Today is Cubby's 12th birthday. He does not wish his handsome visage to be featured here, and so I will instead post a picture of a plane the birthday boy made for his sister out of cardboard and Tinker Toys.
Short version: Breakfast sausage patties, baked beans, fresh bread, carrot sticks, frozen vegetables
Long version: The MiL sent me a recipe that's supposed to make baked beans like Grandma Brown's baked beans. We used to drive past the Grandma Brown's factory in Mexico, New York on our way from far northern New York to Blackrock.
Anyway. I tried the recipe. I was a bit short of brown sugar, so I used the last of my small bottle of maple syrup. I think it was a bit too sweet, because I just put what was left in the bottle rather than measuring carefully, but they were still pretty good.
Not, of course, JUST like Grandma Browns, which my children were quick to mention.
I got my Misfits Market delivery this day. Thanks to the weather, it was two days late and frozen absolutely solid.
Short version: Spaghetti and meatballs, baked fennel, frozen peas
Long version: I was very, very tempted to punk out with something easy like taco meat with the ground beef I had taken out to thaw, but I overcame my lazy impulses and made meatballs instead.
I figured I might as well, since I had roasted the frozen cherry tomatoes the day before with a head of garlic while I was baking bread and made the spaghetti sauce. If there is sauce, there should be meatballs.
They were really good. Virtue is indeed its own reward.
Short version: Pork and sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, green beans, chocolate pudding
Long version: I really, really love sauerkraut with pork. A. does, too, and sauerkraut is the only form of cabbage he can eat in any quantity, so that works out.
I always make a double recipe of chocolate pudding, and we always eat it all. We're a double recipe kind of family, I guess.
Short version: Chicken tacos
Long version: Poppy had wistfully remarked the day before that she wished we could have chicken. I have several roosters in the freezer at the moment, along with a few bags of chicken pulled from bones after stock-making that I had labeled "chicken for soup."
Except instead of soup, I made tacos with a couple of the bags of soup chicken by simply frying the chicken with spices and salsa. Much more popular than soup would have been, no doubt.
Short version: Barbecue bull, rice, coleslaw
Long version: Two jars of pressure-canned bull meat further broken down with the immersion blender, then fried with additional tallow (because it has no fat of its own), and then I added barbecue sauce and grated cheese. Serviceable.
I hadn't made coleslaw in awhile. It sure is good. I was actually reminded of it by Poppy's friend, who came to stay with us during the day while her mom was at work and was asking all about the cabbage seeds in the bathroom and what I do with them.
Short version: A plethora of leftovers, tomato salad
Long version: Let's see. A. and I had fried pork and sauerkraut, and leftover rice. Plus coleslaw and tomato salad.
Cubby had the last serving of lamb stew with some extra bull meat added.
The rest had chicken tacos.
The tomato salad was made with the cherry tomatoes I got with my Misfits Market order, which were lacking in flavor, as all winter tomatoes are. Salt, pepper, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and garlic powder helped, but they were still winter tomatoes. Boo.
Short version: Bull and potato skillet, more chicken tacos, green beans, raw radishes
Long version: I made a skillet of sliced microwaved potatoes plus the rest of the bull meat, and spices and cheese. Then I gave the children a choice between that or more chicken tacos. Half the family had the tacos and half had the skillet food, which worked out well.
Okay, your turn! What'd you eat this week?