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friday - Karen's Musings
Random Rambling
So every Friday I have to do a Status Report for my two managers and my activity lead. Today I had a two page summary of my activities for the week...documents I'd reviewed, progress I'd made on the document I'm writing, meetings I'd attended, action items I'd completed, and planned actions for next period. I had no idea how much work I'd managed to complete.
On a not so happy note, I was up half the night (maybe more) not feeling well. I had a splitting migraine all night. Aleve didn't help. Percocet didn't help. Purring kitties didn't help. Warm, cuddly sweetie didn't help. The smell of an apple pie baking at 1:30 in the morning didn't help (I'll explain that below). Ugh. The alarm going off at 5:30 definitely didn't help. Now I'm exhausted. Thank goodness I get off of work at 10:30 today.

So why was I baking a pie at 1:30 in the morning? Well, I couldn't sleep anyway...and we have a congregant at our synagogue that just had knee surgery and people are taking turns bringing her meals. Since I get out of work early on Fridays, I volunteered to bring her Shabbat Dinner. I figured since I was up and not sleeping and cooking her dinner ahead of time anyway, I made a pie. I made her dinner ahead of time (roast chicken, roasted potatoes and carrots, tossed salad, challah [store bought], and apple pie) because I still have to cook dinner for us tonight.

On that note, I'm looking forward to having Hillel and Jeanne over to dinner for Shabbat tonight. Here's hoping the house gets cleaned up this afternoon. On the menu? I'm not sure yet. Definitely Chicken (Rosemary Garlic Roasted Chicken Maybe? Not sure yet)... Maybe Cous Cous with Chick Peas or Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Definitely Salad. Matzoh Ball Soup. Probably Pecan Pie. I may scrap the whole thing and come up with something different. We shall see. Right now I'm thinking really hard about a NAP.

ta ta for now!

Current Mood: sleepy sleepy
Current Music: Monteverdi, Quarto Libro dei Madrigali

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cellio From: cellio Date: November 2nd, 2001 07:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry to hear you're under the weather. (Strange coincidence; yesterday *I* had the Headache of Massive Proportions That Will Not Be Dispelled. I guess it's migratory.)

Garlic rosemary chicken sounds wonderful!

Perhaps you can offer me some culinary advice, as I'm still kind of fumbling around the Shabbat food. What are my best options for dinner when several hours are going to elapse between when I put it in the oven and when we eat it? Our congregation always holds services at the same time (8pm), and Dani likes to eat after rather than rushing home from work to do it before. But we're rapidly approaching the time when I have to be done fiddling with it by 4:30. The slow cooker is already occupied with Saturday's lunch, by the way.

What I've been doing is to brown the meat (usually chicken) to keep as much moisture in as possible, then cook at low temperature (or maintain at low temp, if I've pre-cooked). The lowest my oven will do is 170, though, and even with a covered casserole meat can still dry out.

The idea of leaving a gas burner turned on for all of Shabbat, with cats in the house, scares me, so I've ruled out use of the stove for keeping things warm.

indigodove From: indigodove Date: November 2nd, 2001 07:29 am (UTC) (Link)
A simple, non-creative solution that lept to my mind is to have two slow-cookers :-)

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 2nd, 2001 08:39 am (UTC) (Link)
well, several thoughts come to mind, none of which are terribly creative...
The first thought I had was to have two slow cookers (Lori...great minds think alike!)
The second is to have a cold meal on Saturday, which isn't terribly uncommon.
Also, Think about keeping soups or stews warm in the oven, rather than meats?...they are more watery, so they won't dry out so much.
You can also get these metal covers for the stove that disperse the heat...can't remember what they're called...but they have them for two or four burners. they are more toward warming than HOT, so it wouldn't do so much for "cooking" than for keeping warm.
Also, I don't know how big your slow cooker is, but you might consider having something in your slow cooker that you're willing to have twice...a roast for example that you can have Friday night...that you can have leftovers as sandwiches the next day.
We don't tend to have this problem because we usually only go to services on Friday and because we tend to either nosh so much at shul on Saturday or get lunch at one of our friends houses (usually cold food).
Typical Saturday lunch for us is salmon...prepare ahead of time and eat cold... serve with hummus, pita, turkish salad, tabouli, and other acoutrements (I know the spelling of that is SO wrong, and I'm so tired I don't want to look it up).

I'm pretty sure this didn't help, but hey, I never claimed to be helpful!!

I'll take another look at this posting when I'm more awake and alert and see if I have any more useful suggestions!
jeannegrrl From: jeannegrrl Date: November 2nd, 2001 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
man it's dangerous to read this stuff when you're hungry! As for the cooking for several hours dillema, perhaps you could prepare a turkey or a big roast? Those usually take a few hours to cook. If you cover 'em in foil that usually helps retain moisture. Of course that would product a LOT of food, but maybe it's an option if you're planning to have lots of folks over for dinner. Barring that, I too suggest getting another slow cooker. ;-)
sethcohen From: sethcohen Date: November 4th, 2001 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

more food options

Another idea is to include in with the meat a lot of high-water-content vegetables (e.g. tomatoes, onion, cabbage, etc) so that you have a reservoir of water in the over for the meat to baste in.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 5th, 2001 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: more food options

He's so smart! :) That's why I'm going to marry him! I knew I should keep him around! *grin*
sethcohen From: sethcohen Date: November 5th, 2001 08:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: more food options

Now, if only I was smart enough to spell 'oven' correctly... 8^)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 5th, 2001 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: more food options

that's it! The wedding's off! Okay, well, this once I'll overlook it! :)
sethcohen From: sethcohen Date: November 6th, 2001 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: more food options

Glad to hear that, especially now that we're as officially engaged as we can get!
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