It’s been a busy and hectic couple of months for the Schmautzhaus and Yes!Chef! and I have not had much time to attend to this poor little blog. I apologize and promise to do better in the new year.
Welcome to the first annual (hopefully there will be more) “We Call Him Yes!Chef!” Virtual Holiday Home Tour.
Do you remember your favorite childhood Holiday Christmas cookie? I have a couple of favorites, one of which is The World’s Best Cookie. Yes, that is the name of the cookie. I don’t know if it really is the world’s best cookie, but it is one of my favorites.
The other day I was reading some of the comments that we received on our Facebook Page and I came across a link from a very interesting Facebook Page called On The Homefront. On her page she issued a Pantry Challenge. I thought it sounded interesting, so I spoke to Yes!Chef! about it and he was on board. Here’s the challenge: See how long you can go with just making meals out of your pantry and freezer. Go to the store only to buy necessary perishables like veggies, fruit, dairy.
So, since April 1, we have been scouring our freezer and pantry for long forgotten items to see how creative we can be. Unfortunately, we have also discovered things that are of unknown origin and they look too scary to eat. (Here’s a public service reminder to label and date things when you stick them in your freezer.) But, mostly things have been labeled pretty well.
I was cruising around the internet a couple of months ago and I read about something called Dulce de Leche in a jar. I don’t remember where I saw it or even what the recipe was, but I stored it away in the back of my mind and then didn’t remember it until I saw a jar of it in one of my favorite stores, World Market. I went ahead and bought it because…well…as I said, I had stored away the memory of it in the back of my brain. I thought I would just take it home and it would speak to me about what I should do about it.
You are probably thinking, “Why didn’t she just hand it over to Yes!Chef! and say, ‘make something magic with this'”. I thought about that myself and when I brought it home I said something like, “Look what I found at World Market!!!”. He didn’t know what it was and really had no interest in it. I think I’ve mentioned before that he stays away from desserts because he had a bad experience with the first one he ever made (over 30 years ago.) I was on my own for this one.
The above elf is not Edmond. Edmond is older, taller and wears red.
He doesn’t mind purple, he just thinks it’s not as festive as red and green.
Last blog post I introduced you to my little elf friend, Edmond Elf. (PS he doesn’t like to be called Ed or Eddie or any derivation thereof. I found that out the hard way.)He is a good natured elf, but gets himself into all kinds of trouble because he’s a curious little guy and quite full of himself. He joined our family last year.