First of all, my hair is being super-unruly. Part of it is the weather & part of it is just hairs so naughty & curls so caddywhompus that this finally dawned on me today: with eSalon's timely auto-deliveries, I am coloring more than ever. Oh. I probably need to intervene. A little searching on Google turned up that I need a protein conditioner? I had no idea that was real; I thought it was just bullshit to sell shampoo. Well, let us turn our eyes to what was already within my grasp.
- If you are going to seriously freezer-cook, you need to be ready to make an ice bath. Otherwise, you will be waiting long into the night for 12 quarts of soup (Ed Fretwell soup from Molly-at-Orangette, there) to cool off enough for you to even set it in the fridge, let alone tomorrow when you have to arise to haul it out & bag it for the freezer. Ice is cheap, like a buck for 5lbs. Fill your sink or have an even-bigger bowl. You'll have it all put away & even have time to blog!
- Last week, I wanted to slow-cook a pot of black beans in the, um, slow-cooker, but I knew they would take less time on "low" than I wanted to stay asleep. My solution was to prop the lid open with a toothpick. Not to jack the lid up, just slip it in-between to keep it the tiniest bit ajar. Success!
- You guys, how come you never told me to put greens in the slow-cooker?! I had to find out from this book! Brilliant! Ordinarily, they have to cook forever, but they could also boil dry, so require attention! I piled one bunch of collard greens and one of kale in with 1 cup of water, 2 shallots, a little olive oil & smoked paprika on "high" & when we came back from their music lessons + one errand, lunch was ready! Amazing!
- In the same book, they have all these recipes that seem appealing, but start off with this downer prep-work no one wants to do to set up a flipping slow-cooker experience -- sauteing onions, adding garlic, parboiling, mirepoix, whatever, ugh. I mean! The slow-cooker is supposed to be, like, yk, wham-bam, right? Throw everything in there & let God sort it out! Then, while I was fussing over this, reading the cookbook, it occurred to me -- it was all-new, and I had to say it to myself aloud, but slowly, like sounding out a word I'd never read -- I could cook all that foundation stuff now, label it, freeze it, & chuck into the slow-cooker whenever. Holy cow! What?
- One of the problems I have with freezer cooking is that I do not take the stuff out early enough to thaw it. Mostly because I ... I don't know. Well, and also because I do not use the microwave. It occurred to me today that if I froze [anything] in a GladWare container which would fit inside of the slow-cooker's crock, I could just put the giant ice cube in there on "simmer" early in the morning & it would all be fine. Plus, it is easier to want to wash a GladWare container than a 2-gallon sized Ziploc bag.
I pledged to Fifille I would endure her grim, ascetic's regimen with her during this time of recovery. That said, she does not eat meat, so I do not have to explain myself to her about the landjaeger I am going to eat when it gets here. You guys! I ordered 2lbs of landjaeger & Bob Nueske is going to send along with it one pound of bacon (promotion code WB2163). Wisconsin is a wonderland! I am adding Smokehouse to the front of my name. I am going to petition the court as soon as I get my hair under control. Je vous adore! XOXOX