No, this is not a product placement, although all of these were pretty good. The picture is to illustrate a couple of things.
- Why I haven't had a blog in over a week with some new fabulous recipe. The answer is simple: the only thing I've cooked from scratch this week is Rice Krispy treats. Other than arm strength, RK treats require no special skills.
- Yes, I really do like brussel sprouts, even the frozen kind. However, for all those brussel sprout haters out there, try making them fresh. I can buy them fresh in the grocery store and farmer's market here for quite awhile. I tend to buy extra and freeze them myself in ziploc bags uncooked, and that keeps them pretty well for when they aren't in season. To make very tasty fresh brussel sprouts, just cut them in half and saute them in a tablespoon or two of olive oil. Season with kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, one clove of minced garlic, and the juice of about a half a lemon (around 2 tablespoons). This takes about 15 minutes and made a brussel sprouts convert out of Daniel.
- No, I do not eat gourmet all the time. Like everyone else, I don't always want to cook. When I was working, I pretty much never wanted to cook. I eat plenty of lunch meat sandwiches, PB & J, and frozen pizza. I even like bologna, hot dogs, and Spam. I do, however, draw the line at Hot Pockets. As Jim Gaffigan says, "Did I eat that, or did I rub it on my face?" I do like to cook nice things when I share a meal with friends. They are dear people, cooking is something I can do, so I try to love on them by feeding them good food. I cannot fix things and I'm not particularly helpful in a move either, as I can't lift much. So, feeding people is my thing. However, I think over time people have begun to suffer the misconception that I eat five course meals all the time. I don't. For that matter, I doubt Tyler Florence, Paula Dean, or Emeril do either. I bet they all have a frozen dinner lurking in their freezer somewhere. I know I do.