(Crazy)Kitchen additction! The letter "J" and more
Dec. 27, 2011 3:56 pm
Updated: Dec. 30, 2011 12:52 pm
Yesterday, I spent the day in the crazykitchen... there was still debris from our "Eve" gathering... While I was at it, I decided to tackle the remains of a 12lb ham that we'd eaten on only once. What to do..? I sliced some, froze some...then tossed
the remains into a pot of water. Collected quite a bit of meat from it, and have at least a half gallon of broth, but still... what to do?
Today, the "urge" to cook was strong again, so I put on beans I'd soaked overnight, to make a small pot of "ham and beans." Turns out the new recipe I tried is definately a keeper! I just checked to see if the beans were done - I'd let them go all day in
the slow cooker. Now, I don't know what to do for dinner! Once this was all "on the go" so to speak, it was a question of what to do next.
"J" as it turns out, is for Jambalaya... I don't believe I've ever eaten this "southern" fav, but after it had simmered on the stove long enough, I decided that I simply MUST have cornbread to go with it... Said and done! Now I just need to wait till I'm
hungery enough to dive into a bowl, but then, which do I want? When seasoning the jambalaya I was very timid with the seasoning... I'm a hopeless wimp when it comes to "heat," but let me tell ya, as it was cooking it smelled simply deliciouso! When checking
to see if the rice had cooked, I got only the slightest hint of "heat" so, wimp that I am, may just have to add some "hot sauce" to it!
I really would have thought that after the efforts I put into "pre" holiday baking, and the major load of the "eve" goodies, that I'd run from the kitchen screaming, and go on strike for a week (at least!) Totally the opposite, however, I'm putting off much
needed chores and errands to stay home, AND COOK! What do I think I'm going to do with all this stuff? I've half of a stock pot of broth to freeze from the ham, a good sized batch of the jambalaya, AND the darned beans... The thought has crossed my mind
though, that I might just be able to can some of each in my new pressure canner! It wouldn't be a hateful thing, after all, to be able to open a jar of homemade soup when the urge hits! I may just have to look into this for tomorrow... but I really MUST
run to the grocery also, that or begin feeding the dogs sirloin steak for their lunch! Sorry boys... guess I'll just have to run to the corner market real quick in the morning.
Meanwhile, I've got leftovers for J when he gets home this evening, and I have every intention of savoring a bowl of soup... the jambalaya most likely, but then, I really do like ham & beans too! Maybe tomorrow, I'll be able to:
be happy, be healthy, and more sane than my norm! Be well, all~