Apr. 3rd, 2009 09:10 am
2eclipse: (brunette)
i was out sick yesterday.
laryngitis. better today, but still itchy throat-low energy.
still, it's amazing how a day of rest can clear your head.

and of course there is a crisis while i'm out. one of our aquisitions is throwing a tantrum because they're out of product because they didn't set up their items correctly. and of course they blame the buyer. grrr.
luckily my boss is awesome and recognizes that THEY are the problem. and AP backs her conclusion.

susan and guiness crashed again last night. i'm glad we are friends and that she trusts us and that she is slowly acclamating our cats to the presence of a dog.

i finished busman's honeymoon yesterday by dorothy sayers. i have been craving mystery lately and this was exactly what i needed. it was delightful. i will definitely read more of her books. i especially love that she challenges my french. even if she gets french chansons stuck in my head.

i decided to try to duplicate the mushroom barley soup from the cafeteria. it's that good.
i think i got pretty close.

1 smaller can of diced tomatoes
2 lbs of baby bella mushrooms sliced and stems removed
1 onion diced
2 carrots sliced small
1 turnip sliced small
1 celery stalk sliced (or in a pinch 1 Tbs celery seed)
2 bay leaves
2 Tbs thyme
1 cup fresh chopped parsley
1 cup pearl barley
1 quart vegetable broth
2 Tbs tamari
1 Tbs worcester
1/4 cup sherry
1 quart water
2 Tbs olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

in a deep saucepan, fry onions in olive oil. add carrots, turnip and celery and cook until soft. add mushrooms water, broth and tomatoes. bring to a boil and add sherry, tamari, worcester, barley, bay and thyme. cook for at least one half hour. add parsley, salt, pepper and more tamari if desired. serves 10.

also i have made some progress on the shawl
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need to remember this link for recipes.
2eclipse: (brainy chic)
sore today.
sore in the way that ben gay doesn't help.(LOVE BEN GAY)
i learned a lot yesterday.
things like -even though i can reach the ceiling pushing the drywall up is REALLY painful and i am just a wee bit too short.
things like -100 year old houses have lots of 100 year old dust when you take bits of them apart. my neti pot saved me this morning, but i really should have used it last night as well.
things like -oh THIS is why we got the hot tub! this is why it is worth it in the cold ahhh yes...

instead of crashing out and nursing soreness when i get home, ross and i get to put up more drywall today. tomorrow i am going to the gym and hanging out with heather keiweg. wednesday well....i am hoping the drywall will all be up.
but before the inspector comes we have to have everything up that is going up (we don't have QUITE enough to do all of the stairs/entryway), everything mudded and taped (which takes several steps), and a primer put on. that way it won't look like it was under construction quite so obviously. this is important, because in minnesota you have to have a permit to do anything to your house inside or out. it is a real pain in the rear and this is a big state for DIY people. in my experience, people get the permits when they do outdoor work, but not indoor. because unless you have an inspector in your house, no one will know anyway. still, it is annoying that they want to dictate to you what you can do in your own house.

i did make up an awesome recipe last night. i am quite proud, although i think i will use less sesame and peanut oil next time.
asian chicken
2 large cut up chicken breasts
enough green beans for 3-4 people
1/3 bag egg noodles
1/2 cup hoisun sauce
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 TBSP worceister sauce
3 TBSP soy sauce
1 8 oz can water chestnuts
1 TBSP sesame seeds
1/4 cup peanut oil
1 cup water

set the up the water for the egg noodles but don't start it yet. in a large tall-rimmed skillet, brown the chicken in the peanut oil (about 8 minutes). when a piece cut through the center is no longer pink, add water and continue to braise at medium-high heat. in a separate bowl, wisk together hoisun sauce, worceister, rice vinegar, soy, & sesame oil. wash and snap ends off green beans, cover with a little soy and let sit. somewhere in here you can also start the water for the noodles and add them when you have a rolling boil. when the water is almost gone, add the green beans, water chestnuts and sauce. stir these together for about four minutes. drain your noodles. sprinkle chicken mixture with sesame seeds and serve over noodles.
if you want things a bit spicer, you could add minced ginger and garlic to the sauce as well as 1 tsp pepper flakes).
2eclipse: (brainy chic)
2eclipse’s awesome homemade cranberry sauce

1 1/2 cup sugar
1 navel orange
1/2 t grated ginger
4 cups cranberries
1/2 cup (2 oz.) toasted pecans

grate the orange peel and add to a pot with the sugar and ginger add the juice from the orange into the pot and simmer over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.
add cranberries and cook until they pop - about 5 minutes.
add pecans and cool the sauce.
this can be made ahead and refrigerated to enjoy with turkey , etc.


Nov. 12th, 2008 07:10 am
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maple pecan porkchops


* 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
* 1/4 teaspoon pepper
* 2/3 cup maple syrup, divided
* 4 bone-in pork chops
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 1/2 cup unsweetened apple cider
* 1 cup pecan halves

set the oven to 350 roast pecan haves for 5 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine the mustard, pepper and 2 teaspoons syrup. Lightly drizzle over both sides of pork chops.
In a large nonstick skillet, brown pork in butter over medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side. Add apple juice. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until meat is tender. Remove chops and keep warm.
Add pecans and remaining syrup to the skillet; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until blended. Serve with pork chops. Yield: 4 servings.
2eclipse: (brainy chic)
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 large onion
1/4 lime
1 Tbs cumin
1 Tbs cilantro
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp chili powder
1 fresh jalepeno
fat free sour cream
1 can fat free refried beans
2 chopped roma tomatoes
low fat shredded mozzerella
chipotle tabasco sauce

i made this up last night and they were awesome.
chop onions and jalepeno and cook in large frying pan until onions are clear. use a little olive oil if you have to. add ground beef, cilantro, chili powder and cumin. squeeze the lime wedge over the beef evenly and cook mixture til brown. in a small pot, heat refried beans on low.
heat tortillas til soft (i put about 2 Tbs of water on a plate, wet both sides of the tortilla and nuke for 1 minute). put some of everything in your tortilla and serve. should serve at least 4.

x-posted to [ profile] geekcooks
2eclipse: (eclipse)
okay so this is awesome.
i made it up last night.

6 small potatoes, sliced (enough to cover the bottom of one of those small, square pyrex pans)
2 large slices of onion
3 slices of garlic and onion cheddar
4 Tbsp fresh dill
3 hardboiled eggs, sliced
3/4 cup lowfat sourcream
1 tbsp butter
salt and pepper to taste

layer in pan potatoes, broken up onion, egg, dill. add sour cream and butter on top. bake at 350 for 1 hour or until potatoes are soft.
i might have gone even heavier than this on the dill...i've got a lot of extra dill in the house right now. but this was awesome. makes 4 servings.
2eclipse: (brainy chic)
i've been doing really well this week.
not exactly sure why, but i'm not looking a gift horse in the mouth.

yesterday i preserved limes (and 1 lemon)
i sliced them into sixths ALMOST all the way through, packed them with salt and stuck them in a boiled container with salt and lemon&lime juice.
they will sit for 2 weeks before they are ready. they should keep for a year.
if you will remember, amy got in trouble for having pickled limes in school in little women.
i am very interested to see if they are truly fantastic. i love sour things, so i expect they will be good.
ross and i successfully resolved conflict re: what kind of humidifier we will get with no one's ego bruised and made margharitas and had chipotle and re-watched batman begins. i am looking forward to the new one.

ross's surgery is tomorrow. not sure what time yet. i am having an emotional conflict about whether i am more worried about him, or more happy to have a day off...but it isn't bothering me too much. just enough for me to pay attention.
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2 cups cooked lentils (bring to boil and simmer for 20 min)
1 can chic peas
1/4 cup diced red onion
1 chopped avacado
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2/3 chopped yellow pepper
2 small chopped tomatoes
juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup walnut oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar

combine all incredients in a large bowl. season to taste with season salt or regular salt if you haven't got season salt. toss. enjoy
makes enough for five meals or sides for 10.

x-posted to [ profile] geekcooks
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so ross and i got the dates mixed up. his family descends on us next weekend, not this weekend.
there is a part of both of us that would like it to just be over with.

yesterday we hung out with jerad and rachel and then went out to see The Illusionist. it was good. very very good. edward norton does a fabulous job creating a character with body language and posture - sure he talks too, but a character like his has to remain mysterious, so you wind up taking a lot more in from how he moves. it was totally different from the other characters i've seen him play, and totally fabulous. the writing of this movie is wonderful and the music is all done by phillip glass, which works very well for the film, although it is not the sort of thing i would listen to in my free time outside the movie. it is done by a little known producer and edward norton is the biggest name on the list, so it's not getting nearly the press it deserves. it's a great love story and a great mystery story and i highly recommend it.

today's menu features butternut squash )
2eclipse: (brainy chic)
i have an amazing husband.
my folks brought us a broken boat. the mechanic said the part wasn't made anymore and he couldn't fix it.
monday we cleaned it. harder work than it sounds.
tonight my husband is an hour or so from having it fixed.
he COULD be working on his harley.
he does it cuz he loves me. :)

40-clove chicken )

meme )


Jun. 27th, 2006 05:43 pm
2eclipse: (rabbiting)
for those who are interested, i found proof that there are other christian leftists out there.

[ profile] christianleft

also i'm in a very good mood. i have beef stew with sweet potatoes, bacon and wine cooking in the crock pot, apricot tart ready to go in the oven, a full wine rack (happiness is a full wine rack), a new bottle of key lime pie liqueur and a clean house with no bad smells (because i spent the afternoon scrubbing, laundering, and otherwise cleaning). now i can read my book with a clean conscience.

recipes )


Jun. 9th, 2006 11:22 am
2eclipse: (rabbiting)
so i got this from an irish cookbook ross and i got in ireland.
so easy. so good.

5 small or 3 large zucchini (in the midwest zucchini are only about 3/4 of an inch wide and about as long as a checkbook)
farmhouse cheese (i used dubliner and have found a new love)

grease a baking pan and preheat to 350. cut the zucchini in half and cover with grated farmhouse cheese. put very small pats of butter on top and salt and pepper to taste. bake for 20 minutes.
so Incredibly good.

x-posted to domestic bliss

in other news. ross has been working 15 hour days and is still sleeping now that he has 2 WHOLE days off!!! *dances* maybe he will wake up and we can go to the park. in the meantime, i am going to get groceries and make some spicy black bean soup. it is a cloudy, rainy sort of day and i thought to go biking, but am scrapping that idea in favor of soup.
there was a place in annapolis, my favorite coffee shop, called 49 West. they always had a wonderful thick black bean soup served with onion bagel chips. i'm going to see if i can't duplicate it.
2eclipse: (rachel - sleep)
man am i wiped.
today i picked all the dandelions in our yard and started to make dandelion wine. i realized that i didn't have all the sugar i needed.
so i went biking.
and i biked to the store - all hills. i made lunch for myself(mmmmm...watercress salad) and finished the dandelion wine, which is now fermenting on my stove and will be left to sit for the next two days - a good thing since i need to figure out how to bottle it.
then i prepared scotch broth for dinner.
stew meat
3 turnips
2 leeks
1 onion
3 carrots
2 small potatos - all stuck in a crockpot with water and cooked for 4 hours
1 head one chopped head of cabbage added at the last minute plus thyme, salt and pepper
turnips in anything always taste like scotland and ireland to me. maybe because i've never eaten them in this country except when i've prepared them myself. i love my celtic folklore cookbook.

then i went shopping for ross - he needs clothes
then i went straight to belly dancing.
then i brought in some of the fresh lilacs that are blooming to grace our table and ate some dinner.

now i will clean the cat box and break up boxes for recycling and then i will be able to relax.
2eclipse: (rachel - sleep)
not as much done as i'd hoped today.
we didn't get any foaming or electrics done and we didn't hang the drywall. but we did tear everything out of the entryway and find problems that made the job bigger.
we had to tear out the ceiling in the kitchen over the refrigerator (which backs onto the hallway) because it is also uninsulated.
we made SUCH the mess.
anyhow we are finished, cleaned, showered, fed, and going out to see the movie.

also i made gingered honey and am halfway to making candied ginger as well.mmmmmmm.
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Easy Lentil Stew
*small measurements are guesses, i don't actually measure when i am doing this*

i bag dry lentils
1 & 12 onion
10 of those itty bitty carrots
5 medium red potatoes (or a proportionate number of small ones)
1 big can stewed tomatoes
2 sticks celery
4 strips bacon
2 Tbsps thyme
1 tsp salt (the bacon provides enough salt)
1 Tbsp pepper

chop up the veggies (make sure potatos are bit-size)and throw everything in a crock pot with just enough water to cover. cook until the potatos are soft.
this is esp. good with fresh bread.

x-posted to domesticbliss.
2eclipse: (brainy chic)
made ham and potatoes and string beans the other night. and i am knitting like mad.
ross and i ordered a bunch of stuff off our registry with money people gave us and it came yesterday. yeah good knives! it was like xmas unpacking everything. and now i have a stocked kitchen to play in! problem is, we have more dishes than places to put them. going to have to do something about that.

i am entirely fascinated with the idea of pumpkin as a savory rather than a sweet food.
for anyone who is interested, i am including recipes for pumpkin foods.
pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (makes 82) )
morrocan pumpkin soup )
for more pumpkin recipes (i don't recommend the stew cooked in the pumpkin btw) check out


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