I don’t have too many kitchen tips that I think are worth sharing, so I usually avoid the topic and appreciate what other folks do. But today I will share a couple of my ideas in case someone would like to use them.
Before I begin, though, don’t sign up to follow my blog based on this post. I’m a widowed grandmother raising my granddaughter, a knitter, and a nerd, so I won’t be much help to you in the kitchen. 😔
First of all, let’s talk pasta. It was on sale today, so I stocked up on manicotti. I use it this time of year more than winter because I stuff them with chicken salad, egg salad, any seafood salad, and taco salad. It’s a nice alternative to eating some of those salads on bread, or in the case of the taco salad, with chips. They are easy to pack for picnics or to-go snacks too.
Tonight I am serving chicken salad stuffed manicotti for dinner. I will top it with a garlic chive-cranberry aioli. The cranberry part of the aioli is cranberry syrup from a shop in the Wisconsin cranberry bog area and the garlic chives are from my garden! I will make the aioli later, but I just finished stuffing the shells.
My second tip is something I came up with for my husband. Officer Friendly had a partial plate in his mouth and he did not eat celery because of the strings. I know how to remove the strings, but I think the toughness of celery bothered him, too.
I used the ribs of Romaine lettuce. That way, if I was serving a dip, he could enjoy it too, without getting celery strings in the wrong places. I just trimmed off the leafy part of the Romaine, saved that for wraps or salads, and plated up the ribs for OF. The ribs below are not celery. They are from Romaine lettuce.
My third tip is something I wrote about yesterday: my “Toss in the Candy” Tea. I like to drink tea and for the most part, it’s either black, green, or red . . . all plain, no cream, no sugar. But when I want a flavored tea, I don’t buy a boxed version. I toss a hard candy (or two) into a hot cup of black tea. The number of candies depends on how long I steep the tea. I stir until the candy melts. I get the aroma, interesting flavor and a hint of sweetness. It saves on space in the cupboard and it’s less expensive as well.
This morning, my tea has cinnamon in it, but I keep butterscotch, anise, lemon (lemon, whew that light yellow is almost invisible!) and peppermint candies in the house for my tea.
I thought of the idea a long time ago when I was sick and didn’t have any lemon juice and honey for my sore throat. I did have lemon drops and tossed one into some tea and . . . I still do that even when I am not sick.
As for the rest of my Sweet Thursday This and That . . .
Goodnight donated her first pint of blood this morning at school. Thank you, sweetie!
I will be listening to the NHL hockey game tonight and while Indybro and I text back and forth. We start with our opinion of how the singing of the anthem went and then move on to stats and nerdy stuff like the time delay between the online NHL Ice Tracker feature for game visuals and the app I use for the audio broadcast of the games. (I know, I can listen to the audio directly through the Ice Tracker feature, but I like certain hockey play-by-play guys better.)
And my final Sweet Thursday This and That item is the ‘Sweet Thursday’ part!!!
After all these years, I only recently learned that John Steinbeck wrote a sequel to my favorite of his stories, Cannery Row. I loved that story, but it’s also where I learned how censorship took care of the F-word in print. Mac used a similar-sounding word when talking to Doc. The title to his sequel is Sweet Thursday!
I’m a Thursday Child and as long as I have “far to go”* it may as well be sweet! I ordered a copy of the book through my favorite discount bookstore and they transferred the copy to the store closest to me.
Have a Sweet Thursday from John Steinbeck and me!!
*From an old English nursery rhyme: “Monday’s Child is fair of face . . . “