Saturday, September 20, 2008

Dinner anyone?

Tavo was running some errands last night and I had settled into one of my favorite activities--a whole bunch of cooking. The plan was, he would go out with the boys and I'd have a good time cooking up food for the weekend and listening to 1690 am and dancing around the kitchen. We have a HUGE project this weekend and I knew if we didn't have plenty of food all set to eat we'd end up ordering pizza a couple times daily. Plus--I really like cooking.

Then a few friends called, I told them to come on over and wait for Tavo. Then Tavo came, and brought beer. And before we knew it, everyone was in the kitchen hanging out and the party ended up right here.

There's no beer in the freezer!!!

The Atlanta Journal Constitution had some great recipes in their food section this week--here is some Beef Stroganoff for Tavo. He gave it rave reviews, so I'm putting the recipe below.

Beef Stroganoff
(from the AJC--altered a bit. They said to use 3 cups tomato juice--I didn't have that so we used tomato paste and beer)

8 oz mushrooms (we used baby portabellos)
1 cup chopped onions
1 lb beef (used chuck steak)
egg noodles
2 T tomato paste
1 dark beer (had a couple sips)
T worcestershire sauce
1 cup sour cream
salt and pepper to taste

Cook mushrooms, onions and beef over medium heat until meat is done. Add tomato paste and beer, (if you want, you can put the noodles in here, bring to a boil, and cover for 8 minutes. We cooked the noodles separately) Lower heat, stir in sour cream, and you're in business!

I also made some Asian Slaw to go with our sandwiches tomorrow. Its my favorite cole slaw--great on bbq tofu or tempeh sandwiches.

Asian Slaw

Bag of slaw mix (I'm trying the broccoli slaw this time)
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
T. rice vinegar
T. sesame oil
1 1/2 T. honey
roasted sesame seeds

if you want, this is good with jicama cut up and added, too

mix and let sit in fridge for at least 4 hours before serving.

I also made a loaf of sandwich bread and another recipe from Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Kale Chickpeas and Leeks Braised in Olive Oil" This was TOTALLY a winner, so I'm putting the recipe below, too.
Kale, Chickpeas and Leeks braised in Olive Oil

1/4 cup olive oil
1 large leek, white and light green part only, chopped (I went ahead and used 3)
2 garlic cloves, minced (I think I threw in 5)
1 teaspoon salt
1 heaping teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 bunch kale, stemmed, chopped and washed in a colander
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed, or 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
3-4 small tomatoes (the AJC says roasted red peppers, but I had tomatoes that needed eating)

In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, such as a Dutch oven, over medium-high heat, add oil. When oil shimmers, add the leek, garlic, salt and paprika and stir until leek wilts, about 1 minute. Add kale, chickpeas and red pepper and stir to combine. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook over medium heat for 20 to 30 minutes, checking to make sure pan doesn't scorch. If needed, add a tablespoon of water to keep a very small amount of liquid in the pan. Once kale is tender, taste and adjust seasonings, if needed. Serve hot, at room temperature or cold after a night in the fridge. -John Kessler, AJC

Sandwich Bread

1 1/2 cups water
1 cup wheat flour
2 1/4 cups white flour
1 1/2 T. sugar
1 1/2 t. salt
2 t. fast rise yeast

Put in bread machine, set to dough cycle. Pull out and bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

Here's us tasting the goods...

yep, we had some desert, too. These are my grandma's brownies:

At first I was not going to post the recipe, because she was pretty secretive about all of her recipes. Super secretive. Wouldn't even tell my mom most of them! But I browsed online quickly to see if I could find the recipe, and it was extremely common, so I'll go ahead and post it. I think it was probably produced by the Hershey company.

Grandma's Brownies

4 eggs
1 stick oleo (I'm writing it from her recipe)
1 cup sugar
1 can chocolate syrup
1 cup + 1 T flour
1/8 t. baking soda

1 1/2 cups sugar
6 T. milk
6 T. oleo
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Bake brownies at 350 for 22 minutes and cool. For frosting, boil first three ingredients, then add chocolate chips. Stir until melted, and frost. These are great stored in the fridge.

All right--we are now starting our project. We'll post the results--hopefully we'll finish by Sunday night!

(the white and green t-shirts were not planned!!)


doggybloggy said...

what fun and what a bunch of cooking...the shirts were funny I thought it was a 'southern' thing...LOL just whats the big project?

doggybloggy said...

oh...I forgot...are you gonna go out and TP some houses????

tommie said...

lots of thoughts....

1.) Impromptu parties are the best kind!

2.) I love your ability to improvise for ingredients you don't have. My husband does this all the time. I am more of a recipe follower TO A T!

3. ) I am totally trying the slaw recipe. I love a good slaw.

4.) I have a recipe from my mom that says "oleo" ..I had to call her the first time I made it!

Finally 5.) I am loving the green t's. I just got an adorable green t at Target.

So what is the big project....more painting?

TavoLini said...

Doggy--we just might TP some houses, haven't done that for a minute!

Tommie--1. Agreed! 2. Its actually just me being lazy--once I'm home, I'm unlikely to head back out to the store :) 3. DON'T use broccoli slaw--the broccoli flavor was too strong. Just use regular cabbage mix or half a head of cabbage. 4 & 5. Me too!

...and yes, more painting!

buffalodick said...

Food looked great! Some our best memories before kids was just having another couple over for drinks, food and cards...

The Blonde Duck said...

I love parties like that. Those were some of my favorite times in college. We just don't know enough folks here in the Pond. I hope ya'll had a lot of fun!

Nick said...

That is a LOT of food. Beer in beef stroganoff sounds like a genius idea.

My t-shirt idea is pretty simple. I'm thinking basically 2 boxes horizontally on a shirt drawn in a cartoon-esque style like the graphics used in the peanut butter exhibitions. The first box would just be a peanut in the shell on like a pale yellow background and the next box would be a stick of butter on a tray with one pat cut off and leaning against it with a pale green background. Optionally add a third box with a simple boy or girl.

Jessica said...

Alrighty, I must make grandma's brownies-they look so good!

TavoLini said...

Buffalo--my earliest memories are of laughter, music, cards, beer, fresh vegetables and cigarettes--in the best of ways. I could expound for hours about my grandmothers; basically, they taught me to be independent, strong and resourceful. I wish I could be more like them.

Blonde Duck--it took a couple years, but I think I'm settling into Atlanta. I still miss my girls, though.

Nick--we can make this happen!! I'll try and send you something by the end of the week. thanks for visiting!

Jess--they are good! I would, personally, use some butter as opposed to "oleo". At least for the frosting. And depending on your oven, 22 minutes is a give and take. Mine needed 30.

Michelle Ann said...

You guys are adorable! And that stroganoff looks yummy.