We had our annual fall visit from the Michigan cousins last weekend. We always have a good time with them.This time we took a day trip to Wisconsin Dells on Saturday, which Ron had always wanted to see. We went on the Upper Dells boat trip and we couldn’t have asked for a nicer day. Temp was 68/70, not a cloud in the sky, light breeze. We were on the top (open) deck. We wandered around town for a short while, had big,juicy burgers in a bar, and bought fudge for our dog sitter.
On Friday night we went out for fish fry at our favorite tavern in town. The food was good, as always.
It was a fun weekend.
Chicken, asparagus, mushrooms on a bed of pasta
I’m in the process of discovering Buddha Bowls. They’re also called Hippie Bowls, Bliss Bowls, Glory Bowls. Take your pick.
It’s a simple concept. Use a good sized bowl and fill it with goodness.
Your base can be a grain, like brown rice or cous cous, or it can be greens, like spinach or lettuce, or even pasta will work as a base.
Layer on lots of vegetables. They can be raw or roasted, however you like them.
Add some protein. Chicken, tofu, beans.
Garnish with seeds, nuts, olives, artichoke hearts, look in the fridge and pantry and see what you come up with.
Finally, use a dressing of your choice.
Our dinner tonight started with ramen noodles as a base (I know, but I didn’t have time to make rice.)
I roasted asparagus and mushrooms, and grilled chicken breast.
We used just a touch of teriyaki sauce drizzled on top.
This is a good way to pile on the veggies.
I found this recipe on Taste of Home and since I love egg rolls but hate the deep fried fat, I made it the other night. It was just as good as I expected it to be. Lee loved it. A generous 1 1/2 cup serving is only 302 calories. The original recipe called for ground pork.This picture is from the Taste of Home website.
EGG ROLL NOODLE BOWL
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 pound ground turkey
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground turmuric
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 bag cole slaw shredded cabbage
2 large carrots, shredded
4 oz. rice noodles
3 green onions, thinly sliced
Additional soy sauce if desired
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook and crumble ground turkey intil browned. Stir in soy sauce, garlic, and seasonings. Add cabbage and carrots. Cook until vegetables are tender.
Cook rice noodles according to package directions. Drain and add immediately to pork mixture, tossing to combine. Sprinkle with green onions. Serve with additional soy sauce.
Yields 4 servings 302 calories, 33 carbs each.
No real resolutions for 2017. I would like to get serious about playing my ukulele so that’s going to be a goal for me. I’d like to do a better job of blogging too, but I can’t figure out what direction to take with it. I do enjoy sharing recipes so I know I’ll continue to do that.
I have some milestones coming up this year. My 70th birthday in March, and our 30th anniversary in October. No plans yet for either event.
I made a delicious lentil soup last night. Here’s what I put in it. I used the slow cooker, but it could be made in an Instant Pot or on the stove top.
Lentil with Ham Soup
1 pound lentils
1 ham bone or smoked hock
2 shallots, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 quarts chicken stock
1 can diced tomatoes with celery/peppers/onion
1 tsp. dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
I used the ham bone just to flavor the soup. I didn’t pick the meat off into the soup.
Happy New Year!
As we age it becomes inevitable that we begin to lose family and friends of our generation. Unfortunately for this family, we’ve had a cluster of deaths in a very short amount of time.
The first of three losses was my cousin Sonny. Two years younger than me. One of the nicest and most caring people you’ll ever know. His death was shocking, as it was so unexpected. It was his heart. He died on Christmas Eve. His family and friends are missing him.
Then, on January 12 I received a phone call from a stranger, telling me that my brother Tommy had died. Tom was very much estranged from the family and I was listed as his next of kin. How should I feel about this? I hadn’t seen him since he was 21 years old, 44 years ago. He lived a life of emotional pain, and spent time in prison. He died alone, a pauper, from a heart attack followed by a stroke. I’m sorry about his life and death. I feel sad that he made so many bad choices. I hope he’s resting in peace.
Finally (I hope) Lee’s older brother Arlan passed away yesterday, January 15. His death was not unexpected. He had a heart condition and had been on home hospice care for some time. His family was with him when he passed. He was 18 years older than Lee and they weren’t close until later years. Arlan was loved by family and friends.
I still have to care for the cremains of my brother, and we will be going through the funeral and grieving process for Lee’s brother. After that we’ll look forward to brighter days in 2016.
Christmas is over and I had an Amazon gift card burning a hole in my cyber pocket. I’ve been wanting to buy a rice cooker and I’ve read and heard that they can be used for lots more than cooking rice. So not only did I order a rice cooker, I also ordered a recipe book, full of recipes for this particular brand of rice cooker. The book says right on the front cover that the recipes are “tried and true”. What does “tried and true” mean to you? To me it means that every recipe in this book (hundreds of them) has been tested by the author or her agents. Am I wrong?
This morning Lee texted me from the barn and asked me to make hot cereal for breakfast. Our temps are in the single digits. I remembered when paging through the recipes in my new book I saw a couple of oatmeal recipes, so since I had some time before Lee finished chores I decided to try the one I found using steel cut oats.Oh my gosh! I put the ingredients into the rice cooker bowl and let ‘er rip. A few minutes later I heard a noise. It was the kind of noise that needs to be investigated quickly. Even though I was quick, I didn’t avoid THE MESS. The oatmeal was boiling over. It also boiled into. I managed to finish it by leaving the lid open. I ended up with a very small amount of oatmeal for us to eat, and a lot of oatmeal for me to clean up. It was all over the counter. It was running down the sides of the cooker. It had spilled into the heating area and burned there. It was under the lip of the lid. I blame the cookbook author. I followed her instructions to the letter.
I did google my predicament and I found that I’m not the only sucker trying to make oatmeal in a rice cooker and failing.
The whole “tried and true” phrase pulled me in and led me astray. The world is full of liars!
I’m going to stay with rice for a while. I’ve learned my lesson and I’m gun shy.
Beefy Pocket Pies
These are a variation of Pasties. I had a recipe for pasties and since I hate making any sort of rolled out dough I used crescent roll dough and they turned out nicely. The beef filling is similar to the recipe I started with but I made some changes to suit my needs.
Pastry: 2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls
Filling: 1 lb. lean ground beef
1 russet potato unpeeled and grated
1 turnip peeled and grated
1/2 white onion peeled and grated
1/2 tsp fresh thyme
1/2 tsp fresh rosemary
salt and pepper to taste
Mix filling ingredients and set aside.
Remove dough from cans and unroll. This is where you need to get a little creative. I made 6 pies with these ingredients, so you need to have 12 square or rectangle pieces of dough. seal all of the seams of the dough from one can. Spread and flatten the dough and cut it into 6 fairly even squares. You’ll have to cut and piece a bit. Mine were more rectangular, about 4×5 each. Repeat with the second can. Divide the filling onto 6 of the dough squares. Cover each with another square of dough. Roll and pinch the edges and place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serve warm with brown gravy if desired, or with grainy mustard.
Notes: Add a grated carrot if you like. If you want more veggies you can cut the ground beef to 8 oz, and double up on the grated veg.