Archive for July, 2012

July 23, 2012

Monday Night Dinners

I was briefly feeling fancy and smug last week.  I thought I found the secret to happy Mondays, and I was going to be the one to share it with the world.  What’s the secret?  Cooking, vino, and Otis.  Otis Redding that is.

While I was giving myself a congratulatory toast with another sip of wine, I had a moment of pure genius in the kitchen.  I turned on the wrong burner and proceeded to warm a pyrex dish on high.  I was far too caught up in posting a pic of my beautiful artichokes to notice the glowing red.

Do you know what happens to pyrex when you leave it on a burner?  It explodes!  How in the world is it even safe for an oven?  Oh and it doesn’t just explode into pieces that are easy to clean up.  It explodes into teeny, tiny shards that go everywhere.

Thankfully most of the food was covered and could be saved.  What kind of wife would I be if the husband came home to takeout when I always go on about loving to make a special Monday night dinner for just the two of us.

After the incident, I did what any woman would, I had another sip of wine and continued cooking and instagraming without any mention of my oversight.

I haven’t decided what I am cooking tonight, but I know what I am not doing.  Not putting a pyrex on a hot burner.  What are you cooking tonight?


July 21, 2012

Please Don’t Lose a Finger

Do you know how dangerous onion chopping can be?  I learned that this week when a very sweet friend made us dinner.  I almost dropped my wine glass when I saw her dive into the wrong side of an onion with a wobbly knife and very determined look in her eye.  The girl could have lost a finger.  Not really.  The knife was barely sharper than a butter knife, but it was still a pretty dramatic moment.

I decided to immediately take over.  First thing we did was get rid of the knife.  Then we had a lesson.  I felt like I was in the scene from the Julia Childs movie.  Rather than describe to you how to properly cut an onion, you can just watch Jamie Oliver do it in this youtube video.  Unfortunately the video doesn’t show his handsome face.

July 2, 2012

No Fry or Slime

I used to think there were 2 ways to prepare okra.  Fried or slimed.  Disgusting.  Then we got a ton of it in our produce co-op.  Never wanting anything to go to waste, I had to figure out what the heck to do with it.  That’s where Pinterest came in to save the day.  Well, Pinterest and one of my girlfriends that pinned an okra recipe that served as the inspiration.

If you happen to have a bunch of okra in your kitchen, very much dislike slime, and only indulge in fried foods that are worth the calories, you might want to give this recipe a try.  It is baked and delish.

Roasted Okra

  • Fresh okra, sliced into 1/3” thick pieces (very important so that you dry out the slime!)
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 sweet onion, sliced
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Toss all the ingredients in a large bowl.  It might take more olive oil than you think.  Now arrange it on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes.   AND voila!  No slime!

How did I know this recipe was a winner?  The husband told me it was going to be awful.  He ended up eating his words and all the okra!

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