Friday, October 22, 2010

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Darn it! Another night home when I could have made something, but got caught up in the day to day grind and didn't get home until later than normal. With nothing planned for dinner and not much in the fridge, I had to go to a pantry stand-by. Got out a box of Mac & Cheez. You know the one, blue box, powdered 'cheese.' It's great as a kid, but as an adult...not so much.

But...I did dress it up a little. I used heavy cream instead of milk...Mmmm, fat! I had a small bit of left over shredded chicken that I warmed up and stirred in. A little extra spice with some cayenne and Italian seasoning. And with a final flourish, I added some Swedish 'fried onions' on top. Yes, it was absolutely a boxed meal, but a little better! Little bit.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


One of my favorite restaurants is Cafe Berlin on Capital Hill in Washington, DC. They have great German food, some of the best I've had. The first time I went there, I felt as though I was walking into my Grandmother's house during the Christmas holidays. They were decorated for the season, the place was warm and the food was amazing. That was over ten years ago. I've been going regularly since then. 90% of the time I order the Deutsche Wurstplatte. A big plate with a bratwurst, a weisswurst, fried potatoes, sauerkraut and a pan sauce. I want to lick my plate its so good.

The other night I made my version of the Deutsche Wurstplatte. I had bratwurst only, but they were pan fried until browned and cooked thru. I started my pan sauce with some chopped shallots, a little flour to make a light roux and deglazed with some broth (a mix of chicken & beef). The sauce simmered and thickened. Prior & meanwhile, I made a batch of pan fried potatoes that were cooked in a little olive oil, salt & pepper and some seasonings. The sauerkraut was a tasty dish. I rinse and drain my store bought kraut. I add a little chicken broth, some caraway seeds, salt & pepper and one grated apple. Cover and simmer until cooked and delicious. The apple helps take out some, but not all, of the tart, tangy, bitter flavors. When the wurst were browned, I put them the in the pot of kraut to finish cooking while I made the sauce and finished the potatoes.

For the most fun, serve all on a giant platter, family style. Drink beer.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Slowly but surely...

...Slowly but surely...I expect that life shall resume to something of an equalized state. I'm not promising a post a day, but I'll try more than once per month! It's embarrassing actually.

Yesterday was the first time in a long time when I actually "made" something for dinner. Not just something frozen. Granted, it was a Crock-pot meal, but it was something. I love a good pot roast/beef stew combo. I dropped the beef roast into the pot, dumped some red wine, beef stock and frozen pearl onion on top. Seasoned with various herbs & spices, covered and returned a few hours later to dump in some carrots and potatoes. Cover and return a few hours later. I scooped out all the goodies, strained the cooking liquid and made a quick gravy with it. Pulled the beef apart, dumped it in a bowl and poured on the gravy. Tasty!

Tonight...Bratwurst, sauerkraut and potatoes. I hope to be back tomorrow with another post!