I love Derby! It was my favorite time of year – the parties, the horses, the Mint Juleps, the hats!! The hats were my favorite part. Every year I got a new hat and maybe a new outfit to go with the hat. I love hats!!!
However, a few years ago things changed as they do and I stopped celebrating. This year I took back control and when a friend posted about a Thunder Over Louisville event to kick off the Derby season I immediately signed up!! The fact the event benefited a local historical property peaked my interest also. I even wrangled some of my family members to join me.
I’m not sure how long the Thomas Edison House has held these Thunder parties, but we had a very good time. There was food, good conversation, a plane show and, of course, the BEST fireworks show ever! I also enjoyed catching up with a friend I had not seen in 30 years and getting to know a little local history about a Edison.
This morning while reading the exhibits list in the Arts section of my Sunday paper and thinking about my visit last night, I realized that I have not been taking advantage of all this city has to offer. So I cajoled my daughter to join me in seeing as many of the exhibits as we can. So our adventure continues! I hope you will join me in visiting your local exhibits and historical homes. You never know what you will find!
I’m making a bigger effort to use my clay pot and to make meals that I can transform into other meals during the week. I don’t mind leftovers, but I do get bored with them fast. This experiment is helping me to have one main meat and make multiple different meals. No boredom there!
This week I purchased the biggest piece of beef I could find at the Fresh Market. For the life of me, I do not remember the name of it now. Since I did chicken last week, I wanted beef this week. Not sure about next week yet!
I soaked the top of the clay pot in water. In the bottom, I placed cut up sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, carrots and celery. I seasoned them with various things including red wine vinegar. On top of these vegetables, I placed the meat that I also seasoned. Put on the top, placed in a cold oven and turned the oven to 400 degrees. After an hour, I took off the top and cooked a little more. One thing I love about the clay pot is that one doesn’t have to add a lot of liquid and yet, the result has lots of liquid that can be used for gravy or other recipes.
I will admit that I am learning all over how to use my clay pot as I haven’t used it in forever and I now use a gas stove. From now on I will either lower the cooking temperature or shorten the time.
The next day I made wraps with a homemade with Greek yogurt, a teaspoon or so of sour cream, garlic and other spices. I put this concoction in the blender to make it smooth and then I drizzled it over the wrap before rolling the tortilla.
The third day was possibly the best!!! I had a hash in mind. I have never made a hash before so didn’t know quite what I was doing. Oh, but the flavor was wonderful! I cubed the rest of the meat, potatoes, carrots and sliced mushrooms. I sautéed the potatoes to not quite done, added everything else, including the liquid I had kept from the original cooking. To this I added Dashida, a little water and more spices. I let this cook until heated through (30 minutes?). The only thing missing was cornbread!
What is your favorite dish for multiple meals?