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I guess I'm back to doing Meetup Sunday again. Same thing as last time - potluck lunch at the winery. Though I would assume they're moving it indoors, since it's now cold.

And since I just RSVP'd and it is tomorrow and I want to use what I had on hand:

- Chickpeas? Check.
- Pureed pumpkin? Check.
- Lemon juice? Check.
- Olive oil? Check.
- Garlic? Check.
- Spices? Check.

Thusly, pumpkin hummus (my own recipe, adapted from 2 other recipes):

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 c. pumpkin puree
3 TBSP. lemon juice
1 TBSP. water
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
fresh cracked pepper to taste
1 tsp. cumin

Combine all in food processor. Add olive oil until you have the consistency you want. Sprinkle with smoked paprika.

hummus

I'm bringing a box of crackers I already opened and didn't really like (Town House Flatbread Crisps - sea salt & olive oil flavor), but they actually go really well with this hummus. I may stop at the store on the way there though, and pick up some additional crackers. I don't want to bring the box of Wheat Thins that Lance has been snacking on.
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I based this off a chicken wing recipe, modified it to chicken breasts (since the husband hates chicken wings), and it was crazy good. Smoky and sweet, with wonderful flavoring from the smoked paprika (a new-to-me spice).

In a gallon size Ziploc bag, combine:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper

Add 1.5 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breast (or hey, if you want bone-in with skin, so much the better. This recipe was originally for crispy, flavorful skin anyway). Zip bag closed and shake until the chicken is well coated. Let it hang out in the fridge for 3-4 hours.

I had 3 rather large, thick breasts. I baked them on a foil-lined baking pan for 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Your mileage may vary.

While the chicken was baking, I made the roasted red pepper creme. This involves a tub of original flavor Philadelphia Cooking Creme. Scoop out about 1/3 of the creme into your food processor. Add some roasted red peppers from a jar - whatever amount you want according to your tastes. Pulse until well blended and a saucy consistency. (Note: I made it as soon as the chicken went in the oven, so the creme was room temp by the time the chicken was done.)

And that's all there is to it. When the chicken's done, let it rest a few minutes so it stays juicy, then slice it and spoon the creme over the top.

I served this with egg noodles (mixed with the remainder of the cooking creme and some dill) and peas. Definitely making this again.
prosodic: (poppy)
Last day for NaBloPoMo! Then I can slack and not post for a day or two. Although I doubt I'll run out of things to say for the next several weeks. :)

Today's moving tasks: photographing things in the bedroom and finishing the book inventory.

Non-moving tasks: taking the dogs for a nail trim

I'm starting to assess what we need to use up in the fridge, freezer, and pantry. I'm happy to give away any unopened packages of food that we have, but I'm trying to use up condiments and spices. And obviously, the opened packages of food. Therefore, tonight's dinner was cheeseburgers and tater tots. And we'll have it again, because there are still burger patties and tater tots left over.

So...I have 2 kinds of mustard (both pretty full bottles) and a lot of Heinz 57 to use up. I see a lot of meals featuring these two things in our near future. Time to get creative and figure out how to incorporate them into recipes. I should also include honey in this because honey is great with either of these things, and I also have a bottle of that to use up. Hmmm...and mango chutney, which will probably work better with Heinz 57 than mustard.
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I'm kind of freaking out about tomorrow, suddenly fearing that I don't actually have enough food. Which is ridiculous, because I've always gotten too much food in previous years, and I suspect I finally got just the right amount this time.

There will be no shortage of desserts anyway. So even if we run out of everything else, THERE WILL BE DESSERT.

I have cranberry bread in the oven right now. I have meatballs and turkey cocktail smokies in the slow cooker. Lance and I will eat those tonight with a Pillsbury French Loaf, crackers, and cheese. I intend to reheat the leftovers for tomorrow night's post-feast nibbling, and even if I run out of those, I have a back-up package of chicken smokies in the freezer. And I have crescent rolls. I could make tiny pigs (or chicks) in a blanket. HAHA.

So yes...no need to fear. We have PLENTY.

I think the sudden panic came from opening up the fridge and seeing the pumpkin roll and the turkey tenderloin side-by-side. And the pumpkin roll is BIGGER. No kidding. But yes, I have enough turkey for 3 people. There may be some leftovers and there may not. But there's enough for the main meal and that's what matters.

I'm still trying to decide if I want buttered corn or something a little fancier (and therefore, more fattening). I was going to do a creamy corn by stirring some chive and onion cream cheese into it, but then I realized that Lance probably wouldn't like it that way, since he's not a fan of flavored cream cheese (unless it's strawberry). Then I tried to look up some sort of scalloped corn recipe that uses ingredients I already have. I think I found one. But maybe I should just keep it simple and not create more work for myself. But hmmmm...I am intrigued by scalloped corn. I always had green bean casserole (and I guess Lance did too), and last year, I think I just did some simple balsamic carrots. But this year, I want corn.

I'll figure it out. Nothing I'm cooking is complicated anyway, so if I find a recipe for scalloped corn that doesn't require me to run out to the store, I might as well just do it.

I should chill some Chardonnay for tonight. I'll be using it for the roasted baby bella mushrooms tomorrow anyway.

Well, I just finished up lunch, so I guess I better get some work done this afternoon. Maybe I should wait for the bread to finish first.
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I've had the hugest craving for Swedish meatballs for the past 3 or so days. Specifically, IKEA's meatballs, which is funny, because I have only ever eaten them once. I just remember them being really delicious.

Even though IKEA is close, it's not necessarily convenient just to go there for the meatballs. So I had to make do with other Swedish meatballs. In fact, I used this recipe for dinner tonight:

http://www.armourmeats.com/recipes/swedish-meatballs

Unlike most recipes, I actually followed this one exactly. I just served it over mashed potatoes (because that's how IKEA does it) instead of noodles. And I didn't do the fresh parsley.

I was surprised how satisfying these meatballs were (but then again, anything with Tillamook sour cream is satisfying). I was craving cranberry sauce too (not the canned stuff - homemade, because that's how I roll), but I'm saving that for Thanksgiving (I have a bag of cranberries in the freezer right now). Instead, I took a can of the jellied cranberry sauce and mixed it with some natural applesauce and warmed it over the stove. It hit the spot. And I made some corn to round out the meal.

It was actually the first substantial meal I had all day. After being really sick last night, I was very careful about what I ate today. A small bowl of cereal for breakfast. Chicken noodle soup for lunch. But I'm feeling better now. Just a slight headache that has lingered all day (I'm thinking from dehydration), but after the night I had last night, I can handle that.
prosodic: (dessert)
Today's chilly, wet, windy weather requires comfort food.

- Make mashed potatoes (from a box, of course). Stir in a little leftover alfredo sauce from Sunday night's pasta until smooth and creamy.

- In a separate pan, cook bacon until crisp. Crumble. (Or cut it up with scissors first, like I did, and then cook it.) Transfer to paper towels.

- In the same pan you cooked the bacon, fry one egg. Make sure yolk is still runny.

Mix all together in bowl. Consume.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. So good.
prosodic: (dessert)
Lance brought home some dungeness crab chowder from Duke's Chowder House for me. Sooooooooo good. And they also wrapped up some of their amazing sourdough bread.

He didn't order any dinner for himself, and he's currently fixing plain old Kraft mac & cheese. I feel kind of bad about that, but he was concerned about me and just wanted to get home as quickly as possible.

That chowder really hit the spot. And you know, I'm feeling much better. It's long past the time for the Dayquil to wear off, and my throat doesn't really hurt (still slightly scratchy though), and I no longer have a headache. I do have an itchy/burning sensation in my nose, I feel some fatigue, and I'm sneezing and coughing some, but that's about it.

Dinner

Dec. 7th, 2009 06:08 pm
prosodic: (cook)
I made spaghetti carbonara for dinner.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Bacon.

By the way, my Rice Krispie treats turned out amazingly, insanely delicious. This will now be my go-to recipe.

Mistake

Sep. 30th, 2009 09:43 pm
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I had some odds and ends to pick up at Target last night and I was craving chocolate. So I wandered over to the food aisles to see what they had.

Weight Watchers Smart Ones sundaes - $1.88 per package (2 in a package), on sale.

So I snagged 2: chocolate chip cookie dough and peanut butter cup.

I had never had them before.

I tried the cookie dough last night. I had the peanut butter cup tonight.

It's ridiculous how addictive these are. I will have to refrain from buying these ever again because Weight Watchers or not, it can't be good to crave one every night.

Damn my sweet tooth. I need to make it a habit of eating a savory snack in the evenings instead of something sugary.
prosodic: (hyperbole)
How do I love thee, Duke's Chowder House? Let me count the ways...

1> Your lobster chowder is perfection. PERFECTION. Creamy and sweet and insanely delicious.

2> Your wild mixed greens salad with bleu cheese, candied pecans, orange and grapefruit wedges and tarragon vinaigrette...Heaven on a plate. Seriously.

3> The bread. I just love bread. Warm from the oven with soft butter. Mmmmm.

4> FREE APPETIZERS! Coconut prawns with honey chili sauce and steamers (fresh local clams steamed with garlic butter, roasted garlic, fresh herbs and Mac & Jack's). The shrimp was especially tasty. I could've easily polished off the whole plate myself, but I shared it with friends.

And if that wasn't enough, we went to Cold Stone Creamery for dessert, where I had their limited time only Jello butterscotch pudding creation: butterscotch ice cream mixed with Reese's peanut butter cup and Butterfinger and swirled with caramel.

My tastebuds have exploded. (And so has my waistline...but I am a happy, happy woman today.)
prosodic: (me)
[livejournal.com profile] wendywoowho and I had a riveting discussion on Twitter (as riveting a discussion as two can have with 140 characters at a time) about sandwiches on Friday. She tweeted about her tomato sandwich. I replied saying that cheese would be good on that sandwich. We went back and forth about the ultimate cheese sandwich, which for me would be red leicester (a British cheese) on bread with a slice of tomato and Heinz salad cream. In fact, I had this exact sandwich during a camping trip in Fylingthorpe in Yorkshire 3 years ago. A sandwich that normally wouldn't be memorable, except that it was made for me by a charming British mum who kept calling me "petal" and made a huge fuss over us and made tea to go with our sandwiches. And so, a simple cheese sandwich became one of the memorable meals of my life.

([livejournal.com profile] thespis_mellie and [livejournal.com profile] blackrat should remember this too, since we were all there together.)

Anyway, this seemingly mundane Twitter conversation brought back a really delightful memory. And a craving for cheese sandwiches.

Mission accomplished today at the commissary...somewhat. I have sliced medium cheddar. I have tomatoes. I have a loaf of sourdough. What I don't have is Heinz salad cream, and that's because it was $5 at the commissary (McChord has a decent German/British foods selection due to all the people who were previously stationed in those 2 locales). Yes, it's imported, so I realize it is more expensive. But I still think that's a bit steep for a condiment that I would only use as a sandwich spread. So I will have to be satisfied with spicy brown mustard. Ho hum. ;)

Note to self: grab a bottle of salad cream when next in Canada. I'm sure it's cheaper there.

Good Eats

Feb. 3rd, 2009 06:53 pm
prosodic: (poppy)
So...the potluck...

There was this butternut squash soup that was SOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOD. It was chunky with lots of veggies and a touch of curry and just mmmmmmmmmmm.

I don't know why I bothered to bring crackers. They were barely touched. (There are new mini saltines out on the market that are so cute and make you wonder why nobody thought of them before. Yeah, I brought those.)

Oh, and my carrot cheesecake bars....OH. MY. GOD.

Lance and I are happy there are leftovers.

When I came home, I commenced to making [livejournal.com profile] navygreen's kielbasa casserole. It was pretty tasty. Except I prefer the taste of smoked sausage to kielbasa, so I think I'll just use smoked sausage next time I make it.
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Dinner was yum, and I just threw together a little of this and that from my collection of leftovers in the fridge.

- cooked some spaghetti noodles
- reheated last night's sloppy joe meat
- nuked a pouch of Ragu spaghetti sauce (they make small pouches for those of us who cannot eat an entire jar of pasta sauce)
- lots of parmesan cheese

Lance had his sans pasta sauce. Just meat and cheese on buttered noodles.

I took a leftover sesame seed bun, split it, buttered it, sprinkled on garlic powder, grated parmesan and Italian seasoning. Toasted until golden brown in my toaster oven. Each of us took half.

Very quickly thrown together, but so very very tasty.

And because Lance raved about these sloppy joes (and I never measure ingredients, so I probably can't replicate these again), an ingredient list: a squirt of Heinz 57, squirt of barbecue sauce, generous amounts of ketchup, 2 splashes of worchestershire, generous squirt of honey mustard, beef broth, 2 heaping tablespoons of brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder.

It's snowing again. *scream*
prosodic: (cool karyn)
I was reading my daily blogroll and came across an interesting post about how sales of Spam are now skyrocketing in this economy, ensuring that the employees at Hormel will not be getting laid off anytime soon.

It's been years since I've had Spam. I think my Mom keeps it in her pantry and fixes it occasionally for a quick supper, but I honestly can't stand the stuff (and she now knows better than to ever fix it when I'm visiting...I think she did it once and I ended up making myself a bowl of cereal). What's even worse is Treet, which is what my Mom bought for us when we were kids. I remember eating it with ketchup to help hide the taste of it, but perhaps it only made it worse.

I remember listening to my Grandpa's war stories, about how they served Spam for breakfast, lunch and dinner on his ship. Every. Single. Day. Once he left the Navy, he could never even look at a can of Spam again, let alone eat it. I seem to recall that he also ate a lot of potatoes, but he could never hate on potatoes the way he hated on Spam.

I don't think the post really has a point or anything. I just thought it was interesting, and Mom and I were talking about a similar subject a week or so ago. She said that when we were kids, she used to buy those boxes of Kraft Spaghetti Dinner. That was apparently all that was available until Prego came out, and then she started buying that. Because she tried to make her own spaghetti sauce once and it was a spectacular failure. I don't remember eating Kraft Spaghetti Dinner, but I remember the Prego.

One of my favorite childhood meals that I still crave sometimes (and it sounds completely repulsive, but it's soooooooo gooooooood) - Chef Boyardee pizza kit topped with sliced hotdogs and diced bacon. I know I've mentioned it before on my LJ. I even made it once for Lance before we were married. Mom and I were talking about this just last weekend and now I've been wanting it. She never makes it anymore, but she still thinks about that meal all the time. I'll have to make it next time I'm in Ohio or they're here visiting.

And of course, Kraft Shells & Cheese, prepared as directed. Cut up hotdogs into it, add liberal dashes of oregano, pour into casserole dish and bake until the hotdogs are brown around the edges and the top of the macaroni is slightly crispy. Another childhood favorite.

Another one, a side dish, actually - Stove Top stuffing mixed with Campbell's chicken noodle soup. My mom used to call it worm stuffing when we were kids.

How I'm not suffering from hypertension from all this high sodium stuff, I have no idea.

It's so funny that my tastes have totally changed since then. Yeah, I still like my trashy food (I am planning on some sort of skillet meal tonight with chicken, cream of chicken soup, and Minute Rice) on occasion, but eating "pretentious" food makes me very happy.
prosodic: (a spot of tea)
I am drinking tea! Out of a proper cup!

I had a multitude of errands to run on the base today, and I just got back from doing that not long ago.

First stop: the medical clinic...where I had to track down the woman who was supposed to buy our car. No easy task. I asked at the reception desk on the first floor. They told me that she worked on the second floor, but couldn't say which office. So I wandered around the second floor until I found someone and asked them. They said that they didn't think she was in today, and then checked the directory and made a phone call and managed to get her on the phone. So I told her about the situation with the car and she was very cool about it. I'm so glad. It's a lose-lose situation for us both, and I am well aware of that...we don't get to sell the car...she doesn't get a car.

Next stop: the Airman & Family Readiness Center, where I checked out a big box of kitchen things. YAY coffee cups! YAY proper plates and bowls! YAY utility knives! I don't need everything that came in the box...just certain things. But I was stupid and forgot baking dishes. I have plenty of pans for on the stove, but none for oven use. Lance and I will have to pick up some foil pans at the commissary tomorrow.

After that, I had to stop by the Canadian National Support Unit. I had it on good authority that they could give me a referral for a professional housecleaner, as I've asked around numerous places and have come up empty. YAY Canada! They had a name and number for me. So we'll be giving her a call and getting an estimate before we move out.

Then I stopped for mail, filled up the gas tank on the crap-mobile, and then came back here to wash up the dishes and finish up the load of laundry that I'm doing. I'm also waiting for a phone call, as Lance might be home early. I hope I hope I hope. I can't really go anywhere else right now in case he calls for a ride, but I have some cleaning I can do around the house, so I can keep myself busy.

Need to make a grocery list today too. Although with the tourtiere (which is about 3 dinners right there) and our Thanksgiving buffet at the chow hall on Wednesday evening, it's going to be a short list. I still want to make a special meal for Thanksgiving Day, and I think I'm going to make a pot of cocktail meatballs/weenies because Lance is used to having that around Thanksgiving and Christmas both. I'll get turkey meatballs if I can, just to make it more festive. :) And I can bake some banana bread or something. And I need to figure out something I can cobble together for book club that doesn't require much prep work. I can probably just get some pre-made herb-cheese spread and some crackers or something. Everybody knows our situation right now, so they're not really expecting me to bring anything.

ETA: I am making this:

- 1 package McCormick Spring Onion Dip Mix
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/4 c. pitted and chopped Kalamata or black olives
- 1/2 tsp. oregano

Mix together. Chill for one hour.

I may add some of my bruschetta dip mix to this too, just for a little extra kick. And then I can use up the mini-breadsticks I have in the pantry. Score!
prosodic: (cook)





See this absolutely adorable man standing between Ruth and myself? I acquired him today as my new personal chef. Hehehe.

He's the owner of Cafe Madrid, one of our favorite restaurants. We went there today for tapas. As we were paying the bill, Ruth explained to him (he doesn't really speak English well, just German and Spanish) that I am moving back to the United States, and that I needed to find a good tapas place in Seattle.

He got very excited and said, "Can she take me with her?"

I said yes, but only if he cooked tapas for me everyday at home.

He agreed. Hehehe.

(I can just see it now...Lance walks into the kitchen one day and asks, "Honey, who the hell is this strange Spanish man cooking potatoes in our kitchen?")

We asked him to take photos, but before we left, he insisted on having one with the two of us. Christine was there too, but she wanted to take the photo, rather than be in it.

Our menu today:

- Meat and cheese platter (manchego and sheep's cheeses, Serrano ham, chorizo, olives)
- crusty bread with aioli
- shrimp in garlic oil
- small potatoes with sea salt and Mujo sauce (never quite figured out what that was)
- mushrooms in cream sauce
- bacon-wrapped dates (my favorite thing)

All of it was delicious, as always. We ordered off the menu this time. Usually he picks out tapas out for us, knowing what we like (always the bacon-wrapped dates) but also giving us new stuff to try, usually seafood, and not stuff that we cared to have again. So we wanted to be in charge of the menu today.

We followed this with a walk for a couple of blocks to a coffee/sandwich shop, where we each had two coffee drinks: a Latte Macchiato for me, followed by a chocolate espresso.

It's been a good day. :)

Oh, and Ruth told me today that there's a very good chance she'll be in Seattle in January for a couple of weeks. I'm so excited about this. She plans to take me to some of her very favorite places and really introduce me to the city.

Awwwwww

Nov. 14th, 2007 05:28 pm
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I have the sweetest, most awesome husband ever.

He passed a WH Smith today (British bookstore chain) and he went in and bought me this.

I didn't even know that she had a new book out!

It's the British edition, of course, so it has UK measurements, but I can look up the US equivalents easily enough. Actually, I think that makes it even cooler.

Lance always threatens to get me a Rachael Ray cookbook (I absolutely loathe her), but he knows how much I love Nigella and how much I enjoy her cooking shows...she's so refreshing and calming to watch.

I can't wait to use this book! I collect cookbooks, and this is actually my first celebrity chef cookbook, believe it or not. But Nigella is my favorite...mad love for her.
prosodic: (cook)
When one has many pantry items that need using up and very few cooking/baking utensils, one finds ways to use what one has available.

Case in point: I am making brownies. From scratch.

I have unsweetened chocolate squares, flour, sugar, vanilla, etc. etc. that need using up. I have 2 baking pans (an 8-inch square and a 2 quart casserole).

So I found a recipe with the ingredients I have on hand. Unfortunately, the only stick of margarine I had was light, which isn't recommended for baking. So it could very well ruin the brownies. We shall see.

But I melted the margarine and the chocolate in a saucepan. I mixed the rest of the ingredients in the 2 quart casserole, since I no longer have mixing bowls. I sprayed the 8-inch pan with cooking spray and floured it.

Once they come out of the oven and are cooled, I'll use a tea diffuser to dust the brownies with powdered sugar, since I don't have a sifter.

I need to plate the brownies, since I need the pan for making dinner tonight (the menu tonight is chicken fingers, which will be coated in a mixture of Shake N Bake, chili powder, and garlic powder, barbecue sauce for dipping, mashed potatoes made with evaporated milk, and corn...all stuff I need to use up).

I still have chocolate, flour, sugar, etc. left over. At some point, I will have to throw it out because I can't possibly use it all before we leave. I'm just trying to waste as little as possible.

Now, my next goal is to find a recipe for gingerbread using ingredients I already have. I'm trying to use up some molasses. That, I will freeze and take to book club later in the month. I'll probably have to get one of those foil pans to bake with, though.

***


Still on baby watch...probably will be until I get a phone call tonight. After all, my brother isn't anywhere at the moment where he has email access, and I'm sure emailing is the furthest thing from his mind.

And that dinging sound would be my brownies...and yeah, they're still a bit mushy.

Anyway...Really? Seattle isn't even in the top 5? Shocking!

...Yet, there is hope for the Emerald City:
Seattle took the top spot in just caffeinated coffee consumption. Nearly 60 percent of residents in the city said coffee would be the most difficult caffeine product to give up.
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I'm sitting here eating a huge bowl of spaghetti for lunch. I made entirely too much, and I really should save at least half of it, but I'm hungry...so I'll probably eat it all.

It's mixed with lemon-infused olive oil, garlic, tuna, peas, dill, fresh pepper, and parmesan cheese. Mmmmmmmmmmmm. At least it's well-balanced pasta.

Too foggy to go out today. It's pretty nasty...at least as bad as it was a couple of days ago.

But that's okay. I've been mostly hermitic this week anyway. Lance gave me the task of going through one of the cabinets in the dining room today...this is pretty much our catch-all cabinet...with junk drawers and barbecue utensils and workout equipment. Stuff like that. So I'm tossing stuff in a big garbage bag right now. Some stuff, I'm not sure about, so I have to ask him when he gets home. He also wants me to make a price list of what we're going to sell. Although it seems we have a buyer for the big dresser/hutch thing that's in the guest room. One of Lance's co-workers is interested in buying it. Shoot, for $10 (plus free delivery), who wouldn't want to buy it? It's been great for storing our linens for the past few years (and guidebooks, because I used the hutch top like a bookshelf). Who cares if it's particle board? It functions just fine...and it's a good temporary piece to have (and has also been part of several households here in Germany...so we're just passing it on to the next one).

This co-worker is also sponsoring someone who is about to come into this area, so we should be able to unload some stuff that way too. Hooray! (And perhaps my car...*hope hope hope*).

Talked to our real estate agent last night...well, Lance did. I didn't. I haven't actually spoken with him yet. But he asked Lance several questions about me, so it's not really necessary for him to talk to me anyway. I'll see him in a couple weeks. Anyway, he said we're coming at a good time. There are lots of houses for sale, and nobody's buying. And that seems pretty obvious to us, because there have been pretty drastic price drops on some of these places...so houses that were once outside of the realm of possibility are now doable. Plus, we're pre-approved, so if there are multiple offers put on the table, ours is likely to be the one chosen. I'm so glad my husband is a financial whiz. ;) He is actually thinking about minoring in Finance. Although I think he should major in that instead and have IT as his minor...after all, he's already well-trained on computers.

Now...I'm trying to plan out meals for the next several weeks (minus the one we spend in Seattle) that requires as many pantry items as possible. After all, we cannot take food with us. Since I have some super expensive, amazing balsamic vinegar that needs using up, I am going to make this next week. I already have everything required in the recipe except the chicken. Lance hates vinegar though (although I think balsamic is a bit different from other vinegars), so I'll probably cut down on the amount of balsamic and use a bit of chicken broth. And I'm cooking it in the slow cooker. I've cooked with balsamic before and he didn't freak out about it, so it should be fine.
prosodic: (cook)
Posted here and at [livejournal.com profile] food_porn.

Okay, so I made the chocolate pasta after our dinner tonight. I just made a very simple dinner of cheese pizza for Lance, mushroom pizza for me.

Then, it was time to try the chocolate pasta.

First, I had to gather all the necessary ingredients:

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The chocolate pasta was made in Venice. That jar on the left is chocolate honey from La Maison du Miel in Brussels. Vanilla extract is for the vanilla sauce. To the right is grated dark chocolate.

I set a pot of water to boiling. While the pasta was boiling (which only took a few minutes), I made vanilla sauce (halved the recipe).

(I didn't photograph this bit because I only have 2 hands. I needed to constantly stir the sauce and check on the pasta simultaneously.)

Once the pasta was draining and the vanilla sauce was almost done, I melted the honey in the microwave for about a minute (it's very thick). I poured the pasta from the colander back into the pot. I added the vanilla sauce, and I tossed to coat the noodles.

Then I divided the pasta up evenly between two bowls.

I drizzled the chocolate honey over it and sprinkled the dark chocolate shavings on top.

The end result:

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Ooey gooey noodles!

(Sorry the photograph isn't very pretty...it's a messy dish.)

The sauce, I must say, was very very good. The combination of the vanilla and the chocolate honey was nice, and a good complement to the bitter chocolate pasta. It was almost a bit too sweet, though (although I think Lance was trying not to stick his face in the bowl to lick every drop of it...he can handle things that are more cloyingly sweet). I'm not sure the dark chocolate really added anything, although it just kind of melted into the sauce anyway, so I'm sure it gave it a little more depth of flavor.

There was a bit too much sauce for the amount of pasta, though. And it would've been better if it had been thicker.

The pasta seemed overcooked. There were no cooking directions on the package, so I just had to take a wild guess. I had it boiling for 3 minutes, but I should've drained it after two. The noodles were a bit limp and soggy. And the texture is nothing like regular pasta. I tasted a noodle without any sauce, and it didn't really taste like much of anything.

Overall, I'm not sure I would make this again for dessert. I would try it with chicken mole. I still have 3/4 of the package of pasta left.

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