Sunday, January 25, 2009

Cola Roast

Taken from 101 Things To Do With A Slow Cooker, by Stephanie Ashcraft and Janet Eyring.

3-pound beef roast
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
2 cans (12 ounces each) cola (Diet soda cannot be substituted)

Place roast in greased 4 to 5-quart slow cooker. Sprinkle with soup mix. Pour soda over all. Cover and cook on low heat 7-8 hours. Makes 4-6 servings.

It worked out pretty well. The recipe is easy enough. I felt like my meat was a trifle dry, but that might be because we left the slow cooker on for too long (closer to 8 hours than 7) or because I didn't put any of the juice on it.
The coke gave it an interesting sweet flavor. I rather liked it.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Stir-Fry Deliciousness

10 frozen chicken tenders (which I figure is about a pound)
Sweet Ginger Marinade
1 bag frozen Broccoli and Cauliflower

Place the tenders in a bowl and marinade them for two days. (I planned on one, but he brought home Cafe Rio on Tuesday. That's something you don't turn down, especially if you're me.) Slice the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Throw (or toss, or place; whatever) them into a skillet, along with the extra marinade and the frozen vegetables. Cook over medium heat until heated through. Serve over rice.

I pretty much made this one up. It's simple enough that I don't want to take full credit for it, but I didn't consult any recipes or anything. Just memories from childhood. I think the marinade process would have worked if I'd only marinaded the chicken for one day, but I do wish I'd thrown the veggies in with them for an hour or so. At least. It would have made them that much more tasty.

If I try it again, I'll alter the veggies. It would look more colorful with carrots in it, and it would taste better if they were marinated.

Monday, January 19, 2009


I was watching The Dark Knight, (still in the process, really; I'm gonna go finish directly) trying not to fall asleep, when I thought, "Hey, I have a blender. I need to make something liquid, sweet, and cold to keep me awake." Thus was born a delicious use for the coffee creamer I doubt I would use otherwise. I made this one up, after consulting a couple of websites.

1 c. Soymilk
3/4 c. Coffee Creamer, Creme Brulee flavored
6 cubes of ice

Blend in a blender until delicious.

The amount of creamer might prove to be too much; 1/4 c was definitely too little, I'll tell you that. The amounts work if you keep the ice from separating too much from the liquid part.

In the Beginning...

Well, friends, here I am. A newlywed here to navigate the realms of cooking, cleaning, washing clothes, doing dishes, holding down a job, and keeping my grades up. All at the same time. Thank goodness I don't have kids.

This blog is here to document my time spent figuring it all out. Mostly I'm here to post recipes and exploits (and trust me, there will be some) regarding the application thereof. Some recipes will be homemade, some will be borrowed, some will be borrowed and doctored. But due credit will be given at all times, never fear.

Also included may be adventures in the aforementioned cleaning, washing clothes, and doing dishes. All in a day's work, friends.