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Image Cooking by the Seat of Your Pants
By Arlene Marshall on December 16, 2010

Arriving home after a two week trip to California, there was nothing fresh in the refrigerator to cook with.

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ImageSharon
Dec 16, 2010 6:33 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
...to be reading this when I just walk in the door, starving and chilly cold. My fridge looks about as empty as yours. To the cupboard I go, though...and maybe the freezer!!

YES!! You just saved me from another night of peanut butter and crackers...
Thank you so much. Another great article, Arlene!
ImageTwinLakesChef
Dec 16, 2010 7:48 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Glad you won't be starving tonight, Sharon. We all need to keep things around where we can have a feast, even when we are snowed in (which I doubt you would be in Kentucky). But here in Iowa it happens. There are many recipes that give a lot of latitude for substituting other things and come out alright.

I would have liked to have a little cream to add to the mix but it came out OK.
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ImageAguane
Dec 16, 2010 10:59 PM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
Picked up some delicious live mussels at the market today. Sauteed in olive oil and white wine with fresh basil (from my AZ garden) and shallots and diced roma .... until open, boiled some Angel Hair. Mixed the Angel Hair with the mussels and plated. Yum. I can't do the cream or cheese or any of that... MAJOR auto-immune allergy. My loss... but I do get the true flavor of the sweet mussels.

Loved the clam sauce and pasta, Arlene, yummy inspired article. Sharon, I know you know, but do keep some good soups in the freezer. I freeze hunks of good S.F. sour dough bread and La Brea multi-grain in the freezer too for "emergencies".
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ImageSharon
Dec 16, 2010 11:05 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Thanks Susie, I try to do that. Breads too. I'll be making more soups this weekend!

I'm going to check out Arlene's soup recipes.
ImageTwinLakesChef
Dec 17, 2010 3:10 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Sad I'm movin' to Arizona.
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Imagevic
Dec 17, 2010 10:51 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
What a wonderful supper even though the cupboard was bare! Yum-OH Arelene!
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Imagegoldfinch4
Dec 17, 2010 1:49 PM CST
Name: Chris
Wisconsin z4
Drooling Yummy! Drooling all over my keyboard!
ImageRetSgt
Dec 17, 2010 5:42 PM CST
Name: Sarge
Live Life You may not be here tomor
tis not the Seat of the Pants I'd be cooking but , but from by the HEART My Dear! LOL

The Sarge
ImageTwinLakesChef
Dec 17, 2010 5:44 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Thank you for your kind comments. My cooking is all from the heart but when I have to cook from the seat of my pants there's not as much "heart" in it. Hilarious!
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ImageRetSgt
Dec 17, 2010 5:49 PM CST
Name: Sarge
Live Life You may not be here tomor
sure there is, you need to cook for all the folks that have shown up so it is all heart and by the seat of the pants lol

Sarge
ImageTwinLakesChef
Dec 17, 2010 6:28 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Lovey dubby Sarge. Anytime someone shows up on the door step it is definitey with Lovey dubby .
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Imagequilter5
Dec 18, 2010 8:51 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
Great article Arlene and just in time for the holidays when we are all so rushed. Thank you and Merry Christmas!!!
ImageRetSgt
Dec 18, 2010 5:04 PM CST
Name: Sarge
Live Life You may not be here tomor
Any one that cooks for any unannounced Guest that just shows up Must cook from the heart and on the fly as by any thing else would get them a bowl of oats Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Thumbs up

Sarge
ImageTwinLakesChef
Dec 18, 2010 5:59 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Thank you, Barb. That's not how I like to cook but occasionally it happens as it did last week. DH went to the grocery store and stocked me up to the tune of $160 yesterday. The only goof he made is I asked for Apple Cider and he brought me Apple Cider . . . vinegar! Rolling on the floor laughing

Three of us are making the Alton Brown Apple Pie and it called for 1 T of apple cider. I went to the little local grocery and had to pay $ 6.50 for a gallon of it just to get the T. Anybody have any idea what to do with the rest of the cider? I could give it to my neighbor who has kids who would drink it.

Sarge,
I rarely have surprise visitors but as much as I cook, there would always be something good I could pull out.
* * * well, I guess, . . good . . according to me * * *
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ImageAguane
Dec 18, 2010 6:19 PM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
Arlene,
How about hot apple cider infused with cinnamon sticks and orange rind stuck with cloves. I think my dad used to add a splash of whiskey.
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --Albert Einstein
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ImageRetSgt
Dec 18, 2010 6:27 PM CST
Name: Sarge
Live Life You may not be here tomor
Rolling on the floor laughing @ Suzie I agree works good
ImageTwinLakesChef
Dec 18, 2010 7:31 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Suzie, thaqt would definitely work well.
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