Dusting off my chef's hat
Sunday, October 14, 2012
I used to love cooking and baking. I actually had a bakery business plan written up at one point. I don't do heavy-duty cooking too much anymore. Don't have time during the week. Often too tired or busy with errands / chores on the weekend.
As I get creative with my food budget, though, I'm cooking from scratch more. I've started doing my major grocery shopping the weekend of payday, so I plan my meals out TWO weeks in advance now instead of one. Last week when I was doing menu planning, I did a freezer inventory to see if I could get by without buying meats. Found a treasure in there: Reames noodles. JACKPOT!
I LOVE homemade chicken noodle soup. The kind that takes 3 hours of simmering. So, I scheduled it for this weekend when I didn't have the boys because they're very "meh" about it and I'm not wasting my soup on the haters! HAHA!
I also LOVE to thaw some Rhodes dough balls to make rolls for dunking in my soup. I think I might have had a few dough balls in the freezer, but just for fun, I decided to try MAKING rolls myself instead. I've made baguettes and cinnamon rolls regularly, so I'm not afraid of making bread, but the Rhodes dough balls are so yummy and easy I've never tried making my own before. Well, in the interest of the budget, I decided to try it from scratch.
I went out on CooksIllustrated.com and got a dinner roll recipe to try. I especially liked that the recipe didn't require milk. I hate that. Because you have to use WHOLE milk and I don't drink whole milk. And you can't buy it a cup at a time so the rest just goes sour.
Back when I was a professional baker, shaping rolls was what I struggled with most. Not today! Today, I was in the ZONE. They turned out so pretty! They weren't as sweet as Rhodes, but they were still damned good. The recipe made 16 and I froze half for later. Maybe next time, I'll freeze half as dough balls to REALLY make my own Rhodes dough balls!
I'm in such a good mood now. Today was a perfect day. Got all my chores done yesterday, so I was able to do exactly what I wanted to do with my day. Being organized ROCKS!