Monday, February 22, 2016

Never Too Many Veggies

Last month the Pioneer Woman did a show about sheet pan meals, which are basically a big sheet pan (duh) with veggies and meats roasted together.  We had a cut up chicken in the freezer which I marinated most of yesterday in homemade teriyaki marinade (1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce, 1/4 cup lemon, lime or orange juice [whatever citrus you have handy], 1/4 tsp. each ground ginger and garlic powder).  Then I trimmed a pound of Brussels sprouts (could have used more), a pound of parsnips peeled and cut into wedges, 3 big sweet potatoes peeled and cut into wedges, and 2 big red onions cut into eighths.  I spread the veggies on 2 baking sheets, drizzled them with a bit of olive oil, ground on some sea salt and fresh pepper; then I laid the chicken parts on top of the veggies, and baked for 1 hour at 375 degrees.  Oh mama, that was good--I could have skipped the meat and just laid waste to the veggies.  We'll do that again--and again.


I did sew on the last 2 pockets for LC's kitchen/grocery combo.  I made them a little roomier to facilitate loading and unloading since that seems to be her main use of the pockets right now.

And it snowed.  You know, all it takes is one 40 degree day (Saturday) and even hardened Wisconsinites like me can be fooled into thinking the snowing is done for the season.  Oh, foolish woman, don't put your boots away just yet.

February 22--Catherine Gehm, Tranquility.  Right now the sky and the sea are the same color, an aqua blue that's as fleeting as a rainbow.  Soon the sun will dip to touch the horizon and golden light will slash between the clouds.  That sizzling moment when the sea and sun meet sends red fire into the back of the clouds and reflects onto the water until it looks molten.  The only way to celebrate the moment is to raise a glass dripping condensation and filled to the rim with rum and passionfruit juice.

Oh, I wish I was sitting in that picture right now.  But I'm not so I'll be taking a quick shower, dressing, and getting myself out the door to keep the world safe from SCUBA diving for another day.

1 comment:

Aunt B said...

Endless winter! But all those winter veggies on your sheet pan dinner looked and sounded so delicious. No way that would ever go over at our place. But we could just split it down the middle. Chicken for him, veggies for me!