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I hope there’s not a pop quiz later

July 22, 2009

I’ve been obsessed recently with thumbing through my new cookbook, How To Cook Everything by Mark Bittman.

How To Cook Everything

It’s really brilliant for beginners, not only because there are tons of classic staple recipes, but also because it walks you through the basics of ingredients and techniques.

Instead of a simple collection of recipes, he teaches you how to fillet a fish, when pasta is done, how to decide to use the oven or the pan, and how to tell when fish (and anything else) is done. There are handy conversion charts, menus and a glossary too.

I love it because he gives you very basic recipes that you can build on, like a basic tomato sauce followed by a list of 15 ingredient combos you can add to change it up.

It’s helpful for those who want some creative space with their cooking – he gives you what you need to experiment (and actually make something edible.)

Last night I made “Fettuccine with Spinach, Butter and Cream” which sounds delectable, and it pretty much was. Cheesy, rich and creamy, my favorite way to have pasta. Great tip: toss your pasta in a preheated bowl with a tablespoon of butter and a bit of the water you cooked it in. Keeps it from drying out or getting sticky and adds texture and flavor.

He also includes other ingredient variables in his recipes, which is fantastic, because so many times I have something so close to what I need, but I’m too afraid to try it. Thanks for the confidence to just throw it in there Mark!

Oh, where does the time go?

July 21, 2009

My schedule seems to have exploded out of nowhere and free time is increasingly hard to find. Funny how that sneaks up on you.

I’ve been traveling a lot recently which leaves little to no time for cooking, although I did make a mean breakfast burrito at our family lake house this last weekend.

We used some chorizo that we found in the freezer from a past visit to a Mexican meat market in rural East Texas. Yeah, you heard me right – a Mexican meat market in the Texas sticks. It was quite a unique cultural experience, if you can only imagine.

Anyway, I picked up the chorizo because I’d always wanted to try it, and finally we did! It was perfectly greasy, with almost a sweet tang to it that regular sausage lacks. A little kick but not too spicy in my book. It was perfect sauteed with big white onions, tossed with scrambled cheesy eggs, rotel and some guac.

Yum. Breakfast is by far my favorite meal.

Some new adventures to come soon…

Could you stomach kitty litter?

July 12, 2009

Mmm, the smell of kitty litter in the morning. I think scooping actual kitty litter every day would make it difficult for me to take a bite of this gag cake, but reviewers say it’s delicious! Maybe for Halloween?



Serve with a litter scoop for added effect. There are tons of variations of this recipe on the web – google away. I think I’ll try it with caramel cake mix and chocolate pudding – for the flavor and the realistic visual effect. Haha.

Tex-Mex at it’s best

July 10, 2009

If you live in Norman and are a Tex-Mex fan, you usually are a member of one of two camps: Tarahumara’s or Ted’s, the two T’s of Norman Tex-Mex. (Sorry, I had to go there). has a great write up on Tarahumara’s this week, and I learned something new!

They have live video of the chefs working in the kitchen showing on a tv in the restaurant. Have to say, I’ve never seen that before.

People Like Food

July 2, 2009

“Here’s a fact: Food has been around forever. Food was there when Marco Polo brought back food from Asia. Food was there during the first Thanksgiving. If you think about it, eating food is the one thing humans have always done. It’s what makes us who we are. Without food, could we really even call ourselves human? We’d probably be pretty tired and hungry, or dead.”

article from The Onion


Easy DIY pizza

June 30, 2009

Pizza rates pretty high in the cheap/easy department – plus it goes a long way. But making homemade crust and sauce is way too daunting of a task for me. (yeast? no thanks.)

But something about making my own pizza just feels crafty to me, and I love some good craft time.

I was looking for a super cheap, DIY version and a Twitter friend enlightened me to pizza dry dough mix.

This stuff is genius. Mix with water, and presto, it’s done. And me and the boyfriend were both impressed with it’s deliciousness.

Can’t beat the cost:

$0.79 dry dough mix

$1.50 a bottle of pizza sauce (on sale at my grocery store)

$1.89 bag of shredded mozzarella

My toppings of choice:

$0.99 green bell pepper

$2.50 sausage

My topping were the most expensive part – but even those I only used half of for one pizza. I also only used half of my pizza sauce, bringing the grand total of one pizza to $5.18.

My toppings were only $1.75 per pizza.

Just crust, sauce and cheese for $3.43 if you don’t need any toppings.

Why pay anywhere from $10-15 for delivery pizza?

It wasn’t skimpy either, and let me tell you, I can put down some pizza. Me and boyfriend each ate until we were full and I still had enough left over for lunch the next day.