Monday, March 31, 2008

Iron Chef Challenge, Complete!

Hey Bloggie Buddies, I have a question for you!

(For a blog that is not technically a Food Blog, I talk about food an awful lot here. But that's okay, I talk about food a lot in real life, and I don't have a baby yet, so here we are ;) One day there will be a baby and I'll only talk about her/him and we'll all reminisce about how I used to cook...)

Some background--This past week I've been participating in my own little Iron Chef challenge--We were close to going over on our monthly food budget, so I set myself a goal to make all the meals for the week out of things we already had in the fridge, pantry, or freezer, and NOT do my weekly store run. And, today, Mission Accomplished! Tonight's meal will mark a whole additional week on no extra food. I'm outta milk, outta eggs, and thank the dear sweet Lord, I will go to the store tomorrow on a brand spanking new food budget. The Challenge was fun, but I am BEYOND over it, I can't wait to get back to cooking any damn thing I want. So, my question for you, kids, is this:

You've just gotten your kitchen back--I don't know where you were, on a trip, jail, whatever--but it's been a while, and now you're back and can cook ANY thing you want--what is THE meal you're most excited to make? I know I can't wait to try real live Texas Chicken Fried Steak, and I've got a soup recipe (Asparagus, Potato, and Herb) that was described as "Spring time in a bowl", so those are going on this week's menu, but maybe I want to make your favorite meal too! And then you can come over and eat with us. Or you can come for the soup. Whatever.


KatieKate said...

About every two months, we end up with enough leftovers (coins) from the weekly budget that I skipping "pulling" for a week and just try to make it. It's actually pretty fun. And it make all those crazy boxed rice things in the pantry disappear. Why do I always have them? I don't remember buying them!!! I'm being attacked!!!

And seriously? Favorite meal? I'll give you 2:
1. chili, ehich I mae last night with Jiffy cornbread because I LOVE chopping up all those vegetables and sauteeing them. It's silly, I know.
2. Whole chicken with mashed potatoes and, this week, asparagus. Man I love a good oven-baked chicken all crisy and juicy!

CortneyTree said...

Oven roasted chicken, how could I have forgotten thee!

Good call, Katie, that is PERFECT! Is it wrong that I could be perfectly happy eating all the crispy chicken skin as an appetizer?

Matt and I used to have epic battles over chili, but he has since conceded to me (except that he still persists in calling my version of chili "misguided"--better than what he used to call it--EVIL).

Leigh said...

Spinach and mushroom lasagne. Big crunchy green salad. Pound cake with fresh strawberries. Yum. Good question, by the way!

CortneyTree said...

Yum, yum, and YUM, good call Leigh! I'm putting pound cake on the list for sure, perfect!

sunday said...

You are amazing to have your own iron chef time. i might have to try that sometime.

sunday said...

oh and this amazing crispy tuna from Cypress in Charleston. It is my all time favorite meal ever in life

CortneyTree said...

You should try it Sunday, it really was pretty fun, and a great way to clean out the fridge/freezer/pantry!

And, Oh. My. Crispy Tuna sounds like something I would LOVE!

thekooiet said...

Hi Cortney!

My favorite meal is turkey breast cooked (one of those 3lb'ers thawed) in the crockpot with about 1 cup of apple cider. Yummmo!

Serve with mashed potatoes and homemade stuffing. Make the gravy from the dripping from the crockpot.

AND, since we've just gotten back from Baja California, I can't wait to make Fish Tacos!

CortneyTree said...

Hi Jami!
That's SO funny you mentioned fish tacos, Matt has been bugging me for weeks to have them for dinner, we're having them Monday! I luuuuhuv baja style fish tacos with cabbage, yum!

KatieKate said...

oooh- fish tacos. Yum.

I have a great batter recipe, but I'm not so fond of it's cabbage recipe. Care to share yours?

CortneyTree said...

You know, I haven't found one I love yet either, so I was gonna wing it a bit. I'm making a chipotle sour cream (sour cream, lime juice, and chipotle powder) and I was thinking I'd dress the cabbage with cider vinegar, celery seed, and cumin, and maybe some really thin sliced onion. Or use green onions. Hmm, not sure. What's yours got in it?

sunday said...

i have THE BEST fish taco recipe with red cabbage slaw. I don't eat the slaw, but worth does and he loves it! We don't batter our fish either. I got it from everyday food, one of my favorite food magazines and cookbooks ever. we have fish tacos pretty dialed in around here.

thekooiet said...

Here's a Baja style recipe (From the Baja Times news paper)

1 c. dark beer (Bohemia if you can find it)
1 c. flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 lbs. lingcod or rock cod (cod is hard to come by this time a year in's expensive! We just used good 'ol tilapia)
1/2 -3/4 c. corn oil

In a bowl, whisk beer, flour, and salt, blending well.
Rinse fish and pat dry. Cut into taco size pieces. (about 3inch wedges)
In a deep 5-6 quart pan (or deep fryer), heat oil to 360*. Coat each fish with batter and lift out, draining briefly. Slide coated fish into oil, about 5 at a time. When fritters are golden, in about 2-4 minutes, lift out and drain on paper towels. Repeat to fry remaining fish.

Mix 1/4 cup mayo and 1/4 sour cream for a sauce.

Assemble each taco with:
-shredded cabbage (I'm not a plain cabbage fan either, but with all the other stuff on it --yum!)
-Pico de Gallo
-Sour cream and mayo mixture
-squeeze lime over filling.

*Use corn tortillas.

This is exactly how we had them at the fish market in Ensenada with guac and pico de gallo....soooo yummy.

Goce con mucho gusto!

thekooiet said...

BTW...we just made them last night for dinner with our neighbors....ooooh, they were sooo yummy!

oh, and use some hot sauce.

CortneyTree said...

Sounds AWESOME Jami, thanks!