Saturday, July 23, 2011

Friday Night Catered Dinners

Since my Friday night catered dinners have become a continuing event, I'm thinking that I need to keep track of what I made as I don't want to duplicate too much if I can help it. So I will make a list of what I can remember so far.

Chicken Wings with orange marmalade glaze, cold slaw, potato salad, and chocolate chip cookies

Shrimp Louis

Grilled Sirloin with mixed veggie salad and black berry cobbler

Grilled Halibut with Herbs and Capers, salad, poached pears, lemon chess pie

Gosh that's as far back as I can remember, but I know I served a flan with something. Wonder what? And variations of chess pie too. Funny how one can remember desserts but not the main meal?

Last night I made Bar-B-Q pulled pork on french bread along with a spinach salad and lemon bars for dessert. The BBQ sauce was not homemade but I am thinking about making my own BBQ and tomato ketchup from now on. We will see.

The new sourdough starter did not turn out well, and I had to throw it away. I think it got too hot sitting on the stove top next to a vent from the oven. I did not realize that the oven put out so much heat to the back burners when things are baking. Thanks goodness I kept my tried and true starter which has not failed me yet.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tokyo Subway Quilt

At last and ahead of schedule, the Tokyo Subway Quilt top is finished. When I laid it on the bed for a picture, it took Seymore less than 20 seconds to jump up on it and make himself comfortable. I must admit that I had to force myself to finish the last two blocks. Putting these babies together can be quite tedious, but now it is accomplished and the planning for the back begins.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Chili Relleños (1st Try)

The first attempt at chili relleños was not a huge success. I was going to use Anaheim chilies but there were none to be had. Pablanos were the next choice. They had to be charred and the skin removed before slitting and stuffing with sharp cheddar cheese. They split by themselves and had to be held together with toothpicks. The batter was simply flour, milk, egg, baking soda, and baking powder which was the consistency of a think pancake mix. Dipped the stuffed chilies in flour and then in the mix and fried in canola oil. They browned very quickly. The result was a crisp coating but the taste was very bland. Next time I will stuff with a more tasty cheese or sausage. If anyone has a killer relleño recipe, please advise!!