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Indulge…

22 Feb

Acorn squash, butternut squash, peas, and pears. Thank goodness because I’ve been eating sweet potato and banana for a month.

Sleeping better tonight already.

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My Transition Back to Cooking

5 Sep

It’s been a month. My gifted meals, going out with guests meals, and freezer meals I had prepared are running low. It’s time to figure out how to juggle cooking and Townes.

Below are two quick and easy meals that used this week to a) capitalize on the tomatoes in season here in NY and b) do some laissez faire cooking so that I could be more hands-free for Townes and his now-drooling, endlessly-peeing self. The credit goes to mom for these two recipes (second is her quote, directly).

Panzanella (Bread Salad) (teamed with Pioneer Woman’s Cowboy Calzones from the freezer for jam’s protein fix):

1. Make homemade croutons: Take crusty (even stale) bread, tear into crouton-sized pieces. Drizzle with olive oil, garlic, salt/pepper. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

2. Toss croutons with tomatoes, mozzarella (I splurged and used buffalo mozzarella), basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Allow the juices to soak into tomatoes and bread (ie go change a diaper, pour a glass of wine, or get back to Bachelor Pad after the commercial break). When serving, top with some gigantic flakes of sea salt.

Homemade (Georgia-style!) BBQ:

I put the tenderloin* in a lasagna type pan. Drizzle a little** on pork. Seal with foil and put it in a 250 degree oven about 9 pm***. Next morning take out about 9 am and shred. Then add some foy’s to moisten the meat. Serve extra foy’s on the side with crusty rolls****. E

* Use a pork tenderloin. This makes for a really nice cut of meat – not fatty at all.

** Foy’s BBQ sauce (like I said, Georgia-style).

*** I reversed and started this at 8 am to be ready at 8 pm. You could also put it in a slow cooker if your apartment is bigger than mine and you have the room for one.

**** Mom uses these fresh/homemade hamburger buns from Publix grocery stores (Publix brand). I did my best to replicate. But, key here is to get a good roll – not Texas toast, not sliced bread, just something a little more decadent.

Tonight’s dinner:
– BBQ sandwich
– leftover Panzanella (without the bread part)
– leftover brownies

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