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Put the Kettle on....

I Got a Pot to.......... Cook In!! 
Jan. 10, 2013 1:55 pm 
Updated: Jan. 17, 2013 3:54 am
We got home from vacation on Saturday and on Sunday I finally got to use some of my new Christmas presents!  It seems that this year all gifts given and received had a food or beverage theme to them.  There was plenty of wine given and received; a great new Pampered Chef wine opener;  food from the Edible Gourmet; a Keurig with a gazillion k-cups to my parents; and I got a new 6 quart pot.   My family all knows what makes us all happy! 

In my previous blog I wrote about oysters.  Well - we used some of those oysters up in oyster stew (in my new pot) and oysters rockefeller.  We took about 50 oysters to the restaurant for the workers to enjoy and then last night I took them another 2 dozen.  I think our oysters are multiplying!  There were 18 left this morning and we plan to eat them tonight for an appetizer. 

Today I am making Kyle'sFavoriteBeefStew in my new pot.   Since there are only two of us, I cut the recipe back some.  We like leftovers, but not for a week! 

I hadn't been cooking much the second half of last year. Not because I didn't want to, but because there just wasn't any time.  Acquiring the Mexican Restaurant took way more of our time than I had imagined.   I vowed I was going to change that this year.  Today is the 10th day of the year and I'm happy to say that I have prepared three different meals at home and one of those meals yielded leftovers that we ate the next evening.  That means we have had four meals at home.  Not bad considering we were on vacation until January 5th.  We have plans to go out with friends tomorrow night but we will be eating in this weekend.  I want to make spaghetti one night and ChickenCacciatoreWithChorizo another. 

Since it is winter I really want to make some hearty soups and stews.  Last year was such a mild winter that I never got in the mood to make them.  My plan is to make at least one pot of soup or stew each week until the weather warms up.  For several years now our group of friends and us have discussed having a "soup party".  Maybe this will be the year - now that I have a new pot to cook it in!  Though for a soup party I think I may have to drag out the Big Pot.

My New Pot
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Kyle's Favorite Beef Stew
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Jan. 10, 2013 5:19 pm
Yay for the new pot! You are christening it well. I need to make something special this week for my girls. Something in a pot! Call it sympathetic celebrations!
Jan. 10, 2013 5:39 pm
Mother Ann, i love one pot meals.I also make stews and soups in the colder months.I put dumplings in my stew.Love the smell of stew cooking when you walk in out of the cold.
Jan. 10, 2013 6:01 pm
Doc - my non-cooking friends never understand why I get so excited about gifts of pots or mixers. I'd much rather have a new pot than a piece of jewelry! Hope you make a good sympathetic celebration for yor girls - maybe a good chili??
Jan. 10, 2013 6:02 pm
manella - I have never made a dumpling! Some day I'm going to attempt them. While my stew was cooking I had 2 very curious cats and one very interested dog that kept going into the kitchen to check out that smell!
Jan. 10, 2013 6:36 pm
Wow Mother Ann - - congrats on several levels - a new pot - a great looking stew - - and making time for yourself and home-time - that's important! Thanks again for your input on my breadmaker question.
Jan. 10, 2013 6:38 pm
luv2cook - You're very welcome. If someone had told me 10 years ago that I wished I had more time to cook I never would have believed them!
Jan. 10, 2013 6:59 pm
I know what you mean Mother Ann,a few years ago we had a really cold winter.This one day it was to cold to leave the dog out,i had put a beef roast in the slow cooker before i left for work.When we got home,the smell of the cooked beef was most welcoming,except for the dog,she was curled up on the kitchen floor with her nose sticking in the air.I'm sure the smell drove her nuts.She's gone now,but that's a memorey i will never forget,and laugh about.
Jan. 11, 2013 3:12 am
manella - I can see your dog with her little nose pointing toward the counter; just wishing that darn cooker would slide off the counter onto the floor!
Jan. 11, 2013 5:05 am
A soup party! Wish you were closer cause that is my kind of party, I love soup even in the summer! Over the years I too have received kitcheny Christmas gifts. Hard to chose a favorite between the French press and the KA. One gets me going and the other one seems to be always going :)
Jan. 11, 2013 7:21 am
MotherAnn, I was thinking about making chili, but your recommendation has sealed the deal. My girls both love my Italian Sausage Chili with Black Beans. Now, I see that you've never made dumplings. You must correct this. It doesn't matter if they are the light, fluffy ones floating in broth or the flat, hearty ones that give chicken soup it's thick, rich mouth feel. You've got to do it! Or you can go the sublime route and make Spaetle which is much easier than it seems and so delicious fried in butter!
Jan. 11, 2013 1:55 pm
Cat - I wish you were closer! I love your comparison of your press & KA!
Jan. 11, 2013 1:56 pm
I promise I'm going to attempt dumplings before this winter is over! Funny you mention Spaetzle; we were just talking about it today at work.
Jan. 11, 2013 2:33 pm
LOLOLOL! I want some oysters and duck! Made by you of course!
Jan. 11, 2013 2:57 pm
Not a problem Cat!! It's about time I made a pot of duck gumbo!
Jan. 11, 2013 4:50 pm
Those six quart pots are great! I steep veggies for broth as well as stews and soups. I didn't know Cat had a Keurig. I could have kept it busy all during the roundup!
Jan. 11, 2013 5:17 pm
Mother Ann,i think you should make the dumplings also,so gooood in stew.
Jan. 11, 2013 6:40 pm
Forgot to say my dog with the little nose was a golden lab,do miss her still, but now we have a black lab.She's a pretty good dog. Again, make the dumplings,you won't be sorry.
Jan. 12, 2013 3:50 am
Mike my old pot was a 5 qt. and it was always just a little small for me. I also have an 8 qt. but unless I'm making soup for a crowd that's too much for us. I love this new pot. I'll have it worn out in no time!
Jan. 12, 2013 3:51 am
manella - Any lab is a pretty good dog; any dog is a pretty good dog! I'm definitely going to attempt dumplings. Another thing I want to try is to make my own noodles once. I made pierogis a few months ago and had great success with those.
Jan. 12, 2013 4:29 pm
Hey Mother Ann - - I put a shout out for ya on the buzz today - - - but it's Saturday so you're probably busy at the restaurant - - I have a question for you - - do you have a favorite Mexican dish recipe from this website?? I'm having some guests in next weekend and want to prepare a Mexican meal for them - - thanks - -Pam (Florida)
Jan. 13, 2013 4:19 am
Mother Ann, glad you're finding the time to do some home cooking again, and I like the new pot too. We had a soup dinner party once on a camp-out with about ten families. It was a very cold camp-out for us Floridians, temps dropped to the low 20's at night. But the die-hard campers like us sat around the fire and taking samples of soup from each crock pot, it was one of the best dinner parties I've ever been to.
Jan. 13, 2013 4:56 am
luv2cook - sorry I missed your shout out, but I was actually off winery-hopping with my daughter and sister. :) We do that every once in a while and it's a blast! I do have a recipe we really love, though I have to admit when I want really good Mexican I just go to the restaurant.. LOL But, here is the one we've tried and like the best from this site: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/turkey-cream-cheese-enchiladas/detail.aspx Good luck!
Jan. 13, 2013 4:58 am
Sherri, we're die-hard campers, too. We've camped in the rain, snow, and even in the aftermaths of a tornado once! I have been cooking more - that's for sure. In fact I cooked last night and I'm going to be cooking again today!
Jan. 13, 2013 2:24 pm
Hello-Mother Ann-nothing like a new pot to get you cooking, Your stew looks so good.
Jan. 13, 2013 4:27 pm
Hi Lela! Yes, the new pot has inspired me to cook more!
Jan. 14, 2013 5:33 am
Mother Ann, I'm so jealous over the oysters! I love them every way except raw, I think. The idea of a soup party sounds lovely. Thanks for posting!
Jan. 14, 2013 1:05 pm
Bibi - If you love oysters - you should try them raw again - you might surprise yourself! I eat raw ones with lemon juice squeezed on them and a drop or two of hot sauce. Hubby puts lemon juice & hot sauce.
Jan. 15, 2013 6:51 am
Mother Ann - Your new pot is the bomb! Like Mike said, and you're discovering, they're so useful! Like you, I'm committed to more soups this winter. With just two of us, I always have leftover chicken from something. I dice it, freeze it, then use it for soup. Funny thing is that no matter whether it was grilled, poached or roasted, it always works. Doesn't seem to matter what spices it was cooked with, either, it all goes into the same freezer bag and it all works. In summer the same chicken gets shredded, seasoned and used for tacos. Anyway, I'd be hard-pressed to declare a preference when it comes to soup - crockpot or big pot? Hmmm...
Jan. 15, 2013 5:04 pm
lucylove - I'm sort of there with you about whether to use crockpot or big pot. I like the big pot simmering away on the stove on the weekends in the winter. Crockpot is great to come home to after work.
Jan. 15, 2013 5:26 pm
The only good thing about this crazy Cali cold weather is more soup!! I took my big pot out of storage for pozole and haven't put it back yet. It needs some more soup-adventures...a beef stew is just what it might be needing. Thanks for posting.
Jan. 16, 2013 12:13 pm
How fun, Mother Ann! And the oysters sounded amazing!!! "Stew" away and stay warm! Look forward to seeing you at the "Buckeye Bash" in June!!
Jan. 16, 2013 1:27 pm
1st Lady - Thanks for stopping in - and hope you get a few more soups made!
Jan. 16, 2013 1:29 pm
mickdee - I'm not sure that soup party is ever going to happen! I'm thinking that this Fall I'm going to do it - our hopes were to do it in the winter when it was cold, but it just isn't working out! I'm hoping to get to the Buckeye Bash - we were just talking vacation plans with everyone last night and we came up with leaving on the 15th. I'm thinking we'll have to re-think that date! I want to see everyone again.
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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