My son loves to cook. From the moment he could stand on a step-stool or chair and reach the stove, I’ve encouraged his curiosity and creativity. Tonight he prepared an incredibly rich soup. We devoured the entire pot!
1 pound chuck roast, cut into bite-sized chunks
2 tbsp. canola oil
2 tbsp. oregano
2 tbsp. salt
2 tbsp. pepper
2 tbsp. cumin (comino)
2 tbsp. parsley
3 bay leaves
1 garlic clove, minced
1 can (15 ounces) of petite diced tomatoes
1/4 cup red wine
1 packet of Knorr’s beef stock (I love this stuff!)
4 cups of water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Add the diced tomatoes.
Stir in the red wine, stock packet and water.
Looks good already, doesn’t it? I can attest that it smelled wonderful! Cover with oven-proof lid and pop into the oven for at least two hours. At the end of two hours, take it out and set on stove burner, turn back to HIGH, bring to a boil and break in enough spaghetti for the family; I just guesstimated the amount we’d need, Daniel broke it up and tossed it in. Let spaghetti boil for about 8 minutes.
Now in case you’re wondering, he called it Around the World Soup because it had both Italian and Mexican touches: the cumin, which we call comino, is Mexican, as well as the cilantro. And, you know that the oregano and spaghetti are Italian.
Tuesday night, Daniel wanted s’mores. We had the ingredients, so we went to work.
Chocolate candy bars (we used Hershey’s minis, leftover from Halloween)
Marshmallows (we used mini marshmallows)
Set oven to Broil, on High and move rack to second position.
Place crackers on cookie sheet, top with chocolate bar and marshmallows.
Pop into oven, directly under broiler and watch carefully.
How long they need to be under the broiler is up to you. Some people want their marshmallows almost burnt. Daniel decided that they needed to come out when the marshmallows were puffy and a bit brown.
Yum! Place the cookie sheet on cooling rack and top each s’more with another cracker. Smush together gently and enjoy!
If there are no chocolate bars in the house, you could also use chocolate frosting. It would melt faster than the chocolate bar, though, so you’d have to watch the s’mores closer.
Daniel cooked tonight! This is one of my original recipes, with his added touches.
1 pound Italian Sausage, Sweet or Mild
1 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup beef stock (beef boullion – 1 cube with 1 cup boiling water)
1/2 red pepper
1/2 green pepper
Spices: bay leaf, parsley, basil leaves, onion powder, oregano, garlic powder
1 pound Farfelle (bow tie pasta)
Slice up Italian sausage into bite sized coins; fry in olive oil until cooked thoroughly.
Add beef broth, let simmer.
Boil pasta in lots and lots of salted water, approximately 12 minutes or until al dente.
When pasta is finished, drain completely.
Add peppers to meat and broth; stir together.
Put pasta and meat in large serving bowl and gently blend.
Tonight my 13 year old wanted to prepare stir-fry; it was my turn to be sous chef. Yesterday at the store, he picked out all of the ingredients (with my approval of course, lol). And, here we go!
1 pound sirloin tip steak, popped into freezer for 15 minutes, then thinly sliced against the grain
one dozen baby carrots, julienne sliced
one small zucchini, sliced into coins, then halved
one sweet yellow pepper, julienne sliced
one sweet orange pepper julienne sliced
one 8 ounce package of Portobello mushrooms, sliced
one 8 ounce package of snow pea pods
8 ounces of spaghetti noodles, cooked and rinsed in COLD water
Teriyaki sauce, maybe 1/3 cup total
Canola oil, maybe 1/4 cup total
Take your sirloin steak, place in small bowl and top with Teriyaki sauce, stir and let marinate for about 10 minutes.
Heat about four tablespoons of canola oil in large wok; once oil is hot but not steaming yet, add meat a few pieces at a time. Stir around until meat is totally browned. Remove using slotted spoon and place in clean bowl.
Add another couple of tablespoons of canola oil to what’s already in the wok; add snow pea pods and mushrooms. Gently stir around for about four minutes; add remaining veggies and stir for another four minutes.
Add meat and another few shakes of Teriyaki sauce and canola oil; add spaghetti. Gently stir until mixed well.
Oh and you have to eat with REAL chop sticks! I had no idea that we had any in the house, but Daniel found three sets, so we all used them. It was pretty funny! At one point I used my fingers to put a huge mushroom on my chopsticks – Ron saw me and laughed but Daniel didn’t see it.
Here is the before picture:
And, here is the AFTER:
Me, I’m just sitting around when I should be folding clothes. I’ve got a laundry basket that’s overflowing with underwear and socks and it’s in the rocking chair upstairs waiting for me. It’s going to have a long wait.
Dinner tonight was fried chicken wings, smashed potatoes and corn. Daniel wanted gravy for the smashed potatotes but I didn’t make any. I told him that gravy is too many calories and too much fat, that none of us need the extra calories or fat. He was disappointed. Tomorrow I have to work and will make sloppy joes when I get home. I work on Friday too; will put three baking potatoes in the oven in the morning and set the timer to start them around 5 pm, so that when I get home around 6:20 they’ll be finished and all I’ll have to do is put the ribeye steaks under the broiler.
Daniel wants to cook EVERY Saturday so I’m going to let him. I had already planned to make a ham casserole but I can make it on Sunday evening. As long as he is willing to determine what he’s going to make, check the pantry and make his grocery list accordingly, I’ll get what he needs (within reason, of course). He fixed dinner on Monday and it was pretty good. We’ll see what he comes up with for Saturday.
Nobody has school today and hubby is home from work. It’s my normal day off, so I’m home, too. Doing laundry! It never ends.
We had a nice Valentine’s Day. I had to work that morning, from 9 am until 1 pm. Daniel had a basketball game at 12:35 so after work, I drove over and got to watch the last half. Then we went to McDonald’s for lunch. After McDonald’s, I needed to get gas in my car, hubby took a nap and then we three went to Joplin to eat dinner at The Red Lobster. WOW was it packed! We had to wait about 45 minutes to get a table; they first told us 60-75 minutes of waiting but somehow we got in sooner. Daniel and I had crab legs. YUMMY! Hubby had a platter with crab legs and scallops and lobster. Daniel wanted to taste the lobster but he wasn’t impressed with it (silly kid) so I had his taste plus an extra bite. For dessert, Daniel and I shared a piece of strawberry cheesecake and hubby had Key Lime pie.
Today hubby is in his shop, hopefully he’ll be putting chairs together soon. I’ve got laundry to deal with and Daniel is BORED. He wanted to go bowling but the bowling alley is closed today. So is the movie theatre. You’d think they’d realize that children don’t have school today and they would OPEN. They’d make money! Oh, well.
Daniel is fixing dinner tonight. He went with me to the store yesterday and purchased a pie crust, tomato (just one), sweet Italian sausage and a red and green pepper. He says it’s going to be “like pizza but not pizza” so we’ll see what it turns out to be. He loves to mess around in the kitchen.