I read a "tips for blogging" post recently that included the thought that you should "pick your subject and stick with it." Is that really one of the requirements of a successful blog? Then again, I guess it all depends on your definition of "success" - lots and lots of readers and followers, or simply saving money on therapy?
I pick free therapy.
I couldn't pick just one subject at college and I certainly can't nail it down now. I switched from "English Major" to "Liberal Arts & Sciences" within minutes of discovering this option at orientation weekend. Picking three minors was infinitely easier than narrowing down my field of interest to just one thing. While I maintain my life has changed drastically since graduating from high school and university, I think maybe I haven't changed all that much at all. I still dabble in multiple interests and achieve above average results in most of them, while not hitting expert level in any of them - in my opinion. I guess perception is part of this. When I compare myself to the celebrity chefs I am certainly not at their level, but I have friends and family who would probably call me a whiz in the kitchen. I love watching The Chew and then taking one of the recipes I see and adapting it to my own taste or time constraints. Pinterest is also helping me feed this habit.
I recently had two out of town friends over for dinner within the same week, and offered them a sampling of the same dish - something that I had made in advance for quick & easy reheat of a home cooked meal (for those times when The Hubs drags in from work after 8pm and the rest of us are all done for the day.) I got the idea from this pinterest blog and adapted it for my family's taste - plus I think ground turkey by itself is a little bland. Thus "Meat Muffins" were born in my kitchen and on the request of BOTH friends that I send them the recipe - and I used "recipe" loosely because dishes like this I make differently almost every time. Once I made it with turkey & lamb, then with turkey & pork - but I liked the first recipe better so I went back to the turkey & lamb. Below is my "recipe" - follow it if you can. :-)
Preheat oven to 375
Cook veggies & spices in butter on stove top until the veggies are tender.
Mix all ingredient together.
Spray muffin pan with non-stick stuff. I used a large scooper to put the same amount into each muffin pan and it worked out pretty well to make 24 "muffins."
Sprinkle with parmesan then panko
Bake for about 25-30 minutes -
watch for burning on the edges. Serve warm - or save for last minute
(feel free to substitute any form of ground meat, or veggies - I just found that this combo platter works best for our taste)
1 pound ground lamb
1 pound ground turkey (mostly all I can find
is the 99% lean so that's why I mix with either ground lamb or ground
pork - need the fat to keep them moist)
sweet curry spice mix
finely chopped veggies:
celery (2-4 stalks)
onion (about 1/2 a medium onion)
zucchini (if you want - it's in everything I cook these days
carrot (I buy the matchstick carrots and chop those up even more)
2-4 tablespoons butter
1-2 eggs, depending on how much butter you use, and how big your handful of oats is.
handful of quick-cooking oats
Final consistency of mix should be like bread dough - not soupy, sticking together, etc.
This is a poor photo of the meat muffins themselves, but here you can see their adaptability - I put four of them on a bed of pasta and poured tomato sauce over them for one of those "easy reheats" that I mentioned.
And watch for further installments of "I wish I had a cooking show"
Thursday, August 23, 2012
My dear friend Jenna Duffy is going for her first chemo treatment this morning to start the fight against a very, very bad breast cancer...
A group on Facebook has this for their whole reason for being, and I love it! I am joining! You Know You're From Fairfax When... 1. N...
I see a lot of discussion in the momisphere about cleaning the house while the kids are still young, or even while they are still living at ...
Complaining is good for the soul! Get it off your chest, don't let those frustrations fester, and learn to laugh at your situation rath...
Two of the writing prompts I like to try and keep up with are "Theme Thursday" and "Finish the Sentence Friday." By a...
This week's Theme Thursday is about "parenting styles." I know there is a ton of mommy wars going on because of one person ju...
I am serious, I can NOT make this stuff up. Well I could, I *am* that creative, but what you are about to read REALLY happened. I may no...
First, I love that there are SO many options in this world for me to take my kids, entertain them, teach them something, and share in their ...
Having just spent 4 hours (including multiple interruptions by the kids) composing the blog post with recipes from the Pumpkin Carving Party...
I'm usually not one to judge. I really didn't like the tone of that post that went viral the other week where the author was very c...