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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

What’s Cooking

I haven’t been feeling terribly creative lately.  Not a lot of making but I have been doing a lot of cooking.  Partly because I’m trying to be more careful on what I’m spending at the grocery store and partly because we’ve had so many days at home in a row and maybe just a little bit because I got a new magazine in the mail.  I like Everyday Food magazine and usually try something or other from each issue but the January/February issue has several recipes that appeal to me so I’ve been working my way through them.  So far we’ve tried the sweet and sour chicken stir fry, sriracha wings, black bean soup and raisin and oat scones.  Still on the menu for the week is a one pot Moroccan stew, a one pot pasta with spinach and fets “meat” balls (from another book) and, of course, pizza.

I also blew the dust off Artisan Bread and mixed up a batch of the light whole wheat.  I still feel kind of ambivalent about the baked loaves but the cinnamon buns were delicious.  They took all day between rises and baking but hands on time was really, really minimal.  I will be making these again.  A total no-brainer.

Everything that I’ve made so far has been pretty quick and good.  I’ve made some changes to the recipes.  I bought one whole chicken instead of buying the parts called for (though I had a bag of wings in the freezer left over from an earlier football game.)  I cut the breasts off for the stir fry, threw the wings in the with the frozen ones and put the rest in the freezer to use next week in the spicy buffalo chicken sandwiches.  I backed off the sriracha in the wings because I was afraid they’d be too spicy.  I think it impacted the consistency of the sauce.  They didn’t turn out anything like the pictures.  There was way too much liquid in the pan but they tasted fine.

The soup was particularly good.  I have three servings leftover in the freezer.  Soup is definitely my favorite lunch.  Ben always says he hates soup but I reminded him that the bag of beans I used to make it cost less than a dollar and he gave it his stamp of approval.  I didn’t add the stock that the recipe calls for.  I don’t buy it anymore.  I started using just water and nobody noticed.  It’s an easy way to shave a few bucks off the grocery budget.  You take a small amount of beans out of the pot to make a casserole.  I don’t know about the casserole.  Maybe I’ll freeze them and try it next week or maybe I’ll just save them for chili.  I wish I could post the recipes but I’m far too lazy for that.  Do you think I can keep this up for more than a week?  What have you been eating?

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