If you’re like me, you spend at least some effort when cooking trying to make sure you don’t burn the dinner or any part of it. If you can just release your grip on that just a little bit, you may just be in for a treat.
An easy veggie, sauteed zucchini on the stove top. In a large sauce pan, place a fair amount of canola oil, few splashes of teriyaki, splash of soy, Worcestershire, and vinegar. salt as desired. I added Bicentennial Seasoning and Back of the Yards Garlic Rub for some extra flavor. Turn the burner to high and let it start to boil. Once going place zucchini sliced in thirds in the pan and turn a few times to keep from burning. I prefer them a little firm when I pull them off, but some may want more cooked.
Last night’s dinner was not only simple, but also very frugal. The chicken thighs were from Costco as was the Mac and Cheese. Sweet white corn from a local market was on sale at 5 for $1. You can’t do much better than that.
The chicken was thawed then sprinkled with Pepper-Lemon Seasoning and Bronzeville Rib Rub, both from the Spice House. After Q’ing until almost done. we slathered with Hickory BBQ sauce (whichever is on sale is fine). Meanwhile, two of the ears of corn went right on the grill and mine, since I like it to marinade, got wrapped in foil with butter, California Pepper, and Vulcans Fire Salt. The Mac and Cheese, well come on, how can you dispute hundreds of thousands of dollars put in to R&D to make the perfect blend of chemicals and pasta?
That’s it. Simple, pretty quick and really inexpensive.
Last nights dinner was also quite easy without lacking in the flavor dept. We took a salmon filet and cut it in half. Put each half on some foil and on one, we put some spicy teriyaki sauce over the fish, We left the foil open for cooking. The other half got butter, garlic an rosemary (fresh!) chopped up pretty fine. After putting on the filet, folded the foil over and sealed it up like an envelope.
The green beans were canned and the white rice was leftover from dinner the other night. Everything got reheated just before taking the salmon out of the oven and enjoyed with a glass of red and a viewing of Madagasgar 2. Another easy meal that didn’t take long to prepare or cook.
While we were putting in our garden we got hungry for something to eat. Neither one of us wanted to put much effort in to making something, so she whipped this out pretty quick.
It is simply some of the left over Stroganoff dinner, refried beans, cheese, salsa, and sour cream. The meat, beans and cheese were heated in the microwave and then the sour cream and salsa were added. Quick, easy and pretty good. The beer and or tangerine grapefruit margarita are optional, but on the hot day, was enjoyed to the fullest.
We went out got some soil, a few plants and seeds in an attempt to grow some of our own ingredients. It’s kind of exciting to see what comes of it and hopefully we’ll get some return. On the right there is tomato (2 varieties), cilantro and Bell peppers. What you don’t see is the seeds planted for corn along the back, and staggered in front of that is variety of bells, zucchini. and yellow squash.
OK, I admit that I look at eggs for breakfast as a quick and simple offering, something to provide the devil God that is the hunger within, with the intent that if it pleases, it will stay away until at least around lunch time. With the limited time on normal workday mornings, I’ll fry up 2 or 3 eggs with a mixture of salt, California Pepper and Vulcans Salt.
However, the inspiration behind this all, never seems to be able to churn out just eggs, scrambled or fried (with BUTTER of coarse). It didn’t take too long after being with her that I found myself reacting differently when she asks if I want eggs. I went from looking at eggs as being humdrum and mundane as watching televised bowling, to being a bit enthusiastic in seeing what is delivered.
Some examples of easy to do eggs that she’ll do is to combine them with pieces of leftover meat, especially the well seasoned or marinated meats. Cheese is usually a repeat player in this game as well, but what cheese will it be? Being a creamery employee, that keeps the mystery alive. When asked just a moment ago about the ingredients used when making eggs, she just gave me that beautiful smile, looked at me with those dazzling green eyes and laughed. Translation: depends on what’s in the fridge at the time.
So to try and sum up this mere idea inspiring post, take a quick look in your box of edible tools and maybe gaze on it with a different eye; from a different angle. There are many key players that can change the game in to an exciting one. Leftover meat, cheese, veggies, salsa, etc are all great additions to a foundation that needs no help.
Remember, it’s the most important meal of the day.
Came home from work today, it’s Friday, and I’m so ready for the weekend. I’m sure that most of you who are fortunate enough to be employed can follow along with that one. Today as with some others in the past, I came through the front door and I heard an odd scratching noise behind me. Slightly startled as I know I’m the first one home, I turn around but don’t notice anything out of the ordinary. A few more steps towards the kitchen and again there it is. This time when I turn around, I spot something that eluded me prior. There are scrape marks on the floor, like something heavy had been drug on the carpetless flooring. Then it hit me, I’m draggin’ my ass somethin’ fierce!\
Last night we Q’d some tri-tip (you’ll see that often, very economical from Costco) rubbed with some seasoning from McCormick I believe. Just like many steak dinners where you cook an abundance of it, even though it looks and tastes great,at one point you just got to push the plate away and say enough. Hopefully at this point, there is enough left for another meal. Today I started with 4 pieces from the previous night, and I made sure to save the juices as well.