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Sunday thoughts


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.

Am I "talking" too much?
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MRS_TOAD 10/1/2013 6:57AM

    No you aren't "talking" too much. You have given me some great meal ideas. Let us know how they turn out!
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BECKYSRN 9/30/2013 8:48PM

    I love Cornish hens...stuffed with rice and mushrooms...
I'm glad that you're reaching out to your neighbors. We all need companionship of some sort.
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MPARKER67 9/30/2013 11:54AM

    Glad the neighbor will help with the laundry.

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LIS193 9/30/2013 10:14AM

    Your recipes sound wonderful!
A small key lime pie is great for a celebration - yum!

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WINDSONG~ 9/30/2013 4:57AM

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 9/30/2013 1:26AM

    Sounds like you got a lot done and you're thinking ahead.

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NASFKAB 9/29/2013 9:00PM

  your ideas are great as usual all the best

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1CRAZYDOG 9/29/2013 8:23PM

    Good luck with all your cooking! Hope it all turns out tasty. Never say soyrizo. HUGS

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MT-MOONCHASER 9/29/2013 8:13PM

    Have you ever sliced potatoes thinly, spread them out in a thin layer on a plate and microwaved them until they are browned and crispy? I really like them, better than regular chips. I don't salt mine, nor do I use any oil, but I think that one could spritz (or brush) them with canola or olive oil and salt them before cooking.

Bon Apetit!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 9/29/2013 5:45PM

    I bought some soyrizo awhile back and really like it. I don't know what brand you have but mine is super strong and you have to use a small amount in your eggs or it will overpower them. Hope your chili comes out great.

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MONETRUBY 9/29/2013 4:27PM

    I always get hungry when I read about your cooking! As far as crunch goes: have you ever tried kale chips? Haven't myself, but I am tempted, since they sound good and healthy, and they would satisfy the desire for crunch.

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CHEFSOPHIE 9/29/2013 3:18PM

    All your food plans sound great. I have been thinking about doing a Cornish in the next few weeks. Now that it's cooler that type of food is more appealing.

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LEEWORD 9/29/2013 3:02PM

    Wow! Sounds like I want to move in with you for the food! And my hubby is a great cook but after 30 years we need something to spark up his menu. Maybe I should have him read this blog.
I think that sounds like the perfect salvation for that fake chorizo. Those other ingredients will really stand up to it.
Happy meals to you.

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YOBETHIE 9/29/2013 3:00PM

    You sound like quite the kitchen queen! Do you ever put your recipes emoticon in the spark database?

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