Monday, September 26, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Like I said in the beginning, these things tend to get a little flaky. Hence the large lapse in posts. From where I stand now, I no longer have any adorable excuses not to document my projects.
Any one who knows me personally knows that life has been filled with big changes for me recently. Lets just list what has stayed the same, it’s much easier- Partner, House, Pets and Friends, all of which are wonderful. It seems like everything else has changed (for the good, mostly). While I now have a fairly inconsistent and much smaller income, I have been blessed with so much time, much more than I have ever had. Time to create and cultivate new skills (and later, a bit of traveling!). So with this time, I have set a few goals for myself-
- Learn how to Butcher a chicken- It is so convenient to buy the package of chicken breasts! It is also much more expensive and fairly wasteful. Part of the goal is to feel more connected to what I am eating by cutting out the processing, and make kick ass carcass broth!
- Take a lot of walks- Good for me and might make my dick of a dog a bit better behaved in the process.
- Cook more dried beans- they are so cheap and so much more delicious!
- Paint my first mural- I will post pictures of the progress of this soon, I am at the very beginning, it is a super exciting process though.
- Make more clothes - I have no money for new clothes and lots of ideas that have been floating around for awhile.
- Use this beauty as much as possible! I dreamed of this pot for a very long time and finally found a great deal and rewarded myself!
I promise to share as progress is made on all of these things.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Apparently the blog slacking has gone so far that I am now doing a post about Pie day (1/23) on Pi day (3/14). Good thing I have a solid memory for food. I invited my friend Wylie over for lots of pie and to try out a new pie crust recipe. The menu was - a beautiful salad that Wylie brought over, Margherita pizza, Potato pizza and Mango strawberry pie.
Ok, not to be overly egotistical about this pie (I was accused of such a thing), but it was literally the best pie I have ever eaten! The buttery crust was thick and so flaky you could hear it being sliced. The filling was the perfect blend of not too sweet, gooey, fruity yum-ness. IT WAS PERFECT. So perfect that what I didn't send home with Wylie got devoured in a matter of days by me alone(it's what I get for falling in love with a man who is more into cake).
- 1 Mango, slightly under ripe and sliced or cubed
- 4 cups Strawberries, quartered
- 1/2 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
Monday, January 17, 2011
Stove top Cassoulet Recipe
2 15 ounce cans white beans- rinsed
1 T olive oil
1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs-fat trimmed, chopped into bite sized pieces
1 large onion
6 cloves garlic-roughly chopped
2 T fresh rosemary- chopped
1 t Herb de Provence
1 t fresh ground pepper
1/2 c dry white wine
1 c chicken broth
1/2 lb sausage (chicken keilbasa works great)-sliced into 1/2 in pieces
2 T fresh parsley- chopped
Put 1/2 cup of beans in a small bowl and mash with a fork, add remaining beans and set aside.
Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat, add chicken in a single layer and cook until browned (2-3 min. per side). Transfer to a plate
Add onion and garlic to pan and cook until onion is softened (about 5 min.) Add seasoning and cook until fragrant (30 sec.) Add wine and increase to high, stirring to scrape up bits until wine is decreased by half (1-2 min). Add broth, sausage, beans and chicken; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until chicken is cooked through (about 5 min.) Top with parsley and serve with buttered bread.
For spicy sauce enthusiasts, I highly recommend a bit of Sriracha over the top....So good!