Questionable. W/Cheese

>> Thursday, January 28, 2010

1. quesadilla with chicken and carmelized onion
2. tomatoes
3. chopped roasted chili waiting to be stirred into sour cream

I think it's telling that spell check wants to change quesadilla to questionable and that's all I'm going to say about that. I will say though that I think it's high time for another Haiku that Blog!. It's been too long. Can't wait to see if I get any haiku'd spam.


Let This be a Warning

>> Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Forget to take your lunch? Don't. This could happen to you.


Don't say that later will be better

>> Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Now I'm stuck in a moment
And I can't get out of it

I may have mentioned that I'm stuck in a rut. Food wise. Or maybe not. I don't know. Like it matters. Anyway, it's not like I stopped eating or anything but the cooking mojo, she is gone. Or maybe just drunk in the next room. Like really really drunk. And maybe listening to old Smashing Pumpkins songs or maybe U2. Either way.

So this was something different! Something new! Something exciting! Something to frighten the children! Children who by the way are plenty damn old enough to stop sniffing suspiciously at things they don't recognize on their dinner plates. I mean if I was -gonna- try to poison them I would surely have done it by now.

1. grilled chicken kebob
2. Romesco sauce
3. saffron rice
4. grapes

The chicken and sauce were lifted directly from this post at Crepes of Wrath. Stop here for a second and say it with me. Crepes of Wrath. Is there a better name for a food blog? I. think. not.

The chicken was fine, it's really just chicken after all, and I've had it before. The sauce though, the sauce is a revelation. Now it's possible, maybe even likely that I'm ... shall we say ... out of the loop, but I've just never tasted anything like it and I pink fat pink puffy heart rainbow unicorn sprinkles loved it. On chicken, on bread! on my big fat finger; I'm just that easy.

There's a tiny bit left. I think I'm going to make it into a vinaigrette. I'll let you know how that comes out. Unless I just lick it out of the container.

PS. I did use significantly more olive oil that the recipe indicated I'd need. Also, toasted the almonds.

But wait! There's more! Order now and you'll also receive ...

This is Candied Pineapple Coconut Bread from Peabody. Now I'm not sure exactly what went wrong here but this bread, while delicious, is just tooth aching mouth sweating crazy eyed sweet. The only thing I can think of is that I might have inadvertently doubled up on the sugar. I was pretty distracted by trying to wipe out every last smear of Romesco from the food processor bowl you know.


Where the Deer and the Antelope Play

>> Monday, January 25, 2010

Unexpectedly ended up at home for lunch today, which explains the non-travel proof container.

1. onion soup
2. cheese toast floater

I made a gigantic vat of this soup the other day and it just keeps getting better and better. Wish I had some kind of magic bowl that would just keep refilling!

It was my first go at French Onion Soup and I followed this recipe from the kitchen sink almost to the letter using one red onion and the rest yellow. Except I forgot the bay leaves and I did take the onions a little darker than she pictures. It was also my first time using gruyere cheese. Now it's possible that I didn't have the best example of the type, but meh. Next time I think I'll just use jarlsberg.


Meatloaf Sandwiches

>> Saturday, January 23, 2010

Pretty much the only reason to ever make meatloaf.

1. meatloaf sandwiches
2. mashed potato with ginormous slab of butter

I bought a little potato ricer at IKEA the other day that I didn't honestly really think I'd ever use since I have a big crank one somewhere collecting dust. Julie didn't try to stop me though, so I went ahead and got it and now I'm really happy I did 'cause it is SO easy to make just one mashed potato with that thing!


Buy me some peanuts!

>> Thursday, January 21, 2010

1. hot dog
2. chips and dip
3. grapes
4. one sad and lonely leftover Christmas buckeye

Man. What an unsatisfying lunch. And I love hot dogs. I mean LOVE hot dogs. Passionately. But today? Not so much. And I didn't even mention it was packed in my baseball container! Meh. Damn glad I had the buckeye.


Roast Pork, Spinach, Polenta

>> Wednesday, January 20, 2010

That is all.


BBQ Salad

>> Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A few days ago a co-worker brought in a BBQ Chicken Salad from somewhere made with lettuce, corn, black beans, chicken and cornbread croutons. Cornbread croutons! Why didn't I think of that? Well, this salad isn't that.

This salad is just a mess.

1. lettuce
2. baked potato
3. some beans
4. pulled pork

It was still pretty damn good though. Even without any cornbread croutons.


Meaty Love Stuffed Buns

>> Wednesday, January 13, 2010

1. sweet meaty love stuffed buns
2. salad

At least once a week this winter I've been making a low-rent version of Boeuf Bourguignon and loving it. Amazingly enough the rest of the people that live at my house have been loving it too, even my little teetotaler likes it if enough of the 'devil juice' is drained off!

This of course means no leftovers. Usually. But this time was different. And there was. So I shamelessly stole this idea from my friend Julie and baked some up in some bread dough for lunch the next day.

Très Magnifique! And I quote from SMS; "I don't know what you did when you made this meat buns but they are freaking good."

High praise indeed.


Frustration with a Side of Optimism

>> Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Boo packed my lunch for me today. Of her own choosing. Without prompting. And included a pink fork. That might not sound like a big deal to you, but believe you me - it is. That girl is so far into her own 14 year old self I wasn't even sure she actually realized that anyone else even ate lunch. Other than herself of course ;0

1. screamin' hot keema courtesy of Shan

2. rice

In other news. This whole blogging thing? Muy frustrating. New camera. Can't use it. New computer. Can't use it. New phone. Can't use it. Can't take the picture - can't find the picture - can't post the picture - by the time I find the damn picture AND manage to get it posted I just don't much feel like talkin' anymore.



Back in the Saddle: Redux

>> Sunday, January 3, 2010

1. teriyaki salmon, pan seared
2. rice with random vegetables

This is was the remains of our token attempt at the whole traditional New Year's eat healthier, live stronger, save money, protect the environment, foster the orphaned ocelots of East Bristol Bay resolution thing. Which should be ending ... right about ... now. But seriously. Eating lunch out every day doesn't do the hiney any favors. Or the pocketbook. So I'm climbin' back up in the packed lunch saddle.

Ha! Who am I kidding? I couldn't wedge my arse into a saddle for love nor fudge. Not even with Crisco. Not that I have any Crisco. What? It makes good pie crust! Don't judge me! And now I've got to be saving all my lunch money for k-cups. Did you hear? I'm in love!

Meet the Keurig:

Love. Love. Love.

So much that I'm thinking about getting this little sweetiefor my desk at work.

I know, right?



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