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I’ve been giving this wordpress.com thing a try, and I must say, not very impressed, since I refuse to pay to blog at this point.

with that said this blog is headed for blogspot where my other blog resides.

the address is pretty much the same : http://putyourapronon.blogspot.com

my apologies for this crazy game of tag! youre it.

New Year’s Eve and the following weekend vacay was a great one.  Short, but great.  Lots of time for relaxation, which we always need it seems anyway.  And time for COOKING!

I sadly must say I only completed one recipe out of my cooking bible, but its one more that I can say I completed.

I did manage to cook a first FULL meal from the slow cooker.  About time right?! 

Crock Pot Taco Soup:

  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can Rotel (or the store brand version)
  • 1 can diced tomatos
  • 1 can chiles
  • 1 packet Ranch seasoning
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 pound ground beef, chicken, turkey, pork (whatever tickles your fancy)
  • Cheese, sour cream, onions, tortillas chops (optional toppings)
  1. Brown the meat (or cook it whatever meat you’re using, shred it needed)
  2. Add all ingredients to crock pot/slow cooker (DO NOT DRAIN THE CANS!!)
  3. Stir ingredients well.
  4. Cook for approx 2-4 hrs.  (Times will vary, my cooker cooks REALLY fast, but you’ll know when its done)
  5. Once served, garnish soup with desired topping.
  6. ENJOY!

This makes great leftovers!  I loved it so much and I had the whole diced, big chunks of tomatos in my food.  So that says ALOT!

 

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The one recipe I did manage to complete from Joy of Cooking  was the Butterscoth Icebox Cookies.

Few pluses and a few minuses I must say.

Pluses: tastes like pecan sandies (which I LOVE!), easy easy to put together.

Minuses: the dough never really got “firm,” like the recipe said it would, so there was no slicing and baking.  It was more cookie scooping! 😦  maybe I should have let the dough freeze longer?!

Meh I don’t know, but there were still delicious.

Butterscotch Ice Box Cookies – definetely will be making these again.

Tonights agenda – no clue, but plenty of options await in my kitchen.

4496 to go. 

 

Day Two of my madness.  The last couple of nights I haven’t been sleeping very well.  I’m becoming quite the insomniac, which probably isn’t the best, but my darn kitties don’t help my situation.  I’m convinced there are nocturnal creatures in cat bodies sometimes.

Anyhow, after an amazing start on my Joy of Cooking adventure, I knew I was going to have to keep going.  Even though I was beyond exhausted and wanted to throw in the towel and cook a frozen pizza, I didn’t. 

The toss up was between the Leftover Pasta Casserole, even though I was going to have fresh, not leftover pasta or Tostadas.  And for anyone who knows this native Texan, Mexican food ALWAYS wins hands down.  So Tostadas it was. 

I strayed alittle from the recipe in the cookbook only because I made a meatless version.  Their Tostada recipes call for Shrimp (bleh), Chicken, Beef, or I think its shredded Pork.  I could be lying though.  Anyhow, back to where I was, I just made meatless.

Did I mention I have new Stainless Steel pots and pans?  Anyway, I’m learning how quickly they heat up based on the stove temp and everything else.  I must say I’m VERY impressed.  I put my oil in my skillet to fry my tortillas.  I go out of my way for tostada and taco shells.  I don’t buy the prepackaged kind.  Call me high maintenance.  But I will fry tortillas until I’m blue in the face to have fresh shells.  Can’t you tell I like running off on a tangent??  I do that alot.

So I’ve got the shells fried, refried beans cooked, lettuce chopped (thanks to my bebe), cheese in a bowl and salsa on the table. 

I must say the Tostadas were lipsmacking delicious! Throw in Little Big Planet and you’ve got quite the Wednesday night for us.

Damon washed down the Tostadas with leftover Brownie Cockaigne that was from the night before.  We have both decided its like the Chocolate Lava Cakes, but on GRAND scale

4496 recipes to go!

P.S. If anyone becomes interested in a recipe, drop me a note and I might just sent it to you.

I have started off doing well.  Its only been 1 day and I’ve completed 3 recipes.  I must say I feel like doing a victory dance already, even though I have 4497 to go.

I’ve decided I’m not going to totally drive myself to sheer insanity, even though its probably going to happen whether meltdowns occur or frozen pizza becomes a regular staple.

Night One:

I didn’t want to overkill on the first night, so I kept it simple.  Panfried (Sauteed) Chicken w/ a Poultry Pan Sauce/Gravy. I must say gravies scare the living crap out of me.  So much can go wrong by adding not enough of one or too much of another.  I was extremely nervous about putting gravy as one of my first recipes, but I DID IT! Success!  I was sooo proud. We coupled the chicken with Mushroom Rice and Green Beans (from the can.) I know I know, out of can you say?!  But you know, God wouldn’t have created someone to create canned green beans if he didnt want people to eat them.  So yea I cheated, a little.  All in all, the Panfried (Sauteed) Chicken w/ Poultry Pan Sauce/Gravy was a success.  Mark 2 of the success side of my chart.

For dessert, we enjoyed Brownie Cockaigne. I thought typical brownies in a pan.  Haha good one Irma!  Once I had everything mixed, in the pan and baking, I become overwhelmed with a major feeling of accomplishment.  3 recipes, one night.  If this keeps up, I’m gonna be on top of the world.  The brownies are to cook 25 minutes at 350 degrees.  Simple enough.  After my lovely timer dings complete, I pull my brownies out and its still jiggly, like raw not cooked cake mix jiggly.  So I put them back in and kept them baking.  After about 5-10 more minutes, I pulled the Brownie Cockaigne back out.  Still jiggly. 

My brilliant mind of mine said, “Maybe if you set and let cool in the pan like you’re supposed to they will finish cooking, set up and VOILA! be edible.”  So thats what I did.   And after the appropriate cooling time, the brownies had set.  Its magic or something.  But I’m impressed.  Serve it up with ice cream or cool whip, and by golly you have you a class act Brownie Cockaigne. 

I really do believe Damon likes this adventure I’m taking.  So far no complaints.

4497 more to go..

4500?!

So Joy of Cooking has 4500 recipes in it.  4500! Can you believe it?  Can I even count to 4500?  Some days I can say no. But I’m gonna make it through.

Julie Powell gave herself 365 days, but for 4500 recipes thats nearly impossible, since I’m full time employed then full time attached to the love of my life plus the mother to three very needy kitties.  But I’m going to get them done before I turn 30! Its my goal!  So JC or Irma if you’re listening overhead hold me accountable! You have too, or I will never stick to it.

Hopefully Damon and I don’t end up on a season of Biggest Losers: Biggest Couple Edition from this adventure of mine.

0 down .  Little time as it seems to go.  Wish me Luck and maybe even leave a few words of encouragement along the way!

So for our one year anniversay, Damon got me the Julie and Julia movie that I had been wanting.  I love cooking and since moving out this has happened.  The whole getting in the kitchen and just being able to experiment, cook and create, makes me feel a sense of accomplishment after feeling as though nothing was accomplished after an 8 hour day at work. I think I could watch this over and over and never get sick of it.

I watched the movie and Julie totally inspired me to do something more than just experiment.  She has motivated me to be something more than just a “scientist” in the kitchen. 

So with Joy of Cooking book in hand, I’m going to do my best to get through it, even if its eating the undesirables, like seafood and pork. 

So thank you Julie Powell, thank you.

Cranberry salad is one of the reasons I look forward to the holidays every year.  Its sweet enough to be dessert, but tart enough to be the side to the turkey.

  • 1 bag fresh or thawed Cranberries
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • one orange, peeled
  • coconut
  • pecans, chopped
  • sugar
  1. Chop cranberries up in a food proccessor until chopped well. Dont puree them.
  2. Add can of crushed pineapple and orange. (I tend to peel the white skin part as best I can from orange.
  3. Add coconut and chopped pecans to liking
  4. Sweeten to taste (for everyone its different, my grandma likes it sweeter, i prefer it a little tarter, its all up to you)

Its also freezeable.  So if you have leftovers that you dont want to part with but dont plan on eating soon, freeze, then thaw and enjoy later.