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moar food! after going through gina’s latest book, i started in on yotam ottolenghi’s plenty more, adding markers to recipes that look doable. the whole book is vegetarian (though he does suggest fish sauce every now and then) and each chapter is the style of cooking (i.e., roasted, boiled, baked, fried, etc.).

we spent a little time on friday at the stinky grocery on monona drive (viet hoa—which was actually not very stinky this time), so i picked up some curry leaves and kaffir lime leaves in anticipation of making yotam’s roasted root veggies.

not ever having dealt with a rutabaga before, i let rodney chop it up because it’s one of his favorite vegetables.

curry paste and curry leaves made the house smell delicious

while the veggies were cooking (at 475º!), my little zojirushi was steaming up some rice. and i finally got to use the ice cream scoop for the purpose which it was bought.

seasoned rice balls and veggies

i had floated the idea of also adding potatoes to the mix, but i think they would have gotten quite mushy at that high temperature and there ended up being no room on the sheet anyway. 

calm before the storm

i’m not sure why i got ground turkey the last time we went to costco, since we’re making one tomorrow.

however, we had some french fries to use up, so reached for my phone to find a turkey burger recipe. this one turned out really well, and i can’t believe i ate the whole thing.

1/2 lb turkey burger

weekend mornings have become nicely routine; i work on the potatoes while rodney makes drinks (he makes me a really good bloody). and then he scrambles while i sautée up whatever veggie we’re putting in the scramble. it’s been nice, saving money on brunch.

v8 bloody, screwdriver, eggs.

lastly, i ordered gina homolka‘s latest cookbook, which i poured over and placed the appropriate markers. there are *tons* of yummy-looking meals in this one. it may even prompt me to invest in an air fryer, especially since eating fried-fried foods makes my stomach ache. i’ll probably hold off, though, to see if santa will bring me one.

many markers of colored significance

i forgot to mention that the calm before the storm is because i’m going to be documenting everything i can for my first complete thanksgiving meal. we picked up the turkey yesterday and i baked the par-baked bread for the stuffing, which i’ll make tonight before i dry-brine the bird. tomorrow, we’ll roast mr turkey, work on the potatoes, and root for the bears (i can’t believe i just typed that).

more food and an oven update

after discussing several options with a handful of people who know my kitchen habits (my, how things have changed in the last 11 years), i landed on not wanting to spend $350-$800 on a used or new oven. when i got home, we took apart the front panel so we could see what was going on. there’s this tiny little hooked piece of metal that controls the position of the lock mechanism, but it was too far inside to maneuver (or bend), so we opted to break the lock itself. i found a decent pair of cutty pliers and rodney wiggled the end off.

the night before this, we made chrissy teigen’s cobb salad, sans bacon.

and, after the oven was “fixed”, we made her mac and cheese.

there’s at least 6 cups of dairy in there

unfortunately, my body is not accustomed to so much butter, milk, and cheese, so the next day was pretty uncomfortable. but, it tasted good.

trouble in kitchenville

about a week ago, the 9+ year old amana ‘5.1 big oven‘ started clicking randomly in the morning. i deduced that it was the lock mechanism trying to engage as if the self-cleaning cycle had started. after some googling (and a vague recollection of this happening at in the last five years), i remembered having to hold down one of the display buttons to get it to disengage. this seemed to work once or twice, but now, a week later, the lock is stuck locked and the door is stuck open.

i called kirsh appliance, because they’ve helped me out of a jam several times (including delivering said oven) and gave them the model number and described the issue. i made an appointment for wednesday them to come and fix it and hung up the phone. thirty minutes later, josh called me back to say that the issue required parts that are no longer available and i should consider that i may need to get a replacement oven.

please keep in mind that this is all happening in the same month during which i’m going to cook a thanksgiving turkey for the very first time.

so, i google ‘lg stainless gas oven best buy’ because we had to replace the microwave last year which had a similar diagnosis and i may as well get a matching appliance that’s easier to clean than the current one. after getting a little price-shocked, i called kirsh back to cancel the service call and ask if they happen to have any used, stainless, gas ovens. no, just black. but at half the cost of the new best buy version.

currently, my solution is going to be to break the lock mechanism because that’s the thing that’s not making the oven not work and hopefully have a lovely turkey and dressing dinner before i need to deal with replacing it.

more to come, i’m sure.

another speedy weekend

i wonder how hard i would have to petition to get work to be 4/3 instead of 5/2. weekends go by so fast, it would be nice to have a third day to enjoy them.

that isn’t to say i don’t enjoy weekends, but we spent much of saturday shopping, making breakfast (which ended up being consumed at noon because we slept in so late) and installing curtains in the upstairs bedrooms that, by the time we were done with all of that, i was a little pooped.

zucchini and red pepper scramble

the curtain install was a minor fiasco because the screws were pissy about getting into the window frame, so we ended up using nails because i was about to break a window.

sunday was quiet as rodney had a triple-header of basketball games to watch, so i did some chores, made myself breakfast, and played a couple hours of fallout. by the time the packers came on, i realized that i had only been outside for the morning dog walk. then it got dark, and i got tired.

hopefully, i can stay awake later tonight cuz i don’t even want to tell you what time bedtime was.

bulk foods

costco has become a regular in the rotation of errands. i try to make it so we only go out there once a month, but i don’t have a good feel for our use-up rate yet.

on our last visit, i picked up a 5-pack of romaine hearts (for less than $5), so last night, we skipped the roasted veggies and threw together a salad.

not pictured: homemade croutons and dried cranberries

homemade dressing is also super easy and i don’t know why people buy it in bottles. i made a variation from this recipe (which is also a delicious no-cook dinner).

getting good at pizza

in the ever-evolving attempt to make dinners a little more exciting than me saying, “chicken and veggies?” every night, we’ve stuck pizza into the rotation. costco has a four-crust and sauce kit for about $10, so it makes quick work of the first part of the project. a million years ago, i used to make a beer-activated dough, but that involves getting the mixer out, which isn’t really convenient for a weeknight meal prep.

anyhoo, we had been sticking to a three-olive pizza (green, black, kalamata) but decided to branch out a little last night and threw on some grape tomatoes and arugula. in hindsight, more arugula is necessary, but it was delicious nonetheless.

2018 is flying by

life is pretty good lately. the early dark evenings and football and spending more time at home is nice.

we’ve been adding more choices to the rotation; the burgers previously mentioned, really yummy pizzas on crusts from costco, the ol’ roasted chicken standby, and taco tuesdays have at least helped me not get bored with any one thing.

and it’s already halloween. november is tomorrow. lutefisk is this weekend, along with setting the clocks back.

i’m going to stop at the coop tomorrow to put my order in for a turkey. a coworker has some tips for making it the best and i hope i don’t effitup too badly. rodney says he knows how to do it cuz he’s been watching the turkey being made for many years. :fingerscrossed:

i haven’t been using my crock at work much lately, so i made turkey and sweet potato chili for lunches this week.

and we had shrimp tacos last night because that spicy sauce is delicious. i still want to try to make it with creamy cashews instead of sour cream.

the elusive veggie burger

a million years ago, my sort of vegetarian friend, maureen, told me about gardein beefless burgers and how they were the best fake meat burger she’d ever had. i tried them and they were great, but they didn’t make it into the rotation often. it seems silly, but buying for, prepping, and cooking a single burger isn’t very efficient.

fast forward a million years and i want to share the beefless invention with rodney because he likes a good veggie burger. so, i call jeni street and ask… they tell me they have gardein “veggie burger” and “black bean burger”. on the way home, i grabbed a package of veggie burgers. these are not even in the same ballpark, by the way.

a couple trips to woodman’s later, with no beefless burger on the shelf (nor a label indicating a spot), i text maureen to get the deets on where i can score these again? she tells me the coop carries them. i brave the coop and quickly locate the frozen aisle and grab two packages (eight total burgers) and some healthful, whole wheat buns. we cooked them up, along with some baked french fries, and enjoyed the deliciousness!

i don’t even have a picture cuz we ate them so quickly.

photobomb

it’s been a little while, but only cuz i’ve been busy at both home and work.

firstly, i didn’t bike for a whole week because of weather, appointments, and general malaise (i worked from home last thurs & fri). so when i got on the bike this monday, it was great! except by the time i got done with my double-ride on wednesday, my back and neck were killing me. never again will i skip more than three days biking.

anyhoo, i’ve got a lot of food porn to share, so brace yourselves.

spicy!

the above is a snap of the spicy shrimp tacos that i told you about earlier. i also get a kick out of our difference in arrangement.

up next is our attempt at chicken and waffles. when my gramma and her late husband moved into the assisted living home, they had to downsize quite a bit, so i inherited his waffle maker. so it went into the basement with all the other kitchen stuff that i don’t use or have room for, until i pulled it out and had to do a bit of surgical cleaning. we have a few changes for next time, like, use more batter and fry less hot. and i need to up my gravy game cuz it doesn’t *look* especially good, but it was tasty.

chicky chicky waffle

not wanting the audience to get sick of roasted chicken and veggies, we opted for curried chicken and veggies (yes, i get the irony), and i’m glad we did.

simmering cauliflower, potatoes, and chicken in a delicious sauce.
over jasmine rice

ground turkey makes a wonderful taco meat! who knew?

costco ground turkey tacos

and finally (for food pics, anyway) the turkey sweet potato chili from goop. 

we also had to make a mounds run this last weekend for dog food, and decided that jones needed a new squeaky toy. before we got there, i had hoped to find some sort of reptile, but a green octopus was the closest we got. his name is gregory.

jones with gregory

that’s all from me for a little bit. thanks for reading.