Snow should melt a bit more, today.
And in celebration, Looking Outside the Box steps into the kitchen with a lesson in post-storm attitude adjusting!
“Now that the powers on .. relax and have some yellow cake
1 yellow cake mix
4 ounces butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil
11 ounces mandarin oranges drained – small can
5 tablespoons flour
20 ounces can crushed pineapple do not drain – large can
1 package instant vanilla pudding 4 serving size
1/2 cup powdered sugar
16 ounces whipped topping Cool Whip
1 cup flaked coconut
Mix together the yellow cake mix, eggs, butter, flour, and cooking oil and drained can of mandarin oranges together. Pour cake batter in a 9×13 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes to 25 minutes, the cake may not appear done but should be brown on top. Cool and cover with icing.
Mix pineapple, pudding, and sugar together really well, let set until it begins to thicken, add whipped topping and coconut and spread on top of the cooled cake… Must be refrigerated.”
Dish #2 from LOOB
I am at the point where I have to make some …
2 tablespoons Olive Oil ( one glurp LOL)
1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into rough 1-inch chunks (about 2 potatoes)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1Tbsp. of flour
Put the potatoes in a pan with salted water.. bring to a boil for two minutes.. drain.. then
Place potatoes in a bowl of cold water and agitate for 10 to 15 seconds. Drain.
Transfer 1/2 of the potatoes to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until broken down into rough small pieces approximately an eighth inch.. OR….
place in a ricer and rice the potatoes OR… if you have the dog food pellet maker pick the 4mm plate.. and pellet into a bowl of cool water.. then
place the riced potatoes in to a jelly bag or clean dish cloth and wring the water out of them.
Place the drained riced potatoes into a microwave bowl and microwave for one minute.. stir then microwave one more..
let cool for 2 minutes. Sprinkle the salt, onion powder, cornstarch, flour and oil, and a few grinds of black pepper over the potatoes. Gently mix in to combine. (The mixture will be sticky, a rubber spatula or fork work well).
( you can add at this point different things like grated cheese or onions parsly etc.. ( I personally like bacon bits)
Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and grease with half of the oil.
Shape the way you want them…
Bake till golden brown..
If your planning on freezing them then bake half of the time just to firm up the binders.. then freeze…
[George: [Then serve with deep fried wings and mush through large bore wringers direct into the aorta…”]
Value of a Thermos
Some lessons in life you learn several times.
Back in my youth, I became an R&E mechanic for an airline at age 18. Union member and all that, pay-off for being a geek in high school.
That was when I bought my first Thermos. I was working second shift. Around 9 PM, or so, a hit of strong coffee would help keep time moving (it slows to nothing when you sleep – coffee changes time, as everyone knows).
Then I went, what?: Almost 40 years before relearning from a bud who I worked for when he was CEO of a tech firm. Always brought a thermos of fresh coffee in every day. Used the stainless top as the cup. Drank it over the day and kept his energy high. Tasted, it was as good as Starbucks (which was the bean). Still, single at the time, a thermos was one more thing to clean…part of the Bachelor’s Paradox.
Third time was a charm – vowed to mention that in the middle of stress, snow, water pipe worries, and cold, nothing hits the spot like even a mouthful of hot coffee. Seriously!
Ure Family One-Potter
Almost sad to see the weather warming up. We still haven’t had to haul out the Ure Family One-Potter.
The Design Template for this is simple: (Top-level domain):
- A pound of noodles
- Can of sauce or soup, or a stovetop sauce
- Can or source of protein
See how many dishes you can build out of this? Al Fredo, cassaroles…why the list is long and savory.
The Second-Level Domain details out as:
- Thin spaghetti for red-sauce bases (cream of tomato soup for example)
- Linguini works well for white sauces (alfredo) and wine sauces with clams, langoustines, lobster, crab…
- Chinese egg works for buttery oyster sauce.
- Wide egg works for casseroles. But too wide and now you’re entering lasagna territory…
Using the Template
Go to a survival situation and creatively look in the pantry: ideas abound!
- Mac & Cheese
- Tunafish, chicken, or clam (or whatever) casserole.
All of which makes pretty easy, as some level. Shopping for three ingredient classes is a hell of a lot easier than distilling recipes down on the fly.
Add to Your List
When you get some time this spring, go out to your BBQ and see how many meals a) you can cook before running out of gas and b) before running out of meal ideas. Very enlightening exercise.
A short cookery this morning…more tomorrow on ShopTalk.
Write when you get rich,