The Frazzled Pan - Cooking for Real Blog at (1/2009)

The Frazzled Pan - Cooking for Real

Jan. 30, 2009 11:18 am 
Updated: Jul. 6, 2009 9:43 am
I had my doubts but OMG it works….. really works……really!  Meatloaf “baked” in the crock pot.  I was home sick on Tuesday, both of the girls were due home for dinner, and T-man was finally coming home from Chicago (the party in his honor without me was a big success - ugh).  I… MORE
Jan. 26, 2009 9:18 am 
Updated: Feb. 13, 2009 12:21 pm
I woke up yesterday morning to a dusting of snow, and cccold.  25 degrees cold!   All day, all I could think was…..cccold.  Mid afternoon, still cold.  I’d had enough.  I needed something warm!!   I broke out the stock that I made the other day in my… MORE
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Jan. 23, 2009 10:07 am 
Updated: Jan. 28, 2009 9:39 am
Last night I had an evening alone!  T-man is out of town (home to Chicago, supposedly work-related ….our families are actually having a party for him without me!!??!! ) and the girls were at a school dance (the last day of finals) so it was just me for the entire night.  Dinner for 1… MORE
Jan. 20, 2009 12:34 pm 
Updated: Jan. 23, 2009 7:39 pm
Ok, I ‘m feelin’ pretty good about this crock pot cooking.  My first experiment turned out great; I used up a piece of pork that was languishing in my freezer, the meal was delicious and (best of all) it was ready when I walked in the door from work.  So, it’s time to try again. What… MORE
Jan. 12, 2009 11:33 am 
Updated: Jan. 23, 2009 7:40 pm
I find myself at 6am, standing at the kitchen counter with a frozen rock solid 3.5 pound pork shoulder roast in my hands.  I bought it on sale a couple of months ago and threw it in the freezer. When I spotted it in the grocery store, I had visions of slow roasted pork served with creamy… MORE
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Chicago, Illinois, USA
Living In
Kirkland, Washington, USA

Member Since
Aug. 2008

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Cooking Interests
Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy

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About Me
I recently returned to work full time and -- life's gotten pretty hectic. I have 2 really busy (and really hungry) teenage girls, a very active husband and an old yellow lab who really misses having me around the house. I love to cook and feel that sitting down to a meal with the family is really important. Unfortunately, I don't have the time or, frankly, the energy, to put a lot of work into meals every night. I'm determined to figure out how to get a delicious and healthy family dinner on the table with a minimum of fuss. As I figure it out, I'll post on my blog.
My favorite things to cook
I went to culinary school, taught cooking classes and read cookbooks for entertainment. Do we eat a gourmet meal every night? No way. Weeknight meals are quick and easy and, usually, nutritious. Weekends are when I have fun with my food. My weekend favorites: anything Greek, anything Italian, breads, soups and braises. I like trying new foods and techniques and love to have dinner parties.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Dolmathes (Greek rolled grape leaves) for birthdays, gnocci for Christmas Eve, pitzelle cookies with my Italian pitzelle iron, jack-o-lantern cake for Halloween and avgolemono soup for whoever is in need of comfort.
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