Monthly Archives: November 2012

Clean Out the Pantry Meals

We got back from Connecticut late Friday night and woke up the next morning to an empty fridge and pantry.  Our continued turkey coma prevented us from wanting to go to the grocery store that day and I somehow managed to come up with three meals from what we had at home.  It helped clear out random leftovers and bits of food that I probably wouldn’t have used otherwise.  Here is what I made:

Breakfast

In the pantry/fridge: frozen black beans, chipotle Tabasco sauce (aka nectar of the gods), leftover tomato sauce from some recipe, eggs, feta cheese leftover from a salad I made for my work’s Thanksgiving potluck, and the last of some tomatillo salsa that was too small to make a chip-worthy snack

What I made: “Huevos Rancheros” – I heated up the black beans with some of the tomato and chipotle sauces, fried an egg that I put on top of the beans, then added the feta and salsa

Lunch

In the pantry/fridge: 3 questionable sweet potatoes from our CSA two weeks before, frozen chickpeas, leftover coconut milk from some recipe, quinoa (we buy it in bulk so there is always some around)

What I made: I cooked the sweet potatoes in some oil with red pepper flakes and chili powder, simmered it in the coconut milk with the chickpeas, and served it over the quinoa

Dinner

In the pantry/fridge: spaghetti, leftover whipping cream from Taylor’s cake, the rest of the leftover tomato sauce, sweet peppers leftover from our CSA two weeks before, frozen corn, and half an onion leftover from something

What I made: I caramelized the onions, sauteed the peppers, added some whipping cream and tomato sauce, simmered the frozen corn in the sauce, then served over the spaghetti

I am going to try about once every two weeks to do this: only allow myself to use what is in the pantry to make our meals for the day.  I might not be so lucky next time and we might be eating jelly with a spoon.

-Sara

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Holiday Cheer

I’m not saying this to rub it in but to merely revel in our own success: we were done with Christmas shopping for everyone on November 12. That includes 2 grandparents, 4 parents, 4 siblings, 1 nephew, and 4 pets. Our goal was to have everything shipped to Taylor’s parents house by Thanksgiving so we could wrap it all. Once we started thinking of gifts for them it became easy to come up with gifts for everyone and before we knew it, we were done. What made it super easy was ordering everything online, mostly through Amazon Prime. You just have to make sure you know that people will like the gifts because online returns are a pain in the ass. I’m pretty sure my sister wants these for Christmas so I should be good: sweet shoes
-Sara

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Cheese on cheese on cheese

My birthday was last Sunday and like any normal person all I wanted to do was eat some cheese. So we went to Scardello and had a bottle of wine with a plate of 5 different cheeses. It was a lot. At the end I decided I wanted to try one more cheese so Taylor went up to request it. The guy said “Do you want another cheese plate or just one cheese?” The lack of judgement he portrayed when he thought we wanted a whole other cheese plate was impressive.
-Sara

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Pouty Luna

Taylor bottled beer on Friday and Luna was really interested so we had to move the stools away from the kitchen to keep her out of everything.

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She was not pleased.
-Sara

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It’s Happening

Texas isn’t the only state that has done this since the election but they have definitely gotten the most signatures:  “Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.”  A petition only requires 25,000 signatures to result in an official response from the White House so that will come out eventually.  Obviously the response will be “no” but it is still scary to think what would happen.  The best part of all this is that the city of Austin filed its own petition to secede from the state of Texas.

If you ever get a chance to read the open petitions page you can see how many legitimately crazy ones there are.

-Sara

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Laura Marling

I was reading up on a favorite band of mine, Mumford and Sons, and learned that they all met while playing back-up for someone else.  I immediately looked up this someone – Laura Marling – because I knew she had to be good if a an entire successful band used to play for her.  Her indie-folk style is very mature and surprising for her age: she is only 22 and has already released 3 albums.  One of her more recent songs, “Sophia”, has been playing in my head ever since I heard it.

-Sara

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Nectar of the Gods

I made this.

Yes, it is mozzarella.  You start with a half gallon of really good quality whole milk, vegetable rennet, and citric acid.  The last two things you can buy for pretty cheap on Amazon and will last for many batches.  The whole process takes about an hour and is labor intensive.  But the second you bite into that mozzarella you don’t care.  The nice half gallon of milk was around $3.50 and the final product was half a pound, so it is around $7.00 a pound to make.  Whole Foods sells their homemade mozzarella for $9.00 a pound.  Some may say the extra $2 is worth it to just buy pre-made but this tastes so much better.

-Sara

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