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Happy blogiversary to me!

Posted by Jeanne on September 5, 2013

Today is my fourth blogiversary!  I had no idea so thank you WordPress for reminding me.

I am actually on staycation this week.  My lovely friend Erika and her equally lovely son Dylan came to visit, and we ate fabulously while she was here.  Now she is gone and I’m cooking a whole bunch of stuff in the hopes that the rest of this fall will be less hectic than the summer.

AHAHAHAHA.  Yeah right.  But I can try, right?

Pork and black bean enchiladas – made the enchilada sauce this afternoon, will finish the enchiladas tomorrow

Pasta with tomato sauce, Italian sausage, and kale

Cassoulet with turkey sausage

Broccoli cheddar pinwheels

Maybe a few other things if I get inspired and the freezer will accommodate them.

ALSO!  I tried a chia seed pudding that someone posted on Pinterest and it is delicious.  I have long been suspicious of chia puddings because seriously, they are seeds.  How can you make pudding (or even “pudding”) out of seeds?  But it works.  It pays to try new things sometimes.

Sorry no pictures – have to dash!  We are going out for dinner tonight for my blogiversary our anniversary, which was Tuesday.  Happy Thursday everyone!

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Mid-August Burnout

Posted by Jeanne on August 11, 2013

I’m pretty much over summer.  It hasn’t been that bad this year, especially compared to last year, but I’m so over being hot.  I’m done going for runs where I feel like maybe I am swimming because of the humidity.

I am also experiencing summer produce ennui.  I no longer want to take pictures of the beautiful produce we get from the garden or the CSA.  I was relieved when Curt told me he had picked his last zucchini because the plant was dying.

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Ok maybe just one more picture.

Never fear though, winter is coming and in February I will be complaining about how I will never be warm again and bitching about how much I hate soup.  It’s the circle of life – like in the Lion King, but grumpier.

This week:

Saturday:  corn and zucchini cakes (recipe below) + eggs

Sunday:  herb and mustard rubbed pork tenderloin + roasted carrots and cabbage

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Monday:  quesadillas + boxed soup

Tuesday:  caldo verde (aka Portuguese green soup)

Wednesday:  chili-lime shrimp bowls (modified from Budget Bytes, again.  I am so addicted to her blog.)

Thursday:  burgers + grilled potatoes

Friday:  pizza

Corn and zucchini cakes

Makes three dozen (can be frozen)

Half a small onion, finely diced

2 small zucchini, grated & drained

2 jalapenos or other hot peppers, finely minced

6 ears of corn, kernels removed (about 2 cups)

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1 TB baking powder

Kosher salt & freshly grated black pepper

1.5 C flour

3 eggs, lightly beaten (I ended up using two whole eggs and two egg whites instead and it worked fine)

1.5 C milk

Olive oil (for cooking onions)
Sautee the diced onions in olive oil until softened and lightly brown.  Combine with zucchini, peppers, corn, baking powder, flour, and salt & pepper and toss to coat the veggies in the dry ingredients.
Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.  You can use butter or oil if you want/feel like you need to.  Our nonstick seems to function better without so I just left the pan dry.
Add the eggs and milk to the veg and dry ingredients.  Stir to combine but do not overmix.
Drop by spoonfuls (I used a two-ounce disher aka ice cream scoop) into the warmed pan.  Cook until dry around the edges, about 3 minutes.  Flip and cook another 1 – 2 minutes until browned and delicious.
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Serve immediately, or freeze on parchment paper to enjoy later.
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We reheat in the toaster oven for about 8 – 10 minutes, or you can microwave for a minute or two if you don’t mind them being kind of soft.

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Less zucchini, hooray

Posted by Jeanne on July 28, 2013

They are still coming in fast and furious, but thanks to three batches of double-chocolate zucchini bread that Curt made, their numbers are dwindling.

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It is really good.  Highly recommended.

I am now steeling myself for the influx of tomatoes.  Await post containing complaining about what a pain canning is sometime between now and the end of August.

This week:

Sunday:  pork tenderloin with mustard and herbs, roasted root veg

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Monday:  gochujang glazed salmon, Korean cucumber salad

Tuesday:  cucumber, sweet corn & tomato chopped salad with grilled chicken

Wednesday:  chicken sausage, roasted cabbage

Thursday:  Buffalo chicken salad

Friday:  BBQ pork, coleslaw

Excited for a low-zucchini week – happy Sunday, everyone!

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Glasford Haus of Zucchini

Posted by Jeanne on July 25, 2013

I have bitched mightily about the garden before.  And lo, here we are again.

Note:  I love that we have freshly grown produce.  I love that Curt has a hobby he enjoys.

I freaking hate the famine-or-feast of it all.  Two weeks ago we had no zucchini.  I think I BOUGHT zucchini last month.

This is what I picked last Thursday:

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I froze 18 cups of shredded zucchini.  EIGHTEEN.  CUPS.  THAT IS A LOT OF FREAKING ZUCCHINI BREAD.  The plant is still going strong – I can already see another 8 zucchini coming up.  Oh, and we got three as a “bonus” from our CSA because they have so many zucchini too.

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DOWN WITH ZUCCHINI.

So this is what we ate this week:

Sunday:  it was my birthday so we had grilled salmon (which Curt nicely cooked for me in a hailstorm) and grilled portobello mushrooms and some grilled zucchini.

Monday:  stuffed zucchini (I made one for us and one for a friend who just had a new baby).

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Tuesday:  cochinita pibil taco bowls, inspired by this recipe.  NO ZUCCHINI YAY!

Wednesday:  tofu, green bean and zucchini Thai curry + rice.

Thursday:  Baked Louisiana red beans & rice.

Friday:  pizza, probably one with zucchini.

This weekend, will be making some zucchini bread.  Whee!

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Briefly single

Posted by Jeanne on July 14, 2013

Curt’s traveling for business this week!  Wah!  We’ve known about the trip for awhile, so I had time to get some things cooked for the week.

Meal plan:

Sunday:  spanikopita pinwheels – a sort-of Greek spin on this dish

Monday:  broccoli lasagna

Tuesday:  spanikopita pinwheels

Wednesday:  broccoli lasagna (do you see a pattern emerging here?)

Thursday:  chicken, zucchini and tomato salad

Friday:  homemade pizza

Does anyone have any ideas about summery things to do with turnips?   I got two turnips from the CSA and all the things I can think to do with turnips are wintery.

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Day of the pork

Posted by Jeanne on June 16, 2013

So we bought this huge pork shoulder at Costco, and Saturday of this weekend was the Day of the Pork.  Now we have pulled pork for sandwiches, bulk Italian sausage, and tomorrow we’ll have cochinita pibil for tacos.  For a long, long time.

I realized that I got so into bee-bim bop last week that I didn’t post a meal plan!  So last week, we had:

Saturday: bee-bim bop

Sunday:  La Casa that my mother-in-law brought over.  Love La Casa.

Monday:  pasta with italian sausage and red sauce

Tuesday:  turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes, sugar snap peas, and broccoli

Wednesday:  falafel salad

Thursday:  BBQ spiced shrimp & grits

Friday:  we had dinner with our friends (and former neighbors) Rick and Kate – enchiladas!  Their oven died the next day.  I swear I didn’t touch it.

And then this week, we begin using the pork!

Saturday:  grilled salmon, potatoes, parmesean-lemon green beans (Wild sockeye was $25 a pound at our local grocery store but $13.99 a pound at costco, which isn’t cheap but compared to $25 a pound sounds like a freaking bargain.)

Sunday:  lasagna (I made a second one for the freezer – my general theory on lasagna is that it is a pain to make so you might as well make a ton.)

Monday:  Buffalo chicken salad with blue cheese dressing

Tuesday:  pulled pork sandwiches with sauteed green beans

Wednesday:  we are going to the College World Series!  I haven’t been since I was a teenager.  I think it’ll be fun.  Curt wants to eat a hot dog.

Thursday:  crock pot minestrone soup

Friday:  Hoisin chicken with soba noodles

Have a good week, everyone!

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Don’t eat the paint.

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Day 6

Posted by Jeanne on June 2, 2013

I’ve been doing ok with the streak – I missed Thursday because of work and Friday because of happy hour (whoops).  But that still means I have run four of the last six days, so I’m still running a lot more than I was before.

Also, LOOK!  PICTURES!

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This is our new kitchen.  It’s long and skinny and really hard to photograph.

What we’re eating this week:

Saturday – pizza.  One was asparagus, pesto, and goat cheese and one was just tomato sauce and cheese.  I forgot to make crust so we bought it at Trader Joe’s.  The whole wheat was very good and the garlic/herb tasted like school lunch breadsticks.  Not what we were expecting but it would be good if you had that in mind.

Sunday  – kale and quinoa pilaf (from the Food 52 Cookbook) and grilled salmon.

Monday – asparagus and mushroom frittata (already made!  yay!).

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Tuesday – jerk chicken with red beans and rice (recipe for the beans and rice from How To Cook Everything Vegetarian)

Wednesday –  cobb salad with chicken

Thursday – mapo tofu with rice

Friday – fajitas!  Hopefully the weather cooperates so we can grill.

Have a good week, everyone!

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Happy Mother’s Day

Posted by Jeanne on May 12, 2013

Curt made brunch today – it was glorious.  Quiche Lorraine, a spinach and feta quiche, potatoes, and my sister and fake brother-in-law brought cut up fruit and banana bread.

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The child very much enjoyed playing with her grandmothers.

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Since it is Mother’s Day, I decided that I didn’t want to spend all day cooking for the week – so this week’s menu is super, super simple.

Sunday – crunchy black bean tacos (found on Pinterest – they were ok but next time I will just make quesadillas and be done with it) + salad

Monday – salmon puttanesca pasta (found one lonely salmon filet in the freezer – thought this would be a good way to use it up)

Tuesday – veggie burgers + baked potatoes & sauteed veg

Wednesday – falafel salad

Thursday – “pork” and beans (chicken sausage and baked beans)

Friday – kale & feta pinwheels (a spanikopita-inspired version of this recipe)

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone out there who is a mother or has a mother – and here’s to a week of easy food!

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Moving is horrible

Posted by Jeanne on March 3, 2013

We are moving.  In just over two weeks.  We are at the packing stage where I think we should just throw everything away and start over.  We are not, of course.  We will continue to pack up all our crap and nice gentlemen from Two Men and  a Truck will come and carry it over to the new house.  Blergh.

In preparation, we are also trying to cook down the fridge and freezer contents.  It’s getting a little funky.  Next week we will be within spitting distance of All Takeout All The Time but for now, we are still cooking.

Breakfast:  breakfast cookies, pumpkin quinoa steel-cut oatmeal

Sunday:  apple cider vinegar chicken stew with onions and kale + Israeli couscous

Monday:  breakfast for dinner!  Scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage, blueberry pancakes

Tuesday:  chicken Thai curry + rice

Wednesday:  pasta with sausage and red sauce

Thursday:  freezer dinner (cassoulet I made a couple weeks ago for this moving time)

Friday:  homemade pizza.

The breakfast cookie thing is from Pinterest.  I am less enamored with Pinterest lately, to be honest.  I think I have seen too many pins of “recipes” that include things like powdered ranch dressing mix.  Or there is this pin floating around that calls for boneless chicken breasts, green beans, and potatoes all cooked together in butter and salad dressing mix (Italian, not ranch).  For an hour.  THOSE POOR GREEN BEANS!  Ugh.  But this recipe is a real recipe, does not include powdered salad dressing at all, and is very tasty to boot!

Have a good week, everyone!

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Friendsgiving and plan – week of February 16th

Posted by Jeanne on February 18, 2013

I failed at another resolution and missed a week last week.  Woe is me.  I have nothing to blame that one on except being busy.  I am blaming the gym failure on the general plague that will not leave our house (stomach bug E, stomach bug C, feverish cold thing that won’t go away me, ear infection E).  Is it spring yet?

One bright spot in winter is Friendsgiving, which is my favorite made-up holiday.  It was Saturday night.  There were 16 adults, 1 child, 1 toddler, three babies, and two dogs in attendance.

We made this turkey (which is AWESOME, btw) and a cornbread bundt cake.  Other people brought:

Spiced beef phyllo triangles with chutney

Artichoke-olive rolls

Bread & cheese

Mis0-glazed sweet potatoes

Mashed potatoes with spinach

Roasted brussels sprouts with pecans

Ginger lime kale with squash and chickpeas

Roasted veggies (carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, bell peppers, pearl onions)

Bacon-toffee cheesecakes

Peach & raspberry pie

Apple nut pie

It was amazing – I love that we have this party every year and that we have friends who are into it enough to bring so much awesome food over.

The rest of the week:

Sunday:  Spanish couscous pilaf, sauteed salmon, and steak (have I mentioned that Curt’s friend Scott is visiting?  He’s a chef.  I highly recommend befriending chefs when possible.)

Monday:  mole-braised beef short ribs, black beans and rice.

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Also we had eggs benedict with bacon for breakfast.  Again with the visiting chef.  AWESOMENESS.

Tuesday:  pasta with pesto chicken (Scott goes home tomorrow.  Can you tell?)

Wednesday:  cassoulet

Thursday:  breakfast for dinner (eggs and roast potatoes, I think)

Friday:  homemade pizza

Have a good week, everyone!  Less than two weeks left in February!

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