Category Archives: Food

I think I watch too many cooking shows

What’s for dinner?

Three words I hate hearing the most.

Last night I pulled some boneless chicken breasts out of the freezer and thawed them.

What to do?

Remembered seeing someone soak the chicken in (smoked paprika and Adobo) seasoned milk…so I did that. Then they dipped the chicken in (smoked paprika, Adobo, and rosemary) seasoned flour, back in the milk, and into the flour again…I did that too.

Heated some oil in my non stick pan and dropped that chicken in there.

Cooked for four minutes a side and dang, they were good!

Sorry, I forgot to get a picture of it.

Therefore, I’m putting The Curmudgeon’s Tee shirt of the day up.

Jay's shirt

What would you like for dinner?

Have you ever felt like you’ve run dry on the ‘what’s for dinner’ front?

Yeah, I feel like that far too often these days.

Of course, The Curmudgeon is no help what-so-ever.

“What would you like for dinner?”

“I don’t know.”

“How about, would you like beef, chicken, turkey, pork, maybe a veggie and rice dish?”

“I don’t know.”

“I guess I’ll make chicken then.”

“No. We had that the other night.”

“We’ve had beef, turkey, and pork too. If I can’t fix chicken, what then?”

“I don’t know.”

“ARGH!!!”  Screamed in frustration.

“You’re getting chicken. The first complaint I hear and the dogs get your dinner.”

HPIM4908We would like your dinner.

Good eats

It’s always a pleasure to discover, or in this case, rediscover a good place to eat.

G and I have been watching, what used to be a dive bar, get a facelift, and gain an entirely new and good reputation.

We decided to have lunch there today after hearing so many good things about the place.

We were pleased to find it lived up to all the good reviews. We had some delicious calamari as a starter. G had a steak sandwich and I had a Cubano. Find some recipes here:

https://www.google.com/#newwindow=1&q=cubano+sandwich

The food was delicious. The service excellent, and the facelift amazing.

Today’s Tee shirt

Writer reality

Mutual respect is the only way to go

Okay, you’re a vegan.

I respect that and I don’t make snide comments about it.

You’re a vegetarian.

I respect that too and I don’t make snide remarks.

I am neither. I eat meat.

So why is it okay for you to make snide remarks?

Shame. *Rings bell* Shame.

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Put my book down

Best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach

The Curmudgeon tends to hold my cooking in high regard. Especially when I take some bits and bobs from the freezer and cupboard and come up with a tasty meal.

No, I’m not a pro, I have no desire to be one. I just like good food.

I’d love to not have to cook but if not me, who?

Yeah. You see?

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Witch

Crock pot cookery

A while ago my cousin sent me some stuff from New Mexico.

Included was a packet of seasoning for pork–Desert Gardens Carne Adovada Mix.

Well, we seldom get pork at the price of it around here and the seasonings sat for a long while.

Nine in the morning I put a boneless leg of lamb into the crock pot, after it sat for hours in the seasoning, and set it on low to cook for eight hours.

Eight hours later … pure heaven.Carne Adovada Mix

http://www.soupsonline.com/m-4-desert-gardens.aspx?gclid=CIPMpd-clc4CFU9ZhgodJfYGwg 

I love their dips and soups too.

I love shopping at our farmers market

From the instant you walk through the swinging doors, the aromas and visuals tantalize you from stand to stand.

“Come to me,” says the scent of fresh melons.

“Over here,” the bright colors of fresh vegetables draw you on.

Fresh breads entice your olfactory system.

Grilled foods perfume the air.

Your mouth waters.

Too bad they are only open 3 days a week.

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shut up and let me read

 

A little corn bread maybe?

Hungry for some sort of Mexican flavored casserole (I’ll invent it) to go with corn bread.

Just dying for corn bread really. LOL

Ever have one of those cravings?

I do. Often. Usually for something sweet but this time I’m craving savory. Yes, my corn bread leans to the savory side.

What are you craving tonight?

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As if we didn’t spend enough there already

G and I are in trouble.

There’s a new stand out at the farmers market.

“Here, have a sample.”

We take a sample. Looks of ecstasy cross our faces.  “Ah, too delicious! We’ll stop here last, on our way out, so it stays cold.”

We skipped the Amish bakery, can’t set off my sweet tooth now I need to have some restraint.

Stopped at the gadget stand and picked up a biscuit cutter, I am tired of using a glass to cut out my biscuits–I’ve used one for 42 years.

We split a loaf of fresh sourdough bread at the artisan bakery.

G bought cabbage for halupkies (stuffed cabbage rolls) and I’ll get some!

Stopped at a favorite stand and picked up a little bulk sausage, pimento cheese, and smoked Gouda.

Another stand for smoked chicken thighs.

Finally back at the new stand, we bought our lunches of sushi and seaweed salad. Once we got back to my house, we dished out and shared our sushi choices. What a perfect and delicious lunch.

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The day before he gets home

12/2/2015 8:30 p.m. blood pressure is 116/64.

Rain all day. It rained hard enough that the dogs were not as willing to go out as they were in yesterday’s. Poor babies.

Made ham and bean soup for The Curmudgeon’s first dinner at home. One of his favorites. It’s cooled and ready for the fridge.

I used a ham hock from our farmers market. A heavily smoked, huge, ham hock that had the dogs going ape shit over the fragrance.

You all have a good one.

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Best soup I ever tasted

http://www.missinthekitchen.com/italian-gnocchi-soup/
Twenty minutes to heaven.
Even The Curmudgeon (not a big fan of soups) liked it.Here's to you

What’s for dinner?

Three words I hate to hear.

Am I the only one who struggles to think of what to cook for dinners?

I always have a freezer full of meats because we order through a company called Five Star Foods and they deliver and fill our freezer every six months.

However, this does not mean I have any idea what I am going to cook each night. Often times, thanks to a microwave and its defrost capacity, I don’t know until five minutes before I start cooking what I am going to make for dinner.

Are you a menu planner or a by the seat of your pants cook like me?

HPIM2599Last night we had ribs.