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Archive for the month “April, 2012”

Busy, busy….

The past couple of days have just been a whirlwind.  Besides having to work the crappy evening shift, I am getting ready to paint my kitchen, dining room and hall way.  All I have accomplished so far is sanding down the area behind the refrigerator where a tall cabinet used to be.  Today spakle was applied to all the rough areas.  Tomorrow, I will create an even bigger disaster area by moving the pantry area crap.  I love the transformation that painting can bring, but the mess that accompanies the process is horrible.  It will get better though since I am off for 6 days from work.  Will be nice to be away from the salt mine and doing something I have been wanting to do for quite some time.

Side note….today I experienced a first.  I was stopped at a DWI checkpoint.  It was interesting since I was on my way home from work.  I didn’t even know that my hometown was having a checkpoint.

specialize?

Got an email from wordpress today talking about how to have a successful blog.  They recommend blogging about certain specific things, (specializing), to draw in readers.  I don’t specialize in any one particular thing outside of what I do for a living and when I get home that is the absolute last thing I want to talk about.  I have things that I like to do, not sure I would call them hobbies though.  I like to cook, but I like eating good food even more.  And on that vein, good food causes me to obsess about wanting to lose 15 to 20 pounds and not doing so because I like to eat and drink the ever evil alcoholic beverage.

Soooo, do I blog about my journey to try and include more exercise into my day and eat a more clean and healthy food, (and smaller portions).  I don’t know….Not too sure I could pull it off without sounding whiney and be a complete bore.

 

 

trying to cook something new

I decided a few days ago that I wanted to try something new food wise.  So I got to looking around on http://www.epicurious.com and found a recipe for quick coq au vin.  I thought to myself, what the hell, let’s go for it.  So tonight after work I set out to make this recipe that Julia Child made famous.  It is still bubbling away on the stove as I write this, but if it tastes as good as it smells, it is a complete winner.  I, of course, tweaked the recipe.  But isn’t that what a recipe is…a guideline?  The thing I changed was the type of mushrooms used.  My wonderful boyfriend brought me some morels.  According to some, the only way to eat them is to fry them so what I did was a complete sin.  However, I don’t fry food cause it hurts my stomach, so into the coq au vin they went.  I am sure they will still be wonderful. The recipe also calls for a complete bottle of red wine.  I poured myself a glass and used what was left.  I just couldn’t pour the whole thing in the pan with the chicken.  It seemed so wrong.  Anyway, if interested here is the recipe….again I got it off epicurious.com.

Quick Coq au Vin 

March 2008

by Victoria Granof

 
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 or 3 thick slices bacon, roughly chopped
  • 1 (4-pound) chicken, cut into six pieces
  • 1 handful flour, seasoned with salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 to 10 ounces button or cremini mushrooms, rinsed and halved (optional)
  • 20 whole baby carrots, cut in half
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 large sweet onions, chopped, or 2 cups pearl onions
  • 1 bottle red wine (white works, too)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs thyme

1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp. Transfer to a large plate.

2. Shake the chicken pieces with the seasoned flour in a paper or plastic bag.

3. Brown the chicken in the pot, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to the plate with the bacon.

4. Sauté the mushrooms (if using), carrots, garlic, and onions in the pot until they just begin to brown, 5 minutes.

5. Pour half the wine into the pan and cook over high heat for about 8 minutes.

6. Add the broth and the remaining wine. Bring to a boil and add the chicken, bacon, and herbs.

7. Return to a boil, then cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and thyme and serve.

 

 

confusing

I had a whole big thing typed out for the previous post…..not sure where it went, just published the picture.  This is kind of frustrating.  Anyway, my boyfriend, Glen, and I had a “date” today with another couple.  We went down to Westport and ate at Sung Son Vietnamese Bistro.  They have a wonderful buffet and pho noodle bar.  So very yummy!  We sat at our table having a good time talking and laughing.  Don’t get to do that near often enough.  Afterwards we went to the Nelson Atkins Museum and walked around for a while checking out the FREE exhibits….my kind of price range.  Now we are settling in for Game of Thrones.  All in all a great day…..except for this f’d up posting job on my blog.

Nelson Atkins

Nelson Atkins

Glen wishing he could try on the armour

new to this…

I decided to start blogging….yeah, I know, just like everyone else. I thought about doing just a food blog, but that is so limiting. I read the blog “the pioneer woman” and she said that basically, a blog needs to be fed daily, and to talk about things that you would talk to your sister about. So, here goes nothing, this will be my random ramblings, ranging from my pets to the yummy food that I eat, to the people that I encounter and day to day life. Hopefully, I won’t sound like a complete moron, or as Bugs Bunny would say “what a maroon!”

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