Not really. But close:
Snickerdoodle Cream of Wheat
Adopted and Adapted from a Portuguese breakfast joint in Cambridge, Mass.
1/2C Cream of Wheat (see below to see how to make it yourself--easy)
3 T unsalted butter
4 T sugar (I used Splenda or Turbinado could work)
1/2 t kosher salt
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t real vanilla extract
2 1/2C milk
Melt 2T butter in med saucepan over med/low heat. Add cream of wheat and stir often till just barely brown. Stirring, add 2 1/4C milk. Watch for a possible burst of steam. Turn heat to low and add salt, sugar, and cinnmon. Let cook slowly 10 min stirring often. Stir in vanilla and remove from heat. Consistency should be of warm loose pudding. If too thick, add milk. Cover and let sit 5min then stir in remaining butter. Add cinnamon and a tiny bit of nutmeg (optional). If you want to get "Fronch," place in bowls and carmelize a t of sugar with a torch to make it like creme brulee.
4.5 lb boneless chuck roast
3 .5 tsp kosher salt, divided
2 tsp fresh ground pepper
2 Tbsp minced garlic
2 tsp minced fresh rosemary
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 C beef stock or low-sodium canned beef broth
12 oz cola soda
2 Tbsp tomato paste
2.5 Tbsp flour
Season the roast on all sides with 2 tsp of salt and pepper. Combine salt, minced garlic and rosemary in mortar and pestle--mash to a paste. Make thin slits into roast on all sides about 2in. apart and fill holes with the paste.
Heat a Dutch oven over high heat and add oil. When oil is hot, add roast and cook till well browned on all sides, 10-12 min. Remove from pan. Add stock and cola and bring to boil, scraping brown bits from bottom of pan with wooden spoon. Add tomato paste and stir to blend. Return roast to pan. (Here I added a handful of dry sundried tomatoes). Liquid should be 1/2 way up sides of roast. Cover, place in oven (325degrees for 3.5 hrs. or 250degrees for 5.5hrs). Turn meat every hour or so and add water if necessary to keep liquid 1/3 up sides of roast.
Transfer meat to platter and cover loosely to keep warm. Skim off fat, reserving 2 Tbsp in small bowl. Add flour. Stir to make paste. Add 1/2C hot cooking liquid and whisk to combine. Whisk this into the remaining liquid in Dutch oven over high heat on stovetop. Cook till it boils and thickens. Cook 5 min more till thick enough to coat a spoon. Serve roast with the hot gravy (there's enough here for potatoes).
I would show you pics but it's all in our bellies.
Also, per InStyle magazine (my favorite rag--grown-up, edgy, not vulgar), try reducing hair frizz by drying it with a cotton T-shirt. It absorbs water with causing frizz. I did it. It works.
Ok, there are my 2Tips2Try. This next pic is to show you how fun my volunteer church position is.
My pygmy loves hats, like her mom, grandad, and great-grandpas. We couldn't decide between black and fuschia so we got both. She wears one to school virtually everyday so it seemed kosher to splurge here especially since I don't know how to knit this well. There is a bit of sequins on the brim.
Since I want to get lean and mean for 40, I am going to put myself on an addiction recovery program. First of all my definition of addiction is thusly: "Something I do to feel good, that brings a net negative benefit to my life and that I haven't been able to stop at will." My list is long from nail-biting and self-defeating thoughts, to cussing, fatalism, narcissism, cheese/mayonnaise and beyond. I am using the Hicks' book "Ask and it is Given," the sacred writings of the world's great religions, and will start twelve stepping. I will also experiment on methods of a variety of religious orders that have proven over the ages to help one transcend out of balance desire--uh, short of self-flagellation. Didn't like it as a child, and will not as an adult I presume.
So this holding-pattern year (the one where I don't know what to do next, or where I will end up living, or whether to adopt/work/write a novel/get a tummy tuck) will not be a lost-year but one of self improvement and prep for a happy future. Should be interesting.