patchsassy: Sherlock (benedict)
It's hot. We're in heat advisories all this week in Texas, with our heat indexes supposed to be up to around 110 later this week. (And people wonder why I love winter.) But I hate cooking when it's hot out because then you're entire house is hot. So here's a quick and easy recipe where you're only cooking for maybe 15 minutes. And it's super delicious. Enjoy!



Recipe:
1 serving spaghetti or rice noodles
2 tbsp olive oil/garlic (or 1 tbsp of each)
2 cloves minced garlic
Ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup Parmesan Romano grated cheese
Pasta water

Cook time: 15 minutes
Cook pasta to directions on box in salted water.
When pasta is done, drain. Melt/heat olive oil/butter in small skillet. Once warmed, put in garlic and ground pepper and cook until garlic is fragrant, being careful not to overcook. Toss pasta in skillet. Add in cheese and pasta water to coat pasta. Voila!

Enjoy! Let me know your results!
patchsassy: Lorelai - junkie (Lorelai)
So there are three big things annoying about being single:
1. Shower curtains are damn near impossible to put up by yourself.
2. Opening jars. Even with a jar helper.
3. Every recipe out there is for 4-6 people! Where are the recipes for those of us who are just cooking for one person?!

Right here!

I'm going to try to blog/vlog once a week with what I'm cooking with smaller portions, intended for people cooking for just themselves. Even those fancy meal plans that send food to your home are for at least 2 people.

Without further ado, here's my first vlog! One of my favorite comfort foods is my mom's pork chop casserole. The first time I tried to make this away from home, when I was really homesick, was in Kentucky. Let's just say it was a true disaster because my mom's instructions over the phone (lord forbid she WRITE DOWN HER RECIPES) left a few things out. Like mixing in a little water to make the cream of mushroom soup more of a gravy. Or the thing with the beefy onion soup mix. So this has taken at least 5-6 times of her walking me through making it on the phone, with her calling out, "oh yeah, do this too!" before I finally got the whole recipe.



Recipe:
1 pork chop
2 medium sized potatoes, skinned and cubed
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
1 tbsp. beefy onion soup mix
Vegetable oil

Prep time: 10 minutes. Cook time: 55 minutes
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly brown pork chops in Corningware (or similar dish that can transition from stovetop to oven) on each side.
Set aside pork chops and remove dish from heat.
Pour cream of mushroom soup into dish. Fill with one canfull of water and whisk together. (Add all-purpose flour as needed to thicken.) Add beefy onion soup and whisk together.
Place pork chops and potatoes in dish. Cover with lid and cook for 35-45 minutes, or until potatoes are able to be pierced with a fork.
Enjoy! Let me know your results!
patchsassy: VMars (Veronica)
It's been SO LONG since I've done anything with my LJ that this was crazy trying to set up a dreamwidth account. But I be here! Mostly because most of my followers and communities are migrating, so I might as well too.

I may not post, but I read most days.

My parents came out again this weekend and we made more excellent progress. We hung a bunch of pictures (all of the art in the bedrooms is hung, most of the living room art, aside from my K-State wall, and the kitchen art). The back room is going to be such a work in progress though. Plus, since my parents are way more skilled at gardening than I (seriously, ask me to keep an animal alive and I can do it. Ask me to keep a plant alive and I may kill it in a week.) so we fixed one of my big flowerbeds and planted a bunch of stuff that my dad swears I cannot kill. And I got tutorials in rose pruning. They might just make a gardener out of me before long.

I'm too tired tonight but I'll post more pictures soon. Maybe not before next weekend because I have a huge local music festival that I have to work all weekend.

Also, I have a variety of social media accounts that you can follow me on where I post way more regularly than DW/LJ, so feel free to friend me on there:
Twitter/Snapchat: nomadicwildcat (my Twitter is locked because I post a lot of political stuff, which work would frown on)
Instagram: wendytakesdenton

(also, may I just say having 15 icons is the BOMB)

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