February 20, 2011


So. On Friday evening. I made some roasted brussel sprouts, tofu cutlets, and mashed potatoes.

Let me just tell you. Roasting vegetables is THE best way to cook most of them. They come out sweet, crispy and amazing. For the brussels (and it's the same process for most vegetables) I cut off the bottoms, and then peeled off the loose layers. I then washed them and cut them in half. I tossed them on a baking sheet with olive oil, salt and pepper. That's all! I put them in at 400 degrees. I don't remember how long, but if you are in the kitchen you will be able to tell if they are done. They smell amazing! And when you look at them they have brown places and green places.

For the tofu...I'm not even going to go into that. It was just as I went along.
I will tell you, that I did not have time to marinate the tofu, so what I did is put them in a big skillet and boiled them in a marinade and then let them saute when the liquid evaporated and got mushed in the tofu. It worked really well. So, if you don't have time to marinade your tofu, just boil it in the marinade and it will infuse itself.

Yesterday, I had all intentions of grilling out. Salm and I bought some portobello caps, eggplant, and a red pepper. We also planned on making potato packets with onions and garlic. This did not end up happening..

We decided to go on a hike to Lake Fayetteville at about 4. So we get there at 4:30. We had not really decided whether we were going to go the full way around the lake, but once we were going I said we should. It was a bit longer than we thought and we ended up hiking about 6 miles. We got back to the car at 6:30. I wore my chacos out for the first time this spring, and my feet were not ready for chacos. They are very sore today. So it was 6:30 and we still had to go get charcoal. As we were leaving the lake I looked at Salm and said, "Mexican sure sounds good..." (That's my sneaky way of planting an idea...)
And it worked! Salm asked if I wanted to eat out and then grill tomorrow. (Sunday...which is today) Ah ha! My plan worked again. ;)

So we ate at El Camino Real. And it was gooood. And cheap. I love it there.

TODAY. So far we have planted a lot of seedlings. I'm using the term we a bit loosely here...If you know what I mean...
And we are going to a seed swap in a few minutes. We didn't have any of our own seeds, so I am making cookies to take! Cowboy cookies. yummm.

And we are grilling out tonight! For sure. I will let you know how it goes. :)

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