Wish I felt better. I’ve a couple good days since my move but I’ve had a migraine, tiredness, and body aches the rest of the time. Moving just does me in. Kicks my butt.
I’m trying to keep up but I’m just glad to wake up with a headache instead of a migraine. So not getting much done on the computer. Bleah. Don’t give up on me.
Thanksgiving was again lovely this year although we missed the French contingent very much. All the relatives are in their 80’s now, I’m the only one of the next generation down that attends. It makes me sad. I think of my cousin who lives locally who always finds a reason not to come. I wonder how he will feel when they are gone and there are no more opportunities to say, “You know, you’re weird but I love you any way.” At least we aren’t all getting drunk and fighting at the holidays. We never have. Me? I had a great time even with a migraine.
I’ve got a lot of unpacking done but the entire kitchen has to be dealt with at some point here. And the studio. I need to finish things for Christmas presents so that I can get them shipped off to France. Luckily the French folk are going to Egypt for the holiday and I have until the 31st to get it to them. *whew*
Otherwise I’m laying low. I haven’t heard a word on the job I interviewed for last Friday. He said he was making a decision yesterday. He’s in a hurry. Which is cool. I know that no news is good news at this point as he personally wrote the 45 people he decided not to interview. So I know he’ll let me know. I guess I’m still in the running. I hope he didn’t have a family emergency. He’d be a great boss.
I hear some time this week about the results of my Tuesday interview for a different part time job. I would love to have 2 part time jobs through the winter to take care of the extra heating expenses.
At any rate, not much to report. Today is a middling day. Not feeling great but not feeling crappy either.
I have a party this weekend, one on the 20th, one on the 27th, and one on the 31st, plus the family stuff. It’s going to be a very busy December I hope.
Oh, hang in there with all that. I’m thinking of making stuff for people for the holidays (although, I do that every year and end up not doing it or sending it in March).
Okay! Green Bean Casserole Martha Stewart Style
1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed and blanched
1 pound white button, baby bella, and/or cremini mushrooms, quartered
1 onion chopped (or diced, whatever suits your fancy)
6 tbsp butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
Pinch of cayenne
1 cup grated parmigiano and/or romano
1/4 cup bread crumbs
Cook onion in 2 tbsp butter until softened. Add the mushrooms and cook until liquid has evaporated. Add 1 tsp salt and the pepper. Add the blanched green beans to this mix. Set aside.
Put milk in a saucepan and bring to warm, but not boiling.
Melt 4 tbsp of butter over medium low heat. Add 1/4 of flour and cook, allowing mixture to bubble but not brown. Whisk constantly. Still whisking, pour in the warmed milk and keep the whisk action going, until the mixture has thickened. Add the pinches of cayenne and nutmeg and pour over the bean mix.
Butter a casserole dish. Put in half the bean/mushroom mix. Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese over it. Pour the other half of the mix on top. Sprinkle the cheese and then the breadcrumbs (I’d go for Japanese Panko breadcrumbs – they tend to be bigger pieces).
This is where you can get really chichi. If you want, instead of the packaged fried onion strips, make your own. Slice four shallots very thinly and then cook them in butter until crisped. Put those on top.
Put the whole thing in the oven at 350 until warmed through.