Wednesday, February 27, 2008

What I've been doing at 3am



I'm working the 3am-noon shift at my job until they hire a replacement. In commercial breaks in between hitting the button (think "Lost" and the hatch where they had to push the button every hour or whatever) I've been doing "research" on what to have for dinner and generally what Martha is up to.

Oh, how I love Martha. Yes, I understand that she doesn't come up with all of those brilliant ideas, and I really get a kick out of her semi-awkward interactions with guests on her show (there went my chances for ever making an appearance on said show.) I love when the craft guests have to say "um, no, Martha, actually we have to do this part first."

So far this week I've made delicious Chicken Pot Pie out of The Joy of Cooking, and Honey-Mustard Mini Meatloaves from Everyday Food. Both delicious and nutritious. The pot pie was truly an effort. I had to use post-it notes for each page of the recipe. It went something like this: "for chicken pot pie: pg 103....use 1 batch creamed chicken: pg 466...use Poached chicken recipe: pg 424..for that use bouquet garni: pg 778.)

My kitchen has exactly 6 square feet of counter space. I was balancing things on the stove burners and dirting every dish I had. It took 2 hours, but made 2 small pies, and it was pretty darn good, I must say. Jason says he doesn't like either rosemary or thyme. I say this is preposterous! He also doesn't like oregano and who knows what else. Too darn bad. I cook with spices. He can have his peanut butter and pickle sandwiches if he doesn't like it. Seriously. He's been eating peanut butter and pickle sandwiches. I don't think I'll take his criticism to heart.

Posted by Beth Howard @ 8:38 AM

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you are funny. I've seen that kitchen and I can totally picture you in there. I have a chicken pot-pie secret I'll share with you next time I see you. And as for Jason not liking herbs & spices....I'm not sure you should marry him after all.

Posted by Blogger hezza @ 9:47 AM #
 

Joy of Cooking is my absolute favorite cookbook. It is a resource that is not super inspiring (no pictures), but if you know what you want to make, it will give you a ton of information and one of the best versions of that thing ... EVER. I'm eating waffles from Joy of Cooking right now, even. And, I don't think I've ever had a single thing from that book fail.

Posted by Blogger Tisra @ 10:21 AM #
 

I totally wish I lived closer for some of Beth Howard's home cooking. I miss those days of walking the 6 short steps to 1033 N. Cooper Drive, and smelling the aroma of what you were experimenting on :)!

Posted by Anonymous Arianne @ 2:07 PM #
 

It's amazing what you do in that thimble of a kitchen

Posted by Blogger Shona~ LALA dex press @ 8:56 PM #
 

Love, love, love chicken pot pie! Just made it for dinner tonight! I get my recipe from Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, but modify it a bit. I put rosemary in mine...oh so good!

Posted by Anonymous Amber @ 8:30 PM #
 
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