Monday, January 31, 2011

New Toy!

So, I am thirty.  Well, thirty and one day.  So far, so good.  The best part?  My new Kitchen Aid 12 Cup Food Processor.  I love her!  Yes, it's a her . . . Patty.  Yep, that's right, Patty the Food Processor.  The BEST gift my hubby ever gave me. Thanks, Honey.

So tonight I whipped up my favorite thing for dinner.  Curry Meatloaf!  YUM!

1 1/2 lbs. of your favorite meat mix (I used a meatloaf mix of Beef, Veal, and Pork)
1 Tsp. Curry Powder
1 Tsp. Cumin
1 Tsp. Cayenne Pepper (more or less depending on how spicy you like it)
1 Tsp. Coriander
1 Tsp. Garam Masala
2 Shallots
4 Cloves of Garlic
1/4 Cup of Plain Breadcrumbs
1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt

Give your shallots and garlic a rough chop and throw them in your food processor.  Then toss the rest of your ingredients in and blitz them a couple of good times until they are well mixed.  Shape into a loaf and put on your favorite baking sheet (I used a cast iron skillet and it gave me a really nice crust).  Bake for about 45 minutes to an hour at 375 - 400 degrees.  My oven sucks, so I have to keep a close eye on everything.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's snowing!

So, it's snowing in Delaware.  Yay. 

  I remember when this was fun.  Staying home.  Sledding.  Eating snow until your face was frozen.  Those days are long gone.  Now the grumpy, almost thirty me grumbles at "those damn kids" wearing their pj's inside out, wishing for a day off of school.  Don't they know work doesn't let out for snow?  Brats. ; )

  I do love snuggling up to my hubby, Tom, and my cat, Sheldon, on these nights.  I also love making a big old, stick to your ribs dinner.  Tonight was turkey cutlets with pan gravy (I finally found the perfect use for my herbs de provence).  I roasted up some multi-colored fingerling potatoes - - thanks to our 45 minute trip to Wegmans last weekend - - that were tossed in olive oil and rosemary.  And we had a  - - slightly squishy - - tomato salad .  And a slice of Tastefully Simple homemade beer bread.

No recipe.  Just threw it together.  I'm starting to realize that those are my best meals. 

   I love all of the watching and waiting that goes into a meal like this.  Temperature too low?  Boost it up to 400!  Ooops.  There goes the smoke alarm.  Potatoes are officially done.  Turkey released itself from the pan - - flip 'em!  Make a quick roux.  Throw in some stock.  Hello Gravy!  It was yummy.  And I still have enough Weight Watchers points for some hot cocoa.  OK.  Maybe snow isn't so bad.