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We have had such great weather lately that I decided on Saturday to plant some bulbs. See, last year when we moved in, I bought a bunch of tulip and daffodil bulbs from Home Depot in one of our many trips there. But I procrastinated, and by the time I got around to planting them, we had cold temps and the ground was frozen. So I put my bag of bulbs away to be pulled out this year. So I went to the broom closet and pulled out my bag from last year, and finally found the source of the fruit fly infestation I have been fighting for weeks. The bag of bulbs was a mushy mess of black and buzzing fruit flies. So much for that idea….
So I went off to get more. Came home with a good selection:
I also decided it was a good weekend to fire up the smoker and make a brisket thats been taking up room in my freezer. This was part of the 1/4 a cow we purchased last fall and man its good meat!
The above photo is after about 4 hours on the smoker. I let it go for about 6 hours, and then wrapped it in foil and stuck it in the oven at about 215 for a couple more hours. Then put it in the fridge to reheat.
Tonight’s Menu: Garden veggies with Shrimp alfredo over spinach angel hair pasta.
Breakfast quiche- I have been making these a bunch lately. I started one day when I had some puff pastry in the freezer and some cream in the fridge. These are not things I typically keep on hand- well that has all changed. Puff Pastry and cream are staples for this! I have tried regular pie crust when I’m out of puff pastry but it’s not as good!
Tonight’s Menu: Steaks over spinach with Olive oil dressing, caramelized onions, cheesy potatoes and Jalapeno cheddar focaccia
Just a reminder that cooking is a great experiment. You never know something wont work unless you try it. I’m all about trying new things and am typically not scared to just throw things together. Tonight was a good example of that. I pulled a package of meat out of the freezer not quite knowing what to expect. As I have stated in previous posts, we ordered a 1/4 of a cow this past spring. I was out-of-town then the meat came so I was not there to divide it up and see what we got. So it’s a surprise when I dig in the freeze to see what all we have down there. I have a rather limited experience with all different cuts of meat. We are a steak family and we use hamburger meat, and chuck roasts but that is the extent of the cuts of meat I’m used to cooking with. So I pulled out a small package wrapped in white butcher paper and the label said Tri Tip. I looked it up online and read that it was a tougher cut of meat that should be used as fajita meat or marinated. When I opened the package it looked like two decent steaks. But I went ahead with the marinade that I made up. I put the steaks in a zip lock bag with about 1/2 cup of Soy Sauce with a couple of heaping tablespoons of Horseradish and several fresh basil leaves. I let it marinate for 24 hours.
I have noticed the bread does funny things here when we have lots of humidity. We had a good rain storm today with about 1/2 inch of rain in about 20 minutes.
Then on to the next step- Veggies:
Now I need a sauce for the steak and spinach. Again something I just kinda make up. I pour some olive oil in the blender and add fresh parsley from the garden. Then add a splash of Red Wine Vinager, and a garlic clove.