Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Best Sign From the Marches

 I saw this and thought it was the best sign from the marches.  Click to enlarge.

 This is my new project.  I am going to make a bunch of these flowers to decorate a wall.

They will be Easter decorations for the after school kids.  When Easter is over, they can take them home.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Beef Bourguignon

My daughter's boyfriend, who is a chef, had his birthday on Saturday.  He works until 1:00 am so they had a late birthday celebration.  I made him beef bourguignon for his birthday dinner.
 I use Julia's recipe and got up really early in the morning to start the prep work.

 This recipe is not difficult but it does take a long time to make it.

 The beef must be dry so that it will brown properly

 Lot's of chopping....

 and slicing goes into this dish.

 The browning takes a lot of time.  You have to brown each piece on all sides to give it a crust.

 But it sure pays off in the end. I gave some to my DIL and she said she thinks it might be the best thing she's ever eaten.

 It seriously is that good.  You can find the recipe here:  http://octoberfarm.blogspot.com/search?q=beef+bourguignon 

Make sure to serve it with some good French bread.  I also served it over mashed cauliflower along with creamed spinach.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Ain't It True Sister?

I saw this yesterday and just burst out laughing.  It's good to keep a sense of humor during times like this.  And is it just me or is this Kellyanne Conway next month?

Friday, January 20, 2017

Playoff Tailgate Buffet

There are big football playoff games this weekend so I thought it would be fun to make the after school kids a tailgating buffet.  I made them this football cheese ball.
And I made them these old fashioned peanut butter cracker/cookies.                                                                                

 They are so simple and really very good.  Just spread creamy peanut but on a Ritz cracker and top it with some butter cream. Add another cracker and refrigerate them. They are sweet/salty/peanutty!

 This is another old recipe.  Chipped ham BBQ. 

It was served on potato slider rolls.
 I made a Mexican queso dip and it was served with tortilla chips.

 And their favorite was this buffalo chicken dip.

 Though I served it with celery and carrots, a lot of the kids put it on slider buns and ate it as sandwiches.    They were thrilled with everything and had a great time.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Cajun Beef Noodle Casserole

I made this for the kids yesterday.  It's a Paul Prudhomme recipe from back in the day.                                             

I made 5X the recipe.

 Here are the step by step pics.

 This is a much more flavorful version of the normal beef and noodle dishes out there.

 I've found that the meals I make for the kids where I use lots of spices are always the ones they like the best.

 And they don't even complain about all the vegetables I add to these dishes.

 This ended up being one of their favorites.  One kid is from Cajun country and speaks Creole and he loved this.

It's hard to show the finished dish because it gets sent off in the slow cooker to finish cooking right before they arrive from school.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Circus Is Leaving Town

 Barnum and Bailey is closing. Yep, closing the doors, taking down the tents and leaving town for good.  Thank you Jesus.  I hate the circus, I always have.  Creepy clowns, caged animals, abnormal everything.  I live in a big city, I don't need to pay to see weird shit.

 I'm on the mend but not ready to cook so I'm taking my daughter's advice and resting.  Not something that comes easily to me.  When I have spare time, I tend to get into trouble.

 What I am now wondering about is....where will people run off to?  I guess you now have no choice but to run off and join Isis.

Or you can run off to DC.  Because the biggest circus ever is about to move into that town.  To quote my favorite Polish saying:  Not my circus; Not my monkeys. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Down and Out

Good thing it's MLK day because this is all I am capable of doing today.  No cooking by me today. I caught the horrible bug that's going around.  I am not a 'lay on the sofa' kind of person but I know when I'm beat.  I'm sucking down liquids and Alka Seltzer and doing lots of nose blowing.  Even my teeth hurt.