Archive for February, 2012
I’ve got a horrible cold and I blame the weather. And daycare. Yesterday it was 84. Today the high was 61. I know it’s not snowing and I’m lucky to live in a climate where just reaching freezing is as cold as it gets, but once you live in such a climate, your blood thins. No longer is anything below 70 acceptable. Don’t judge me.
We were having friends over again since neither of us wants to brave a restaurant with young kids. I got a sirloin tip roast on sale so I decided on a little comfort food was best for all of us. I chose a roast beef recipe that could be done in under an hour and a half. Having never made it before and never made roast beef with this particular cut, I didn’t believe the meal would be outstanding, but sufficient.
About four months ago, someone told me about Pinterest. Then I got an invitation to join. I was curious. I created an account and tried to figure the thing out. I did not get it. The photographs were amazing, but I just didn’t understand what I was supposed to do with the information or how it could work for me. I signed off and hadn’t been back until about a month ago. Suddenly, it clicked and I saw hundreds of possibilities to enhance my work and my personal desires. Then, today I saw how Pinterest can be brought to life.
Like I’ve said many times before, I’m a working mom. I love my job, but I love my family much more. They are my heart and soul, the reason I get out of bed. (I really love sleep…)
For Valentine’s Day, it’s my chance to really say “I love you very much”. Often, I express myself by writing a letter or by making them something special in the kitchen. My son and daughter are too young to read or understand a love letter yet and they hardly eat anything except chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, pizza, berries, bananas, or pancakes. They got pancakes for dinner and a balloon. And about 100 kisses. They were happy. Well, except Sara, the balloon scared her a bit.
I worked in a lot of fast food restaurants as teen and young adult. I started to earn money to go to the movies or eat out, but it ended up helping me get through college. From the prep to the cooking to the serving to the cleaning, it was some of the hardest work I’ve done. I remember how quickly my days flew when I was on the clock.
Around 3pm today, I started thinking about preparing a nice meal for dinner. Then I remembered how I had hinted I might make some lunch for some people at work tomorrow. Within 10 minutes, I had a plan to handle both. 5 hours later, my plan was demolished, I was extremely frustrated at a magazine that promised the best fried chicken ever, and the day was gone.
This has been one of those weeks. You know those weeks. You running all day long and when you finally get home, you sort of wonder if any clear thought passed across your mind. I’m fried. What better reason to fry up some zucchini tonight?
I had one zucchini left in the fridge and once I discovered that my fresh green beans could no longer be described as fresh, I decided I needed to use the zucchini. I thought zucchini fries with panko bread crumbs sounded good. I didn’t even look up a recipe….just made this up based on past frying experience. Turns out these were good! Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. Go me!
Step 1. Cut the zucchini in eighths, then cut the strips in half.
Step 2. Put 4 tbsps of flour in a gallon sized storage bag and added the zucchini strips.
Step 3. Shaky, shaky!
Step 4. Bathe each one in a mixture of 1 egg and 2 tbsps milk
Step 5. The fun part……rolling each one in panko bread crumbs. GOOEY!
Step 6. Fry! (Canola oil about 1/4″ deep, med high heat, 2-3 mins on each side)
Step 7. Drain on plate with paper towels.
Step 8. Lightly salt and serve!