Sunday, August 10, 2008

The kitchen.

I spent most of the past 36 hours in the kitchen. Well, more accurately, I spent a lot more hours in the kitchen than I would normally do. Friday night I tackled the first of the eggplant. I made Eggplant Parmesan using this recipe.* It was, by all both accounts, a success. I mentioned that I'm not an eggplant lover, but if you encrust something in breadcrumbs, pan fry, and then bake in a sea of marinara and cheese, you can bet I'll eat it. It was easy enough and tasty enough to solidify eggplant's place in next year's garden. I see more in my future as there are currently 5-10 little eggs emerging on the 2 plants and the third is blossoming. The only change I made to the recipe was to use seasoned Panko instead of regular old breadcrumbs and we sweated the sliced eggplant for about a half hour with a little salt and then rinsed. Next time I'll probably use butter in the pan instead of olive oil, because I like butter and olive oil has way to low of a smoking point for me. We also consulted The Encyclopedia of Cajun & Creole Cuisine (that's actually what this tome is called), and discovered that Louisiana apparently loves the eggplant, so there will hopefully be other incarnations of eggplant using that.

Then yesterday I hit the Farmer's Market, grocery store, started dinner in the crockpot, did the dishes, and the laundry before R ever got out of bed. But to his defense, he did have to work last night so deserved to sleep in, I guess, and I'm completely unable to sleep past 7 anyway. Any-who, I made another batch of bread and butter pickles with the mountain of cucumbers that we accumulated all week (8 more freakin' pints). I'm not sure what to do with the pickles except to start leaving them on door steps. I also made pulled pork using Pioneer Woman's recipe. Love. It will definitely go into my repertoire for this winter. Those of you who are not vegetarians, might want to consider this recipe as it is easy, tasy, and economical. Also from Pioneer Woman, I made her crash hot potatoes. They will definitely be made again.

I started knitting the February Lady Sweater, and it's become a bit of an addiction. I'm hoping that it can be done quickly, but we'll see.

P.S. If the US doesn't win the gold in Basketball, then their passports should be revoked.

*I use a lot of recipes from Recipezaar. While there are probably better recipes out there, I always start there because it's things made by home cooks and you can sort recipes by rating. I like to know somebody else had success and the ingredients are usually easy to find. Yes, you'll find a lot of Cream of Mushroom soup over there, but you'll also find a lot of easy to prepare recipes.

1 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Knittripps said...

Yum! I am getting hungry just reading your post.

I agree completely with your comment regarding the US men's basketball team.

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