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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 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!
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  • IONA72
    I love homemade soup but like you say, my kids turn their noses up too. More for me...right!
    Nothing better than a day when you can just please yourself and do exactly what you want without feeling guilty. Enjoy emoticon
    2018 days ago
    2019 days ago
    Sounds like an awesome day, there is nothing better than soup simmering on the stove on a crisp cool day. I was no where near as ambitious as you this weekend but I did make some yummy Tuscan Vegetable Soup!! emoticon
    2019 days ago
    Way to go!
    2019 days ago
  • JENNY160
    For a specific personality type, there is nothing that compares to a day that runs like clockwork to a schedule YOU set, and involves things that YOU wanted to do. And getting everything done, and having everything in it's place, and CLEAN before you go to bed. It's like a cherry on the sundae.

    But then ya add to much to your schedule, because you've taken on too much at work, or at home, or BOTH, and the schedule can just line the trash can, cuz there is no keeping to it. And the frustration and irritation start your tomorrow off wrong as well. THAT is like going for the last cookie and finding somebody has already eaten it.

    Enjoy your sundae!
    2019 days ago
    That sounds AWESOME! I've never made homemade bread so I have no idea but it sounds fantastic. Too bad you're so far away or I'd come over for dinner! :)
    2020 days ago
  • WINNIE1978
    There isn't much better than fresh baked bread! Yum!!
    2020 days ago
    We are on the same wavelength! I made Spinach Chicken Noodle soup but mine was the kind that simmers for 15 minutes, LOL. Anyway, it is a cheater recipe but VERY good and DH loves it so it's all good.

    The rolls sound divine, but I cannot even BUY good bread/rolls because they sing their siren song to me until they are gone...(preferably in me).

    Glad you had such an awesome day!!
    2020 days ago
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