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  • Another new recipe for the month: last night I made these steamed chicken wraps</a>, though deconstructed - I steamed the chicken on top of the cabbage, and then served them separately. They were pretty good (Val said dinner was very good, which doesn't happen often), but I had to leave out a lot of the spice for her, so now I'm wondering how to punch up the flavor without making them too spicy.

    The texture was smooth - almost too smooth. I wonder about blending the non-chicken ingredients and then mixing them into ground chicken, rather than blending the whole thing, which frankly squicked me out a bit.

  • This month's new food is amaranth. Like a lot of GF folks, I eat a lot of rice and potatoes, but I was getting tired of the rice and potatoes thing, so I googled for gluten free whole grains, and amaranth popped up. The new Whole Foods had it in bulk, so I gave it a go. I like it a lot - it's small pellets with a mouthfeel like roe and a pretty nuetral taste. Will be getting again.


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So, this past Sunday, I did in fact make the hearts of palm and radish salad, minus the shrimp, and it is very very good. It is also very mayonnaise heavy - I think that next time, I'll cut down on the mayonnaise by quite a bit and up the horseradish. Also, the radishes have steadily turned it pink over the week, not affecting the taste but making the appearance a little odd. Still, good; very tasty with edamame.

I also made another quiche that I've been eating for breakfast all week; the cheese quotient in it was much lower than the week before's quiche (so good, so calorie heavy), and there were more greens (spinach, zucchini, and kale), than eggs. Very good, but I think this week I need a break from the quiche routine, but I'm not sure what else I want to make.

The stuffed cabbage morphed into a casserole, since there was some miscommunication over the use of the cabbage. I left out the apple, because I was running out of space in the baking dish, and the sausage, and only used about half a cabbage. This is SO good, and there is SO MUCH of it. So, verdict, tasty, but make a quarter batch next time.

Also, I baked off some tofu last night to eat. Noms.

I need to poke at the cookbooks and decide what's for breakfast and lunch next week... :)

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I'm working on that whole once-a-week cooking thing this week, to see if I can incorporate more of that into our lives. I don't want to stop cooking every night, but having breakfasts and lunches ready to go at the beginning of the week, and some sides, would make life a lot easier, and make it more likely that I'd eat more vegetables.

So last night I made a killer vegetarian lasagna with mushrooms and onions, the leftovers of which are going to make several days worth of lunch. Also, last night I put together a cucumber and onion salad - basically some quick pickles.

Today, I've:

- made this quiche, minus the bacon and tomatoes and onions
- baked off a gorgeous hunk of salmon (which was on sale this week, noms)
- made this cauliflower salad; I halved the sauce, because it looked like it would make a lot, then ended up adding another tablespoon of tahini and a bit more water, because it was very lemony, and my goodness, it's good.

Later on in the week, there will be radish and hearts of palm salad and stuffed cabbage.

Dinner tonight is various sides and "crab" cakes, after my triumphant discovery of fake crab at the grocery that is held together with every kind of starch but wheat. WIN. :)

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We went and saw Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocal this afternoon. That was a lot of fun (if bad for someone with vertigo). And on top of it, there was a woman of color in a strong role who kicked ass. Who kicked off her high heels before kicking ass. Who changed into sensible clothes to go kick ass. I'm going to go swoon a bit now. :)

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I was skeptical, but mashed "potatoes" with cauliflower? Really effing good. Though I might have overdone the garlic, heh. I used homemade ghee (which I'd never made before) instead of butter, and it's tasty and unctuous and just good. Definitely not potatoes, but creamy and good in its own right.

(Also, do not think that you will be able to get this stuff creamy by hand. Haul out the blender or food processor.)

*adds cauliflower to next week's grocery list*
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My favorite books of the year... I finished my Miss Marple re-read, which was satisfying and sad, at the same time. I also finished the Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn mysteries, by Charlotte Macleod, which were lovely. I need to find a new cozy mystery series to start in on. I loved the Parasol Protectorate books, and the Lady Julia Grey books.

I didn't read much non-fic this year, but what I did was excellent. The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers were all fab.

today's funny

(2:17:17 PM) Ginger!: :)
(2:19:52 PM) Ginger!: so tonight my shopping list includes a spaghetti squash, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, artichoke hearts ....
(2:20:01 PM) Ginger!: this isn't MY shopping list, Joyce, this is YOUR shopping list. :)
(2:21:04 PM) Joyce: hehe.
(2:21:13 PM) Joyce: come over to the dark side, we have... squash? :)
(2:22:58 PM) Ginger!: heeee

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Actually, it wasn't so much spare brain cells as brain cells gone idle. It's been a lazy week.

Monday, I finished up grading most of the last of the community college grading and sent out a few eleventh hour emails. Tuesday morning I finished the very last of it and got the community college grades submitted, ending Battle Fall Semester 2011, thank goodness.

Since then, I've been doing a little prep for spring at the community college, fixed some spyware on my dad's computer, poked at spreadsheets with Ginger, talked to Ginger a lot and Ari some, read some novellas, done some knitting, actually finished a knitted object (except for the buttons) (look out for the four horsemen), watched a lot of Criminal Minds, done three grocery runs in two days, hung out with Hope and Andrew and played cards on Andrew's day off on Thursday, and hung out with Hope yesterday.

Life, as they say, is good. And it's Christmas Eve! :)