Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday dinner was roast beef with baby potatos, acorn squash and gravy.
I'm sorry I didn't take any pictures.
Prepare your roast by sticking it in a pan with some garlic and chopped onions. If you're with it enough to have actual beef broth (which I am not) pour about 2 cups of that in with some worcestershire sauce and soy sauce- or mix 2 tbsp of beef oxo in a cup and add that. Stick it in the oven with a lid on at 350 for 25 minutes per lb... you'll need to take the lid off for the last 20 minutes... steamed meat is gross... but if you leave the lid off for the whole cooking time, you will have jerky.
Prepare potatos by cutting into a big pot, cover with salted water
Prepare squash by cutting in half and placing cut side down in a pan with about 2-3 inches of salted water... don't ask me what's with all the salt, I'm just doing it because I've always done it that way!
About 20 minutes before the meat is done, turn on the potatos and squash and cook at medium heat until they're soft.
Remove roast from oven and let it sit for 10 minutes.
Mash or don't mash the potatos
Use a spoon to remove the seeds from the squash, then dig the flesh out and put it in a bowl with a big glob of butter and a big spoonful of brown sugar and mash it all together in a bowl.
Prepare gravy according to package instructions- use the water from the potatos and the squash- it's got hidden goood-for-you in it!
OR take the drippings and broth from the bottom of the roast pan, add the veggie water and get it simmering on the stove. Add 4 heaping tsp of corn starch to a cup and make a gloop with COLD water. When the gravy base is simmering slowly pour the cornstarch gloop in while stirring constantly until a gravy like consistency is reached. Don't use too much cornstarch or you will have meat flavored jelly... Don't use warm water to mix the corn starch, or you will make a mug full of crap... DO pour slowly into the pan and stir well or you will get lumpy gravy!
Serve to your picky family and act like you busted your ass to make this!
I'm looking forward to having a "special guest" cook in the house soon. My buddy Fraser LOVES to cook and has been lusting after my kitchen since he helped me move in... Keep your eyes peeled for his appearance!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I was thinking about this last night as I was lining up the stuff for a photo. I have come to terms with the necessity for "convenience foods" since moving into my house. I still don't have a working cooktop, so the microwave and the oven are my only tools. The microwave is quite a versatile machine after all, so long as you're not worried about radiation leaks, and adding extra molecules to your food.
Dinner last night actually turned out well. I made pork chops, broccoli and carrots in sauce, and penne pasta with bacon and alfredo sauce. The vegetables and pasta were done in the microwave according to package directions. The pork chops were baked in the oven with broccoli soup.
Pork chops with broccoli(or mushroom)soup
- line your dish with foil (because we hate cleaning)
- layer half the can of cream soup on the bottom
- lay out chops in pan
- mix remaining soup with half can of milk and pour over chops
- bake in oven at 350 for 35-45 minutes (thicker chops will take longer)
This recipe goes well with rice or egg noodles, you can use the soup as a sauce.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
- Open Jar
- Insert Spoon
Yeah, I'm serious, that was my lunch today. You should try it sometime!
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
This is the girl who holds down the rear defrost button in her car rather than stop and scrape the inch of ice off so she can see. The last time it got really bad, it took 3 days for it to melt all the way! Unfortunately, I can't park in the garage right now. The melt we just had turned the area outside of the garage door into a nasty bog and I can't even get the car all the way to the door without getting stuck. And now that all the old snow is melted, the bog is still 4 inches lower than the slab. I could just take a run at it, and make some big ruts in the slab with the undercarriage, or maybe tear off the oilpan... Or I could just suck it up, park in front, and scrape. Waah.
There is a possibility that I might post a food related something later today, but I'm too braindead right now to think of anything.
Eskimo Kisses Y'all
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
There's no picture of the gas cooktop yet... it, umm, kinda got brooookennn when some big goof was trying to install it (big dumb goof being my wonderful tries-so-hard hubby) so we're waiting for the parts.
But here's the rest of the new shinies!
My new wall oven is sooo cool. It has an attachable meat probe in the top oven, so you can set the oven to cook to the correct internal temperature, it has convection and conventional bake options, there's a bake timer and a kitchen timer and is all in all awesome.
My dishwasher is also cool... with an automatic detergent dispenser, delayed start options and big deep racks... there is one issue, the water here is really hard, so you have to (oh gawd) wash the dishes before you wash the dishes :(
My fridge is a bloody beast. I love it. Adjustable shelves, big bins for veggies, a slide out tray at the bottom for cheese and meat, a water dispenser that you can adjust for how much you want to pour, and a lock out feature on the water so the kids can't screw around with it!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Okie dokie... My new favorite thing to make is the Smooooooothieeee!
1 cup fat free vanilla yogurt
1/4-1/2 cup skim milk
1 cup frozen fruit
1/4 cup berry puree (I make this up in my "spare time" so there's no seeds in it)
2 tbsp ground flax
1 scoop protein powder.
2-3 tbsp agave or honey
add to blender, you might need more or less milk to get it going. Blend until smooooooth. Enjoy!
Now I can hear some of you thinking "Um WTF is with Lish and the Fat Free dairy!?"... well this year, I was told I had high cholesterol (saaad face). Which means low fat dairy, even less meat than I already eat, and enough bloody oatmeal to knock over a Scotsman. You will see some of this madness reflected in my recipes from now on. Besides that, I'm bloody FAT, so it's not going to kill me to eat the "light" crap for awhile. ALSO, this smoothie has between 400 and 500 calories AS IS! So if you're bent on using the full fat dairy, BEWARE! You could be blasting down a 700 calorie beverage just for breakfast. Some smoothie recipes can hide up to 1000 calories in their yummy yummy goodness... they are gooood though, aren't they ;)
Monday, March 15, 2010
- Post to blog - CHECK
- Unload dishwahser
- Load dishwasher
- Unload dishwasher
- Pause for dramatic sigh and stretch back
- Laundry Laundry Laundry
- Mop? What is "mop"?
- bang head on wall
- use Magic Eraser to clean forehead print from wall
Well, the most important thing is done.
Tomorrow I will post "How to Smoothie" and the day after, I will post a photo tour of my new appliances and the rest of the house.
Ciao Ciao Mickey Mouse!