Monday Musings – 04.27.2009 April 27, 2009Posted by Toy Lady in random stuff.
There once was a puppster named Jarly
Whose attitude sometimes gets gnarly
A walk we can take
Or a trip to the lake
And a tired dog’s mellow like Marley.
I just came up with that on (guess what) one of our morning walks.
We did, in fact, go to the beach again over the weekend, though I didn’t bring the camera – suffice it to say that, while fun was had by all, the most fun of all was had by one.
Also, if you’ll look at the Fatty Update Bar to your right, you’ll see that I’ve finally passed 35 pounds lost. Let me just say . . . that’s a lot of morning walks.
Wasn’t the weather last week gorgeous? At least here in the northeast, anyway. Hey, it’s our turn.
So Peeps smoked a pork butt Friday, and apparently, there’s an unwritten rule that when you’re doing BBQ, you have to have a beer.
But we were out of beer, except for a couple of singletons he’d picked up at Beers of the World in the past and was afraid to try.
Turns out that He Brew isn’t so bad after all. And it’s Kosher, besides.
We went to the public market this weekend, and this week’s mystery produce is ramps. Neither of us had ever tried them, or even heard of them until late last spring – right after they were done for the year.
Ramps are wild leeks. Sort of. I mean, they’re more bulb-like (like onion) than leek-like (like scallions).
They have a somewhat onion-y flavor, but it’s mild. Subtle, almost sweet.
Oh, and they’re only available for a couple of weeks a year.
This should be interesting fun.
Oh, look at that. Here it was Earth Day a lovely spring day last week, and we planted a tree.
The timing was purely coincidental, I assure you.
Remember when we bought the wee little potted spruce for a Christmas Tree last year? Well, I didn’t manage to kill it, although it is still looking a little sad.
We decided to plant the little guy in the front yard. Who knows, properly trimmed, it may become the cornerstone of my Thing #16 Flower Garden.
Since I’ll be be discarding the outer leaves anyway, these are perfect! I love artichokes – big ones, small ones, it doesn’t matter.
Dude. A buck. If I knew how to freeze them, I’d have gotten more. Lots more. Even though I’d have had to find make room in the freezer.
How cool are these guys? I’m not sure if they’re actual lilies or not – they kind of seem to grow more like tulips, but what do I know.
But what’s really cool about them is their nifty checkerboard pattern. Seriously. Flowers with checks.
Yeah, they’re only around for a few days, but they’re super cool, aren’t they?
Look who’s decided to join us for a few moments of glaring at a peacock feather while the dog is out walking. . . we’re getting there. Any day now, we’ll find her curled up taking a nap with the puppy. . . hey, a girl can dream, right?
I defy anyone – anyone – to, week after week, remain strong against a bakery that’s offering – nay flaunting – such baked goods as 3 oversized croissants for $1.25, a marble cheesecake for $2.50, napoleons for $2.00, personal sized cheesecakes for $1.00.
I’m telling you, it’s hard. Sooner or later, you’ve just got to give in. At least a little.
And when we saw the mini chocolate-caramel cake for $2.00. . . well, I ask you, how much can I reasonably be expected to take?
I know, I know. Shame on me.
While we tend to prefer drier wines, every now and then, a nice riesling just hits the spot.
We picked up this nifty Fünf wine to use in a recipe a while back, and we only needed ½ cup. That left almost a whole bottle for us to shove in the fridge for a later date. That later date was last Saturday, after working in the yard and garden during our first 80+ degree day.
This perfectly chilled, light, barely-sweet white wine was just what we needed. That, and it was Fün.
And besides, you’ve gotta love the smiley-face “U”, right?
Boy, we’ve had a busy week – and weekend, haven’t we? Finally, it’s time for Menu Plan Monday – where we gather out thoughts and figure out what the heck we’re going to eat this week. . .
Monday – It all start Monday. As you’ll recall, Peeps did some smoking last week, so we’ll be enjoying the fruits of those labors – my brother will be joining us for dinner, and we’ll all be enjoying BBQ’ed pork, mashed potatoes, and finishing up the salad in the fridge. And as an aside – Peeps smoked a 9-pound pork butt last week, and, in addition to Monday’s dinner, he was able to freeze five 1-pound packages of smoked pork to enjoy later on. Yay!
Tuesday – In the spirit of Eating Down our Freezer, we’re going to make a big dent in a 2-pound bag of frozen shrimp – we’re going to try a Cook’s Country magazine recipe for New Orleans Barbecued Shrimp. We’ll be serving that with rice (of course!) and some sauteéd mustard greens.
Wednesday – Here’s where we really get to see our mystery produce – ramps – shine! Initially, I was planning to do a sausage and fennel risotto, until we happened on the ramps. But since I’ve got my little heart set on risotto, and the weather forecast is “cold and rainy” – we’ll still do risotto, but fennel is out, ramps are in. We’ll probably work from Bon Appetit‘s recipe for Ramp and Sausage Risotto and use the last of of Peep’s homemade Italian sausage from last fall. I’m guessing you could probably use scallions if you can’t find ramps, though the flavor would be altogether different. Not bad, just different.
Thursday – By Thursday, the weather is supposed to clear up and get warm again, so we’ll be grilling. . . we’re going to use Cook’s Illustrated’s recipe for Beef Gyros, but with ground turkey instead of the beef, which was originally instead of lamb. We actually prefer Alton Brown’s tzatziki recipe, so there’s no reason not to mix and match, is there? We picked up pocketless pitas at the market, along with the requisite cucumbers and tomatoes, and, of course, I’ve always got plain yogurt on hand.
Friday – As always, pizza night. This week, though, we’ve got a couple of interesting additions – we’ll have some cooked sausage left over from Wednesday’s risotto, which is always welcome on pizza. I’m going to do something like Food & Wine’s Pizza with Ramps – I don’t know if Peeps is gonna want to commit to it for his pizza, though I have no doubt he’ll try a bite of mine.
Saturday – I know, I don’t usually plan for Saturday meals – this is an exception. Keeping us all on our toes, I am!
I had decided last week that, with the surplus of canned tuna I “discovered” in the pantry, this week I wanted to actually use some of it. You see, what with all the leftovers we usually have, I almost never simply pack a sandwich for lunch. And when I do pack a sandwich, while I don’t hate tuna salad, it’s never my first choice, either. Hence, several cans of tuna just lying around.
So this weekend, we’ll be trying something other than tuna casserole as a tuna entree – how’s Linguine with Tuna, Walnuts, Lemon and Herbs sound to you? I think it sounds pretty darned tasty, myself?
Be sure to check out Org Junkie’s blog for many, many more menu plans!