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Minnesota in winter!
Now I remember why we moved.
Right now it's 0F (-18C) with -15F (-25C) windchill. Tomorrow it's supposed to be cold. (-15F temp. -30F windchill)
I have scraped ice off of my car windows.
I have brushed snow off of my car windows.
I have driven in a 'winter storm'.
I have seen cars parked at various odd angles, in strange places, along side the road in said winter storm.
I have gotten sandy, salty slush on my boots, shoes, pants, skirts, coat, shoulder bag and ear muffs (don't ask).
I have been told "You go get the car; it's nasty out." 17 times.
I have been told "I'll just wait in the car; you can just run in and get the —." 7 times.
I've only been here 5 days.
Please, pity me.
Even as you mutter "Stupid woman" under your breath…..
At least I have a heart-and-tummy warming casserole (or as they say here in the Midwest: 'hot dish) for this month's Heart of the Matter.
The theme is Stews and Casseroles and is being hosted by the marvelous Michelle of The Accidental Scientist.
The recap of all of the heart-healthy recipes will be on her blog shortly after Feb. 24. Check it out!
Italian Beef & Cabbage
1/2 cup brown rice, cooked in
1 cup beef stock, to yield 1 1/2 cups
8oz ground beef (250gr mince)
1 1/2 – 2 cups shredded cabbage
1 medium onion
2 stalks celery
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp olive oil
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 can tomato sauce 15 oz, 400 gr
Cook rice. Peel and chop onion and garlic. Chop celery. Heat oil in nonstick skillet. Add onion, celery, garlic and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add beef and brown, breaking it up as it cooks. Add Worcestershire sauce, herbs, chili powder and brown rice. Shred cabbage by cutting slice off of head, lay the slice cut side down and cut into 4ths, then, cutting across, slice 1/8 inch thick. Do not use the core of the cabbage – you'll recognize it when you see it. Put half (1 cup) of the cabbage in a baking dish, put the beef/rice mixture on top, then the rest of the cabbage. Pour the tomato sauce over the top. Cover and bake at 375F (190C) for an hour.
I hope my car starts tomorrow….
(For those who have never lived in the frozen north: sometimes they are so cold they won't turn over… Then one has to 'get a jump'.
Stupid, stupid woman!