Much the same as yesterday’s dinner. Same noodles and sauces with shrimp as well as chicken. Veggies were a little different, tonight we had snow peas, carrots, fresh shiitakes, and bean sprouts. I included a half teaspoon of chili garlic paste to this one but that wasn’t enough for Mrs J to mind.
We like the big crusts. This 14″ pie has 3-1/4 cups of flour in it. I rolled string mozzarella into the edge and sprinkled it with kosher salt after spritzing with olive oil.I’m calling this one a triple triple – it has three meats, three cheeses, and three veggies. Three veggies if you stretch the definition to include mushrooms. The other two are onions and olives Err, if you count olives. Gah! It has Italian sausage, ham, and pepperoni for the meats; mozzarella, provolone, and parmesan are the cheeses.
Doing a pizza in the Weber grill is going to take some more study. I can really crank the temps in there, I was hitting 550 degrees easily and I think 600 isn’t asking too much of it. Only thing is the dough has to be very thin and the topping relatively sparse for this to work. This one wasn’t made that way and by the time the toppings were done the bottom was a uniform black, like those high spots on the top side. I like plenty of toppings and a medium thick crust so the next pie is going in at a lower temperature. This one has sausage, onions, peppers, and mushrooms with Kraft Italian blend shredded cheeses over my awesome sauce. And yes, I ate it.
It’s cloudy and rainy today and that put Mrs J into a soup mood. I started chicken simmering with onions and then ransacked the cupboards for egg noodles and came up short. I suggested the mung bean noodles I have stashed away but she refused them in favor of a run to town for “proper” noodles. While she was gone I went ahead and fixed a bowl using them. These are often called cellophane noodles and are huge in Asian cuisines. I have garnished this bowl with fresh chilies and red onions. There are a few shiitake mushroom slices in there, a splash of soy sauce, and a few drops of hot sesame oil along with the carrots and celery.
I just had to have a bigger slow cooker than the one we had. It has given good service for more years than I wish to count but it just didn’t have room for a larger cut of meat plus the veggies and everything. This one by Hamilton Beach had tons of reviews at Amazon and looked like a winner to me.You can set it for a certain cooking time or for a desired temperature (via a probe), or just “cook until I stop you” with two cooking temperatures – high or low, (plus a “warm” setting). I managed to figure out the controls, without going to the instruction booklet, after a few starts and stops and much button poking.I’m not too sure how well the probe will work out. I has to be inserted through the lid and into the meat and the exact placement and depth may not be ideal in real world cooking. I have a remote thermometer that I think will thread through the hole but will only beep at me when temps are reached. The included probe plugs into the heating circuit and will switch the pot to warm when it reaches set point. (I think – still haven’t read the booklet.)This is the first run. A fair sized beef roast with most of a bottle of red wine and some beef broth. I coarsely chopped a large yellow onion and tossed that in with a few carrots and stalks of celery as aromatics with six or eight cloves of garlic. Salt and pepper and the usual mix of dried herbs: Bay leaves, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, and oregano. Two large whole potatoes went in there as well, the green beans were in another pan. All the liquids were strained and reduced for gravy, adding to it some sauteed mushrooms. I discarded the carrots and celery, using some of the onion and garlic for the beans along with a few pieces of ham.