Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Lest you think I don't pay attention

In the past week I've gotten lots of lovely comments, but for some reason blogger doesn't let me post comments to some of you. I've got answers for you, and a few recipes as well, and though it's nearly one in the morning, I have to do something till the Xanax kicks in... it's too dimly lit in here for thirty more rounds of sock. Alright then. Here we go:
D-fly - the negative space left by the Christmas tree is currently occupied by a rug. That's it. No bells, whistles, or gew-gaws. When the house was designed, that space was supposed to house a "telephone table", but our builder neglected to place a phone jack there. We considered hiring it done, but the reality of five children and their noise being funnelled down the stairs made it seem like a pretty lame place to keep a phone... or a writing desk... or a chair. Joe and Eli discovered throwing hot wheels over the railing. The chair now resides at the shop. Secondly, we'll be swinging through Milwaukee the Tues/Wed before Easter. Mebbe we have a blog meet at Loop's new location? I haven't gotten to see it yet. Lastly, here's the baked potato soup recipe you asked for. Feel free to modify at will:

2 sticks butter
2 to 4 onions, diced fine ( or run thru food processor)
saute onion in butter till onions are clear, add
1/2 c. flour to make roux (I use a little more)
with a rounded tbsp chicken base ("Better than Boullion" brand) in
a qt. of hot water.
Blend well, adding more chicken 'stock' to thin as needed.
Add ten (or so) baked, cooled, skinned, cubed potatoes
2 tsp basil
dash of white pepper
1/2 tsp tobasco sauce
You can add whole milk or 1/2&1/2 to thin soup if it becomes too thick during simmering(twenty minutes or so)
Garnish with crumbled bacon, sour cream, fresh chives or green onions, shredded cheddar. Roll away from table before you burst. Enjoy!

Thimbleanna - the tater-tot casserole recipe is an embarrasment, but since you're on a strict pre-wedding diet, I shall post it in case you're into church-supper food porn right now. I know I always am... what keeps me girlish figger in check. (snort)
Brown one and 1/2 to 2 pounds ground beef, drain off the greasy bits (not that it'll help. seems a bit pointless, really, when you see all the soup you'll be adding)
I usually chuck in a bit of onion, if there's any laying around (say half of one)
Spray a casserole dish with pam and layer half a bag (the big bag, not the sissy-sized ones) of tots. Mix meat with two cans cream of mushroom soup, a can's worth of milk, a tbsp Worchestershire sauce, and a pinch of garlic powder and pepper. Pour it over the tots and put the other half a bag on top. (here's where I toss it in the roasting oven of the AGA, so you'd better put it into a 425 preheated oven, then turn it down to 375 after 10-15 minutes) Bake till it's all bubbly around the edges and the top tots are deeply golden brown. Gross, huh? Know what's grosser? It's divine with Mrs. Butterworth's syrup on top... just a slight drizzle... the faintest trickle.
Hmmmm... what else was I going to answer? It'll come to me in my sleep, but for now I need to be heading to bed. And I forgot to buy a photo card for the dummy camera, so I'll mess with everything photo-related this evening at knit night. After I run around all day, messing with flyers and nails and getting more sock and sweater done. G'night all. C
P.S. I just remembered. Melly is blaming me for the duck farts... it's all Phyl's doing. I can only claim the adjustment to the basic recipe (half ounces of Bailey's, Kahlua, and whiskey)... put a scoop of vanilla ice cream in it, instead of "rocks". You'll be a much happier drunk, trussme...hic


Stephanie said...

I've had tater tot casserole before. It totally is grossly delicious. I mean....scarily so. I haven't had it in a looooong time...but oh man...I ate it until I was STUFFED. I think the slight drizzle of maple would be super yummy. AGH! Camille...I hate you! I'm on a diet here!!!! Ah well...I indulged in some sugar free pudding. I'm such a lucky girl LOL. It was yummy. (It's so sad what little it takes to please me now huh?)

Stephanie said...

Umm...duh. I know your name is Camilla. Sorry. I think I need some sleep :)

gaylen said...

I have a disguisting family favorite - if your family likes tater tot casserole they might like Spam Casserole.

Cube & saute 1 can of spam
Boil a package of twisty noodles
Cube a chunk of colby cheese

Drain noodles, mix with 1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup, the spam, cheese and squish of ketchup. Put into oven until cheese melts. My family loves it and I'm embarrased to say that I make it :) g

Annalea said...

Unlike other blogging apps, you can only respond to comments left by folks who have chosen to allow other Blogger users to contact them via a check box in their Blogger profile. I'm guessing that some don't allow it because your email address is in the html on your profile page, and are worried about spam.

I just went and got an email address for the blog at Gmail, and haven't been bothered with a single piece of spam. (Gmail catches it all and I never see it, since I use Thunderbird as my pop mail client, instead of accessing my mail at Gmail.com. You could use Outlook Express, too. They both work basically the same way. Thunderbird is just safer and better. ;o)

So, for those of you who don't let the rest of us contact you, go get a Gmail email and hook it up to your Blogger account. It won't change your login email; it'll just make it easier on the rest of us bloggers. :o)

Marigold said...

and the other way to do comments...if a person comments on your blog entry, blogger will let them check a little box to be emailed any more comments on the entry. So, to answer questions, I put another comment on the blog entry myself. err...Did that make sense?

Dragonfly said...

definitely meet at new Loop, it's very pretty and it's connected to coffee!! Thank you for the recipe too.

oh, to annalea, I definitely let people leave comments, I'm even open to anonymous ones because I have people that like to read but won't ever have a blogger account.

Thimbleanna said...

Ok, that last little syrup bit IS grosser! But I'll bet it really tastes good. And you can snort away over the pre-wedding diet -- after last week's med school celebrating and being on travel this week, I'm getting NO WHERE!!! Whatever, dieting sucks anyway. Thanks for the recipe -- 'twill be filed away for a suitable day to gross out my lil' fambly!