Saturday, January 24, 2009

Home made pizza

It's good but not fast. Some folks in my house had trouble waiting for it, if you know what I mean. But it was the best homemade pizza I've ever done. Try this crust recipe and you'll see:

King Arthur Flour pizza recipe.

Really, these instructions on how to manage willful dough are for real. Most pizza dough instructions act as though your dough will be cooperative. It is a LIE. Unless it's not a yeast dough, that is.

Two 12" pizzas were gobbled up almost completely by 4 adults. Then we had homemade apple pie. (Thank you Sam W.) Bliss. Sorry, no pictures, we ate it too fast.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The things you get stuck in your head....

Well, I have gotten onto the anti-HFCS bandwagon. Yes, high fructose corn syrup is an evil plot to make corporate food companies and their shareholders wealthy at the expense of the health of regular folks who, yours truly included, really love their sweets.

But avoiding HFCS is tricky but not impossible. Thank you Publix for stocking many natural foods like organic ketchup that don't contain this evil stuff. Plus, I have been making my own foods that I used to just purchase. Lucky for me I like to cook!

Now, that said, do you know how hard it is to find certain things without HFCS? My two latest quests are sweet pickle relish and guava jelly. I know they are out there, I haven't done an internet search yet, but I did buy a KitchenAid stand mixer and a grinder attachment. The mixer is awesome at making bread dough. And I used the grinder to grind up the only brand of bread and butter pickles without HFCS to make a sweet pickle relish substitute. Thank you Bubbies, by the way. And thank you, KitchenAid. Now, back to work. (Ham salad sandwich for lunch today, thankyouverrrymuch.

The reign of stupid is over. Praise Be!

That is all.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Treading water

I guess this is a mini-vent. My daughter and her husband moved in with me in November and I am kind of hanging on until they leave sometime next fall.

How can 2 grown people be so oblivious to filth? My house has white tile, and how can you walk past the cat's spit-up 3 days and not pick it up? I don't much care for cats anyway and this one uses her claws (not maliciously, she's just super nervous). Both the cat and its owners are treading thin, thin ice around here. They don't contribute to the household and currently they are not even keeping up with themselves.

I cave and clean the kitchen on a regular basis because I can't stand it, but I am getting mighty tired of picking up their slack.


OK, vent over.