Post by erin elizabeth on Nov 1, 2020 6:40:49 GMT -5
Well, Friday was my last day at my job--reduction in force got me. And I've lost access to my recipe list for a bit because my laptop was from work. I hope to have my new one soon! Just thought I would get this thread started to see what everyone made this month. Hope it was a good one.
Erin - I'm very sorry to hear you lost your job. Good luck finding a new computer and job, if that's what your plan is!
I'm currently up early due to the dogs not understanding daylight savings. Plus it's 40* out with 25-30 mph winds so won't be doing much outside today. Taking a couple quiet moments to catch up on internet stuff before making waffles for breakfast and a starting a slow cooker chili for the Viking/Packer game at noon.
October was a good month recipe wise. I would make again: Cooks Illustrated - Classic Lasagna Bon Appetit - Better than Take-out Udon Noodles (also did version with ramen noodles) Well Plated Blog - Wild Rice, Chicken and Squash Casserole G. Hirsch Lifestyle - Tomato Soup G. Hirsch Lifestyle- "Fancy" Grilled Cheese Falastin - Chicken with Lemons and Onions Milk Street - Persian Barley-Lentil Soup with Spinach Milk Street - Brown Basmati Rice with Spiced Beef and Green Beans (had some significant deviations in this one due to lack of physically checking my cupboards for ingredients and assuming I had what I needed, but still turned out good)
I didn't care for: Falastin - Squash with Whipped Feta
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Post by erin elizabeth on Nov 1, 2020 8:43:29 GMT -5
Thanks, Patti and Varaile. Not a surprise, but still a shock. And it just plain hurts--I've been there for 18 1/2 yrs! I'll be OK and I need to find a new job. Laptops, as with everything it seems, are in high demand so it'll be a bit. I made the mistake of taking my flash drive out of my work laptop and then there was an update and they cannot be used any more!
I made the Better than Take-out Udon Noodles last night for a friend. We had dinner and then went to walk up and down a street that goes all out for Halloween. Lots of fun displays. I missed the part about reducing the mirin and soy. I used 3 tbsp dry sherry and 2 tbsp rice vinegar plus a bit of sugar for the mirin and I used ramen noodles, regular onions. It was really good--and totally a use-what-you-have recipe.
1 cup diced onion 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 Tablespoons minced garlic 2 cans (28 oz. each) whole tomatoes in juice 2 Tablespoons sugar (*or less – I used 1 tsp.) 2 teaspoons dried basil 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or less to taste) 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper Kosher salt to taste
Saute onion in oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat until onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; saute briefly. Stir in tomatoes with their juice. Crush tomatoes, and simmer sauce for 15 minutes. Stir in sugar, basil, red pepper flakes, and pepper. Season with salt. Simmer 15 minutes longer.
Erin, I'm so very sorry to hear about the job loss. Yeah, a gut punch even if you sort of knew it was coming. And with all this other crap in the world. (((((((Erin)))))))))
So nice to see so many post that they made that udon noodle recipe and liked it. I have not tried the "sauce" (really mirin and soy) over rice, but I bet it would be equally wonderful.
My most memorable dish (i know, i know...write it down) was a fly by the seat of my pants lamb shoulder blade chop dish (mustard, garlic, onion, red wine, hot pepper flakes, crushed rosemary) cooked for 2-3 hours. TO DIE for. I used 4 shoulder steaks and just eye-balled everything. Like meat-candy!
Thoreau said, 'A man is rich in proportion to the things he can leave alone.'
Post by erin elizabeth on Nov 1, 2020 20:12:00 GMT -5
Thanks for the support everyone.
Found a work-around!
10/19 Nepali-Style Chicken Curry with Basmati Rice (Dinner Illustrated) Used a little less chicken, added some escarole. Added 2nd half of tomatoes with escarole so cooked down some. Delish!
10/31 Better-Than-Takeout Udon Noodles (BA/CLBB) So adaptable and good. Used regular onion, 3 tbsp dry sherry, 2 tbsp rice vinegar, ½ tsp sugar, ramen noodles.
10/18 Vanilla Caramel Latte Cake (Everyday Annie) A big hit. Difference between frostings wasn’t enormous. Could have used more of coffee frosting as filling.
10/17 Caramel Pudding with Chex Mix Streusel (NYT) Accidentally left 1c whole milk out. Streusel needs a bit of combination work (butter and cereal first?); mascarpone whipped cream SO GOOD.
10/6 Cheesy Zucchini Noodles with Bacon (FNM 9/20) What’s not to like: zucchini, cheese, bacon, roasted tomatoes, garlic. Delicious! Used dried mustard.
10/4 Cinnamon Crunch Banana Bread (NYT/Bakesale Betty) Used applesauce and maple syrup; threw a few walnuts in topping. Excellent—crumb, texture, taste.
10/4 Spiced Apple Oatmeal (MSL 10/20) Easy and good. Needs a little more salt and a little less liquid, I think.
10/31 Chocolate-Cherry Oatmeal Cookies (Country Living 9/20) A good cookie. Nice interplay of flavors. A little too smooth.
10/14 Broccoli and Garlic-Ricotta Toasts with Hot Honey (BA 10/18) I actually would make these again, maybe on larger toast. Definitely needs to be hotter (temperature) and more generous with honey drizzle. Concept is good; need to work on execution.
10/12 Penne with Sausage and Eggplant Bolognese (EW 11/20) Good. Eggplant took forever to cook. Added a small diced onion. Could use more meat.
10/4 Turkish-Style Beef and Eggplant Stew (RS) Really good. Thickened a bit with cornstarch. Would not hesitate to make if I had all these ingredients again. Used up Aleppo pepper, but added a few pepper flakes, too.
Erin, I'm so sorry to hear you lost your job stupid Covid! About a year and a half ago I found a great job on Indeed.com. I had never heard of it before but someone posted something about it on Facebook so wanted to bring it to your attention in case you hadn't heard about it either. This is not the best of times to have to be job searching but it sounds like you have the right attitude - best of luck and keep us posted.
So this month I actually wrote a few things down so I could participate on this thread.
Creamy Macaroni and Cheese: cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1015825-creamy-macaroni-and-cheese DH thought this was the most successful Mac-n-cheese I’ve ever made. It wasn’t a “knock it out of the park homerun” but I would make it again. You don’t preboil the pasta in this recipe - you mix everything together, cover it tightly with foil and bake in the oven. I followed some reviewer’s suggestions and used 1 ¾ cups of whole milk and ¼ cup half-n-half to make it a bit creamier but don't know that I'd do that again. I also mixed it up a couple hours ahead of time before baking it. When it first came out of the oven it was very creamy (almost too creamy) but the directions tell you to let it sit for 15 minutes before eating and it got a little dry but we still liked it. The recipe calls for all cheddar but I used a mixture of cheddar and Monterey Jack and I didn’t use a full pound.
Not for us:
Tacos al Pastor Milk Street These were one of Milk Street reader’s favorite recipes from 2018 but DH and I thought they were just ok. I don’t know if my pineapple wasn’t ripe enough or what, but this recipe just didn’t live up to expectations. My spices were for the most part from Penzey’s so I don’t think they were at fault.
Red Lentil Soup Milk Street I thought this was very bland so I added Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base to amp up the flavor. I had the leftovers two days in a row for lunch and I have to say I enjoyed it the most on day 3.
Cook's error - might make again:
Korean Scallion Pancakes: Milk Street Another "just okay" from Milk Street but I think it was cook's error this time. Something wonky happened to their website when I was making these and I couldn't get to the directions on how to cook them so mine weren't crispy like I was expecting. You're supposed to fry them over medium high heat for 3 - 4 minutes, reduce heat to medium-low, flip them and cook 1 -2 minutes, flip again and cook 2-4 minutes. I think I missed the final flip.