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Weekend Food August 23, 2009

Filed under: Food and recipes — lauradegroot @ 2:09 am

Is there anyone who doesn’t love the weekend?

I feel the Friday night melt start about 4:00. My head and body know that something different is about to happen. It doesn’t matter if we go out, have people over, or just stay home, my psyche responds to the change of pace that Friday night through Sunday night consistently deliver.

Food on the weekend might be the “bell” to my psyche melt as was the sound for Pavlovs dog to drool. Weekend food is different than the rest of the week. I am not saying it’s always better, I just don’t respond to it the same way I do to the food that we eat midweek.

Midweek food needs to be practical. Maybe even somewhat predictable. Plan a starch, a protien, vegetables and you’re done. Soup on Mondays, pasta Tuesdays, mexican Wednesdays, crockpot Thursdays – that kind of plan can work just fine.

On the weekends, food is somehow less functional and more fun; more of a treat than a neccesity. For instance, appetizers for dinner – all finger food, and decadence can be staples. Casual, multi-coursed, meals are highly considered. Yet, the best ‘treat’ of all is family-pizza-movie night.

Friday nights, we love to let down, to escape together in our basement with soda, pizza, homemade ranch dressing (to dip leftover pizza crust in), and a netflix. JR has the que full on netflix (which I think means we have 500 movies just waiting their turn to be delivered to our home), and we often find ourselves enjoying an unknown movie gem while eating our familiar movie food.

Pizza itself can come from all over town. However, we prefer homemade. I’ve collected multiple pizza crust recipes but our current favorite I will share here. JR is not only proficient at building a movie que, he has also built a recipe que for me with gems he finds in the newspaper. This recipe for Calzones became a fast favorite. It can even have a practical application of using leftovers from your functional weekend meals!

Super Simple Calzones
1.Frozen Bread Dough. Let it rise – many hours, as explained on the package!
2.After it is thawed, roll into a large flat rectangle or circle. It is kind of springy, helps to roll – let sit a minute or two, then roll again.
3. Put your favorite toppings on one half. Fold over the other half of the dough and pinch/twist the edges together to seal.
meat of choice
veggies of choice
(We love BBQ chicken – using leftover chicken – grilled, baked, fried – chop and mix with a little BBQ sauce; provolone & cheddar cheese; red onion)
4. Put on pizza stone or greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
Cut in wide strips and serve with sauce of choice for dipping. Note: because you don’t put pizza sauce on the inside you this doesn’t get soggy. No more gooey crust!

Best served on the weekend with a soda in front of a netflix!

Give it a try and let me know what you think! Especially if you find a new fabulous filling. Enjoy your weekend and its food!


Good Things in Stinky Cans August 9, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — lauradegroot @ 3:30 am

Pekoe is our cross-eyed cat.  She is also cross-bred Siamese & Russian blue which makes for a super soft, significantly shedding cat coat.  And she only likes canned cat food.  She would rather starve than eat that crunchy stuff.  Have you ever smelled a can of cat food?  Stinky! But Pekoe loves it, lives on it. 

Yesterday, I was opening a can of tuna for lunch and started laughing at the realization I too eat stinky food from a can.  A tuna sandwich is a good thing, but the smell of it strongly resembles cat food. 

There are moments in my days, days in my months, seasons in my years that have really stunk.  Circumstances with loss;  situations of  change;   episodes of aggravation;   happenings of hard times;    matters of adversity;  scenes of stress and strain;  conditions of complication;  occasions of anxiety;  cases of crisis.    I do not live for them.   I do not love them.     

I have found good things in all these stinky cans.  Although the discovery of good isn’t always immediate, it’s always there.   I am often slow to embrace the gifts that are found in the seasons, months, days of what seems repulsive and rotten.  Yet I desire simplicity and strength.   I need comfort and kindness & encouragement.  I want peace and contentment.  I crave perspective and perseverance and progress.  I hope for wholeness.  These are what I love, what I live on. 

Maybe Pekoe has a cross-sense of smell.  Maybe she knows that the great things in life don’t always smell like it. 

Have you discovered gifts inside smelly circumstances?



wa·ter·shed (noun) 1. an area or ridge of land that separates waters flowing to different rivers, basins, or seas. 2. an event or period marking a turning point, a change of course.

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