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Confessions of a Confounded Cook: The "L" Word. 
Nov. 6, 2013 4:14 pm 
Updated: Dec. 4, 2013 12:50 pm
tyle="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif">Yes, I admit it.  I am a confounded cook.  I am frequently bewildered and confused in the kitchen.  That room also gives me numerous occasions to utter mild oaths.  All because of that dreaded "L" word.  And this isn't even a new or recent occurrence.  While revisiting an old blog post, "Totally Torqued Tuesday", the realization of how often my guys cause this condition became quite apparent.  Couldn't help but notice that the real reason for the blog sprouted from twigs aka that breakfast cereal that was frequently blogged about right about then.  Still dealing with the guys and their food requirements is an endless quest.
Now in all fairness while re-reading that blog it became obvious they do spur me on to challenge my culinary skills.  After all, if I hadn't been trying to WOW them with a new dinner idea that particular night I might not have used my salad spinner to "dry" off my homemade hash browns.  A  big thank really goes to PBS for airing Graham Kerr's cooking show.  The one where he used his creative culinary talent  to reduce the fat and calories in his favorite recipes.  He was using his spinner to evenly coat his mixed salad with dressing giving it the entire flavor while whirling off all the excess.  Serendipity does play a role in my kitchen because I just happened to be looking at my spinner when I remembered that show's segment and thought, "ah ha!" 
While providing something "fresh" every night has expanded my culinary horizons like I just shared with you, the "L" word still causes a conundrum.  Yes, years ago my darling DH announced he was going to the local gas station in search of a hamburger.  He needed to eat something "fresh".  I know I should have known I was doomed when a greasy hamburger procured at the gas station was preferred over humble portions of food that might have rested in the refrigerator for a day or two.  YES, I am talking about LEFTOVERS!  Go figure, you make something "fresh" everyday and those confounded things are bound to appear! 
Many wise cooks out there give their families 2 choices for dinner-TAKE IT or LEAVE IT!  so why can't I?  Because years ago I made the same mistake people sometimes make about cats in trees.  I was a afraid my poor guys would starve so I catered to them.  My BAD!  Way back when it hadn't occurred to me I'd never seen a cat's skeleton in a tree.
You know what?  I have found my way of getting even.  It might even be sneaky.  It could be thought of as underhanded and it does generally confound me but I am learning how to elevate my leftovers to new reformed heights.  Hence, my confession, I must hide what I am doing from the guys.  If they have any inkling they are getting leftovers grumblings and rants can occur.  You would think I was trying to kill them.  Given I was an extremely picky eater and my Mother would have throttle me, I didn't complain about dinner I simply didn't eat it.  My mother enforced that TAKE IT or LEAVE IT dinner choice.  However, I did know where the peanut butter and crackers were and could help myself later.  IF I sat thru dinner and helped with the dishes afterwards.
That is why I feel so compelled to share what I can only describe as a truly "L"inspiring moment which happened a couple of months ago.  I had help, of course, and where I can name my sources I will.  It all started with my last roundup.  Namely the pulled pork leftovers.  Which were quite good at the time and do freeze well but how do you repurpose it?  Again.  Thankfully, I wasn't the only one suffering with this dilemma. Someone, I cannot for the life of me remember who, posted on AR asking for recipes to use l/o pulled pork in.  Like I wasn't going to check that thread out?  Don't even remember how many recipes were suggested but one stood out, Chili Verde.  Hmm, what is that?  Even now I'm not sure which particular recipe was suggested but I believe B'Nana recommended one and I went looking to see what was in it.  You might know how it goes, the whole idea of the recipe sounds great but...  It won't work tonight or they won't eat that but just maybe I could use some elements of that recipe to tweak what I have into something they will love.  Ok so actually I am going for just eating it and not whining!  And not leaving anymore leftovers!

To disguise some leftover chicken one night I had experimented with a salsa verde which caused me to create this recipe:< aspx.  Never had or made it before but again the idea sounded good.  Better yet, different.  Everything needed was right out there in the garden and clean plates came back.  So did I remake my l/o pulled pork into a chili verde?  Not exactly.  I still feel that is really doable since I don't sauce my pulled pork till it hits the table.

However, I had a Roast Cubano waiting to be cooked in keeping with the "fresh" thing.  Given that this blog has been in the works for awhile and I wanted to share links, I looked up my recipe.  I had been attributing it Emeril for years.  Boy, does it pay to look up stuff!  I'd been following a mental recipe which had evidently dropped some stuff.  Like orange juice and where it was from.  How I got the recipe still confounds me but luckily it is still out there on the net.  Yah, cause Emeril had nothing to do with it.  It is from Better Homes and Gardens and it is really good IMO.

This is a Monday thru Friday trip thru our dinners but this is how the leftover nirvana came to be.

When I have a chance in the morning, I check out Lucky Noodles post “what did you have for dinner”. Again I do not remember who posted this recipe as what they had for dinner
But I thought it looked good.  I had black beans to cook and the fridge had cream cheese that needed to be used.  I did have to add Italian sausage to the beans since the guys can't go meatless.  So now I have leftover seasoned black beans.  Now since this all happened in the same  week we are back to serendipity again!  Earlier with the grilled Roast Cubano, I made< aspx.  for a side. So now I have leftover corn & bacon, beans, leftover chopped tomatoes and pork.  We'd had some side salads and the kid can't eat tomatoes unless he is at his Grandma Jennie's house hence the l/o tomatoes.

Well, what do you do with those items?  You Google!  Maybe I could do a casseroly type of thing and hide everything!  Remember they can't handle seeing leftovers being revisited!

Looked at 4 sites or more and stumbled over one that was topped with a corn pudding.  Hmmm, what if I use the leftover corn in the corn pudding?  I can always use the bacon chopped up on top ;)

This lead to more googling to compare corn pudding recipes.  This is what takes me so much time some days.  If I am not familiar with a recipe or ingredient, I will spend time reading reviews and recipes to see what they have in common.  For me, it rather helps to weed out what I don't want or can't use.  Remember I have the picky W-2's.  Refer back to the "Whatever" blog.

Ah but this day I got them and I would like to present to you the successfully hidden leftovers from not 1 but several meals!!!!

I give you "Pulled From the Pantry Pork Casserole".  Yeah it should be pulled from the larder if you want to be technical but it doesn't sound as good.  And yeah, it ain't so pretty but it worked :)

In an 8x8x21/2 qt baking dish layer in this order:
2 cups cooked l/o black beans
1 1/2 cups shredded Roast Cubano
1/4-1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese (needed something "fresh")
1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup salsa verde (leftover from earlier chicken dish)
1/2 cup chopped fresh tomatoes

Top with Corn Pudding for a crust.
 (this is a combo of recipes using what I had)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup baking mix (made my own- 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt ( used my homemade seasoned salt) and 1 T canola oil)
1/2 cup milk

Mix together and add in corn kernels from 2 ears of l/o bacon wrapped corn on the cob.  Reserve bacon.  Spoon over casserole and top with leftover chopped bacon.

Bake @ 350 for approx. 45 mins.

Not only did they eat it they went back for seconds.  If they only knew how many leftovers they got that night!

Now for you, Mr. Harvey, cause I promised.  Due to all the cooking, I need low fat low cal snacks.  Low sodium is a bonus too.  If any of you are like me, if it doesn't satisfy you the first time you just keep on grazing.  Not a good thing after 50.

So what can you make with these things and an oven?

Spicy crunchy popcorn that is low fat, low cal and hits the spot.  I do not like chewy air popped popcorn.  But when I found that I could have 3 cups of air popped corn vs. 1 cup oil popped corn which do you think I was going to pick?  Nope, neither.  Remember air popped is chewy, I want CRUNCHY!  So I ordered a citrus sprayer, yeah they do really work.  Went to Bed, Bath & Beyond and the little gal there said "we only have that online.  I can order it for you and you can use your coupon.  There will be no shipping."  I must go back and thank her!

Why a citrus sprayer?  To wet the popcorn that I'm going to bake after air popping it.  It has to have something on it to get Mr. Mike Harvey's wonderful spice blend to stick to it.  Yeah, I am out hence that empty container with the green lid.  With much experimenting which is still going on, I have discovered if you spray lime juice on air popped corn and coat with seasoning (Mike's has no salt, he did a blog about it in his corner of AR on his "Life...It's Why We Cook." blog.  I am almost 100% sure.  I am almost positive we spoke about it and he said, "good memory, Cat".  Well, I can't find it as I type this blog but Mike has a wonderful spice recipe that I do know!)

I am still tweaking this but after popping and spraying with the lime juice then carefully coating with seasonings, I bake the popcorn till it is crunchy.  I can't give you times and temps cause at this stage it is still an experiment but I am getting a snack that satisfies me.

Till next time when the Confounded Cook confronts the "F" word, I hope you have a family that can eat leftovers or that you can craftily hide yours too!
Nov. 6, 2013 5:18 pm
Wow! You can sure make a meal out of leftovers. I'm so uncreative when it comes to using up leftovers. I open the fridge, pull out all the little bowls and containers and start shoving them in the microwave to warm them up. Then I throw them on the table and it's a buffet - eat what you want. My family would love leftover night at your house!
Nov. 6, 2013 5:24 pm
New or old (as in leftover), I'm game for interesting recipes!
Nov. 6, 2013 5:34 pm
Oh Mother Ann, I wish I could do that! I failed miserably at training these guys. They, however, did a remarkable job on me :) I was so thrilled when the "pulled from the pantry" recipe not only tasted good but they ate seconds!!!
Nov. 6, 2013 5:36 pm
sueb, I must say I have learned a lot in these last years about cooking. Seems like everyday is a new challenge sometimes! New ideas and recipes are always welcomed!
Nov. 6, 2013 6:17 pm
Maybe it's a guy thing. I'm not big on leftovers either so I constantly tailor my cooking to produce either a leftover I like to morph into other things (ie: large chunks of meat) or dishes that get eaten up. Blob knows that if I make a big dish of something that's so so, chances arent good that there will be an afterlife for it. Good on ya for repurposing a bunch of stuff into a brand new and tasty sounding whole!
Nov. 6, 2013 6:36 pm
Wow! I usually just eat the leftovers for breakfast and lunch the next day, or throw them out after composting them for a week or two in the refrigerator. Nice looking meal you made!
Nov. 6, 2013 6:37 pm
Hi Cat Hill, when my kids lived here there were no leftovers. Now it's just my husband and myself and leftovers, I haven't learned to scale down for 2, it's so hard, but iam getting better. I do what Mother Ann does, have a buffet.
Nov. 6, 2013 6:39 pm
Hi Cat, my family will eat leftovers most of the time. Creating something new out of leftovers, I think is hard. Looks like you did a great job of repurposing your leftovers. The blog here is giving me fits today. So, I didn't post a blog here today. There is always tomorrow.
Nov. 6, 2013 6:55 pm
Raedwulf, so I can blame the male chromo for torturing me with leftovers :) ? I swear I try to not have any but there are just some foods that seem to expand with cooking. Then there they are left for me to eat for lunch again and again and again. Deep sigh, I suppose it would be easier if I didn't grow up with this drilled into my head "waste not, want not" LOLOL! Glad to see you!
Nov. 6, 2013 7:02 pm
Doc Simonson, what can I say? You have me rolling! My DH probably only has 2 foods he can eat leftover. Chili-next day it can go on hot dogs with fixings. Meatloaf-which (BLECH) he can eat smothered in ketchup on white bread as a sandwich. Thanks Doc, I try really hard to hide leftovers ;)
Nov. 6, 2013 7:05 pm
manella, my son is still here but he watched his father too long! He is as picky! It is hard to make exact portions, I think. If they like what I fixed they want more if we don't have a late dinner. If it is so so but I thought they would like it there are leftovers. It is a vicious cycle some days :) I really like, when I have a chance, to look at the dinner posts on the Buzz. I have gotten some great recipes there!
Nov. 6, 2013 7:09 pm
Lela, I think that is why I haven't been blogging. Some days blogger plays nice and other days Grrrrr! Forgive the typos here by the time I got this done and transferred to here, I was done. LOL! Leftovers have never gone over here. A buffet, hmm, now the DH might walk out the door and go get another "fresh" hamburger :) And no they don't do soup. That was my Mom's way of dealing with leftovers. I rather wish she was still here. She might really appreciate the cunning I employed ;)
Nov. 6, 2013 7:13 pm
Nice job, Cat! My guy doesn't like leftovers unless it's lasagna so I, like Doc, eat them for breakfast and lunch for a couple days. I had meatloaf with mac and cheese for breakfast today. It tasted better than it should have, lol. :o)
Nov. 6, 2013 7:55 pm
LOLOLOL! Cheepy! Yep, that could be why I can't get that 10 pounds off! I love pasta leftover for breakfast and Chinese and potatoes and......
Nov. 6, 2013 11:57 pm
Your guys should be on their knees thanking the Good Lord for giving them you instead of me! They would pull that nonsense on me once. I had too many kids to allow any of them, including the big male kid to dictate what the family ate. Like you, I considered likes and dislikes, but now and then each of us had to eat a meal that wasn't a favorite. Your casserole looks yummy! ******** did you know you can make your own popcorn in the microwave with a minimal amount of oil? And yes, as Lela said posting a blog has been very hard lately.
Nov. 7, 2013 2:09 am
Have you been in MY kitchen? Pretty sure the F word flies there, most days ;)
Nov. 7, 2013 2:12 am
By the way, a new term [adding it to "bubble"] - "male chromo" = y-handicap - lol! Thought it sounded just a bit nicer than "jerk chromosome" when I had a manchild (=
Nov. 7, 2013 4:59 am
Ahh, thanks BigshotsMom! All those recipes were quite good by themselves to together should be better was my working theory. Top it with a new type of crust throw on bacon. Total win! I've grown my own popcorn and it doesn't do well in the microwave. What got me was 64 cal in 1 cup oil popped vs 93 in 3 cups air popped. You get more for less :)
Nov. 7, 2013 5:01 am
gammaray, haven't been in your kitchen but I have sampled your desserts! F for food right? I do like how you put that with the chromo :)
Nov. 7, 2013 5:20 am
GENIUS! And that casserole looks delicious! My mouth fell open at the "fresh" hamburger from the GAS STATION!? Whaaaat? I'da klunked him on the head right then and there! Well, at least they know where the gas station is if they choose the "Leave it" option for dinner. UGH!
Nov. 7, 2013 5:31 am
Well, d@mn! What can a guy say that actually eats leftovers but finds them a challenging menu item. Have I been given the wrong genitals? my "jerk chromosome" must be abnormal? ... As you discovered with your casserole, if the dish is fresh, it is not leftovers- especially if nothing is said about the food being on it's second trip to the dinner table. Once, I even served leftovers to some unexpected guests and I was asked for the recipe! (Maybe I should blog that?) ... Here's that spice blend --- --- It was also attached to that sample I gave you.
Nov. 7, 2013 5:48 am
Mike, we do not use that term here - we use the more politically correct "y-handicap!" LOL!
Nov. 7, 2013 5:49 am
And, Cat, of course that's what I meant! The F word has frequent flyer miles in my kitchen - more LOL!
Nov. 7, 2013 6:00 am
Cat, this cracks me up! DH won't touch much in the leftover department either. I try to cut recipes down for two but that doesn't always work either! Love the y-handicap! Gonna use that term! Mike, I'll check your spice blend out, I know Cat loves it so am sure I will too!
Nov. 7, 2013 6:26 am
Oh, how I can relate Cat! Hubs can sniff out a scam and will say he's not hungry. I get so tired of little dishes of leftovers piling up in my fridge. They ultimately get tossed or go to the chickens. BTW, I loved Graham Kerr's cooking shows. I keep a few things I learned from him in my bag of tricks. Besides his great culinary ideas, he was entertaining as well!
Nov. 7, 2013 6:38 am
I can't imagine not using leftovers. Guess I'm pretty lucky there. I cook to HAVE leftovers. I'd be so lost... If any one can rise to that challenge it it YOU, Cat!
Nov. 7, 2013 6:55 am
What's for dinner, Mom? It's nice to see you. There are days when that genius is anything but. I do not cook for leftovers with these 2. The only day I do that is when Alan is up on Sundays. I send them home with him :) Yep, I couldn't believe he was going to the gas station for "fresh" either. What can I say? If he tried that now no meals might get fixed!
Nov. 7, 2013 6:58 am
Dear Mike, if they "See" the leftovers coming out of the fridge to be RE-Assembled, they will do an automatic nose turn up. I love that spice blend and wanted to share it from your blog. I thought I could find it but forgot which it was on. Didn't think to look at the recipe you gave us. Head smack!
Nov. 7, 2013 6:59 am
gammaray, LOLOLOL! To both comments. The "F" word flys around here a lot too!
Nov. 7, 2013 7:02 am
Lucky Noodles, you would have loved meeting gammaray when she was here. Mike's spice blend is really good especially for those of us trying to watch the sodium! And I swear there are just SOME foods that generate leftovers.
Nov. 7, 2013 7:07 am
Cookin'Cyn, me too! I hate wasting food and I'm trying to go for smaller calorie lunches so I don't want to eat leftovers for days. This morning I cleaned out my little leftover containers. I swear the only one around here who LOVES leftovers is the dog. I had some stuff I didn't want to feed the chickens so in the garbage it went. Bane carefully separated the non edible trash from the edible and made it disappear while my back was turned!
Nov. 7, 2013 7:09 am
Lucky Noodles, what you said about me liking the blend so you would to, that is how I have tried some recipes from your "dinner" posts. I figure if you like it so will since I have had your cooking :)
Nov. 7, 2013 7:56 am
I don't understand "not pretty?" It looks delicious!! Your menfolk don't appreciate what you do for them. (Agree with BSM)
Nov. 7, 2013 7:57 am
Hilarious! What a fun read Cat. You are a much better person than I am. I do much the same as BigShotsMom. I have a Grandson (24 years old) who when invited for dinner asks "what are you making?" He's our family's picky eater. I always tell him "I don't know yet. Come or don't come." Not many things make me nuts, but throwing out leftovers, (and I know people who do that) is crazy! I love leftovers and actually plan my meals to make sure I have them! I am waaaay too busy for "one nighters." My term for a meal that does not provide us with servings beyond a single trip to the table.
Nov. 7, 2013 8:49 am
Lady Sparkle, it isn't pretty like my sweater :) but it really did taste good. Yes, I should have been more like BSM YEARS AGO! Would have nipped this whole thing in the bud LOLOL!
Nov. 7, 2013 8:53 am
Oh Candice! One nighters! Barbie girl must see this new term! I love it! Another confession, the guys don't nor will they ever read my blogs so I can also get even by poking so much fun at them ;) Lots of things make me nuts but I am working on it! Wasting food is way up there and I don't like to feed the girly birds everything. Just wait for the "F" blog ;)
Nov. 7, 2013 10:41 am
Cat, nice blog. I have to admit, that as much as I love to cook, leftovers are some of my favorite foods. Sometimes repurposed, as you have done, and sometimes, just how they are.
Nov. 7, 2013 12:16 pm
duboo, thank you. I must confess if, and that is a big IF, the leftover was SOUP I wouldn't be so confounded. I love soup. No one here can eat but me. Deep sigh. Soups of all kinds are one of my favorite foods. The DH doesn't appreciate a richly flavored broth with veggies in it. He knows not what he misses :)
Nov. 7, 2013 4:33 pm
lol! yep, i've never seen a cat skelton in a tree. re-purposing recipes is an art you HAVE nailed! great blog.
Nov. 7, 2013 6:10 pm
I freeze all the leftovers and when the freezer is full I make soup. Good every time. And different every time. Now, tell me more about this citrus sprayer and lime juice on popcorn thing, please. Very interesting. Never heard of a citrus sprayer, but just peeked on Amazon. Recommendations?
Nov. 8, 2013 12:18 am
[By the way, I do not make pretty food - self-admittedly (=] The F word flew around my kitchen today )= I dropped some of the Scrambled Nacho Eggs I made from my LEFTOVER NACHOS ;) on the floor. I called the cats, but they turned up their noses o.0 Of course, LC was happy enough to lick my plate clean when I was done - Weirdo!
Nov. 8, 2013 12:23 am
Hey, speaking of leftovers . . . Here's one for you to do - ON PURPOSE! [I won't tell the boys ;)] When I used to make a pot roast, the first night was typical pot roast dinner, with carrots, potatoes, onions cooked with the roast, in the juices, gravy and biscuits. BUT, then came Mexican week! I would take the leftover roast and run it through my food processor, hyper-shredding it. I would pour some of the juice over it to keep it moist. Then we had soft tacos, enchiladas, burritos, oven baked taquitos . . . YUM! The pot of beans was also a multitasker - with "wet" [not mashed] the first night, with tacos, enchiladas, or taquitos, then refried after that to make the burritos or tostadas (=
Nov. 8, 2013 4:44 am
gderr, LOLOL! This reassembled recipe has to be my most masterful since it has the most leftovers and it looked "fresh"!
Nov. 8, 2013 4:56 am
Indiana Peggy, another confession, I saw it on Dr. Oz.. I couldn't believe it could work but there it was. I just googled and it looks like Oz recommended the "quirky stem" citrus sprayer. I got the Citrus Sprayer made by Lekue. There was a big one and a small one in the pkg for $14.99. check out your Bed, Bath & Beyond store cause the helpful sales clerk ordered it and had it shipped to my. This way I got to use my 20% coupon and she waived shipping. Originally, I was just squeezing lime juice over the popcorn than baking it but the coverage wasn't even so I thought the sprayer would work. It does but to get the seasonings to stick you have to the popcorn in small amounts. I do this on a sheet pan and then bake. I'm still fiddling with time & temps but I can tell you if you do it in the toaster oven don't turn your back. It can burn really quickly.
Nov. 8, 2013 4:59 am
LOLOL Oh Barb! Cats are peculiar creatures. Grinding up meat in the food processer is a great idea! The kid hates roast so he won't eat that. When I do cook roast I try and buy THE smallest piece there is.
Nov. 8, 2013 5:00 am
Indiana Peggy, I forgot to add I was just wondering how you were doing yesterday so I'm glad you stopped in. I'd been watering my orchid and happened to see your rocks sitting on my shelf.
Nov. 8, 2013 5:02 am
OOOooooo Barb, Doc came up with another word-prefortunate. He was using it to describe that at some date when the DH gets the pizza oven done I will be fortunate :) All the oven needs is ONE last coat.
Nov. 8, 2013 6:42 am
Does he hate roast beef? or any roast? Because you could use a pork roast - and have "cranitas" after (= And you could skip the first night roast beef dinner, too. I do like the texture of the *cooked* roast hypershredded. [Instead of putting it in the food processor before cooking, and just getting ground beef {=]
Nov. 8, 2013 6:43 am
Pre-fortunate is good - but I feel like y-handicap is just a tinge cleverer (= I thought Doc might be a bit envious of your pizza oven ;)
Nov. 8, 2013 8:24 am
Barb was pre-fortunate to have caught me off guard when she coined the "y-handicap" (aka: jerk-chromosome") slam on manhood. I shall be prepared from now on.
Nov. 8, 2013 2:00 pm
gammaray, LOLOLOLOL! The boychild suffers from the y-handicap! And he is spoiled, MY BAD! You are right the y-handicap is a tinge clever and that pizza oven has to get finished and I have to cook in it for anyone to be envious LOLOLOL!
Nov. 8, 2013 2:02 pm
Dear Mike, Barb is pretty quick with those barbs :) I have been researching that particular food product we spoke of that I am preparing to do a blog about. I must confess it has been very interesting reading!
Nov. 8, 2013 4:26 pm
Great blog Cat. Our guys couldn't be farther apart. My DH willingly takes leftovers and my son would actively seek them out as a midnight snack. No plastic container was safe in the fridge with that kid around. Open fridge in the morning to pack DH's lunch and...where did it go? To the bottomless pit. Apparently they are not y-handicnpped. I would be concerned about Mike Harvey, he is now informed and knowledge can be a dangerous thing. BTW, love the way you repurpose your leftovers. Very creative.
Nov. 8, 2013 6:28 pm
Today while I was working, my dear OrangeZest made six meat loaves. We'll freeze four of them, we ate half of one and will probably eat the other half tomorrow. The sixth one will be strictly for meat loaf Sammie's. That man has got cooking for leftovers down. Love him to death for that! And, other things too! Hehe
Nov. 9, 2013 7:35 am
Magnolia Blossom, you are lucky to not have y-handicapped men. The guys here would call it sneaky the way I do the repurposing.
Nov. 9, 2013 7:36 am
Almost forgot, we should be concerned if Mike is informed. Knowledge in the wrong hands can be dangerous ;)
Nov. 9, 2013 7:40 am
Candice, when I make meatloaf they are as small as I can get them so there are NO leftovers. The DS & I don't care for meatloaf and only the DH will eat meatloaf sandwiches. And even then it's tough cause he can't seem to locate leftovers in the refrigerator. I went to all clear containers in the hopes that would help but I believe he suffers the most from the y-handicap Barb speaks of :)
Nov. 11, 2013 12:21 am
Oh, girls! "Y-handicapped" is a much broader term than just referring to leftovers!
Nov. 11, 2013 5:19 am
Ahhhhh! Like boxes and trash cans in the wrong places :)
Nov. 11, 2013 5:27 am
Hello....nice to connect with you here. We have had a busy fall, doing a bit of traveling and I do not always have a good Internet connection. Now that winter is on the way, I'll be home more often. DH and I have been doing Weight Watchers for the last six weeks, so my eating and cooking have greatly changed (for the better). Keep your little orchid it a spring bloomer?
Nov. 12, 2013 6:14 am
[Wasn't that crazy?! It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be to get the cans up the step to the back door, then off again, and out the gate. But, seriously . . . !!! Sheesh!]
Nov. 12, 2013 2:33 pm
Indiana Peggy, I am trying to get healthy foods in my line up of snacks hence that sprayer and the baked popcorn! My orchid blooms in July when I don't make her mad! I repotted her and she refused to bloom last year. I can't believe she is still alive! Orchids are such lovely flowers.
Nov. 12, 2013 2:33 pm
barb, I am sending you an email!
Nov. 20, 2013 6:56 am
Hmmm...I could have sworn I already left a comment but I cannot find it. This looks absolutely fabulous. You are one talented and creative cook. Can I come live with you?
Dec. 4, 2013 12:50 pm
Sorry, Nicole I missed your post! Yeah, right I've seen your food photos :) I think the same about you!
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I live in the middle of the U.S. in a farming communtiy. Gardening, reading and cooking are the things you'll mostly find me doing. I also enjoy horseback riding & my many pets. A husband & teen, I have 1 of each.
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Bread & BBQ are 2 of my favorite things to cook. I do enjoy a food challenge. Last year it was curing my own brisket for Corned beef & pastrami & porkloin for Canadian bacon. This year sausages & scratch cakes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Bread and brittle. I learned to bake bread with my Mom. It was her favorite thing to make. My Aunt made the best peanut brittle ever. She'd stopped making it in the later years but when I told her how much I enjoyed her brittle, she opened the vault ,gave me the recipe & handed over the brittle torch to me.
My cooking triumphs
Anything that turns out the way I wanted it to or exceeds my expectations! Like my homemade bratwurst.
My cooking tragedies
Let's not go there! I prefer not to think about my kitchen disasters besides my child can gleefully recount all of them.
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