2015 - Week 40 Cooking Results


Sausage and Peppers and potatoes

put to many in the pan, took a long time to make, but still pretty good.

Spicy Baked Mac & Cheese (using roasted peppers, and random leftover cheese)

Forgot to add the roasted peppers, but instead of the paltry 6 cheeses that some people make their mac and cheese special.  7 Cheeses.  Anyways the cheese section is pretty clear.

Green Chile Burgers

There was lamb, I bought lamb, I made lamb burgers, no green chile.

Green Chile and Roasted Chicken Tacos

I pureed a whole bunch of peppers and reheated the chicken in them.  Good things.

Chickpea, Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Curry over rice


2015 - Week 40 Cooking

This past Friday, I had the opportunity to join Keith on a trip to Iowa City to see John Hodgman on his Vacationland Tour at the Englert Theater.  It was fun.  I don't get a lot of time one on one with Keith, so this was kind of nice.  I really enjoyed the show, laughed quite a bit a the stories and the way they were presented.  What has been sticking with me the most is the cover of So Much Wine by The Handsome Family by John Hodgman.  The performance of it and the words really have been rolling back and forth in my head.  It looks like it was even covered by Andrew Bird.  This reminds me that I'm behind on albums from Andrew Bird and a new artist to overwhelm myself with.  I took one picture before the show started, which was almost immediately liked by the performer himself (kinda cool, right?).

On a side note, I am starting to worry about where I am getting the turkey this year.

So I inspected what is in the freezer to see what is left in there.  So I have a bunch of ham skin and ham bone with the intention of making a ham stock, a rabbit, and after that it gets fairly random.  I have entirely to many frozen roasted peppers.  And I have some (duck) stock I need to use.

  • Sausage and Peppers and potatoes
  • Spicy Baked Mac & Cheese (using roasted peppers, and random leftover cheese)
  • Green Chile Burgers
  • Green Chile and Roasted Chicken Tacos
  • Chickpea, Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Curry over rice

2015 - Week 39 Cooking Results

Chicken and Corn Chowder with Sweet Potatoes

Great start to sweet potato season.  This was very good, however if I were to redo it, I'd probably swap out to have chicken thighs and build a fond with them in the pan first, and then add the meat back at the end.  I think this would add a bit more chicken flavor.  Over all, good stuffs.

Buttermilk Pancakes with Maple Sausage

Other then not making enough pancakes (basically just enough for us, with no leftovers), I really like this recipe.  We used some Kalona Supernatural Buttermilk, which has quite a dissimilar taste then the buttermilk we generally buy.  The Maple Sausage was from Crooked Gap and was good as always.

Sausage and Peppers

Having today!

Kimchi and Comte Grilled Cheese

I had with Kimchi, Shannon without (with a small sampler with).  I liked it.

West African Chicken Kebabs (Modified, no bullion, not fried)

Baked, pretty good.  made a mayo-Sambal Olek dip for it.  Turned out ok.

2015 - Week 38 Cooking Results

Hamburgers (Friday we vaguely debated going to get some, but had eggs, since I didn't feel like really cooking)

So the issue with buying ground beef directly from the source, is that you can never be quite sure of the fat content of the beef.  You can make guesses based on the breed of cow, and the general diet of the cow, but that only gets so far.  So I've been added a bit of fat (usually rendered from bacon) to burgers to get the fat content level up a bit.  It really does make the burger taste quite good, but you have to have a gentle hand when doing this.  I think I got it about right.  But of course I didn't actually measure it, so that wasn't super helpful.

Tomato, mozzarella, pepperoni and greens on sourdough toasts

This came to me while I was walking through the market.  I actually went back to the Cheese Shop's stand to pick up some mozzarella.  I used what was left of the sourdough from Joseph's Wild Yeast Bakery, some tomatoes from Cleverley Farms.  Good stuffs for using up some leftovers.  Made for a good quick dinner.

Chicken and Corn Chowder with Sweet Potatoes

Delayed until today.

Spiced Pork Loin with roasted potatoes

Roasted the chopped pork loin with the potatoes, with some spices that I can't remember what they are now (but felt right at the time).  Turned out pretty good.

Green Onion Sausage Pasta

Quick, delicious, nom nom.

2015 - Week 38 Cooking

We went to La Quercia's 10th anniversary birthday party last night.  We wandered around West End Architectural Salvage sampling variations of La Quercia products.  Ran into a few people we know.  Much walking up and down stairs, coveting the items we can't afford.  After a bit, we departed to pick up some Snookies and head home.  Good night, Herb and Kathy are very nice and their products are amazing and they deserve all the success that they have.

Earlier yesterday, per a conversation, Herb pointed out that CJ has La Quercia 1 (refrigerator that they started their business in) and it might work out to be a good place for Joseph to expand his area for rising his dough / starter.  So that may be a lead.

Also yesterday, Joseph, CJ and I were having a conversation.  CJ was holding his son and his son reached out to have me hold him.  Initially I was surprised by this, but being one that is a good holder of babies (that hasn't gotten to do it much) and the fact that I've only got to spend time with him on a handful of occasions, I, with permission, helped with the transmission of holding.  It then became clear that CJ's son wanted to clearly be closer the dogs that were in front of Grade A's booth.  Further down in the conversation with some shifting and etc, CJ was then closer to the dogs, and his son wanted to, again, be closer, so back he went to CJ.  It was fun, even if I'm just a bit closer to dogs.

  • Hamburgers (Friday we vaguely debated going to get some, but had eggs, since I didn't feel like really cooking)
  • Tomato, mozzarella, pepperoni and greens on sourdough toasts
  • Chicken and Corn Chowder with Sweet Potatoes
  • Spiced Pork Loin with roasted potatoes
  • Green Onion Sausage Pasta

2015 - Week 37 Cooking Results


Yay!  Now I am once again dangerously low on bacon.

Bangers and Roasted Potatoes

Simple, good.

Ground Pork & Corn Tacos

I used Juan's Enchilada sauce as a short cut to add flavor to the pork and corn.  Pretty quick and delicious.

Pork Stir Fry with Green Beans and Peanuts

delayed...well just decided no to do.

2015 - Week 36 Cooking Results

Overall I didn't think about how much time most of the meals would take to do.  There were nights I got home, a bit tired and then had to spend an hour or two in the kitchen making dinner.  There was also quite the back log of dishes.  Still when Shannon thought she was being spoiled by getting all these favorite things in the same week, maybe that was true (though the tuna noodle casserole came purely out of buying a 9 can pack of tuna at CostCo).  But it was also brought about the cool weather the week before and me thinking that it was fall.  Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate, and we want to hot, muggy and awful.

Kyle Barton's Mac n Cheese With a Zing!

I headed down to the cheese shop to order up some of the ingredients for this, and decided to skip over some of the flavored cheese (a. because the cheese shop doesn't have it and b. you have to try the cheese before you use the cheese, so you'd by a hunk, go no, that's to spicy (or not tasty or etc) and not be able to use it).  So per Brett's encouragement I chose to interpret this in.  It turned out pretty good.  Spicy, but not to spicy.  Good things.

Roasted Tomato Pasta

Home roasted tomatoes, some Italian sausage (maybe not hot, nor that Italian), some onion, herbs and some fennel.  Good things.

Roasted Tomato Sauce Pizza

Tomato paste is not needed when using roasted tomatoes.  I did add a bit of fresh tomatoes to bring it up to about the weight needed.  The sauce was good.  The sliced sausage (near pepperoni, can't remember the brand right now) was fantastic, cheese fantastic.

The Crust was not up to snuff.  This is clearly my own fault.  I ran out of bread flour (only had 4 of the 16.5 oz needed) and the mixture of all purpose and whole wheat didn't hold up.  Even thought it wasn't on purpose, it was frustrating.


Om nom nom nom.

I am running dangerously low on bacon.  Two packs left, just over 1.5 pounds.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Skipped the mushrooms, added more peas, was going to add a couple of filets of anchovy to add a bit more savoriness, but forgot.  Used way better cheese then called for.  Good things.  Though this week has been a very expensive grocery week (spent more at the cheese shop then the grocery store)

Merguez Sausage and roast potatoes

Simple and good.