Sunday, January 21, 2007

Keeping busy

Yesterday was a nice day. It snowed all day, and we didn't leave the house. Anna was a little cranky and is not napping well, but she was still pretty fun to be around.

I've been going through my recipes and cooking magazines and finally getting them all organized into one place with one uniform system. It makes me really happy. It's been on my list to do forever. And I made a floral arrangement for the January mantel, but I'm not sure about it. I think next year we'll have to do it differently. And Matthew and I played a ping pong match (he won), which always means it's a nice day. And I made a really good dinner and everyone liked it.

I have a zillion new years resolutions this year. One of them is to try a new vegetable every week, as we have been firmly settled into a carrot, green beans, yellow beans pattern forever. So far we've had butternut squash, sweet potato, shallots, yellow pepper, and red pepper. It's been lots of fun.

The apple testing continues... Ambrosia lost yesterday to Fuji, but it wasn't a very good ambrosia, not very crisp. And Fuji beat a Cameo today. A few days ago Cameo lost to Ambrosia. So... we have 1. Fuji, 2. Ambrosia, 3. Cameo for those three. There are so many combinations. I'm having a great time with this.


Helo said...

hi! I read your text... it's a good idea... try try a new vegetable every ... likes stupid my comment, but i have a problem with the green ones...
Have a good day's!!!

Susan said...

Your apple comments make me feel like I have to solve one of those brain teasers that we did in Gifted. "Brian is older than Mark but younger than Jacob. Jacob is younger than Mark but 3 times as old as Betty. How old is Levi?"

In short, it hurts my brain. But I'm glad you're having fun. Miss you.

In the Mix said...

May I suggest asparagus. It is a real favorite in the Madgwick home.
The real key is to cook it until it is just starting to soften but still maintains it's bright green hue. Topped with a little lemon juice, butter and salt, perfecto!

Jenny said...

We have recently decided in our household that Fuji apples are the best, so it was funny to see your entries about this. We had a Fuji apple at Panera for lunch one day, and we decided it's worth the extra $2 per bag. Oh, and I agree with Sarah about asparagus, yummy! I have even converted Heath to an asparagus lover.

betsyann said...

Thanks for the tip. I have asparagus on the list for this week, but I think I'll need more specifics. How exactly do I cook it?

In the Mix said...

Asparagus is in season right now. The key to good asparagus is to get nice thin asparagus. The thicker the stalk the worse it tastes.
To trim take one stalk holding it at either end and bend it till it breaks. Where it breaks is where you should trim all the stalks. Ideally it will only be about two inches off the bottom.
To cook bring a bot of water to a simmer with a little salt for flavor.
Add the asparagus and simmer just until the veg is nice and bright green and just starting to soften but still with a nice crunch.
Drain the water off and put 1-2 Tablespoons of butter in pan and coat asparagus. Squeeze the juice of one large lemon over the top and serve. You can salt and pepper if you desire although the salt in the water is usually enough.
Don't cook this ahead of time. It should be the last thing you do before sitting down to the table. It also doesn't save well, although in our house that isn't usually a problem. Wow, long reply. Hope that helps.

In the Mix said...

Okay, I realized there were some ambiguities in my last post. The water is in a pot not a bot and the asparagus will cook for 2-4 minutes depending on your water. I usually just use 1 T of butter but it is totally up to you. Enjoy!