Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Upcoming Posts

I know I've been a little MIA lately but I've been rather busy lately. As I stated in my last post we have a new addition in our family, so I've been spending most of my days with her.
How cute is she? I love my cousins.......since I've been "hanging out with the baby" I haven't been at home a lot and when I'm am at home I'm generally studying for finals. I don't know if I mentioned before that I'm currently working on a Master of Science in Accounting degree. I'm pretty much done with finals and since I won't be coming to see the baby everyday anymore I'll be posting a lot more.

Here are the upcoming posts:
Garlic Knots - this is a variation my Great-Grandmother's roll recipe
Liquid Laundry Soap - basically liquid soap made from 100% coconut oil
Unpaper Towel - My next step is moving away from disposable products
Traditional Corned Beef - This is a 7 day process that so I will probably be posting this closer to New Year's
Super Creamy Alfredo Mac N' Cheese - This recipe was inspired by my grandfather, it's super delicious and I can't wait to share it with you guys!

I also wanted to take a moment to say hi to all my new followers. Thanks for following my blog, I hope you find something that you find cool and want to try.

My aunt, who is a GREAT cook,  is launching her new blog January 1. She has a lot of great posts and giveaways planned for the kickoff, I'll make sure to include more information about that when we're closer to the launch date.

Until next time,

Monday, December 6, 2010

Using Leftover Turkey: Day ? - Corned Beef

It's been a while, but we got a new addition Friday night so I've been a little busy. My aunt had a baby........YAY! My family is very close so I had A LOT of stuff going on. We had the baby and a 2nd birthday this weekend. I had a super busy day at church yesterday and I'm on newborn and babysitting duty for the rest of the week. Needless to say, I been busy but I wanted to share something with you.

I ended up making turkey salad out the rest of the leftover because we've been so busy. I'll post the pics later when I get back home. Most people think that turkey salad tastes just like chicken salad, that's not true. In my family we smoke all our turkeys and one had a jerk rubbed on the outside, so it had a very different taste.

Corned Beef
What does corned beef have to do with leftover turkey? Great question. Well I used my delicious turkey stock as the cooking liquid for my corned beef. I made my corned beef in 45 mins in the greatest cooking device ever.............the electric pressure cooker.
I love this thing. LOVE IT!!!!!!!! I have always been afraid of pressure cookers because they can explode but I don't have to worry about that this puppy. It has a built in safety precaution that doesn't allow the unit to be opened if there's any pressure built up inside so I don't have to worry about opening it too soon and having corned beef on my ceiling. If you don't have a pressure cooker you should definitely get one of these and they're relatively cheap. On Overstock they start at $45.

If I get a chance to make something cool this week I'll do another post but right now I'm not entirely sure that's going to happen. I want to make some liquid laundry soap this week but we'll see.

Until next time,

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Using Leftover Turkey: Day 1 - The Cats

My first use of the turkey requires no actual work. How is that possible you ask? Well because I fed turkey to the cats.
Aren't they cute? This is actually a pretty old picture. Jack Bauer (the black and white one) was little and cute then, he's still cute but FAR from small.
Within the last year or so I noticed that the cats would vomit pretty much whenever they ate. We switched cat food and nothing changed, the vet said they were fine so we assume that just had a hairball problem. We got all the special hairball treatments, nothing helped so finally we just accepted this was our life. Well about two weeks ago we ran out of cat food and I didn't feel like going to the store (lazy, I know) so I gave them shredded chicken. They loved it but even better no vomiting. I continued feeding them either chicken, turkey or tuna for about 10 days, eventually I went to the store and bought a small bag of food. Within 5 minutes of pouring the food in their bowl the vomiting began. Now at this point I have to conclude, even though this wasn't an official experiment, that something in cat food is making them sick. I know that I can't deal with preservatives and artificial ingredients so maybe they can't either. 

I'm sure there are some people who would say that I shouldn't feed my cats straight meat but cats are carnivores. They don't need vegetables and fruit, if you tried to feed a cat whole, unprocessed fruit and vegetables they won't eat them. At one point I considered feeding my cats Blue Buffalo cat food but even they have other ingredients besides meat AND it's really expensive. In my area, a 2.5 lb bag is $10, do you know how much meat I could buy them for $10?

I've haven't gotten to a point where I feed them raw meat yet. As of right now I still cook it but eventually we're moving to the raw. 

Until next time,