The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2011-01-09

Saturday, January 15, 2011

So yeah, I don't do it right but it works

I'm having some family over tomorrow and made egg salad for  many.  I used a baker's dozen of eggs.

I going to post the recipe since it's easy,  I love it and making hard boiled eggs seems to be a matter of contention.

Based on everything I've read I don't do it right and I don't know what to say about that.  It just works for me.  It always works. 

I put however many eggs I need in a pot, cover with about an inch of cold water (has to be cold), set the burner to med-high (to pretty darned high - so I guess I'm saying just short of high-high.  But if you have a really good stove not like me that boils fast I'm thinking you would need to set it lower) ,  set the timer for 20 minutes and leave it cook, uncovered.

That's it.  Yes, the eggs dance around a bit and sometimes if I'm only cooking an egg or two I'll turn down the burner a little but mostly I don't...   When the timer goes off I put the screaming hot eggs in an ice bath, stir them around for a minute or two, crack them a little - Stir, stir, stir them again for a few minutes and then peel them under running water.

They peel really easy. 

So for the egg salad I did that with 13 eggs and left them to dry for a little while.  When I was ready I mixed in a bowl about:

1/4 cup minced sweet onion
1/4 cup minced celery (use the inside stalks for this)
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
the juice from half a lemon
an 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of Coleman's Dry Mustard depending on how much kick you want - I used 1/4 - My family gets whiny about food that kicks them.
a teaspoon of salt
a few grind of pepper

For the eggs I slice them on a egg slicer.  One of these...


 But mine's not as nice as that one and is starting to rust.

I slice them long way, then the other but you can cut them any way you want; you want smallish pieces not mush.  Then mix with the mayo mixture.

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This is really delicious - If you've never added lemon juice SURPRISE!  it's great! - and so much better then the stuff they sell at deli counters... And way, way cheaper.




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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Anti-Telemarketer Cookiewich

I came up with this dessert a while back and  it's everything I love in a dessert.  It's quick, it's got only two (or three ingredients),  requires no baking, and my kid loves it...

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OREO MINT COOKIEWICHES

It's  the perfect pantry dessert if you live in a world where Oreo Cookies and Mint Chip Ice Cream can sit around unmolested.  I wouldn't know anything about that, I don't live there.

1.  Split Oreo Cookies, put one chocolaty top aside.

2.  Put a little baby scoop, about a tablespoon (granted there is more in the pictures but hey! This is a cookie not nuclear fission ) of Chocolate Mint Chip Ice Cream on one half of the cookie.

3.  This is optional - Drizzle with a little bit of Magic Shell

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4.  Top with the other half of the cookies...

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Yum!  I mean, done.

If you had a bad day or have PMS; someone stole your parking space or that telemarketer called for the fifth time while you were in the bathroom you might (rightly feel) the need for copious amounts of chocolate to soothe the edges of life.  If so,  you can Magic Shell the heck out of the cookies.  Just squirt away and then put them in the freezer to harden (It won't harden on the cookies otherwise)  

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Take that you, Telemarketer.

*Please have fun with this and remember it’s a recipe; not a calculus problem.  Don’t get bogged down on fiddle-faddle about precise amounts.  You’re scooping little balls of mint chip ice cream; not figuring how long it will take the light from the last chip on the right to reach the moon. 

Love and fiddle-faddle,
Tracy

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The snow is up to Ginger's peepee. Aaaagain.




And in case you don't want to be left with that particular image.

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There were a lot of birdies hanging out in the Scrotum Tree last night waiting for their turn at the suet feeder.  It makes a lovely image.

Love and Sweaters,
Tracy & Ginger

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dinettes for Retro Tuesday

 Since I acquired Sven, Thor, Ann-Margret and ultimately their sister, Ingrid (Thank you, Tara) I've been obsessed with their lineage.  They have no maker's mark and the only thing I know is what the woman who gave them to me knew - Get this.  She found them because someone left them AND THE MATCHING BUFFET ( Coudja die?) out for the garbage men. 

Who would do such a thing to innocent mid-century modern furniture?

I've looked through my vintage magazines and I can't find a thing resembling them.  But all this chair thought has me musing - I have four chairs so I'm thinking: Table.  I should totally get a new kitchen table and use those chairs.

I use the term 'new' loosely, of course.  The issue is that  I really had been looking for was something more along the lines of what's in this Daystrom ad...

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Sigh.

I saw one at an estate sale before I was sure I needed one like I need air.  And I also saw one at a Salvation Army type place once - but it was overly shabby.  Also black and white which doesn't so much work.   

Now I can get one that looks just like the old ones.  Have you ever scooted on over to Retro Planet...



Droolicious, isn't it?  Wait...


Just call me Marcia, Marcia, Marcia...

 The pictures are links to the site if your Retro loving heart can take it.   I went so far as to get some vinyl samples and the sparkly ones about did me in.   There's an issue to know about before you go - You build the sparkly chrome  marbly retro Formica dinette of your dreams and look for the price but there are no prices.  

I know,  my heart goes thud too.  You have to call for pricing information which for someone who just decided on ten dollars worth of gas instead of eleven, is horrifying.  I'm thinking, millions.  Or at least twelve hundred which might as well be millions.  

So for the rest of Retro Tuesday I leave you with more Droolicious Tableage.  

contessa



harvey probber

Okay, well for this one - It's really the chairs. Plus, what kind of name for a chair is a Harvey Probber chair?  I mean...  right?  Don't even start me on what that sounds like.

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Love the Extensole, don't get the name.

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Serious Heywood Wakefield love.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Random oddness and the forth chair!

1. Organized area for today: The kitchen counter - Since I'm short on storage and long on stuff I love I need to find uses for things I want to keep because  sitting there and looking vintagely pretty  doesn't cut it for my family.  And go figure, right?

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I acquired two amazing canister sets this year and the only way they are leaving this house is for someone to pry them from my cold, dead hands and even then I'm thinking Retro Funereal Urn.... So. I worked out what to do with them...

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The largest aluminum canister is empty and the smallest turquoise one.  Room to grow.

2.   The forth chair!  Remember last week I posted (here) about getting three Danish Modern chairs from Freecycle?  The woman who I got from emailed to say she found the forth chair and I picked it up yesterday.  That was one big house.  I'm not sure I could a thumbtack in here but...  Anyway - Sven, Thor and Ann-Margret, have been reunited with their sibling...


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As yet, unnamed.

I can't find any maker's marks.  I wish I could figure out something about these chairs but I'm tapped for ideas.  Any thoughts?

3.  Snow, more snow.  Another SIX INCHES....Really?   Ginger's about had it with the snow and you would to if you had to pee pee out side and the snow was up to your um, pee pee...

 4.  Random Winter Squash Recipe - Poke holes in an acorn or similar size squash and bake whole in a 350 degree oven until done.  This will vary depending the size of the squash - it will probably be an hour and a half.   Cut squash in half and remove seeds and then cut squash in large chunks - maybe four per squash.   

Melt 3 - 4 Tablespoons of butter in a large frying pan, on very low heat.  Add about a teaspoon and a half of dried thyme and ground pepper to taste. 

Cook until you have browned but not burned butter.  This takes a while but stand there and stir it, watch it...  it goes from brown to burnt and tasting like crap really fast.

When the butter is browned toss the squash around in it and serve.  It's really, really good.  It's better with fresh herbs but I don't have a sunny window and it's great with sage.  

Add salt if butter is unsalted.  You probably won't need it if the butter is salted.  

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Random temporary musical test post








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