Snow Day #4 – Boredom Busters

A great time to cook and eat. 

Parsley, sage, rosemary and snowI just heard a report that it is a record snowy winter in Philadelphia. Today is the fourth snowy day there that has accumulated more than 6 inches in one day. This has never happened ever. So, all of you along the east coast that are stuck inside, like me, what are you doing today?

I made Baked Eggs in Grits for breakfast and am currently making French Onion Soup – perfect snow day food. (Will post the recipe tonight when I have some pics) Last night, I made a recipe from Bon Appetit – January 2014 – Pan Roasted chicken with Harissa Chickpeas. It is cheap, easy, and tasty. I especially liked the chick peas and how the harissa warmed up my insides. Check out the link for the recipe; it is definitely worth doing again. ( I did find that I needed more water than what the recipe indicated – otherwise, the recipe was accurate.)

Snow day GamesTonight, once we get a good dose of cabin fever, we might whip out our favorite games – Cards Against Humanity  (CAH) (you can play online too!) and Things. Can play this online as well.

I know that CAH is taking the country by storm, but if you haven’t heard of it yet and you have a warped sense of humor, like my family, you need to check it out. My son got this for Christmas (he knows one of the developers of the game) and we had a blast playing it. In a nutshell, everyone pulls cards from a deck that are used to fill in the blank(s) for a statement or question the “judge” poses from another pile of cards. The goal is to see who has the funniest answer. When playing this game, make sure you feel comfortable with each other because it gets smarmy and inappropriate quite fast.

As much as I like CAH, THINGS can be even better. The major difference between the games is that THINGS doesn’t have cards for the players to choose their answer from – you need to create your own answers. So, it can get just as crazy as CAH as long as you have truly demented and creative people playing. Since the oddball answers are up to you to create, it can take a few rounds to get the proverbial “creative juices flowing,” but once everyone gets in sync it can gets even wilder and raunchier than CAH.

Also, if you choose to, THINGS can be played in a G-rated mode, but why would you do that?! Both games are available online, so get shopping and you too will have a blast during the next record-braking snow storm. Winter isn’t over yet.

Baked Eggs and Grits

Fresh out of the oven!

Fresh out of the oven!

I love grits. This soothing comfort food reminds me of my childhood when I would visit my grandparent’s farm in North Carolina. Down there, grits are a staple. My cousins from Florida always ate theirs with maple syrup and butter. I considered that to be an abomination. To me, grits should only be eaten as a savory dish. Give me a piping hot bowl of grits with a pool of melted butter  in the middle and a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper on top and I am in heaven.

Now, at grandma’s, you would never consider eating anything but stone ground grits: Quick Grits from the grocery – heresy! Unfortunately, I don’t live in the South anymore, so a girl has to do what a girl has to do. Thus, when I need my fix, I grab my container of Quick Grits – forgive me grandma – and make myself a small batch of goodness.

But, sometimes you just need to gild the lily a little bit. Thus, this week I decided to raid the fridge and see what I could do with grits, an egg, and leftovers. Well, I have to say, it came out pretty well. The husband and son tested it out as well and decided it was definitely a Do Again; especially since it helped use up all of those random nuggets of cheese, 5 lonely cherry tomatoes, and a few tbsp of leftover breakfast sausage. Hope you like it as much as we did:

Makes enough for three (3)

For the grits: 

My leftovers

My leftovers

  • butter
  • ½ cup Quick Grits
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Leftovers from your fridge, such as:

  • chopped tomatoes
  • cooked sausage, chopped
  • basil, thinly sliced
  • grated cheese, of your choice
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 eggs

Preheat oven to 400°

Smear three ramekins with butter so that the concoction won’t stick – okay, so it won’t stick too much. I mean really, some of it is going to stick. Those of you stuck with dishwashing duty know I am right. Yeah, I hear ya’.

Boil the water and salt  in a small saucepan. Slowly pour the grits in at a steady stream – whisking constantly. Cook for about 5 minutes ( now you only have to whisk occasionally – don’t want to tire you out too much) until thick and creamy. FYI, I made mine too loose the first time, so don’t be shy, get in there and let the grits cook to a nice, thick consistency.

Add whatever yummy leftovers you have from the fridge – note my suggestions – in any quantity you desire – within reason though. I mean really, it is called Baked Eggs and Grits for a reason; too many additions is just wrong.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Pour the grits into three 1-cup ramekins. Make a well in the center and break an egg over the top. Place the ramekins on a cookie sheet and place in the preheated oven for about 10-15 minutes – depending on how much you like your egg cooked. Remember, the egg will continue to cook after it is removed from the oven, so be brave like Pocahontas and take it out a moment earlier than your guts say. You will be happy you did.

Add a sprinkle of some more cheese and place back in the oven to melt it for about a moment to melt it.

Mmmm, good.

Mmmm, good.

Remove from the oven and let the ramekins cool for a bit ’cause they are boiling hot. .

Serve.

Cheap. Easy. And delicious.

A definite “Do Again.”

 

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