Newly Learned Shortcuts...
Jul. 19, 2012 3:13 pm
Updated: Jul. 24, 2012 12:05 pm
Even before I became a cookin' NUT, I can honestly say that I rarely purchased food from the "Deli" dept at the grocery. The occasional roasted chicken, or a tub of potato salad... I couldn't match the chicken, but I was always disappointed with the
pre-made side dishes, preferring my own versions, bringing them home, and then adding what I LIKE!
Though the kitchen heats up like a pizza oven any time I turn on a burner, or oven, I'm still not opposed to making my own. A month ago, I cooked navy beans, and canned "beans in tomato sauce..." a recipe I'd used before, and have come to like very much.
When I stopped at the deli last, I got a bit of a chuckle from the young woman who was filling my order. She packaged up my 8-piece dark meat fried chicken (4 thighs, and 4 drumsticks) and asked if there was anything else. I responded, that no, with the
l/o baked beans, and cole slaw I had at home, I was wouldn't have to cook that night!
As I've said, I rarely at all during my life, have used the deli, but I've discovered this (now cherished) shortcut... 8 pieces of for $4.99! (on sale, of course!) I doubt that I could "buy it, and fry it," for that price!
Tonight, we'll do a second go around on that chicken. I did put potatoes on to boil (heating up the inferno) but I was craving potato salad. Pair that with the remaining baked beans, I
almost have a crazycook's night off! The spuds are cooling right now, after which I'll assemble the reamining ingredients that I like in potato salad. Question is, do I want my chicken hot, or cold? Guess I'll figure that one out as dinner time
So, for tonight, we're having an indoor picnic, all American favorites (in my opinion.) Good idea, as the clouds are building for the first time in a number of days. Could be a sign of another afternoon or evening thunderstorm... It's simply too darn hot
to even think about any outdoor activities, other than dire necessities, that is!
Despite the heat, be healthy, be happy, cook crazy!