Thursday, October 24, 2013

Still Waiting on Cookbook, but Putting What I Learned to Use

Writing the Renaissance Cook Boke inspired me to use my grill in new ways this summer.  I've fixed beef roast, pork roast, turkey breast and whole chickens on the grill and they've all come out delicious.  If using a gas grill, you need one with two burners and a lid.  Only light one burner and cook your foil wrapped meat on the unlit side of the grill.  I use a woodstove thermometer to monitor my grill temperature and adjust the burner until I get a steady reading a little over 300 degrees.  I also use a digital thermometer to check the meat for doneness.  If I want to brown the meat, I just remove it from the foil (reserving drippings for gravy or au-jus) and place it over the flame for a few minutes before removing it from the grill.

I haven't used a charcoal grill for roasting yet, but I hope to someday.  With a charcoal grill you can add hickory chips or wood chips soaked in whisky and other marinades to add delicious smoky flavors to the meat.  For roasting you just put all of the coals to one side of the grill and place your meat on the side without coals.  As with the gas grill you need a lid and a way to monitor your temperature.

I thought I had a photo of a grill roasted chicken but I guess not.  Next time I roast something on the grill I'll be sure to take a picture.

As for the Renaissance Cook Boke, I'm still waiting on the publisher to complete editing and adding illustrations.  He assures me it is still on his to do list.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

We saw some great antiques at the Good Stuff 4 Sale store in Osgood, Indiana today.
I love this old wash stand with the wringer on it and the two burner wood stove with the pot hooks on the side.  A similar washstand was listed on Etsy for $200 and one without the wringer was listed at $150 on Ebay.  I found a similar stoves listed from $79. to $300 on Ebay, but none of them had the neat pot hooks on the side.

Check out the old school desk with the drawer under it, and the strange old washing machine behind the old push mower. On Ebay they were asking $200 for a similar desk and I found an image of a modern desk based on this design that was beautiful.  Also on Ebay similar washing machines were listed at from $250 to $450. If I go back to this shop, I'll find out what the owner is asking.

After some research, I believe this to be a grain separator or fanning mill. On Ebay they sell from $99 (for one in bad shape) to $300 plus.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Does your chewing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight? When your mama - da da da da da da. . .
You know how a stupid song will get stuck in you head sometimes for days at a time?  Well this is like that, only with stuffed cows.  A couple of weeks ago I started sewing cow pillows (pictured below) and I can't seem to stop and really don't want to.  It sounds a little strange I know, but now I have a whole herd of these folksy little bovines and I need to do something about it before I run out of pasture.  Slaughtering is out of the question so I'm selling them off by the cow or BUY the herd on Etsy. My plan is to earn some spending cash for my vacation in Florida (where there are coincidentally tons of cows).  Please share this post with your friends who like cows or who might know someone who does.  Available at
The cows also have their own blog at The Purple Cow

Friday, September 20, 2013

Sheila's Lasagna
I used to make Lasagna by starting with the Chef-Boyardee Lasagna kit and adding ground beef, Mozzarella Cheese, Cottage Cheese, Parmesan Cheese and a little catsup. I loved the taste and it was easy to prepare. Then a terrible thing happened. Chef-Boyardee stopped making their Lasagna kit.  That was several years ago and I've been searching for a Lasagna recipe that tastes similar and is easy to prepare ever since.  I finally found one I am happy with. You'll find it on my Recipes page.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

I've added a Banana Nut Bread Recipe as well as a basic quick bread recipe to my Recipes page.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

I haven't had much time for fun projects lately, but I have added some photos to my Summer Projects page and a couple of new recipes to the Recipes page.

Friday, September 6, 2013