Week # 5, I made a ham! My first ham! And it really couldn't have been easier. Or tastier. Once I got it in my head, I was on the hunt for a small ham at the Krogers. (And had my fingers crossed because I had no Plan B.) The prices weren't bad for the big ones. But that was a LOT of meat. I mean, I like ham, but shoooot. After some meat-shifting, I found a smaller one for $11.87 and knew it would be mine. (And seriously?! Cooking like this made me feel fab when I thought about how many meals we'd get out of that $12.)
Sunday late afternoon, I got to cooking and basting, low & slow. I used this recipe marinade and this recipe for general cook time/tips. Perfect timing because Kroger was running a .99 pineapple sale and I basted that baby up! But the real star was the broiling at the end was for the lovely crispy skin.
While the ham was cooking, I tried my hand at my first quesadilla "bar". I figured this would be perfect for lunches or quick meals on the go.
- Roasted broccoli
- Sauteed onions & peppers
- Sauteed mushrooms
- Cast iron crusty-cooked skinless chicken breasts
- Mexican cheese
- Wheat tortillas
All in all, it was a very good week. The 'dillas were perfect for lunch and the ham was guh-reat for dinner. Week #5 success!
Week #6... Well, my brain got tired. When your brain gets tired, whaddya need? Well, tired brain, you need spaghetti. What's more comfy and happy then spaghetti? Angel hair + some doctored-up Ragu. (Doctored up with ground turkey & sauteed onions with garlic.)
And a tired brain likes chicken too. Look, my cast iron makes chicken crusty and delicious. It's not fancy. But it's good. I seasoned up some thighs with kosher salt, ground pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. Smoked up kitchen and BOOM.
Only a couple weeks to go. Hurrah! I've been less casserole/slow cooker-y than I initially anticipated. But still a couple weeks to go!
~And, on a different note, congratulations to UConn. I'm over the whole Coach Cal thing. Finally. But I'd like to quote what someone said afterwards (a someone that I wish I could give credit here) - "At least Kentucky lost so they won't have to vacate the win in a couple years." Bwahahahaaaa! It's funny cuz its true.