Monday, February 4, 2008

Culinary ambition


Yep, that's me. My pink high heels match my fabulous pink dress, and being the fashion maven that I am, it ALL matches my fabulous pink oven! Whenever I cook, I try to make sure that I am, at all times, absolutely fabulous.


While I don't quite look like that tonight, I AM trying something fairly ambitious, Emeril's Sicilian-Style Beef Roulade--basically a big braciole, the big brother of the little bracioles I made a while back. There are a few twists, with hard-boiled eggs as part of the filling, and I can't wait to see how it turns out. It sure smells good! And I learned something today...even if I think I know what an unknown ingredient is, look it up before shopping! I thought I had read and heard that mortadella was a cheese, similar to provolone, so I got some provolone today. Before I started the braciole, I looked up mortadella just to be sure that provolone was comparable, and hush my's not cheese at all, it's a bologna-type thing! I substituted thinly-sliced summer sausage for the mortadella, and I think it will probably taste just fine. But wow, lesson learned!

I'm off tomorrow, too, and after a dentist appointment in the morning, I'm sure I'll be watching CNN to see what happens with the Super Tuesday primaries. It's shaping up to be VERY interesting, especially on the Democratic side. (It's looking good for McCain on the Republican side.) The youth vote is going to be huge, the proportional allocation of delegates in the Dem primaries is huge, and the sheer passion of voters in this election is huge. Get out there and vote, folks! Indiana's primary isn't until May 5th, so we don't have much of a voice, although I wish we did. If you are lucky enough to have a voice tomorrow, please make it heard!



mpnaz58 said...

There was an editorial in our local paper last week.  A gentleman wrote in regarding his 90 year old mother in law.  She just became a US citizen in mid-January, and she was sooooo excited to be able to vote for the first time ever!!  A right that so many take for granted.  I am actually voting before I go to work :)  My pantry is stuffed with special ingredients that I bought for a recipe...some I've used, others, maybe I changed my mind, etc.  I have 3 jars of artichoke hearts because I was going to make a dip of some kind.  I'll end up having to throw them away...too old!
xoxo ~Myra

luvrte66 said...

Myra, what a neat story, about the 90-year-old new citizen! So many of us DO take it for granted--I know I have in the past--and people like that make us remember what an amazing privilege we have. Good for you, voting before work!

Funny that you mention artichoke hearts...I just bought some not too long ago for a recipe, but for the life of me, I can't remember what recipe it was. I might have to do some searching, before I have to throw out the artichokes!


rdautumnsage said...

I have to get back into the habit of cooking from recipes to find something different and entertaining to eat for dinner....

Beth I have a friend who is pretty outspoken (Don't let that fool you, she's a saint in hiding and compassionate about what she believes)....who just posted in favor of Obama on her journal. I'm leaving the link for you... I just thought you might enjoy it! Sheria is a doll, I think you'd enjoy her journal outside this one entry too.

Your in my thoughts! (Hugs) Indigo

queeniemart said...

i always vote and every time i vote, whoever i vote for loses.
that dinner you made sounds really good!

deshelestraci said...

Sounds like a super yummy dinner.  I failed to cook in my pinkness today!
I'll be voting tomorrow.

luvrte66 said...

Indigo writes: "Beth I have a friend who is pretty outspoken (Don't let that fool you, she's a saint in hiding and compassionate about what she believes)...." Hm, Indy, I will have to check out her site! I look forward to reading what she writes about Obama!

Lisa writes: "i always vote and every time i vote, whoever i vote for loses." Don't let that stop you, Lisa. The important thing is that you exercise your right to vote!

Traci writes: "Sounds like a super yummy dinner. I failed to cook in my pinkness today! I'll be voting tomorrow." It turned out really good, Traci! Surprisingly rich, and I served it with pasta on the side--a very hearty meal, with a rich tomato sauce. I'm sure the pink outfit helped. (Tee hee!) And thanks for voting on Tuesday...those of you who vote in the early primaries choose who we will all vote for in November, so your vote definitely counts!

Love ya all!

buckoclown said...

Dinner was awesome.  Thanks Honey :o)