Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Just good lunch

This is one of my all-time favorite meals. I love making these little sausages from scratch and it is quite difficult to enjoy just two in one sitting. However, I don't use pre-ground pork; rather, I pick up a nice tenderloin or pack of country-style ribs (they're boneless) and I grind them up in my bigass food processor. I find that this makes a nicer texture and it's a good way to distribute the garlic, salt, and pepper throughout. Also, if you are out of breadcrumbs or egg or, like me, you don't always feel like using them, they can be omitted and you will still have a most delicious result. Although green peas are not my vegetable of choice, today I was not up for chopping and frying cabbage and the boys don't like it so, pfft, peas it was. But boiled and buttered potatoes are always welcome on my plate.

A very heartfelt thank you to everyone who emailed and commented best wishes for Jerry's surgery. He goes in tomorrow to have a herniated disk in his neck removed, which will be replaced with some kind of metal plate, maybe adamantine like Wolverine, I don't quite know. He'll be home on Thursday and then we get to torture him mercilessly for at least a month. :-) My general plan is to get through all the Phantasm movies; then Twin Peaks; some X-Files; a little La Femme Nikita; with plenty of time in between for serious gameage with Fallout 3 and Oblivion. It will make him stronger.

I'm also making a batch of oatmeal peanut butter chocolate chip cookies; I'll report on those later.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Sucess and epic fail

Been very busy in the kitchen recently but, as Jerry has been working from home and the boys have been spending most of their time in the yard, it has made updating a bit more difficult. I do have some pretty pictures to share; however, recipes are not in the cards right now.

This weekend, as you all know, is UFC 101 in Philly. Yes, I'm beside myself. Granted, I will not be there but the fact that it is in my hometown/birthplace whatever you'd like to call it warms the cockles of my heart. It means that next time, when the chittlins are older, we'll definitely be able to go. It easy to fall back on making cheesesteaks because, ner, Philly, cheesesteaks, you get the picture. And I've got gorgeous frozen ribeye slices ready to go. I don't want a full-on meat orgy because that probably will render me absolutely incapable of doing Pilates Sunday morning; however, I want something that's fun, easy, and sporty. My veggie bean chili is really good, and Indian is always something we love (I still have those samosas in the freezer); however, I'm not quite sure. I may end up just having the steaks for dinner with a sensible lunch beforehand so our hearts don't explode.

First up, the successes:

Gorgeous basil and tomatoes from my garden. I'm very pleased with these as I grew them from scratch, not starter plants. They tasted pretty aweseome, too.

Lovely, lovely, lovely and full of yum blackeyed pea curry with spicy goan sauce from Ruta Kahate's book, 5 Ingredients, 50 Dishes. I have talked several people into buying this on the strength of this recipe alone, so good is it. Check it out.

A simple oven-baked chicken salad. Marinated thin slices of chicken in buttermilk and hot sauce, breaded with Italian-seasoned crumbs, and bunged them in the oven. I had forgotten just how good one of these can taste, especially with a treat of peppercorn creamy Italian dressing.

Soft, cakey chocolate cookies with a sugar glaze (the boys did the glazing). Simple and delicious. This recipe came from the Rosie's Bakery cookbook; I'm afraid it may be out of print now but it really is worth picking up if you come across it. Her recipes are foolproof and delicious.

Last, epic fail. Made pasta carbonara last night. Ugh. It didn't turn into scrambled eggs (what you see is blips of parm) it just was weird. I think I've lost my taste for over-rich dishes and this was too much. Didn't like.

That's it for now. Jerry has his surgery next Wednesday so I am going to stock up on a ton of stuff this weekend so we have plenty of goodness for him to feast on. I'm definitely going to make a nice bangers & mash meal this Sunday but we'll see what he feels like eating once he gets home. I have a feeling I'll be making a lot of eggwiches for my man. :-)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Break out the cheesesteaks, bring on the blood

Yes, you could say I'm mildly excited about this. And it *is* food-related because I will be planning an entire day of food around this event. :-)