Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Cooking, Cute Suits, And Slobbering Grandsons

Monday's turkey was seventeen pounds plus stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, and vegetables. Yesterday, we ate left-overs all day and then...




... I made two turkey pot pies and cut up the rest of the turkey meat to freeze. We also froze the carcass for making soup at some point in the future. I love the way one meal makes many meals. Turkey pot pie is not something I grew up with. A friend shared her tradition and it makes wonderful sense of left overs. The pie shell is purchased. I have no idea how to make pie crust and I'm not sure I'll ever learn although I intend to work on my cooking skills in the next year.




Margy has talked so much about these two cookbooks - Jerusalem and Plenty - that I wanted to give them a try as part of another goal within a bigger goal. Right now, I need to focus even more strongly on meeting my own emotional needs (self-care) and on making my world bigger only not everything I would like to do is doable because money is an issue however... we do need to eat... and since we're already eating... and already cooking... it seemed to me that learning how to cook a wider, more interesting variety of dishes was an attainable goal.




My daughter likes to watch cooking shows, read cookbooks, and try new recipes. I find this interesting from two perspectives - the first being that a fascination with cooking is a foreign concept to me and the second being that cooking as a creative outlet wasn't how she was raised. In our house it wasn't thank you God for the food, it was thank God for food. LOL - actually I'm a really good cook but my repertoire is quite traditional and I'm typically detoured by fabric possibilities only I want to work at cooking and when I hear what Jessica is making for dinner or the recipes she's trying this week, it's inspiring. This is good.




Switching subjects - you would not believe how hard it was to buy my grandson a Christmas sleeper. He's almost eight months old now and it seemed like either there weren't any in that store (Wal-Mart - not a single Christmas sleeper after I'd braved the hoards...) or they were either in smaller or bigger sizes. This striped suit with Santa feet was one of the only 9 month sleepers I could find. Luckily, it's cute but not as cute as...




... the little boy wearing it. Yesterday morning, he and his Mom came to Starbucks with me. Although I didn't journal, Starbucks in the morning is part of my regular routine so my daughter and I spent an hour drinking coffee and chatting while my grandson chewed and slobbered all over my necklace, pulled on my hair, and yanked off my glasses. Naturally... I loved it. Today... we'll do it again and then I think we're looking for curtain fabric for his new room - FUN ! ! ! ! - although it's starting to snow so it might be more of a curl up by the fire and read kind of day. We'll see after coffee.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - cute suits and slobbering grandsons

21 comments:

  1. Super cute! For cooking inspiration one of my favorite sites is food52.com. I just discovered it this summer and it has 2 things I really like: luscious photographs that make me inspired to cook, and relatively simple quick recipes with short ingredient lists. I have the plenty cookbook and have made a couple things from it but many of them are a bit time-consuming for my current life.

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    1. LOL - that's what my daughter said when she looked at the cookbooks - long ingredient lists. Hmm... maybe I'll have to work up to these kinds of recipes. I'll check out the website.

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    1. Well... yes... but I'm totally biased.

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  3. Oh that kid is cute! And your daughter's looking great. BTW, my mother wonders how I sew and knit etc. because she cannot do either (has no interest). These things happen. And I bake up a storm, and she's never been interested in that either. BTW, making crust is extremely easy - though easier to watch someone do it the first few times. You really should make it a goal to learn in 2014. Not difficult and a great life skill! If you decide to try, I'll send you a couple of good recipes.

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    1. It's rather fascinating to see your children excel in different directions. My daughter beads like amazing and is very good at painting and drawing. Not me.

      LOL - learning to cook is enough especially with the no gluten, no dairy twist. NOT learning pastry will be much better for my hips. I'm all for maintaining my curves but then there's over-maintaining.

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  4. The little cutie looks a bit worried in that photo!

    I've been waffling on those 2 cookbooks, along with a couple others. What started out being a search for vegetarian cookbooks has re-started a bit of a cookbook problem. I'm not intending to become vegetarian, all I wanted was more veggie recipes that don't have "1 can cream of....". And maybe some fruit recipes that aren't loaded with sugar.

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    1. He was concerned for Mom and Gramdma's sanity what with the antics they were doing to get him to look and smile.

      I know what you mean about not being vegetarian. I check out vegan cookbooks for the no dairy options and finding vegetable recipes is a bit of a journey. I know there's a lot to explore but when they are unfamiliar to you, I at least need some how to get started recipes.

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  5. Those are my two favoite new cookbooks! I gave copies to my sister for her birthday and we've been making things ot of them all summer and fall.
    A good source for the herbs and spices is a local Middle Eastern Grocery, or Penzeys.com
    Your grandson is such a cutie!

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    1. THANKS. Good to know. We don't have a middle eastern grocery but I'll check out that website.

      YES... he's very cute and today he was very well behaved first at the paint store and then at the fabric store. Two of Grandma's favourite places.

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  6. Awww...he's so cute! :-) ...and you have every right to be biased ;-)

    As for cooking - I can't make pie crust either. I figure I'd rather spend my time making the filling, and let Tender Flake make the crust (although I'm rather hooped if I want a double crust). I've heard (via America's Test Kitchen) that Pillsbury makes a good store-bought pie crust, but I've yet to try it. My Safeway doesn't carry it, I'll have try to remember which Safeway I saw it in - probably one of the bigger ones.

    I'm pretty basic / traditional in my tastes when it comes to cooking, although I will experiment occasionally. It's usually a case of switching one thing out for another (ie the pot pie - instead of just peas/carrots/onions/corn, I'd probably put sweet potatoes/onions/corn/celery (or fennel - expensive, but sooo good!). It's just food - there's plenty more where it came from, and unless you're cooking to feed a thrashing gang, you're not going to be saddled with leftovers.

    I should email you my fruit and nut dressing I use for the turkey...it's delish!

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    1. I've never looked at the Pillsbury option but I know where you mean in the store. I'll check at Save-On next time I'm there.

      Your pot pie experimenting is exactly how I explained branching out on your won with sewing to someone the other day and gives me some ideas for slowly moving my cooking in new directions. Thanks. I'll look forward to the recipes.

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  7. Really, the whole point of turkey is turkey soup, in my book!

    I LOVE the Ottolenghi books. They are wonderful. Try his hummus recipe from Jerusalem--people almost do a face plant into that dish--they love it so much. That said, I'm not always in the mood to cook from them, and I'm a devoted cook. (I almost wrote "serious cook," but that makes it sound too ... serious. Cooking is a major creative outlet for me.) He also has a column in the UK's Guardian newspaper, which you can find online.

    Lots of great websites out there, vegetarian/vegan/etc. cookbooks, too. If you ever want suggestions, let me know!

    Enjoy your daughter and grandson. They're lucky to have you in their lives.

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    1. Do you have a good turkey soup recipe? I'd love to see it. I've been winging soup but my family says they all taste the same so I want to work with an actual recipe this time.

      I was looking at the hummus recipe since I've been eating a lot of that lately. I'll try it and look up the column. You're welcome to send suggestions for recipes/websites. I'd appreciate the help.

      How sweet of you to say they are the lucky ones.

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  8. What a cutie he is!!!! I don't make pie crust either and I don't want to. Pearl is right...the Pillsbury is very good. It is in the refrigerated section...not frozen...it comes in a long narrow box and all you do is unroll it. Your pot pies look scrumptious!!!

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    1. I'll be looking for that pastry. Thanks. Do you have a variation on pot pies that you like? I'd appreciate hearing it as they are such an easy meal to make ahead, freeze, and heat up.

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  9. Such a cute little guy. Being a grandmother opens and softens something in me, which I dare say happens with most women.

    Cooking is something I love, but I'm continually learning new techniques and trying new things. Keeps it all fresh. Sewing is the same, but I'm much further behind on the skills in that field. Good thing life isn't a contest!

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    1. Grandma is somewhat less frantic than Mom. I remember enjoying my kids but he's enjoyable in a more relaxed way most likely because of all our experience and accumulated wisdom from raising our own kids. I think. I hope.

      You are an AMAZING cook and watching you move about the kitchen is - as I've said before - like watching a ballet. I could learn so much by just quietly sitting in the corner but as you know sitting quietly is REALLY hard for me - LOL.

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  10. Your daughter and grandson look so happy and well. So glad for you that they are visiting. Enjoy every moment.

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  11. Grind up your leftover turkey bits in a sausage grinder, grind an onion in with it (or part of an onion), salt and pepper to taste, add only enough mayonnaise to hold it all lightly together, and dump some hot sauce in there -- stir until it is the texture of flannel. Delicious, easy, "turkey barbecue" meat paste for crackers or sandwiches. Or to fill profiteroles, should you be that ambitious.

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