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Aug. 29th, 2006

This morning's oatmeal addition: fresh blueberries.

Last night was faintly productive. lio came over to look at the porch and decided that it wasn't fatal, so he's gonna be doing the prime carpentry work while I pick up the slack in the remaining masonry and shill work that needs to be done.

Still haven't heard from the roofer guy. I think it may be time to go back and re-bid, since I'm a little concerned that he's not even returning phone calls.

Also managed to get a load of dish-laundry done, cleaned a part of the kitchen, and cooked a sort of fajita substitute (grilled chicken, peppers, onions, olives, jalapenos, and a mix of teriyaki and hot taco sauce with olive oil). The onions caramelized beautifully, the jalapenos disappeared into the sauce, and everything else maintained its shape. I added the sliced bell peppers late so they wouldn't lose their color, and I took a few minutes to strain and reduce the sauce (while I was cleaning the kitchen). The chicken is a little dry: I probably shouldn't have added it as early as I did since it was already cooked, but otherwise it's damnfinetasty.

Yeah, I used prepared sauces from the bottle. I know some of y'all food snobs frown on that, like using pre-minced garlic instead of fresh cloves, but we're talking something that only I am gonna eat, and it was more something that I could leave cook unattended with minimal preparation. Think of it as a much healthier alternative to grabbing a TV dinner from the convenience store.


Aug. 30th, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
I really need to start making stuff that doesn't come out of a box. My hubby is losing patience. We go out to eat way too much. I'll be reading for more useful kitchen hints. :-)

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