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True fax

If you want me or the spousebeast to go in early/stay late/show up on a day off at work, all you have to do is say you're doing something with/for your kids or grandparents/aging parents.

Which is to say that Kent is pulling an extra half shift (they do things weird around there).  I *knew* there was a reason I was putting off making supper!  It's not that I'm being a lazy slut and sitting around in my jammies, binge watching MASH and Food Network shows.  It's precognition, damnit!  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

I appreciate that he called and asked if I was going to be okay, because he knows I'm struggling a little.  I told him I would have thought bad things about him if he hadn't.  My wallowing vs. a single mom wanting to do stuff with her kids?  No brainer.

I'm excited about supper, though.  We always had ham for Easter when I was growing up, which I'm not a HUGE fan of (although, catch me at the right time of the month and present me with a really nice spiral ham and a pile of biscuits, and I will be your best friend.  If you hand the goods over quickly enough and get the fuck out of my way).  But I was digging through the freezer yesterday and happened to find a pork tenderloin, so...Easter supper!  Or my take on it.

I kinda wish I had fresh green beans so I could make the beans that almost got me disowned.  One year, right after Grandpa got diagnosed with diabetes, I decided to make a recipe for green beans that I got from Cooking Light.  My family has always done Southern style beans (which I love, love, LOVE!).  Here I come, trying to prove I'm all "grown" with green beans with crispy shallots, pancetta, and balsamic reduction.

Ooops.

To defend myself, they ARE tasty.  And Grandpa loved them...so there.  :P  (Mother and Granma countered that line of logic with ""He loves you.  And he'll eat anything."  Which was also not entirely inaccurate).  But I never fucked with a traditional meal element with my family again.  So...lesson learned.

(And it is a valuable one to have internalized, because it is veryveryvery useful with Kent's mother.  When we visit for Thanksgiving, we actually smuggle garlic and fresh herbs on the train.  One year, we were brining the turkey at midnight so she wouldn't catch us...and, of course, she picks that night to get up for a glass of water.  We convinced her that overnight soaking was required "because so many turkeys have antibiotics and pesticides."  Kent is a bad son.  But the turkey was delicious)

I also get to use my copper fish mold!  I had orange jello and mandarin orange sections, so I made a giant, jiggly goldfish!  I love any excuse to use my jello molds, because they prove I buy them for a reason, damnit.

Yes, my aesthetics where food is concerned may not have progressed past the 1970s.  No tweezers in *my* kitchen!

I am also pleased to say that I cleaned out the fridge (usually Kent's job) and am in the progress of organizing the pantry.  I think I can safely say I have enough dried beans and various canned/jarred tomato products to survive the zombie apocalypse.

Gods, I need to go back to work.

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siduri
Apr. 16th, 2017 07:32 pm (UTC)
What are you doing with the pork tenderloin? I have one in the freezer and no idea what to do with it.
mac_arthur_park
Apr. 18th, 2017 12:45 pm (UTC)
I browned it on all sides and threw it in the crockpot with some large chunks of carrot and covered it with habanero jelly thinned with apple cider.
siduri
Apr. 16th, 2017 07:32 pm (UTC)
What are you doing with the pork tenderloin? I have one in the freezer and no idea what to do with it.
praxedes_osaka
Apr. 16th, 2017 07:41 pm (UTC)
We're having pork tenderloin too! :D And I think I need that green bean recipe, since Ringo will eat anything with pancetta on/in it, and green beans are on the "veggies he eats" list.

We're doing cooked apples with our tenderloin. Mom and I came to that conclusion independently.
qwentoozla
Apr. 16th, 2017 10:09 pm (UTC)
Haha, I love the midnight brining story! Enjoy your Easter supper!
aggiebell90
Apr. 16th, 2017 10:48 pm (UTC)
I'd choose pork tenderloin over ham any day. I like ham (Let me qualify. I like the good spiral cut ham that isn't overcooked and dry), but there's something about a pork tenderloin.

You need to take photos of your jello goldfish. I feel like it's something I need to see to make my life complete (mostly because I'm jealous of your molds and want to live vicariously). *nods*
communitybee
Apr. 17th, 2017 09:23 am (UTC)
Those jello molds sound lovely.

My MC was asking about southern style on Facebook and how it was different. I thought he knew everything because he is/was in Mensa. Lol
spikesgirl58
Apr. 17th, 2017 11:59 am (UTC)
There are not many folks who would admit to using Jello molds these days. Rock on!

It does sound like you are ready to get back to work, though.
mac_arthur_park
Apr. 18th, 2017 12:47 pm (UTC)
I actually collect them, much to the spousebeast's chagrin.

I have promised to quit once I find the Holy Grail: the 70s one with the signs of the zodiac. I've found it online, but that's cheating.
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