Friday, July 10, 2009
pizza made and more culinary ramble
I spend alot of time in the kitchen, whether its washing dishes, loading the dishwasher, cleaning counters, prepping food, making food, putting food away-you get it. If I am to be found, the kitchen is a good place to look. My family is also a family of eaters-we all like to eat and eat well. In fact I would rather spend money on good food than on fancy clothes, is that strange? If so that's ok-I'm not really striving for total "normalcy" (:
So here I'm going to list a couple of things I find so very helpful in my daily cooking life:
~some type of acid-vinegar, lemon juice
I use vinegar/lemon juice for a multitude of things-to make vinegarettes, marinades, as a rinse agent in my dishwasher, and I use a capful of vinegar in a big bowl of water to help clean off really dirty produce.
a pinch of salt is great for just about everything, It brings out the flavor in veggies and just the right amount can work wonders for stews and soups, however too much salt, you know- is hard to remedy. I usually use Real Salt or Morton's Kosher Salt.
In most of all my cooking I add some type of fat. If I'm sauteeing veggies or scrambling eggs I add a small amount of olive oil or butter to the pan . Olive oil is also used for salad dressings, pasta, and meat marinades. For baking I either use coconut oil or butter. I don't like butter substitutes. Butter makes life better.
Our staple cheese is feta. Its stinky, salty, but so, so good, I add it to salads, pasta, pizza, eggs, salad dressings, believe me I'll find an excuse to add feta to something. If you don't like feta, just keep a good quality cheese around in the fridge-it can really help out a meal.
~my messy recipe notebook
I have so many recipes crammed in this folder. Sure I could probably digitize/organize this paper mess, but I like having recipes that I can hold in my hands. When I want to make something and can't exactly recall the steps-this folder is where I go. Perhaps one day I'll at least organize it by recipe type (main course, salad, dessert, etc.)-but that would just be too easy.
So as I tackle each dish, I rely heavily on these above items and know that if the food is good, then we're all good.