Wow...I'm soooo sorry it's been so long since I've written. I am now a 'senior' at the good age of 62.
I am officially a grandmother, though she isn't born yet. [Maybe a he?] But I have soooo much to say as a senior, that I decided it's time to get crackin' at writin'!
Two blogs I want to introduce you to, if you don't know about them. One is 'The Natos.' , adorably written by Jami Nato. Today's post includes a recipe for homemade wholewheat tortillas. If you can make homemade bread, you can make these.
The other is Orangette, by Molly Wizenburg, author, and former contributor to Bon Appetit. I love Molly's homey, humorous writing, and crazy delicious recipes.
I read in Nigella's Kitchen about how she uses a magnetic knife strip for storing her knifes. That sounds so dangerous to me. But my darling daughter-in-law and son have the VERY coolest knife block called 'The Kapoosh.' It's amazing...Look it up online. You can buy them at BedBathandBeyond or at Target, or really anywhere. It's the best storage ever. It can store scads of knifes, won't damage the blades, and is SAFE for even the clumsiest cook. You can paint the wooden one to match your kitchen decor. We painted ours 'Basil.' Lovely.
Saturday in the Wall Street Journal online, there was an article on Nigella's Kitchen. Nigella was advising on how to organize a kitchen. Her advice was totally impractical to me. First off...I could NEVER trust a magnetic knife holder. It would be lost fingers, cut legs, ruined granite and tiles in no time. I'm intrigued by her idea of storing mugs in a drawer. But who has drawers to spare? But I love the picture of her kitchen. It reminds me of my Grandma Early's kitchen. Grandma had no storage. Things HAD to be left out everywhere. But Nigella, I do like your cooking and your style. So...carry on.
Today it was reported in the New York Times about Zinc being a good remedy for colds. I heard this about 20 years ago, from Dr. John Teller, a relative of ours from Oregon. He said that the colds that start in the throat...with a 'sore-throat-y feeling' can be stopped in their tracks by sucking on 1-2 Zinc lozenges. Our Zinc of choice is by the Bronson Vitamin Co. It's worked for us for years. I highly recommend this!
One of the top chefs in the Twin Cites, when asked how to cook the perfect Chuck Roast said this: Put it in the pan, pour a jar of your favorite Salsa over it [for it's the perfect marriage of spices and seasonings], and if you have a little leftover red wine, pour that on top; roast AND VOILA!
Now I'm going to cook it in a crockpot...4-6 hours on high, or 8-10 on low. Look up the directions for oven backing on your own. If you try it/ then try something additional, let me know.
I think this is the perfect recipe: fast, easy, good for the crockpot, cheap, the potential for gourmet tasting...What's not to love about this?
I have loved home-making for almost 30 years. I'm a wife, a mother, a WeightWatcher, a woman of faith, a friend, a "worker-outer", a lover of arts & entertainment, of gourmet food, a 'wannabe' gourmet cook, and on and on. My goal for WISEGAL is to help you become a better, more efficient,fulfilled, growing, frugal, to be emulated home-maker yourself.