We watched "The Next Food Network Star" last night. Yes, even Ramona gets to stay up and watch the culinary excitement. We don't do American Idol, but ... food? We're there.
Anyone else watching this?
We each decided what our "culinary point of view" would be if we were to compete on the show. Atticus said his would be, "You can cook anything once you learn a few kitchen basics." He's right. I know he is, because he's actually taught me to cook a few things.
Anne-with-an-e's would be "Literature in the Kitchen." She would present dishes to go along with her favorite books. (Sigh. I'm so proud.)
Mine would be -- you guessed it: How to cook using the fewest possible pots, pans and utensils. (And, I would fervently hope that Alton Brown wouldn't dislike me from the first moment, as he did with Lisa. Ouch.)
Here's another recipe that I've lazied up, by throwing it into a 9"x 13" instead of using loaf pans. My kids love this, so I make it year-round.
Lazy Mom's Pumpkin Bread
3 c. sugar
2 c. pumpkin
1 c. oil
3 1/3 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice or ginger
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9"x13" pan. Combine sugar, eggs, pumpkin, and oil and mix well. In separate bowl, combine dry ingredients, then add slowly to the first (or, do as I do, and throw it all in to make it happen faster.) Mix well, pour in pan and bake for about an hour.
Feed to children for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Think about what you can make for dinner tomorrow night that will involve only a crock pot and paper plates. Pat self on the back, but realize that Alton Brown would not be impressed.