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Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Thursday, September 02, 2010

Once again, we join in the fun of "The Queen's Meme"  from our most special friend MIMI of "Mimi Writes".

I almost did not do this because on the very day I am posting she is heading for the Atlantic Ocean and the beach and I am so danged jealous I am ready to spit. What the heck-a-doodle does that mean anyway????

So, this one is a subject I can relate to and Mimi held it to under 500 questions, so...please keep your hands in feet inside the ride at all times - this is a dark and scary ride...This is what Mimi says:

Welcome to The Queen's Meme #51
It's called the Cooking 101 Meme

I could use some cooking advice. In fact, I could use a LOT of cooking advice. Would you indulge me? If you've read my blog very long you know that my kitchen disasters are legendary. I have a few culinary questions for you. Please feel free to share recipes!! (and instructions on how to decode them)

1. What is the best dish you can cook?

Probably my Lasagna. I do not think I will devulge that one, but I will give you the best dang Meatloaf I have ever eaten or made and I have done both with this one...

This is actually called Dr. John's Meatloaf and it is, no doubt, from the city of Nawlins
# 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
# 1 pound ground beef
# 1/2 pound ground pork
# 1 cup finely chopped yellow onions
# 1/2 cup finely chopped green bell peppers
# 1 tablespoon minced garlic
# 2 large eggs
# 1/2 cup heavy cream
# 3/4 to 1 cup dried fine breadcrumbs
# 1 teaspoon salt
# 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
# 1 tablespoon Essence
# 1/2 pound chorizo sausage
# 1 cup bottled chili sauce
# 2 tablespoons bleached all-purpose flour
# 2 cups veal stock or canned low-sodium beef broth

Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a roasting pan with the butter.

Combine the beef, pork, onions, bell peppers, garlic, eggs, cream, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and Essence in a large mixing bowl, and stir with a wooden spoon.

Mold half of the meat into a loaf shape, about 9x4 inches, in the prepared pan.

Put the sausage on top of the loaf. (I remove from thecasing and then spread it out...)

Mold the remaining meat mixture around and on top of the sausage to cover it completely.

Pour the chili sauce on the top and bake, basting occasionally with the pan juices, for 1 1/2 hours.

Remove from the oven and carefully transfer the meatloaf to a serving platter.

Transfer the roasting pan to the stovetop and heat over high heat.

Stir in the stock and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.

Combine the flour and 2 tablespoon of water in a small bowl, and whisk to dissolve the flour.

Add the mixture to the stock and whisk to blend.

Bring to a boil and cook, stirring, until the gravy thickens slightly, about 2 minutes.

Serve the meatloaf with hot mashed potatoes and gravy.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

2. Do I have to beat eggs or can I whip them gently? Sounds so violent to me.

If that sounds violent, then try this...put the eggs in a jar with a lid and shake it like a maraca OLE! ARIBBA ARIBBA!!

3. I am reading a recipe right now for Hearty Beef-n-Cheese Pie from a recipe book I dug out of the cabinet. The instructions read..."Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large frying pan, brown ground beef, onion and green pepper.

That IS written weird. You would not put the onions, ground beef and peppers in at the same time. I would put the pan on the STOVE and then add the onions, after a bit, I would add the pepper and then remove them and brown the ground beef and then add the peppers and onions back in. OH and forget the oven until you start to brown the beef...OR, go to the store and buy a TV dinner.

What color should the onion be?

Any color but lavender

4. Did you ever cook something for your family that no one enjoyed and you had to throw out?

I know I have cooked for myself and hated it...Not sure I ever poisoned anyone else.

5. Why do all recipes say "mix sugar, flour and salt?" Don't they cancel out the other?

All recipes??? Are you kidding? All Recipes???? I doubt all recipes say that. You prove it to me and then and only then will I unlock this secret for you.

6. Why must you add eggs "one at a time" to a mixing bowl? Does anybody really know the answer to this question?

If you are talented and ambidextrous, you can crack an egg in each hand and thus add two eggs at once. But I do agree with JAMIE of "Duward Discussion" when she says it is always best to crack eggs into a small bowl one at a time and thus you can avoid a 'bad egg' or a bunch of shell pieces in your mixing bowl.

7. Please post the recipe to something you think even I can cook. I am begging you! It is no fun being a afraid of my own crockpot.

Honestly, the one above is very simple..but if you insist (WAIT?!?!?!?!? You own a crockpot? Seriously? What do you use it for a planter? bwahahahahahahahaha) ...Well let's beat that fear of the crockpot, this here is the simplest recipe you can do in a crockpot.

Buy a piece of beef chuck (cheap and when cooked slow, delicious), you could also buy the precut beef stew meat at the store, but make sure it is a cheap piece of meat. They are the best for slow cooking. Also buy some carrots, some celery and a couple of potatoes and a can of Minestrone Soup.

Clean the carrots and the celery cut them into pieces about 1" add to the crock pot. (OK, is that too much for you? You can buy precut veggies in some grocery stores, or if all else fails buy your favorite frozen veggies and just add them totally frozen.  Cut the potatoes into chunks. Add to crockpot. Add the meat to the crockpot. Add the can of Minestrone soup.

Cook for about 4–6 hours on high OR 8–10 hours on low.


8 Of Your Sparks

  1. Travis Cody Says:
  2. I can attest...#7 is rock solid and foolproof. I used to do this when I was a kid. We couldn't afford much beef, so we'd get something really cheap, cut it up, drop in a bag of frozen broccoli, and let it cook while we were at school/work.

    It would be ready by the time Mom got home from work. We'd cook up some Minute Rice, smother it with beef & broccoli, add some soy sauce...Yum-OH!

    It was the only way my sister would eat broccoli.

  3. ...If you won't come over to my house and make that meatloaf RIGHT NOW, I...I...I don't know what I'll do....

  4. TRAVIS: An even easier recipe then the one I gave her. No excuses, she has to cook now!

    PHFRANKIE: I knew YOU would want that meatloaf...I knew it...Come to my house and I will make you to eat there, one to take home

  5. How did you know I was going to make meatloaf tonight? HOW?! You must tell me, dammit!

    That #7 is just begging for some red wine in it. I'm just saying.....

    Oh, and Trav....MINUTE RICE?! Say it ain't so, my friend. Sigh......

  6. CiCi Says:
  7. The meatloaf recipe sounds like a good one. I like the idea of the chorizo inside the mixture. I agree with you about the crock pot. I use our little hippie crock pot a couple times a week. And it makes several meals even as small as it is. The least expensive cuts of meat come out fork tender. Well, I like your answers and your information. The only thing I would do differently is instead of Minestrone soup I use cream of mushroom soup.

  8. SONGBIRD: I was in your kitchen this morning listening to your brain. Yes, some nice red wine would be a good addition...

    TECHNOBABE: It is a great recipe indeed. Cream of Mushroom also works., I was just trying to get her to eat more veggies...

  9. BeckEye Says:
  10. Should you be cooking with eggs at all now? Can't they still kill us?

  11. Mimi Lenox Says:
  12. MMmmmmaybe I can do this. Maybe.


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