Thursday, August 16, 2012

TWO New Kitchen Items!

Ok, It has been a busy and warm week for us in NW Washington. Into the 90's. I have been canning beans and making pickles and relish, my favorite thing to do.

We kind of got hooked on "Chopped" and the Food Network when we were in Seattle at the NICU for 5 months, as it was pretty much the only thing on at the "home' at the time of night that we got back.

I have been watching with enthusiasum  all winter as these chefs slice away on this cool mandolin. But never really thought I "needed" one. BUT with the arrival of the garden vegetables it became obvious to me, I really did NEED one! It finally arrived and I went right to work making perfect size pickles and homemade potato chips and thin sliced zucchini to use instead of noodles in lasagna.  

The mandolin actually brought about TWO new items to the CHOPPED  Rinehart Kitchen. First was the Mandolin.

Things were going great, but I had a hard time using the little "holder" that came with it. It kept poking holes in my veggies and they would fall off. I had seen the Chopped Champions use it without the guard MILLIONS of times, and good grief, I am 3 TIMES their age! (but NOT the memory, apparently) I can handle this. I will just be REALLY careful to not chop all the way to the end of the cucumber. 
You know how you feel the minute you do something really bad to you finger... I grabbed it and ran for the bathroom, put a towel on the bloody stump, OK, pretty nice deep slice. It neatly sliced the tip of my finger right off! Not much, not enough to stop the show canning, and I did not look at it, AT ALL. Just taped it up good, and went back to work, I would undo everything and take a look tomorrow. I knew I had to keep it DRY, so I found ONE surgical glove and bought rubber gloves for doing dishes. As canning involves a LOT of water. 
Which brings us to our SECOND new piece of kitchen equipment. 

My husband came home and saw THIS on the table...
I kind of explained to him what happened and promised to use the guard... But the next day he came home from the workplace with THESE!!!

They are KEVLAR gloves for folks who work where they might get CUT! They are perfect! I just put one on the "cutting hand" and be really careful. It allows me to make these:
I call them zucchini noodles and use them as lasagna noodles. 
And these nice hamburger dill pickles!

SO I am back in business and feel blessed that my husband is looking out for me! 

I have a pair in the mail to Bobby Flay, I will let you know what he thinks!! 
Stay Cool!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Teriyaki Chicken

OK. Maybe I will not be a writer. But I can cook... I still want to share food and cooking on this blog. So here is tonight's dinner.
Chicken Stir Fry with Teriyaki sauce. I am still on the "real food" kick, so the garden has been wonderful .

 Stir Fry:
2 chicken thighs cut in pieces. . I used some I saved from a Farmer Bens whole chicken.  
from the garden:
carrots, onions, green beans, snap peas, zucchini in 3 colors, arugula, cilantro, red pepper. 
Heat 2 T. olive oil in a pan.  Cook the chicken pieces. Add all the veggies except the cilantro and arugula. cook till barely tender. Add the greens. just stir a bit. Stir in the Teriyaki Sauce

While this is cooking, make the Teriyaki Sauce:
1/4 C soy sauce
1/4 C honey
1 T. red wine vinegar
1 T. sesame oil
1 small minced clove garlic
1 T. minced fresh garlic. 
Simmer all this in a sauce pan while the meat and veggies are cooking. 

Serve over brown rice. 

You can use ANY vegetables you have on hand. Fresh and local is best! Also cooked, beef or pork works great, or no meat and use it as you weekly meatless meal! 

Warren said it was great and saved the leftovers for his lunch. I am blessed with this man, as he says that every night, even if it is grilled cheese! 

Just a few extras:
I have planted arugula in all the extra spaces around the yard. Warren really likes it and they use it a LOT on the food network, so it MUST be good! Usually I add it to our salads. I plant some every week so it will keep coming into the fall. My naturopath suggested I eat lots of Arugula, as it is a bitter green and I need that, as I have no gall bladder any more. 

I heard a banging in my sewing room today and I went up there and there was a small BIRD crashing all over the place. My mind shot back about 20 years to when we had a BAT in our living room and I could just not bring myself to deal with the bird, so I closed the door to make a plan. I put on a hat and got our pool skimmer. I was going to open the window, remove the screen and leave the window open and hope he would fly out. So after a few hours I got the nerve to go back in, geared up. I cracked the door, NO BIRD. Looked all over, in closets, attic, window sill, NO BIRD, I thought maybe he had knocked himself silly and would come back to life. NOTHING. NOW I am creeped out even more. I have seen THE BIRDS! When the birds get quiet and WATCH the nice people. Still no bird. 

HOW did it get in?? HOW did it get out?? I went outside to check for a bent screen, missing vent covers, holes in the roof. nothing. 

Then I was forced to call my best friend and ask her if my family had been complaining that I was more nuts lately, delusional, perhaps?? She said, no, really. I asked if  SHE was real. She said yes, and that she would tell me if she was ever NOT real. OK. I have NO way to explain this. Just another one of the "who done it's" from Rinehart Junction Farm. 

Coming soon!
Raw Goat Milk Pudding!