Saturday, December 31, 2011

Last Dishes

The lesson, btw, is just jump.

Just cleaned the last dishes of the year. Saute pan, sauce pan, and pasta pot. One large plate. One juice glass. One small plate. One fork and one knife. One slotted spoon and one wooden spoon/spatula.

It was wild mushroom and lamb ragu over some wild mushroom ravioli from Trinacria. Trinacria did their job. Flawlessly. Something was amiss with the ragu. I think it was old mushrooms more than operator error.

But it was a reminder that it doesn't always work out the way you want it to. But I'll keep cooking, and probably keep a pretty good average of 'better' dishes. I think the leftover macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, and ham that was devoured all over the Avenue was a kind indication that the little old lady trapped inside me does, in fact, have more recipes to share with this particular geek.

Happy New Year to all the Geek-lets, Geek-ettes, and just plain regular 'folk reading.

And if you're looking for another lession...just keep punching...

Travel where you can. Eat what's put in front of you.

And if you have the time, share the story w/ a pal or two.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Christmas Day Note, or: Running Tabs on Smoke Alarms

By 7:34am I had already set off the smoke alarm in the kitchen by making bacon for the Bacon, Cheddar, Jalapeno Cornbread. I left the seeds/ribs in one of the jalapenos too so there will be more alarms later!!!

It's not a resolution, but I think starting very soon it is my intention to get back to telling you stories. I've had quite a few that I've taken notes on. I just don't always find the time to polish. And since I know, even on this Christmas day, that your expectations are legendary, I will endeavour to find more time to write (and to put the 'u' back in endeavour, and colour, and such).

UPDATE I: I have made FIRE(y hot bacon, cheddar, jalapeno cornbread)!!!

UPDATE II: Just talked to Mom. They're running a bit late but will be over soon for breakfast and presents! She let slip one of Ms. S's presents and I approve wholeheartedly!!!

Oh, and I have made Hot Curry Pea Dip. You can too. One bag frozen peas (thawed. really. do this. texture is MUCH better if you take the time to thaw them or run them under lukewarm water for a couple minutes), 3-4 scallions, curry powder (start w/ 2 T and go up from there as you like. I had Penzy's Hot Curry Powder today), 1 t salt, 2 T olive oil to start plus a bunch to drizzle. Put it all in the food processor and pulse several times (10-15). Then turn it on and drizzle in the rest of the oil until it looks like a dip you want...

UPDATE III: The Morning After. Ran out of time to cook, chat, mbibe a little, and generally make merry while simul-blogging. So y'all lost out with the updates. But it was grand. There was laughter and ham, stories and fried chicken, toasts and collard greens. The collards, by-the-by, were REALLY GOOD. And Even better when you mixed them up w/ the baked cheese grits! My first ham and my first fried chicken were both pretty good. I even got requests to write down the recipe for the glaze that popped into my head as an amalgam of several other recipes and a bit of creative pondering...

You'll get pictures when I have a few minutes to edit and upload them. That'll be after the Mothergeek and Ms. SWM have had lunch at my favorite local spot and then departed. Until then...