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Cabin Fever Flautas and Homemade Toothpicks PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie & Jedd Kettler   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 17:45

 

Hoo boy. As much as I hate super hot weather in summer (a lot) and can generally tolerate cold weather, this winter is getting a little ridiculous. Seriously ridiculous. From ice storms to a blizzard, we're ready for weather that doesn't involve long underwear.

 

 

 

(Note, it's March 13 and there have only been a couple of days above freezing this month – if that.)

 

And I think it's safe to assume that cabin fever has kicked in around our little kitchen. But yesterday, hubris did too – and it ended hilariously.

 

Because it was so cold and blustery and blizzard-ey yesterday, I was craving Mexican food – flautas in particular. I hadn't counted on that craving during the pre-bad-weather run to the grocery store, but I was feeling a little smug because I could make everything from scratch without needing to leave the apartment.

 

No cilantro or tomatoes for homemade salsa? Well that was just fine. I had one remaining bag of frozen cherry tomatoes in the freezer that I'd put up during the summer, and I had parsley in the fridge along with dried chilies in the cabinet. Boom. Problem solved.

 

No tortillas? Ha! That's not an issue for someone as super duper clever as this woman! I had flour and baking powder to make my own. Boom. Problem solved.

 

And then I remembered something horrible. Silly and small, but huge at the same time.

 

We were out of toothpicks to hold the flautas together while frying.

 

Nooooo! My dinner plans were ruined!

 

Then I started giggling. Giggles turned into guffaws. The whole thing just seemed so silly. Still laughing, I called Jedd and told him about my inflated sense of competence during a blizzard – and my undoing.

 

He didn't laugh at all. Sounding a little perplexed he said that was no problem – he'd just whittle me some toothpicks when he got home.

 

He'd. Just. Whittle. Me. Some. Toothpicks. When. He. Got. Home.

 

Needless to say that undid me. I was crying with laughter.

 

But sure enough. Jedd whittled me some toothpicks - see his "recipe" below - and we had flautas for dinner.

 

 

I'm still not sure if the whole situation was as hilarious as it seemed at the time, or if I just REALLY needed to laugh. But after Jedd finished his small woodworking project, he got the giggles too.

 

Cabin fever is real, ya'll.

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Chicken Enchiladas with Roasted Mini Tomatillo Sauce PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 23:08

 

 

My friend Kelee knows the way to my heart. In the last week she's given me a pint of mini tomatillos and a shopping bag of kale. How great is that? And combined with the haul I took in at the farmers market and some fun extras we grabbed at a local farm stand – well, let's just say I'm a grinning fool.

 

A grinning fool.

 

 

Then the weather turned colder and my smile got even bigger, because that means it's officially Oven Season! Which is one of my favorites, along with Garden Season, Fall Television Season and Holiday Season.

 

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Spicy Farmers Market Homefries and Scallions PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Sunday, 08 September 2013 17:40

 

Tis the season to be drowning in produce, fa la la la la, la la la la.

 

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

 

This week we had baby potatoes in our CSA and at the farmers market we scored with some MONGO scallions. They were so big that I had a difficult time envisioning what to make with them. So I braised a few and threw some into a stir-fry.

 

And then I made them into a big breakfast on Sunday morning. I could have eaten the whole batch myself. In fact, I could have eaten them for lunch and dinner too. They were incredibly addictive. And the scallions gave them a freshness (and bite) that's normally missing in homefries.

 

If you have some beautiful and large scallions that you want to play with this summer, give these guys a shot. I'm pretty sure you're going to love them.

 

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It's Beautiful and Spicy: Ugli Fruit and Mango Salsa PDF Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Monday, 11 March 2013 21:00

 

As we've established on these pages, I'm a cheap date. I don't need flowers or chocolate to make my day. But I am a sucker for a new ingredient. So, when Jedd brought me home an ugli fruit the other day I couldn't wait to use it.

 

In case you've never heard of these guys before (and I hadn't) they're a grapefruit, nectarine and orange hybrid.


I generally mock the term “twofer,” but this is a “threefer” that I can get behind.


They're also easy to work with, because they have large segments. Because of that, all you need to do is slice an ugli fruit segment down the middle and it easily turns inside out - releasing its juice and fruit.


I have to warn you, this isn't the cleanest recipe in the world to make. My hands were coated with juice almost immediately (especially after peeling the mango) but the final product was totally worth it. The salsa is flavorful, spicy and fresh.

The salsa is also great on chicken or as a spicy breakfast salad.

 

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Lime and Smoked Paprika Chicken in Lettuce Cups PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 16:03

 

 

We don't watch sports. In fact, the only time we know which sports season it is happens when our friend, Steve, changes his phone availability from baseball to football season.

 

“Hey, I was working on our project, and I have a question about that thing I'm writing for you.”

 

“Nope, I can't talk now. The Lions are on.”

 

“Oh, is it that season already?”

 

So, considering our lack of attentiveness to the wide world of sports, it's kind of amazing that we've recently become insanely obsessed with the show Friday Night Lights. The show is about a small town high school football team in Texas and we watch at least a couple of episodes on Netflix every night.

 

And when I say we're “obsessed,” it's not a joke. I went from knowing next to nothing about football two weeks ago, to screaming, “You've GOT no ground game!” during a recent episode.

 

So, when Superbowl Sunday rolled around we couldn’t have cared less. However, our fictional Coach Taylor and the Panthers had a big game, so I made us game food for dinner.

 

And it was awesome. The Panthers won the championship and we ate these crunchy and spicy chicken wraps in between cheers. We hope you Super Bowl fans enjoyed your game too.

 

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