Category Archives: food

Crock Pot Lasagna Fail

Crock Pot Lasagna Fail

Epic Fail.

I loved the idea of making lasagna in your crock pot when I saw it on Pinterest. It turns out, you can’t. At least not the way I want to do it.

I tested this out over night so dinner would not be ruined if it didn’t work out. I was very suspicious it was not going to work. I woke up to mushy noodles and burnt.

If you want to attempt this yourself, brave souls, I suggest you try it on a weekend when you are home and have a couple of hours to watch it (but then what’s the point?). This is not a “set it and forget it” thing. I put my crock pot on the lowest 10 hour setting and this was my result at 6:30 a.m.

So, you heard it here, kids. Crock pot lasagna is not a thing. 🙂

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Thrones Sunday: Honeyed Chicken

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I am well aware that I missed a week or two… Things were far too busy and I wasn’t very motivated. So, long over due, but here is my review of the latest A Feast of Ice and Fire dish, Honeyed Chicken.

The recipe calls for a whole bird, but I had spilt breasts in the freezer, so that is what I used. I think any chicken on the bone will be just fine. I really like the idea of this dish, but it didn’t quite work for me. I thought the vinegar was a bit too strong, and I wanted the sauce to be more like a glaze. My disappointment may be entirely to my own error, so I will give the technique another try. I used raisins, but would love to mix it up with currants, cranberries and other dried fruit next time.

The house smelled amazing, anyway!

What have you thought about the last few episodes? I have to say, I am loving Ygritte’s character so much more in the show. I didn’t like her much in the books, but her playfulness comes through and you can’t help but love her.

I just promised my husband two Thrones recipes next week to make up for what I missed. Stay tuned!

I got to meet Anthony Bourdain (for a split second)

Me and Anthony BourdainI looked forward to this for months. My family was awesome and bought me two front-row VIP tickets to see Anthony Bourdain on Tour at The Wharton Center for Performing Arts in East Lansing.

I have been a fan for sometime now. I first discovered his show on Netflix and spent all my nights and weekends plowing through the first seven or eight seasons. I read Kitchen Confidential and Medium Raw, saw him on tour with Eric Ripert last February and finally got to meet him last night (for a spilt second).

It was cool. The show was great. He begins with a comedy routine, ripping on Food Network stars like Paula Deen and Guy Fieri. Then he transitions into stories about the people and places featured on his show. He weaves in topics like health, politics, history and how they play a role in what we eat and why. I found his talk fascinating and totally worth it.

The VIP part takes places after the show. Essentially, Bourdain does a book signing for the first three rows, about 150 people at a local restaurant. Ours was at Red Haven. It was crowded, loud, and since I was tired, I got anxious. After only about 20 minutes in line, I got my minute face time with Tony. Maybe he was just as tired as I was, because he didn’t seem especially gracious or happy to be there. I said hello, he nodded and signed my books. I asked for a picture, resulting in another nod. I said “thank you” and I was off.

Anthony Bourdain Book Signing

I am not sure what I was expecting. I know he can’t have conversations with everyone. In fact, I am not even really sure what I would have or should have said. He also spelled my name wrong on one of my books. Oh well. If any Lindsay’s out there love Kitchen Confidential, I have a signed copy for you.

All in all, I enjoyed the show. I am glad he came to Lansing. I am glad he plans to do an episode on Detroit. It is good for Michigan, and that’s good enough for me.

Some Days I Feel Lucky.

…And today was certainly one of those days. I was asked to judge a cooking competition between two student interns working at the Michigan State University test kitchen and two of the MSU chefs. It’s a little tradition that has started. The interns love to challenge the chefs at the end of the year, showing off everything  they have learned. It started last spring with the first official interns, and the tradition has continued with the new pair this year.

I’m so happy they asked me to be a judge. Even if only in a small way, I love being a part of the food culture here at MSU. My heart is truly in it, and it’s great to witness students loving what they are learning and mentors dedicated to teaching.

Michigan State Students Vs. Chefs food gallery

 

The corn chowder (top left) and duck with Dauphinoise potatoes (lower left) were my favorites. The students also had some really creative ideas, like animal cracker french toast with bourbon whip cream (lower right).

Not a bad way to spend a Monday morning.

 

Thrones Sunday: Crusty White Bread

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I don’t know about you, but last Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones was my favorite so far this season. The ending sequence with Dany was amazing! I admire her strength and the performance Emilia Clark gave was perfection. I practically cheered in my living room!

This week’s recipe from A Feast of Ice and Fire comes from The Wall, the crusty white bread. I don’t have much experience with bread making, but I was pleased with this recipe.

I think perhaps I let my dough rest too long before putting it in the oven, as it was a kind of dense. But I honestly have no idea if resting too long is even a thing in bread making. Perhaps that is how this rustic bread is meant to be?

This recipe uses honey, which i thought was interesting, but I couldn’t really taste it in the end. All in all, the bread was satisfying hot from the oven slathered with some salted butter.

I will definitely try this again, as it is easy to mix up and I always have the ingredients on hand.

Thrones Sunday: Honey Biscuits

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So, Sunday night was a close one! Our cable went all wonky — all the HBOs were out! Needless to say, I was in a bit of a panic. After 30 minutes on the phone with tech support, we gave up and signed to our HBO Go account. It was a good thing, too, because I would have been pretty bent if I had to miss Thrones!

Anyhow — I tried a new recipe from A Feast of Ice and Fire, Modern Honey Biscuits. This was is certainly up there as one of my favorite recipes from the book. The biscuits are more like cookies. They have a nice ginger spiciness, which is well balanced from the sugar coating. They go nicely with Earl Grey tea or a tall glass of milk.

What are your thoughts on Season 3 so far? This is the one I have been waiting for — so many good plot twists are coming up. I love seeing Martin’s books brought to life on screen. Jojen Reed is exactly how I pictured him! Love it!