Kind of like this:
So does the lack of plows out and about during rush hour, the morning after we get snow! I found it rather ridiculous that this is what our main roads looked like Friday morning:
This is about two blocks away from the Brookings Hospital. You’d think the city would make the emergency route a higher priority, but I guess not. I did send a complaint to the city manager. Not surprisingly, I haven’t heard back, so I assume I’m not the only one. And just to state the obvious, I’m trying something a little different with my photo sizes for this post. Feedback is welcome.
And I suppose I shouldn’t complain. By the time Jay and the bambino picked me up from work last night, the streets were cleared (as cleared as they get in Brookings)…Even our street had been plowed! That almost never happened last year…Or the year before, now that I think about it. The sun also came out for a little while in the afternoon, but I was stuck inside, so it didn’t really matter. It also came out for a little while this afternoon, so I went out to grab a picture:
Jay went out to shovel almost first thing, so I spent most of the morning looking for recipes and reading cookbooks. I wish we had more than $35 this week to get groceries, but there wasn’t a whole lot we actually needed, outside of toilet paper (Oh, don’t laugh. Everyone uses it!). I get paid next week anyway, so I can do a proper trip then. I’m seriously in love with my Wiseguy Cookbook, and have bookmarked a LOT of recipes I want to try. Tomorrow night, I’m going to make another one–Baked Polenta with Sausage and Tomato Sauce. Dawn, one of my coworkers asked about the Manicotti recipe–My leftovers last week apparently awakened the Green-Eyes Monster in a few people! So here’s the link to it. Jay said that I can make it again any time, although I wound up eating his leftovers as well as my own!
I did want to make something warm and cozy for dinner tonight, and since we’ve been watching tons of Are You Being Served? lately, I thought I’d try my hand at some Lancashire Hot Pot (it’s mentioned frequently in the show).
It’s traditionally made with lamb, as well as onions, carrots, celery/rutabaga, but I used beef, left out the onions and rutabaga, and just doubled up on carrots. I suppose mine’s more of a beef stew-type dish, but I like the potato “crust” on top, instead of potato chunks.
Jay said it was excellent, and went back for seconds. The bambino ate his carrots before anything else (along with his bread and butter). After we were done eating, just because I could, I made some Hot Fudge Pudding Cake.
It’s easy and quick enough to pull together–I wanted dessert, and I was going to make some shortbread, but I forgot to take butter out to soften. Lucky for me, the butter required in this recipe is to be melted! Just like the ice cream I served this with: