Duck In the Kitchen

After Pizza

After Pizza by lifeisjustduckie
After Pizza, a photo by lifeisjustduckie on Flickr.

I also made some pizza yesterday. This is what it looked like coming out of the oven…it tasted as good as it looks. Funnily enough it is entirely vegetarian when my vegetarian roommate is out of town…oops maybe I’ll make it again when she comes back. I made this for two reasons: 1) I was hungry and 2) because I was trying to use up the self-rising flour haha. I found an awesome recipe on pinterest that uses the self-rising flour and greek yogurt for the dough. That’s it just two ingredients and it was delicious!

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Homemade Applesauce

Homemade Applesauce by lifeisjustduckie
Homemade Applesauce, a photo by lifeisjustduckie on Flickr.

This was from my first batch of applesauce the other day. I just cut up the apples, put in some cinnamon and sugar then hoped for the best….luckily it turned out delicious and I’m just a tiny bit obsessed with making applesauce haha.

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Baby Skillet!

Om nom

Om nom

The other day for dinner I cooked up a couple slices of pork on a bed of onions, accompanied by scalloped potatoes.  I was so excited because I haven’t had scalloped potatoes in forever…my mom used to make them all them time and since I moved out to college I don’t remember the last time I had these.

I think the pork turned out alright seeing as this was the first time I had ever cooked it.  It was a teensy bit tough, but I’ll fix that next time.

It’s food and it’s keeping me fed so I’m happy with it.  It also was the first time I used my baby cast iron skillet.  I found my little skillet at an auction last summer I think and having inherited my procrastination abilities from the best (haha love you Mom!) just got around to seasoning it.  I didn’t realize how long of a process it would turn out being.  I used the link below that I had pinned awhile back to season the pan.  The instructions were quite wonderful and very easy to follow.

http://www.ibelieveicanfry.com/2010/12/reconditioning-re-seasoning-cast-iron.html

I’m very slowly settling into a new routine here in Morgantown.  The piles of boxes are slowly dwindling one-by-one, and I’m hoping to be all unpacked and newly organized soon.  I didn’t realize how much crap stuff I owned until I had to put it in boxes and transport it 25 minutes away, haha.  Thankfully I have been able to go through things, especially my clothes, and get a bunch together to donate.  Like most packrats getting rid of anything is almost physically painful…what if I need that sexy milk maid outfit after I donate it?!  But seriously, I have been getting better mostly because I am trying to pare down my life with the eventual goal of a carry-on lifestyle…we’ll see how that works out.

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I’m an Adult!!!

But wait a minute Kelly, you’re 22.  Haven’t you been an adult for four years now?  Why yes, yes I have.  But today marks a very important day….

I have cooked myself dinner…and it turned out delicious!!!!

InTheKitchen

What is that?  My dinner, of course!

And, in case you were wondering, it was so very easy to make.  I just took time-honoured Blake family secrets (marinating chicken in Italian dressing) and experimental ingenuity (adding a tomato and some onion).   Then I cooked it down and put it on top of some rice.  All in all a successful meal.

Chicken, Tomato, and Onion Dish

  • 2 chicken tenders
  • 1 Roma tomato
  • 1/4 of an onion
  • Italian dressing

Marinate the chicken in the Italian dressing (the longer the better).  Chop the tomato and onion and start cooking in a skillet with a tiny bit of olive oil (or oil of your choice).  Add chicken and dressing, cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through.  Put over rice or enjoy on its own.

See Mom, I am taking care of myself.

Last week my contract for summer theatre ended.  We had a wonderful run and I’m very glad I worked it.  On that note, working summer theatre and being in one of the shows is downright suicide and will probably not be happening again next summer, haha.  One or the other for me please.  I was very lucky to work with Bekah, Jason, and Linda; we made a wondrous team!

Now I get to focus on officially moving in to my new apartment, oh the joys of unpacking…not.  But it will be quite fun to be able to arrange everything just how I like it and clean when I want to (not as often as I should probably).  I’m also looking forward to more quality friend time with my new roommates, Katie and Sean.

So far in the week I’ve been unemployed I have started my ridiculous pile of mending/re-fashioning and drank copious amounts of tea…in the next week or so I plan on going home and helping my Mom weed the six billion bean plants as well as the rest of the garden.  The good thing is that I know she’ll fry squash for me the right way when I’m home, nothing like my Mom’s cooking!

This is a very condensed version of my summer so far, and I’m going to go back and flesh out the details in the next few posts so be on the lookout.

Keep calm and duck on.

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