Monday, January 17, 2011
Ya me neither.
I had the day off work, so I spent the day cooking and cleaning. In retrospect, I should have skipped the cleaning and watched Love Actually. Since watching the Golden Globes last night and seeing Colin Firth win for The King's Speech, Im in the mood for a Colin Firth movie marathon and why not kick it off with Love Actually. Not only does it feature Colin Firth but also Liam Neeson, Hugh Grant AND Professor Snape. Yes I know, it's very strange that I harbor a crush on Professor Snape. But there it is.
And then were do we go from Love Actually ? Pride & Prejudice. Of course. Probably best to watch that a couple times---and then watch the 2005 version with *sigh* Matthew MacFayden. Now that would have been a proper way to spend my day off.
On the food side:
For dinner I had salad topped with shredded chicken cooked in the slow cooker yesterday. I took the chicken breasts and poured Corn & Black Bean Salsa over it and cook it on low all day & then shred the chicken. Then it is good in enchiladas, tacos or on salad. So Chicken Slow Cooked with Corn & Black Bean Salsa (from Tastefully Simple, natch.) on top of salad and then I topped it with light ranch dressing mixed with our Pomegrante Chipotle Sauce. You can't beat the smokey chipotle mixed with cook ranch.
Now in the Slow Cooker is a Spicy Seafood Stew. It's my first try on seafood stew, so I'll have to try it and then let you know if it is worth giving it a go!
Know anyone who needs Girl Scout Cookies? Yes Anna is on a mission to sell 125. I think she is 1/2 way there....
I've got this Spicy Seafood Stew going in the crockpot, let's see how that turns out
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Here is what I did:
1 tsp Garlic Infused Oil
2 turnips peeled & chopped
1 cup baby carrots chopped
2 red potatoes peeled & chopped
1 parship peeled & chopped.
1 shallot chopped
1 leek sliced
3 stalks of celery chopped.
8 cups chicken broth
1 boneless chicken breast
Heat the tsp of oil in the bottom of your pot, then add the leeks & shallot saute for 2 minutes then add all other veggies & saute stirring frequently for about 6 minutes. Add broth & chicken breast and cook on med low for 1/2 hour. Take out chicken breast & shred it. Taste & add salt/pepper/paprika to taste. Serve hot in bowls.
In a different pot I cooked some brown rice. For dinner I'll put some brown rice in a bowl and pour the soup on top and have Chicken & Rice Soup.
The whole recipe is low fat, low cal, full of lots of veggies. And you could put noodles in it if you want. I didn't feel like it today!
Now it is 4:14pm and the kids are downstairs unwinding after a hard day at school by watching some TV. This is the start of their 4 day weekend. Did you realized it's just about 2 weeks into the new year already?
Next thing you know, it will be Spring. Yep that is what I keep telling myself!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
The end of the Jewel-Osco Cookware for a penny with reward stickers was right around the bend, so Sunday night I went and spent my whole paycheck at Jewel. Well, not really the whole thing, it wasn't as if I was at Whole Foods, but I stocked up and earned enough stickers for my grill pan.
Since it was a Sunday and I had time to plan my purchases, I got everything needed to make a slew of Slow Cooker Recipes. Tonight on the menu is Chicken Cacciatore, which is a big fave of 4 of 5 members of our household and honestly, that's as good as it gets. I should start putting a star on the calendar anytime everyone likes dinner simultaneously. I splurged on Butoni whole wheat refrigerated linguini noodles for dinner. I will report back and let you know how that part of the meal goes---since I am too cheap normally to pay for the refrig. pasta.
I have been thinking for a good 2 years about how I would like to put together a Wine Pairing list to go with Tastefully Simple recipes. To that end, I really need to host a night at my house to practice and to get feedback on what I come up with for the pairings. Why am I writing that here? Now I feel more compelled to actually work on getting that together.
Now if you are looking for a good pairing. Try a nice Charles Shaw Merlot or Coopershawk Shiraz with this recipe from http://www.tastefullysimple.com/web/vhamel
Merlot Beef Stew
Submitted by Dodi Kuehl (WI) Modified by me.
2 lbs. cubed boneless top round steak (or chuck roast,it's cheaper)
1/4 cup flour
4 medium peeled, sliced carrots
8 quartered small red potatoes
12 sliced mushrooms
1 chopped medium onion
I'd use a sliced parsnip as well --that's how I roll
1/2 cup Merlot Sauce
1 Tbsp. Garlic Garlic™
4 cups beefbroth
Coat beef with flour.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
And after my most subpar of dinners, Tom has on Frontline's Haiti documentary , I like interesting TV I'm interested in learning more bout the state of the world-- tonight however I'd rather be read a good Urban Fantasy.
Speaking of Urban fantasy, I have figured out how to reduce the unemployment rate. Encourage employers to offer job sharing. I like to share. I'm happy to give 1/2 my job to anyone who'd like it. I'll even throw in access to health insurance-- I have good coverage thru Toms job.
Please leave a comment or write ur congressman if you'd like to share like me!
Saturday, January 1, 2011
"Can't we watch Nick?"
I guess making the kids watch the consistently really bad TV know as Channel 7 in Chicago's local NYE show, wasn't the best way to keep their attention... Tom I go got plenty of laughs out of the show.
The big excitement of my NYE was pre-ordering Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning, I have been re-reading her Fever Series in anticipation of 5th and Final book...she seems to have off'd one of my favorite male characters at the end of Faefever--she better have figured out how he isn't dead in the final book.
Tom is off at Walgreens looking for discounted holiday merchandise we don't need. We are going over to his Aunt's house for a New Year party a bit later. As aways I'll have to say a few times in the car.
"You better eat while we are there, We are not stopping at McDonalds on the way home." Don't even ask.
I don't know why I have to say that whenever we go to a party, there has not been a precedence set that we stop at a fast-food drive thru on the way home from family parties or any parties. Yet somehow, it keeps coming up.
Each year I ask everyone in the family what their resolutions or goals or dreams for the new year are and here are some for 2011.
Patrick: Earn a Homework Pass, Go Bowling, Go on Vacation to the Nick Hotel and Participate in my school's talent show.
Bryce: Take a Lego Class at Moraine Valley in the Summer, Go Camping with Cub Scouts, have a cell phone
*that last one ain't happening!
Anna: Take swimming lessons, be rich, go to the beach and take a gymnastics class. Spend more time with my family and friends.
*LOL like she has a job and doesn't get to spend time with her family.
Tom: Stop Worrying, Exercise more, Avoid white bread, be more positive.
*Id have liked him to put down yell less over trival matters involving the kids.
Me: I wasn't feeling resolutions last night so all I came up with is, Be caught up on our bills. Im sure Bank of Evil --errr I mean Bank of America is all for that goal of mine.