PATRICK himself RW Title

A few months back (sniff sniff) our friends Patrick and Amanda and their little girl Emily moved back to Texas. Permanently. As in never coming back to the Midwest. Well, they agreed to visit once a year but that remains to be seen. Not only have we lost good friends, but poor Petey’s hopes of someday taking baby Emily to prom have been dashed. DASHED I say!


Patrick and Amanda were kind enough, however, to leave us with a parting gift.  Lots of parting gifts actually – a box of glass vases and an even bigger box of food! There was also a box of booze but The Husband commandeered that already. Liquids and perishables aren’t allowed in the moving van and there’s only so much you can fit in a Rav4.

To honor their memory (you know, in case they never make it back like they promised) I’ve decided to make the most of their gifts and document what I did with them.  I’m calling it The Patrick Project.  Sorry Amanda, but The Amanda Project doesn’t have that whole alliteration thing going for it.  

Here’s the official list of what I received:

2 clear square glass vases

1 clear round glass vase

2 red round glass vases

bag of shallots

bag of garlic

red cooking wine

7 individual oatmeal packets

peanut oil

Stubbs BBQ sauce


salsa chipotle hot sauce

real maple syrup

fake maple syrup

local honey

basmati rice

apple cider vinegar

Morton salt

kosher salt

balsamic vinegar

sherry cooking wine

worcestershire sauce

Tobasco sauce

Tikka Masala simmer sauce

Kansas City BBQ sauce

arborio rice

dried chipotle chiles

dried mild new mexico chiles

A Shelf of Food RW

I’ve used quite a few things since the above picture was taken five minutes ago.  I took nicer pictures when I first received the box but for the life of me I can’t find them anywhere! So this crappy IPhone camera photo will have to do.  It’s actually a nice introduction to this project anyway since most of the photos I’ve taken of the recipes I’ve made thus far have been with my crappy IPhone camera.  I’m getting lazy in my blogging old age it seems.  Remember the days when I used to pride myself on a well taken picture?  Yeah, me neither.

Patrick has offered advice on how he uses some of these foods and I will mostly likely take him up on that offer.  The dried chiles?  I have no clue.

Not all of these posts will be recipes either.  So far I have two posts that involve projects for Sweetey Petey using the peanut oil and kosher salt.

I have at least nine post drafts in this project already and I still have a whole shelf full of food to eat (and a box of vases) so you’ll be seeing Patrick around for awhile.  Stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

– Joanna

P.S.  Yes, the first picture in this post is of Patrick himself!

P.P.S.  The font I used on the picture above is called “Hobo” – this is funny because I’m always checking to make sure the trunk of my SUV is locked so no “hobos” decide to live there.  The Husband should find this immensely funny.  Ha!

P.P.P.S.  Has anybody noticed that I changed my blog header to peeling paint awhile ago?  Cause it’s been so boring around these parts it’s like watching paint dry peel.

Question of the Day:  Have you missed me?  There’s only one answer to this question by the way so don’t mistake it as multiple choice.