This weekend I learned that a Rachel Ray recipe may not always take only 30 minutes. It’s true.
Before New Year’s Tom and I watched the show where she made Hunter’s Stoup. (Is it a soup? Is it a stew? NO! It’s a STOUP!). It looked good and we decided to make it for New Year’s Eve. After all, she just tossed it together in about 5 minutes. How bad could it be?
Of course, we didn’t get around to it. (All those who are surprised, raise your hands.)
I made it on Saturday. It took me hours. 3.5 hours, to be exact. I knew it was going to take time because there was a lot of cutting and chopping. I like doing that. (Though, to be honest, boneless chicken thighs? EW. So much fat. That’s what I get for only using the breasts most of the time.)
What I DON’T like is having to "cook until lightly browned". Mostly because our range top doesn’t heat up like it should and I have to cook most things on HIGH for the first, oh, 20 minutes.
Much splattering ensued. Cursing and splattering. Chicken and pancetta don’t play well together when the pan isn’t the right temperature. And you can’t blame my Le Creuset. IT knows what it’s doing.
But, 3.5 hours later I had STOUP. (It should be capitalized because it took long enough to make).
Good thing there’s enough to last us a whole week because, I’ll tell ya, it will be a while before I make it again.
Today, since Chris took off from work, we decided to be good knitters and do a little "yarn collecting". The yarn stores were not in an enabling mood. Apparently, yarn stores think no one wants to shop on Mondays. We hit one quilt/yarn store but I think that my stash is larger than theirs. A bead store (closed) and a yarn store (closed) later and we were on our way back to Chris’s house.
What were we to do????? A yarn crawl without yarn is like a … well, you know the rest.
WE SHOPPED ON-LINE! WEBS all the way, baby! Not as instant a gratification as I’d like but still better than nothing.
There’s was ton’s of food from Chris’s Superbowl party, so we had lunch and then did the knitting thing. I finished a Calorimetry I started last night. Nope. No picture yet.
A nice day and now I’m pooped. Good thing Tom just came home with our lattes.
He’s a keeper!