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The Unnatural Cook

a chronicle of weekly meal plans from someone who can't just throw a meal together

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Well, it was going to be another night off but everyone came home hungry from their long drive home so we had to improvise. We being me with a lot of help from my beloved. We had porcini ravioli in the freezer and some cherry tomatoes at the end of their life in the fridge. So I melted butter & olive oil, threw in the halved cherry tomatoes, and when they softened, added three huge minced cloves of garlic (it was the order of garlic/tomatoes I needed help with). I added salt, pepper and crushed red pepper and served with grated parmesan; it was quite satisfying. Thanks to being forced to write it down for the damned blog, I may even remember how to do it again.

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I improvised! I took the basic recipe I used earlier for the frittata w/ bratworst & onion and devised my own filling. The result was  frittata w/Potato, Asparagus & Bacon. I roasted the potatoes, cooked the bacon in the oven while the potatoes were roasting and blanched the asparagus. It was delicious.

And…my fancy-shmancy new cutting technique (holding the knife straight) worked very well on the potatoes.

I think the blog is making me a better cook. Being forced to pay attention to what I make and how I make it is changing what I make and how I make it. After six weeks I’m less afraid of that change and more intrigued by it. I still burnt myself twice. That’s not changing anytime soon.

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