Archive for January, 2008

Shameless Cheating

So my weekly menu told me I was supposed to make chicken pot pie for dinner tonight.  Crap.

I had a bad day.  I woke up late, with a headache, and the first phone call of the morning was the teacher I work with telling me she wouldn’t be at school today.  Great.

Upon arriving home after my hellacious day, I really wasn’t looking forward to putting together a pot pie.  The very thought of putting together a white sauce and cooking chicken breasts made me want to curl up in the fetal position.  But then I remembered….. I CAN CHEAT!  So I did.

I had some leftover pork roast with veggies in the fridge.  I took out 2 store-bought pie crusts.  I mixed the leftover roast and veggies with (I can’t believe I’m telling you this…) a can of cream of mushroom soup, a little sour cream, a few glugs of white wine, a shot of worcestershire sauce, some hot sauce and salt/pepper.  I put one of the crusts on the bottom of my square pyrex brownie dish, dumped in the filling and put the other crust on the top.   I am fixing to throw it in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes.  I’ll take a pic when it comes out of the oven.  I hope it doesn’t suck.

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I have been thinking a lot lately about this food blogging business.  I really enjoy writing the posts and taking the pics, so I decided to be more serious about it.  I read an embarassing number of food blogs everyday, trying to pick up recipe ideas and blog ideas.

S0…….one of my favorite blogs is www.accidentalhedonist.com.  I read it everyday.   So the author of this blog has over 12,000 faithful readers.  She decided to help some of the newer bloggers get a leg up, and added a mini-blog feature to her blog.  I signed up for one, and as my first post, I asked for some help tweaking my mom’s cream cheese poundcake for high altitude baking….

I get home from school today and, as always, log on to read my favorite blog- and GUESS WHAT??? She picked my post and about 4 others to post on THE FRONT FREAKIN PAGE OF HER BLOG!!!!!  I’m serious…you should go check it out.  Of course, no one has offered any advice about mom’s poundcake, but it was so cool to see my entry on her blog.   I know I still basically suck at this, but maybe this will give me the kick in the pants I need to get better at it!

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Sushi Rice, Revisited

Well, rolling the sushi is the fun part.  Unfortunately, when I moved, I lost my partner in crime!!!  You could make the rice, then fedex it to me…….

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Sushi Rice

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Originally uploaded by lyricalmezzo

Proof that Mimi CAN roll sushi – if someone else (ahem) makes the rice!

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I have decided that I am tired of being afraid to make sushi at home.  Sushi is one of my most favorite foods, and unless I figure out how to make it myself (or move) I will not be able to have it on a regular basis.

This coming weekend being Superbowl Weekend, I am going to attempt sushi to have during the game.

My real fear about sushi isn’t really the rolling- it’s the rice.  The texture of the rice has to be perfect.  So I’ve been researching the rice and methods of cooking.  During the course of this research, I stumbled upon a great cooking resource called www.imcooked.com.  Using the search feature, I found numerous videos on how to prepare sushi. This one I found particularly entertaining and 80s-rific. 

I highly recommend visiting the site and spending some time bumming around in the archive!  I have tried numerous times to embed the video, but it just ain’t workin for me. So you will have to go to the site and do a search for sushi. I highly recommend the “Average Betty” postings.

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Originally uploaded by lyricalmezzo

I think now, this being the 3rd time through, that I have mastered the crock pot goulash recipe so…here it is:

In saute pan put 2 tbls of olive oil and 2 tbls of butter;

add one chopped onion or approx. 5 shallots.

Cube chicken (about 1 1/2 lbs) coat with flour, salt, pepper and paprika; throw in with the onion and shallot mixture and cook for about 4 minutes.

In the crockpot put in one small can of tomato paste, a can of chopped tomatos, 3/4 cup of red wine, 1 can of chicken of veggie stock, 1 tbls of paprika, 1 tlbs of chopped rosemary – add onion and chicken mixture to crock-pot. My crock pot doesn’t have temperature controls so I cook it on high for one hour and then switch it to low for 2 hours. If you have temp controls – set it for 350 degrees and it should be great.

About 10-12 minutes before the goulash is done, add a cup of sour cream or plain yogurt to the crock pot. At about this time – boil water and cook egg noodles. Spoon goulash over the noodles and enjoy. I had the same red wine as added to the mix and some beer bread from the other night. YUM! Not only do we enjoy it, but my sister’s cats go out of their minds for the stuff.

Traditional goulash is made with beef tips – you can use the same recipe but use beef tips – should be great. I am just not a beef eater.


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Day One Under My Belt


So far so good with the menu thing.  I cooked the brats in a mixture of beer, leftover chicken broth and sliced onions.  I served them with sauteed peppers and onions (leftovers to be used later in the week).  The potatoes were roasted and the quinoa salad was leftover from last week.

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