Friday, February 16, 2007

Psychoactive Casserole

So good, you'll think you're high. With the optional illegal ingredient, you will be.

2 cans cream of chicken soup

1 pound whole-wheat egg-free egg noodles

1 pound kielbasa

10 oz. leftover chicken.

1 Strongbow hard cider (it's very dry, so a Woodchuck would result in a much sweeter sauce - something I didn't want here)

black pepper

Cholula chili garlic sauce

3 cloves of garlic.

Put a pot of water on to boil. Pour 1/4 of the Cholula in with the water. Peel a clove of garlic, chew it up, and spit it into the water. This is how I deal with not being able to find the garlic press.

In a separate pot big enough to hold the finished dish (aka something big, duh) mix the cream of chicken soup and the Strongbow. Stir to combine, cover, and simmer on medium. Taste, then add less black pepper than you think you need, then taste again. Add a whole clove of garlic, get the flavor straight, then turn it off. I didn't add salt.

Cut the kielbasa into four pieces. Cut the pieces in half lengthwise, then cut those pieces lengthwise. You should have little fingers of sausage. Cut dice-size chunks from the fingers and saute 'till brown.

My chicken is always frozen, so it has this weird texture that I really like. I soaked it in water and broke it up by hand, then tossed it in a skillet and emptied my bottle of Cholula on there. Cook till heated thoroughly and fully Cholula-stained, then add all ingredients to the pot with the sauce. Fold to combine, then add....

Kif. Just put it on the top, then fold it in, leave over heat for three more minutes, then serve with a Strongbow.

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Monday, February 05, 2007

Tried new fruit for breakfast today

I used to work produce, so I'm pretty jaded when it comes to fruit - the more you see and handle, the better you get at picking the ripest.

My honey tangerine wasn't super-juicy. It had that exoskeleton quality some oranges get where they're rough around the outside but orangey in the middle. The honey flavor wasn't pronounced. I had to eat half of it at one time to get any real honey goodness.

The Cameo apple BEGS to be made into hard cider. It's subtle, sweet, and soft, like a cute girl in a cashmere sweater. Just like said girl, you'll start eating this apple and won't be able to stop until there's juice running down your face.


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