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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.
Well if you have not figured it out by now, I will cook just about anything on my grill. Anything to not have to use the stove inside and heat up the house. Along with a regular grill it also has an oven and a burner. Last night I decided to make stroganoff and headed outside to use the burner on the grill. The only problem came when I needed to make rice too. So I just fired up the grill and set my pan on there for heat. It turned out pretty good. We have decided that our next house will have to have a pretty elaborate outdoor kitchen with a nice grill, oven, a couple of burners and maybe even a fridge.
Tonight’s Menu: Beef Stroganoff over Rice and left over Garlic-Basil Bread.
A new hockey season is just around the corner and tryouts will be here in a couple of weeks. Noah has spent the summer skating a bunch and doing a lot of dryland training with a couple of DU alumni. Last weekend we pulled out his hockey net and put it together and then Al spent the better part of Sunday getting a shooting area set up for Noah. Our house was built in the 50’s and does not have a garage. Not a huge deal this time of year, but a big bummer when it is cold and snowy. It does have a carport which is covered but open on the sides. We decided this was a good place for the net cause its shaded and because of the roof we can wrap it in netting and protect the windows on the house. Here are some photos of the set up.
Some extra shots of Noah Shooting