Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Update: Cooking with Gas, Giveaway Hint!

We've been cooking quite a bit lately; I'm not sure if it's just because of our new "toy," or if gas really does make everything easier!

Just for fun, I wanted to share with you what we've made so far--in order, as far as I can remember!

1. Cream of Wheat: Miss Chef was crushed that this should be the first thing made on our new stove. Apparently, CoW is a Yankee Thing. But it was cold when I walked Rosie Friday night...and whose overtime paid for the thing, hmmm??

2. SNICKERDOODLES!! Saturday morning fun with Miss Chef! Hopefully it erased a bit of the Cream of Wheat insult.

3. Casserole: leftover chicken and veggies with pasta from our NJ/NYC trip. Bonus benefit to gas burners: roasted red bell pepper! The best casserole I've made yet.

4. Fried egg: it really did cook better on gas. It even sounded better, crackling and all that.

5. Monday dinner: we invited a friend, and Miss Chef rolled up her sleeves. Pork roast w/a beer & mustard sauce, seasoned brown rice, orange cauliflower (a novelty found in the grocery store), roasted tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms.

6. maraschino cherry cookies w/kisses: one of Miss Chef's favorites

7. Tuesday dinner: Miss Chef had the night off, since we're getting another rain/snow/ice event tonight. I worked late and thought I was going to have to get the two thawed chickens roasted quickly while I took care of Rosie and tried to get this post done. But I walked into the house and smelled crispy roasted chicken and crispy roasted potatoes. And the color on the chicken was perfect.

Are you all jealous now? Sorry; I was too hungry to get pictures. I'll try to do better in the future.


Ok, I've loved reading all your responses to my giveaway. (I've responded to all of you in the comments, except for Freddie; you're an outlier, Fred, with your crazy Chicago post!) And I applaud your guesses, there were several excellent ideas in there for a next giveaway. Yes, even cookies.

Alas, you are all wide of the mark.

So, with two days left, here's your hint:

It is indeed a locally-made product, previously mentioned on this blog, but it is not food.

That's it. That's all you're getting. Mwahahahaha!

Remember, everyone who has listed a favorite post is still entered in the drawing. I'll post the winner Friday evening, and reveal the mystery prize.

À bientôt !


  1. What is cream of wheat?? Anyway, here I am again. I have trawlwd back through your posts and drooled again over Bûche de Noël. What photos! So I have to mention it. I would like to think that I might win some chocolate :-, but as it's not food... Um, a locally made craft of some sort? A scarf?

  2. Hmmmmm.... something from your State Fair? Or the RenFaire?

    I'm still thinking about the piles of books on the bedside tables, too.

    And all of that cooking sounds amazing! And I totally agree- a fried egg cooked on gas is better than a fried egg cooked on an electric stove top!!

  3. Oh, I'm afraid you'll both have to go a bit further back than that...heh heh heh...

  4. Oh crumbs - I'm re-reading and also reading for the first time some posts from before we 'knew' each other. (And before we found out that we have the same name and are very similar in other ways as well!) But I can't figure out what the giveaway might be. If it's my suitcase which I last saw in Charlotte and which didn't arrive in New York and I never saw it again - well, I would probably prefer chocolate now. Truly. It took me a while but I am over my lost/stolen/strayed suitcase. :-) OK. Pottery? Woodware? Sheesh, I dunno!

  5. I courted my high school sweetheart with Snickerdoodles. He loved them, and me-- for a while :-)

    Hope all is well with you.


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