ladylarkrune: (Food and Drink)
I am always an adventurous eater.

Haven't had it before? Sure, let's give it a try. Meats tend to be confined to restaurants (if I don't know how to cook it, it could be bad) but fruits and vegetables are fair game since Meijer is generally nice enough to have cooking suggestions on the sign labelling the food. So whenever the supermarket has a new fruit or vegatable to try I always seem to come home with it. This time it was a Lemon Melon.



These things have the skin of a cantaloupe, the color of a honeydew and taste like mix of lemon/lime/honeydew. It is sweet initially on the palate with a VERY sour finish. So sour that at times it felt like I was sucking on lemons. It isn't a bad flavor but it is best experienced in small doses although I imagine it would be really tasty in a smoothie. In fact that is what it reminds me of the most - a melonrita.

So that was today's food adventure.
ladylarkrune: (Food and Drink)
There is a part of me that both loves and hates this time of year.

I love the fact that I can get fresh, crisp apples and other fruits and vegetables. I like watching the leaves change color. I like the Warm days and cool nights.

What I do not like is the fact that my allergies go nuts. The lack of sun starting to hit. And the neverending cheer squad training. If I never hear "F-I-R-E Fire up! Fire Up! Fire up!" again I would be massively happy.

But I did get fresh apples, squash and cauliflower at the farmer's market. And Horrocks had a sale on NY strip and beef tenderloin. I will be butchering tonight and making a nice stew with the scraps.

It fits with the cool night.

Yum Yummy

Feb. 16th, 2009 11:43 pm
ladylarkrune: (Food and Drink)
Happiness is eating a fresh and juicy Yali Pear after a meal consisting of New York Strip, Asparagus, and Fresh radishes with a nice, but inexpensive, Merlot.

I highly recommend it.

As for the wine, it was French and I bought it for the name - Fat Bastard. It is all sorts of nummy.

How were people's Monday?

Fall food

Oct. 20th, 2008 01:25 pm
ladylarkrune: (Food and Drink)
I just made an acceptable hubbard squash soup. It isn't perfect but I can't figure out what I am missing. Part of it may be that I used skim milk instead of cream but there is something else missing as well. Oh well, it is still yummy and good for this dreary day.

I've been eating a lot of fall like foods lately: Apples, squash, garden-ripened tomatoes, cauliflower. I love it. I am very lucky to live in a state where all of these foods are grown with ease. Which makes them taste even better.

I've also discovered that in general, I prefer turkey burgers to hamburgers now. I think the fat has finally started to get to me. I am keeping my eyes open for Morning star farms and BocaBurgers sales. Their foods are pretty dang good and they aren't all fatty. I am still drinking oodles of tea and a a fair bit of coffee. I've given up pop for the most part. I still crave a nice glass of rum and coke every once and a while. But I can deal with it.

Also, for some reason, I am craving pizza. Which if you know me is pretty damn unusual. I don't like pizza mostly because I am not fond of mozzarella cheese (in fact the only way I like it is fresh and still in the liquid.) It is why I am not fond of most Italian food for that matter. But lately I have been wanting a deep dish massively crusty pizza with mushrooms, chicken, and spinach. Call me weird.

But it is nice to start beng able to make some of the warm foods I love and not overheat while making them. I can't wait until Thanksgiving and I can make an herb smoked turkey with stuffing and all of the trimmings.
ladylarkrune: (What are you doing?)
That you need cake!!!!

That is why I am up early after going to bed later than I wanted to, 9am, I am having a giant cake craving. Which I am solving with brownies.

So I guess in reality, the cake really is a lie, since the cake is going to be a brownie.
ladylarkrune: (CI: Partners)
I've discovered that unless I have something to say, I don't tend to post on LJ.

My life is boring - I mean who wants to read about it? Certainly not me.

There is one fairly exciting bit going on. [livejournal.com profile] lennoxmacbeth my hiveminding friend from Mediaminer is visiting this week over her spring break. It's been a very laid back affair. We've hung out a lot, gabbed about writing and art, and in general been cool about the whole thing. I went and got her on Friday meeting her in this little truckstop town up in Wisconsin.

Which by the way, Wisconsin has the funkiest deer crossing signs ever.

We got back in time for us to sleep for most of the day on Saturday. That night I took her out for Sushi at Tokyo Grill - which has the best Sushi in Grand Rapids. And we stopped in at Horrocks which a local supermarket/Nursery that has the best produce in town. Since then we've had crablegs that I found on sale at D&W and we got her set up with the Sims2. Today we had corned beef and cabbage. We're going to have left overs for a little while.

I have managed to accomplish one of my goals of introducing her to Eddie Izzard. Other than that we haven't done anything that is really noteworthy other than have a nice visit.

No hot lesbian sex scandal here. No, not at all. ~_^
ladylarkrune: (Lunch!)
In the summer, I like lighter foods. But in the winter I want hot, solid foods full of protein and starch. I think this is why I shouldn't follow my cravings.

Also in the winter, I like a lot of soups. Tonight I made chili with my leftover hamburger (I had to cook it). It is very yummy and it fulfills my need for protein and starch. It isn't too spicy, but it has a twist. I added cinnamon and brown sugar so it has a little different flavor. I am probably going to freeze half of it for later eating since I have bean sprouts and other fresh veggies that need to be eaten. But on this cold and snowy day it is just what I want.
ladylarkrune: (Lunch!)
I am going to share some of my favorite receipes that double as good quick eating for lots of people and end up feeding them pretty easily. These are not receipes to loose weight with. However with a average cost of less than $5.00 you can feed a lot of people for very little. Even less with sales.

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1: Bohemian Spaghetti

Ingredients:
1 Package of Bacon (any kind other than maple)
1 Meduim Onion (Chopped)
1 Can of Tomato Sauce *small*
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 box of thin spaghetti

Instructions:

- Cut the bacon into 1-inch pieces (no need to be exact) & fry in a non stick pan
- When the bacon is lightly crispy, add the chopped onions & saute until golden brown.
- Drain about half of the grease (leave the rest for flavor)
- boil the spaghetti in a VERY large pot. (you are going to need it to combine with the sauce
- add the diced tomatoes & sauce & lower temperature to lowest setting.
- drain the spaghetti, but do not rinse, & put back in the pot.
- combine sauce & noodles and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Serve

This is one of those receipes that taste better on the second day.

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Mac n' cheese Tuna Noodle Casserole -- this is a receipe my ex boyfriend taught me.

Ingredients:
2 boxes of mac n/ cheese -- I like Kraft but it works with all.
1 cup of milk
4 tbsp butter
1-2 cans of Cream of Mushroom Soup -- I prefer campbells (one for dryer casserole 2 for wetter)
1 can of mushrooms (salted please)
1 can of green peas
1-2 cans of tuna in water (oil does not work)

Instructions:
in a large pot, make the mac n/ cheese according to the instructions on the box (use slightly less butter)
combine the rest of the ingredients & mix thouroughly. When the sauce is hot, serve.

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Mama Konecki's Goulash

Ingredients:
1 box of Macaroni
1 can of stewed tomatoes
1 can of cream corn
1 lb. of ground beef
1 small onion finely chopped.
(salt & Pepper to taste)

Instructions:
Boil the macaroni until tender drain & set to one side. In same pot, brown ground beef & add in onion. After the onion is lightly brown. Add the stewed tomatoes & corn. Then stir in the macaroni. Serve.

This is also a recipe that is good the second day.

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These are mostly for a certain friend who has a picky eater in their family who is also low on funds. These are great receipes for leftovers and they are quick & dirty. I usually only make these on game days when I am cooking since they are quick and they feed a lot of people.

I have several other receipes that I use. But in general I am an intuitive cook. I can't tell you my receipe for fried rice or curry or schezwan or Chicken & dumplings because it changes regularly based on what is in the house and how many people I am cooking for.

I also don't tend to make many salads or vegetarian foods because I like my meat and I got over saladed at college.

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