Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Upping the Ante

I see you, Blizzard of 2015.  I see you conspiring to trap me at work for three days (unsuccessfully), to make all my plans for the next few days completely meaningless.  You may have buried my house in two feet of snow, but I was prepared.  I raise you:

Two loaves of whole wheat bread, 1 batch of beef and barley soup, 1 batch of chocolate chip cookies, 1 batch of yogurt, and a roasted chicken.  And that's just today.  I even got all the laundry done before you buried the dryer vent.

The soup used a 2 pound beef roast I had in the freezer, plus some frozen "osso buco" leftovers from 2 separate occasions, and a little more frozen steak leftovers, with 2 pints of tomato sauce provided from our mason's wife.  I even pre-cooked the beef in a vinegar and water solution to make it more tender.  I am debating whether or not to can it. We ate one of the loaves of bread with the soup for lunch, and will have the other loaf tonight with the chicken.

As far as the cookies go, I had shortening but not enough butter, and they came out tasty but flat.  I'll go back to butter next time.

Tomorrow I expect to work on chicken soup and maybe vegetable stock.  Then the freezer will have more room in it for other things!

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