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08:32 pm: I Cooked!
Simple stuff, but I'm getting back in the hang of it. I boiled whole-wheat elbow mac (I need to get more pasta) and sauteed the last bits of kielbasa, onion, mushrooms, and garlic* in peanut oil. I grew up with peanut oil and it's listed as one of the best oils for cooking, so I don't feel bad about using it instead of olive oil. A bit defensive, maybe, but not bad. I think I'll use part of this week's extra money (Lucila didn't come) to buy a chicken next week and see if I can roast it, pick it, and make stock. If nothing else, I can pick it in the recliner and put bits in three-ounce tupperwares to go in the freezer. That works well for cooking stuff like this, where you can just add it in to be heated and flavored with the other stuff.

Nothing much going on today -- the kitties have been sleeping so prettily that I took a picture, but I'm not going to take it out of the camera today because I have something else to take pictures of in the daylight tomorrow.

I emailed Mouse Factory Toys and asked about them making a new Mr. Gator and ordered four more small glitter poms. Spirit keeps putting this one under furniture. And for a while this afternoon, she played swat/roll with me. We've had balls before and she never cared and this one doesn't have catnip, just glitter strands sticking up from all over it. She likes to carry it by the glitter strands.

*I was pretty sure I'd kept the garlic smusher when I gave most of the kitchen things away, and I was right. This is the only gift my stepsister ever gave me that I liked, and that was because she asked me what I wanted. She kept saying "Are you sure? Are you sure?" and of course I was sure. A good garlic smusher is a necessity for cooking.

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From:etumukutenyak
Date:January 2nd, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
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Yay Marilee! Pasta is nice and easy, and the rest of it is just toppings. I like peanut oil too, and use it (or good olive oil) all the time. If you look around for a rice cooker, you can do rice so easily, and they also can be used to steam veggies, which is healthy.

Roast chicken is always yummy, even when cold. You're making me hungry, and I just finished dinner!
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From:mjlayman
Date:January 2nd, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
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I have one of the Zojirushi Fuzzy Logic rice cookers because it makes a lot of other grains, too, and I was thinking of barley today instead of pasta, but my start time and my hungry time weren't in sync so I went with the pasta.

Yeah, I'm sure I can roast it, that's easy. But I'll probably have to sit in the recliner to pick it for freezer stuff. I'm not sure I'm up to stock, but we'll see. A lot of it is just simmering stuff.
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From:agent_mimi
Date:January 2nd, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
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My cat Petey puts every toy he loves under the old Philco radio or under the couch. About every 2 months we dig them out and he goes nuts, but within 5 minutes they're hidden again.
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From:mjlayman
Date:January 2nd, 2009 08:00 am (UTC)
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Well, I think I'm willing to dig them out more often (the couch is light, the floor is laminate) because this is the first time she's ever really played with anything. We couldn't have this kind of toy for many years because another cat ate anything made with polyester. The day he died last year, I ordered toys while I was crying. But neither of the cats really played with them. I got a new Mr. Gator and they both like him (Spirit disembowels him, permanently recently) because Mouse Factory Toys uses really excellent catnip, but they don't really play. So if she's willing to go around the house and play with the glitter pom, I think I'm willing to get it out from under things. Or at least give her one of the new ones and get them out when they're all under stuff.
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From:soon_lee
Date:January 2nd, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
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Good job.

Another good use for peanut oil is in a stir-fry. It's a quick & easy dish to serve with rice & the variations are virtually endless.

Rather than using a garlic press, I've always preferred using a knife to smash the garlic, remove the skin & chop by hand. I enjoy chopping stuff up.
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From:mjlayman
Date:January 2nd, 2009 08:02 am (UTC)
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I grew up using peanut oil for everything, so the entire idea of olive oil was weird when it became popular years ago. I do keep some because sometimes I have to add oil to frozen Italian things. But what I've used peanut oil most for these last years is popcorn. I like to make mine on the stove.

I always chopped garlic up before I got the garlic press, but that's a little finer than I trust my muscles with a knife now, even on a good day. I do take the skin off by leaning on the side of the knife, though.

Edited at 2009-01-02 08:12 am (UTC)
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From:soon_lee
Date:January 2nd, 2009 08:19 am (UTC)
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Apologies. I keep taking for granted that not everyone in good health like me (except for poor eyes & dodgy knees, but they don't hamper my abilities in the kitchen).
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From:mjlayman
Date:January 2nd, 2009 09:34 am (UTC)
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I used to be a really good cook, and had company for dinner at least once a week. Then I had the renal failure and everything else progressed. I used to wobble too much to do very much in the kitchen, but the physical therapist gave me some balance exercises that are giving me some more control. She doesn't think I'll ever get it all back because the base of it is the partial paralysis on the left from the stroke, but she thinks I've become too weak over the years and can get some back. I'm supposed to see her again Tuesday, but it's also supposed to snow, so I may have to cancel that.
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From:kaffyr
Date:January 2nd, 2009 07:06 am (UTC)
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I'm glad to hear of your continuing adventures in the Cooking Zone. Peanut oil is a favorite around our kitchen, because there are, frankly, a whole lot of things for which it's much better than olive oil. The latter has a much lower smoking point, and gives the wrong flavor to certain things, much as I love it.

A garlic press is one of the seven pillars of CasaKaffyr's culinary system.

When it comes to kitty toys, the cat dancer is the one sure-fire toy beloved by each of the cats.
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From:mjlayman
Date:January 2nd, 2009 08:08 am (UTC)
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I should probably try that. My guys are too smart for the fishing rod thing. They grab the thing with their mouth, pull it down to be held by their paws, and bite through the string. And then it doesn't dangle anymore and they don't care.

I'm not upset about giving away all the specialized kitchen things because I don't think I'll get to the point of making that kind of food again. And if I do? I can buy more.
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