January 7, 2009

The Secret Lorraine

Okay, now that I've owned up to possessing a tiara (and a feather boa, if we're being totally honest...), here's an article that is my secret Dream Kitchen.

It's from Mark Bittman in the NYT - everything you should have in your kitchen to start the year. Oh, how I would love to be able to work this way, cook this way, eat this way...never gonna happen, but it's fun to pretend.

Actually, I made stock the other day. Roz made me. I was hacking chicken from bones, and she made me throw them in a pot with a dirty onion, peppercorns, bay leaves and a bunch of water. And cook it. We call it Neck Soup, after what my mom used to do with the turkey parts every Thanksgiving and Christmas.

It's in the fridge, awaiting being carefully measured into bags and to be frozen. I've finally learned how to cook rice (shut up), and I use broth. Apparently, I now use homemade broth. Every member of this household passed the stove, lifted the lid and said "ewww. What's this?" And you wonder why I don't bother.

Anyway - I was whining to Roz that I didn't have a spice I needed, but I did have 4 packages of cumin. Every time someone gives me a recipe with cumin in it, I buy another bag. I decided it was time to purge the spice cupboard and start fresh. I have some little bottles in there that are older than Christopher.

I will get around to a basic spice inventory - but I love this article for other stuff. Stuff I'll never do - but I can always picture myself doing. In a tiara.


Blogger Nursedude said...

I just bought an updated copy of Bittman's classic book: How to Cook Everything. A must have resource.

January 07, 2009 5:53 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

WGJ... please add a tiara to Lorraine's headhshot... It would mean so much to... a few.

January 08, 2009 2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couple of things I disagree with him on, but not many. Use garam masala (I make my own) instead of goofy curry powder. It tastes way better and you use a lot less. No house should be without a lemon reamer. Other than that, I concur.

p.s. you forgot the rest of the broth story.

January 08, 2009 2:53 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

It told them all of the broth story that they need to know.

January 08, 2009 4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No. Let's hear the rest about this broth. Nothing worse than a tease on an empty stomach...


January 09, 2009 6:25 AM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

I suspect food is not the underlying issue, here!

January 09, 2009 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, she's away. I'll tell you the rest of the story. Just before their dinner that night she put the large open container of cooling broth in the sink and warned everyone that it was there. After dinner, her youngest son, excuses himself from the table, picks up his plate and rinses it in the sink... and into the broth.

so much for teaching her fine culinary skills.


January 10, 2009 3:05 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

Heck, she could have donated the suspect stock to a few restaurants I know whose soups are weak and insipid and do taste as if their base is dishwater.

I believe that Lorraine's household has inadvertently discovered an age old kitchen factoid - stretch things out via dilution; it's like bars watering down hooch.

January 11, 2009 3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey WGJ? You running the blog while the cat is away? Anymore good juicy gossip you can share like the last time?...


January 13, 2009 6:51 AM  

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