Each year my husband gives up eating meat for lent. and each year I turn to my tried and true vegetarian recipes, like Spicy Black Bean Burritos, Macaroni and Cheese and Crispy Tofu with Spicy Peanut Sauce.
This year, when I started looking for the Crispy Tofu With Spicy Peanut Sauce recipe – a recipe that originally came from my niece, it was gone. And, since my niece is out of the country fulfilling her lifelong dream, I had to wing it. It’s not exactly like her recipe, but I must say, it turned out pretty good.
This week, my husband bought a new car, The Goose came thisclose to scoring a goal during his soccer game, and I burned a pile of plastic dishes on my electric stove, paid $12.51 for eight boxes of cereal and a gallon of milk, and made the most delicious pot of roasted eggplant soup.
A few days ago, The Goose and I went out to the garden and picked all the eggplant that were left. There was a lot. Since my husband is the only one in our house who like eggplant, I had to come up with some recipes. Fast.
Saving time (and money) in the kitchen is a great thing. Through the years, I’ve found some pretty great ways to do both. From running out of barbecue sauce, to freezing buttermilk, to saving a burnt pot of soup, I’ve been there, and I’ve done it all.
1. Saving Leftover Tomato Paste
It used to drive me insane when I’d find a recipe that called for a tablespoon of tomato paste. Seriously? One tablespoon? What was I to do with the five tablespoons that were left? Then I found out that you can actually freeze tomato paste. You can scoop it out onto wax paper, roll it into a log and freeze it that way. Or you can measure it out into one tablespoon portions and freeze it in an ice cube tray. (Once it is frozen, empty the tray into a ziploc bag to avoid freezer burn.)
My family loves bread and we are fortunate to have a wonderful bakery just a few blocks from our home. Their bread is amazing, but it comes with a hefty price tag.
Thankfully, I came across a super-easy recipe for homemade artisan bread. It was simple – five ingredients, 18 hours, and a baking dish with a lid that can handle 450 degrees. Easy as, well, bread.
It’s that time of year! Apples are everywhere, and we love it!
My family is lucky enough to live in an area surrounded by apple orchards. We have made it a family tradition to visit the same orchard every year, and while we are there I force The Goose and his Dad to sit and eat a doughnut on the same bench every year. (To be fair, I force them to sit on the bench, they eat the doughnuts because they are delicious!)
The Goose loves to cook. He loves to make up his own recipes, and he loves to make Daddy taste them. Sounds cute, right? But here’s the thing…
His recipes are always made up of four or five random ingredients from either the refrigerator, the cupboard, or both. And they are disgusting. Very disgusting. In fact, his most recent recipe, a mixture of grape juice, milk, salt and a dash of sugar, was so bad that even he wouldn’t taste it!