Did you know I caught a mouse last night? Well, Mom’s cat Ozzie and I tag-teamed him. I was at Mom’s, and we were watching a tape of Castle, and suddenly the cats were skittering all over the house after a mouse. We opened the basement door and the outside door, hoping he would make a break for it, but the cats kept him herded inside. Sweetie Pie got him, and had him in her mouth but, when I picked her up to take her outside to make her release him there, she released him IN THE HOUSE AGAIN.
So I decided to take matters into my own hands. I got a cottage cheese tub (empty) and a bit of cardboard and went to the room where the mouse was currently dodging Ozzie. Sweetie Pie, disgusted that I wouldn’t let her keep him if she caught him, had quit the chase. So Ozzie cornered him and I clapped the tub over him and slipped the cardboard under it and carried him outside and released him. He seemed pretty glad to go.
And that’s that story.
Did you know that I make quesadillas in my waffle iron? Well, I do. I have one of these round ones. I used to make waffles fairly often, but Charlie objected to my buying (see what I did there, Mom? I remembered to use the possessive with a gerund.) –Where was I? Oh, yes: Charlie objected to my buying genuine maple syrup because he says it’s too expensive, so I bought some corn syrup with brown coloring in it and I can’t bear to insult my waffles with it so I don’t have waffles or pancakes any more, though they’re pretty good with jam on them.
Anyway, I heat up the machine while I build the quesadilla. Last night, we had flour tortillas, leftover roasted vegetables, fresh mozzarella and a bit of mayonnaise with dill pickles cut up in it. Pizazz! Put another flour tortilla on top, put it in the waffle press, and…press. I turned it around once so it would heat evenly. Most tasty.
WRITING PROMPT: The Johnny Depp character in Benny and Joon made mashed potatoes and grilled cheese sandwiches with implements not usually used for cooking. When I was in college, I cooked many a meal over the heating element of a popcorn popper, the only cooking implement allowed in the dorm rooms back in the day. Your prompt today is to come up with a way to make a dish using something–kitchen-related or not–not usually used to prepare that dish.
p.s. While you’re at it, watch this video from Benny and Joon. You’re welcome.