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Saturday, January 31, 2004

Silly me

Containerized the enchiladas on Thursday night and then was too busy blogging to pick one up on Friday morning for lunch.

The Bowl was exhausting, not the least because I am the Queen of stuffing a handbasket. Two grocery sacks full and I had to leave off buying flour.

I almost abandoned my Soybean Stuff plans and got asparagus for asparagus enchiladas instead. $2.29 a pound for tips, which is a terrific price for this time of year. With that and $1.29 raspberries, it might as well be spring.

Did not make the Soybean Stuff last night - way too tired. Will do pot roast when I am at the salon today.

Friday, January 30, 2004

Back to the Bowl

Well, I did make a second pan of enchiladas, eventually, and managed to not leave those out. Mmmmm, cheesy goodness. Black bean and corn this time.

I am in the mood for pot roast. I have most of a can of pizza sauce and half a bottle of not-great red wine from my brother's cellar cleanout. What is notable about this is that I feel like braving the Berkeley Bowl to get the chuck roast. I have not shopped at the Bowl in a while because it's physically exhausting. With any luck I can get the roast in the oven before I go off to the salon tomorrow (since I am getting my toes done it will be a while).

As I was lying on the acupuncture table last night, I was working out what I wanted to do for dinner (eventually decided to go home and have enchiladas, even though I had them for lunch) and my B-Bowl shopping list. The idea of making the Soybean Succotash Stuff came to my brain (mainly because it was so good with the red pepper gravy from the potroast). Brain thinking along normal directions. Yay.

Must remember to get lemonade, and check the price of salmon. Still deciding whether I want a chicken too; have not had roast chicken in a while since natural chicken is way too expensive other places.

Monday, January 19, 2004


I made the chicken enchiladas last night. After I got into a car accident. I thought it was a good sign that I was okay (could operate a knife, after all) but I covered the pan ... and left it out overnight (after eating the small pan for my dinner - only ten tortillas fit in my big pan, so the other 2-3 go in a small dish).


Into the trash it went. I gave myself a monster case of food poisoning (the week before my brother's wedding - fortunately it was all done by the time I flew out) by eating some turkey casserole that had been left out overnight. Never again.

I went to the Mexican market and Country Cheese after I got the rental car (mine needs to be in the shop for a couple of weeks getting body work done) but will try black bean when I am up to grating cheese again. (Which I manually grated, and it went pretty speedily.)

I do have lunch for tomorrow - last of the minestrone.

Forgot to take my knife in for sharpening. Saturday, I think, unless I leave early on Weds.

I have had this urge to make lemon chutney because I have been rereading Laurie Colwin's books. This is odd since I am not a chutney fan. I do, however, have a very productive lemon tree. (Speaking of which, one of my jars of preserved lemons broke, but it was clean and I repackaged the lemons. They seem getting close to done but I am concerned since two jars of the six I have used so far have had problems.

Sunday, January 18, 2004

Cooking today

when I recover from the paper marathon yesterday.

It's been so long since I did enchiladas that I have to look up how to do the shredder attachment in the FP.

Saturday, January 17, 2004

Odds and ends

Well, the advice from King Arthur Flour (run it thru the self-cleaning cycle) worked a treat. I had to clean my oven first, but since it's still cold, the heated kitchen was hardly unwelcome.

I have been craving fried food recently - egg rolls and fried potatoes in all forms.

I need to tear myself away from the blog and start working on the final draft of my paper - cooking time has definitely been reduced because of it. But after I get the draft done and sent to A. for review, I do want to make some chicken enchiladas. Got some corn tortillas and Jack at the store this morning. Also some frozen corn for potato-pancetta-corn chowder.

Monday, January 12, 2004

Cold Pizza For Breakfast

Okay, I heated it up. I had to try something from the RFC cookbook that my friend had noted and there were leftovers.

I used my new baking stone and it got carbonized gook on it because I was baking sweet potatoes at the same time (to take advantage of oven). So I fired email off to King Arthur Flour asking about the best way to clean it. The stone did make the crust crispy although I am not sure I want that with a Boboli shell. Might experiment with Trader Joe's pizza dough (from the fresh case).

Sunday, January 11, 2004

Makin' Muffins

I got one of those silicone muffin pans for Christmas. Good news - it works fine without papers. Bad news - unlike the other pan I have to wash it. I have learned that it has slightly less capacity than my other pan, which surprised me the first time I used it, but which will work out to my advantage. I have the Williams-Sonoma Muffins cookbook and am annoyed at the number of recipes that are for 10 (NOT 12) muffins. But one of those recipes works fine in the silicone pan.

Today's muffins - applesauce-raisin-walnut and cranberry-orange-walnut. The applesauce muffins are a little uninteresting fresh but moisten up nicely after being kept in the freezer. Might try pear-ginger-some sort of nut next week.

Should also make some minestrone for lunch. I did not cook last weekend since I was studying for my exam and ran out of lunch food last week. Annoying.

I sent one of the rec.food.cooking cookbooks to a pal of mine who lost his mom recently (and unexpectedly). He had mentioned previously that he likes community cookbooks and that was a doozy. He has been truly appreciative (and I think I missed one of the ones he tried, and will have to try it, heh).

Sunday, January 04, 2004

Leftover Land

No cooking to speak of post the New Year's wonderfulness - party NYE, then dinner at the "New" Spenger's on NYD after seeing RotK. I still have Pad Thai from the leftovers. I do plan to make some cranberry-orange muffins at some point in the not so distant future for breakfasts. This week will be tough at work since I have had two broken-up ones.

On the health front I feel better, and have started making coffee again in the morning. I also hit on a good reward scheme for studying - one Trader Joe's caramel per chapter!