Friday five

Jun. 8th, 2017 10:29 pm
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These questions were written by [personal profile] ahunter3 for [community profile] thefridayfive

1) What was the first recipe or food you learned how to cook?
Either Kraft mac and cheese, Top Ramen, Nestle Tollhouse cookies, or boxed cake mixes.

2) What recipe or food did you cook most recently?
Food cooked: pasta with meat sauce (ground beef, a jar of sauce, a can of tomatoes and random seasonings). Recipe followed: double chocolate banana bread

3) What recipe or food do you cook most often?
I bake most often, brownies (adapted from a KAF recipe) or banana bread

4) What is your favorite recipe?
This is definitely my favorite cookie recipe.

5) What is the recipe you make that impresses other people the most?
The above chocolate chip cookies, my brownies, and most anything I bake.
ringsandcoffee: (cooking/baking)
It was just posted today.

1. How do you feel about cooking?
I enjoy it, but wish I knew how to make even more things. Also be more authentic - I think I make very simplified versions of a lot of ethnic dishes.
I am also usually too busy to cook, which is sad. I like real food!

2. How often do you cook a meal (from mostly fresh ingredients, not something ready-assembled that you just heat)?
Maybe twice a week. Usually more like once. That is pathetic. Lately, even less often.

3. How many people do you usually cook for, when you cook?
Me, me and me.

4. Do you have a favourite recipe book or chef?
No, but I love food blogs. Lately it's Food52 and Smitten Kitchen.

5. Kitchen tools: use the fewest possible or gadgets are your friend?
Gadgets are my friend. Sooooooo much to wash after I cook or bake! I should say that I have the tools I love, but not a lot of one-use items. Every so often I ALMOST get the avocado slicer. If I ate mangoes on a regular basis, I'd definitely get a mango cutter.
ringsandcoffee: (insanerer)
I had 2 things planned to do tonight: make brownies and grade. Well, I made the brownies, did the dishes, then graded one thing, maybe 2, while the brownies baked. After they came out of the oven, I saw some chicken I'd put in the fridge to thaw. Since I won't be home tomorrow, I had to cook it tonight. So, I made chicken and couscous. Then I had to clean those dishes and the mess on the stove. I sat down to post about the brownies on FB (my coworkers love them) and one mentioned she was sad she can't eat them. I remembered I have a black bean brownie recipe that I'll make if my roommate can ever have chocolate again, and decided to make those for the coworker with food restrictions. You make them in the food processor, and a good amount of batter ended up still in the bowl, but they are actually pretty good! I don't think I baked them long enough but that doesn't matter because they are vegan/egg free. After that I had to empty the dishwasher and wash the second set of brownie dishes. By that time it was 730 and I was pooped. I'd be going to bed now if not for the laundry I've been procrastinating on.

Oh, about laundry. In researching how to soften old towels, several sites said to use vinegar as fabric softener. Last time I did laundry, I used vinegar in all 3 loads, and it works! I didn't need dryer sheets. My clothes don't smell like vinegar either. I try to go less toxic where I can. Not everywhere, but trying. The best stuff for removing hard water in the shower is still the nasty chemical stuff.

Ok, I am tired. My back hurts. Laundry is still going though.

recipes: brownies and black bean brownies

6 days of school left!

by the way

Dec. 3rd, 2014 10:11 pm
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
The fudge is really yummy. If you're going to top it, I'd press the topping in before it cools. I tried putting Heath bits on mine, but they wouldn't stay on. It's Pioneer Woman's recipe that I used.
ringsandcoffee: (sup homies)
After almost having to babysit all day today, I was instead able to sleep in and then do chores. Oh, how I love waking up when it's light outside, only to turn over and go back to sleep.

Yesterday, I was thrilled to be able to grocery shop (hooray for getting paid!) and then cook. Last night I made spicy pulled pork and a batch of cookie dough. Today I went to a different store for stuff Sprouts doesn't carry, then made a huge pot of spaghetti sauce. As that simmered, and after doing a bunch of dishes, I decided scooping and rolling the cookie dough was too much effort. So, into a pan it went to make bars instead. Froze most of the sauce and pork, cleaned everything, then swept and mopped. Listened to Prairie Home Companion too. Twas nice to do all this, but I've reached my limit. So, I sat down with a glass of riesling and read my Vintage Cakes cookbook.

Last night, I had a glass of wine. Tonight, I had another. Right now I am a little buzzed. Ha. I still need to iron clothes, which I've been avoiding for days. Also need to contact Natalie and see about watching the new Doctor Who ep tomorrow. Maybe I'll steam some asparagus first.

Sheesh, my life is boring.
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All through church tonight, I dreamed of an ice cream shake, and making sauteed veggies for dinner. Note to self: eat before church. Stopped at Coldstone on the way home - ice cream instead of a shake - then grabbed the veggies from the fridge as soon as I walked in the house. The fajita veggies at Chipotle were my inspiration, so I looked up the ingredients online. All they use is oil and fresh oregano on green peppers and onions. I used zucchini, yellow squash, red pepper, and a shallot, which I seasoned with dried oregano, cumin, salt and pepper. YUM.
ringsandcoffee: (cooking/baking)
Just made this: AND IT IS DELISH!!! You must try it! I used half a white onion I had left over instead of shallots, but it was still good. The fresh ginger is awesome, and easier to peel than I feared it would be.

This is in the crock pot: I tasted the sauce (minus a bell pepper because I forgot it was an ingredient) before pouring it over the chicken and loved it already. I used light coconut milk instead of regular, in hopes that it wouldn't be too sweet like the last time I tried a recipe with it.

Oh, and Thursday night, I got a wild hair and made pumpkin bread. I adapted this recipe: by subbing half the sugar for brown sugar, and omitting the cloves. I hate the smell of cloves.
ringsandcoffee: (cooking/baking)
Feeling hungry but unsure of what to cook for dinner, I ended up creating something off the top of my head. Into a blender went the following (measures are approximate as I just dumped stuff in):
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can diced green chiles
~1/4 of an onion
~1/2 tsp ground cumin
~1/2 tsp garlic powder
~1-2 tbsp dried cilantro
~1-2 tbsp olive oil
~tsp salt (ended up a bit on the salty side)

In a skillet I lightly browned some chicken tenders, then dumped in my "salsa" along with enough water as I thought I'd need for when I added the rice later. I let this heat up, then added brown Minute rice to the pan. Covered, turned to low, and let simmer 15 minutes.

It was more than edible, but pretty tasty. The chicken was really tender, which is nice as I often overcook it. I think I prefer white rice to brown with Mexican-ish flavored foods like this.
ringsandcoffee: (second breakfast)
Someone gave my roommate this link last night. I'm surprisingly excited about it, seeing as I have no plans to become vegetarian. Of the 5-6 recipes I want to make, the homemade falafel excites me most.

Just as I was realizing I enjoy being unemployed more than I should (read: not looking hard enough for work), I ended up at a charter school today where I know the principal. She handed me an application to sub there. Now I need to scan my certificate and email it to her.

I do not like Green Day. So sick of this band!
ringsandcoffee: (Default)
Made this recipe: and will bake the cookies tomorrow. The dough is good, though I'm not used to tasting molasses. I've never used molasses before. Also, waiting for the eggs and butter to reach room temperature wears on my patience. Good thing I had to make dinner first.

Made pasta with homemade (turkey) meat sauce. So full. I'll have to remember the recipe today since I particularly liked it. Problem is I eyeball seasonings. Anyway, onion, garlic, ground turkey, 2 cans diced tomatoes - no salt added, 1 can tomato paste, about 1 cup water, then approx. 1.5 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp kosher salt (I might have added more later, can't remember), 1-2 tsp each ground thyme, oregano, and Italian seasoning. I add some, taste, simmer, then add more. Simmer 30 minutes covered. Partly as an experiment, and partly from laziness, I now add 2 cups of water after the simmer time and cook the pasta right in the sauce.

ETA: one packet red pepper flakes for some spice. 2 is a little strong. Oops, live and learn.

Still need a man to clean up after me. Kitchen floor is toxic. Dishes and counters are done.

Speaking of man-folk, I went to Safeway. Went through his checkline. Didn't get all batty-eyed, heart-aflutter. Still wish he'd do something like ask for my number.

Trying to keep a positive attitude at work. So far, ok. When I'm grumpy, I try to keep it to myself. Today, I succeeded.
ringsandcoffee: (POTO duhhhhh)
Pantry staples:
canned tomato products (diced, sauce, paste, Rotel)
pasta (any type)

Today I adapted Pioneer Woman's pasta alla Marlboro Man. I was trying to make something using the Roma tomatoes I'd bought yesterday. Last weekend my adaptation of the Rice-a-Rini meal flopped, I think, because I added way too much rice. Today's pasta is good, though the super-lean ground turkey will be changed to ground beef next time. My goal is to eventually use fresh tomatoes as much as possible, though I don't know if I could do without canned paste. Forget taking hte skin of the tomatoes first, too - too much work! I also want to learn to make more meals that involve meat besides ground beef, ground turkey, or chicken breasts. Beef stirfry I can do, but it's still easy. Steak I've done twice ever. Ever. Beef stew once also.

Right now, the AC is off and the window open. It was 85 degrees earlier with a nice breeze. All the cooking has warmed the place up a bit, but I'll take a day like this as long as it'll last.

One week of work down, 195 days to go. Same crap, new year. Feeling ok so far; my students are not trouble makers and pressure from the top hasn't come down yet. Just ye wait. In a month or two, I may want to quit again.
ringsandcoffee: (astounding)
AC is working again.

Amazing how we make all sorts of judgements about people. Case in point: guy brings his 3 kids to the pool. He has a couple tattoos and long chin-hair (Does that have a different name?). Super cool playing with his kids. I was trying to fill in the blanks in my mind like where's the mom, is he divorced (he mentioned they had to go when Grandma said the pizza was done), etc.

I still strongly dislike my chest. Probably not enough to ever have surgery (would do something about the sag, not a reduction).

One of my friends doesn't know what internet acronyms and expressions like brb or FAIL mean, but then types like a 13-year-old. "what're u doin' 2day?" Dude, it takes more effort to type incorrectly. I guess I should give her credit for using an apostrophe correctly.

Time to start using a food journal again.

I've been going to Starbucks like it's going out of style.

What's with that expression? It doesn't make sense. Or is it an idion, in which case it isn't supposed to be taken literally?

I made delicious hummus last night. I want some just because it tastes good, not because I'm hungry.

Bought a ton of baking supplies. Might bake with Michelle on Sunday. Or watch World Cup. Or both.

I tend to be really attentive to lyrics, except with the free iTunes songs I get. Heard the Civil Twilight song I got last October on the alternative station this week. Twice, actually. I realized I have no idea what most of the lyrics are, even though it's played 35 times.

ETA: the above song played on shuffle like 10 minutes after I wrote that, and I still didn't listen to the lyrics.
ringsandcoffee: (I'm on a horse)
Boboli pizza with real, shredded by me, Precious brand mozzerella, was heavenly. Tossed some zucchini on it as well, but the cheese made it wonderful. Foods from childhood, such as the mozzerella or broccoli with mayonnaise, always taste incredible.

Don't hate on the broccoli and mayo, y'all. It's good!

It's cool that people exist who you know you can't trust. It's the ones who start to earn your trust/seem okay, only to turn slimy again, that bug me.

Intentionally cryptic FTW! (The above does not refer to anyone privy to my LJ)

I think my hot water heater isn't heating water. My shower may be chilly again tonight.

I've now watched all the 2009 "Totally LOST" videos on, and maybe half of 2010, though out of order. Upon exploring the tabs, I see there's enough videos to keep me busy for at least a week! Woot! My LOST void is less voidy. Voidfull. Voidish.

Damon Lindelof either has awesome pecs or moobs. I couldn't tell which.

Two weeks ago, I watched the last Tuesday night episode. Yeah, you could say I miss my favorite show just a little. I'm on the lookout for a Jack/Kate icon from the finale. One that really grabs me. It might just become my new default, if the Richard/Isabella one doesn't. Looking through my icons folder, I could fill a lot of space with LOST icons, but I won't. I have 121 of 124 spaces used already.

In two weeks I'll be in Chicago! YAY!
ringsandcoffee: (P&P going in LJ)
-Shiny cookware is shiny! All 13 pieces are washed and dried. Now, to use it.
-When I want a Seattle's Best coffee ice cream shake, I should just get one. My 2 attempts at a substitute just didn't cut it.
-Why do I eat fast food like it's nothing, the read the ingredients on all the different ice creams to find the least scary brand? Shocker of the day: the generic Wal-Mart brand was the most natural, pretty much the same as Breyers, and it tastes way better.
-I have huge recycling piles and Goodwill piles. I hate carrying all that stuff out to the bins and my car.
-Why am I so enamored with cheap plastic storage bins?
-I'm weird about certain things (see above for examples) but I've decided that everyone is weird in their own ways.
-Cold and rain, I really do like you. You'll be fondly rememebered come July. Keep in mind that cold here = the 40s. Ha ha ha.
-Staying up the next three Sundays to watch Emma on Masterpiece Theater isn't really feasible; Luckily, I can watch it online! Or just wait for the dvd on 2/9.
-Teaching parts of speech all year long, and I still get asked what verbs, nouns and adjectives are.

Examples of things students do that make no sense (happens multiple times daily)
Me: Take out your reading books and read any story you want for a few minutes (or do XYZ).
Student: Can we read any story we want (or do we do XYZ)?
Me: Did you *really* just ask me that?
On the way back from lunch
Student: May I go to the bathroom?
Me: Yes, when we pass by.
Student: (as we pass the bathrooms) Can I go now?
Me: o_O
Math question: Which shows the fraction in order from greatest to least?
Student: Oh, I thought it said least to greatest!
Me: But it says greatest to least.
Student: Yeah, but I thought it said least to greatest.
Me: That's like you saying "My name is Bob" and I reply "Oh, I thought you said your name was George!"
Me: *gives directions*
Student(s): *doesn't listen to directions*
Student(s): (2 seconds later) What do we do?
During reading centers, at which time I work with one of the 4 groups.
Student: *walks over to me from group across the room, holding paper* What am I supposed to do?
Me: Did you read the directions?
Student: No.
Me: Read them.
Student: *reads* Ohhhhh! Ok I know what to do!
Me: You couldn't have read them to begin with, or, you know, asked someone IN YOUR GROUP?
ringsandcoffee: (SW Use the force)
Next time I sign up to bring a potluck dish, either a)choose something easier than homemade tomato sauce or b)start cooking it earlier than 6:30 p.m. The number of dishes I managed to get dirty preparing, cooking, and cooling the sauce is mind-boggling, to say nothing of the filthy stove and counter-top. I banged up my hands in the cleaning process too.

Did I run the garbage disposal one last time? Better do it again just in case.

In all, the sauce is yummy.

[ profile] holbytla! I found Little Dorrit and Oliver Twist in a collector's set for $32. I was going to listen to LD on audiobook soon, but maybe I'll get something else (Gaskell, perhaps?) to listen too now and just watch it on my vacation. I still need to watch Bleak House too.

I really need to go to bed.
ringsandcoffee: (Chasing Jack Sparrow)
Last night I made ravioli and topped it with a can of diced tomatoes which I simmered with random seasonings and some olive oil.  I almost inhaled the stuff.  Tonight I almost stopped at Chipotle or Chevy's for take-out, but remembered the note on my fridge, "No fast food."  So, I came home and made the closest thing to Mexican rice I could: Minute brown rice, can of tomatoes, pinch of sugar (Susan says this helps make the tomatoes less bitter, or something), cumin (seed and ground), dried minced onions, and a dash of red pepper flakes.  Oh, the onions expired a year ago.  I'm not worried, seeing as i never checked dates on seasoning cabinet contents as a kid, just amused.  I mixed a helping of rice with the remaining chili from Sunday and a dollop of sour cream.  Dude, so good.  The rice by itself is also heavenly.  I have a ton left over so I'm bringing it to the potluck lunch tomorrow.  

Ha ha ha - I just saw the rice is "best when used by March 2009" though it was unopened.   If I die tonight, blame the rice and onions!

Ok, here's the weird thing: I don't even really like tomatoes.  Well, I have never just grabbed a tomato and taken a bite.  If I taste them too much on a sandwich or burger, I take them off.  But I can't get enough of them lately.  Bizarre.  

I was visited twice today by administrators.  First time was during reading centers, then later during whole gorup reading.  I was actually pretty rockin' when they came in, AND I managed to have the kids state the objective.  This is something I really have issue with, since it's just not natural and a really unnecessary dog and pony show trick.  However, I just said when convenient "Let's tell our visitors what we're doing" and pointed to the objective we were on from the list on the board.  The kids just read it.  Boss-man better be happy that I did it at all, and that I didn't screw it up like last time.   

I want chocolate now.  I want to believe there won't be any bombshells dropped on us at staff development tomorrow.  I hope the potluck bbq isn't to butter us up for bad news. 


Sep. 1st, 2009 07:27 pm
ringsandcoffee: (awesome)
My latest favorite thing to cook is meat sauce for pasta. Last week I made it hurriedly but it came out well. This time I slowed down and made some adjustments. It's yum, and I have a TON of leftovers. I think I'll freeze some of it, and bring the rest for people at work to have for lunch.

Yay for cooking in the Starbucks apron my friend gave me when she quit her job. Yay for cooking! I don't even mind doing the dishes now.


Aug. 25th, 2009 08:02 pm
ringsandcoffee: (amaze myself)
Ground beef + 1/2 chopped onion (that didn't get sauteed long enough) + 2 cans of diced tomatoes + 2 cans tomato sauce + a bunch of random seasoning. Simmer for as long as it takes you to cook one box of whole wheat pasta that turns out to be the nasty-tasting brand that you dump in the trash (and have 2 other boxes of) and make another box. Ladle sauce over pasta and enjoy!

It was actually pretty good. Next time I won't hurry through the process, which should only make it better.
ringsandcoffee: (JE school mistress)
It's amazing what I get accomplished instead of grading papers. I graded the multiple choice section of hte math test, then washed and put away laundry. Emptied and reloaded the dishwahser too. Went back to the short-answer section of math, and kept messing up the point totals. A third of the tests will have scores scribbled out with the correct scores next to them. The scores are pretty dismal, which means I have to go back and reteach that whole unit. Sigh.

In order to not (yet again) waste vegetables, I chopped up some broccoli and froze it. Cooking it on the stove today resulted in rubbery texture. I'll try steaming in the microwave next batch. If that doesn't work, forget the whole freezing idea. Why do the steams-in-the-bag vegetables turn out ok, but mine didn't?

Procrastination again - I made the vegetables about 5 minutes after attempting to start lesson plans for the week. Must get back to work. Will I *ever* have weekends to myself?
ringsandcoffee: (nothing to do with reason)
At the grocery store, I bought Persuasion with Ciaran Hinds and Amanda Root. First of all, buying dvds at the grocery store for $9.99. Then, I already own the version that came out a year ago. Whatever. The older version has the letter-writing scene, which kind of makes the whole story. So what if Ciaran is a little weird to me.

I'm making Pioneer Woman's carrot cake again. My apartment smells heavenly.

Cardinals are in the Super Bowl. Yay, I guess. Major yay if I was a football fan.
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