I needed a quick dinner. I had not planned ahead. This is nothing out of the ordinary. But now that the weather is getting cooler, I have the perfect excuse to throw together some soup!
I started with some olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. I added half a large chopped onion and one clove of minced fresh garlic. When that was soft, I added 2 corn tortillas I had cut into small squares (this acts as a thickener and adds some corn flavor). I added 2 handfuls of kale out of the garden. I poured in a few glugs of Will's beer to help the kale wilt, and let it cook down for about 5 minutes.
After that, I added a can of diced tomatoes and about 2 cups of chicken stock. I threw in some toasted and ground cumin, ground chile arbol and some chile powder. I let it simmer about 10 more minutes. Lastly, I threw in a few handfuls of frozen white corn. It hung out and simmered another 5 minutes.
I served it with a dollop of Greek yogurt and diced yellow tomatoes from the gard…
Devin loves black rice (sometimes called Forbidden Rice). He found it at Whole Foods a few months back.
To me, it has the texture of wild rice, but is much sweeter. I have used it the same way I would use regular or brown rice. I usually make it in my rice steamer, using the same 2:1 liquid to rice ratio, but adding a little extra liquid to make sure it gets done. It is definitely toothier than white rice, though, so don't be expecting soft rice.
So here's what I did:
I cooked about a cup and a half of black rice in my rice steamer, using half chicken broth, half water as the liquid.
During the last 10 minutes or so of its cooking time, I went out and grabbed a few handfuls of swiss chard from the garden and chopped it into strips (I usually chop off the long stems, roll the leaves up and cut them- like a chiffonade). I put on my skillet and used a little olive oil and a little bacon drippins, then chopped up a clove of garlic and 2 shallots. I don't turn on the hea…
This morning I wanted to try something new, but I didn't have a recipe for what I had in mind. Not that I've ever let that bother me before...
I have been trying to clean out my pantry and get rid of the things I bought on a whim, but hardly ever use. Bisquick is one of those things. I bought a giant box of it a few years back and it's been sitting in the pantry ever since.
I decided to make muffins with some leftover rotisserie chicken. I shredded the chicken and grated about 2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese. The Bisquick box didn't have directions for muffins, so I decided to wing it.
I put what was left of the Bisquick in a bowl (I'd guess it was about 2 cups, maybe a little more). Most of the directions for stuff on the box called for milk, but I had some buttermilk in the ice box I needed to use up. Amount? I have no clue. I put the dry mix and the cheddar and chicken in a large bowl and added Bisquick until it looked like a stiff muffin dough/batter.
This is one of those dishes everybody ate as a kid- or at least some version of it, anyway. There are as many variations as there are home cooks. I've never used a recipe to make it, as I'm sure my mother didn't. It was a way to use up odds and ends in the fridge and get dinner on the table in about 20 minutes.
So this version started with a large onion, and a clove of garlic, chopped. I also added about 5 sliced mushrooms (they were getting very close to science project status in the crisper drawer), and some red pepper flakes. Once that got started, I threw in a pound of ground hamburger and let it all cook until the meat was no longer pink. At that point, I poured in what was left of a bottle of red wine. If I had to guess, I'd say maybe a cup. I let that cook over medium heat while I put the egg noodles on to boil.
While the noodles were cooking, I added a can of crushed tomatoes and about a cup of leftover marinara sauce to the pan. I checked for seasonin…
blueberry waffles, originally uploaded by All Things Mimi.
So this breakfast was a total cheat. For some reason, I had a box of blueberry pancake mix in my pantry, and I really wanted to get rid of it. So I mixed the waffles up according to the package directions (except I used buttermilk) and I added some fresh blueberries. While the waffles were working, I made some blueberry syrup/compote by putting the rest of the basket of blueberries in a saucepan with some dark brown sugar and about half a cup of water. I added a dash of cinnamon and let it work away until all the waffles were done. At the last minute I mashed the compote with a potato masher, then served them together.
blackened steelhead on corn salad, originally uploaded by All Things Mimi.
So for this super quick dinner, I made a quick corn salad by cutting the kernels from 2 ears of fresh corn and sauteing it with some Vidalia onion. After a few minutes I added some halved grape tomatoes and turned off the heat. Then I crumbled in a handful of feta cheese. For the fish, I took 2 pieces of steelhead trout, and seasoned them with Zatarain's Blackening Seasoning. I quickly pan-seared them and served them on a bed of the corn salad.
biscuits and gravy, originally uploaded by All Things Mimi.
Here's a shot of my last batch of cream biscuits and sausage gravy. The biscuits are made with heavy cream and self rising flour. The sausage gravy uses a pound of ground breakfast sausage, broken up and cooked. Add a few tablespoons of flour and let it cook for a few minutes. Then add a couple of cups of milk, a bit of fresh nutmeg, salt and lots of ground black pepper.
I spend a ridiculous amount of time on Pinterest. Around Labor Day I began noticing a trend in the blogging community- everyone started posting their reflections on their summer. I read many of them. I really only liked one. This particular blog post did the obligatory indexing of summer activities, but toward the end, the writer began to look back over summers past. The blogger ended with a charge for the reader- think back and remember the summer that changed you.
As I thought about it, I realized that at least in recent memory, the Summer of 2013 is that summer for me.
But I can't categorize it easily. I can't say it was the worst summer of my life, but I certainly can't say it was the best, either. As a matter of fact, I feel like I wasted the whole thing. If I had known at the beginning of the summer what I knew by Labor Day, I'd request a do over.
So- what about the Summer of 2013 changed me forever? On August 7 I woke up from a routine colonoscopy and fo…
I haven't posted here since July. Not that uncommon, really. Just about everyone knows my soul and spare time are owned by the Garfield RE2 School District, so regular posting almost never happens. But this time, I have a pretty good excuse. An excuse that I haven't been comfortable, or able, really, to talk about in depth until recently.
I had almost decided not to post about it at all, until a very dear friend of mine convinced me it was a good thing to do. I'm hoping by writing it out, I can process what happened and how I truly feel about it- make my peace with it.
So I will re-read my journal and put it into some intelligible format for you. Stay tuned...