Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Baking with Son: Brownies topped with Cookies

Alex and I made the dessert together.  In my quest to use up the food I bought ahead during the shut-in, we used package of brownie mix and sugar cookie mix to try to recreate the first dessert we made together this year.  Made in 11 x 7 pan that fits in the toaster oven.

Turned out great!  Served with ice cream.  It was nice to bake with him again.

We had extra cookie dough so also made a tray of just cookies.  These turned out very crisp.  DS and DH will like the cookies with coffee during the day.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Beer Quick Bread

 Made Beer Bread for Neighbor who is moving away.

Preheat oven 425 degrees 
Oil loaf pan
~ 2.75 c WW flour
1 T baking powder
1 T brown sugar
1 t kosher salt
(I added about 2 T of ground flax seed too.)
1 11.2 oz bottle Guinness Stout  (The entire bottle)
Combine to make a wet batter.
Immediately, spoon into the loaf pan and put in the oven for around 20 minutes.
It will rise in the oven.
It should have a hollow sound when tapped.
Remove from oven and leave in the loaf pan for about five minutes.
Then put on a cooling rake until room temp!

To try next time: doubling the recipe to try to get larger slices!

Of course I didn't taste this bread as it was a gift, but when I made before was very good.  She was a very nice neighbor, wish she was able to stay.  The wife of the owner (she inherited the house from the original owner who was lovely) is sort of being forced to move in as her husband of around 35-40 years is tired of her!  A sad story.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Pi Day 2021: Apple Pie with Custard, Marzipan, Dutch Topping

Crust was the sour cream dough - but I made with yogurt as that is what I had. I have a link to the recipe on DodgeEats. DS rolled the dough out and placed it in the pie pan.

Blended a box of almond paste with a little sugar - put that on top of the bottom of the crust.

Made a package of Bird's instant custard. I thought I should have added less water - but I forgot when I put things together. Added a cap full of almond extract. So I added a box of Jello instant vanilla pudding, adding just a little more of the hot water. Put the custard/pudding on top of the almond paste.Peeled and sliced up 2.5 pounds of granny smith apples (6 or 7 2.5 inch apples). Put the apples and slices in salted water. Rinsed off salt with water and put in bowl with some flour, sugar, and cinnamon. (I just realized that I forgot let the apples drain a bit first.) Put about a tablespoon of butter in a pan and then added the apples with the spices - cooked to reduce the liquid a bit. Then put that on top of the custard/pudding.

Then I added the Martha Stewart Pie Topping I made earlier. I used 1.5 c WW flour, 1 c light brown sugar, 1 t cinnamon, 1.5 cubes of butter. WW flour, light-brown sugar, and salted butter.

In a bowl, mix  flour, light-brown sugar, granulated sugar, and  salt and cinnamon. Cut chilled unsalted butter into pieces. With your hands, work in butter pieces, until large clumps form. Divide mixture in half; freeze in plastic storage bags.

Oops! I didn't notice that I was supposed to divide in half. I put all in a bag in the freezer. Only used between a 1/3 and 1/4 for today's pie.

The pie looked great - baked it at 350 for 30 plus 15 minutes. Gave it a top of foil after 30 minutes.

It sort of collapsed the first night when sliced. So it didn't look like pie slice, but was pretty still. Served with vanilla ice cream.

After refrigeration the layers were easy to see. Those are the photos above.


I looked back on DodgeEats to remind myself what I made last year and can really see that I have really improved with my baking a cooking, that's for sure. Can't believe what I served last time! Yucky pre-made (Partially freezer burned so I had to cut a bunch off) pie crust that stuck to the pan and instant chocolate pudding with a dash of cinnamon.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

March 2021 - Self-Isolation Meals and Notes

Monday, March 1 2021
L -White bean  Chicken and Veggie soup with rice
D- Costco Meatloaf, Potatoes, Salad, Asparagus

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
B - J only - yogurt and cinn/sugar
L - Spicy Tomato Turkey White Bean Soup Feb 2021 (R), Cheese Tomato Rice - Testing Recipe (R) and Nan Bread Dippers
D - Salmon Patties, Asparagus, Salad - the tarter sauce from Pt Loma Seafood
T - vanilla ice cream, walnuts, caramel sauce

I used a recipe from AllRecipes for the salmon patties - These did not stay together as patties.  : (

Walked with Buffy, Shampooed carpets, Walked with B to UPS and turned in items to be returned to Amazon, Shredded papers, asked V to file extension for QG, B and I watched Voyager together.  Tomorrow is A's 33 birthday.  Looking forward to making cake with him - and chicken pot pie!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

DS Birthday Dinner!

DS pouring cake batter into pan...

Thursday, March 4, 2021
L - Left over Bugoli and Boozy Chocolate Poke Cake 
D - LeftOver Meatloaf Mashed Potatoes B&A Leftovwe chicken pie J and Boozy Chocolate Poke Cake 

Irish Cousins by the sea in Ireland

My family

Friday, March 5, 2021
L - Dennison's Chili with salad and crackers
D - Cooking Class with Chef Giacomo from A Casa Mia SD  We made: • Burratina with Smoked Salmon and sauce made with beets ground with walnuts, garlic and yogurt  • Risotto with Reconstiuted Porcini mushrooms, Vegetable broth (tomato, zucchini, celery, carrots), fennel sausage  •  We ate some of DS's Boozy Birthday Cake instead of the Torta Della Nonna with raspberries and nutella that was part of the planned dinner.

Saturday, March 6, 2021
L - Carrot Soup with Coriander (Margaret in Killkenny's spice of choice) and a bit of cream with garlic butter toast and the rest of the Rissotto from last night
D - Pillsbury Pizza with Fresh Mozaralla, sauce, zucchini, bell pepper and pepperoni
T - June only a spoonful of p-nut butter

Have enough carrot soup for another meal - next time add bouillon - this is all frozen now.  Only left over from A Casa Mia SD dinner is the beet sauce and  burratina soft cheese and Torta Della Nonna with raspberries and nutella.We still have three/four slices of boozy poke cake.  I moved fabric back to sewing room to make it easier to concentrate on papers I need to go thru.
Sunday, March 7, 2021

L - Carrot Soup, Spinach Salad with cheese, walnuts and beet/cheese sauce, Chicken Pot Pie in Crescent Roll
D - Doordash Chilis - Cheese Burgers J with salad, B with coleslaw, A with fries.  Egg Rolls for B&A

J Back hurt all day.

Monday, March 8, 2021
L - Celery Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Bernie
D - Doordash - DZ Akins Turkey sand and pasta salad for J, Pastrami and cole slaw for B, Pastrami and Onion rings foe A
T - Lemon Pudding Cake

Back better by afternoon.  Finally really going thru boxes!

Tuesday, Marcy 9, 2021
L - Leftover doordash sandwiches and Irish cabbage with bacon
D - Detroit Pizza from Costco and salad topped with the beet/burratina soft cheese (from the cooking class)
T - Lemon Pudding Cake

This afternoon we had out second vaccine.  Felt fine - until right before bed I got achey.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
L - 
D - doordash - indian? food: curry salmon, something chicken, spinach with shrimp, rice

Today I was really in bed most of the day.  Very achy.  Middle part of my back, shoulders.  Called doctor to see if I should come in for my dermatology appt - he suggested postponing appointment so changed to next Friday.

Thursday, March 11, 2021
L - Yellow Pea Soup, Cans of diced tomato and string beans, added to the leftover Irish Cabbage and Bacon - Leftover Pizza and french fries  - and pie I made this morning.  Graham cracker crumbs with some brown sugar and melted butter, ground up chocolate chips on the bottom, then a cheesecake instead pudding made with three individual containers of ground up diced pears with powdered milk and then cheesecake instant pudding with 2 cups of Irish Cream (drink) - that did not et up so I added milk powder. That got too thick so I whipped up some heavy cream and folded that in for the top layer of the pie.  We will get twelve pieces of these (9.5 inch pie plate).
D - Spaghetti with Alfredo/pesto sauce, breakfast links, walnuts plus salad with tomatoes, and the tort from the cooking class - it had custard inside with nutella and raspberries and a mysterious yellow current maybe?

I felt much better today, but B was prepping office walls for painting so didn't get any work done for the downloading of docs for taxes.  In the late afternoon he moved my computer and set up in the other room so I can work this weekend while he painted and cleans up the office!  For Pi Day I think I will make a marzipan/apple pie.  President Biden was very optimistic on vaccines being available for everyone soon.  It will be very nice when our son has his shots too. 

Friday, March 12, 2021
L - B&A leftover Salmon curry, chicken something, spinach and shrimp - J had the Dal all had salad and some nan
T - Bailey's pudding pie
D - Just cereal and blueberries

Buffy enjoying her 'enrichment center'.  She really loves searching for little pieces of carrots or treats.  Mainly the treats.  She smells like she is hunting something - then pushes the pillows, paws at the towels or blanket or toys to get to the item.  We were afraid she would slip and hurt herself from the sofas, so everything is set up so she can't get there any more...

I spent the day working on the computer, now in the bedroom.  So nice to be at a proper desk sitting in a real office chair.  Got a lot done - but there is more to do....

Saturday, March 13, 2021
B - J only - toast and jam and p-nut butter
L - Cabbage, bacon soup, salad
D- leftover pasta with basil and alfredo sauce, salad
T - last pieces of the bailey pudding pie 

Took several walks today - two with Buffy alone and a third longer one while chatting with Ci on the phone.  So I did way over 10K steps for once.  Didn't even look at the computer until now, so no work on organizing or getting things ready for taxes.  Saw a horse being walked today!  It lives over by the pokemon stop in the next neighborhood.  There is a dog howling now.  I hope he is let in soon so he will be safe from the coyotes.

Sunday, March 14, 2021
B - J only yogurt with a bit of jam, piece of brown bread
L - Carrot soup topped with cheese, bacon, and croutons from a salad mix, Irish brown bread.  I sort of followed Margaret's recipe, except I had an eye to use things up that had been in the freezer.  I ground up some dried bananas, flax seed, an M&M cookie from Witch Witch, and used that in place of about a cup and half of the flour.  Only used WW flour for the rest - about 2 cups more.  1 t baking soda, 1 t cinnamon.  Enough buttermilk powder for a cup - added hot water for that. 2 eggs.  Very dense dough.  I added a little oil and a little more hot water to make it so I could work with it.  Smashed it into a loaf pan - it was very hard.  I decided to just enjoy the extra crust that would form.  Baked for 30 min at 350.  The top was starting to burn - but it was good looking except for that.  Sliced easily. Delicious.  I had without butter.  A & B added butter.  So this is the lunch that Farmer Ray in Ireland has when his wife is working - she prepares it and leaves it so he just has to heat the soup.
D - Costco Detroit Pizza and Salad plus Apple Pie for Pi Day!

Monday, March 15, 2021
D - Leftover chicken pie but this time with sliced potatoes on the top!  (Looked very pretty - next time soak the potatoes in salt water to add more flavor.)

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
L - Lentils with lemon and turmeric  Well received
D - Milkstreet Class on Cooking at Home with Julia Turshen: Dinner & Dessert
Swedish meatballs, matchstick carrot salad + mashed potatoes with sour cream, brussel sprouts and asparagus and cranberry sauce

Part of the technique was poaching the meatballs in the sourcream, Worcestershire sauce, and chicken stock sauce.
My meatballs sort of glommed together.

I didn't make the crumble dessert as we still had pieces of our custard, marzipan, apple pie!  This shot shows the layers pretty well.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
L - Lentils with lemon and turmeric + pudding, canned pear, crumble topping!
Irish Cousins

St Patricks Day Menu
Cauliflower n cheese 🧀 sauce 
Bacon n cabbage 🥬 with parsley 🌿 sauce 
Colcannon (mash potatoes 🥔 Turnip

Cabbage and Bacon

Can't tell from the photo but she looks out on cows and horses from this window!

Thursday, March 18, 2021
B - oatmeal (J)
L - added to the beans that were leftover: black beans, roasted corn, Rotel and more pork fluff - served with rice.  very nice for B & A.  oatmeal and beans for J
D - Take Out Mexican food - a real treat.  Burritos for B & A, chili verde for J
T - coconut cake with ice cream

Friday, March 19, 2021
L - Ate left over Mexican food - B&A had beans I had made with chips
D - Doordash Chinese - very nice selection.  Pork, Beef, Chicken and Shrimp!

Appt dermatologist. B came with - walked while I had appt. DS found out he is now eligible for vaccine!
Saturday, March 20 2021
L - J p-nut butter beer quick bread, left over custard pears  B - leftover chinese    A - skipped
D - Honey, fish sauce, brown sugar, sriracha sauce on stir fry onion carrots snap peas mushrooms water chestnuts tofu cutlet
T - ice cream caramel sauce walnuts

Sunday, March 21, 2021

L - A skipped it, B had leftover Chinese and rice, J had beans and rice
D - Spaghetti with Italian Sausage/Onions in Prego Sauce, broccoli
T - ice cream, walnuts, mini marshmallows (J), Gold fish (B), Sliced bread toasted with butter and honey


I bought ahead on the pasta, so am trying to have it at least one time a week now until this batch is gone.  I could go a long time without pasta, but A in particular likes it so good I have it.  At the start of the shut in I could only get food from Walmart - and that usually meant getting six of something...

Monday, March 22, 2021
L - Black Curry Beans and rice
D - Doordash Choice of Mandarin - nice assortment of dishes with different meats

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
L - Chicken salad sandwich with sliced apples and walnuts
D - Spaghetti with sauce, salad and real Italian bread
T - Lemon pudding with fruit cocktail, baked with streusel topping 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
L - black beans, curry sauce, with rice + apple slices
D - panko chicken, asparagus, quinoa + salad  Made a nice sauce with p-nut butter, Frank's hot sauce and brown sugar
T - Lemon pudding with fruit cocktail, baked with streusel topping 

Thursday, March 25, 2021
L - Carry Out from Shan Xi Chinese Restaurant by Buffy's Eye Doctor - no rice - this area of China has rice noodles instead!
D - black beans, curry sauce with rice

Friday, March 26, 2021
L - Cauliflower Soup - added a diced potato that was lonely in the cupboard too.  Onion, Better than bouillon Chicken, bay leaves, topped with a bit of heavy cream and bacon + biscuits (that look like a potato in the photo) with WW flour, buttermilk powder, a few butter chips, salt, baking powder.
D - Left over panko chicken, asparagus, quinoa + salad and snap peas

Saturday, March 27 2021
B - J only - oatmeal with fruit
L - black curry beans with rice, snap peas and some of the leftover cauliflower chinese dish
D - Left over Shan Xi Chinese + salad and vegetables and I made more p-nut butter, Franks, brown sugar sauce for the chicken as it was very dry

Sunday, March 28, 2021
L - A had p-nut butter with marmalade and apple - he was getting his first vaccine!  B& J went for drive thru at Wendy's.  J had apple chicken salad and some baked potato and fish sandwich, B had fish sandwich and some of the J's stuff.
D - Yopokki!  Korean rice thick noodles in a sweet sauce - added pork and vegetables. Alex thought he was ordering something else.  It was good!
T - ice cream, popcorn - B also had crackers and cheese.

Available on Amazon:

Great online class with Diane Harris The stashbandit  - last of 6 program presentation.

Monday, March 29 2021
L - Salad with tuna fish, hard boiled eggs, mayo, relish on top of lettuce with tomatoes and cashews and a dab of mayo!
D - Pizza with Pillsbury pizza crust, sauce, pre-sauteed onions, zucchini, chicken Italian sausage and topped with mozzarella cheese - forgot the oregano
T - pudding/fruit cocktail/ streusel topping

Exercise, EBHQ Lecture
Tuesday, March 30 2021
L - Salad with chicken, mayo, raisins, apples with crackers
T - pudding/fruit cocktail/ streusel topping
D - Noodles with Sausage Tomato Sauce, Bread/Butter, Squash
T - Brownies with Choc Chip Sugar Cookies + ice cream

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
L - Leftovers   J Cauliflower soup, B Pasta with Sauce, A Pizza all had newly cooked zucchini
D - Blueberry Pancakes with butter and syrup + a salad.
T - Brownie's topped with cookies, ice cream - yum!

Cousin's boy on 31st birthday with daughter, Maddie.