Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sweet Chili Soy Sauce Sauce/25 Recipes Down

Today's recipe came from Awesome Recipes & Kitchen Short Cuts. Like the red pepper sauce from yesterday, I also made it last night. I actually made my lunch for today after making supper last night, and  I wanted to make sure the THREE WHOLE ingredients in it had time to really meld together well in the frig.

Basically, this is another multi-use sauce, so I made shrimp, rice and veggies to go with it. And like the sauce from last night's supper, I used this as a cold sauce, right out of the frig.

What did I learn from this recipe?
There wasn't anything really remarkable about this sauce. It was good...I like sweet chili sauce. I love soy sauce, so why did I not get too excited about this recipe? I'm not sure. When I poured it over my lunch and started to eat it, I could taste both main ingredients (the other being a little garlic) in it. It was almost like the flavors stayed separate from each other, even though they did mix together.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce/24 Recipes Down

Tonight's recipe comes from Awesome Recipes & Kitchen Short Cuts. I actually made it last night, for use with tonight's supper. I wanted to make sure the few ingredients in it had time to really meld together well in the frig.

Basically, this is apparently a multi-use sauce, so after my husband grilled a couple steaks for us, this sauce went on top of them. We also used it for dipping our perogies. In fact, we used this as a cold sauce, right out of the frig, and damn...it was good.

What did I learn from this recipe?
Simple is good. I liked this. However, my sauce seemed a little thicker than the sauce shown in the recipe. I think maybe I drained too much of the oil and water away from the ingredients. It was still good, but since we still have some left, I may need to mix in a touch of oil to make it a little thinner.

With the red pepper (and garlic I added), this had a small, pleasant amount of heat.

Brought a Little Color Into Work Today

Several weeks ago, my supervisor and a co-worker ended up at Michael's. The co-worker wanted to buy some frames for her office and then things just got a little creative. My supervisor really shouldn't be working in sales, because she should be an interior decorator or a stager of some sort. They ended up buying a vase and some silk flowers, and my supervisor ended up doing an arrangement for the co-worker's office.

A few days ago, my computer connection went down for awhile, so I used the time to start cleaning up my own little office. I got rid of a filing cabinet and a small table (well, that was borrowed for the office next door), and I brought in a small glass table I had bought from AC Moore. But I couldn't leave it empty, God forbid! So, I made my own trip to Michael's.

The vase was already mine. It was part of a set that my husband got me a few years ago. It's hand etched, but somewhere in the middle, this one has a tiny hole. Since I keep this one separate so I know which one can't hold water, I figured this was the best use for it.

3 stargazer lily stems, 2 pink wisteria-looking stems, 1 palm frond stem, and 2 of whatever those pink filler things are supposed to be...damn near $60 and I even had 2 coupons! Erp! It's been a little while since I've done any floral arranging, and believe it or not, this is my idea of "less is more" in an arrangement. I could have gone crazy with it.

There is something strangely old lady like about this arrangement to me. Don't get me wrong, I like it for it's bold colors and flower type and even it's size (it's got to be close to 2' tall), but I feel like it's something Blanche from "The Golden Girls" would have in the living room to go with her wicker furniture. :)