Monday Musings: 01.23.2012 Edition January 23, 2012Posted by Toy Lady in Musings, random stuff.
Tags: menu plan monday
This was a stock weekend.
All year, when I roast a chicken or when I bone fresh chicken, I stash the bones in the freezer. Then, once the weather gets cold enough to stick the stockpot outside overnight, I make stock. I use a couple of bags of chicken, um, parts, any stray vegetables I may have stashed with them, a couple of onions, celery ribs, and carrots.
That simmers for the better part of the day, then I strain it (you would not BELIEVE how much the dog loves those chicken-y carrots!), cool it overnight, and skim any remaining fat in the morning.
Once you start making homemade chicken broth, you’ll never go back to store-bought!
One of Sunday’s chores is to clear stuff out of the refrigerator – to make room for the coming week’s stuff, I guess. Often, that means a creative breakfast – lunch – for Peeps and me.
Like. . . how about a breakfast Mongolian quesadilla?
Yeah, I know know what to call it. I took a tortilla, sprayed it with Pam, and browned one side in a large skillet. Then I flipped it over, spread some leftover Mongolian beef on top of it, poured a couple of scrambled eggs over that, then dotted it with a bit of cream cheese. Cover the pan and let it cook on very low heat until the eggs are set and the fillings are hot.
It was . . . interesting. Not so sure about using Chinese takeout again, but we were happy with the tortilla-filling-egg idea.
While the pup’s away, the kitty will play!
Literally the MINUTE the door closes behind Peeps and The Jar when they go for their Sunday afternoon walk, the kitty comes and starts pestering me.
Now I know it’s too early for her dinner (though I’m not sure if she knows that I know), so I often get out either a little ball, another toy, or the laser pointer. She likes the laser pointer.
Though when she’s done, she’s done. Then she just sort of hangs around waiting for the dog to get home.
Oh, don’t worry, though – she always makes sure she can make a quick getaway as soon as she hears the pitter-patter of giant doggy feet on the porch!
I knew, when I started stock Saturday, that we’d have lots. After all, I had added about 9 quarts of water to the pot, along with all the frozen bird parts and veggies!
So we hauled out a case of quart jars went to work washing and sterilizing them.
Seven jars for the canner.
A couple more jars for leftover stock.
And once again, it’s time for the weekly menu plan. And we are STILL sorting through the freezers – it’s hard to believe how much stuff just . . . migrates to the bottom of a chest freezer, you know? In addition, we have a list of “winter foods” we want to enjoy before the weather gets warm – braised and roasted meats, things that are warm and comforting.
Monday – One of our must-have winter dinners is this slow-roasted pork shoulder. Peeps is home Monday (except when he takes his Mom to her doctor’s appointment) so he’ll be able to shove it in the oven and let it, well, roast slowly. There are just the two (or three) of us, and yes, there will be lots of leftovers, but honestly? You can use leftover pork the same way you’d use leftover chicken or turkey – pretty much anywhere.
Tuesday – Our most recent issue of Cook’s Country featured, in its 30-Minute Supper feature, a recipe of Spanish Chicken Cutlets with Yogurt Sauce. We have chicken cutlets and we always have yogurt, so this certainly sounded good! I’ve never been disappointed by Cook’s Country yet. We’ll serve with some rice and a tossed salad.
Wednesday – Wednesday has become, for whatever reason, soup night. This week, we had plenty of chicken stock and some leftover roasted butternut squash (that’s what happens when you buy a 6-pound squash!), so we put together a squash soup, seasoned with fennel and cinnamon. It’ll be fantastic with fresh bread. Really.
Thursday – We made Boeuf à la Bourguignonne a few weeks ago, and half of it got frozen. That’s what happens when there are only two (or three) of you – you make a lovely dinner, and you have to decide between eating it as leftovers for the next week or enjoying it again later on. We opted to enjoy it again. With the Boeuf, we’ll toss a salad and Peeps is going to make Potatoes Hashed in Cream, also from this current issue of Cook’s Country. (You really should just go pick up this issue – it’s got a LOT of good stuff in it!)
Friday – Again, it’s pizza night – I don’t know quite what I’ll use on my pie this week – maybe some of Monday’s leftover pork, or maybe I’ll just be plain-Jane and go with plain old cheese. Not that there’s anything wrong with plain old cheese. . .
Be sure to click on over to The Organizing Junkie’s Monday Menu Plan post for loads and loads of other ideas.