Apr. 25th, 2011 07:25 pm
lynxreign: (Eating Tiger)
Saturday I made baked, breaded haddock. Simple and delicious. It lasted as leftovers until today. I may have made too much.

Tonight I made grilled tuna steaks. Simple and delicious.

Fish, you are now acceptable as part of the regular dinner rotation.


Sep. 16th, 2009 07:50 pm
lynxreign: (Eating Tiger)
[ profile] emilytheslayer and I were going through the fridge and found we had some leftovers, mostly veggies. So I went on-line and found a recipe for spinach and onion, which is mainly what we had. We didn't have the same proportions and ingredients, so I modified the recipe and it turned out very nice.

The recipe called for 1 bunch spinach and 2 onions. We had 2 bunches of spinach and 1 onion plus 2 jalapenos and 1 tomato. It called for cheese, but never said when to add it. We also had some pre-cooked Perdue italian chicken bits that we thought we'd add.

I diced the onion and jalapenos and added them to 1 cup of chicken stock. Bold Chicken stock, that is. It said to cook it until there was around 1/4 cup of stock left, but I didn't really know how to judge and likely didn't cook it long enough. This is fine as it turned out quite nicely, if a bit soupy.

I then wilted all the spinach and chopped it. I added the spinach and 2 1/4 tbs of melted butter ([ profile] emilytheslayer melted the butter in the microwave for me as I tend to make it explode) to the onion mix and heated it as I mixed. I seasoned all this with salt, pepper and a little garlic and then added the pre-prepared chicken.

I mixed this all over low heat until I thought it was well mixed and poured it into a casserole dish. I put the dish into the oven (oven pre-heated to 350) and left it there for 15 minutes. I then took it out and put mozzarella on top, 1 package of the pre-shredded Kraft stuff. Then it went back in the oven for 5 more minutes.

While the mixture was in the oven, I washed and sliced the tomato and ate it with a little salt.

We took it out, let it cool a bit and dug in. [ profile] emilytheslayer likes hers with saltines. We each had around 1/4 of the dish and it was tasty and filling! Plus, we used nothing but stuff we already had and kept it from being wasted. Now we also have dinner for tomorrow. I estimate each serving to be around 350 calories.
lynxreign: (Eating Tiger)
I had 3.5 chicken breasts left from the package after making some grilled chicken for [ profile] emilytheslayer and I earlier this week so I decided to make a dinner. [ profile] ioianthe and [ profile] rayan4d2 came over and helped us eat my concoction.

I started by trimming and dicing the chicken and then marinating it for a few hours. The marinade was 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/4 cup lime juice. I also added a little salt and a generous amount of powdered garlic and black pepper.

While this was sitting in the fridge, I diced yukon gold potatoes in large chunks and a yellow onion in smaller slices and put them in a casserole dish. I seasoned them with salt, rosemary, garlic and pepper, put a little butter on the top and set them in the oven at 475 for around an hour. Next time, use Pam on the dish first as they stuck a little.

While the potatoes were roasting, I sliced summer squash, seasoned with salt and pepper and grilled them. While they were grilling, I cut up some bell peppers, diced another yellow onion in smaller pieces, cut up 2 jalapenos and set them aside.

Then [ profile] emilytheslayer and I shucked the corn and got it ready for boiling as one of our sides. The other was just cherry tomatoes and required little preparation. I then diced the grilled summer squash in around the same size pieces as the potatoes.

Then I poured the chicken and marinade into a frying pan and let it start to cook. When the marinade started to boil, I poured it off into a bowl for later use and put the chicken back on the stove. After a few minutes of browning (it is really hard to tell when it is browned after it has steeped in balsamic vinegar) I put in the prepared vegetables.

I cooked this for awhile and then took the potatoes out of the oven and mixed in the chicken and vegetables and put it all back in the oven. At [ profile] ioianthe's suggestion, I then reduced the leftover marinade. I was just going to pour it in the dish. [ profile] rayan4d2 poured a bit into a mug and added flour and returned the mixture to the pan as a thickening agent. We then poured the result into the casserole and mixed, returning it to the oven for another 10 minutes.

I steamed/wilted/whatevered some spinach and by now the corn was done, so we took the casserole dish out and I placed the spinach on top.

The jalapeno contrasted with the citrus of the marinade. While still good, perhaps those two shouldn't be combined next time. The nice thing was that nothing in particular was very spicy, but the jalapeno kick was present in the whole dish leaving you wonder just why your mouth was burning.

We had cantaloupe and pineapple and strawberries for dessert and that killed the spice heat nicely.

This dinner also helped my goal to eat more corn on the cob while it is in season.

All in all, not a bad seat-of-the-pants dish. I have some ideas for what to try next time.
lynxreign: (Eating Tiger)
Last night the wonderful [ profile] aliwings took me to a class for my birthday. In this class we learned how to make perogies! The class itself was lots of fun and I got to use my recently honed skills of rolling dough. : -)

In addition to learning how to make the cheese, onion and potato perogies, we got recipes for a variety of perogies and the address of a website for Polish recipes. Yummy food will be coming soon!

Thanks again for a great birthday present. I'm glad we got to do it together.

Pie Day

Apr. 6th, 2009 09:27 am
lynxreign: (Eating Tiger)
It seemed to be a success. I'm sorry those of you who couldn't be there werent. I hope I get to make you pie soon.

I managed to make all the pies, but because we had dinner at Uncle Pete's on Friday it was a much closer thing than I'd expected.

Some pies turned out really well and I just need to write down my modifications to the original recipes. Others seem to need a little work. Either I need to be more careful with the temps on my fussy gas oven or I need to change the ingredients a bit.

The banana creme, lemon merangue and pecan seem to be right.

The apple and key lime need work. I haven't tried the pumpkin yet, but I have a feeling it too needs work. I'm going to go buy some cool whip for the pumpkin 'cause I'm done whipping cream for a while.
lynxreign: (Eating Tiger)
And I made a pie. It will be eaten on Saturday. It is lemon merangue.

I am tempted to make this pie for [ profile] head58.

The blog entry also has what I like to think will become [ profile] emilytheslayer's motto for the day: nom nom nom!
lynxreign: (Eating Tiger)
So I made the insane orange pie that [ profile] allegedly posted about and it turned out pretty good. It is VERY sweet and heavy, but quite good. 1/2 a normal slice of pie is a good portion. I had to make cirtus cookies to make the crust for the pie and they are also good on their own and we had plently left over. I'll post more about it later, I'm just excited it was enjoyed.

I also made a chocolate oatmeal treat that mom used to make when I was a kid. This was also enjoyed. I'll post more about that too. I've been making many desserts...


Dec. 16th, 2008 10:19 am
lynxreign: (Constellation)
We just had a fire in our kitchen here at work. Someone apparently stored their store-bought cupcakes in the over, plastic container and all. Someone else went in and turned on the over to warm it up to cook a lasagna. Hilarity ensued. The plastic melted and caught fire, there's smoke everywhere. My cube is unfortunately in the smokey area. Now the windows and doors are open and there's a fan right outside my office. I'm cold.

On the other side of the wall that the stove is on? Our servers. Genius placement.

Though the fire was put out promptly the fire department still showed up.

When I was a kid I had a toy that was essentially plastic girders and a heating element and you would melt the girders and stick them together to build things. That is what the office smells like now.

Anyone else have that toy? That could not have been good for my lungs when I was a kid...


Jul. 25th, 2008 09:17 am
lynxreign: (Eating Tiger)
A few days ago I took 2 boneless chicken breasts out of the freezer. I needed to cook them before they went bad, so thuogh I was not especially hungry last night I made chicken!

I used the "grill pan" I got from Ikea. I love this thing. It works much like a regular grill and cleans very easily.

I didn't use any olive oil or other substance on the pan. I did season each breast before cooking. I rubbed both down with quite a bit of garlic powder and added a small amount of salt and some pepper. I then simply cooked both until neither was pink inside.

They were quite tasty and still juicy. I got slight burn marks on each one from letting them sit on one side a little too long, but it wasn't really noticable in the taste or texture. I had mine with some "chunky horseradish sauce" and it was a good combination.

I've been thinking about trying the horseradish sauce in the preperation stage. I'd mix garlic powder and the horseradish sauce (and perhaps some other seasonings) and rub it on the chicken before I put it in the pan. My worry is that it would burn or prevent the chicken from cooking properly or wouldn't transfer the flavor well. Then again, this is why you experiment.
lynxreign: (Eating Tiger)
Last night I made spaghetti.

Nothing to that really, but the sauce is always an adventure. I wanted to make a thicker sauce than usual, so I used 1 large and 1 small can of tomato sauce, 1 large can of tomato paste and 1 can of water. I misjudged the final quantity a little and nearly had too much for the saucepan. Thinking "Wow, this is a LOT of sauce" I made my error, I increased the amount of spices I used in the sauce. I might be leaving something out, but it consisted of: 3 cloves crushed garlic, some garlic powder, black pepper, salt, onion powder, oregano, basil flakes and bay leaves.

And there was my mistake. I think. I used 2 Bay leaves. I should have stuck with 1. Unless the taste I didn't like came from the Paste. It was a bitter, acidic taste. If I'm describing it correctly.

Ah well, I'll try something different next time anyway. The adventure continues!


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