Posts Tagged ‘cookbook’

Fall is Here – Part 1

October 30, 2009

Apple Harvest

Sign of Fall: The apples have been harvested.  Somewhere.  Not at our house, but I did reap the benefits of someone harvesting apples somewhere.  They were on sale at Fry’s for 99 cents a 3 lb. bag.  How can you resist that?  I don’t know either.  I got four bags.  And since I’ve been consumed with reading Amish stories lately I had visions of apple butter, dried apple leather and apple pie and the such.  Jah!  Late last night, I dug through the crock pot cookbook and found plenty of Amish-like apple recipes.   I chose Spicy Chunky Apple Sauce… and it simmered all night long.  I looked forward to waking up just to smell the spicy goodness.  A big glop was added to my morning oatmeal (as well as a spoonful of flax seeds left over from Terry’s waffles) and it was scrumptious.  Made me feel domestic too.

I wish I had the little gizmo I’ve seen on tv that swiftly and effortlessly turns dough and apples into baked little half-moon pies.  Or am I thinking of he PB&J sandwich maker?  Anyway,  some dough is needed or crumble crust for the next step in this apple extravaganza going on here currently.

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One Fall we took the kids up to Sedona and Slide Rock State Park.  Where the park is today used to be an apple orchard complete with a huge old barn were they processed the apples.  I remember the kids being surprised that they could just pick apples from the trees and eat them… bypassing the migrant workers, packers, truck drivers, food handlers, grocers and Mom.  It was comical. 

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Anyway, enjoy the bounty of the gardens and orchards this Fall!

A Man, A Can and A Plan

October 29, 2008

That is seriously the name of a cookbook that my sister gave my not-very-cook-worthy husband a few years back.  I’m not sure why, but Rick resurrected the Man/Can/Plan last night…. and gave me a night off cooking.  Whew.  The book is quite humorous… it is like a child’s board book with wipe-off pages just in case the Man and the Can go awry.  It is also funny because it shows pictures of everything you need…. PICTURES… so you don’t have to read.   But there are directions… saying things like “manhandle the Fritos to crush them”  and  “dump everything in a skillet”  and “nuke on high” and “slop an equal amount” and “mash the ham”  and on and on.  The subtitle of the cookbook is “50 Great Guy Meals Even YOU Can Make!”  Rick was so proud of himself and his can and the plan that he took a picture.  Here it is for your viewing pleasure.

Yes, that little orange caption says “Avoid a Gas Crisis” and describes how to add liquid Beano to the beans  (tactful?)…… what next?  It actually tasted pretty good if you like pork-n-beans and Fritos… but the caloric intake for one serving was 841!   With a mere 42 g. of FAT. 

There is a whole section at the back using beer.  Rick was rattling off ingredients for me to pick up at the store and I refused even to write the word beer on my list, fearing that a pastor’s wife would find my list in my purse.  Nada on the Jose Cuervo, Big Boy.  Sitck to the Fritos section.  There is also a Spaghettio’s SECTION!  God save us.

Three cheers for men who think they can cook!  Poo Bah!  Poo Bah!  Poo Bah!