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27 January 2016 @ 02:13 pm
Some good things about the last few days  
Chores and house cleaning complete
Grocery gather done
Larder rotated, frozen foods pulled and sorted
Twice a Month Cooking Session done, portioned and laid up in the freezer.

This Weeks Eat's include
Green Chili Pork, Rice and Burrito Makings
Artisan Bread, Sour Cherry Preserves and Pear Butter
Fruit and Cream Popsicles
Baked Chicken
Braised Greens with Bacon
Roasted Red Potatoes
Red Sauce and Pizza Makings
Lunch Munchies for LM

So now I have a frig full of ready-to-eat-meals and plenty of snacks. A tidy house and the joy of knowing I do not have to cook for the next few days.

Now to the studio to make, design and create.

mosinging1986 on January 27th, 2016 11:13 pm (UTC)
That food sounds so good! Please adopt me! (I am much too lazy and kitchen-challenged to cook.)
galadrion on January 28th, 2016 12:24 am (UTC)
What's a little funny about this is that this week's listing is somewhat more work-intensive than usual; most of the time, Kestrel does proportionately more of her cooking with the Crock Pot. Only two of this week's offerings are recipes of that type, although I suppose both the chicken and the greens could have been done that way.

Seriously, if your kitchen opportunities are limited, a Crock Pot is the way to go. Just set it up, turn it on, and in six to ten hours (depends on setting) it's ready to go. Back when I was a bachelor I'd set up a week's worth of chili, start it going when I left for my first shift of the week (twelve hour shifts, three or four depending on which week it is), and I'd be ready to go when I got home. Of course, since I'm a family man these days, a week's worth of chili is now larger than the crock we have... probably larger than they make for home use, to be honest.
Kestrel Cat: pic#125760574kestrelcat on January 28th, 2016 12:27 am (UTC)
We should likely start looking at a bigger Crock for when Old Faithful passes on. Maybe cash n carry?

How old is that thing anyway.

True about the crock not as used this session. But dang that Pear Butter is awesome.

galadrion on January 29th, 2016 01:09 am (UTC)
How old is that thing anyway. Well, it moved up here with me, so... fifteen years or so? Something like that, anyway.

Honestly, they don't come much bigger. What we might want to consider (even before Ol' Trigger decides to give up the ghost, even) would be to get a couple of smaller ones. That way, you can have more than one thing going at a time. That's really the only limitation of the one big pot, y'know.

Maybe one of those triple-container party ones?
Kestrel Cat: pic#125760574kestrelcat on January 29th, 2016 01:14 am (UTC)

A triple one? that does sound like a party! I will have to clear out some space in the cupboards first. Which actually should not be too hard.

Jeez, 15 years? It's a wonder, Old Trigger.

mosinging1986 on January 28th, 2016 01:03 am (UTC)
You guys are hilarious together! Are you in separate rooms? Or do you sit in the same room and ignore each other and type instead?


I keep hearing that a Crock Pot is the answer to all my troubles! (At least, in this area.) If I ever get out of here, I'll look into getting a smaller one. Part of my trouble is it's hard to cook for one person. You either end up eating the same thing for days in a row, or you risk it going bad. I guess if you're into freezing things, that would work. But again, I am severely domestically challenged. I just hate everything to do with making food. I'm only half joking when I say I wish someone would invent a pill you could take 3 times a day and get all your nutrition that way. Food could still exist, but it would be totally for fun. You'd have all your proper nutrition with the pills, and if you felt like doing something extra, it would be fine. Think of the time you'd have left over for READING! (Well, that's how my brain works.)

I wish I could marry someone who LIKES to cook and does it well! I'd be happy doing all of the clean up if he would just take this life chore out of my hands. Seriously, it is a royal pain and source of constant annoyance and stress.

Yo, world! Any takers out there? I think it's a pretty good deal!
Kestrel Cat: pic#125760574kestrelcat on January 28th, 2016 02:47 am (UTC)
"You guys are hilarious together! Are you in separate rooms? Or do you sit in the same room and ignore each other and type instead?"

As Galadrion would say some of Column A and some of Column B. I was walking around the house getting LM settled and on to doing his homework betwixt posts while Himself was typing and doing his before shift/wake-up routine. We don't ignore and type often but we do often discuss several topics at once. Drives other people spare, but it does keeps things interesting for us.

"I keep hearing that a Crock Pot is the answer to all my troubles!"

LOL They are certainly helpful. As are doing periodic cooking sessions. Yes I do use my freezer to avoid boredom and spoilage. I rotate what I make so that the oldest stuff gets eaten first just like the grocery store. I love to cook. I'd happily cook several multi-course meals a day, but it's not the best use of my time. It tends to be wasteful in terms of money, food and energy. Doing one large cooking session every couple weeks is far more efficient on all fronts. I enjoy the challenge of getting the most variety out of what I have. I am a pretty lazy cook though. I rarely stand over the stove. More often I set a timer and do something else while X cooks. I have been cooking like this for several decades and it works for me.

There are lots of great sites for meal planning and simple recipes. For learning the basics I highly recommend Alton Brown's Good Eats.


mosinging1986 on January 28th, 2016 03:22 am (UTC)
I admire folks who enjoy cooking and/or can do it well!