Saturday, March 29, 2014

Pork with apples, generation 2

Since my mom broke her hand so i’m the nine year old chef in the house .My dish for today is pork with apples.

First,my father put the skillet on the stove and put some oil and butter in it. I put the stove on medium.I put four thin boneless pork chops (my mom got them on sale at target)in the skillet. I browned them for about three minutes on each side.

Next , we made the sauce .We put all the ingredients right in the skillet.

- one cup water 
- 1/4 cup homemade applesauce  
- 1/2 cup brown mustard (If you aren’t a fan of mustard like me use1/4 cup or less)
- one cup home canned sliced apples

Cook until it is hot and stir periodically . serve  and enjoy!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Buffy gets a workout

When my daughter started school, she announced that she wanted a Buffy the Vampire Slayer lunch box. That required some hunting on eBay. We paid something absurd like $17 for it but she's  still using it four plus years later.

She's been asking to pack, because she realizes school lunches are mostly crap. We haven't had much money in the grocery budget and school lunches are cheap-- especially since she qualifies for reduced cost lunch.

But today is Tuesday, and Tuesday is processed chicken crap day, usually some form of "popcorn chicken." I have plenty of processed crap here that the grandparents brought while child at the stomach virus last week. 

So I packed a lunch that combined processed with wholesome at minimal cost.  

So here goes:
- cloth napkin
- juice box
- danimals yogurt (blame the grandparents) with an ice cube since lunch is at one
- big old apple
- grandma's leftover meatloaf (homemade) with ketchup and baby leaf lettuce on one slice of Italian white bread (grandparents brought that too. I really need to start baking bread again)
- homemade, home canned dill pickles made from local cucumbers and dill we grew ourselves

She's really excited.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Crazy mexi steaks

I created this crazy Mexican inspired steak sandwich to use up some leftover steak sandwich meat from my mother in law. The meat came with some fried peppers and hot peppers.

There wasn't enough left for three full sandwiches so I fried some corn tortillas in butter and put some sliced smoked Gouda inside each pair.

I piled some various lettuce on top of that, then the reheated steak meat, then Parmesan and then salsa.

Good stuff.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Archer Farms stuffed chicken breast

Tonight my daughter and I went to see an elementary school production of 101 Dalmations. The afternoon was delightful. The performance made me laugh and cry, especially as it brought back memories of my days as a beat reporter in Phillipsburg. 

Last night in Target, I found bacon wrapped Archer Farms chicken breasts stuffed with cream cheese and jalapeƱo on clearance for $3 off the regular price of $8.31 for two breasts. With my employee and RedCard discounts that brought the price to about $4.50. 

Now, I'm cheap so I sliced those breasts after cooking them and split them three ways.

Since we had the play, we tossed brown rice in the steamer and cooked that and some peas in homemade chicken stock (from my freezer).

We served with Les Abeilles white wine.

I was very pleased.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Watermelon cupcakes

My daughter did my blog post today:

We made cupcakes in our free time before I went to school.we used two eggs and a single serving cup of apple sauce instead of three eggs .they took 15 cook the tray to cool and a half hour to cool out of the tray .they tasted wonderful !

Monday, February 17, 2014

Maybe cassoulet

I was a vegetarian for close to a decade before my daughter was born. I really didn't fully venture back into the world of meat eaters until a bout with severe anemia left me craving bacon cheeseburgers.

I still resist cooking meat. Of all the meats to prepare, sausage is my dreaded least favorite. Gooey and gross.

But I work tonight and thought I'd fire up the crockpot again with something that resembles a hearty French cassoulet.

On the bottom of the crock pot:
- 1 large clove garlic, sliced
- 1 can petit diced tomatoes 
- 1 tiny can tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (all I had)
- 1 approximately 3/4 chunk cube of homemade chicken stock from my freezer

Next I browned a pack of sausage links. 

Being cheap, I put three in the fridge for later and sliced the other two, putting that and the dribbles of grease from the frying pan into the crock pot.

Finally I added:
- 1 can white/ Great Northern beans (bean slime rinsed off)
- 1 can whole potatoes 
- about 3 tablespoons parsley 
- about 1/2 cup frozen sliced mushrooms

Or maybe I dumped more parsley than that...

I plan to cook for seven hours on high. Adding water if liquid is needed. 

Even at first stir it looks great:

I did not add water, but after the first two or three hours I turned the heat down to low.

This was what my small bowl looked like:

My family enjoyed it. Daughter announced it was only a tiny bit less amazing than Saturday night's Kedjenou. I expected it to be more tomato soup-like but I'm happy to report that it's more of a savory stew. (I don't like tomato soup.) Success.

I wish I'd made a bigger batch.

Juice box punch

My daughter now refuses to take juice boxes to school. I gave her a pitcher and a pair of kitchen scissors and told her to recycle the juice boxes into fruit punch.

She loved that idea.