Saturday, January 31, 2015

Just in time for wisdom teeth recovery

Pumpkin cream of wheat

Easy Vanilla Pudding.  No kidding, you don't have to temper the eggs.

Homemade cream of chicken soup
(I used Better Than Bouillon for the broth and skipped the other seasonings)

Thanksgiving Yams.  (mashed yam with a little butter and brown sugar, marshmallows optional)

Cream of spinach soup.  Like creamed spinach, but thinner and totally pureed.

Mango Lassi; aka mango-yogurt-cardamon smoothie.  And it's cousin: Cherry-Mango Smoothie

Soup of black beans, leeks, kale, celery, and carrots, totally pureed.  It was like the love child of a black bean soup and an italian vegetable soup, and how we loved it.

Scratch Gopher Stew
Usually this is cubed pot roast, condensed mushroom or celery soup, and Lipton's onion into slow cooker for eight hours.
This time I sauteed a pound of sliced mushrooms and a head of chopped celery, dropped it into vegetable broth, and pureed that with a hand blender.  The pureed soup goes into the slow cooker with the meat, lipton dried onion packet.  I was worried the kids would reject it without the condensed soup flavor THEY DIDN'T EVEN NOTICE.   I never did add any milk.  I thought it was tastier than the traditional version.   For the one recovering from surgery, I prepared a bowlful of stew, removing the meat chunks with a slotted spoon.  It was still had a lovely savory meaty gravy taste, which was a nice change for her from sweet smoothies, shakes, and puddings.

Baba Ghanoush.  Last time attempting to make this was a disaster, so I just bought a jar of it.

Haven't yet offered:

  1. Hummus.  
  2. Bacon Jam (seriously, I bought it at grocery store today!  But there's diced onion it in to chew, so no good.)  
  3. Lemon Curd purchased in Jar
  4. Jello instant pistachio pudding.  
  5. Eggs Salad
  6. Processor-pureed chicken salad
  7. Guacamole
  8. Mashed Potatoes with gravy
  9. Refried beans with melted cheese mixed in.

Friday, January 16, 2015

First Half of January

Last Days of Vacation
Pizza for a New Year

First Week Kids Back to School
Cheeseburgers, choice of grass-fed patty or Chipotle Bean.
--with kale vegetable soup as a side
Turkey Breast roasted with Carrots and Potatoes
Tilapia, Quinoa, and Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Weekend Hobbit Feasting
Spinach-Artichoke Quiche
Ham and Swiss Quiche
Grocery Store Chicken
Mashed Potatoes
Sauteed Mushrooms
Blueberry Muffins
Olive Bread, Vermont Brie
Cherry Tomatoes

Finals Week
Monday: Split Vegetarian Taco/Burrito Bar
Leftover seasoned black beans, Ground Beef with Alton Brown Taco Potion #19
White flour tortillas, shredded cheddar, romaine lettuce, Pace picante sauce
fresh pineapple, pomegranate

Tuesday: baked potato.  Toppings broccoli, black beans, cheese sauce
amazing cheese sauce recipe

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Those cookies

2 cups butter (one pound)
2 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 TB grated orange peel
1/2 TB vanilla
3 eggs
1/4 cup milk
6 cups flour
1 1/2 TB baking powder
3/4 tsp salt

1lb powdered sugar
1/4 teas salt
1/4 cup milk
1 teas vanilla
1/3 cup (aka 2/3 stick) butter, or I just put the whole stick in.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Make mole

Delicious. But too sweet on black bean-yam enchiladas.  While I'm vegetarian, I think I'll stick with straight enchilada sauce.