Sunday, September 26, 2010

The New Red, White, and Green Pizza

Jeremy and I eat a lot of pizza. I usually make it at least once every two weeks. It's a great way to use up odds and ends of vegetables we have in the fridge. Earlier this summer I was making a pizza with a pesto sauce when I saw some baby beets from our CSA in the fridge. I sliced them real thin and threw them on the pizza, just to see how a beet pizza would taste. Turns out, it's delicious! We got some more beets in our box this week so I made another beet pizza. I also added the beet greens this time. I've done it before when we haven't had enough greens to really do anything else with them. They're pretty good on the pizza too.




Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Dinners

Since school has started for the kids of Maine, my work schedule has shifted so that I mainly work in the afternoons and evenings now. I do in-home therapy and it's hard to do that when the kids aren't actually at home. Gone are the days of summer when they could meet anytime. It's kind of a pain working these hours because I don't get home until about 7:30-8ish most nights. Once I'm home, I'm hungry. I don't want to spend another hour making dinner. Enter the slow cooker. It has become a great friend of mine these past three weeks. At least once a week I've been making something in it so dinner's done by the time I get home and Jeremy and I can eat right away. Most of the meals have turned out decently thus far, but last night's veggie stew was a little lacking. I didn't follow a recipe - I just emptied the vegetable bins in the fridge and added some seasonings. I guess I didn't add enough seasonings because it was a bit bland. Live and learn. At least we used up most of the rest of last week's CSA veggies.

The upside to working mostly afternoons and evenings is that I have a lot of free time in the mornings which allows me to do most of my food prep then. This way, when I get home dinner is mostly ready - just has to be popped in the oven or heated up on the stove. Jeremy has also been a big help with heating up the food so it's ready when I get home.

I really don't see how people with school age kids can do this job. You're never home when they are! I also get why people eat out so often. If you don't like to cook and you get home at 8pm, it makes sense to just go through the drive thru I guess. Thankfully, I like to cook so I'm not going to resort to that. I hope.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Homemade Hand-picked Lobster Rolls and Ginger Ale

We've lived in Maine for 3 and a half months, and realized the other day that we hadn't had a Lobster Roll since then. After realizing this, I also remembered seeing Lobster at the grocery store for only 5.99/lb. And they'll cook it for you for free. Need I say more...


So we bought two small Lobsters and had 'em cooked, and brought them home (along with some Maine-style frankfurter buns):

Now on to the hard part, we had to get all the meat out...

Most people would probably stop at this point, but we wanted to do it true Mainer style, so we dug into all the legs and body and got every last bit of meat out. The results were pretty gruesome:

Mix it up with a dollop of mayo and throw it in a bun and you've got a Lobster Roll. (Sorry for the fuzzy pic, Golda wouldn't let me take another one since she wanted to eat!).


Simply Delicious.

I also made my first batch of ginger ale this week. I found a really simple recipe which we basically already had everything for:
  • 1 C sugar
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • 1 inch of ginger, grated
  • 2 T bread yeast (you might want less if you have better yeast/a warmer house - I got impatient)
Add it all to a 2-liter bottle and fill with lukewarm water. Make sure to leave some space at the top. Put the cap on and let it sit somewhere warm for a few days. Make sure to check it regularly to let the gas escape so it doesn't explode (or use a 2L growler like me =) -- if you're lucky enough to have one already). Once it's fizzy enough for you, put it in the fridge and most of the yeast will calm down.

It turned out so well that I might try to make my own root beer or cream soda next. Anyone else have ideas or recipes they use?

Thursday, September 02, 2010

The Heat, Heat, Heat, is Hot, Hot, Hot

It's been miserably hot here all week. Last week was so nice - in the mid to upper 70's every day. This week it's been in the 90's and muggy almost every day. Now I know that doesn't sound hot to all those in the south/mid west, but here, that's hot. It's bad, because if it's 90 outside, that means it's 90 inside too. No one has air conditioning, and if they do, it's just a window unit. Jeremy is a lucky punk, his work has a/c. Since my work is at clients' homes, there is no a/c, and part of my job is to play with kids. I spent all day yesterday (9am-6:30pm) working with kids who kept wanting to play, mostly outside. Needless to say I was exhausted by the time I got home.

Today we had our weekly staff meeting at work and we started it by all telling heat-related stories. One girl said she lives on the third floor of her building and it was 12 degrees hotter inside than it was outside the other night. Another guy said it was 102 inside a house he was working in. Ugh. No thank you. This is Maine - it's not supposed to be like this!

Luckily, the hurricane is headed our way. Everyone I've talked to is very happy about this. I have never met a group of people so excited about a hurricane. They're so happy only because the hurricane is bringing cooler weather with it. The high is 71 on Saturday!