Embracing Domesticity

If you know me, you know I’m not the most domestic person around. Sure, I can cook and knit and sew, but let’s be honest. I’m lazy. I only knit easy things, and I am the tensest sew-er around. I am not a neat person.

Now that I’m unemployed for the forsee-able future, I can devote some time to some of this stuff.

Earlier this week I outdid myself in the kitchen:

It’s america’s test kitchen slow cooker Beef Burgundy. It always sounded good, and then I tried some at a french restaurant in DC last summer. Heaven! It’s expensive to make, but so worth it for a special occasion. Recipe is here!


For tonight, we’re having Chinese Chicken Morsels and rice.  It’s easy and a good freezer meal.  I read up on OAMC (Once A Month Cooking) but those people are just too hardcore for me.  I can barely focus my attention on a movie for 2 hours, there is no way I could spend hours in a kitchen making a months worth of food in a day.

Here is tonights recipe:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

cube the chicken, mix up the “sauce” and throw it all in a gallon ziplock bag.  Freeze it flat for quick thawing.  To cook it separate sauce and chicken chunks. Put sauce in a saucepan and heat on medium heat on stove while chicken cooks.  Chicken: put the marinated chicken only spread out on a cookie sheet or broiler pan.  Broil 7 min on one side, flip and broil other side for 4.  Flipping the pieces is the most annoying part.

Serve chicken and sauce over rice.  Yum!

My other secret is for dinners like this I usually prep 2 or 3 dinners’ worth.  Takes the same amount of time, and then I freeze the extra.  I find that freezing one or two meals here and there really adds up over time.

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