The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 176 & 177

June 28, 2012 at 8:06 pm (Food) (, , , , )

Hello again friends, and welcome back!

It’s been a sort of slow week around here, but that’s OK, I think we need a week like this from time to time.

William is well settled in to his summer routine, gotta go get him those books so he can get busy reading!

James is working, Mike just got home a little while ago, I had a quiet day at work.

Anyway, last night we sort of had a free-for-all dinner.  I made a couple of quick and easy baked potatoes for Mike and I, William had a burrito, James went to a card game, so no idea what he ate before he left.  Nothing special…

Tonight though, I made a good meal, that no one wanted to eat!  I’ll give you the recipe anyway…

Pot Roast and Potatoes

1 chuck roast, you pick the size and how much fat you like on it – I like it a little leaner

3-4 medium potatoes, washed and cut into bite sized pieces

1 packet dry French onion soup mix

2 quarts water (or whatever it takes to fill your crock pot)

Yes, we’re heading for the crock pot again!  I just love that thing.

Put your roast and cut up potatoes in the pot.  Mix the water and onion soup mix in a pitcher, pour over the meat and potatoes.  Cook on LOW 8-10 hours or HIGH 4-5 hours.

Remove the roast and potatoes to a serving tray.  Strain some of the juices from the pot, I did about 4 cups, and add in some brown gravy mix.  Stir well, simmer until thickened, and serve with the meat and potatoes!

Yummy meal, and leftovers too!

Anyway, that’s it for now.  Until tomorrow, eat well, love well, live well!


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The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 107

April 18, 2012 at 12:10 am (Food) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hello again friends, and welcome back!!  Hope you are having a terrific Tuesday!  I know I am!!!  🙂

Started my day getting William a good breakfast so he would be ready for FCAT’s.  Two whole weeks of testing, reading, science, math, I feel bad for the kids!!

Then, I went off to an interview with a temp agency, took a typing test (think I came in around 50 WPM, which is actually good for me, I’m NOT a typist!), data entry (no idea what I scored, but her words were “I can see you’ve done data entry before!”), and talked about a job with a company that manages foreclosed homes, doing things like arranging cleaning, arranging yard work, arranging maintenance, etc.  Thought it went well, she said she was sending this company my test results and resume, she would let me know…  well, about an hour later I get a call, can I come for an interview tomorrow morning!  So I guess I look good on paper, now I just have to impress them in person!  I just need someone to let me in the door, and let me show what I can do, and I know I can do any job I put my mind to!  And this one actually sounds interesting to me!  I am SOOO ready for something different.

So, since I spent about an hour yesterday chopping up fruits and veggies, I knew I had to make something good for dinner.  BUT, since it’s officially William’s birthday today, and he got cash, he wanted to go shopping first.  So off to Game Stop we went, after picking James up from work (so after 5), hit rush hour traffic, hit every light we possibly could, at least there wasn’t a line at the store!  He picked a game, ended up being the wrong game, but we can take it back tomorrow, and this time he knows what he wants!

Anyway, got home after 6, no idea what I was making, but I knew I had partially thawed hamburger to work with, so:

Hot Brown and Lumpy (yeah, I’m looking for a better name!)

1 pound hamburger

1 pound noodles of choice, cooked to package directions (I had leftover egg noodles from a couple nights ago)

2 cups water

6 Tbsp brown gravy mix

Brown hamburger, crumbling very well while it’s cooking, drain any excess fat.  Return to pan, add water and gravy mix, simmer about 10 minutes or until thickened.  Add in cooked noodles, mixing well, simmer just until everything is heated through.

We had broccoli, cauliflower and carrots mixed together as one side dish, peas as a second, fresh salad (lettuce, cabbage, cucumber, carrots, green pepper, tomato) and fresh fruit salad (pineapple, papaya, grapes).  Everything tasted awesome!!

Enjoy!!  Until tomorrow, eat well, love well, live well!!

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The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 31

February 2, 2012 at 1:31 am (Food) (, , , , , , , , , )

Hello friends, and welcome back!

Tonight’s meal was a big hit, and I had LOTS of help!  It was so cool having my older son, James, in the kitchen, being creative, and having fun!

So, here are our recipes for the evening…

Coconut Curry Chicken

2-3 pounds boneless skinless chicken pieces, trimmed of extra skin and fat (there is always some, isn’t there?), cut into bite sized pieces

2 Tbsp butter

1 can coconut milk

3 heaping tbsp MILD curry paste (probably more like 6 Tbsp when it’s all said and done)

Melt butter in large skillet, add chicken pieces, cook on medium until cooked through.  Drain excess liquid.  Add in coconut milk and curry paste, mix well.  Reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes or until slightly thickened and creamy.  Serve!

James’ Mac N Cheese

1 pound noodles of your choice (we chose egg noodles tonight)

1 pound shredded cheese of your choice (we had a mix of mozzarella, provolone and cheddar)

3/4 cup milk

1 stick butter

2 Tbsp flour

2 Tbsp brown gravy mix

1 cup bread crumbs (if using seasoned crumbs, just use bread crumbs, don’t add any spices)

Salt and pepper to taste (OMIT if using seasoned bread crumbs)

Cook noodles, drain, place in casserole dish.

Melt butter in large pan (we used the one from the noodles when they were done), add milk, gravy mix and flour, stir with whisk until smooth.  GRADUALLY add cheese, stirring, until smooth and creamy.  Mix into noodles.  Spread evenly in dish, top with bread crumbs.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until bread crumbs are browned slightly.  Serve!

And we had leftover veggies with all this, just so we could say we had veggies, but they weren’t anything special.  You know, those canned (YUCK!) veggies…

Everyone liked everything, even picky William, so it was a really good night!

Until tomorrow, eat well, love well, live well!

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