[Sca-cooks] Home cooked alternatives OOP
jo_foster81 at hotmail.com
Wed May 2 11:03:53 PDT 2007
>What about the rest of ya'll? How often do you really dine vs eat?
Lordy, do I sympathize with the schedule thing. With a 16 year old working
at the gym and an 11 year old to chase, plus Laundry roulette and cat-box
bounty to add to the usual work and school - then gym - then cook routine.
While the kids are GREAT help ... it is most helpful if they are not
helping TOGETHER ... less bloodshed that way. Add to that the fact that
moms boyfriend is now a semi-permanent fixture for meals and it can get
down-right festive during evening feeding time.
I make it a point of TRYING to dine as opposed to just eating ... doesn't
always happen, but we do TRY. The meal is almost always scheduled for 8:00
pm though it frequently misses that mark. I generally try to insist we sit
down to the meal, though that doesnt always happen either.
Tonight is grilled steaks with mushrooms and onions ... steak marinaded in
the freezer in a vacu-suck bag (yes, miracles do occur, I actually
remembered to take the bag out of the freezer this morning BEFORE leaving
for work, or AS I was leaving for work, depending on ones point of view),
onions and mushrooms sliced and sautéed in a little of the marinade and some
olive oil just before serving (which requires some interesting in-pan
segregation during the cooking process since T loathes mushrooms but the
rest of us ADORE them). Rice noodles with butter and herbs, and probably
peas as the vegetable, and the remains of the green salad from Sunday.
last night ... Americanized red chili. I cooked some 13-bean beans with
some chopped onion, various spices in the crockpot all day. When I got home
from work, I added tomato sauce and the leftover sweet corn from Sundays
dinner. I would ordinarily add green and red bell peppers and an Achco
chili or two but boyfriend J does not appreciate bell peppers like the rest
of us do. Served with flour tortillas, chopped raw onion and chopped
cheddar cheese (not grated ... first they argue over who gets to shred it
this time, and then there is always the chance for some extra bio-mass in
the cheese if children grate it ...).
Monday night, baked fish filets (the bag said Rainbow, but they were a
little pale, so I suspect Mackinaw trout was what it actually ended up
being) and mixed rice made with brown and wild rice augmented with the
leftover rice from Friday morning breakfast because there were not enough
vegetables in the fridge to make it look like rice pilaf, which is what it
was supposed to be. I chopped in a little celery, carrot, onion and garlic
into it as well so I guess it was sort of pilaf
Sunday we had BBQ pork steaks, roasted red potato wedges with real bacon
bits ( cooked some additional bacon that morning when I was making breakfast
for the boys before they went fishing)( I say additional because there is NO
such thing as extra bacon) and herbs from the window-box, mixed white and
yellow kernel corn, and a big green salad of many things.
Sunday was a celebration of sorts ... we have been replacing the kitchen
floor (two hours a night, working on it after work). We moved the major
appliances back into place on Saturday evening after I got home, so Sunday I
had a kitchen again. We also usually prep food for the week on Sunday
afternoon, but this week I missed billiards practice on Saturday (Helping a
friend move house). Billiards practice happened instead of food prep for
the coming week so the evening meals this week are taking on a catch-as
Saturday was frozen Lasagna that my boyfriend heated in the microwave,
augmented by garlic bread from the grocery store and a bag of salad from the
produce aisle. See above on why it was all pre-purchased, prebagged and
pre-prepared. He gets extra points for trying, though, because I was
helping a friend move house 160 miles away that day and he wanted to make
sure we had a hot meal when I got home.
Thursday night is, thankfully, blind-guy-burrito night. A local blind man
supplements his SSI income selling burritos and salsa. Order on Tuesday,
pick up on Thursday. He makes the absolutely BEST burritos in the world and
his tamales are incredible. I usually buy two quarts of salsa when we
order. Occasionally one will get a mis-marked package (HOT vs. mild) but
that is anticipated.
Friday night SHOULD be Chicken Picati
assuming I remember to get the
Chicken and the remains of the blind-guy-salsa in the crockpot before I
leave for work.
Jo (Georgia L.) Foster
jo_foster81 at hotmail.com
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