I’m trying to clean out the freezer, using up items before my weekly shopping trip. Since I can’t run out to pick up something I may have forgotten, I’ve had to get creative as I cook. Here are two meals made from what was in the house on those days.
My favorite Oven-Baked Fried Chicken and mashed potatoes, with a little twist: smoked brisket gravy. The thing about oven-baked chicken is there’s not enough drippings to make a good gravy. But in my freezer, I had little secret ingredient to make a great, smoky gravy: burnt ends. These were leftover from my very first smoked brisket. Continue reading
With the stay-at-home orders ongoing, once work wound down, I had more time to cook some “slow foods” – foods that take a bit more time and I haven’t had time for recently.
First up, grilled onions. I got a good deal on a bag of sweet yellow onions, so my drawer is full and I decided I needed to use up some. I love grilled onions, but to do them correctly takes time. About twenty minutes or more. Continue reading
Made my first batch of summer potato salad in my Multi-Pot. Recipe here.
Around here this cucumber and tomato salad with sweet onions is almost always in the fridge. I added some blanched broccoli to this batch as a change of pace. It’s in a simple vinaigrette of seasoned rice vinegar and oil with a sprinkle of garlic powder, onion powder, and thyme.
A Denver-ish omelet. More a frittata, although I did try to fold it over. Lacks mushrooms but it does have all the other elements: eggs, onions, green peppers, diced ham, and cheese.I’m loving this new stove.
We’re trying to do a vegetarian night a few times a week. This was one of my favorite creations.
Creole Vegetables with Black Beans and Rice
- 1 cup Jasmine Rice
- 1 -15 oz can no salt black beans (drained and rinsed)
- lime juice
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 6 green onions, chopped (including greens)
- 1/2 each: green, red and orange pepper, diced
- 1 stalk celery, diced
- 2 carrots, diced
- 1-14 oz can no salt diced tomatoes
- salt to taste
Used the multi-pot to cook up a big batch of Bourbon Beef Stew (recipe here) for dinner guests. I sauteed the beef in the multi-pot, along with the onions and then Continue reading