Saturday, March 19, 2011

Big Week Ahead!

Friday was my last day at the high school! The new job starts Tuesday, and I confess to being both excited and nervous. Back to Non-Profit World. Looks to be a fairly casual office, but it's not going to be high school casual. Must get some shopping in this weekend.

I'm really having to get my head around having some easy meals on hand for my longer days. Just back from the grocery store. I'd browsed my recipes and bought what I need to make five or six meals. The check out guy says, "Lots of groceries today! Looks like enough for a month!" He looked to be a starving college kid. WF had whole chickens on sale. They're smallish, so I bought two; I'll roast them both today so we'll have one for dinner tonight and one that I can use for derivative recipes later in the week. Doesn't this soup sound good? It's from a group of recipes in my Real Simple for using cooked rotisserie chicken as a short cut.

Greek lemon soup with chicken

In a large saucepan, bring 6 cups chicken broth to a boil. Add 1/3 cup orzo and boil until tender, 8 to 9 minutes. In a bowl, beat 6 egg yolks; slowly whisk in 1 cup of the hot broth. Add the egg mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring, until thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken and 1/4 cup lemon juice; season with pepper.

There are about a dozen others and most sound good. I'll make the venison recipe Russ's sister gave me tomorrow as it has to cook for hours. The other recipes for the week are very simple. Shrimp Fra Diavolo, white bean soup with andouille sausage and collards, and I have a meatloaf in the freezer.

Anyway, I'm still procrastinating on the paperwork I need to do. F-ing taxes. It's so beautiful outside! I think I'll pull my garden gloves on and trim the roses.


Kathleen said...

I like most things with lemon and that sounds very good.

Pretty exciting about the new job next week. Hope all goes well.

mamacita said...

Good luck with the new gig! As I was grocery shopping today, I kept telling myself, "Make it easy on yourself." It's going to be hard enough to go back to the grind after Spring Break.

So glad you posted that chicken soup recipe. We had rotisserie chicken today, and a recipe for later in the week calls for egg whites. Perfect!

Kathy said...

@mamacita-- check out Glad you came by! I still haven't done my tax chores, have you?

Anne Cassidy said...

Good luck on your new job, Kathy! And the soup sounds marvelous. I think I made something like it about 25 years ago (before I became a burnt-out cook!) Anne

Pam J. said...

Happy to hear about your fresh new job! The brief time between an old job and a new job is always a little exciting. And you picked a good time of year to switch to a job with longer days. Would love to hear what kind of non-profit you'll be toiling for.

Greek lemon soup sounds fab. Will try it soon. Thanks.