One of the top requests I get from you lovely readers is make-ahead weekday breakfasts that are fast, not processed, and don’t suck.
To be honest, Betsy and I usually do the oatmeal thing during the week these days but I get that some people need something more substantial in order to break their fast.
Enter the breakfast bowl. You can buy similar things in the frozen section of the store for dollars a piece or you can just make your own on the weekend and have them throughout the week.
This is about as basic as a breakfast bowl can be. The cool thing is that the recipe makes six (and you could double it easily if you had enough space and bowls) so you can eat some now and also freeze some for later. It’s a really filling and delicious way to start the day.
You can tackle any Monday if you have one of these in the morning.
I woke up yesterday with a little case of the sniffles. I wouldn’t say that I’m sick, but I think my body is just grumpy that it’s no longer 70 and sunny every day. It’s like my body is just unhappy with the weather situation and can tell that it’s only going to get worse!
I’m using what I believe to be an old-time cure for mild sickness which is simply to ignore it. I’m going to the gym, doing work, and generally doing everything I would normally do to hopefully fake out said case of sniffles.
If you don’t hear from me by Monday, it’ means I have lost the battle.
I made a big pot of chicken noodle soup for my sniffles, but I’m looking for other cures. Pick something and I’ll make it.
Turkey Drumsticks – This reminds me of the local fair. Turkey drumsticks are one of my favorite fair foods just because they are so ridiculous. These, of course, look substantially better and would be a fun alternative Thanksgiving dish actually. (@ Sippity Sup)
Andrew Zimmern Interview- This is a fun little interview with one of my favorite food celebrities. I did not know he is starting a food truck business. That’s pretty cool stuff. A great listen in the background segment if you have 10ish minutes. (@ No Recipes)
Whole Wheat Croissants- These just look perfect and the photos actually help me realize how I could maybe, just maybe, make them. I’ve tried croissants three times in my life and they have always destroyed me. (@ David Lebovitz)
This week’s meal plan is designed for beginners. The meals are all beginner and require just a few steps to make. That said, they aren’t light in the flavor department. I could eat the meals in this plan every week. You can sign up now for Macheesmo Meals and get a free week to try out the plans (there are now over a dozen total) and see if you like them!
It’s that time of year when kids get to roam the streets in search of sweet treats.
Oh wait… that’s how I remember Halloween. It seems now that kids aren’t really allowed to go out past dark and definitely cannot roam unknown areas. That makes me sad, but maybe it’s necessary.
Anyway, even though I can’t actually hand out homemade treats, I still like making them! I’ve made a bunch of Halloween treats over the years. While my Bloody Worms of Doom are my favorite visual recipe ever, these little guys might take the cake for the most delicious Halloween treat I’ve made.
After all, who doesn’t love a pig in a blanket? That’s essentially what these are. I made the dough in case you are feeling ambitious, but you can also use a wide range of store-bought doughs!
When I cook a burger – and I’ve cooked a lot of burgers – I tend to keep it simple. I season them with salt and pepper, toss them on a hot grill and let them cook for 4-5 minutes per side until they are medium-ish in doneness. Assuming you use decent beef that has 15-20% fat in it, you’ll be in good shape just by doing no harm.
But there may be a better way. There’s an mid-range burger restaurant that started in Denver, called Smashburger, that now has locations all over the U.S. and they take a slightly different approach to the burger. As their name implies, they literally smash the burger on a super hot grill. It cooks in about two minutes and is one of the better burgers I’ve ever had. The intense heat and pressure sears in the juices from the beef and makes for a really tasty burger.
While the restaurants use an expensive, patented pressing device that no home cook has access to, I figured there was a way to duplicate this crazy method at home.
I was right. It turns out not to be that hard and is totally worth the effort.
Some people think that the best part about pie is the filling, but I’m much more of a crust guy. To me, a good crust makes a good pie. If the filling sucks, whatever, I’ll just scoop it out and eat the crust.
That’s why scones are the best thing ever invented because they are essentially pie crust filled with more pie crust. Just crust on crust on crust.
AND they are easier to make than pie crust because there’s no intense rolling process. Adding a huge amount of cheddar and scallions to the dough before you bake it just ups the levels of deliciousness.
The only sad thing about these scones is that they don’t keep very well so eat them immediately so just eat them right away. Probably not an issue!
It turns out that living in Denver is awesome. My evidence for this is that Betsy and I have had a ton of friends and family visit us since we moved here. This weekend we have two of our friends coming to visit, one of whom is actually responsible for Betsy and I meeting each other!
We are going to try to squeeze in a short hike since this might be the last warm weekend we have here before the snow sets in. Mostly though, I expect the weekend to center around excellent beer, lots of Porter play time (we might put on his hot dog costume), Tipsy petting, these tacos, and possibly these pancakes.
Maybe, just maybe, I can convince the ladies to come play video games with me at my new favorite bar, 2UP, which features all the video games from my childhood for 25 cent plays, plus cheap beer!
No poll this week, but here are some great links from around the web!
Whatever, Martha - Martha Stewart offended approximately fifty million bloggers last week when she basically said we had no skills. While I was thinking something along the lines of, “TAKE A HIKE MARTHA,” Adam Roberts wrote an actual, thoughtful response. (@ Amateur Gourmet)
Chili Roasted Tofu – Beautiful recipe and looks like a guaranteed way to get super-crispy tofu which is always what I’m shooting for. Glad it is pomegranate season also. (@ Sprouted Kitchen)
Crockpot Applesauce- I sometimes forget that real applesauce and the stuff from the store is basically two different foods. This applesauce looks deliciously rich and filled with lots of good spices. Plus, you can make it while you’re at work! (@ My Baking Addition)
Heritage vs. Commercial- This is a quick post but a perfect visual demonstration on the difference between heritage hogs and factory farmed pigs. Not even mentioning the cruelty aspects of factory farming, the heritage pigs just look like different animals. (@ Ruhlman)
This Week’s Meal Plan
This week’s meal plan is centered around a common item this time of year: pumpkins! Not usually thought of as food here in the states (except for pies), there are actually a ton on really delicious savory dishes to make with pumpkin. The meal plan will teach you how to roast a whole pumpkin for eating and also includes 3 great pumpkin dinners! You can sign up now for Macheesmo Meals and get a free week to try out the plans (there are now a dozen total) and see if you like them!
I had last weekend to myself and proclaimed it bachelor weekend. I watched sports, drank beers, and nuzzled with my dog.
Then I realized that I’m a pretty bad bachelor because that’s sort of what I do on every weekend, even when Betsy is home. I figured I would at least try to class up an old bachelor meal and macaroni and cheese won out in the poll last week! Of course, the stereotypical bachelor is making boxed mac and cheese but, like I said, I’m a piss poor bachelor.
Instead of making a baked version, I just ate it right out of the pot which means it was super creamy and wonderfully cheesy. I folded in some wilted chard because, hey, I’m thirty now. I have to look out for my health!