Monday, October 21, 2013


I haven't had a UFC fight night in a while and I felt out of touch with a few people so the invites went out. We had the house in order but since I'm the only one not working on Saturday, it was up to me to get the food together.
Spaghetti is easy, the sauce gets cooked and simmers for hours, the noodles get cooked as people who up. I've tried other food but it tends to be a lot more work. We were down to 1 loaf of bread so I got the over warmed up and it was sort of a whirlwind of cooking.
This was an attempt at apple crumb pie, but a lower carb version (if there can be such a thing with apple pie). I think it took more time to clean up than it did to get it ready. While this was being made the bread was in the oven.
While the new loaf was cooling I made a ham sandwich and got the hot pads out for the pie. This sort of baking madness is nice with double ovens, I wouldn't enjoy going back to a single.

Ham sandwich done and the pie's are done. They turned out good, but I cut the apple slices too thick so they didn't cook down much. I have one slice left, everyone enjoyed it I guess.

Now it was time to make something new. I've always wanted to make some fancy dinner rolls but they take forever. I made a double batch so the process goes like this:
Mix, knead, rise, flatten, cut, shape, rise, butter, cook.
Almost 3 hours later the process was over and I ate 4 of them while they were still hot.
You can see I've already snagged one from that picture. I think they were the best rolls I've ever had and they were worth the effort. Just in case anyone wants to made them, here you go:
1 t yeast (regular)
1/2 C warm water
1/2 C milk
1 egg
2 T vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons sugar
3 C flour (to start, I ended up over 4 cups in order to get the dough to be the right consistency)
butter (for the top to brown)
Mix, let rise for an hour. Flatten out and cut (it's easier then pulling chunks out), form round-ish shapes and put in pan (I used parchment paper so it would be easy to manage). Let rise another hour and then butter the tops, bake for 15 minutes @ 375 or until they are as brown as you would like.

The fights were good, everyone had fun and we ended up with 14 people hanging out in our small house. I slept well and on Sunday we finally got the dining room table empty of tomatoes and made our last batch of salsa. I made this batch hotter by using jalapenos and serrano peppers.

I actually had the thought of doing something like salsa as a small side business, but then I realized how much work it would be for very little money. Not hard work, just very time consuming. Next time I'm at costco I'll price everything out but even at $5 a jar it wouldn't be much profit, unless I'm missing something.


  1. Nice! I love homemade rolls & bread of all kinds. Makes the house smell good for days, too.

    1. It does smell good, but it was taken over by the salsa smell. Salivation at it's best!

  2. I think fresh home made bread is hard to beat. My grandmother used to bake a very large batch of bread once a week and we would eat it for days. She made two pans of cinnamon rolls, loaves of bread, fried bread. It can be eaten with so many things and become a major side dish/food.

    1. Since we buy in bulk, the cost of an awesome loaf of bread is around 50 cents a loaf vs. $4 at the store. I often think I can survive on bread itself... or at least make the effort. I get addicted to toasted homemade bread and butter (the real stuff).

  3. Good looking food. Home made adds to the occasion, not only tastes better but shows your guests you went to some trouble for them.

    1. It's always worth the time in the end, sometimes during the process I think about ordering pizza.

  4. You are an awesome friend!!! I'm taking that recipe and giving it a try, looks great.

    1. Thanks for the kind words! I hope you enjoy them. I used more butter than probably needed when I brushed it, but they ended up with a nice buttery taste to where you didn't need any on the finished product.