Photo courtesy of Sandra's blog
I've found so many delicious recipes over at Sandra's food blog Full Bellies, Happy Kids that today I just had to make one of them. Her Garlic Chicken Drummettes I just know will be a keeper. It's in the oven as I type--I know, I know, a very late lunch-- and since I wanted to have this typed up and posted, I 'borrowed' her photo of the dish. I will also make my usual herbed baked potato wedges and a side of steamed corn. I can tell you the whole house smells wonderful! I suspect there won't be any leftovers! That's fine, because I still have Chicken Mole and rice from yesterday's dinner. We can heat that up in a jiffy. My youngest Son is home, and he keeps me on my toes as far as cooking. He misses home cooked meals, so I'm only very happy to oblige. Last night he was mentioning some of his favorite meals, and trying to remember others. Think that's his way of dropping hints? Well, I've got a whole list of things I know I'll be cooking before he leaves. It's wonderful when your children motivate you.
And in other news, I received my order of green coffee beans.
For a very long time I've been wanting to try home roasting, but with home roasting machines being very expensive, I had to settle for the whole roasted beans we buy and grind at home. But all along I knew there was much better coffee than what I was drinking. I became aware of it the day I had coffee at a coffee shop in San Antonio which roasted their coffee fresh. There are no words to describe how wonderful that cofffee tasted! And then I came across Jayme's blog Tales From The Coop and her post that I'm thinking will forever change my life as I know it. Jayme you see found a way to roast coffee using a very inexpensive contraption:
And once again I was inspired by someone's blog to try something different. So off I went to Bed, Bath and Beyond so I could use my 20% off coupon and purchased my very own Genuine Whirly Pop- a manual popcorn popper. The only thing left to do was select the type of coffee I wanted and that is easily done online. We like our coffee strong, so we always use a French Roast. The types of beans recommended for the French roast were these:
Isn't it amazing how different they look from the coffee we're so used to seeing? But these aren't the only kinds of beans you can use for a French roast. You can probably come up with your own flavor combinations. It's just a matter of finding what you like. That's why I ordered this sampler of three different green beans. Jayme, by the way, also lists a few other resources and web sites you can visit for more information on home roasting. Turns out you can also roast coffee using an electric popcorn air popper. In any case, roasting is best done outside, because a lot of smoke and debris is generated. I probably won't get around to the roasting until after New Year's Day. I would think there is a learning curve to this, and I need to be focused. I also still have more reading up on it to learn how to do it right. But I can hardly wait to give it a whirl- no pun intended. So until next time, I'm just trying to stay warm and cozy. We're supposed to get some colder weather with rain tomorrow. More great nesting weather!