Monthly Archives: January 2013
Kirk Spencer had a terrific suggestion in an email this morning. We were talking about bamboo skewers (and how you MUST soak them before grilling to avoid flaming kabobs) and he said he’d used rosemary stems as skewers. I thought this sounded just wonderful. Maybe a lemon marinated chicken skewered on rosemary. It wouldn’t need much other seasoning, that’s for sure, and of course you’d really need to like rosemary. Lamb would probably hold up well with that type of seasoning. Yum. Can’t wait to try on something.
Now for some news on the Thursday Recipe Exchange. This week it will be postponed to Friday because the wonderful Wiley Cash will be live blogging over at Balloon-Juice about his book A Land More Kind Than Home tonight. And since I post the recipe exchange specifically to be cross-posted over there, a changed seemed prudent.
Friday night is where it’s going to stay for the time being, because of some special events planned at B-J on Thursdays. I’m good with that, hope you are, too.
Back to Mr. Cash, first of all, has there ever been a better novelist’s name? I read his book when it first came out and gave it as gifts over the summer. It’s worth a read, sets a beautiful North Carolina mountain scene as the backdrop to a dark mystery. It’s a quick and compelling story, told from the perspective of several characters in the first person.
I think that covers everything. Hopefully Kirk and I will have a big cooking announcement in the coming weeks.
Kate is hanging close to the house and has been chowing down on the beans we put out for her. She’s still wary and you can see how she is keeping an eye on me through the window on the front door. I was able to get her to eat yesterday while I was out there myself, sitting quietly in a chair. It’s hard, keeping the boys in all day except when on a leash. I let them out yesterday afternoon when it looked as if Katie was elsewhere but they spotted her coming back around and gave chase. Sigh.She comes back, chastened, and even more skittish. Miss Bitsy, the calico, has no fear of dogs and is curious about the new girl. Her interest kept Kate away until she came back into the house.Here are a few more kittehs from St Francis.
Hard to beat a stir fry for a quick and tasty dinner. They’ve been selling these baby carrots for a good while now and they are great in this dish. A few minutes in the pan and the raw is gone but they still have some snap to them. I wonder if they are hydroponic? Also in the dish are sliced purple onions, broccoli, re-hydrated mushrooms and a few red peppers that went into a sauce pan with the mushrooms to soften them up.
I made this with the “no boil” pasta that’s been in the cupboard for a spell. It works pretty well, nothing you will brag about to your mother but it’s not a bad thing.The noodles are thin, and they don’t bulk up too much more. They don’t give the kind of body that the regular noodles do. Damned easy to layer them into the dish.Here’s a little better angle on the layers.
Nothing special about the recipe, ricotta and mozzarella with an egg and chopped spinach for the cheese layer. The sauce was my awesome sauce with my own Italian sausage. That thick top layer of cheese is about half and half provolone and mozzarella. I expect this will be better tomorrow.
I had already started the duck in a 375 oven when the thought to look for sides struck me. I wandered into this post and looked at the recipe for “gastrique” sauce and saw the honey roasted veggies and thought that they were something I could pull off. I used what veggies I had on hand for the honey roasted side – parsnips and carrots. I had no idea what a gastrique was. Studying up after the fact shows such sauces to be made from fruits, usually. Tons of recipes out there for those.If I do this again I will be more patient. The sauce should have reduced more, and the honey roasted veggies needed more color. The parsnips look like boiled French fries. It all tasted pretty good but my technique really sucked.
Made some chili with some of the latest chorizo, plus a little ground beef. I started out with pinto beans and chunks of cured ham and kept adding chili paste until I decided to take the ham out and thaw the sausage since it was becoming more chili than hambeans.I’m not sure what Mrs J was intending and I am sure Annie had the same thought. She’s feeling better, now. Buddy and Homer were having a little nap. Buddy woke, probably fearing the return of the mad hatter.Alas, I have to report that Katie, the dog that Mrs J brought in for a home visit, has escaped and is loose. Fortunately she is staying close. We put out food that she will come to the patio to eat, and Mrs J has placed a doggie bed in the garage that she has been sleeping on. She just will not let us approach.She ran out the door Monday morning as I was holding it open for Mrs J to enter after a trip to town. Sigh. We bought a live trap, hoping to lure her in with some tasty food. She proved to be smarter than Buddy.Or Jack.