Thursday, February 10, 2011

Oh lord.

This is not a gig for a week with no parenting back up. It's 7:30pm. Kids are tucked in. The table is covered in Play-doh.
The box of wine
and my comfy bed beckon, as I will be called out of it in a few hours. But I've got sloppy joes and a quiche to make! Plus tasty sides! Yay.

Two days ago I made some homemade marinara sauce - I used the Don't Panic recipe.
But it's just basic sauce (I know it seems silly to freeze Ball jars. But there's really no reason you can't. And since we're going to use it soon - like within a week soon, why not?). And I stuffed some manicotti - again from Don't Panic, but again super basic (ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan). The only thing I have to say is don't use manicotti. Why would you use manicotti? That is dumb. The stupid things just split up the side. Use jumbo shells. They're already split! Though the  manicotti do come in handy little trays, into which you can reinsert the filled manicotti and then wrap them in plastic and toss 'em in a freezer bag. Dun and dun.

Google says you can freeze quiche guts. So I bought a pre-made crust, and am going to toss this recipe from Epicurious into a freezer bag to be served with a green salad. Again: dun and dun. But, dude. Check it:
I haven't used my mortar and pestle in ..... um? Ever? So exciting to use kitchen gadgets.

The sloppy joes are always a big hit around here. From Rachel Ray's 30-minute Meals 2. Some people hate on the Rachel Ray. I like her. Well, yeah. She is kind of annoying. But I like the recipes. And they really do only take 30 minutes. I usually sub in turkey for beef, as Husband doesn't eat the cow. But I'm getting wacky and using buffalo for this batch. To be served with some acorn squash. I was going to do a fancy-schmancy PW recipe for the squash. But upon reflection, I think it's better to just give them the squash with instructions to hack it open and bake it with butter and brown sugar.

So this week, in summary:

Poor Man's Chicken Cacciatore with roasted red peppers and cauliflower (theoretically, as it's not made and I don't know when I'm going to make it. Also, I forgot to buy capers. But it looks good!)

Broccoli and Garlic Quiche and salad

Manicotti and salad

Sloppy Joes and acorn squash

Wild Rice Soup and roasted carrots (again, theoretical. But I do have the carrots and it's mostly about writing out instructions. Which I can probably handle. Maybe.)

Good frickin' night, y'all. Mwah.


  1. That is EXACTLY how I feel about Rachel Ray. I will cook her recipes if I don't have to look or listen to her. :)

  2. I love what you are doing here and am enjoying your adventures, Morgan. Lots of fun to see what you're making. And I freeze marinara in ball jars all the time. Uses up less freezer space than other options. Good for stock, too.

  3. Thank you so much! I'm really enjoying it...