Mostly Spinach

Simple is mostly better. Mostly. Simple spinach is just dang boring. This was my lunch today. My work provides china and silverware. 😀 I like that very much, thank you. Anywho, lunch. Last night we had these wonderful steaks that Mr. Pumpkin grilled. I had a bag of spinach and 2 strips of leftover bacon from breakfast. What to do…. Mostly Spinach Bacon grease, 2 tablespoons, maybe more 1 chopped shallot 3 cloves of garlic, sliced and then chopped. * Continue Reading ››

Chicken and Rice

There are a few things so wonderful that you know God made them just to please us. Chicken is one of those things. It’s a flexible meat, it will do almost anything you want it to do. But, that means it is also bland and boring when you do it wrong. Most people do it wrong. Here, let me show you…. Chicken and Rice – Serves 4 -6 Chicken – white or dark. Just have it. It can be bone Continue Reading ››

Pork and Beans

Pork. I love it. Mr. Pumpkin loves it. Pork. Beans are great too. This is a spicy pork and beans that will rock your world. 2.5 lb pork sirloin roast lardons of bacon or salt pork, about 1/2 lb 3 large carrots 1 medium onion, roughly chopped 5 cloves garlic, peeled 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped 1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped 1 small can chipotle in adobo 1 packet tacos al pastor salt & pepper to taste 1 Continue Reading ››

Lentils & Sausage Part II

So I went back, a week later, and reworked the Lentils & Sausage recipe. This time I think it’s right, simpler. The Lentils 1/2 pound French green lentils (I got these in the bulk section of Whole Foods) 1/2 box chicken stock (not broth, stock) pinch of salt 1 bay leaf 1 tsp chicken base 1/2 bunch parsely, chopped water (some, maybe another cup or more.) Rinse the lentils, pick out the bits that aren’t lentils. In a pot on Continue Reading ››

French Onion Soup

Sunday afternoon was cold. Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey. COLD. So Mr. Pumpkin suggested French Onion Soup. I agreed. On the way home from church we stopped to pick up the few things we needed and then Bob’s your Uncle and we are starting soup. Mr. Pumpkin did most of the work. Which starts with peeling and slicing up enough onions to make our apartment a danger zone. So he chopped and chopped and chopped. Continue Reading ››

So I haven’t been actually blogging, like I thought I would, or How Lentils and Sausage Reminded Me To Blog

Blogging. I need to do it. I promised myself and some other wonderful people I would do it. And yet, I failed. So, tonight I made a lentil and sausage thing and while I liked it, it needs work before it’s a great dish. So I was thinking about how to keep track of this recipe since storing it in my head means that I’ll just make another with the same mistakes. I think the best place to track the Continue Reading ››

Steak Porn

We purchased a sub-primal Prime graded piece of meat at CostCo a month ago.  I’m only now getting around to blogging about it.  Mr. Pumpkin was worried the steaks would be too crusty.  They were not. The green stuff is Chimichuri, which I’ve blogged about before. I leave you with potato porn: These potatoes…I can’t tell you to make them strongly enough. They are simple and extremely tasty. And, again, with feeling: Roasted Potatoes 1. a bunch of potatoes, as many Continue Reading ››

Mr. Pumpkin says, “Red grease is the tastiest grease.”

What to do for dinner? I dunno, says I at 3:30. I dunno. I’ve got one chicken breast, some tortillas and some cheese… I know! Chicken Tacos. We love tacos. I’ve even got a packet of Tacos El Pastor from McCormick, that most Mexican of spice companies. To be fair I did pick it up at the Fiesta Mart. I sliced up a shallot, crushed and chopped some garlic, grated some quesadilla cheese (seriously, that’s what it’s called) and sliced Continue Reading ››