3 Things that Worked in the Kitchen This Week – October 6

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3 Things that work in the kitchen


1.  Bombed a meal, but redeemed part of it

I tried a recipe from my mom this week.  And I bombed it.  I’m not exactly sure what happened, but I think it may have had to do with the wine I used.  I’ll need to try it again, when I get brave.

It’s a chicken slow cooker recipe that gets served with wild rice blend.  Somehow, I looked at the clock and thought it said 5pm.  But after I put the rice on to cook, I realized it was already about 6:15.  We were hungry and didn’t want to wait for the rice to finish, so we had a different side dish.

But that meant I had a bunch of wild rice to use.  I decided to turn it into a salad.  I’ll share the recipe tomorrow.

Wild Rice Salad - redeeming leftover rice


2.  I found a new (to me) grocery.

I pass by a small Kroger store several times a day and I’ve found that it’s perfect for stopping in to pick up a few items or for doing a quick weekly shopping trip.  I love that it’s small.  It has everything I need (or at least so far), and the compact size keeps it from feeling overwhelming.  Fast grocery trips are the best!

3.  My kitchen super power.

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I relate more to this Lego Super Woman than the curvy, human version.

Yes.  I do have a kitchen super power.  And when you find out about it, you’re going to be jealous.  Unless you have it too.

The great thing about this super power is that I put it to use several times every day, so it’s useful.  And practical.

I can judge the size of container needed for leftovers by looking at what’s left in the pan.  I’m almost never wrong.  I’m able to choose which container the leftovers will fit in, filling it nearly to the top, while not overflowing.

I know.  It’s impressive.

What’s working for you this week?  And what’s your kitchen super power?  I know you’ve got one!

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  1. Debbie Caraballo says:

    Your salad looks delicious! I’ve never cooked just wild rice before. And….my super power is the same as yours! Also, I can get everything I’m cooking to be ready at the same time. Just years of practice, that’s all. Have a great week!

  2. That super power is incredibly impressive especially in a woman-not to be sexist. My BIL can do it too and I am always in awe.

    I know what you mean about the grocery. We have one within a mile of me. It’s just a grocery, no clothes/little or no housewares, just groceries. It’s nice to be able to run in and out and know where everything is located.

  3. I love your super power – I’m not foolproof with that but when I get it right I do my happy dance. Love your blog- you are so down to earth and practical.

  4. Brandi Custer says:

    I recently discovered your blog and like it so much that I signed up for your weekly emails. My kitchen superpower is the ability to turn random ingredients into a delicious meal without a recipe. It is rare for me to use recipes in my cooking. Baking on the other hand involves science and I have amassed a great collection of for my tried and true baked goods. I envy your kitchen superpower, I have to rely on my husband’s amazing spatial reasoning abilities for putting away leftovers. He’s always right too!

  5. Oh my, I had to chuckle when I read your “brag” about always being able to guess the exact correct size of a needed leftover container without fail and that you are almost never wrong. I thought I was so special, possessing that particular skill! It’s become almost a point of honor with me to pick out EXACTLY the correct size in just a second or two – and it must be the absolute smallest size to fit the leftovers with NO WASTED SPACE left so that it doesn’t take up extra room in the fridge or freezer! On the extremely rare occasion that I get it wrong (and have to re-pick, and refill, causing a dirtied container for nothing!) I am extremely IRKED with myself – and it’s usually because I second-guessed and did not go with my first quick choice. Like you, I just glance at the leftovers AND I KNOW! I am rather proud of this amazing ability too! Aren’t we just incredibly TALENTED? 🙂

  6. I like the way you think. Alas, that super power fails me somedays. About 50/50.

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