As you know, we spent the weekend doing camper things, but we got an early start Sunday morning. Pretty much everything we could do in the camper was finished by noon. I'm not really a football fan, but I've grown to enjoy Super Bowl Sunday just because it gives me an excuse to try some new recipes and spend the day making finger food. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I started with Sticky Baked Chicken Wings. The recipe is from Giada DeLaurentiis. Mike ate these like there was no tomorrow.
I'm always on the look out for recipes I can make in the camper, and this is a good one for that. It could be a finger food or even a main course, and it could be made with larger pieces if you wanted to.
Also, I made my own adaptation of Ree Drummond's Potato Skins.
Her recipe makes enough for an army, but I've cut the recipe down to make just enough for two (or four, if you're not too piggy). Here's how I do it:
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond
Serving Size: 2
4 whole russet potatoes
2 tablespoons canola oil -- divided
1 tablespoon butter
salt to taste
3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
4 slices thick cut pepper bacon -- fried until almost crisp, then chopped
2 whole green onions -- sliced
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup tomato salsa
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Scrub potatoes clean and allow them to dry. With a paper towel (or just with your hands) rub the skin of the potatoes with one tablespoon of the canola oil so that they're nice and moist.
Stab the potatoes and plac them directly on the rack in your oven and bake until skin is crisp and potatoes are tender, about 40-50 minutes. Remove and allow to cool until you can handle the potatoes (about 10 minutes).
Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise. Scoop out the insides, leaving a little bit of potato in the skins. Melt the butter with the remaining one tablespoon of canola oil, then brush both the outside and the inside of the potatoes. Sprinkle the inside lightly with salt. Place potato halves cut side down and return to the oven for 5-8 minutes. Using tongs, turn the potatoes over and continue to bake until the edges of the potatoes start to turn golden brown, about 5 minutes more.
Remove from oven. Sprinkle the insides of the potato skins generously with cheddar cheese, then sprinkle on the chopped bacon. Return to the oven long enough for the cheese to melt, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from oven and ladle a little bit of salsa into each one, add a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of sliced green onion. Serve immediately. Be happy. Enjoy life.
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Also on yesterday's menu was Pizza Margherita. I made the same pizza dough recipe I used last time, Roberta's Pizza Dough. This time I had the "OO" flour, which was very nice. It's a finely ground flour, kind of like cake flour. And since I was using a pizza dough recipe from NY Times Cooking, I figured I'd use their recipe for Pizza Margherita too. And this was really tasty.
I followed the note at the bottom with regard to the "pizza sauce" and pureed a portion of canned tomatoes from our greenhouse last year. Also, I used a small amount of a Salsa & Pico seasoning I picked up at Penzey's recently. The seasoning is really nice on anything tomato. If I were going to do this again, I'd probably cook the tomatoes a little to reduce some of the liquid. It wanted to soak into the pizza dough a little bit, but it was still yummy. I just think it might be better if it were a little thicker. Anyway...so good. We ate it up. So that was pretty much food for the day, lunch and dinner. It's kind of fun to do those finger foods once in a while.
There was another "Snowmageddon" event forecast for last night, but it failed to materialize. When we got up this morning, we had just a dusting of snow. It wasn't really cold enough for snow over night, which is a good thing because we got nearly four inches of rain over the weekend. Had it been colder, the snow really would have piled up.
Nevertheless, it's been snowing hard for the past couple of hours. When I sat down to write this post, it looked like this. I'm guesstimating about an inch of accumulation so far, and it's still coming down hard.
Snuggle Bug Sadie knows what to do.
The only sewing over the weekend was hand sewing. Charlotte is about 40% done at this point.
Today I'll get to work sewing Wheel Estate into a flimsy. Since I haven't really thought about how to set it, I'm not at all sure I have the fabrics I'll need. It's going to be a wall-hanging, and so I'm not going to get too carried away with sashings and borders. Hopefully, I can work with what I have and avoid purchasing more fabric...not that I have anything against fabric, but we're going to have to add a room onto the house if it keeps accumulating.