Oh peoples. I've been wanting to post something here all week but I've had nothing. Well, nothing that I wanted to 'put out there for all the world to see.' What I've had is lots of me whining about my back. Still. Hope to have news from the doc by the end of the week.
So anyway, I don't want to be a whiner or complainer. Let's move on, shall we?
I'm limited for options but there's always food, right? And for some reason I seem to post lots about that.
This month I read The Frugal Foodie Cookbook: Waste-Not Recipes for the Wise Cook. Excellent read. It's chock full of practical tips and easy recipes that call for basic ingredients, many of which most cooks with a stocked pantry would have on hand. I checked it out at my local library so I wanted to test at least one recipe before I had to return it.
Now let me back up just a bit here. This week it's a "living out of the pantry & freezer" week. With the holiday upon us next week, we'll be visiting family, which translates to "I won't be cooking" so I'm using that as an excuse to clean out the cabinets. And you know what? We've been eating just fine. I think it's safe to even go a step farther and say that we've been eating good. If I hadn't announced to the family that we were cleaning out the cabinets, they'd never know that that is what I'm doing.
Ok, so back to tonight's recipe. The book mentioned above had a recipe for Naked Quiche. (Don't you just love that name? I do.) A 'naked quiche' is a crustless quiche. Rather than having to make a crust or buy one, you sprinkle bread crumbs in the bottom of a buttered pie plate! Can't get much easier than that. So, I took their recipe and customized it with ingredients that I had on hand. In lieu of spinach and green onions I used an onion sliced into rings, mushrooms and zucchini which I sliced this summer when they were fresh from the garden and stuck them in the freezer. Instead of 2 c. of shredded swiss cheese I used about 1/4 c. of shredded cheddar and I cubed the last 6 slices of swiss cheese I had from the deli counter.
As I type this, the quiche is cooling, or resting, on the counter. It smells lovely. Toast with butter and jam on the side. Chocolate pudding for dessert.
Go check your library's on-line catalog for this book. You can thank me later.
Oh, and another reason that it will be good to have a cleaned out freezer? Lawman got a deer this morning. First one ever. So my freezer will soon be stocked with venison steaks, ground meat and summer sausage. I've never cooked with venison before so please, if you have suggestions or hints, send them straight to me. I'm gonna need help folks. This is new territory for me.
And Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I am so thankful for each and every one of you that visits here. This world of blogging is like none other. I can't explain it but you all have a special place in my heart. See ya all back here in December. (Can you believe it's almost the end of the year?)