Sunday, December 2, 2007

Running water. Whooot!!!

We did finally get the kitchen sink pipes fixed on Saturday. And with only one trip to Menards. I didn't think that was possible!

The husband ended up pulling apart pretty much all the pipes under the sink, and finally pulling out about six inches of some nasty-ass clog. I seriously think the previous homeowners must have been disposing of small animals thru the garbage disposal, since the clog was actually fuzzy. Ew.

Happy to have my kitchen back, it was Eggplant Parmesan for dinner. Yum. No recipe... slice eggplant THIN, salt it lightly and let it drain for about an hour. Blot it dry, then dump it in flour, then egg, then a mix of dry breadcrumbs and shredded parm, then fry those puppies up. I do mine in "stacks" of three, with a little sauce and a lot of cheese in between them. Then throw it in the oven until the cheese is melted, or even throw it in the microwave to melt the cheese.

The hard part is the eggplant. That's one reason why when I do it, I do A LOT. The cooked eggplant slices freeze wonderfully, which means an easy meal of pulling out the eggplant and using jarred sauce to make eggplant parm for dinner in about fifteen minutes.

It was a nice dinner, especially since we've been skipping on the veg for the past week with me being under the weather and just generally busy.

Tonight was a new recipe for me... Jacques Pepin's Instant Beef Tenderloin Stew. I've been meaning to make it for ages, since I bought the cookbook, and couldn't remember why I hadn't made it yet. It was easy enough, along with making a batch of drop biscuits, it took no more than 45 minutes to get dinner done. The hubby came downstairs, looked in the pan and asked what it was. I replied, a beef stew kinda thing. He replied "I hate beef stew".

Oh. Heh. That might be why I haven't made it yet.

And how does a man who likes pot roast hate beef stew? I don't get it.

In any case, he tried it, ate a few bites, and then went for the leftover eggplant parm in the fridge.

I liked it a lot.... if he wasn't so stew-phobic, I'd definately make it again. It's also a decent way to stretch some beef tenderloin, I only used two steaks I'd gotten at the grocery store, and it was probably enough for three to four people.

1 comment:

Marilyn said...

Gee, your husband sounds like mine. We are the same way here. Men! That beef stew does sound good. Glad to hear you have a working sink again.