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What I made for dinner last night. - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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skywhisperer
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What I made for dinner last night.
I've discovered lately that there are few "there's nothing in the house to eat!" emergencies that cannot be fixed with a box of puff pasty in the fridge.

Somewhere in the last few months, I found this recipe for Herbed Chicken In Pastry. I thought it was from Kraft Food And Family, but I can't find it online on their website.

Tangent: I have an inherent distrust of cooking magazines which are thinly-veiled advertisements, but there are two I get every month that I always make at least a few recipes from: "Food & Family", and Penzey's "One". They're nearly exact opposites - the Kraft magazine is great for things that I just want to put together quickly, after work, that are reasonably good and reasonably healthy. "One" has the sort of recipes you'd make when you were having someone over you wanted to impress.

Anyway, I made the herbed chicken version once or twice, but I hate recipes where I have to cook chicken before I start the recipe. It always makes me feel like I'm making dinner twice. So the next time I made them, I put cheddar cheese and diced ham in them instead. They were really good, and it cut my prep time in half.

Last night I tried another version: I chopped up some pepperoni slices, and mixed them with a big scoop of ricotta cheese, a handful of sliced black olives, and half a bag of leftover Italian cheese. I prepped the puff pasty, dropped big tablespoons of filling on the squares, and baked them. While they were baking, I threw a handful of leftover roasted garlic (when garlic in the pantry starts to get close to the end of its lifetime, I throw it in the oven to roast in little foil packets with butter, guaranteeing me a steady supply of roasted garlic to add to things like this), a squirt of fresh-oregano-in-a-tube, and a can of tomatoes in the food processor to make a dipping sauce.

Best. Pizza. Rolls. Ever.

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acelightning From: acelightning Date: June 8th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
maybe you'd like to join food_snobbery?
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: June 11th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool! I joined. :)
acelightning From: acelightning Date: June 12th, 2007 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)
great!

and i followed the link for the herbs-in-a-tube, and now i need to make an expedition to Wegman's ;-D
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: June 12th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was wary of them. The first time I only got them because the grocery store was out of fresh basil. But they're really very good, and I keep them in the fridge now for those times when I want herbs in something and I don't have any fresh.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: June 13th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
i use a lot of ginger, in both savory and sweet things. but if i try keeping fresh ginger in the fridge, it just dries up and/or goes moldy. when i can get it, i like to keep a bottle of ginger juice in the fridge... but they only seem to carry it in the stores during the winter. far too often, i find myself reduced to using ground ginger. the stuff in a tube would be as handy as the juice, maybe even more so.

skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: June 13th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't think I've seen a ginger version. I keep fresh ginger in the pantry, with the potatoes and garlic, on the theory that it's a root. I usually get a month out of a root before it gets icky. I bet you could do even better if you kept it in a ziploc bag full of rice.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: June 13th, 2007 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)
i don't have a pantry. i don't keep onions or garlic around at all, of course, and if i'm buying fresh potatoes, it's for a particular use, and there aren't any left to keep around. but i'm likely to take it into my head to cook something that needs ginger at, say, 3 AM, which is where something like the juice, or the puree in a tube, come in handy.

alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: June 11th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
That reminds me. I need to do some baking soon. I think it might be time for some kolaches or something.
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