August 2nd, 2020

Icing screw up

I knocked out some pecan cinnamon rolls today from my no knead dough.  I'll freeze them individually and enjoy them one at a time.  They thaw out perfectly in the microwave. 

But I totally screwed up the icing and now have to go buy some more powered sugar.  The problem was I'm trying to make more orange-ish icing.  So I added what zest I could get off the orange I bought for that purpose.  Turned out the orange was a really luscious, juicy one and not very  zesty.  So I added some of the squeezed orange juice which toppled the whole thing.  Now I had runny icing to which I added corn starch and now it tastes like crap.

My idea is to have some of the icing in the refrigerator to ice the thawed out rolls as they come out of the microwave.

All in search of the perfect cinnamon roll experience.

Life is so complicated.


 171 days to inauguration

Trying something new

I love businesses that are thriving during and, in some cases, because of the pandemic.  Adapt and overcome.  Social, capitalist, Darwinism.

And I love beef and ribs and bacon and... well, I'm at the top of the food chain for a reason. 

But I do feel like we should pay to have the animals we eat humanely treated.  And the less I can shop and the less money I can spend on food, the better.

All to say I've still got my Dinnerly subscription.  It is not perfect and I like it less than Hello Fresh BUT it is 30% less per week and we get three meals for two of us for a total of $40 and it saves at least one trip to the store per week.

I've looked for a local meat deal (you'd think "Texas, here's the beef") but the closest I can find would be to buy a quarter or half a cow and I don't have or want a freezer in my garage.

So I found my hopefully good solution:  Butcherbox.com.  For $129/month I get a bag of frozen steaks, chicken, bacon, pork... actually an assortment that they put together.  For another $10 I could make my own choices but I'm trying the cheaper solution first.  Since we spend that much on meat a month anyway, this represents one fewer trip to the store, better sourced meat, probably better tasting meat and a relationship with a company which has turned the pandemic to their advantage.

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