Food Coma

My darlings – I got nuthin.  Nuthin’ but FOOD!!!  I had to hop over to a friend’s last night – she had emergency surgery  and her biggest fear was that she would starve to death during recovery! And I’m the only one of her friends who cooks.  I was going to make the chow at my house but that’s a whole ‘nother level of heinous grab-ass that I just don’t want to deal with; people (myself included) rarely feel comfy just returning clean dishes, y’know?   They’ve gotta send them back with stuff in it.  But if you’re busted – AND YOU DON’T COOK ANYWAY – well, you know where this could go, right?

So I went over to her house.

To a kitchen with two working electric burners, an induction plate (which was my first foray into induction – omg!  more on that when I get my nerves back in order) – I kept thinking I’d broken it.  I’d’ve done better to just cook over a wood fire, sweatergawd.  Primitive Me.)  … and a 14×17″ oven that is straight outta 1929.  My liver quivered.  But I prevailed.

In 5 hours, under HELLISH (okay, just kinda weird) conditions,  I made:

3 gallons of beef stew (and yes, I cut my own chuck roast because I am a freak like that)

2 gallons of chicken pot pie (she can throw a biscuit on top and have at it)

SO many carrots chopped.  So much celery.  So many onions.  All I gotta say is Thank Floyd for frozen peas!  (and yes, next time I will get the frozen bags of carrots & peas.  Who knew? Frozen carrots now seem perfectly legit to me!)

3 gallons of mac ‘n cheese — taught the kids how to make cheese sauce from scratch – feelin’ mighty righteous about that 😉 and OMG!!!  MY NEW LOVE:

The most perfect braiser EVAH!!!!  this one is hers, so I didn’t take it – I just ‘bayed one in blue, though.  Can’t hardly wait for it to hit my doorstep.  Where’s that drone when you need it!?

A giant baker of broccoli souffle.

Another giant baker of spinach souffle (you know how pain meds work – gotta get some dark leafys in you, keep that colon moving along).

A vatload of custard (and gave the kids a tutorial on how to make custard from scratch) – custard is her ‘I’m busted’ go-to but when somebody has cut open your back, the act of whisking is not on the agenda.  She works 12hr days to keep those little fiends sheltered, clothed and fed – they can whisk together a damb custard for her, dagnabbit.

And I taught the kids* how to make cheesy potato soup in the slow cooker

  • *15 and 16 so it’s not like I turned some 4 year old loose in the kitchen.  Jeebus!  I’m mean, but I’m not a savage!

In the Get Off My Lawn category:  did you know there is an entire generation of kids who have no concept of how to operate a manual can opener?   Seriously.

Yes, I am a cookin’ FIEND!  But that means I got zilch in terms of a review – or even a coherent post.

What I DO have, however, is a giveaway, because y’all are just too sweet – seriously.  I’m patting myself all over my now-floury back and you are reading about it!  So, thank you!  I’m dashing up to WI shortly (one of our clients had an explosion at their plant, so we are called in) so next week I will combine the last post’s winners with this pending one – sorry!  TWO WEEKS FROM NOW.  Jeebus.  I made the damb rule, the least I could do is follow it, right?

  • RoseMacaroon says:

    Musette, you beautiful human — this was an amazing post. Thank you so much. Small sidenote, really interested in making souffles now. Happy Thanksgiving.

  • I just love reading your posts! You are a fabulous and kind friend, and clearly an awesome cook! Big hug to you!

  • maggiecat says:

    Where were you when I had my spinal fusion surgery? Great yummieness, great kindness, great friend!

  • Kate E. says:

    Wowza! Extra brownie points for you–not just helping a friend but providing skills to her teenagers. You not only taught them how to whip up some dishes but also how to be a true friend and kind human. We need more of that in the world and you stepped up. You gave me a little moment of sunshine in an otherwise bleak and miserable week (I’m in N California and the misery is literally raining down as ash here). You’re a blessing.

    • Musette says:

      oh, my very dear – please do take care.

      These kids are marvelous – clueless, as are nearly all teenagers, but more than happy to do whatever was needed to help their mom.

  • Ingeborg says:

    What a good friend you are! Two of my friends helped me out when I had surgery in 2016. It is the best and most needed help you can give, especially since painkillers can mess with appetite, not only digestion. Laughing about the induction, since it is the easiest thing to use, once you have the right pots and pans and know how the heat is different from the standard electric cooktops.

    I couldn’t quite see if that is a Le Creuset pot in the picture. If what you bought is anything like those, it will last you a lifetime unless you seriously overheat it while it is empty. I was just looking at some of the pots from Le Creuset myself this weekend, but the right blue colour was sold out. I already have an orange coated cast iron pot after my grandmother.

    • Musette says:

      You would’ve split your sides laughing – I was convinced that I’d broken it! Turned out a) it was the wrong kind of pot and b) it has to actually BE ON THE INDUCTION thingy in order for it to turn on.
      Yes, it is Le Creuset and I adore working with it.

      My pal is a VERY smart cookie and figured out ahead of time that having something creamy/oily-ish on her stomach would mean the painkiller and antibiotic wouldn’t tear her apart. Scrambled egg, Kefir, toast with a squickton of butter.

  • Tara C says:

    Bless your heart, that is such a kindness. Is that a Le Creuset pot? I love mine.

  • hczerwiec says:

    You are a force of nature. Also, “that’s a whole ‘nother level of heinous grab-ass” — I AM SCREAMING

  • Ellen says:

    I want your recipes. What a good friend you are.

    • Musette says:

      Doll, if I had recipes I would happily share – alas, I just kinda throw stuff together and hope for the best 😉

  • Monika Goodrich says:

    You are a good friend! Believe me, when you are knocked down, a friend that cooks for you is a GODSEND!!! 🙂

    • Musette says:

      so I have heard 😉 I’ve been fortunate to not having been that knocked down because NOBODY wants to cook for me. Which is ridiculous. Because I like to eat!

  • Jenneffer says:

    Bundle up! It’s cold here in Wisconsin right now…

  • Jennifer S says:

    Holy mackerel that’s a lot of cooking! Daaaang. What a blessing you are to your friend AND teaching teens how to cook on top of it?!
    By the way you are totally right about the manual can opener cause I just went through this with my daughter in college. Lol!

    • Musette says:

      omg, who knew?! lol! I was completely taken aback. At least now they can survive, if they’re trapped in a canned food factory during a zombie apocalypse!

  • rosarita says:

    You’re the BEST Ms A, that’s an official crapton of food! And teaching teenagers, too, just wow.

  • Dina C. says:

    What a mighty blessing you are Musette to do that for your friend! All that delicious healthy food. Yum! My 21-year-old son, who moved out of the family home in August of this year, texts me all the time now with cooking questions. He took home ec and a gourmet cooking class in high school, so he’s not helpless. Just needs help with stuff like thawing chicken. 😀 I’m making beef stew tonight for my family and another fam that just had a new baby.

    • Musette says:

      You are a blessing as well! New moms (and their family) always appreciate good chow!!!

      I used to be my SIL’s support – like the time she called me at 10a on Thanksgiving – and asked me when she should start thawing her 30-lb turkey!

  • Joy says:

    Bless your pea-picking, carrot-chopping heart. Dress warmly. Wisconsin temps are running below average right now.

  • MMKinPA says:

    Teaching teens to cook is priceless. I’m interested in the braised, too – what brand?

  • Queen Cupcake says:

    Musette, what is that braiser called–I mean what brand? I can’t quite make out the word on the lid handle. Those kids will remember their cooking lessons; you’ve done them a real favor. We all most definitely need a friend like you, and you don’t need to do a review or a coherent post for us to love you madly.

    • Musette says:

      that is so kind! Thank you! The braiser is Le Creuset. I just found one at a TJMaxx for (gasp!) $149! I’d just bought one, alas (for a tad more), and even I do not need TWO braisers. Do I?

  • Portia says:

    You cook like I order in Musette. Go you good thing.
    Portia xx

  • Janet in California says:

    You have done a great thing for your friend but teaching the kids how to cook is priceless!

  • Shiva-woman says:

    That is a load of food? How long is she down for– that’s a month’s worth plus! The souffle sounds divine.

  • Libby says:

    Such a good friend and so much food