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Something New

I’ve been pondering a little food blog for awhile. Lately my crochet mojo has been low so I thought I’d spend a little time working on the cooking blog. If you’d like to take a peek it’s:

Stoveless Cookery

It’s kind of a quirky niche but since I’ve been cooking without using a stove for well over 10 years now it does work out and has some advantages, especially if you are an apartment-dweller or a road warrior!

The first post turned out to be kinda health-related but rest assured that won’t be the usual thing! 😀

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Posted by on June 7, 2015 in Food, Random Life

 

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Pizza Party

pizza slice 1

I admit it. I like pizza. I like it almost as much as I like chocolate. So why shouldn’t I have a pizza bunting? This is the first slice in my “wing it as I go” pizza bunting.

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2014 in Designs, Food

 

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Birthday Cake

Fudge Birthday Cake

This coma inducing thing was my birthday cake. Those globs on top are solid fudge, and the icing is fudge about a quarter inch thick! :O It’s a chocolate cake inside, with coconut (german chocolate) filling (the same thing that’s on the top). One slice is enough to put you on a sugar buzz for hours. And it was served up with triple chocolate brownie ice cream. I may not sleep again…

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2014 in Food

 

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Pretty and Tasty, Too.

Jelly Belly jelly beans

For my upcoming birthday my cousin sent me this tin of Jelly Belly jelly beans. Not only are they tasty, but they’re pretty to look at, too. But not so pretty as to stop me from eating big helpings of them…

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2014 in Food

 

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1950s Retro Cooking

Meatball Potato Soup

I made another soup concoction in my crock pot this weekend. It turned out pretty tasty. I laughed because most everything I added was canned. It makes me chuckle because my mom has all these cookbooks from the 50s and it’s all: a can of this and a can of that and some of the other. Probably not the healthiest thing you could eat but it sort of falls in that “comfort food” category I think. And it smells GREAT!

My little sweet peppers didn’t add as much color to the soup as I thought they would. I needed to add more.

Meatball Tater Soup

2 cans Cream of Chicken soup
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 soup can of water
1 clove garlic, minced
1 medium onion chopped
3 baby bell peppers chopped (or one regular one)
2 cans whole new potatoes (I cut them up)
1 bag of frozen turkey meatballs (or any variety)

Stir up the first six ingredients in the crock pot until well mixed. Add the meatballs and potatoes and stir up. Cover and cook on high 4 hours.

If you like your potatoes a little firmer and you’re using canned ones, wait to add them about halfway through the cooking time. Or use fresh potatoes.

Use low sodium soup if possible because this is pretty salty otherwise. If you want a thicker soup, leave out the water, or add an extra can of either chicken or mushroom. Or add a can of Cream of Celery for another bit of flavor.

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2013 in Food

 

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Pretty Peppers on Paper Plate

Pretty PeppersSometimes I splurge on a food item. Not often, and usually it’s candy. But as I wandered the produce aisle these caught my eye. I admit, I splurged the three bucks on them because they were pretty. I don’t regret it. No buyer’s remorse here! They are incredibly sweet (though they look like hot peppers) and crispy with very few seeds or veins. I wish there were more red ones!

I’m making one of my crockpot meatball soup concoctions and the sauce is white. I chopped up three of these babies and threw them in. The soup looks more cheerful now.

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2013 in Food

 

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Reflections Upon a Veggie Burger

I’m writing about food while I’m on my crochet hiatus. I may start doing half food, half crochet to maybe give my hands a little break. We’ll see how that works out for me…

I’m not a vegetarian but I do find myself drawn to many veggie type foods. One reason is that they’re lower in calories than their meat counterparts! That was important to aid in losing 100 pounds. The downside to veggie products is that they’re so much more expensive than non-veggie brands that I can’t often buy them. I LOVE soy cheese but in my neck of the woods it’s nearly twice the price of regular cheese. Boo.

Veggie burgers show up in my freezer a lot. They’re quick, tasty and not messy to prepare. I even find myself ordering them if they’re available at restaurants. The Hard Rock Cafe in Vegas has a top-notch veggie burger if you’re in that area some time.

My brand of choice is MorningStar Farms. I’ve eaten a lot of the other brands, too. Gardenburger tastes good but it has an odd texture that bothers me. Kinda squishy. The same with Yves. Boca is ghastly! I don’t like the taste and their products give me a stomach ache.

This week I tried a variety of MorningStar Farms I hadn’t–the Original Griller. Kroger had them on sale for 2.99 for box of 4 (a dollar off). The picture on the box shows grill marks on the thing, but they’re not really on the product. Unless you grill them. I always bake mine, but unfortunately they don’t offer instructions on the box for baking–only for grilling and microwave. I cooked these like I’ve been cooking the Spicy Black Bean Burgers I usually get. Seven minutes at 350, flip, 5 minutes more. Very tasty! I will probably buy this flavor more often now.

The Spicy Black Bean burger is really good, also. Again, they have no directions for baking. I find this odd. They used to. I didn’t come up with this baking thing on my own! But these burgers seem to have gotten more spicy over time. But then I’m having a little spice crisis right now anyway. I used to be able to eat really hot food and loved it. Now sometimes even pizza sauce makes my mouth tingle too much. I blame it on meds.

MorningStar Farms also makes “crumbles” that look like ground hamburger. I use it in chili with good luck. It has a kind of smoky flavor, sort of like they added liquid smoke or something. But that’s not a bad thing in chili. Sometimes it is a bad thing in something milder like Sloppy Joes.

Other MorningStar products that I enjoy are the sausage patties and links. Original flavor on those. I accidentally got the maple flavor one time. Not so happy with that. And don’t even think about the spicy ones. They also have chicken nuggets which are pretty good. Borderline on the texture but I bake them until they’re extra crispy. Avoid the buffalo style unless you want your tongue to be numb for a few days. Those puppies are HOT. The Pizza Burger is good, though it’s not as good loaded up with traditional burger toppings. It’s better with some swiss cheese and no lettuce. I saw Ribs at the last grocery run. I’m still working up my nerve to try those. But I’m thinking it wouldn’t be too far removed from a McDonald’s McRib, except without the meat.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2013 in Food

 

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