipe or kinda remember what it was and just wing it?

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That is what I did for this recipe. I took a cut up chicken, browned it, added some peppercorns, onion, celery, carrots and garlic. I covered it with water and let it simmer for about two hours.

I served it with rice for lunch.

I got the idea from watching Nigella Lawson talk about her mother's praised chicken.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bananas Foster

Kidlet and I like to watch The Chew. I really like Carla. Anyhoo, a few days ago, Carla made Bananas Foster. Kidlet asked if we could have it. And since we actually had everything on hand, we did.

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Banana's Foster

2T Butter
2 T Brown Sugar
Handful of pecans
Shot of rum
1 under ripe banana, sliced in half
Vanilla Ice Cream

Melt the butter in a skillet with the brown sugar until it besome a syrup. Add the pecans and let them toast in the buttery sugary goodness. Add some rum. Set it aflame if you like (kidlet liked this part). Add the bananas and let them get coated in the buttery sugary goodness.

Put into a bowl and serve with vanilla ice cream.

This fed two adults and one five year old.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Glamour Proteins

When yohboh buys food, he tends to go for more expensive product than I do. It is not that I dislike expensive product but buying snapper at $12.99 a pound makes me wince and life is too short for wincing. But last night yohboh decided to shop and make dinner.

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Tuna

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Big Shrimp

Which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Monday, February 13, 2012

A five year old's birthday dinner

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Rice and beans, grilled cheese sandwiches and soup to dip it in. This is what kidlet requested.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Birthday Siege Part Two

Kidlet wanted a Hello Kitty Cake for her birthday party. So I was going to buy a cake pan. It was $12.99! So instead I drew on the cake this:
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Close enough and FREE!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Birthday Siege Part One

I made kidlet cupcakes for her class.

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I am kinda over really stylized cupcakes. Whatever happened to an old school, mom made and frosted with a butter knife cupcakes?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Organization will set you free

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One of the reasons I do the 100 dollar grocery challenge is it makes me clean out my pantry and freezer. One of my goals this year is to be a bit more organized in those departments.

We also upgraded freezers so I would like to be able to use the freezer more effiiciently. Above is the primitive chart I am currently using to help me try to keep my freezer organized. The bottom row is for baking needs that do not necessarily need to be frozen. I like to keep them there because baking supplies tend to draw little beasties. But if I come upon something that needs to be frozen quickly, then I can pull these items and use that shelf to freeze those things. Examples are batches of broth or if there is a really good sale on meat.

So what kind of organization do you to for your food?

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Friday, February 3, 2012

Food Thoughts the Unrelated Edition

I miss garden grown tomatoes in my sandwiches, in my life really. During this last summer I ate seven baseball sized tomatoes a day. I have not bought a real tomato ever since. I mean, I buy grape tomatoes but they are not the same as the ones that I put on a BLT.

This whole Paula Deen business is irritating. Yes she has type 2 diabetes. She should start exercising and not pushing drugs. But there are a LOT more male chefs than female chefs who are obese. And have you ever looked at the recipe for Beurre Blanc? There is one cup of butter in the recipe and it makes one cup of sauce. So the sauce is butter. Also real southern food to me means farm to table cooking. Yes there is fried chicken but also butter beans, collard greens, tomatoes, and fresh salads bright with vinegar. So eating Southern cooking does not give you diabetes. Eating too much does.

The Superbowl is all marketing people telling you to get together to watch a boring game and eat an alarming amount of junk food. I guess you could have crudite but who really eats that when there are nachos dripping in cheese or chicken wings? It's not about family like Christmas or Thanksgiving. It's about passively watching a bunch of athletes while snarfing down something deep fried.

This season of Top Chef kinda stinks. I really enjoyed last season's Top Chef All Stars. Everyone on that show had a personality. On this season, it has been BORING. Also, it was sad to see that mean girls never grow up.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

January Challenge 2012 in Review

So this January I challenged myself to only buy 100 dollars worth of groceries. I did. I will add that we have a vegetable garden, we ate out five times this month, and that I really don't eat breakfast. I also started the month with a very full fridge, a packed pantry and and overstuffed freezer.

The main thing about doing this is it makes me aware how lucky I am not to look at prices most of the time and buy whatever I want food wise. About 46 million people are on some sort of food assistance. That is about 15 percent of the country. Think of it like this: one in seven people in this country get assistance because they do not make enough to feed themselves and their family.

The thing one must do to eat cheaply is to use meat as a condiment, not as a main dish.

So here is what I bought this month. I did not eat this all in the month. And I spent $99.72 for the month of January.

Dairy:
8 Smart Balance Half Gallon Milk
1 quart Land O Lakes Half and Half
8 ounces DiGiorno Grated Parmesan
1 dozen eggs
4 pounds Velveeta cheese

Meat:
2 pounds Italian Sausage
3 pounds Bacon
2 pounds Breakfast sausage
5.2 pounds ground beef
2 whole chickens
1 pound turkey bacon
1 pound turkey cold cuts

Pantry Items:
Hamburger Buns
2 packages goldfish wheat bread
8 100 count Splenda
2 Crystal Lights
1 loaf Nature Own Whole Wheat Bread
4 16 ounce jars Newman's Salsa
4 boxes Pepperidge Farm crackers
2 loaf Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Raisin Bread
Wheat Tortillas
1 package corn tortillas
1 loaf whole wheat bread

Produce:
1 pound stir fry veggies
9 bananas
1 bunch scallions
1 pound zucchini
1 bunch cilantro
7 limes
2 pounds of beets