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Late Night Last Minute Dinner   1 comment


Originally uploaded by kyteler_2

My plans for Friday night didn’t finalize until I was left with about 40 minutes to prepare dinner and well, not a lot in the house. I need to go shopping.

I did have half a package of puff pastry in the freezer, baby bella mushrooms, cannellini beans, garlic, celery, carrots, rosemary, veggie broth and white wine. I tossed minced celery and carrots in with roughly chopped mushrooms and sauteed for a while. Added a can of drained and rinsed cannellini beans, some frozen and thawed green beans, and rosemary to the pan. De-glazed the whole mess with white wine and vegetable broth and thickened slightly with cornstarch, since it was handy. I topped it with strips of puff pastry and baked at 415 for 20 minutes.

There weren’t leftovers, so I’d say it was a hit.


Posted January 10, 2010 by unusuallyeverafter in Uncategorized

On apple tarts and puff pastry…   Leave a comment

I was left making dessert last night without any eggs in the house (and there’s snow, ice and sub-zero temps preventing fetching more). I did, however, have a package of frozen puff pastry in the house. I found Pioneer Woman’s apple tart and threw it together at the last minute. The end result was quite good and may be re-used for a brunch recipe. I tried to make a batch of Philly style vanilla ice cream, but it didn’t set up properly. I assume my freezer core for the ice cream maker wasn’t chilled adequately. I froze it anyway, then churned this morning. It’s quite crystallized, but maybe we’ll make milkshakes or frappucinos out of it.

Must get in the habit of taking pictures.

Posted January 8, 2010 by unusuallyeverafter in Uncategorized

Spicy Potato Corn Chowder   Leave a comment

I will grab a picture tomorrow, as I’m sure someone will have leftovers.

  • 1/2 cup minced celery
  • 1/2 cup minced carrot
  • Minced garlic to taste
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 5-6 chopped potatoes
  • 2 cans creamed corn
  • 1 can evaporated skim milk
  • 1 can chopped green chilis
  • half and half to taste
  • 8 oz pepper jack cheese, grated
  • Cumin
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Saute the garlic, celery and carrot until slightly softened.  Add broth, potatoes, corn and chilis and simmer until the potatoes are soft.  Add cumin, salt and pepper as desired. Add in evaporated milk and cheese and cook on low until the cheese is melted. Stir in half-and-half or heavy cream to taste.

Posted January 7, 2010 by unusuallyeverafter in Uncategorized

Cast Iron Pan   1 comment

Cast Iron Pan

Originally uploaded by kyteler_2

Well, it’s a horrible cell phone photo, but this cast iron pan has been a fixture in my kitchen as long as I’ve had a kitchen to call my own. The finish is perfect, dark and glossy and non stick enough to make it great for eggs. Soap never touches it and water rarely does. Both of my grandmothers cooked with cast iron skillets like this and one of the last good memories I have of my mother’s mother has her cooking fried potatoes in a skillet like this one.

While I make my fried potatoes just like my mom makes hers, she’s never used a cast iron skillet. I don’t know why.

Posted December 3, 2009 by unusuallyeverafter in Uncategorized

And Starting   1 comment


Originally uploaded by kyteler_2

With finished projects comes the fun of new projects. This is the beginning of a Mrs. Darcy sweater. I’m following the mods at to bring the neckline up a bit, but I’ll add some additional bust shaping.

I’m planning to cast on mittens for Molly and a hat for Katie later today as well. Hopefully those will be done by Christmas too. I ordered two more gifts for Katie today and another for Owen. I need to make a list of what I have and what I still need to make/buy between now and Kate’s birthday/Christmas.

I have a cold, coming on top of a sinus infection. It’s cold and gray and dreary outside and the house is a mess. Life is feeling utterly un-glamorous today.

Posted December 2, 2009 by unusuallyeverafter in Uncategorized

Finishing   1 comment

Progress has been made on holiday knitting.  Owen’s cabled sweater is finished and seamed. I’ll block it today and get a zipper for it as soon as I am able. Katie’s sweater is ready for blocking and buttons. Molly’s purse is ready for felting and embellishment. Knitting for mom is complete.

Insomnia has returned in full force. I was awake from 1:30 to nearly 4:30 last night.

Currently still in progress: Girasole, BFF socks, Knotty gloves, Autumn Rose sweater.  I plan to cast on a simple sweater this afternoon.


Posted December 1, 2009 by unusuallyeverafter in Knitting

Dinner tonight   1 comment

The local small town grocery store has dramatically expanded, actually allowing for decent meal preparation without a drive into town for produce.  Tonight’s dinner was broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, snow peas and bok choy stir fried in an orange-ginger-soy sauce over jasmine rice. I sauteed chicken for those of us who eat it.  Pleasantly, the meal was actually reasonably well liked by everyone, including the picky six year old.

Posted November 18, 2009 by unusuallyeverafter in Cooking

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