Short version: One-pot pasta for the kids, leftovers for A. and me
Long version: I pressure-cooked the two rooster carcasses from the previous day this morning to make stock, and then ended up with a couple of cups of meat I picked off the carcasses.
Also this morning, I made pesto.
Short version: Breakfast tacos, frozen peas, vanilla ice cream with chocolate shell
Long version: "But how can they be breakfast tacos if we're having them for dinner?" Calvin asked quite reasonably.
"Breakfast" in this case just means they had scrambled eggs in them. Plus cheese and salsa.
The ice cream was Calvin's choice for his Sunday dessert. Chocolate shell is simply chocolate chips melted in the microwave with a bit of coconut oil (.5 cups chocolate chips with .5 tablespoon coconut oil), and then spooned over the ice cream.
It freezes and basically forms candy on top of the ice cream. It's fun. And tasty.
A. took Cubby to the airport this day to fly by himself to New York for a visit with the MiL.
Sending my eldest off by himself was actually a lot harder than I expected it to be. A very small taste of what's to come, I'm sure.
A. stayed near the airport, since Cubby left from Denver, which is not close to us, and his flight left in the evening. So no A. or Cubby for dinner, which is why we had basically scrambled eggs.
Short version: Barbecue bull, garlic bread, carrot sticks with ranch dip
Long version: It's going to take me a very long time to get through the gallon of barbecue sauce I got from Sysco. Especially because I have to adjust it with more mustard and vinegar to make it more palatable, which of course increases the amount of it.
Break for a random dog photo!
Short version: Sausage-y meatloaf, leftover potatoes, roasted carrots, frozen peas
Long version: All meatloaf from here until eternity is going to have barbecue sauce instead of ketchup both in it and on top of it. At least, until I use up the gallon of sauce. So . . . a year, maybe? It's good, actually. Especially with the sausage in the meatloaf. Which I'm using with the ground beef because I only have a few packages of ground beef left.
Luckily, our neighbor said he has a few steers he's probably going to be sending to the processor soon, so we can buy one from him and replenish our beef. Benefit of living in cattle country.
Short version: Creamy green chile bull soup, cheese, bread and jam
Long version: Soup is not generally on the menu in the summer.
I had two quarts of rooster stock that didn't seal when I pressure canned them, plus some liquid from tomatoes I had drained for pasta, and a really large bag of carrots that needed to be used pronto. And it was only 83 degrees and windy.
Soup it is!
I used some of the green chile sauce I made on Mother's Day, as well as a jar of bull meat and finished it off with some sour cream.
Soup is definitely not the most popular meal with children, so I also let them have some bread with butter and the apricot jam I had made earlier in the day.
Short version: Leftover meatloaf, leftover boiled potatoes, cucumbers with salt and vinegar, roasted carrots
Long version: I bought two very large bags of carrots at the store when I went in to the dentist, and they were really terrible carrots. Kind of sprouty and nasty and most definitely not fresh.
This is one of the downsides to living so far off the supply routes: Produce is often less than optimal.
The carrots were not any better two weeks later, so I roasted the remainder of the second bag while I was making spiced nuts and roasting a beet for my salads in the morning. Roasting doesn't totally mask the inadequacies of the carrots, but it proved to be the most palatable way to consume them.
Happily, the lady who runs our post office brought me some cucumbers from her garden when she heard I didn't have any yet. (She lives down the hill where it's about ten degrees warmer.) Those cucumbers were absolutely fresh. And delicious. Hooray.
Okay, your turn! What'd you eat this week?