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I see you over there, looking all delicious... 
Apr. 9, 2009 7:35 pm 
Updated: Apr. 13, 2009 8:16 am
The court is still out as to whether or not I should ever drink while cooking.

In other news.

I only had to make dinner for myself tonight, which means CHICKEN. For some reason, the boyfriend's ex made plain baked chicken way too often, so either he is tired of chicken or it brings back bad memories. I can understand - I have developed a hatred for Chili's. It's the only place in Corpus my family ever wanted to go out to eat at (besides me).

My humble menu was Herbed Chicken Nuggets with a side of Cauliflower and Leek Soup...and some beer and carrot cake. Very delicious. Mostly easy. I hate cutting chicken up and I really hate de-boning it but it was $2.19 for 3 big breasts.

I followed both recipes to the T except for the nuggets - I didn't mix in the oil with the crumb mixture, I just sprayed some pam on them as they went in the oven. Those nuggets are addicting. I froze some to make for later because it makes a lot.

I also made my own vegetable broth for the soup. Since I had SO MUCH leftover carrot shavings, leeks, and red onion from the various cooking projects this week, I decided to do it myself. I used a recipe in my "Professional Cook" book for the bouquet de garni - I don't speak French but I think that's a word for "spices wrapped in a cheesecloth that you don't want to pick out later but want to flavor the soup."

All in all I threw in about 2 cups leek pieces (even the bright green parts in the middle the usually get thrown away) leftover from the pizza, about 1/2 cup red onion, and shavings from the carrot cake. I also chopped up about 5 celery sticks because that stuffs about to go bad. The bouquet de garni was fennel, thyme, peppercorns, basil and bay leaf. ~ 6 cups water. After simmering that for an hour I strained it. I think the homemade veggie broth really added to the Cauliflower soup.

All in all, delicious, filling, and not too fattening (if you're not counting the beer and carrot cake, that is).
Apr. 10, 2009 6:49 am
Beer calories never count, do they?!!
Apr. 10, 2009 8:19 am
Well Carrot Cake does have veggies in it so those have to be good calories!
Apr. 10, 2009 8:47 am
Thanks for sharing your homemade veggie broth!! Will have to try it next time I make soup :]
Apr. 10, 2009 7:04 pm
Thinking on it a bit longer, I will post a more specific recipe for the bouquet de garni. I was kinda drunk when I wrote this (cuz when I drink alone...I drink all by myself). You can probably eyeball it if you know enough about herbs and spices but it's always nice to have some guideline.
Apr. 10, 2009 7:05 pm
@rae: for some reason when I make the slightest "healthy" modification to a recipe, I am able to instantly justify the calories :D A for Effort wahoo!
Apr. 13, 2009 8:16 am
Haha. I would probably have just eyeballed it. But I haven't made soup yet. So if you decide to put a more specific recipe for the bouquet de garni, let me know!! Thanks :]
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I enjoy trying new recipes and unusual ingredients. There are few foods I will turn down without a second thought - sweets is one of them, and fiery hot spicy food is the other. As I'm getting older that is changing, though. I love reading cook books and doing research about food. It fascinates to no end! I usually create a recipe from several different ones. On the non-cooking side of things, I'm a Christian, native Texan and faithful Longhorn with two cats and a great boyfriend! I love the outdoors and spending time with my family and friends. I'm also somewhat obsessed with the nuclear winter and extreme survival situations.
My favorite things to cook
In general I try to cook from scratch. Any kind of bread - rolls, loaves, boules, baguettes, buns, biscuits, quick breads - will catch my eye. Pastas, soups, and cookies. I am absolutely in love with cake batter. Once I had a party in middle school where we just made a bunch of cakes and ate the batter.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey/waldorf salad/mashed potatoes with gravy by my mom, buttermilk biscuits on Sunday morning before church from my Dad, grilling hamburgers in the summer in the backyard, black eyed peas for new years dinner, decorating sugar cookies on Christmas Eve with my sister, coffee any time of the night.
My cooking triumphs
I can rival my dad in his biscuit making ability. I have the perfect dinner roll recipe - my very own. I taught myself how to make jam and jelly. I taught myself how to make bread!
My cooking tragedies
dense as a stone wheat bread, homemade condensed milk tastes weird key lime pie, onions and sugar have no place hanging out together in mashed sweet potato, there's nothing puffy about my lemon meringue, and the bottom of the fish tank poached salmon.
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