There are recipes I want to make, but I can’t until I get a Dutch oven. I found this Lodge 6-Quart Dutch Oven for just fifty bucks. That’s WAY better than the equivalent from Le Creuset, which is clocking in at a Special! Holiday! Price! of $235, down from $320.
That’s a long way to go for some no-knead bread. My Lodge cast-iron skillet hasn’t let me down yet, so I suspect their Dutch oven will be just fine. Can’t get it until No Spend November is over, though. It was my idea, so I guess I should role model it, right? Fuck.
Bill and I made the most incredible salmon last night. Most of the credit goes to Bill, who has this innate ability to just know what flavors will blend well and compliment the meal at hand. In this case, we put a large salmon steak skin-side down on an ungreased foil-covered cookie sheet. He seasoned it with Nature’s Seasoning, garlic pepper, and Tabasco. I intended to come in behind him with some garlic and butter, but he commandeered the little ramekin I was mixing it up in. He mixed together horseradish sauce, Worcestershire, and some liquid from a jar of jalapenos, about three tablespoons of softened butter and about three cloves of crushed garlic (and probably some other stuff that I’m forgetting). I spread that all over the top of the salmon, and added a few sliced jalapenos on top. We cooked it at 415 degrees for 45 minutes in the middle rack. When we pulled it out the butter mixture was nicely caramelized and the fish was just a wee bit crispy on the edges. Serving was a cinch, we just cut through the salmon with a spatula and slipped it between the skin and the fish – the skin adhered to the tinfoil and the salmon came right up, skin-free.
We accompanied the salmon with some leftover rice that we’d had earlier in the week – I tossed in some cooking sherry and (yet more!) butter, he added a few other things including a bit of prepared mustard which sounded weird but turned out AWESOME. He added more spices and stuff to the water as the asparagus steamed which turned it from just a plain old side into something delicious enough for seconds. I mean, I like asparagus under any circumstances (except canned – shudder), but this stuff was AWESOME.
We moaned and groaned so much over how delicious the food was that Robert – a notorious salmon-hater – actually broke down and had a serving. And proclaimed it “pretty fucking good”.
So, we’re halfway through No Spend November, during which time we’ve disciplined ourselves to have all of our meals at home instead of eating out. We’ve had such dishes as:
- The aforementioned salmon
- Grilled T-bones
- Chili containing the leftover potroast
- Chicken fettuccine alfredo
- Spaghetti with home-made meatballs
- Chicken skillet with potatoes, black beans, corn and salsa
- Cowboy beans
- Baked ziti
- Beef stew
- Shepherd’s Pie
Clearly we are not suffering for not eating out. Most of the time we end up being “meh” about the meal we paid for, anyway.
I’ve got a ton of work to do this weekend, as usual, but I’m hoping to take some time out tomorrow or Sunday to go to the Inaugural Arizona Balloon Classic.
So! What are you guys up to?