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Chicken Italiano for dinner tonight, using fresh grated Parmesan and Pecorino Romano, with dried herbs and BOGO reasonably ethical chicken breasts. I was going to serve with the sauces I have in the fridge, but I'd forgotten how darn tasty the coating is. I was pleased to see that Granny Ruth had marked it as "Excellent!" Good taste runs in the family.
I snagged a packet of pre-cooked wild rice out of the cupboard to be a side dish. Side dishes are classy, you know. It needed just a touch of salt over it.
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Saturday I went to the Farmers' market in the U district (after my eye doctor appointment) and got an entire sockeye salmon for $25, and a miscellaney of vegetables. I got squat rounded carrots called Thumbelina, golden beets (many of which were smaller than chocolate chip cookie dough portions), parsnips (which were labeled carrots, but I've never met a white carrot), and celery root. I diced up the veggies, adding in two potatoes and a number of garlic cloves, and tossed with olive oil and spices. The spices I grabbed were mixed peppercorns, juniper berries, bay leaves, sage, kosher salt, and a little mustard seed, plus a dash or two of apple cider vinegar. I roasted them at 350 for 20 minutes, then raised the heat to 450 (so I could bake biscuits!) for another 15-20 minutes.

Today I dumped the leftover veggies into a pot, heated them up, and added about half a jar of roasted red and yellow peppers, and a quart ziploc full of veggie stock. I diluted the stock with maybe 3.5 cups of water, enough to cover and seem souplike, and brought it to a boil. I pureed the resultant mixture in the blender, leaving a little texture behind. Final flavor adjustments involved a titch of garlic powder and some salt.

I like the soup better than the whole vegetables, honestly. They didn't get quite soft enough during roasting, but the heating and blending process softened them up nicely.
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They always say never to go grocery shopping when you're hungry. At Trader Joe's, it doesn't make any difference. I end up impulse-buying every single time, and it always turns out well.

For example, I got some sourdough english muffins, thinking I'd put some black raspberry jam on them. Then I wanted some chips and salsa or something, and picked up some tomato-basil hummus. Hummus goes better with pita than with chips, though, and I was about to head back to the bread section when I realized I could make miniature pizzas. Therefore, I got some mozzarella cheese and some pepperoni.
Also boxed microwaveable mac and cheese, maple creme cookies, and TJ house brand imitation King Arthur whole wheat flour. (The last was not an impulse buy.)

After wringing out my jeans from the walk home in the rain, I heated the broiler while I slathered the muffins with hummus, diced some cheese (yes, one usually grates mozzarella. I forgot until I'd already gotten the knife dirty) and put 3 pepperoni slices on each muffin. I put lots and lots of cheese on, and slid them under the broiler for 3 minutes or until it started to smell like toasty cheese. Let me tell you, best lunch I've had in weeks.
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I very nearly just ate them. But instead I made some TJ's quick-cooking steel cut oats and added the peaches and some brown sugar. Tasty breakfasts.

Although the quick-cooking oats aren't as good, texturewise, as the regular ones. They were just all I could find that day.
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Chewy Chocolate Cookies, from the Jan/Feb 09 issue of Cooks Illustrated.

I used agave sweetener instead of corn syrup, as I always do now (thank you TJ!). I also used turbinado sugar instead of brown sugar. I weighed the dry ingredients, creamed the hell out of the sugars and butter, and discovered I had only 1/5 cup agave instead of 1/2. Unexpected grocery run!
I used three squares of semisweet baking chocolate (which was so old the fat had bloomed on the surface. I'd never seen bloom before, but it doesn't affect the taste.) and a few tablespoons of chocolate chips (whatall was left in the package). It wouldn't hurt to chill them a bit longer, but they shaped all right even mostly warm. They are delicious, although I don't think the texture is quite what CI had in mind--the turbinado is quite different from regular brown sugar in terms of moisture content. I am most concerned that my food tastes good; whether it resembles some ideal is not my affair.

These were made to go with my "Come to the dark side, we have cookies... --V" shirt.
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Trader Joe's Butternut Apple Soup in a box is amazingly delicious. Also, easy and cheap.


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