no, the recipes won't get you admitted to the ER, but I have two things to post about tonight.
first off, my recipes..... I wish these were secret long-held family recipes, but I'm an adventurous cook and I rarely make the same main dishes again. I tend to repeat favorite side dishes like oven roasted cauliflower and the olive-oil cherry tomatoes (also oven roasted), but mains and desserts I change every time.
So Friday night, I bought a Boneless Top Rib, which I had no idea what it was, until a lot of Google-ing told me it was just a different cut for a Brisket. We, the Mortimer Household, are not generally Brisket people, but I had the meat, so I did a bit of searching and the only recipe I found that didn't use onion soup mix but that required common ingredients was the Martha Stewart Coffee-Glazed Oven Brisket. i didn't have chili sauce and had no time to get any, so I substituted for more ketchup, with a dash of Cayenne, some cinnamon and a dash of cloves. (I googled home-made chili sauce recipes and adapted)
The pumpkin lasagna can be blamed on my new addiction, Top Chef. Though I hated her as a chef, Tiffani made a pumpkin lasagna in the first episode that looked delish. (recipe can be found on www.bravotv.com). I didn't feel like making pasta from scratch and the individual sugar pumpkin presentation would have been stunning but impractical for this meal, so I went back to Google and found this one. I made two, the regular one and a gluten-free one for my SIL.
And because I always make at least one gluten-free dessert so that poor SIL isn't relegated to the fruit plate all the time, I always make a flour-less chocolate cake (seems like the only kind of flour-less cake that will satisfy all the eaters at the table.) If you have never made one, it's sort of like a very dense, rich torte-pudding combo. They abound on-line and are pretty easy to find, this is a good example. This time, the variation I made came from the cookbook I worked on way back when, Panache Because it's a charity cookbook, I will not share the recipe on-line, but just look for a variation with ground almonds and orange zest. If you really really want it, I would share it privately with the first few who ask.
And now, for the ER story..... Dumpling has been home since June 2004 and we had yet to go the ER at any time. The morning walk-in clinic at the peds office, sure, but never the actual hospital. But today, after a very long weekend of cousins and meals and missed naps and shushing in Synagogue, she kept complaining that it hurt to pee and would not let me get anywhere near her to look at it. She wouldn't let me wipe her either, saying it hurt too much. After her shortened afternoon nap (surprise visitors rang the doorbell), she wouldn't let me put her on my hip, saying it hurt too much, so off we went to the ER. Triage took about 15 minutes, but then, they gave me a cup and asked for a specimen. yeah, sure..... Did you hear what I said? We are here because she WILL NOT PEE, but I'll get you a specimen....
Of course, the first few attempts were for naught. Then I spotted gummy bears in the vending machine and I promised her the bag in exchange for a pee (I know, First I forget that there is no school, then I bribe her with candy..... Call the cops!) It worked, though she screamed bloody murder and still wouldn't let me look. Of course, the machine was broken and I had to take 2 elevators to find another candy machine that had gummy bears in it.
And then because the 2 hours of waiting. She played with other kid who probably had way worse germs that what she had, she insisted on dragging her blanky all over the filthy floor and I was witness to 3 different episodes of projectile vomiting (not Dumpling, other kids). Then there was the super cute Nigerian family with 6 boys of grade school age who apparently had come from some sort of party (all dressed up) and not only had the 6 boys and both parents, but also a dozen aunts, uncles and cousins! Family night at the ER! The boys were adorable though and Dumpling loved touching their closely cropped heads, she had a blast! She also played with a little Chinese boy a year younger but a good head taller than her and his parents were really nice and asked me all about my experience in China. Dumpling loved playing with him.
But at 8:30, when we started counting heads and it was clear that there were still more than half a dozen kids before her, I took her to the bathroom and pretty-pleased her to let me look. It didn't look like an infection but more like she somehow got a small cut or blister on the side of her *wee-wee*, so we elected to leave, give her tempra to ease her discomfort and try again tomorrow morning at the walk-in clinic, where we are guaranteed to be seen in 30 minutes or less.....
But at least I am no longer and ER virgin.