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My eyes!

So the library recently accepted two huge cookbook collections on donation, and this is a source of joy for me. Some of them are more fun to mock, however, than to actually use.

Case in point: James Beard’s Casserole Cookbook

The back cover says:

Remember — cooking casseroles is an ego trip. Broil a fine steak and people say, “What a good steak!” Whip up a scrumptious casserole and people say, “What a great cook!” And they are right.

But what is even better is that each recipe has a little blurb/quip to match it

  • Veal Roast in Casserole – tender and juicy
  • Calf’s Heart – something of interest
  • Pork Steak in Casserole – catch that aroma!
  • Veal Surprise – savory and flavory
  • Beef Casserole with Olives – exotic touch
  • Boeuf a l’Ail – for adventures
  • Tripes a la Nicoise – ever try tripe?
  • Quick Beefsteak Pie – after a steak
  • Corned Beef Hash in Casserole – real eye opener
  • Pork Chops with Sauerkraut – stag-night special
  • Braised Short Ribs with Mushrooms – educated ribs
  • Liver Loaf – good for everything
  • Browned Chicken Casserole – plenty of garnish
  • Chicken Goulash – for grand affairs
  • Chicken Hash Mornay – glamor added
  • Chicken Mexican – this will keep
  • Turkey-Olive Casserole – interesting combination
  • Roast Turkey Sesamine – really exotic
  • Lobster au Gratin – for royalty only
  • Broccoli Souffle – pretty special
  • Cream Succotash – for company
  • Plaza Succotash – rich potpourri
  • Stuffed Tomatoes – can’t go wrong
  • Savory Stuffed Tomatoes – anchovy added!
  • Baked Cauliflower – glamorized favorite

food list

Food I Have:
some half & half
pepper crusted goat cheese
cream cheese

chicken stock
3 chicken thighs, thawed, marinated in soy sauce and rice vinegar
pork roast leftovers

2 english muffins
3 hamburger buns
several pitas
corn bread muffins
bunch of nifty noodles and spring roll wrappers

habanero peppers
baby bok choy
bean tops (tasty greens)
chinese lettuce/cabbage

Meal planning:
Tuesday, January 23 – bring rice in from car – freeze stock in ice cubes
cook the chicken thighs with some onion, garlic, and ginger
Make half of the bean greenery, sauteed with garlic
cook short grain rice with lemongrass
freeze leftovers

Wednesday, January 24 – pick up laundry – buy potatoes & tortillas
make samosa filling
eat some for dinner
salad: lettuce, gorgonzola, grilled onions, toasted almonds

Thursday, January 25 – buy greek yogurt
stir fry broccoli, pork leftovers, shredded cabbage, onions, garlic, habanero and then toss with slice noodles
freeze leftovers

Friday, January 26 – assemble samosas. freeze some, refrigerate some – make shrimp dip
dice pork, freeze bone and skin in one bag, and most of the meat in another
cook some pork & what greens are left with a bouillon cube and a can of tomatoes, eat over rice in pitas.

Saturday, January 27 – bridge
samosas, shrimp dip & crackers… I need at least one other finger food option.