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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Cooking with Craig and other things

I got good news from the doctor on my eye thingy. It's just a Chalazion. And what's that? Well a Stye is an infected eyelash follicle, and a Chalazion is a plugged up oil gland. So I got some drops to help prevent infection, and am to use warm compresses to help clear the clogged gland.
It's been bitter cold here. Currently 4 degrees out right now with a high in the mid 20's. So even though the snow's gone for the moment, it's too damn cold to do anything outside yet. So, we're working on puzzle #6, walking every day, (indoors) and yesterday, Craig made a final batch of broth. In a large pot, he put the last Turkey carcass, and bags of veggies he'd saved. Things like trimmings of Broccoli, celery, onions, carrots, etc. Let it all simmer for a few hours, and double strain and put into freezer containers.
And this is some good stuff! Would be wonderful as a soup base except we're not much soup people, so he'll use it to make rice, mashed potatoes, and anything that he can substitute water for.
And for dinner yesterday, he prepared baked pork cutlets over stuffing. But instead of plain stuffing, he added a can of pinto beans, corn, onions and salsa. It was great! And today he's using some leftover Turkey to make his Turkey Rice Casserole. And we'll use some of this broth for the rice!


  1. I never thought about saving the vegitable pieces and parts to make broth! What a good idea!

  2. I've never made a stock either. I'm trying to get over my aversion to working with meats. I'm still a baker at heart but I'm trying to venture into the world of real food.

  3. P.S. - glad to hear that your eye is ok!

  4. Man that stuffing sounds delicious....reminds me that I need a quick action plan for dinner....

  5. Our freezer is full of bits of vegetable trimmings (leek tops, fennel tops, celery tops, er, lots of tops) for broth. Not to mention broth itself.

    Glad the eye thing isn't as serious as you thought.

    Happy eating!