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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Well, I've made some progress clearing the kitchen counters and the stovetop. Today I'll be able to finish the job while I get some rolls rising. I'm short a can of hominy for the soup I wanted to make, so I'm thawing a Cornish hen that I'll butterfly and roast with sauteed sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli crowns. I'll use the stems for broccoli-cheddar soup later in the week.

Next weekend, after I can afford to grocery shop again, I've got a couple of recipes I'm going to do. I'm making the Italian sausage soup I'd planned to make this week (I need one more can of hominy). I'm also going to try an original recipe. A few months ago I bought some soy chorizo, thinking it would be a healthier alternative to traditional chorizo for scrambled eggs. Unfortunately, it wasn't good in eggs, so I stuck it in the freezer. Next weekend I'm going to put it in the crock pot with dry black beans, a couple of cans of hominy (yes, I do love hominy), fresh poblano peppers, onions, garlic, chili powder and cumin. It's going to cook all day. Then the last hour I'm going to add a slurry of cornmeal and water to get the thicker texture I like my chili to have. Film at eleven, as they say...

I'm making the grocery list and an ad for Lay's potato chips runs. It's one of my worst enemy foods. I always imagine the crunch and the salt, and I weaken and order them. Not this time. I just keep reminding myself that maybe the top ten chips in the bag are awesome, and the rest of the bag is crumbs. Not worth the money. But it takes some fight to keep resisting.

I solved the dilemma of my Next Iron Chef celebration, too. My local store has frozen individual key lime tarts, and they'll be half-price for the rest of the year. They're a little calorie-heavy but a LOT less than the Triscuits and brie would have been, and I absolutely love key lime pie. One of those and a bottle of sparkling cider, and I'm good to go. I've tried nonalcoholic wines, and I don't think the flavor is worth the calories.

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