Friday, October 3, 2008

Let's Play "What's For Dinner" Again

So tell me what you had for dinner, or are planning to have for dinner.  I love hearing about what people all over America and the world are eating!

This time I took pictures of *my* meal to make it seem really exciting!

Last night we had "stew".  I put it in quotes because I make lame, fake stew.  I cube lean meat and then add jarred gravy.  I make it in the slow cooker so I don't even have to babysit it on the stove.

(Have you deduced yet that I don't like to cook?)

Here's the somewhat thawed cubed meat in the slow cooker with one large jar of gravy.

Next I cut up some carrots, onion and celery and added that.  
Gave it some hearty shakes of salt and pepper.  Also added some other spices.

Mixed it all together!

Now because it's in the slow cooker (aka my best friend), in the immortal words of Ron Popeil
 I can "Set it and Forget it!"
Now, in the meantime, I decided to try something I've not used before - frozen bread dough.  I thought a nice, fresh baked loaf of bread would distract from my lame stew.  However, I was feeling very dubious that this frozen white torpedo was going to ever be a nice, fresh baked loaf of bread.  I took it out of the freezer very early - around 8:45am - to give it plenty of time to thaw and rise.  I followed the instructions and sprayed a loaf pan with Pam and put the white torpedo of death in it, sprayed the top of the torpedo with more Pan, then covered it with some waxed paper.
Doesn't look too promising, does it?
Maybe around 1pm I detected movement.  It was actually starting to rise!  By mid afternoon, it looked like this:

By 4:30pm when I put it in the oven, it had grown to this size!

Then exactly 30 minutes later, voila!  (Or as some might say, "wala", or I've even seen "whalla")

Would you believe it?  From a frozen torpedo!  Amazing!  What will they think of next?

So here, finally, is what I had for dinner!

Now please tell me what YOU had!

(It's ok if you didn't take pictures.)

The end.


  1. Incidentally, your stew looks delicious. How did the bread taste? It looks fabulous! Usually, I love to cook, but lately I've been lazy about being 38 weeks pregnant a good excuse? LOL I've not been lazy about unpacking, cleaning, and organizing baby stuff...that just leaves no energy or time for cooking. Anyway, last night we had Bertolli chicken alla vodka & farfalle with diced tomatoes and asparagus. It was yummy and ready in 10 minutes. :)

  2. That is NOT fake stew. That looks absolutely fantastic and I might just try that this weekend. The problem is I'll actually buy "fake" home-made bread ;)

    LOL That stew looks amazing!

  3. Oh my goodness! That stew looks delicious and that bread! WOW! Guess I'm going to have to try that too. There's nothing like the smell of fresh baked bread.

    Last night we had turkey & rice (my recipe is on my site this morning) and tonight, I'm thinking it will be beef stroganoff made from strips of round steak.

  4. I like your way of cooking Carole. Your stew looks good and so simple. Last night Bill brought home 2 ham and cheese on pretzel rolls that he ordered from the church ladies.

  5. I have a slow cooker too but haven't used it yet. IF I did cook, I would definitey use that. That's why I still have it because I keep thinking I might actually cook once I retire and have more time for that kind of thing.

    For now, my dinner conists of either a slice of pizza or tuna salad on crackers.

  6. Ha ha. My wife made stew last night too!

  7. We never use slow cookers here, we light up stoves to full blast to cook fast... Had stir fried beef a while ago...I cooked! ^_^ Dropped EC's for you btw and visited your site, would you care to visit mine? Thanks!

  8. Your stew looks great. I never thought os using gravy in the stew mix!

    We've had some skimpy meals lately, but tonight we happenedto have a nice dinner: roast hen, mashed potatoes, canned corn, salad, and my daughter made peach/aple [ie. TYpical American homespun meal, I guess!

    We're making stew later this week. Yum!

  9. looks delicious! i wish someone would also bake some homemade bread in our house...

    more power to your blog!

  10. That stew looks yummy. I just had roast chicken wings with potatoes and salad. Yum.

  11. Looks delish! Now I have a question... Where the heck is your entrecard drop box? I rubbed my eyes, put on my glasses and felt for braille on my screen... no luck! I'll come back later for your reply so I can return the drop favor!

  12. That bread looks delish....would have gone well with our chicken salad.

  13. Whoohooo! Wish I knew where you lived because I'd have been there for supper! What yummy looking stew and bread! Supper here was meatloaf and mashed potatoes,... already eaten, so too late for pictures.

  14. Girl, I can smell that bread! Oh, I do want it, too.

    My slow cooker is my best friend.

  15. Pretty impressive for someone who claims to not like to cook. Who cares that you used jar gravy. The whole meal looks fabulous. I love a good stew but hubby will only eat the meat and potatoes so I don't add anything else, it bores me.

  16. looks so scrumptious,made me hungry just looking at it. stomach is growling now. That stew would taste so good with rice.

  17. Home made Naan bread with Falafel and hummus! :D

  18. Ummmm...comfort food!

    I like to cook ours in a clay roaster. Have you tried one? You add NO liquid, it makes its own juices and my mouth is watering at 10 a.m.! LOL



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