Apricot and Mustard Chicken

Photo_9975EF65-D9F6-5A9B-C7DB-B56A19496C45 This is another recipe (slightly modified) from “Simple and Delicious” magazine.

It was super-quick, especially served with canned green beans and boxed pasta. (Pasta Roni Angel Hair with Herbs flavor, if you’re interested.)

My favorite kind of meals start with “canned” and “boxed.” But I digress.

RECIPE

6 chicken tenderloins
1/3 cup honey mustard
3Tbsp apricot preserves
1/4 tsp ground ginger
Dash of salt and pepper

Set the tenderloins out on a foil-lined pan.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and spoon half the mixture over the chicken.

Broil on high four minutes, the turn the chicken and put on the rest of the sauce.

Broil it four more minutes.

That’s it.

This was super easy and I thought it was good. Unfortunately, my husband and kids gave it a rating of “Meh.”

Which is an official rating, characterized by the fact that no one hated it, but no one said it was all that good either.

Sigh. Back to the kitchen for longer and more complicated recipes….

Back From Death’s Door

I’ve been sick all weekend.

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And by the above title, I do not mean I was “Knock-Knock-Knockin on Heaven’s Door.”

It’s more like, “Scratching Helplessly at the Doggie-Door of Death.”

I don’t get sick often, although it’s interesting to note I got sick at this same time last year.

(To read that heart-warming story click here.)

In any case, this time it was step throat that almost killed me.

But I did not die. I rose from my bed of sweat and snot and sickness, and I went forth… to cook for and clean up after people.

What an anti-climax, right?

Overheard in the commisary

I was walking past the baked goods, trying to avert my eyes from the Little Debbie cakes, when I heard a child say in an awed voice, “Yay! White doughnuts!”

Her father answered succinctly, “No.”

The child was quick to clarify. “I wasn’t asking for them. I was just saying, Yay.”

This made me laugh. She was saying, “I was just cheering for the existence of white doughnuts, Dad. And reminding you that they were there. In case some miracle happened and I might get to eat a white doughnut. At some point in my life.”

I feel your pain, kid. I can remember looking longingly at various treats in the grocery store I knew my mom would never buy.

Sigh.

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But guess what? I’m an adult now. 

I bought a box of Swiss Cake Rolls.

And ate one.

Heh heh heh….

Barbecued Pork Sandwiches

Photo_44186D50-C61D-9CF2-7A56-A9EFFAA050C3I had planned to make BBQ pork in the crockpot, but it turned out we were out of barbecue sauce.

All I could find was a pair of sauce packets from McDonald’s.

But I did not despair! Here’s what I did.

In the morning I put into the crockpot:

1 Pork Loin, salted and peppered
4 cups water
4 beef bullion cubes
2 BBQ sauce packets

I cooked this on low all day and then shredded it with two forks about 30 minutes before serving.

Oh, and I bought some sauce and buns to top it with during the day.

Success!

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It tasted great and the kids loved it as well.

The down side is, my husband refused to eat it. He thinks shredded pork looks like cadaver guts. (One of the perils of attending medical school, I suppose.)

But I did manage to use up the leftovers in a stew that he likes, successfully hiding the meat’s appearance among the mixed vegetables.

Bwa ha ha…

Living in paradise is expensive

I had a weird craving the other day… for spaghetti squash.

And NO. I am NOT pregnant. Shut your mouth now.

I went to the regular grocery store to buy it since I didn’t feel like braving the commissary for only a few items.

(The commissary is the grocery store for the military, if you didn’t know. They give us a discount on food. And there is usually a big crowd there.)

So I found the squash I wanted at the regular store and grabbed a few other things. Then I waited in the short line to pay.

The bill seemed a little high. I checked the receipt as I left.

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That squash cost OVER NINE DOLLARS!!!!!

(See the photo if you don’t believe me.)

Next time I’m braving the line at the commissary.

My Award-Winning Chili

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EASY CHILI

  • 1 lb hamburger
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans tomato soup
  • 1 can chili beans
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika

Brown the hamburger, and then mix all the ingredients in the crockpot. Cook on low for 3-4 hours. We usually serve it with cooked elbow macaroni.

This is my mother-in-law’s awesome chili recipe. I love it because any recipe based on canned food is my favorite.

And yes, it actually won the church chili cook-off once. FIRST PRIZE. Although we may have cheated just a bit.

Not intentionally. Much.

But it turns out than in a vote-based competition, placement is paramount. We were chili number one on the ballot  that year, having by some miracle arrived early. Being number one in line ensures more exposure and garners more votes.

Also it doesn’t hurt to have seven people in the family to stuff the ballot box.

And now I can call this recipe “AWARD WINNING!”

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On a side note, this recipe is in a handwritten book my mother-in-law gifted me and my sisters-in-law with.

It is a real treasure for grown children to have their mothers’ and grandmothers’ recipes in handwriting form.

So I recommend this as a gift to all you grandmas out there.

And if you want to put this chili recipe in your recipe book, remember to call it AWARD WINNING.

That’s very important.

 

Now you’re just being mean

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I moved my blog here in hopes of getting more traffic and more comments.

Well, I’ve definitely gotten more comments. The problem is, they are almost all SPAM!

So I think people actually like me, but it is only a CRUEL TRICK.

It is terrible, because I got so excited today when it said “3 NEW COMMENTS” and then I clicked on it and the comments are:

#1. Leftover food can also, be sealed and kept in these, to keep the aroma and taste intact, as the moisture and oxygen cannot penetrate through it and always keep a gap of at least 3 inches, from the main food product, in order, to keep the sealing of the food stable.

#2. You should try this company for getting more traffic: http://gmbal.com/079x – I use it on all of my blogs and I am very happy. This service will get you targeted website visitors with no effort on your part. Thank me later!

 #3. Probably Philadelphia, too. I suspect that Chris Ivory is a better runner than Bilal Powell, but Powell is starting and is largely undrafted. Ivory sometimes is a fifth-round fantasy pick. Powell also is the primary goal-line runner given the Jets plan to use the wildcat in short yardage (hes the quarterback in that set).

WHAT?!

I mean, #2 I get; that’s a straightforward sales pitch. But the others? Who exactly are you people targeting?

And it’s just mean to get my hopes up that people are actually reading and liking my blog, when you only want to say some random thing about FOOD STORAGE!!!

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Bad spammers. BAD!!!

Like Taylor Swift said…

All you are is MEAN.

 

You’re turning me into a freak

I’m starting to put the library books I’m reading into ziploc bags.

Why? you ask?

What kind of a freak does that? you ask?

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Well, the quirky hero of the kids’ book “Alistair in Outer Space” did something similar.

This is a story about a nerdy kid who store his shows in plastic bags and always washes his hands before reading library books. And he gets abducted by aliens.

But I digress.

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The problem for me is, recently the library has accused me TWICE of inflicting “water damage” on books I have returned, and wanting to charge me $2 for it.

We are not talking books dropped in the bathtub or otherwise rendered unreadable. We are talking about small water droplets on a page or two that may have been there when I checked the book out. Or that may have dropped on the book while I was reading it.

Not that I can prove it one way or the other.

But my point is: The book is still FINE. You can read it. All the pages are there. It’s not brand-new any more, granted, but why should it be?

It’s not a new book. People have read it. It’s a LIBRARY BOOK.

Now I’ve had my troubles with the library in the past. (Click here if you want to read about it.) And I really don’t want to get on their bad side. They have bouncers.

And it is only two bucks.

But STILL!! Where will this end?

Must I photograph each book when I check it out? Must I read only in a hermetically sealed room? Must I scream NO DON’T TOUCH ME!!!! when my kids come near me and I am reading?

Anyways, I’m trying the ziploc bag thing. And then we’ll see.

My new living room rug

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I bought a new rug for the living room. Doesn’t it look nice?

It was on clearance. Really.

My husband came home and I proudly showed him the new rug. (I also mentioned the low price of course. Twice.)

He walked over and examined it. Then he patted it and said, “I’m sorry.”

I said, “WHAT? Why are you apologizing to a rug?! Because it had the bad luck to be bought by ME?!”

He shrugged and nodded a little. “Well,” he added. “You know that everything in our house gets destroyed.”

The sad thing is, I can’t even argue with that.