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Wednesday, September 5th, 2007
10:11 pm
Cleaning the fridg burritos...
I like the new low fat herb flavored flour tortillas.

1 tortilla (i.e. pesto & garlic)

1/2 a cup of yesterday's mixed veggie salad

1/2 cup leftover rice

Jar of salsa

Boned Labor Day bbq ribs or chicken

Place everything in the middle of a warmed wrap and roll. I wish all clean-up jobs were this nice. :)
Sunday, October 16th, 2005
3:43 am
Trick Or Treat?
Pumpkins should be a bargain after halloween. Even the canned ones. So here's what I'm thinking...

Pumpkin Pancakes!
Add a spoon or so to your batter and enjoy.

P.S., I'm sure IHOP has something like this already, but seconds are going to cost you.
More, please.
Saturday, July 30th, 2005
7:58 am
Lemon Liqueur
15 lemons, well scrubbed
2 (750 ml) 100-proof vodka
4 cups sugar
5 cups water

Wash the lemons with a vegetable brush and hot water to remove any residue of pesticides or wax; pat the lemons dry. Carefully zest the lemons with a zester or vegetable peeler so there is no white pith on the peel.

Step One:
In a large glass jar (1-gallon jar), add one bottle of vodka; add the lemon zest as it is zested. Cover the jar and let sit at room temperature for at least (10) ten days and up to (40) days in a cool dark place. The longer it rests, the better the taste will be. (There is no need to stir - all you have to do is wait.) As the limoncello sits, the vodka slowly take on the flavor and rich yellow color of the lemon zest.

Step Two:
In a large saucepan, combine the sugar and water; cook until thickened, approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Let the syrup cool before adding it to the Limoncello mixture. Add to the Limoncello mixture from Step One. Add the additional bottle of vodka. Allow to rest for another 10 to 40 days.
Step Three:
After the rest period, strain and bottle: discarding the lemon zest. Keep in the freezer until ready to serve.

I have never made a bad batch, and it makes great gifts. Yields 3 quarts.

x posted to the_lush_life
Sunday, April 24th, 2005
10:25 am
Coming Soon...
Tofu Surprise!
Saturday, April 23rd, 2005
8:52 am
Chicken In A Packet...
1 boneless skinless breast
Vegetables (fresh or frozen)
I can condensed cream of mushroom soup
Seasoning to your taste. rosemary, garlic, salt, pepper or what ever. You get the gist of it.
Aluminum foil.

Pound down half a chicken breast,(that's the fun part of this, after a hard day dealing with instructors or supervisors.) season, and place on foil.

Mix veggies with soup.(Do not add water to soup)

Spoon mixture onto center of chicken

Seal packet-s and bake in oven about 45 minutes

Serving with rice, salad, and white wine optional

Can also be done on a grill

Another touch is adding a banana leaf to the foil before building from the chicken onward

Bon Appetit

Prep: 10 minutes
Bake: 45 minutes

Estimated cost per serving:$2.00
Estimated cost per serving with all the trimmings:$5.00 and under!
Estimated cost per serving eating out:$12.00 and over.

Price break downs available upon request (just kidding)
Monday, March 7th, 2005
9:47 pm
Saint Patrick's day
I'm looking for dinner Ideals for St. Patrick's day. I hope there's more then my normal fair of cabbage and corn beef. I still want to keep the spirit of the day. So, be a good lad or lassie and help me out if you can Pleaseeee.
Sunday, January 9th, 2005
11:49 pm
garlic, sgetti memory, marshmallow rambling
garlic makes my sgetti sauce not plain. adding cheddar cheese is something vena's family used to do, and that i thought was confusing, and yet really good.

this reminds me of my sgetti memory, of being over at a friend's house, eatting sgetti for dinner, and suddenly looking up to see everyone staring at me. "That's how you eat your spaghetti?" they said. I didn't realize I was doing anything wrong; I was just using a fork. Well, they were used to using a spoon and twirling the fork. Geez!

also, I stayed over once and, along with getting to watch cartoons in the morning, I got to eat marshmallow cereal and watch cartoons! (I didn't even realize it was allowable to eat cereal w/ marshmallows, it's really cool and the milk turns colors and stuff)
Sunday, December 26th, 2004
8:18 am
The Morning after Christmas...
2 slightly stale dinner roles sliced in half and ends cut off. Dipped into eggnog and pan fried over medium heat.

A slice of roast beast warmed in the new micro-wave.(Thanks Santa)

1 pan fried baked potato forced to resemble a pancake.(without the skin of course)

Enrollment in a french culinary school, $1000.00's.
Imagining this stuff being served on the Emeril show, priceless.
Sunday, November 14th, 2004
2:17 am
The power of citrus
lemons, oranges, et al. make a great base in a marinade. also add lemon peel for zing (that's why its called lemon zest). If cooking with the juice itsself wait until the end to throw it in, otherwise it's a waste of energy - squeezing all those lemons.

PS - cornbread is really good in chili
Wednesday, November 10th, 2004
1:44 am
I made it with chicken broth, and added chopped chives and diced tomatoes. Under 10 minutes start to finish. It was great. The cost was a little more then long grain parboiled rice, ($3.00 for 10 oz.), but so much faster. Thanks ingridance. I bet couscous and beef burritos would work for Sunday's football games.

Current Mood: creative
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004
11:43 pm
I need some easy meal Ideals. Post tuesday blues.

Current Mood: blank
Wednesday, October 20th, 2004
1:57 am
Rainy Day Soup...
2 straight days of rain.

1 large can of tomato soup
1 small bag frozen mixed vegetables
Meat, what ever's on hand. (i.e. left over chicken, turkey, beef, sausage or ham. I don't think fish works here.)

Simmer soup in pan over low medium heat.(5 minutes) Break up spaghetti (about ten of them), or add small shells or macaroni to the pot.( about two hands full.) 10 minutes later, add half the bag of veggies and meat to pot.* Any meat is optional, and must be cooked before adding to the soup.* Season, and tabasco to taste.

Note: Another variation that would work very well here is, the previous posting to this site by, _Novabird_.

Current Mood: awake
Tuesday, October 19th, 2004
6:31 pm
Who's beefing about dinner?...
Half a pound ground beef, seasoned or not.(salt, pepper, chili powder etc..) Brown and drain. Add that can of beans you've been trying to find a purpose for, and your favorite bottle of salsa, Simmer until beans are heated through. About 10-15 minutes. Don't worry about sides, (i.e. rice, shredded cheese, Chopped cilantro , or crackers.) just don't forget the ice cold coronas. Bon Appetit!

Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, October 18th, 2004
10:31 am
It's the cold season, so...
Garlic is sposed to be a natural antibiotic, so in theory if you add it to anything you're purportedly boosting your immune system.
When you're sick and dosing up on the Nyquil left and right, try this addition to your ordinary canned 'just add water' chicken soup: Garlic.
It adds an extra layer of flavor that's sure to make everything better.
And besides, maybe you'll get better faster.

Current Mood: achey
2:15 am
Feed a cold, starve a fever...
I found some stale fries and half a burger in the fridge. Hay, here's a heiney! Put fries and burger in pan, Cover with, "Only Half" the beer. Heat until no longer stale. Lets see the french top that!
Friday, October 15th, 2004
12:43 pm
I thought this appropriate

Sorry to those of you already on foxtrot_feed
12:23 am
Peanut Butter And Bacon Sandwich...
Toast your favorite bread. Spread with peanut butter and strips of cooked bacon. If you want, you can even add a slice of tomato. Protein, carbs, and starch. Add juice and you're good to go!

Current Mood: hungry
Thursday, October 14th, 2004
10:38 pm
Huevos con tortillas...
Break some corn tortillas and add them to a pan scrambling eggs. If you want, you can cut up a hot dog and add it to the pot. Serve with salsa and chow down. This is fun! *hehe*

Current Mood: full
1:29 pm
A Healthy Diet starts with a Healthy Breakfast
What better way to inaugurate this community, than with a breakfast tip:

substitute chocolate milk in cereal to make breakfast fun. go for choc silk soy milk to go really nuts. even my safeway brand cheerios is delicioso
12:45 pm
souped-up mac and cheese souped-up mac and cheese
box of mac and cheese
1c cheddar - grated
any of the following:
1t black pepper
1/2c pepper jack - grated
hot dogs - sliced and browned in a skillet
tuna fish - from a can
salsa to taste
anything else you think sounds good

Prepare box of mac and cheese according to package. Then add extra cheddar and what ever you want from the above list. Chow!
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