Thursday, December 13, 2007

None too soon

We leave for Las Vegas, Chino, Long Beach, and finally Baja Mexico the day after tomorrow, and needless to say, this trip is long overdue. However, it is a rather nice break after finals. The one good thing about taking finals is that they signify the end, and that is a comforting thought.

Monday, December 10, 2007

And counting...

We've caught 4 mice so far.

2 on accident:
1 on a spider sticky trap, the other just laid down and died in the middle of the floor.

2 with enchilada-baited traps:
they just can't leave it alone.

Disgusting.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Thougts

Ah, to be engaged again, when you can stay up all night, you don't have to worry about what to cook for dinner, and you're cute and cuddley in public. I miss that.

Cookie exchanges are rather fun.

30 weeks is too soon for a baby to be born.

Finals can never come soon enough, yet there's never enough time to study for them.

Colds seem to last ages. I don't remember what it feels like not to be sick.

I don't care if the mice suffer, they deserve it for ruining my enchiladas, not to mention my peace of mind.

House cleaning is for suckers.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Ultimate Comfort Food

Mary told me the recipe for this off-the-cuff classic, and it was fantastic.

1 can evaporated milk
2 egg yolks
elbow noodles
cheddar cheese
Worcestershire sauce (optional)
Tabasco sauce (optional)

While cooking the macaroni (enough for however many people you're serving) combine the evaporated milk and the egg yolks, add the two sauces to taste if you like, I forgot to and it was still delish. Just before the macaroni is done, drain it and add the milk/egg mixture. Cook until it is somewhat absorbed, and add cheese. I like a lot of cheese, and just used the remainder of the block in the fridge. Salt to taste.

These directions are pretty general and do involve some estimation, that's how I generally do things. It's pretty foolproof, and is creamy even when reheated.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Gus Gus Enjoys Mexican Food

Last night I made enchiladas. A and I decided to eat while watching Seinfeld, so we dished up and sat on the couch. A got seconds, and then took both of our dishes up to the kitchen. Then he said, "Gus Gus is in the enchiladas!" Gus Gus is the name for the mouse (mice) that live in our house, and apparently, the little guy enjoyed the food as much as we did. As you can imagine, I was utterly disgusted, and totally freaked out. Two minutes later, Gus Gus scurried up the back of the stove again and dove into the casserole pan! Not only does he have good taste, but he's very brave. It reminded me of Ratatouille, when he steals food from the kitchen when the lady is right there watching TV. I don't feel bad for wanting it gone, this mouse does not cook, nor communicate, nor does he walk on his back feet only. Needless to say, I insisted that traps be set, and not by me. A set two up, baited with chicken enchiladas, one on the stove, the other on the floor. We then left for the hardware store to get loaded up with more rodent traps. we got some more traditional traps, and some sticky traps. A set up one more with enchilada, in the utility closet in my room, and two with cheese, by the refrigerator. Last night it took me forever to get to sleep, I couldn't stop thinking about the mice. I was worried that I maybe had left something out on the counter that would attract them, and I swear I heard a trap snap. This morning, the cheese off one of the traps was gone, but no mouse. When we got home from work and school today, all the enchilada bait had disappeared, as well as the cheese from one of the traps. Those mice must be lightweights if they don't even set off the traps. So if anyone has a cat they want to get rid of for a week or so, maybe one that is malnourished and could use some mousy diet supplements, we'll take it!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

dinner for a cold night...

So I've been sick, and it snowed yesterday. That calls for soup and grilled cheese. I made Grandma's Creamy Tomato Soup. It is super easy, and super delicious. This made just enough for A and me.

1 T butter
1 T flour
1 c milk
1 cup V-8
Spices to taste (I used oregano and thyme, I think. Basil is good too.)

So first, you melt the butter and add the flour, making a roue, then add the milk. Stir continously. When the milk boils, the sauce will thicken. When it has thickened, add the V-8 and the spices. Serve with grilled cheese sandwiches.

This was just what the doctor prescribed for a snowy sniffley day.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Intro

This is my new blog. I hardly ever sign into myspace anymore, I guess I just got sick of all the online dating adds, so I've made this my new blogging outlet. If you know me, and you know my family, you know that our lives revolve around food. Most families go water skiing together, or play football or other such things. My family doesn't, we eat together. My goal for this blog is to tell about my culinary adventures, both at home and abroad. Maybe I'll even include an occasional recipe.

The latest? Little World. It's on State Street and North of 2100 South. Maybe a bit scary, but the food is fantastic. We ordered the family meal for three, but there was more than enough food for four. Here's what we got:

Pon Pon Chicken
Mongolian Beef
Shredded Pork, Sezhuan Style (I don't know how to spell that, but it must be Chinese for SPICEY)
House Lo Mein (without the shrimp and squid, darn food allergies.)
Fried Rice
Hot and Sour Soup Paper-Wrapped Chicken, Egg Rolls, and Jumbo Shrimp, which came with the meal.

Basically every entree we ordered was hot hot hot, but so delicious. And like I said, four people fed with plenty of leftovers, for about $30.

Next time I'll try to include a picture...
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