Portland, Oregon: Between all our
cleaning, reorganizing and trips to the recycling center and Goodwill, our life
goes on. Friends we want to see, meals to cook, the usual round of
doctor/dentist check-ups before we head south for the winter, Duck football
games, and Rosh Hashanah begins tomorrow.
Due to the approaching holidays, I switched up our usual Sunday night pizza to
Friday night pizza and came up with a plan to use the half-cup of salsa verde
left over from enchiladas the other night.
I hate to waste food.
When I told Lisa about my pizza idea, she wasn't too
excited. When I told Dave about my pizza idea, he wasn't too excited. Green
enchilada sauce (salsa verde) as a base, sliced green chiles, "Mexican
Blend" cheese, and a sprinkling of jalapenos over all. These same
ingredients, placed in a tortilla would be a quesadilla... I just
substituted one bread for another. It was really good!
Speaking of Lisa... and pizza... our clever girl is serving a pizza to her
kids for the Jewish New Year - topped with apples, honey and cheese.
Speaking of Lisa... and her kids... Lenny took Lucy to her ballet class and
sent this photo to me:
I can't handle the cuteness.
Our closet purge continues and has moved out to the garage,
where My Driver is reorganizing the few storage cabinets. He even
reorganized his golf clubs. On a shelf, completely forgotten, he found my
Mom's old Sunbeam MixMaster! (Mom had a Kitchenaid mixer, so we think this
may have been a wedding gift - 63 years ago? Why it was in our garage, who
knows or remembers?) No beaters, but with a stainless steel bowl. I unwound
the black electric cord from the base. The cord was a bit dry and cracked a
bit, but when I plugged the mixer into electricity - the motor churned!
After a little clean-up and a quick look on eBay to see if it would pay for
a European vacation (nope, barely a European chocolate bar), I had the
brilliant idea to display the old mixer as a piece of "art" on the cookbook
shelf in the kitchen.
Kitchen Kitschy? Not sure, but I just didn't have the heart
to take it to recycling.
One of my favorite (I just love her photography!) food bloggers, Mandy of
Lady & Pups, posted a
very interesting recipe for
Supple Slow Cooked Soy Sauce Chicken. Mandy is Taiwanese, and the recipe did
remind me of chickens hanging in the windows of shops in Taipei. The method
involved marinating a small chicken overnight (in a mostly-soy sauce
mixture) and then roasting it in a slow oven, basting the roasting bird
every 15 minutes. There were a lot of ingredients, but nothing unusual. I
followed the recipe, except excluding the requested one tablespoon of
not-Kosher oyster sauce.
How gorgeous is this bird?
The recipe asks for a 2 pound chicken and there is no way to find a two
pounder anywhere around me, but I had the butcher at New Seasons Market get
a three pound bird. The larger bird required an increase in cooking time
(about 30 minutes). Oh Goodness, did our house smell divine tonight.
We invited Kathy and Woody (they also used to live in Taipei) to share the
chicken and watch the Duck football game. It was a little trip down memory
lane... and another memory was invoked as the Ducks lost to the Washington
State Cougars, just as they did last year.
Until my next update, I remain, your "I shouldda
roasted a duck" correspondent.
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