Deja Food

In tonight's installment of "Food!  It's whats for dinner!" I wow the crowd by serving deja food.  It was a long day, these food items are nearing the end of their usefulness and I cannot bear to waste food.  So without further adieu I give you my leftover selection.  See if you can figure out what I did with it all!  With the exception of the Vanilla Ice Cream and Raspberry Coulis it was all cooked together...   Leftover Pork chops from Father's Day   Leftover Shredded Mexican Chicken   Leftover Slow-cooked Black Beans with Salsa Verde   Leftover Steamed Jasmine Rice   Steamed Edamame (not necessarily leftover, and not agreeing with the rest of the buffet, but let's be flexible, shall we?) with sea salt and cracked black pepper   Leftover Vanilla Ice Cream with Raspberry Coulis     … {Read on...}

Scots Bannock


Leif was really looking forward to dinner Wednesday night.  He loves ham ("the pink meat"), garlic bubble bread and homemade pasta.  But he adores ice cream and anything that goes with it.  I had planned this meal to please him particularly.    " But Mousie, thou art no thy lane, In proving foresight may be vain: The best laid schemes o' mice an' men Gang aft agley, An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain, For promis'd joy!" Robert Burns, from "To A Mouse"   My schemes for a spectacular meal were laid last week and promptly tossed aside when my little Leify spiked a 104.9 temperature.  I turned off the oven that was baking the garlic bubble bread and abandoned the loaf to whatever fate would befall it while taking my baby viking to the urgent care department.   I stuffed the resting pasta dough into the freezer for a later meal.  I turned off the ice cream freezer and poured the base into a gladware container and crammed that in the freezer, too.    The only part of the meal that was done, the Scots bannock for the dessert, was stuck on a plate in the microwave and we were off to the hospital.    He had to go see the doctor AND miss his anticipated vittles.  The little Nordic conqueror was not pleased.    Two days later, fever gone and appetite increased, Leif asked what happened to his bannock.  I brandished the bannock and he said he wanted dessert before dinner.  The bannock was wrapped in foil before it got a quick refreshing toast in … {Read on...}

Food! It’s what’s for dinner! (Alternately titled: I brake for pneumonia!)


Remember my "in case of illness" clause in the 'Food!  It's what's for dinner!' project?  I'm exercising it.  I was at the ER twice yesterday with my four-year-old, Leif.  (Actually I was there with all five boys once and my husband was there with Leif alone once.)  First he ran a temp of 104.9 so we were off to visit our local urgent care deparment since it was after hours.  We were there for an hour and a half and sent home with a bronchitis diagnosis and a fistful of medicine.   Our dinner was at Chez Subway home of the $5 footlong.  Guess what.  Even at $5 a pop it's still really expensive to feed five hungry boys and two hungry adults there.   We got home, gave him the meds prescribed and watched the left side his face (and his lower lip) start to swell up like a really cute little balloon with very big blue eyes.  So at 11 last night my husband packed the little guy back into the van and headed back to the ER.   I stayed home with the other boys and cleaned the kitchen.  It made me feel better. And that's saying something 'cause I hates cleaning!   This morning saw all five boys and I scooting to our pediatrician's office so she could eyeball Leif herself.  We left with a new diagnosis- probable pneumonia, a new fistful of medications, a McDonald's lunch courtesy of Nana and a serious need to chill out.    That's what we're doing for dinner tonight.  We're chilling out.  I don't know what we're having, but it's probably not going to be … {Read on...}

Food! It’s what’s for dinner! Wednesday, June 11, 2008.

Has anyone else noticed that I've botched the dates on every single one of the 'Food!  It's what's for dinner!' posts?  Of course, I've gone back through and fixed them.  I may be the only one who noticed them but my Grandmama taught me it was better to be honest and good than to not.  That was a Steve Martin line.  I'm not thattrustworthy.  I quit Girl Scouts my first year.  All we did was make sit-upons.  Sit-upon my rear.  But I run on...   In case anyone is wondering why there was no quinoa salad on the plate last night I have an explanation.  The Big XY came home from work and was 'famished'.  He needed something to eat 'quickly' and the quinoa salad was the first thing he could grab from the fridge.  Eh bien.  There was plenty on the plate anyway!   Tonight's menu: Grilled Ham Carbonara on Homemade Linguine (or with boxed rotini if I am having too much fun outside with the kids to tear away and make pasta!  Look at me- 3 meals in and already copping out!) Steamed Broccoli with Garlic Garlic and Italian Herb Bubble Bread Blueberry Shortcake with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream (The blueberry fulfills the fruit category, you see!)     ~I was just ready to post this and my 6 year old, Ty, walked up to me with tears in his eyes.  "Mom," whined he, "The guys think my Bionicle is their least favorite.  Can I make cookies with you tonight?"   *For those of you without kids let me break this down for you.  He is annoyed by his brothers dissing … {Read on...}

Food! It’s what’s for dinner! Tuesday, June 10, 2008.

Not the prettiest picture, but boy did these taste good!

Wow!  You wouldn't believe the weird stuff going on here today.  Our power went out this morning around 10:30a.m.  So, feeling mighty full of myself for thinking of such a fun and educational idea I got the kids through their schoolwork in record time, got everyone groomed and packed them all into the van to go to the library.  And their power was out, too.  Duh!  They're on the same grid.    It wasn't a wash because the kids sat on the library floor with the children's librarian and the group of them built a gigantic brick castle and were shouting medieval things at each other.  I chatted with our town librarian about great places to buy produce locally and the best Salvation Army locations around here.  That woman is a librarian in the truest sense of the word.  She is a treasure-trove of information!   When the library's power came back on we checked out the books we had grabbed by the dim emergency lights and headed home.    Our power was back up, but my server was down.  ACK!  And I wanted to post my dinner plans for the night.  Here they are, better late than never.   Homemade onion poppyseed hamburger rolls Grilled hamburgers with super secret toppings (I'm submitting this to a recipe contest and if I tell you I'd have to... Oh never mind.  If it's published it's not eligible for the prize!)  Of course, I'll try to take a really good picture so you can see what's on it.  C'est si bon!  More Chilled Latin quinoa salad Crash Hot Potatoes … {Read on...}