In my last blog I used to constantly keep goals and update them. I had stopped doing goals recently due to life getting in the way. We are doing some remodeling, my son is starting a new school, and I’ve gained a lot of weight due to a medication change because of my migraine problems. So needless to say, everything has gone south quite a bit. So for August and September I’m going to combine both months with goal setting.
So for these months my goals are to:
- Start exercising again. This means walking the dog Monday – Friday. (My husband walks her on the weekends) and seeing a trainer again.
- Drinking more bottled water.
- Finish 2 books.
- Finish xeroxing my cookbooks.
- Get photos printed.
- Put everything back in order after (hopefully it will be completed) our renovation.
It doesn’t sound like much I know. However, with school starting and having us finishing up construction is all I can handle. What are your goals for the upcoming month?
Are you a cook? I must admit, I’m not. I can make things and they are edible, but no one will ever say to me “That’s a great meal.” I never grew up in a cooking family. So everything I know is self taught or down to a cookbook. Any recipes you find on this blog are tried and true on my own family several times. Still sometimes I wonder, what does this term mean when I read a cookbook. As a result, once a month I will do a short article on various cooking terms that I run across. I think it will be fun for us to learn together.
Al Dente- Tender but firm to the bite.
Blanch- To Blanch something is to put it into boiling water from a few seconds to minutes. Then removing it and placing it into ice water.
Caramelize- To cook something slowly until it becomes brown and sweet.
Deglaze- To deglaze a pan you moisten then scrape up the brown bits of food that stick to the bottom of the pan.
Dredge- To dredge something is to create a crispy coating on the outside of meat by coating it in flour or cornmeal etc. It is more commonly known as breading.
Flambe- Meaning “flame” in French, flambe is when you add alcohol to a hot pan to create a burst of flames.
Gratin- A dish that has a slightly browned crust usually made of breadcrumbs or cheese.
Meuniere- A sauce of brown butter, parsley, and lemon.
Scallop- A well known term for any type of common saltwater clams.
Basmati Rice- Basmati is Hindi for “fragrant.” A long a slender form of rice found in traditional Indian cooking.
Are there any other terms that you would like me to define? Is there a cooking term that you think others should know about? Leave it in the comments below.
Here is the first recipe I’m recommending. It’s for a Bratwurst and Vegetable Soup. Since fall is right around the corner I know you will want to stock up on some delicious soup recipes for the new season.
I’ll be honest. I’m not sure where I got this recipe from. I think it was from an old soup only cookbook. My husband and I love this soup. I look forward to hearing how you like it too!
1 Tsp. Caraway seeds
1 Medium Baking Potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 ” pieces making 1 cup.
3/4 cup fresh green beans (about 4 oz) cut into 1″ pieces. *I use frozen.
1 cup baby carrots
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups reduced sodium beef broth
4 smoked beef brats cut into 1/2″thick slices (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 can 15.5 oz great northern beans, drained
1 can 14.5 oz diced tomatoes with garlic and onion, undrained
In a saucepan cook and stir caraway seed for 1 to 2 minutes over medium heat until toasted.
Stir in remaining ingredients.
Increase heat to high t boiling. Then reduce heat.
Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until veggies are tender.
Enjoy with a salad or rolls!
Let me know how this went!