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General Category => Food and Drink => Topic started by: 8ullfrog on February 21, 2019, 10:19:58 PM

Title: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on February 21, 2019, 10:19:58 PM
I know this section is pretty much me, so I've decided to cut down on threads and just post the meals, unless it's batshit insane, like the mint French toast.

So tonight I used the toaster oven to make hot dogs. They were gross, and I won't do that again.

Specifically, I cooked the hot dogs first, and that LOOKED fine, then I toasted the bun, then put them together for a third light toaster ovening, then added ketchup and mustard-relish. It's like, a jar, and they mixed mustard and relish.

https://www.bgpickles.com/product/hot-dog-relish

WOW that is a big and accurate image. I think I like it? Like I didn't, this time, but it seems like a condiment I would enjoy normally?

It just... sucked. The relish went through the bottom of the toasted hot dog bun and it was messier than a hot dog should be.

I never realized what high standards I have for stupid hot dogs. I mean they're hot dogs.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on February 22, 2019, 12:15:56 AM
I'm eating Crunchmaster crackers.

My grandmother and I made relish once.  We went out to the garden and picked green and red bell peppers.  If you pour hot water over them after cutting them, it helps draw off the bitterness.  You have to change the water a couple of times.  Otherwise, it took some chopped onions and pickling spice, vinegar and sugar.  The relish was delicious.  We canned it.  Red peppers are just green peppers that stay on the plant longer.  The colors were gorgeous, like some kind of confetti you laid over the hot dogs or as a condiment to be mixed with potato salad.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on February 22, 2019, 12:35:04 AM
That Relish story is fantastic, and I have nothing to compare it to.

Closest I get is grandpa showed me how to load a gallo salami slice and square of cracker barrel on a ritz and shove it in that very same toaster oven. It's the one thing I asked for when my grandma moved back to the east coast. She'd been using it as a plant stand.

I remember those cracker snacks fondly. Funny enough, I can't stand ritz crackers in any other circumstance.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on February 22, 2019, 03:31:16 PM
I'm on a marmalade making binge. 

I've never made cucumber pickles, but those sound pretty intriguing.  The relish is a sort of pickle.  I did make pickled watermelon rind but it didn't turn out so great.

Your ritz concoction sounds lovely, particularly because you have such nice food memories of your grandparents associated with them.  My grandmother had me help make cookies and preserves and it was always such a pleasure to hang out with her.  She always had cake for visitors.  Her pound cake was wonderful.  She'd bake two loaves and freeze one so there was always one stashed away in case you got a hankering for some.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on March 09, 2019, 08:08:06 PM
Sadly, El Amigo has disappointed me.

I rarely have the dosh to eat out, so picking up an order of Carne Asada fries is at best, a monthly proposition.

Well, The order has increased by one Dollar, the portion has decreased by I would say one Dollar, and the guac and sour cream are doled out in a stingy amount.

Even the hot sauces have been messed with, and you don't mess with Red or Green sauce.

I guess I'll just go with a Carne Asada burrito in future, but to be honest, the whole experience has soured me on the restaurant. They've been my old reliable since 2015, and it's a damn shame they got greedy.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on March 10, 2019, 02:42:31 AM
There is an excellent Indian restaurant in Berkeley called Ajanta.  The chef was Laachu Morjani, a man from the Punjab who nevertheless relished producing a changing menu with dishes from different regions of India.  I never had a bad meal in that restaurant.  He produced a cookbook that is actually pretty good.

Well, he finally decided it was time to retire.  We went there about 6 months ago and many of the same staff were there, but the food had definitely declined in quality.  We were so sad.  It sounds like maybe your restaurant underwent some kind of change in management.  It's sad that you can't depend on much of anything not to change in that regard.  I'll sign off because I'm so tired I'm stupid.

Maybe you can learn to make some of those dishes.  You appear to have an aptitude for cooking.

p.s.  In answer to the thread, I had some homemade pasta sauce for dinner over spaghetti.  Mario Batali's basic sauce with grated carrot and fresh thyme.  I use lots of garlic.  It's pretty reliable and it freezes well.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on March 10, 2019, 06:07:50 PM
I had the opportunity to purchase a home fryer at an obscene discount once. I asked why it was so cheap. Owner died. 'Nuff said, I realized I'd follow the same path if I could fry at home.

There's a pretty good video on youtube about making a California burrito, shows the level of work I just never feel like at home, and why I ever eat fast food (So I don't cook)


Mom also said she saw a Microwave in the place. That's damn near an obituary for a Mexican food place.

This morning we had some stupid Belgian mix pancakes. They were good, but tiny. Better to mix up our own giant flapjacks from scratch.

I don't know what we're gonna do for dinner, I'm fading. I'm thinking grilled cheese at the moment. Isn't Batali the Harvey Weinstein of the cooking world?

I'd say my burrito skills are pretty good, but the office had a great bit where one of the secretaries says she loved working at a taco bell express, but when it turned into a full service taco bell, she couldn't handle the pressure.

Sam the cooking guy also did a pretty good california burrito vid, where he roasts purists by using TATER TOTS!

Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on March 11, 2019, 02:55:17 AM
Isn't Batali the Harvey Weinstein of the cooking world?

That's my understanding, yes.  Our use of his sauce recipe comes from long before this behavior was made public.  Tonight we had simple dinner because I was tied to my computer doing homework.  Chicken thighs baked with Weber rub, some baked potatoes and a salad.  It was easy to prepare and good.  I was up working until about 1 when I knocked off to watch some Curb Your Enthusiasm.  I'm exhausted so I'll go to sleep.

God I hate the switch between time zones.
p.s.  I'm up super early now and get no credit for the extra industriousness because it's now an hour later.  Bog-us!!
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on March 16, 2019, 09:44:22 PM
Last night was leftover spaghetti, heated on the stove, with the rest of the sauce from the bottle. It was good, obviously not fantastic. Did toaster oven garlic bread, that added about 3 points, so 8/10 (home scale)

Tonight was pulled pork sandwich on those same rolls, once again toaster ovened. That thing is getting a lot of work. About a week ago mom forgot to make a tin foil insert (The tray is lost to the ages) and caused a fire. I thought it would just be a permanent scorch mark on the elements, perhaps slightly reduced performance.

Turns out the "Self Cleaning" label wasn't just advert nonsense. Slowly but surely, the scorch mark is fading away.


The sandwiches were decent, I ate two when I really should have just had one. That dang medication has me all over the place. Hungry, not hungry, FOOD NOW.

Thirsty, not thirsty, god why is my throat so dry, I don't even want to look at liquid right now.

Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on March 23, 2019, 05:58:33 AM
McVities Digestive Biscuit.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on March 27, 2019, 11:47:16 PM
Sandeman's Port and some walnuts.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on April 20, 2019, 08:45:08 PM
Manwich isn't very good. I usually make sloppy joe's from scratch, but once the meat was cooked, I decided Eff it, went to the dollar hole and bought a can of Manwich.

I am not impressed. I like my sloppy joe's kinda sweet, and it seems like Manwich is aiming for some shitty southwest style, like Arizona. Those weirdos put bell pepper in EVERYTHING.

Anyway, the hamburger buns were stupid small, so I had 3. First one I toasted the bun and tossed some Havarti on. Second one was just the Manwich by itself, and I didn't care for it.

Third one I buried in shredded Mozzarella. I enjoyed the cheese.

Well, lesson learned. Manwich sucks. The Havarti is ok I guess.


Eh, mom liked it. That's a small victory.


Last night I was so lazy I just ate a jar of pickles. Small jar, but still, that's pretty slovenly.


Can't tell if it's allergies or if I'm sick.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on May 07, 2019, 09:46:10 PM
I'm kinda sick of blue bonnet, so I hit my sandwich with a bunch of tapatio to murder the taste. Then Muenster cheese.

Made a pretty decent toasty.

Didn't feel like baking enchiladas tonight.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 08, 2019, 12:30:21 AM
Sometimes grilled cheese is all you need.

I'm eating Safeway Open Nature Flatbread with sesame seeds.  They're tasty as a late night snack.  They have a light dusting of salt.  Safeway (Albertsons/Vons) is ending its yearly Monopoly deals this week.  They have these crazy giveaways once a year.  They give out tickets and you can win all kinds of stuff, money, gift cards, and products like aluminum foil, batteries, potato salad, aspirin, bagels/donuts.  The stores have been giving out huge handfuls of the tickets.  I don't know that I'll ever have to buy aluminum foil again.  It's sort of a big adventure, shopping for free.  Since there is a store a couple blocks from my house, I pop in nearly every day, less often when this game isn't going on.  Do you have one near you, 8ully?
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on May 08, 2019, 02:53:34 AM
We lost our Albertsons a few years back, unsurprisingly. They do like to desert communities. I've actually seen about six Albertsons betrayals.

Vons, is like, I dunno, people made jokes about whole foods being whole paycheck, but I think $6.50 for a pack of hot dogs is like, pants shitting insane, and their intercom system is deeply unpleasant to experience.

I'd say their produce area is nice, but certainly not in the affordable zone.


They used to have the wrapped sandwiches go on sale on Fridays, but they've since kicked them up to around $10, and that's just stupid.

Affordable groceries seem to be a thing of the past. Our dollar hole doesn't sell hotdog buns, and CVS wanted $3.19. I'll go up to $2.50, but $3.19 is a "golly you" price.

Like how whenever gas hits $5, the government "does nothing" but the price somehow lowers.

Pain threshold.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 08, 2019, 03:27:45 AM
I think of the local Safeway as a 7-11 with a better selection and similar prices.  But there are ways to shop there without spending much.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: Schmoogsley on May 08, 2019, 07:50:25 AM
I didn't know you could find deals in Cali. The cost of living out there is legendary. How much is hyperbole I wouldn't know.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 08, 2019, 10:41:37 AM
Produce is cheap at local markets and you can always have a garden as the mild climate permits a long growing season.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: Schmoogsley on May 08, 2019, 03:17:20 PM
Produce is cheap at local markets and you can always have a garden as the mild climate permits a long growing season.
I thought all they grew in Cali was marijuana? 

On a serious note; if we don't get a week of no rain, our farmers will be growing rice. I hope you like rice.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 09, 2019, 01:50:22 AM
They do grow marijuana here as it's legal and a growing industry.

I am not so keen on it.  It just makes me tired and I'm not so happy to have the compulsive eating that goes with it.  Not my cup of tea, so to speak.

We buy 20 lb of basmati rice each year from a local Indian grocer.  We manage to consume it in that time.  It stores well in jars.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: Schmoogsley on May 09, 2019, 09:46:06 AM
Had my last visit with the orthopedic surgeon this morning. I am clear for whatever. Just a pain issue now. Still can't quite climb up into the cab (tried to on Monday; nope). Gettin close. 99% sure, well, 90% sure I'll be back to work next month. I'm starting back up in the gym tomorrow. I stopped at the grocery store on my way home, got lots more stuff for salads. I'm +18 lbs. bless'ed cowpoo!  >:( (https://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/jj530/Squonk12/Forum%20Images/icons/pig_zpsa3eabyxe.gif)
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 09, 2019, 10:58:31 AM
Glad to hear you are healing.  Sorry about the continued pain.  I'm sure not being able to work isn't helping in the weight dept.

I hurt my heel and now am limping around instead of walking 4 mi/day which was my usual means of getting exercise.  I don't really know that going to a doctor is going to change anything.

I just finished SunMaid Raisin toast.  It's delicious and on sale for a change so we are indulging.  I have a mountain of work to get to so I'll do that now.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: Schmoogsley on May 09, 2019, 01:06:28 PM
Oh my, how I love rason bread (toast) & coffee. Treats like these will have to go back to being less frequent. I believe my biggest problem has been me feeling sorry for myself; 'I can eat whatever I want'. Yeah, WTG dumbass.  >:(
Anyway, just thoroughly enjoyed a loaded salad. Loaded with all good stuffies including a light sprinkling of Kroger's Fat Free Italian Dressing. If you haven't tried this dressing, give it a try. It's WAY better for you (trust me, I've compared them all) and tastes really good. I will also save you some time; stay away from the 'creamy' type salad dressings.  ;)
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on May 09, 2019, 07:21:11 PM
Eh, as long as you pay it off, why not eat what you want? Mom made Enchiladas, and didn't mix up a single step, I am very proud of her.

Her mom is such a bad cook she microwaves fish and once made mashed potatoes that could (and did) remove fillings. So mom does NOT have a joy of cooking.

She managed this by A) making them in the morning. and B) Long nap after.

She has trouble shredding chicken with the fork method, so she just cooked the chicken then went shreddy with her hands. I usually do the fork thing, but whatever works, works.

Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: Schmoogsley on May 09, 2019, 09:04:47 PM
Anymore, I prefer using chicken rather than beef for my Mexican dishes.
I cooked up a bunch of chicken and sliced it up into small pieces to put on my salads. I spiced it up with this Cajun spice I have. Is good. I normally just get the frozen, boneless, skinless breasts for this. Just finished a salad and had a handful of blueberries for dessert.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on May 11, 2019, 02:31:14 AM
Burgers ala foreman.
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Post by: Alfonz on May 11, 2019, 09:38:33 AM
Bacon, mushroom, and goat cheese omelette.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on May 11, 2019, 07:31:19 PM
Nice!
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 12, 2019, 03:48:08 AM
Fishpeople seafood kit with salmon and a pancko bread crumbs/meyer lemon  herb topping along with some steamed broccoli.

I'm so snowed under with work that my husband made dinner.  I was up till 1 completing work and then went back to tv.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on May 13, 2019, 01:45:15 AM
Frozen chicken patty microwaved.

It was better than the Bonus Jack I had last night.

I mean I liked the Bonus Jack, but once again, my local Jbox serving up the underwhelming.

Did learn the box is el cajon though, that was funny. And their main seller is the tacos, not the burgers. The tacos are super gross.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 13, 2019, 02:15:04 AM
We had a salad, combined with some table water crackers and amazing cheese:  Brillat Savarin, some aged goat and some very good sheep cheese.  There must be something really primal about those fatty molecules with cheese, butter, icecream etc. that activate those pleasure centers.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: Schmoogsley on May 17, 2019, 05:32:12 PM
Pork shoulders were on sale today. Guess what I got in the slow cooker? With potatoes, carrots, onions, and fresh green beans. Stopped by the bakery and bought some whole wheat bread dough. There will be enough for all. Stop on by.

I'm at MedCheck. I dropped a chef's knife on my foot. LMAO! Good Lord...
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Post by: 8ullfrog on May 19, 2019, 12:03:41 PM
Works pizza, make me one with everything - but no weird poo like fish or carrots.

I wanted ham and Pineapple, but at the same time not, so mom got "the works" And it is just completely fantastic. I've had onion on pizza before, and liked it, but the mixes of flavor on this pizza were fantastic.

And even with Jalepenos I'm not dying of heartburn the next day. It's nice to just be happy for once, without a "but..."
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: Schmoogsley on May 19, 2019, 12:58:20 PM
Guilty pleasure for this 19th week of 2019: PB&J sarnie. OMG did I enjoy that. I knew this girl (God, almost 30 years ago) who, still to this day, made the best (blueberry) jam I have ever had. You know, I bet I could make jam. I really should look into it.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 19, 2019, 01:24:16 PM
All you need is fruit, lemon juice and sugar.  Plus patience.  Put it over medium heat and stir.  The thicker it gets the more you have to be vigilant about stirring.  You should also use a heavy pan for this.

Put a saucer in the freezer.  When the mix seems pretty thick, after about 1/2 hour, spoon a little on the plate and put back in the freezer for 5  min.  Push it with your finger.  If it wrinkles, it's done.  You can freeze it, can it or put it in the fridge and eat it.  It's unlikely to go bad soon.  Blueberry jam can be great as long as you start with good tasting fruit.

Last batch I made, did this:
9 c. scant blueberries
1 c lemon juice
3.25 c sugar
You can cut this in half if you want.  I started with 5 pints.  Get 3, eat half of one and halve the other ingredients and you are in business.  The less you have the shorter the cooking time.

That wasn't hard, was it?
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: Schmoogsley on May 19, 2019, 01:57:48 PM
I forgot your background. Duh. I could even take it to the next level and get a large pressure cooker, jars and labels. 'Schmoogsley's Blueberry Preserves' (try saying 3 times rapidly). Ooooo, would make excellent holiday gifts. Hmmm.

*fruit is VERY hit or miss around here.  :o
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 19, 2019, 02:25:37 PM
Nonsense.  I lived in S. IL for a year and picked gorgeous blueberries at a Pick your own farm.  I know you are still recovering, but it's an agreeable pastime that is not very demanding and the blueberry bushes don't have thorns.  You can find a list of farms local to you.  Take the family.  It's really fun.  You get to see little kids with faces stained with berry juice.

And you don't need a pressure cooker to can preserves.  They have high acidity so water bath canning is fine and not particularly demanding.  There's links on the Pick your own site and if you want to be especially safe.  This is a good primer freely available online, too.
https://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/publications_usda.html (https://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/publications_usda.html)  The one for jams/jellies is here:  https://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/usda/GUIDE07_HomeCan_rev0715.pdf (https://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/usda/GUIDE07_HomeCan_rev0715.pdf)

The recipes in the USDA often call for pectin, which is generally unnecessary and they like to throw lots more sugar at the recipes than is necessary.

https://www.pickyourown.org/IN.htm (https://www.pickyourown.org/IN.htm)
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: Schmoogsley on May 19, 2019, 02:30:03 PM
Thanks Six. I will look into this for sure.  :D
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 28, 2019, 04:02:44 PM
I'm marinating chicken thighs to barbeque later today.  Here's the basics of most of my dinner.

Here's the marinade:
2 jalapenos, 6 cloves garlic (skin on), 2 T oil, 1/4 c. lime juice, hefty pinch of salt.  Borrowed from Rick Bayless.

Take the jalapenos and garlic and blacken them.  That means, put them in a skillet (preferably cast iron or something that won't require you scrub the bejesus out of it afterwards) and char those suckers over med/high to high heat.  On all sides.
Next, remove skins and stem ends of garlic/jalapenos and if you like it hot, leave the seeds in the jalapenos or otherwise gut them.  Throw everything into the food processor and liquidate it.  Coat the chicken and let it rest for at least an hour before you cook it.  Hooray!

I'm also having potatoes, roasted w/fresh rosemary (dried works too).  I am rescuing some wrinkled sprouted potatoes.  I cut off anything icky looking and dump the whole potatoes in a big bowl of water.  This will allow the shriveled guys to enjoy the potato equivalent of a fountain of youth.  The potatoes will get firm and nice again.  It's a potato miracle.  Praise Jesus!  Wait a couple hours and when firm, cut into c. 1 inch cubes.  Make sure they're pretty dry or the next step won't be as effective.

Take a plastic bag, or if you don't mind washing yet another bowl, throw them in and toss with a couple generous tablespoons of olive oil until they're coated.  Reg. oil will probably work, but hey, use olive oil if you have it because it tastes better.  If you have some parchment paper, line a big cookie sheet with it (because who wants to wash dishes if they don't have to) and distribute the potato chunks.  Salt & pepper them and then distribute rosemary leaves over the sheet of potatoes.  Roast in a 400-450 degree oven, remember to check them after about 10-15 minutes.  When they begin to brown, toss them, or whatever to turn them over so they're evenly cooked. 

There's 2/3 of a reasonable dinner.  Meat & potatoes.  The rest is up to you.  I'll report back later after we've eaten.
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Post by: Schmoogsley on May 28, 2019, 04:06:35 PM
Sounds yummy. I'm gonna toss some brussel sprouts in some olive oil w/salt and pepper, then, bake in the oven. Is very yummy.

*Changed my mind. It's too hot to run the oven.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 28, 2019, 08:09:56 PM
Roasting them makes them really good.  A little balsamic vinegar is a nice added touch, as is throwing in some garlic.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on May 28, 2019, 09:49:54 PM
I was lazy, so I let Mr. food processor dice the onions, then I steamed sausage with onion in.

It was pretty good, I've got a nice brown mustard that kicked things up a bit.

Evergood pineapple sausage. Pretty good, but you only get four.


I will say, they are a very juicy, flavor filled sausage. I probably could have skipped the onion and mustard and still would have enjoyed it. Also would be a nice pairing with a light tomato sauce and thin noodles, if you wanted to carb out.
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Post by: Schmoogsley on May 29, 2019, 12:22:15 AM
I pass by the 'foo foo' sausage section at Meijer's all the time. I sometimes stop and have a look, but, get confused and proceed on my way. Next time I am there, I will grow some balls and purchase a selection or two. I just checked, they don't sell that brand (Evergood) here. They have a very large selection, however. Of flavors that is, not sure of the brands. If I remember correctly, the prices are quite steep. But, I remember incorrectly quite often.

*I don't use my food processor much. I don't like cleaning it. Those blades are hella sharp and I am afraid of them.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on May 29, 2019, 12:38:38 AM
eh, aidells are poo. With that smug chef golly on the label, he's celebrating taking your money. You do get more than the evergood though, by one friggin' sausage.

I'm no sophisticate, give me Johnsonville anyday. I also like the cheese filled ones, but can't for the life of me remember the brand. aidells cheese filled were guh. yeah, not even swearworthy, just "guh".


A lot of the so called fancy ones aren't worth the packaging.


Mine is a Ninja. The blender is long gone, but the processor keeps chopping. I've seen video of one taking a finger off, so I'm very careful.


These ones were pretty cheap at the grocery outlet, but one time they wanted $10 for basic ass 8 pack ballpark hotdogs, so go figure.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: Schmoogsley on May 29, 2019, 12:58:29 AM
Well, I had a longtime addiction to Johnsonville Brats. We used to have a local grocery chain here that went out of business, but, OMG, they had the best inhouse brats. Actually, that's why people would stop by there, for their meats. Their prices on most everything else were hideous. I distinctly remember once a can of salmon for $14.00. Not kidding. Also, the owner of the chain was a notorious drunkard. lol And, his kids hated him as I remember. Anyway, yeah, when I read those specialty sausage labels, I say, "WTF?". - 'Chicken & lamb sausage with pumpkin, cauliflower & blue cheese'. What? Hmmmmm. Like I said, scares me away. Just because you can stuff anything you want into an entrail, doesn't mean you should. But, I also know, you shouldn't knock it till you've tried it. 
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Post by: Schmoogsley on May 31, 2019, 07:08:05 PM
Benihanas frozen meals were on sale so I bought one. Just finished it off. What's the big deal? I know some people who go crazy over Benihanas. I've never gone because I was never thrilled to sit at same table as strangers. Anyway, I'm sure I'll never go now.  >:(

*And it gave me a tummy ache.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 31, 2019, 08:56:52 PM
I don't get Benihanas.  Is that the Japanese place where the cook throws food at you?

I don't mind eating with strangers.  Not one bit.

In Europe, it's often the case that you share tables with other customers.  You meet some interesting people that way.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on May 31, 2019, 09:51:53 PM
jup, never been myself, sounds good.


Binging with Babbish showed me my favorite burger is smash style, and I really do appreciate that. Specifically, he did a big kahuna burger episode.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: Schmoogsley on May 31, 2019, 10:10:51 PM
Ok, I had to google 'smash burger' AND 'Binging w/Baddish'. Smash burger looks similar to how Steak n Shake cooks their burgers. I always liked Steak n Shake burgers. They also have the best shakes. I normally cook my burgers on the grill, so, smash style might not work for that. Next time I fry them up on the griddle, I will try this method.

Hmmm, Binging w/Baddish looks like a good YouTube channel. I shall add to favorites and start checking out his vids. 
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Post by: 8ullfrog on May 31, 2019, 10:41:59 PM
oh, he does the garbage, and then he makes it fancy.

Specifically, I'd say check out the big kahuna burger!
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: Schmoogsley on June 01, 2019, 05:10:26 PM
I don't mind eating with strangers.  Not one bit.
It's not something I'm proud of.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on June 02, 2019, 11:10:21 AM
I was just thinking, you appear to be completely comfortable talking to this small group of people whom you've never met in real life.  How is that different from sitting at a table next to them?  I mean, other than the simple fact of being physically present?
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: Schmoogsley on June 03, 2019, 06:58:19 AM
lol, yeah, that's pretty much the case the past 4 months.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on June 11, 2019, 12:21:11 AM
It's ridiculously hot here so I'm breaking out the hot weather cocktails.  Tonight, Ricard with cold water and ice.  For some reason anise flavored liqueurs are popular in Europe and especially refreshing when the weather is hot.  Sambucca, Ouzo, Pernod, Ricard.  I think maybe the latter were formulated to replace absinthe when it was outlawed.

I ran out of Campari yesterday.  That's on my shopping list next time I go to Costco.  I love bitters.

Do they have big box stores like that (Costco, Sam's Club) in the UK?
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on June 12, 2019, 06:35:36 PM
I've been doing pretty bad. Doctor changed my meds, but I've been spending most of my time in bed.

Today to cheer me up, mom got me a Jersey Mike sub, the #9. It's good. Their website is pretty good for getting a look at what you'll get, and I had $4 on an old giftcard.  Not the cheapest, but it did raise my spirits a bit.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: Schmoogsley on June 12, 2019, 07:56:29 PM
Well, I've noticed you've been inactive lately. I'm doing much better physically. Mentally? Up and down. Being idle for 4 months has been tough. Can't wait to get back to work next week.

Jersey Mike's Subs? Hmmm, never heard of them, but, just googled and noticed there's one 4 miles from me. I'll have to check them out. So far, Firehouse Subs is my favorite.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on June 12, 2019, 11:38:54 PM
I'm sorry to hear about the adjustment of your meds being such a drag to get used to.  Can the doc tweak the prescriptions a bit? 

I'm glad that you had a decent sandwich.    Food can do a lot to elevate a mood.  We had Aidell's chicken sausage for dinner with some rice and sauteed orange bell pepper.  It was good and I didn't have to cook it.

I'm sitting here waiting for the effects of dilating eyedrops to wear off.  There's problems with my vision that the opthamologist seems to think putting drops in my eyes and shining bright lights into them will help her figure out.  So far, they have no idea.  Not good.  But I always get a headache from this. I just don't want my vision to get worse and until they figure out why I'm sort of stuck with all these unpleasant tests.  It's pretty weird to sit in your living room wearing sunglasses like you're an extra from the cast of the Addams family or something.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: Schmoogsley on June 13, 2019, 04:31:24 AM
Well, we three are a mess, aren't we? lol Well, I'm pretty much healed up so no more complaining from me. Hope you 2 get better soon. They said my wrist could take a year and a half to completely heal up, but, it's good to go until I try to do something major with it. Just gotta use caution. Did I already mention this? Sorry if I did, I'm gettin old ya know? Did I already mention this as well?

Sitting, having my first cup of joe & toast. (http://www.emoticonr.com/design/yahoo/cup-of-coffee.gif)  Watching the local news. Oh goody, the Strawberry Festival is this weekend. :)  (Don't narc to my old drinking buddies about my tea totalling activities)
I used to attend fests like the Irish Fest. (https://www.defensivecarry.com/forum/images/smilies/vol_1/beerglass.gif)  I was also a member of an Irish Drinking Club. I'm a boring old fart now. That's ok. It's nice to enjoy the simple things in life.(http://www.emoticonr.com/design/yahoo/angel.gif)


*Check this out: They posted a video on the news here of a guy, who walked into a pizza joint and asked to use their phone to make an emergency call. The little prick instead call forwarded their calls to his cell phone to apparently steal peoples credit/debit card numbers. lol Gotta admire that guy's balls.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on June 13, 2019, 10:03:35 AM
Dave's killer bread toasted with some homemade quince jelly and a cup of earl grey.

The nerve of some people who take advantage of others' kindness to further his own gains.  What a jerk.

In Brasil they make this stuff called Suco do morango, Juice of strawberry.  It's strawberry, ice, milk, and a little sugar thrown into a blender.  Delicious.  They also have great sandwich shops, churrascurias with super grilled meat and different varieties of fried potatoes, and the juice bars are amazing in the variety of tropical fruits available.  I had acerola berries mixed in with other juices.  Strange stuff, green cashew juice, passion fruit juice, what a place.  Sad that they've elected their own little petty dictator, the local equivalent of Trump.  One marvels at the stupidity of people and their ability to vote against their own interests.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: Schmoogsley on June 13, 2019, 10:44:53 AM
OMG, there is a Brazilian steakhouse here called 'Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse'. I LOVE that place. Haven't been there in over a decade. They are kinda pricey, so, it's a place you go to every few years. Like St. Elmo's. Man, haven't been there in a long time either. Last time I was there, Peyton Manning walked in with about 20 people. lol  Was kinda cool. Not a good place to take a date because they allow cigars. Unless your date likes to smoke cigars. What say you Six? Do you enjoy a good stogie every now and then?

I haven't bought Dave's Killer Bread in awhile either. There is one variety of his I really liked. Wish I could remember.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on June 13, 2019, 03:33:51 PM
I used to smoke cigars back in college, and every now and then when I could get a good cuban cigar, I'd indulge but I haven't in years.

Ground fire is Fogo de Chão.  The churrascuria I liked best in Rio was called Majórica in the area known as Praia do Flamengo (Flamengo/Flemish Beach) along the north coast, on Guanabara Bay.  Here's a linkhttps://www.majoricario.com.br/ (https://www.majoricario.com.br/).  It was not especially cheap but it was wonderful.  They had simple salads of hearts of palm, several different varieties of fried potatoes (I like them skinny) and the grilled chicken was to die for.  I don't eat red meat, so that was the extent of my adventurousness but I loved the place.  So beautiful and such good food.  I stayed near there in the Hotel Argentina, a 3 star hotel.  Not bad and I had a view of Pão de Azucar from my balcony (Sugarloaf -- it rises out of Guanabara bay).  Flamengo beach is a pleasant place to hang out although when I was there the water was too filthy to swim in.  (I just checked and found that a great percent of the sewage from local residents flows untreated into the bay, which is not to mention the adjacent oil refineries and their contributions).  It's pretty unwholesome, but a lovely stretch of urban landscape.  Hopefully, they will make some attempt to clean it up, but I'm not holding out any hopes of quick changes.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: Schmoogsley on June 13, 2019, 08:20:47 PM
If I remember correctly, their water quality made the news at the 2016 Olympics.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on June 13, 2019, 11:57:13 PM
The municipal water supply was safe to drink as I remember, but it was a while back.   They have very good beer there.  Antartica and Brahma were two brands I remember drinking.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: Schmoogsley on June 14, 2019, 02:02:31 PM
Coffee & Soylent Green.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on June 14, 2019, 06:55:56 PM
I made these blueberry muffins this afternoon.  I used light sour cream (because I won it at Safeway playing Monopoly) and frozen blueberries.
 They were delicious.  also some hummus because we were out of it.
 It freezes well so I make a big batch and freeze most of it in small containers that we can take out when the mood strikes us. 
https://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/best-blueberry-muffins-cooks-illustrated-318626 (https://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/best-blueberry-muffins-cooks-illustrated-318626)
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: Schmoogsley on June 14, 2019, 07:18:24 PM
I've been a member of Cook's Illustrated for many years. Here is the recent hard copy I got because I recently purchased my first pressure cooker (I think I mentioned this purchase in another thread a while ago). I have a couple other cookbooks around somewhere.

(https://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/jj530/Squonk12/Forum%20Images/Pressure%20Cooker_zpsbnrjeqjb.jpg)

Also, a couple PDF cookbooks.
I also have the recent Christopher Kimball Milk Street Cookbook. Too bad he had a falling out with PBS over America's Test Kitchen that he founded. Funny how, in the entertainment business, you can lose your own show. Careful what you sign. I guess that's true in any industry. Life's a madam...
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on June 15, 2019, 03:42:59 PM
Mom has been making meatball subs, and honestly, I don't mind those repeats. The last batch of meatballs she bought were really small, like pizza topping small, and they smelled bad. Tasted fine, but smelled bad.

I'm pretty sure if the dish has melted mozzarella in it, I'll enjoy it. Like Babish says, it's all about that cheese stretch.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on June 21, 2019, 08:09:38 PM
Burritos.

Mom hurt her arm, so she required assistance.

I cooked the meat.

I hit it with garlic, onion salt, paprika, and DROWNED that poo in Worcestershire. I hear it's pronounced Wooster, but mom won't hear that.

Essentially, I spiced it pre-cook, then added the Wooster as I cooked.

Holy poo that meat was too good for burritos.

Like sometimes I feel like I should take it to the next level, learn how to cook fancy meals or something, but that meat was good enough.

Plus now we don't owe the roomie for going for pizza.

Dumbass said filipi's pizza grotto puts too much cheese on their pizza. There is no such animal!

There is "not enough cheese" and "golly I'm drowning on this stretchy Mozzarella".  Give me the second!
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on June 21, 2019, 08:36:40 PM
Big salad of mixed greens with avocado and persian cucumber.  Vinaigrette.  Water.
Do I know how to live or what?  :D
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on July 07, 2019, 04:21:13 AM
A boiled egg.

But that's not why I'm posting.

I have been kind of blase about sandwiches lately, so I decided to step it up a bit.

I made garlic bread (find your own recipe) a packet of au jus, sliced up some mozerella, and folded over some roast beef.

Was a nice step up from a simple sandwich, and didn't take too long to make. Still wish I was anywhere near good fresh RB though.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on July 07, 2019, 01:08:58 PM
That sounds satisfying.

I made some basil pesto, so we had a green salad (with lettuces I grew in a container) and then linguini with the pesto.  It turned out surprisingly well.  I planted basil but it didn't do much.  I had to buy the stuff for the pesto.  I guess the seeds were too old.  I usually get them discounted at the end of the season but they generally sprout for a couple more years.  10 for a buck at some places.  I think Walgreens had them and I stocked up.  The lettuce is better.  It's pretty reliable.  I put in a packet of spinach and got one plant.  The bird likes spinach.  So I pick him a couple leaves for dinner.  He chews it down to a nub.  He also likes corn.  Funny.  He won't eat grapes but jumps down on the floor to have a couple kernels of corn.  He acts like the grapes are trying to kill him.  Birds can be goofy.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on July 15, 2019, 01:43:32 PM
I'm hungry.  It's lunch time so I have to eat something but don't feel much like cooking.  I have frozen Quorn burgers.  Veggie burgers made with mushrooms.  They're really pretty good.  I throw one in the oven for 20 min and it's done.

I'll eat it with some potato salad and sliced tomato because I'm tired of sandwiches.  I'm too tired to focus much on cooking today.  This is easy.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on July 15, 2019, 01:56:44 PM
I had sausages. They were ok. Ran out of spicy brown, and ketchup was spotty, I need to go to the store, but that's so much more a hassle without the car.

I suppose I should whine less, I have a grocery store in walking distance, a lot of people don't even have that.

I want to try new BBQ sauces, but all the ones I see are just Midwest approved high fucktose cocktails. I can't remember the last brand that didn't fall into that rut.

Sweet baby rays did it, Stubbs did it, you'd be better off buying craptastic KC masterpiece or Bulls eye.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on July 16, 2019, 09:40:46 PM
While I know everyone hangs with baited breath to know what products I endorse, I found a good 'un.

Van Camp's no bean chili is FANTASTIC for chili dogs. I toasted up the value brand buns (little small, but you get what you pay for)

Cooked the dogs in water, street cart style, laid on the chili, diced onion, and some pickle chips.

Not a bad dinner, as far as I'm concerned. I'd wanted Pizza earlier in the day, but that probably would have been heavier than I would have liked.

There's always tomorrow for pizza, after all.

Now I'm hoping they make a version with beans, I imagine they'd make some absolutely kickass chili fries. I've got two bags of disappointing French fries from grocery outlet I've been looking to cash out for about two months.

It's like the haircut floor sweepings of other, better French fry companies. I sent the roommate out for one bag, he spent all my money and bought 3 bags.  >:(

Fairly sure it was "Do the job wrong so you never get asked again" going on.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on July 18, 2019, 12:30:28 PM
I made scones yesterday so I am having one for breakfast with apricot & plum jams.  My tea supply is dwindling, so I need to order more.  It should only take about a week to get here.  I'm sort of annoyed by the general state of tea.  At some point in the last decade or so, I switched from coffee to tea for breakfast.  I drink about 250g of loose tea each month.  I'm a dull person of regular habits, at least in that respect.

I used to drink Earl Grey made by Jacksons of Picadilly.  It was the best Earl Grey on the market.  It was not easy to find, but Zabar's had it, on the upper west side of Manhattan, so that was a source.  I'd buy it in quantity when I went to visit.  Then, if I remember correctly, Twinings turned into corporate octopus, bought them out and discontinued the brand, or at least the sales to the U.S. (in the UK, they still have it in bags--ugh).  Note:  I am no fan of Twinings.  Their Earl Grey might be an effective paint remover, but there's no way I'm drinking that harsh brew. 

So then I got some Wilkinson's, which wasn't bad.  They're hard to come by as well.  I ended up with Fortnum's, which is sold in the U.S. at a 300% markup by Williams Sonoma.  That ain't happening.  So I get a year's supply at a time from Fortnum's in the UK plus a hefty shipping charge (and it's still cheaper than buying it here).  I went mental a few years back because Fortnum's had a sale and had discounted the classic teas because they were changing the packaging and so I bought several years' worth.

A friend bought me a kilo bag last year at Heathrow and that's almost gone.  I wrote to the dimwits at their customer service to ask about ordering another kilo.  Twice.  Crickets.  I guess the people now in their CS dept are illiterate or something.  Or maybe some toughs stopped by and broke their fingers so they can't type a response to customer inquiries.  I'll probably just order a billion tiny 125g bags of loose tea and call it a day.

This falls under the category of is what is now called First World Problems.  Oh well.  If that's the worst thing that happens to me, I'll consider myself fortunate.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on July 18, 2019, 01:59:00 PM
I never got into tea precisely because it's such a precious industry. I'm also very lazy.

Last night we had broccoli and chicken in peri peri sauce. It was funny because my mom kept commenting on how spicy it was.

I'm not sure this really requires a recipe, but here you go:

1. steam broccoli
2. bake chicken breasts in oven in most lazy way possible (cookie sheet) I don't remember how long I cooked it for, but it was until it's done. Chicken is one of the few foods that scares me, so I'm pretty surgical with the prep.

3. stab chicken with fork until it knows you mean business. My mom HATES doing this step, so I did it. You want the chicken chunks small, but not chicken salad small. Morsels, not to shreds.

4. Apply Peri Peri sauce. Once again, I didn't measure it out, I just added "enough".

5. combine the chicken and broccoli in a bowl. Serve hot.

We went with the dollar store broccoli, and once again, I'm not impressed. I guess the stems did make for good accompaniment, but that's all that was in the bag. I guess they sold the heads to rich people.

About the only fussy bit about this dinner was the chicken prep. I love easy dinners. This one goes in the personal cookbook because it's different from what I usually do.

Still haven't had that pizza I want. But NOT eating pizza is the secret to losing weight. Well, it's not really a secret.

I do admire the effort you put into your foods, you seem to have a respect for it that I deeply, deeply lack. My brain essentially says "NO COOK JUST EAT" pretty much always.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on July 18, 2019, 08:24:52 PM
Is there a Ranch 99 nearby?  Their produce is often less expensive than regular stores.  Broccoli is good and versatile.  We sometimes have it over rice with grated cheese, or with baked potatoes.   The chicken breast sounds good with the sauce, although I've never had peri peri sauce.

We don't eat lots of meat.  Tonight, nuked a couple of Trader Joe's frozen meals.  2.99 each.  Veg. Panang curry with rice.  Pretty tasty and cheaper than a Thai restaurant.  It took 10 minutes in the microwave.  Some days you just don't have the time or energy to cook.  I like to keep a couple in the freezer.  Those or some Indian entrees.  Chana Masala, Butter Chicken and the Saag Paneer are all good.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on July 20, 2019, 04:49:23 PM
The specific sauce is from an English chain called Nando's. 170,000 Scoville units. from five peppers. It's cartoon orange. Tabasco is 30,000 - 50,000.

On probably my favorite interview show, hot ones, they go up to 2 million. They take your typical talk show interview, and torture the guest. It's great fun, and exposed DJ Khaled as a madam.


Even if you're not a big spice fan, I'd recommend the sauce for the flavor. I'm not the biggest fan in the world of chicken, I think it's a great utility hitter, but it's negatives heavily outweigh it's positives. Peri Peri makes it amazing. Even with lousy broccoli.

At the same time, I realize I'm burning resources this world doesn't have to burn with my heavy meat diet. Chickens probably aren't much better. I would gladly welcome Vat Meat, or even Locust reprogrammed to taste like beef. It's the consistency that puts me off eating bugs. If they can fool me, I'd be happy to be fooled. I mean when you really look at it, ground beef doesn't resemble much aside from play-doh.


Crap, it's not my wheelhouse, but I'm wondering if a Peri-Peri infused Peperoni could be used in Pizza. That would wake up the stoners!
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on July 20, 2019, 09:15:30 PM
I eat meat (fish or chicken) about twice a month.  We'll get 4 chicken thighs and that will be for 2 dinners.  Sometimes I'll get turkey for sandwiches or make some tuna salad.  We mostly eat vegetables and dairy.  There are amazing green grocers near here so plentiful gorgeous cheap produce is readily available.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on July 22, 2019, 09:15:26 PM
JUNE 21st! I KNEW I asked for pizza a month ago, but mom didn't believe me.

Well, I finally got my pizza, but she told them to hold the jalepeno and pineapple on "The Works". That makes me sad, those two get along great on pizza.

I know that makes a lot of people mad, but they're wrong.

My cousin used to pat down his pizza with napkins to remove oil. To remove oil. From Pizza. His first job was at a Pizza Hut.

He also dislikes chocolate and cake. But we still love him, even if he is nearly always wrong.

He's recently had his facebook profile pic taken professionally. It's a night shot, and I noted it REALLY looks like those SNL openings, but he's giving them a look like "Stop the saxophone music, before I feed it to you".

When I mentioned that to him, he said he was going more for a spine ripper look. I do miss hanging out with him.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on August 01, 2019, 04:50:32 AM
Double update, totes boring.

I cooked ground beef. Super bore zone. I hit it with generic heat spices. We're talking Drummond Chili land.

And yeah, that comes out alright

You then fold that in to decent burritos. WUT OH, we had no tortillas.

So we folded it into white rice. Pretty good, won't lie, I had two bowls of it. Wasn't bad.

BUUUUUT...  Mom hates this, I always have to twist it, make it different. Peri Peri!

Went light the first night (The yield was high)  Kinda spicy, kind of citrusy, good deal. Honestly, I wish I had cucumbers or some form of squash to suck that up. Would have kicked things up impressively. Water chestnut, to be honest, but that's BEYOND ME.

Leftover town, I went heavy on the Peri Peri. It's medium, so don't call me a Spice lord!


With the higher yield, the citrus notes were heavier, made the rice seem better, and the meat seem pedestrian. I have no clue how I'm going to step my nonexistant game up. Because honestly, I was faking it with the drummond. Impress the relatives? TOTES. Complete fabrication? SAME.


So yeah, existential cooking crisis there. MOVING ON


Grilled cheese.


It's hot, it's gross, no one wants to cook. Mom buttered up bread and sliced cheese. Almost as if it were... A CHALLENGE?


I won't lie, I went super pedestrian. Those cheese cuts were fat, so I didn't really have to add poo.

Still did. There is a thick cut ham at grocery outlet, and it is a ROCKSTAR. First wave, went simple. Bread, spread, cheddar, ham.


<gowron> AND IT WAS GOOD. AN HONOR ON YOUR HOUUUUSE.


Second wave - Bottom bread got a hit of thousand island and pickle chips.


I've been craving burgers with the thousand island, pickle chips, and lettuce. This sandwich put it at bay.



But yes, I wish I were more.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on August 01, 2019, 11:21:16 AM
Funny.  We had grilled cheese sandwiches yesterday for lunch.  My husband had his with a slice of Farmer John's ham (they also sell it at GO but we got ours at Target back when there were coupons that made it free) that I had at the back of the freezer.  He was happy.  There's one slice left for a separate application, maybe cut up into an omelette? 

I made blueberry muffins yesterday.  I took a doctored lemon yogurt muffin recipe and just added the blueberries with a little turbinado sugar sprinkled on top.  They came out gorgeous and they tasted great.  I gave a couple to the neighbors because it's nice to share.  I'll make those again.  Usually muffins come out less beautiful but for some reason all the stars aligned with these.  I had another one today for breakfast.  I'm finishing my tea and thinking I'd better get onto to ordering more from Fortnum's as I'm almost out.  Sigh.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: dweez on August 02, 2019, 02:31:24 PM
Baked chicken and green beans. Been doing the Keto diet for 3 years (excluding the last 3 or 4 months that I've been "cheating").
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on August 05, 2019, 02:13:08 AM
I like Binging with Babbish, he does one of my favorite things ever, defictionalization, where you bring the fake into the real world.

He does it through cooking. I'd never have the patience he does though. Several of his recipes require him to make bread from scratch, and while it's fun to watch, it's not something I'd want to do.

One of his dishes took 17 hours to cook.

Anyway, he said that the most overrated cooking gadgets are the all in ones, or anything that promises to do the job for you. He specifically called out the onion dicing apparatuses, which I agree, are hard to clean pieces of poo.

But he also said that you should just practice and get better at a skill with time. I just hate dicing onions. So I throw it in the Ninja food processor. Blender is long gone, but I'm still using that little sucker.

Diced onion is a game changer at any level. Not only is it great for burritos (Tonight's dinner) but it wasn't half bad on the midnight snack (Cold ham sandwich) either.

So here's the late night ham sandwich recipe.

You will need:
1 sandwich roll, use whatever size you like, I'm not a cop.
Mayonaise. I'm using kraft, use whatever brand you like, but kraft isn't half bad. Bottle was stupidly fancy pants, it's mayo kraft.
Spicy Brown Mustard - I'm using Frenches.
1 slice cheese. We're spicing this bad boy up by quartering it, and rotating the squares into diamonds for maximum sandwich coverage. It helps.
1 slice extremely thick cut maple ham. I am a sucker for this ham, but it's grocery outlet, so you might not be able to find it. Since it's so thick, we're slicing it lengthwise, so it fits on the bun. We'll slide that cheese between the two slices, so it seems fancy.
Pickle chips - I like plain dill, but we're working with the dreaded bread and butter here. Beggers can't be choosers, and I didn't do the shopping this time.
Salt, Pepper.

Diced onion was added at the last minute.

SO, this is not a difficult prep. With a butter knife, spread a generous amount of mayo on the top bun, then hit it with the salt and pepper. layer on the pickle chips for full coverage. Next, dust it with as much diced onion as you can stand. It's going to mix together with that mustard for a fantastic hit of flavor.
Slap on the first half slice of ham, then leave a nice zig-zag of spicy brown mustard down the length of the slice.
Move those diamonds of cheese on top of the ham.
Slap your second half ham down on top of that. Assemble the bottom bun, then flip your sandwich. Present however you want to eat it, then enjoy.

Not gonna lie, I don't really remember what I put in the burritos.

Keeping the bottom slice of bread mostly dry is something I picked up at the supermarket deli. Specifically, when you wrap the sandwich up to go, you don't want to soginate that bottom bun, so you don't add condiments. Up until then, I always put mayonnaise and mustard on the bottom. WHOOPS!
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on August 10, 2019, 12:23:30 AM
I picked wild blackberries today.  Lots.  I suited up for the brambles in knee high rubber boots and an extra shirt over another one.  Got about 15 pints.  They smell amazing.  Tomorrow I wash them and run them through a ricer to get rid of the seeds.  They make such a fabulous jam.  It's a lot of work but the color and flavor make it worth the trouble.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on August 10, 2019, 02:45:01 PM
I had a coworker / roommate who called food network food porn. My mom brought it up after watching a Babish vid.

I liked him best because he gave me money. He got weird one day, said he'd decided to become a misogynist, and moved out.

Like, was that supposed to be an insult towards my mom? Or was he serious?  Never really knew with him.

He really liked CIV, and I kept having to order him new AC adapters for his laptop.

Really wish that could have turned out different, he was the reliable sort.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on August 10, 2019, 03:01:50 PM
pornhub, eh? 
That reminds me of the time I was walking in Paris one December -- it was freezing cold.  I could not have been more covered up had I been wearing a burqa.  This crazy woman who lived in the neighborhood walked up to me and called me "putain."  I laughed, as it was hard to imagine how I might have been more modestly dressed.  I was similarly covered up as I fought thorny brambles that meant business yesterday. 

I believe these are known as Himalayan blackberries that were imported by Europeans into California.  They have long woody brambles and thorns that can grow to a good half inch long and that are tough and sharp. I suspect the thorns may have an added toxin that adds to the pain upon penetration.  They sting when you get poked, so it's important to learn how not to get a million puncture wounds.  The thorns grab anything, particularly fabric, so wearing thick clothes is important.  The really fat berries like to grow in the protected parts, under other vines and on the shady side of fences or valleys, and god only knows what kinds of interesting fauna one might be disturbing in the process, hence the boots.  These are ugly black boots that I wear for gardening so I can hose them off when I'm done.  They're thick enough to deal with the brambles.

My husband doesn't much care to wade into these active thickets, so he sort of hovers around while I plunge into the mess.  After 3 hours I ended up with about 15 pints.  These berries have a flavor that surpasses anything that the nice organic pick-your-own farms with their orderly rows of well behaved berry plants have to offer.  And the wild berries cost nothing more than one's own efforts.  I'm freezing them now after a triple washing.  They have woody seeds that I will remove by running the berries through a ricer.  It's one of the most time consuming jams I make, the other is wine grape jam.  But that's another story.

If photobucket hadn't gone belly up I'd post a photo of the loot.  Food porn it is.  These berries even have their own terroir, the flavor varies slightly from one area to the next.  The jam is amazing.

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Post by: 8ullfrog on August 10, 2019, 03:32:18 PM
there's imgur, but I never bother with an account there. Just toss the image in, grab the link, then bail. But even imgur pulls stupid poo like putting an "OPEN APP" over every post.

Like, first off, I don't want your bless'ed app to begin with, and the way you're advertising it makes me want to use it less.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on August 10, 2019, 04:35:09 PM
Thanks.  I went to the seashore before the berry picking yesterday and saw lots of whales migrating north from off the coast of the Yucatan.  One of the whales kept pushing its tail up and slapping the water repeatedly.  This went on for 15 minutes.  He or she was really having fun.  They were California Gray Whales.  Lots and lots of them.  I've never seen so many at one time.  Lots of whales surfacing, blowing spouts and just playing, eating, whatever.  We could see them pretty well from shore without binoculars.

A pair of pelicans flew by and a little seal was hanging off the shore for a while.  It was nonstop entertainment.  The beaches are not for swimming, sadly.  Many signs warn about the dangerous surf, rip currents, etc.  And it's really cold.  You need a wetsuit.  Once in a while we see surfers but at another beach.  I miss the East Coast where you can actually swim in the Ocean.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on August 10, 2019, 05:20:46 PM
One thing I always found weird about the beach in Northern California, it's so DARK. Like the water looks threatening.

I mean down here we have to worry about border crossing poop, but the water is like, toothpaste blue. I've spent a lot of time on the east coast, but I never caught the beach sunrise I wanted. No one ever wants to go to the beach there, and apparently you have to pay? Like I understand paying for parking, but I guess this stupid California liberal takes free beach access for granted.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on August 10, 2019, 08:43:06 PM
It depends where you are.  There are plenty of beaches in Delaware and Maryland that are owned by the state and don't require an admission fee.  Same with Massachussetts. 

But the water is dark, yes.  In MD it was sort of brownish green, most likely due to algae.  In Florida, it's much clearer.  It's dark up north (MA, ME, NH) but also clear.  I remember looking down and seeing starfish on the floor of the harbor at Marblehead.  I think the water takes on the color of the sky sometimes, too.  I never tire of looking at it.  We like to go to the sea anytime we get a free day.  It's soothing.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on August 10, 2019, 10:38:32 PM
Sad wannabe Rueben.

Essentially the same thing as the late night ham sandwich, but substitute lame ass square bread for those yummy rolls,
Pastrami in place of the ham, Provolone in place of the swiss, and I didn't have any thousand island. :(

I never realized how important the Thousand Island is in a Rueben. That sandwich was a pale imitation of something so much more tasty. Eh, at least I had all those ingredients on hand.

Still hate the bread and butter pickle chips, they're like pepsi.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on August 12, 2019, 12:35:13 AM
(https://www.dropbox.com/s/9alc7st6qi0mtqv/67909819_719249255167262_6111076478898667520_n.jpg?raw=1)
Thanks for the suggestion.  All I can manage is the link to the image, but not the image itself.  They've all been triple washed and smashed or frozen now.  For some reason, I feel a FatBoy Slim song coming on.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on August 12, 2019, 12:41:51 AM
I need to repack all my stuff, and that picture gives me anxiety at how well you lined everything up. You'd be a tetris champ.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on August 12, 2019, 12:46:00 AM
I moved a lot in school and had to pack lots of books so I had to master the topology of fitting things together economically.

I love Tetris.

BTW, why do you have to repack all your stuff?  Housecleaning or moving?
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Post by: 8ullfrog on August 12, 2019, 12:51:17 AM
I feel jammed in. The apartment is pretty small to begin with. We don't really use the dining room because it's full of Rubbermaid boxes.

I honestly should have done this before we moved... four years ago. yikes. I have emptied about four of them so far, but some of the stuff I have will get crushed unless I set up some sort of frame around them. I've been thinking of buying those little shelf things for desks just to use them as dividers.

We used to have a shed, so the problem was much easier to ignore.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on August 12, 2019, 07:06:06 PM
Replace the dl=0 in the link with raw=1, (and use img tags not link tags) and the link will magically turn into a picture:

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/9alc7st6qi0mtqv/67909819_719249255167262_6111076478898667520_n.jpg?raw=1)

Thank you, kind Sir.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on August 24, 2019, 11:05:22 PM
So I spiced up a bunch of meat to add to a box of mac & cheese because the mommy bloggers neutered the crap out of the neon orange.

That traffic cone orange was vital to let you know you'd properly spread the cheese powder!

Anyway, I noticed that the spatula was fighting me, making the cooking process entirely more difficult than it ever should be.

I tossed that politician in the garbage. You should never have to fight your own tools. They are there to help YOU.

More of the spice burned off than I would have liked, feels like a portion was just flat out wasted by that flipper.

The additions are nothing fancy. Paprika, cayenne, chili powder, garlic powder. I did load some L&P over the meat because of how much there was in the pan, I need to split my meat up into smaller bags when I *gasp* freeze it.

I did have some left over burrito meat with onion from a few days ago, so I tossed that in. I'm in a bad mood today, Onion chopping would make it worse.

Like all the videos that say "Just lurn it, hue hue hue"  Chopping onions sucks. I don't care how surgical your technique, I don't care if you're using a mono-molecular edge. It SUCKS.

Resulting product is as predicted underwhelming, but I'm not going to up the calorie content 100-200 calories just to add cheese. I guess I could drown the remainder in hot sauce.

OH! Mom made BLT's the other day. Sans lettuce, sans tomato.

So here's her recipe.

1. Open bag of bread, pull two slices.
2. Spread mayonnaise on ONE SIDE of bread.
3.Cook bacon
4. Disable smoke alarm you always forget to disable
5. turn on the stove vent fan that should have been on already
6. add bacon to bread.
7. Close bread (Sandwich and bag if you didn't before)
8. Serve.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on August 26, 2019, 02:18:21 PM
Cold seltzer and some smoked almonds.  It's hot and humid here.  There are lizards running around and mosquitoes.

There was a handsome exotic cockroach in the bathroom last night.  I couldn't bring myself to dispatch it.

The ocean is so blue, but there is Sahara desert sand clouding the humid skies.  This is an unusual place.  I'm looking forward to some island barbequed chicken.
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Post by: goldshirt*9 on August 30, 2019, 12:25:53 AM
toast
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Post by: 8ullfrog on August 30, 2019, 02:12:01 AM
Nothing wrong with toast. I had oatmeal for dinner simply because it's hot as all get out and I'm not cooking anything tonight.

I didn't post it the other night because I didn't want all the posts to be by me, but I took that not so great meat, hit it with spaghetti sauce and it turned into halfway decent sloppy joes. Sometimes solutions are right in front of you.

I have occasional fridge blindness, I'll scan right past ketchup several times before I find it. No clue why.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on September 03, 2019, 11:44:52 PM
This one is pretty pathetic. Wouldn't blame ye if you flame me.

Chicken nuggets. With Peri-Peri.

Honestly, it was a horrible idea. I was on the phone! But mom offered, and I said thank you.

I'm still feeling the pain, five hours later. I got a hiccup on the call.

Still, it was very good. But only for the spice lords. As a regular eat? Not recommended.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on September 04, 2019, 08:16:29 PM
Salad.  Third night in a row.  The tomatoes are coming on and I throw in a diced apple to give it a little more body.  Vinaigrette.  I usually have a little cheese and crackers with it.  It doesn't take much prep time once you wash the lettuce.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on September 04, 2019, 08:29:20 PM
My mom is using this lemon something vinaigrette, I despise it. I imagine if lemon pledge were edible, it would taste like this crap.

Zesty lime vinaigrette, Kraft.

I wanted to make burritos, too hot. I got this meat that needs cooking, and the sun is like "Eat poo buddy, better do takeout, because I'm using your apartment as an oven"

I finally joined reddit, and was heavily downvoted for saying sometimes I leave takeout pizza in the oven. Like I know I'm violating all the food safety rules and all that, but it's my oven.

Apparently this is one of those underhand overhand toilet paper things, people want to burn you at the stake for not having the correct opinion.

I'm also at like, half mental capacity. Heat sucks.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on September 04, 2019, 08:36:09 PM
I got some kind of citrus vinaigrette version of Newman's Own salad dressing at the Grocery Outlet once.  It was hard to choke that stuff down.  Nasty. 

I get it being too hot to cook.  I think the cheese in the pizza and the meat might be a problem if you leave it in the oven at a temp lower than 160 F.  I'd expect that in your situation, it might be a relief to eat it out of the fridge.  But to each his own.  As long as you don't get sick, who cares?
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Post by: 8ullfrog on September 04, 2019, 08:49:45 PM
Oh I've no pizza now. Shame, would have been nice this evening.

More just the complete vehement hatred for "You don't think the way you're supposed to".

Can't really say I'm surprised, I've avoided registering on reddit for years, didn't really want to be counted as one of their number.

I know everything about temperature danger zone, I just don't care. I imagine it's a lot like disregarding automated warnings in a scifi movie. "Never tell me the odds" type crap.

It's more just the pizza box fits in the oven way better than the fridge, and that pizza will be dead by daylight.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on September 04, 2019, 10:11:58 PM
I have Chinese friends who are a good deal more lax about refrigerating food and they don't seem to suffer.  I think Americans have a real obsession with refrigeration.  There's plenty of food that doesn't really require it that comes with "refrigerate after opening," advisories.  I wonder if some of those are to keep the companies from getting sued.  We wrap slices of leftover pizza in aluminum foil and refrigerate them so we can pop them in the oven as needed.  The box gets discarded pretty much immediately as we don't have room for it.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on September 04, 2019, 10:46:21 PM
I mean, the bacteria thing is true, and also annoying and infuriating. That we're under their rules, when we want to be the boss around here, thank you very much.

The "stop being a joker" moment in training was fairly striking. Our trainer mentioned that quite a few of our customers happen to be pregnant, just a regular hazard of the job.

Then he said that any one of us could kill either the mother or the baby, for being lax or lazy about food safety. He said it wasn't a hypothetical, it's happened.

Like, if I was serving the pizza to others? I probably wouldn't store it in the oven. Totally bad idea.

But me? I'll probably be alright.

I'll never wrap food in aluminum foil again. I'll use it as a cooking surface, I'll use it in baking, but wrapping food? No.

Honestly, I still feel like the training was for a much better job than I ended up in. That guy was fantastic. Like a "Nice" version of Alonzo in training day.

He once made me think that cleaning the grease traps was wearing a bunny suit ala MOPP gear.

In reality, it's like a ghostbuster trap under the fry pit. you just open a hole on the bottom and it drains. He told me it was a container under a manhole and that I would be the one who had to go down there.

And he made me believe it!
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Post by: 8ullfrog on October 02, 2019, 07:03:04 PM
Mom made delicious thin crispy burgers that were unbelievably good.

Guys, I think my mom has been replaced with a pod person. She made mint French toast for god sake, and one time she made a meatloaf that looked like something out of Cronenberg!
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on October 02, 2019, 07:10:56 PM
I baked chocolate chunk cookies with pecans & walnuts.  I'm going to a potluck so I had to sample them for quality control.

I think they'll pass.  I don't expect to bring many home, which is probably a good thing.

I'm glad your mother is moving up on the food quality scale.  Eating is one of life's great pleasures.

edit:  no cookies to take home from the potluck.  all gone.  that's probably fortunate.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on October 04, 2019, 08:42:05 PM
Tamale guy is bugging out to Arizona, his wife got deported.

Mom always buys beef, but because I saw him this time, I finally got cheese tamales, and it was as fantastic as I thought they would be. I'll never have the patience or temperament to make Tamales, but I salute the people who do. Eight hours devoted to one dish... I couldn't do it. I'd go nuts.

Like, I could ask my mom to buy chicken, she'd come home with beef tamales. So I took it into my own hands.

I shook his hand, said I'd miss him and his tamales, and wished him luck in the future.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on October 05, 2019, 12:07:27 AM
That's sad.  I expect that there has to be someone else making tamales.  I get the impression that working the masa is time consuming.  I have a tamale steam pot but I use it mostly for hot water bath for canning preserves.

https://www.thespruceeats.com/dough-for-tamales-with-masa-harina-2342680 (https://www.thespruceeats.com/dough-for-tamales-with-masa-harina-2342680)
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Post by: 8ullfrog on October 05, 2019, 12:21:36 AM
Oh no, I'm not falling for the masa harina poo again.

It's flour. Corn flour sure, but getting masa harina is a pain in the ass, and entirely superfluous to good chili.

From what I can tell, cooking tamales is an exercise in patience. I have never been a patient person. Those enchiladas were probably 45 minutes flat, allowing for timers.

I love tamales, but would never cook them.

Dude told me his wife signed and admission of guilt. Same time I wished him luck, I was also thinking "There is no way in golly that woman is getting back in the US without breaking the law".

This may sound glib or flip, but I'd gladly deport walgreens to bring in more tamale ladies. 

30 minute prep? that recipe looks like lies.


golly that timecode. I punched it down to zero seconds.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on October 05, 2019, 12:40:52 AM
I must confess, I've never had one.  Sometimes a woman sells them from the back of a truck near a greengrocer I frequent, but I've never had one.  I suspect they can be delicious.

The fruits are coming on again and I'm up to my eyeballs in tomatoes.  So sauce tomorrow and I'll pick quince so that has to be processed along with a bunch of apples.  I made applesauce last year.  It was amazing.  Pippins.  Wow.  I am hoping there are still more feral pears to be had.  There are abandoned orchards around here with pears that look like crap and taste amazing.  The deer love them.  Deer have good taste.  The quince take some doing as they're hard to cut and you have to immerse them in lemon water to keep them from oxidizing.

I made mint apple jelly with some rosemary this week.  It has a really interesting flavor.  The mint doesn't bash you over the head with its presence, nor does the rosemary.  They're more like subtle notes in a really good apple jelly.  Now I'm not talking about that crap they put in the little squares of plastic on the tables in diners, that apple jelly is just nasty.  No.  This is something of a different order.  It takes time to be transformed from a juice that is basically very watery to a coral colored tangy substance.  I wish I could figure out how not to sleep for a couple weeks so I could catch up with all the cooking and reading projects.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on October 05, 2019, 12:52:10 AM
Tamale ladies tend to have extremely reasonable prices. I think I paid $1.50 for the cheese and chicken, $2.00 for the beef.

And I haven't even had the beef ones yet. I know they're good, mom tends to just buy beef ones regardless of what is requested. They are probably what I would consider "base line" tamale. Instead of ground beef cooked into nuggets, like so much of my dreary cooking, tamales tend to have the consistency of pulled beef or pulled pork, so it's not that boring "burrito meat" I complain about so much.

If you're skittish of people selling out of an ice chest, and I don't blame you, I suggest a restaurant, but Tamales are delicious, and should definitely be enjoyed at least once.

And if you don't like meat, I know that my tamale guy at least did a pineapple, but that's not my speed.

I dunno, I've had tortillas at some Mexican food places I would swear were made out of oatmeal, and they were as good as any place else. Same time, I'll never chase masa harina again.  Like it's easy to get in non English speaking markets, but you have to be able to get there.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on October 05, 2019, 02:54:02 AM
I'm not skittish. Just not in the habit of eating out much.  Especially when I've just been to buy groceries.  I tend to make most of my meals at home.  I do keep granola bars in my car so if I get hungry while out, I won't be tempted to spend money.  I did go out to lunch today which was a fun treat.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on October 05, 2019, 03:31:40 AM
Oh no, I completely respect that. I mean I had mom go out and get me the impossible whopper, but most of my meals are in house too.

I do have a tip, might be a bit much.

I mean like, morons celebrate what taco bell does to their stomachs...

Don't eat a tamale as a late night snack. I heated up the beef one in the microwave, and while eating it was pleasant, I'd say it's more a lunch item?

Speaking of, what did you go for? I'm not really a restaurant eater, more of a take out kind of guy.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on October 05, 2019, 08:07:49 AM
"The Charlie:  Coriander crusted rare Ahi Tuna, House pickled Ginger & Carrot Slaw, Wasabi Aioli, Acme Bun."  Acme is a local bakery that makes quite good breads.  They serve the sandwich with thin fries that appear to have been dusted with chopped chervil.  It's a good lunch.  I didn't eat much later in the day as it was pretty filling.  It's a tiny place run by two brothers who only serve breakfast and lunch.  They have a set menu with daily specials.  There are plenty of good little restaurants around here.  If we were able, we'd eat out more.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on October 07, 2019, 09:49:29 AM
Have you told Wile-E-Coyote that?

Nope.  But he could do a whole lot worse.  And it may be the one thing that might successfully distract the bird until he could pounce.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on October 14, 2019, 09:21:29 AM
Raisin toast and earl grey tea.

I made applesauce last night from neighbor's fruit.  The pippins were worm eaten, but definitely the best tasting of the bunch.  Fabulous flavor.  Hopefully I can get some more.  I'll make jelly from the juice.  It takes hours to distill the essence of that watery substance into a jewel-like coral deliciousness.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on October 28, 2019, 05:10:36 PM
Found out Ramen can go bad. Very unpleasant.

Made a lame Rueben knockoff, then added Cholula to spice it up. I guess you could call it an "Angry Reuben"

You will need a toaster oven with a tray to make it the way I did, the pastrami drips.

Ingredients

Stupid roll - long kind. Preferably bigger than a hot dog bun. Sandwich roll, I think.
Pastrami, four slices
Swiss cheese, two slices
Hellman's burger sauce (Or Thousand Island, pretty much the same thing)
some Mayo.
Cholula sauce.

I actually broke my sandwich procedure, it's more of a mirror thing.
So first you spread the mayo on the bread, then squirt the burger sauce (or thousand island) on top of that. Then you rip the swiss cheese slices in half, longwise. You then shingle the roll so that the cheese covers the sauce. Then you put the pastrami on top of that.
You then realize that you forgot the cholula, peel everything off, and hit the bread with it. Go light with the mayo and burger sauce (or thousand island) you don't want it dripping out of the bun, the pastrami will be doing that anyway.
Reassemble the sandwich and place it on the toaster oven tray, Cook to desired crispiness.

It was good, but I had some heartburn in the morning.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on November 09, 2019, 07:05:55 AM
{Not good sandwich.}

This one was a bit of a loss leader. First, the cheddar was on it's way out, and already didn't taste great, and I honestly should have tossed it out.

The bread, honestly, I can't fault the bread, it was the happiest ingredient in this not good sandwich.

The mayo - This was a mistake. I won't fault the mayo, it's good on it's own, but I made a mistake here

Cholula - much like the mayo, Cholula is fantastic, and is not to be faulted.

Gallo Salame. I love it, it's great, it's a heavy bless'ed mess on this sandwich, and I shouldn't have done this.

The tragedy unfolds...

I thought I had a great idea, I was wrong. I set a tray in the toaster oven to crisp up the salame like bacon, and it did that, just fine. Ate a test piece, got the seal of approval from my end.

I mentioned earlier, the cheddar wasn't doing so hot. I grated it, and tossed it in a container. That... was not a good idea.

Next the bread - buttermilk wheat, I had three pieces left so I decided to do a triple decker sandwich. I don't know why, I'm not a glutton, and I just reminded myself not to be a glutton with those shitty fries. I should have given my poor stomach a rest.

Instead, I made this ode to pain.

So we've got our toasty bread, we've got grated cheese, how can this be bent up? MAYO.

Oddly enough, Mayo can taste great on a hot sandwich. Sadly, this time was not one of those cases. I didn't want to bust out mustard, figured it was too busy.

So I mixed in Cholula, made the mayo pink. Spread it over the bread, NBD. WRONG, IT WAS A BIG DEAL, AND MADE THE SANDWICH SUCK.

I ran this through the toaster oven for 3 cycles, I wanted the bread to be crispy. Not a great plan, but this was not a great sandwich.

Honestly, the porky porkness of this sandwich ruined it, and made it suck. Everything else was a comedy of errors, aside from the cheese, which I choose to throw under the bus, so no one eats it.

Do not make this sandwich.

I figure, if one shares the triumphs of cooking, one should also share the failures. This one was mine. And I'm sorry.

I am now getting reviewed on my cooking skills on reddit because of this garbage sandwich.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on November 10, 2019, 03:44:25 PM
Thanks for the warning.  I'm not a big fan of sandwiches.  I like to eat bread with a little butter or jam, but I generally prefer to eat the innards alone.

I'm making applesauce.  It feels like it's taking forever.  A neighbor has some pippins and they taste great, but it takes a long time to cook these.  Boil them for a short time, run them through a ricer and cook them again.  Then can them in jars.  I just don't have the energy today for some reason.  I started out all gung ho and then lost momentum.  I think I'll go for a walk and enjoy the sunlight while it lasts.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on November 10, 2019, 04:35:37 PM
Last night was just cheese on a rather large brioche bun. I like those, but these ones were too big for a burger.

My tonsils hurt today, but we could never talk a doctor into scooping mine out. My cousin who is younger had hers out.

Maybe I'll do something with rice tonight, you've put that in my head. :P
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on November 10, 2019, 08:36:49 PM
Rice is a useful staple to have around.  We sometimes sautee a diced onion with chili powder, cumin, some chipotle, and deglaze it with a little cooking sherry before dumping in a can of black beans.  We eat it w/grated cheese over rice.  Easy, nourishing and tasty.  And cheap.

The applesauce turned out really well.  We don't eat much so I'll probably give most of it away.  I can't pass by free fruit when I know it's really good fruit.   A neighbor gives away pippins every fall.  I usually come home with a big bag and cook them down, use the juice to make jelly and the pulp for applesauce.  The jelly is cooking down now.  It's a reduction of a pale whitish fluid to a really nice coral colored jelly that has a great flavor.  Apple juice, lemon juice & sugar.  And it tastes great. Who knew?
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Post by: 8ullfrog on November 10, 2019, 10:08:28 PM
Got a hard NO on the rice, so I made spaghetti. For once there was enough sauce for my liking. I like a lot of sauce.

Just your standard crappy spaghetti, sauce from a jar, box o noodles, nothing fancy. We've finally got the roommate sufficiently trained that he doesn't "borrow" parmesan anymore, that used to be a problem.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on November 11, 2019, 12:19:35 AM
I like Safeway's Arabbiata sauce.  Sometimes it's on sale for around 2 bucks.

Trader Joe's Pecorino Romano is good grated.  It's about $10 a pound, but a half pound goes a long way.  That's one way to keep the roommate away from it.  If he's lazy it's unlikely he's going to grab the chunk and grate it for his pasta.  You can just grate enough for the meal so as to remove temptation.

I finished all that jelly and it boiled down to about 7 cups from 22 ½.  That's distilling the essence for you.  It is a nice color and tastes like apples.  I'm tired from all that stirring.  We had "shake & bake" chicken thighs (we use Weber's seasoning on the thighs--it's a dry cajun rub--and just bake em for about an hour) and some baked potatoes and salad.  I am tired from not sleeping much yesterday so I'll probably kick back, watch French cops chase serial killers for a while and then turn in.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on November 14, 2019, 09:26:52 PM
Dinner tonight was Cheese on fries, but that's not the important part.

I learned that I am a stupid, stupid person. Tortilla pizza is a thing, looks INSANELY easy, and I've NEVER ONCE considered making it. I've got everything I need in my fridge and counter RIGHT NOW.

Like, I'm guessing my attempt at a PB&J in a tortilla just put me off experimenting past "turn them into nachos" but WOW do I feel stupid right now.

Anyway, I'll probably make this tomorrow: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/258013/easy-tortilla-pizza/
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on November 27, 2019, 11:12:43 AM
I'm having regular tea and a scone for breakfast but am steeling myself for pie bake a thon.  First:  pumpkin.  Then, tomorrow, apple tarte using pie crust recipe from Jacques Pepin.  We are invited for Thanksgiving dinner at a friend's house.

My oven runs hot.  It's a mid century gas range.  A great machine but I have to watch baked goods like a hawk so they don't burn.  I routinely reduce recommended temps in recipes by 25 degrees.  At least I don't have to cook the entire meal.

Other than the usual holidays on the Liturgical calendar, do Brits have similar holiday feasts to Thanksgiving?  The Canadians celebrate it. I was just wondering if there are like celebrations across the pond?
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on November 27, 2019, 09:13:39 PM
I've got a pumpkin pie, promised myself I wouldn't carve on it until the actual holiday.

Dinner tonight kinda sucked, it was this shredded chicken stuff in a bbq sauce. Sadly, it wasn't a good bbq sauce, really dragged the sandwiches down.

I used these long rolls, and just cut them in half like subway. Hit it with that absolutely fantastic cabot white cheddar on the top half, but it felt like a waste.

Like a shredded beef with a decent bbq sauce and some sliced onion, and dinner would have been fantastic. Why is it I never know what I WANT to eat, but always know exactly what is wrong with what I actually end up eating? It's not great, mentally.

We actually had desert tonight, mom had to pick up meds and rite-aid had 22 cent candy bars. The Reese's Outrageous bar is disgustingly sweet, but utterly fantastic.

Like, I'm a little grossed out I ate that much sugar, but I sure enjoyed eating it.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on November 27, 2019, 10:16:17 PM
I also had a desire for sweets today.  I had a couple Halloween M&M fun size bags and after dinner a small dish of ice cream.  I have to bake those pies in the morning.  Lordy, I hope they turn out alright.  I had great plans to bake one tonight but I'm too tired.  I'll set the alarm tomorrow and bake away.  It will warm up the house, at least.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on December 02, 2019, 03:46:35 AM
We've got a lot of leftovers from our two person thanksgiving, no one wants the turkey leg, I'm considering food processoring it for our six toothed dog. I had the broccoli, and some mashed potatoes with gravy last night.

Tonight I tried to spruce up the leftover mashed potatoes, but... I'm sick of them. I even mixed up new brown gravy for them, such a waste, I should have just dumped the gravy on toast and maybe cooked up the hamburger meat burrito style. True it'd not be chipped beef, but it might have been interesting! I found this weird potato puff recipe with cheese and egg, but realize I'd hash it if I tried, so I didn't. So I just sliced some white cabot cheddar and had a salad. The salad sucked. I don't get how I can buy the same bag salad every time, most of the time it's great, but sometimes it's just lousy. Salad Roulette is not a thing! It was fantastic last!

Meanwhile I've got some defrosted meat, some aging beans, and I really need to just clean the fridge up. But I'm sooo lazy!

Those potato egg things sounded grand, but I'm poo at baking, and I don't think I've got eggs.

Honestly, I wish I had the shredded chicken again, I've got some ideas. Not involving bbq sauce.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on December 02, 2019, 01:34:10 PM
Turkey soup can be delicious.  We roasted a big fat old chicken last night.  5 pounds.  There was lots of meat and I suspect we will make soup from the remainder after a couple more meals from the meat.

Drumsticks are good for soup and flavoring broth.  I usually boil the carcass with leavings from the vegetables (ends of celery, potato peels, onion skins, etc.), strain it and then add to vegs and meat along with more commercial broth if the one I make isn't intense enough.  I'm probably making curried lentil soup today.  I usually bake buttermilk cornbread to go with it. It doesn't take long and it's good.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on December 12, 2019, 08:08:22 PM
Enchilada bummer.

So, I normally handle the prep, and mom does the cook, this time she wanted more input, so I let her.

And the enchiladas got ruined. Specifically, you're supposed to put the enchilada sauce, 2 cloves of garlic, and 1 cup of onions in a blender, and reduce.

Instead she put onion and garlic in a food processor, and made what I am euphemistically referring to as "onion sauce".

It's gross, I hate it, and it ruined the enchiladas. And enchiladas are effort. Especially chicken, I used two forks to shred the chicken and it was the hardest time I've had at that ever.

Pretty much everything tastes good, but the onion sauce ruins it.

Don't make onion sauce. Just pulse until it's diced, do not go past that point. It's like a bitter, hate flavor.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on December 14, 2019, 11:29:49 PM
I still haven't really fixed those hate filled enchiladas, instead I made cheesy hot dogs by sprinkling cheese over the top, and discovered I don't like my five cheese blend I picked up.

Like, I love jalapenos, I'll try food I don't like if they add jalapenos (The angry whopper was a pain filled experience, but I enjoyed it while eating it)

I think it's like all the bacon flavored poo that got put out, it just... isn't good like the genuine article. I feel the same way about most "bourbon" flavored products that aren't bbq sauce. A bourbon bbq sauce kicks things up a notch.

So yeah, the cheesy dogs are a fairly easy dinner, you shove hot dogs in the toaster oven and let them heat up, then you hit the bun with your shredded cheese blend.

I don't think that really requires a recipe, but you keep it in the toasty mosty until the bread goes golden. Then serve. I don't use condiments on them, I figure the cheese is sufficient window dressing.

I didn't really like it, but it's a dinner option. I wanted to do a salad, but most of the kits right now are on recall because the state can't figure out which of three ingredients is the Russian roulette winner for e-coli.

So, cheesedogs.

Honestly, I was tempted to make gigantic pigs in blanket, but grocery outlet didn't have any dough, and I want to make dough from scratch about as much as I wanted to replace my bathroom sink. God that was a nasty job.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on December 19, 2019, 05:20:24 PM
OK, still had those enchies sitting. So I shocked the poo out of them. Much like a slimy pool, I went nuclear.

First I slit them along the bottom, opening them up wide. I dumped in rice as a neutralizer, Peri Peri sauce to kick the spice level into the stratosphere, reheated the mess in the oven, then topped with sour cream to try and offset the peri peri.

It was pretty good. I mean, next time I'll be more involved and omit onions, but these not good enchiladas were... better than a hot pocket. Honestly, that's the best I can say for them.

I miss you guys riffing off my culinary misadventures, and hope you are all doing well.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on December 19, 2019, 09:56:18 PM
We had basmati rice, fresh spinach sautéed with sliced garlic and some chicken coconut curry (Sukhi's) from Safeway.  The latter ain't cheap but it was a nice way to have some convenient decent Indian food. 

I appreciate your efforts to doctor what could have been an abysmal meal and elevate it to a palatable level.  You seem particularly creative in that regard.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on January 15, 2020, 05:14:46 AM
OK, first one for the new year.

I've been down more than I've been up, but I learned that lining the toaster oven tray with tin foil actually reduces the cooking power.

So I'm just using the wire rack thingy, kind of like the grate on a bbq, and my burritos are crispy and delicious.

I don't think I need to tell anyone how to make a burrito, but here was mine.

1 tortilla. These ones sucked. I like a flaky biscuit, but a flaky tortilla is lousy. I think this one was mission brand. You get what you get. Still, not happy.

2 tablespoons rice-a-roni, dealers choice, I honestly don't know which one I made but it's a white grain one. maybe chicken?

2 tablespoons refried beans - one time I was at chipotle and they asked what beans I wanted. They didn't have "refried" so I stood there like a moron. I think refried are pinto? anyway, these came from a can and are in no way healthy.

Shredded white cheddar. I used a side of the cheese grater I don't usually use, so this was flaky sheets of cheddar, sliced thin. I don't particularly like this brand, it's like someone mixed a sharp with a dull. I just shingled it over the other ingredients.

I usually microwave my burritos open face, then roll them, but that wouldn't fit in the toasty O.

So, lay down the ingredients in a straight line race track, pinch and fold the ends, and roll. (Mom folds them like envelopes, it's funny)

Two cycles on Dark, and I had myself a crispy burrito. I left out sour cream, salsa, and hot sauce because of heartburn.

The result was tasty.

I've pretty much just been eating canned soup lately, nothing great. Toast maybe, I make the main meal dinner, and I'm not much for breakfasts, so Dinner is the most likely shake for this thread.

I'd like to do more with sandwiches, but with budget and effort, I can't do a lot. Vons has gone utterly insane, so I just go to grocery outlet now.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on January 16, 2020, 08:21:43 PM
Vons ain't cheap, but sometimes with sales and coupons, it can be manageable.

Sometimes I am tired and don't feel like cooking.  We had one of those nights tonight:
Gorton's Fish sticks, with homemade cocktail sauce, and cooked frozen corn.  The fish stix were BOGO last week at Safeway (Vons).  It didn't take much of an effort.  Hardly gourmet fare, but sort of reminds me of the odd Sunday at my grandmother's when she was beat and didn't have a great idea of what to make for a change.

Tomorrow is my husband's birthday and I will probably bake him some cookies.  It's hard to justify buying presents just for the sake of it.  He doesn't really want anything, and I'm hard pressed to come up with anything inexpensive for my own wish list, either.  He got me pie weights at my request for Xmas.  And an inexpensive used book (same deal). 

It's been raining like hell all day here and it's cold.  Not much fun, but good for sorting through stuff you want to throw out.  I've been filling up the recycling and donation bags.  So that was useful.

I can't speak to the zillions of guests suddenly on here.  Maybe they heard about the anniversary celebrations and were trying to get in on the fun, or maybe Meghan and Harry figured they'd pop in for some tips on how to achieve independence.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on January 16, 2020, 09:25:58 PM
Simple cheeseburgers here, don't really think a recipe is required, they turned out pretty good, I think I'll avoid tomatoes for a bit.

I passed up a complete BSG collection at goodwill because I felt too lousy to do disc checks on that many DVD's, would have been $35, I remember a time when I would have been jumping to get those DVD's.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on January 16, 2020, 10:18:21 PM
I see complete sets on ebay for less.  Probably easier to just order from there.

The rain has sapped my energy.  I missed my long walk today and that's too bad as it usually gives me more energy.  But it was pouring this morning, like torrents.  Normally a light rain won't put me off.  What a slow day.  But the purge continues, and that's a good thing.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on January 17, 2020, 06:31:09 PM
I made snickerdoodles.  They're fussy little sugar cookies that are supposed to be a little crunchy on the outside and tender/soft inside.  This is not so easy as the temptation is to bake them longer than you should lest you end up with raw dough.  They need to be yanked out of the oven as soon as they're cooked through but not browned.

This batch was better than the last one.  You roll little balls in sugar & cinnamon and they spread out with a lovely crackly surface in the oven.  Not my favorite, but baked by request.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on January 17, 2020, 08:29:56 PM
Mom got her car stolen, this is a real rough kick in the gut, we probably won't have $1700 to spare soon, if ever, in fact the only reason we had this surplus is that social security decided that mom finally deserves social security benefits on dad.

(We've avoided homelessness with his teamster pension in the past).

I mean, that will golly your day right up.

Dinner tonight was chili fries. French fries, canned chili, shaved white cheddar. I'll say I like the shaved cheddar, I decided to use that side of the grater on a whim the other day, and I really like the result. It's very different from your standard string grate.

We switched chili providers, I don't remember the last one, but it was good, Camp something?

This time it was campbells chunky chili. It was actually one of those heat and eat specials, and there was a typo on the label, these things say "Heat for 11 1/2 minutes" And I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be 2 1/2 minutes. Trivial nonsense, but this chili was less stomach churning than stag.

But the dinner is pretty much pre ruined by circumstance.

Once again, I'll recommend NEVER buying Stag Laredo Chili. I imagine there are some people who enjoy Stag Laredo Chili. They are damned. It's like salt and pork. And green pepper.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on January 26, 2020, 04:55:52 AM
Burritos tonight. Nothing fancy, but screw it, I'll share. It's pretty basic.

Leftover refried beans because mom buys the giant cans.

Shredded cheddar. I like to shred my own, pre-shredded has the caked on preservatives. I also like a slightly sweating cheddar, but that's probably because of the elks taco night, and also probably a sign food safety was not the elks #1 concern. Still, sweaty cheddar makes me happy. I feel like more flavor is released that way, and I have absolutely no proof to back that up.

I should have chopped an onion, but these burritos had no onion. hindsight is 20/20.

Hambriger meat, diced up as finely as you feel like. I like a really reduced meat, almost to the point it isn't chewy. Mom doesn't much have the patience, if it's smaller than a meatball, she's good.

Sour cream

Los something green sauce. I don't think the brand here matters all that much, it's a green taco sauce, it raises the spicy a bit, no need to get complicated.

Mission tortillas. Mom made envelopes again. I feel like I'm going to have to do hands on rolling with her to get past this, usually she gets me to roll them, but I pulled a muscle in my neck. Means I'm fine for putting everything away, but I'm poo on detail work right now.

I previously made a disparaging remark about Mission Tortillas breaking up like a crumbly biscuit, I regret that remark, those were Guererro. These mission tortillas were light and fluffy, as always. (They should be, they charge the most).

I gotta say, those chili fries were amazing under the circumstances. I've been watching movies with mom to try and cheer her up, but this has really upset her.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on January 27, 2020, 07:53:13 PM
You are a good son in your efforts at distraction.  I'm still sad to know there's nothing to be done about the car.  How sucky is that that the cops are doing nothing?

I'm going to make some spaghetti with salad tonight.  I have little motivation to cook these days.  Made cream scones on Sunday that were very good, but then just had some fish sticks out of the freezer for dinner.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on January 31, 2020, 08:10:32 PM
Tonight we're having quesadillas.

Wheat tortillas, toasted with melted cheese (pepper jack, grated), hot sauce, spiced black beans, fresh cilantro, scallions, tomatoes, avocado heated in a pan and then devoured.  One big one is enough for my dinner.  We use a wide pan to cook them in, folding them halfway through.  They're fun but messy.  Easy to customize as everyone makes their own the way they like them.  Cheap but good.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on February 02, 2020, 10:45:05 AM
New batch of cream scones with homemade jam.  We were hungry and it's nice to have them hot out of the oven.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on February 08, 2020, 12:18:48 AM
Been a while, sorry about that.

Mom picked up a few packs of these: https://www.tetonwatersranch.com/products/dinner-sausages/italian-style-oregano-mozzarella/

First night we had them with regular hot dog buns, and we felt like the hot dog buns were insulting the quality of the sausage.

My first thought was pretzel rolls, because I've had those on some fancy dogs, but realized I have no bless'ed clue how to make those.

Mom came up with wrapping them in Grands biscuits.

Holy crap that was a good call. The cheese and the flaky crust combined into something truly special. Leftovers are easy too, just wrap in tin foil and toss it in the toaster oven when you're ready to eat.

Crap, if they'd had more, I wouldn't mind freezing up a bunch of these for special dinners. Those sausages seriously impressed me. No sauce needed.

Tonight we had crappy pulled chicken on hamburger buns with Muenster on top. The chicken was both underwhelming and undersized. I'm not going to toss the name out, because they deserve to die nameless.

Like, I HATE making pulled chicken. I boil chicken breasts, then use the two fork method to rip it up. Takes forever, you have to be careful not to make a mess, but I honestly think I would have got higher yield out of ONE chicken breast than this stupid pre-shredded pack. Their only positive note is that I really liked their smokey spicy sauce. It wasn't like bbq sauce, it wasn't like salsa, it was it's own thing. Still, golly that noise. Unprepared chicken is cheap compared to these kits.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on February 13, 2020, 08:54:53 AM
Tea and an "English" muffin.  Getting ready for work.

8ully, Teton Ranch is a place on the 5 north of Los Angeles, just before Grapevine.  I had the impression that it's a working farm.  I wonder if the meat came from there.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on February 14, 2020, 09:04:47 PM
Hah, I always wondered what the golly they produced, that place is HUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE.

Mom got me some snack olives, the green ones with pimentos, and they were miserable. I read the label, and sure enough, my old nemesis sea salt was to blame.

Sea salt bless'ed sucks, whenever they substitute decent salt for that garbage, food tastes less good. Also, it doesn't even have iodide in it! So you're just hurting yourself it you eat it!

Like if I wanted my food drowned in ocean water, I could do it my damn self. Not that I would, the water in Imperial Beach has... problems.

I like to imagine our response to our neighbors dumping their garbage and waste into our territorial waters is like, a big ramp. So they dump the waste, it piles up, and then rolls right back into their tourist destinations.

It's cartoon logic, but it amuses me.

EYEBALL REMAINDER SANDWICH

Nothing out of the ordinary here despite the name. I made mom some devilled eggs. I eyeball the yolk mix, so I ended up with quite a bit left over.
So I used it like a spread, on a turkey and swiss sandwich. It's pretty much just a devilled egg filling sandwich, but dang if it wasn't filling.

Been quite a few years since I actually read a devilled egg recipe, so I'll share my less than impressive take:

You will need hard boiled eggs, a spreader knife a bowl, an old fashioned ice cream scoop, a frying pan, Mayonnaise, and yellow mustard.

Place your hard boiled eggs in the frying pan. We're using this to maintain a clean workspace. Slam the egg fat end down on the frying pan, then peel the shell. Discard shell.

With spreader knife, divide the hard boiled eggs into halfs. I pull the yolks by hand, but you could use a spoon I guess. The boiled yolks go in a bowl. Smash them with the fat end of the ice cream scoop, kind of a mortar and pestle thing. Once it's nice and powdery, with as few lumps as possible, add two tablespoons of mayo, and squirt yellow mustard in as desired. Blend with spreader knife. Pour product into egg halves as desire, season to taste.

Use the leftovers of the mixture as a spread on a sandwich. The end.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on February 15, 2020, 12:13:38 AM
That sounds rich.  I use egg yolks in the dressing for my potato salad.  It's pretty good.

I haven't been cooking much lately.  We had fish sticks, cocktail sauce and frozen peas for dinner yesterday.  Tonight:  grilled cheese sandwiches.  How's that for Valentine's Day fare?

I'll probably bake scones tomorrow as we are running out of options, although we have plenty of cereal.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on February 15, 2020, 12:18:07 AM
I wish I could get a grilled cheese like my grandma used to make, but I'd need to make the bread so it's like 4x the size of regular bread, like a giant's bread.

Depending on what you like to eat, a grilled cheese can be the real deal. And it can definitely signify love.

I never thought I'd say this, but I'm over stroganoff.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on February 15, 2020, 02:44:20 PM
Dave's killer bread + dijon mustard + Kerrygold Mild Cheddar slices.  butter on the outside to assist in browning in the pan.  I can make GC sandwiches, but generally leave this to my husband.  He does it the way he likes.  I'd probably leave them in the pan longer as I like the cheese really melty, but it was enough to eat and a quick cleanup.

God, I'm tired today.  Just doing some picking up around the house with little energy to do much else.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on February 23, 2020, 02:29:03 PM
My roommate was buying, so I got the new seasonal item at Jbox, the "loaded" tiny tacos.

They weren't very loaded, they put some hot sauce and some stadium grade cheese sauce on the very top of the container, but it does not reach past the first layer of tacos.

Other than that, just bite sized, dry AF mini tacos. I liked the size of them, makes for decent snackage, like if I went to a movie I could see this being a good choice if they actually loaded them up with the hot sauce and cheese,

But they were very dry. Other than that, your standard Jbox tacos, filling that may or may not be cat food, a taste that is surprisingly addictive, but nothing here was particularly impressive.

I'd say save yourself a dollar and just load them up with your own hot sauce, or raid the packet bin if your Jbox still has those.

Mine has continued the MARCH TO PROGRESS by putting straws, plastic silverware, and napkins behind the counter. Like I have to ask my state legislature if it's okay if I have a napkin.

They also turned off the customer side coke mixer machine so you have to ask them for the soda you want. I confused the golly out of the counter lady when I asked for a strawberry Barqs. RIP SODA MACHINE, YOU WERE A BEAUTIFUL scallywag, TAKEN BEFORE YOUR TIME!

Like with the single use plastic bans, I wish it was more consumer side, and less big brother telling you what to do. I don't give a flying golly about my carbon footprint, let Lenoardo DiCaprio subsidize me or something.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on March 18, 2020, 07:55:10 AM
One of the local coffee shop chains was ceasing operations temporarily so they were giving away lots of heavy cream.  I got a couple half gallons, one for a neighbor.  I am getting ready to have the cream scones I made yesterday.  They reheat well, and even freeze well.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on March 20, 2020, 01:38:36 AM
My Jack-in-the box is being demolished, whoever came up with the timeframe is a bless'ed wizard.

Mom bought "Chicken chips" and actually cracked a smile and laughed when I pointed out they're just triangle chicken nuggets. Been waiting to post that one for a bit, I try not to double post too much.

Tonight we had a knorr chicken pasta thing, and it went wrong at some point, so mom had me come in and fix it. I used some close to expy sour cream and some tabasco sauce and it firmed it up just fine.

Mom had already stockpiled ground beef and chicken before the pandemic were declared, so we've got options. Oddly enough, we can't find packets of white gravy anywhere.

I know how to make it myself, but two cups of milk feels a bit wasteful when all you need for those packets is two cups of water and some margarine.

Tomorrow, I'm thinking some kind of egg dish with breakfast sausage, perhaps we'll do breakfast for dinner.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on March 20, 2020, 02:38:43 AM
I've found that sour cream will last for several months past its best by date, same with yogurt.  We had eggs for dinner and fried potatoes a couple days ago.  My husband decided to "oven fry" a package of bacon.  He forgot that our oven runs hot and burned the lot of it.  That was a less than wonderful dinner.  Some nights things are just off.  I haven't had much time to cook lately, although at least we have lots of food put by so we won't have trouble whipping something up.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on March 25, 2020, 12:11:44 AM
Bacon is also unpredictable, as much as I subscribe to the "KEEP THE DAMN OVEN SHUT UNTIL IT'S DONE"! method, I'd probably make exception for bacon.

I am so sorry about the ruined meal, that's a morale burster beyond compare, and right now "golly it, we'll go out for dinner" isn't exactly an option.

We had foreman cheeseburgers tonight, they were unimpressive. I did like the provolone, it got nice and gooey. Highlight of the night.

The crescent roll sausages, I call em giant pigs in blankets, are a hit, and will probably remain on the family menu in future.

Still no sour cream. I wonder, with the restrictions stores are doing now, do you think they'd let you buy milk AND sour cream?

I am craving pizza like crazy, but I don't want to risk it. Home made pizza is mostly poo by my reckoning, one of those foods it's best to leave to the professionals.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on March 25, 2020, 01:17:57 AM
We had tuna melts.  Toasted english muffins with tuna salad grilled to melt cheese over it.  It was easy and satisfying.  When shopping regularly is no longer an option, one gets creative with what's in the pantry.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on March 25, 2020, 11:53:21 AM
We have a dwindling supply of English muffins.  Safeway can't keep them in stock for some reason.  If I had more flour, I'd try to make some.  Flour is also dwindling.

I'm making another Quorn veggie burger on a toasted english muffin with barbeque sauce.  Sweet Baby Rays.  It's ok.  It doesn't take much effort.   Thrown in the oven for a little less than 20 minutes and, bam.  Lunch.  Quorn uses mushroom protein for its basic guts.  I like to think it's what they'd eat in outer space.  They're always talking about fungus curries in The Expanse.
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on March 26, 2020, 10:24:59 AM
Something to do with toilet rolls, maybe?

It's funny, but "toilet rolls" is not a common way to refer to "bath tissue" or "toilet paper" over here.  I was wondering what you guys call "English Muffins" since they're clearly not called that there.  I was in France and found that "French poodles" were simply "caniche."  Who can explain these oddities.  We struggle with a chief executive who insists on racializing the current epidemic as the "Chinese" or "Wuhan" virus.  He's gotten a good deal of pushback on that.  One feels deep despair when the guy in charge behaves in ways that would have gotten one punished as a child, and he simply encourages the less enlightened among the populace to follow his example.  But I digress...
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Post by: smokester on March 26, 2020, 10:47:19 AM
We also call them "English Muffins" but whether that's to do with the recipe or elitism, is open to debate.

I also blame the Chinese for this outbreak but that's because I believe they had a chance to contain it, not particularly for the evolution of the virus. I also hate the fact that they torture and eat 20 million dogs a year and torture thousands of bears so they can extract bile, so I am a little prejudiced, I'll admit.

Last 3 days we have eaten dal. This is mainly because it's my favourite meal and I always make enough for 3 days, and also because we have shedloads of it in the "if the zombies attack" bag.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on March 26, 2020, 11:37:26 AM
I love dal.  It's like the Indian equivalent of chicken soup.  I make a version from Madhur Jaffrey.  We often eat homemade Indian food that I've learned to make from the many useful youtube instructional videos.

I'm working on another batch of mint jelly.  I had to stop last night and put it in jars.  I'll cook it again this afternoon until it gels.  It has a promising taste.  I'll probably add a little rosemary to it near the end as it gives it a more subtle sweetness.  We don't really eat it, but my sister likes to put it on meats, so I send it to her and give it to any of my friends who have an interest.  I did dry some of the mint so I can use it in cooking if necessary.

Right now I'm eating warmed over canned soup.  Not particularly gourmet of me, but it was easy and quick.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on March 26, 2020, 06:30:15 PM
I know - I was resident over there: you seem to have a thing about not saying "toilet": I was really tickled at the concept of a "half-bath" or "three-quarter" bath.

They used to be called "muffins" when I were a lad. Since you exported the name "muffin" for (roughly) what we called "cup cake", we have been forced to rebrand.

Not all of you struggle, apparently: as I understand it he has never been more popular than he is right now.
I know - I was resident over there: you seem to have a thing about not saying "toilet": I was really tickled at the concept of a "half-bath" or "three-quarter" bath.

They used to be called "muffins" when I were a lad. Since you exported the name "muffin" for (roughly) what we called "cup cake", we have been forced to rebrand.

Not all of you struggle, apparently: as I understand it he has never been more popular than he is right now.

American is an odd branch of English.  There are cupcakes and there are muffins.  They are identical in form, except that you eat cupcakes as a dessert and muffins, usually for breakfast.  And "English" muffins are kind of like crumpets, basically disc shaped savory breakfast items (although Thomases has managed to produce some with raisins that are sweet). 

As for the "toilet paper," vs "Bath Tissue" usage, you are also correct in surmising that Americans think the former is vulgar while the other is more polite.

I'm really unable to explain how Donald Trump is popular at all.  He's a cruel sociopath.  And he's probably going to end up being responsible for many deaths.  I just found out that a colleague died from complications of the virus today so it's kind of hard to muster up much of my usual sense of humor regarding the current occupant of the White House.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on March 27, 2020, 12:44:29 PM
I was on a cooking binge yesterday and made tuna salad & garbanzo bean salad.

The garbanzo bean salad was so good that it's what I ate for lunch.  Here's the simple recipe:

2 16oz cans of garbanzo beans, drained
1 red bell pepper, cut into small dice.
¼ c shallots minced
½ c small dice celery
¼ c good quality olive oil
¼ c minced fresh parsley (although I expect that dried will also work if you give it enough time to rehydrate, like overnight in the fridge)
¼ c fresh lemon juice
salt & pepper to taste (I used ½ tsp of salt to begin with and added more to individual servings)

This doesn't take long to prepare, makes a decent amount, keeps well in the fridge, and it's nourishing/tasty.  It has few ingredients and can often be made with whatever you have in the fridge and pantry.  I expect you might be able to substitute mild vinegar for the lemon juice in a pinch.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on March 30, 2020, 05:52:42 PM
I just made choc chunk cookies.  Use the general Toll House recipe but substitute about 5 oz of chopped choc instead of choc chips and about a cup of chopped walnuts.  Chill the dough for an hour before you bake it.

This is my third batch in the past week.  It sort of takes the sting out of the apocalypse.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on April 04, 2020, 01:05:41 PM
Today for lunch, we continued our quest to eat through what's in the house.

Frontera Chicken Tinga Taco Bowls (frozen bowls).  I was surprised it was so good.  Nuke it on high for a while and add some hot sauce and salt and it will overcome initial blandness.  I'd purchased them on closeout at local store anticipating taking them to work.  Oh well.  It was a nice warm lunch for the two of us and it took very little effort.  Rick Bayless is the chef who runs Frontera an L.A. restaurant.  He has a tv show explaining how to make nice Mexican inspired food.  He takes you on tours of Mexico.  He's kind of a doofus with this odd speech pattern in which he tortures every other word, as if he's gasping for breath, but he seems to know what he's doing.  8ully if you manage to find these at GO, you might try them if they're cheap.

There is a manager at the Grocery Outlet chain in Pleasant Hill California who does daily reports of stock and hygiene measures.  He's sort of entertaining as he tells you what's in stock, what's not and when they expect more to arrive.  It's better than the hit or miss approach to shopping where you have to go to several stores to get stuff.  Who wants the exposure?  He has a FB page and does daily updates.  It's kind of like going to the store while staying home.  I'm going back to cleaning the house now.  Or maybe I'll take a nap instead...
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Post by: 8ullfrog on April 08, 2020, 11:10:37 AM
Plate of breakfast sausage patties, not even trying honestly.

Enjoyed it.

I do miss Pleasant Hill, that park was spectacular, Blondie's pizza is ace, and there used to be a place with chili cheese fries that justified the entire state's existence.

Much like all good things, it's been gone for decades. It was a dark hole in the wall, and they had puppets, I believe. It was somewhat like the pirates of the Caribbean ride.

I imagine they sold more marijuana than they did chili fries, but that's what I choose to remember.

Last time I was up in Northern California was Tony Hawk Pro Skater... 3? It had an x-man and a star wars guy. Windows Millenium was the OS in vogue, and Star Trek Voyager was still on the air.

Huh, that's where I read fanfiction for the first time. Was some good poo, they adhered to standards, unlike now.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on April 08, 2020, 12:44:11 PM
There was a Blondies on Telegraph Ave in Berkeley.  I think I had pizza there once.  It was a huge slice and heavy on the cheese.  Pleasant Hill is beautiful in the residential sections.  The commercial strip along Contra Costa Blvd is less lovely but there are cheaper shops there than in Walnut Creek to the south.  I've not been there in months, but sometimes I think about it.  I haven't driven my car in 3 weeks.  Gas is cheap but going places is risky - even to the parks.  Most of the East Bay Parks are closed, no parking lot access and while they can't keep you from walking in, getting there is a bit more problematic.

I made cream scones this morning.  Ate them warm with homemade jam.  I got up really late.  Had trouble sleeping.  They're easy to make and I make enough to last us the week as they reheat well.  That's breakfast taken care of.

I'll probably make a second batch today.  Someone gave us a half gallon of heavy cream and I need to use it before it goes bad.  I may make some quiches if the flour holds out.  Of course we are running out of cheese.  It's hard when going to the grocer's is somewhat akin to Evel Knievel jumping over some semi trucks on a motorcycle.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on April 08, 2020, 08:11:02 PM
Kind of ironic I went from meat pucks for breakfast to meat pucks for dinner, but mom went FANCY meat pucks for dinner.

Recipe from a Lisa Lillien cookbook (I've no clue who she is)

I'll not reproduce the recipe, as you can probably google it, but I was severely confused that mom would hit up a cookbook.

It was "Tex-Mex Meatloaf minis".

There have been... incidents when mom attempted meatloaf in the past. Abominations half oil, half fossil have emerged from the oven, screeching, as abominations do.

This recipe nicely sidesteps that issue by being prepared in a muffin tray! Kind of like little meat muffins, but not horrible, like that would be if taken literally!

It's got meat, cheese, tomatoes, corn, beans, and breadcrumbs.

It was a very nice difference to microwaving some lazily prepared burritos, which have become a bit of a crutch.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on April 09, 2020, 12:05:15 AM
That sounds pretty good.

We've been eating a lot of quesadillas.  Heat flour tortilla in a pan.  Add grated pepper jack cheese, hot sauce, spiced black beans, sliced green onion, cilantro, tomatoes, avocado.  Fold over, heat and eat.  The main prep work is in the chopping of vegs, grating of cheese and adding cilantro, chili powder & some chipotle to the beans.  It's easy cheap and tasty and you each make your own.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on April 13, 2020, 10:29:23 AM
Neighbors gave us an easter ham, and for test drivesies, I made a standard bean and cheese burrito, then sliced down some thin strips of ham.

It's fantastic. It's a glazed ham, so I was worried it would be overly sweet, but instead it was just buttery ham goodness. I went a bit nuts with the slicing, so there's enough for mom to make one later.

I'm usually not much for ham, but this stuff is tasty.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on April 13, 2020, 12:27:42 PM
What a kind gesture by your neighbors.  It sounds delicious.

I made a tofu green bean curry, a thai recipe with coconut milk.  We ate it over rice.  Not exactly Easter fare, but it turned out well.  It's been hard to get motivated to do a good deal lately.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on April 13, 2020, 04:54:58 PM
I had to slice the ham for my roommate, he kept going at a diagonal, which is a long standing argument we've had.

The ham has like, a rind thing? But the rest of it is pre-sliced, so all you have to do is pick a piece, and slice a straight line. Less than an inch.

But yeah, the burrito was fantastic. Buttery and delicious. Which isn't typically something you want in a burrito, but it worked out great.
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Post by: goldshirt*9 on April 16, 2020, 12:08:12 AM
Plain Toast and butter  :)
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Post by: goldshirt*9 on April 16, 2020, 07:34:56 AM
Isn't all toast plain until you butter it?
good point  :)
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on April 16, 2020, 07:56:22 AM
How about raisin toast?  It is anything but plain, butter or not.  Butter only makes it even more delicious.

I'm eating recently made garbanzo bean salad.  It's cheap, tasty and nutritious.
I posted the recipe on the previous page.  My parsley has bolted so this is the last batch unless I buy some at the store, but that's like a foray into enemy territory during wartime.

This will last for a good week in the fridge.  I guess I'll whip up some tuna salad for dinner.  Baked some cream scones too as they freeze well and my motivation waxes and wanes.  Some days I feel like cooking and sometimes I just don't feel like bothering.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on April 16, 2020, 07:16:28 PM
Tonight we're hitting the muffin tins again.

Brunch muffins. It was the first good Ham recipe I saw on the Mccormick website.

Originally I was going to chicken breast strips with baked broccoli with cheese, but then mom reminded me - HAM!

It's a spiral cut ham, if anyone has any favored recipes. It's kind of hard to find recipes for this, most of them are just the initial prep for a spiral ham, not what to do with the leftovers.

Surprisingly, I'm not getting sick of it. This ham was Class A.

Here's the recipe -

https://www.mccormick.com/recipes/breakfast-brunch/ham-and-cheese-egg-cups

Update - golly the Thyme, and sauté the onion.

Honestly, aside from the Thyme, I would say this may be one of my favorite things I've ever ate.

Like, whenever I go to a waffle town or intergalactic house of pancakes, I go for Denver Omelets, and this isn't far off.

Plus, no fold and ruin step!
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on April 17, 2020, 10:12:37 AM
Those actually look pretty good, but fattening.  But what isn't.  Celery maybe...

I'm having tea and cream scones.  The ones I baked yesterday afternoon.  A couple homemade jams on them.  It's hard to complain.  The cream scones recipe from Molly O'Neill of the NY Times.  They have a good food/recipe section.  Just like the BBC.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on April 21, 2020, 12:43:21 AM
A really crappy hamburger helper rice meal. Mom didn't remember buying it, but I understand she was probably more focused on not getting too close to others than what type of hamhelp she was buying. I was already a bit against it as it had the "old el paso" logo on it. The last set of enchiladas came out just fine, but the sauce was crap. I wondered about that, but then realized we bought "old el paso" instead of las palmas.

I don't get the impression you're one much for box meals, but here's an image so you can avoid it:
https://www.bettycrocker.com/products/Helper/mexican-favorites/cheesy-fajita

I was slightly impressed by the yield, the rice packet was tiny, but it plumped up.

Sure enough, it resulted in a bland vaguely unpleasant meal. certainly not a re-buy. The bless'ed sour cream was a liquid too. Mom had some on hers, but I found the consistency alarming and avoided it.

Like, I've seen water on top of an already opened sour cream, it's one of life's little annoyances. You stir it in and then pretend it was never there.

But this poo was like a yogurt drink.

There's always tomorrow! I think I'll make sausages.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on April 21, 2020, 05:36:41 PM
Once in a while we will eat Annie's Mac n Cheese with some frozen potatoes (cooked of course) when we are too tired, or a jar of pasta sauce heated with some pasta, but I am generally not a lazy cook.  I often have time to make meals from scratch so I like to make do with the few ingredients in the house so as to be creative.  You seem to do well like that as well, based on the posts you make of inventive combinations of ingredients.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on April 21, 2020, 06:28:46 PM
My dad had a way of blending cheese and canned spaghetti, he cooked it really slow, like 3-4 cans of the stuff, and it came out tasting fresh. He lived on a boat, so dry storage was considerably important.

I like to think I'm his pale shadow. One thing I add to a boring or leftover spaghetti is a little red wine vinegar, punches it up. I can't make canned spaghetti taste fresh though, that is beyond me.

I remember he went for the Amerigo brand, I don't think they sell that anymore.
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Post by: smokester on April 24, 2020, 10:53:06 AM
Merlot and an oatmeal and raisin biscuit.

It's not a bad combination although I think the biscuit could be substituted for just about anything else on the planet.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on April 24, 2020, 10:57:06 AM
Merlot and an oatmeal and raisin biscuit.

It's not a bad combination although I think the biscuit could be substituted for just about anything else on the planet.

Ha.  I thought you were tucking into the wine kind of early, as it's 10 a.m. here, but then, I remembered the time difference and realized it's early evening there.  I whipped up two batches of cream scones this morning and had one with some earl grey tea.  I'll freeze half of them.   We are trying to use up a half gallon of heavy cream someone gave us before it goes off.  Fortunately, scones freeze quite well.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on April 24, 2020, 07:54:31 PM
The other sour cream was not defective like the first, so we mixed it with the enchilada sauce to make a sort of burrito cream.

Anything to avoid lighting up the oven right now, it's so damned uncomfortable.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on April 26, 2020, 11:00:40 AM
Chef Boyardee classic designs lasagna.

I mean, who are we kidding here? This was never going to hit the standards of an actual lagsagna.

And still, I find myself impressed. The meat sauce does not go overboard, the noodles are by all designs, inoffensive.

Honestly, I'm impressed. I'd eat this again - 2 to 3 times a week in a bomb shelter.

I imagine the chef Boyardee throwback designs hit the market BEFORE the pandemic, because holy poo, last resort is not the metric any brand wants to aim for.

That being said, the light cheese notes, the meaty sauce, and the pre-mentioned inoffensive noodles really make this can a recommend.

Like, I'd probably push this over the spaghetti and meatballs, despite enjoying that option greatly.

This one has more zazz.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on April 26, 2020, 11:08:03 AM
I admire your willingness to sample and review these canned foods.

My husband is scratching his head for things that he can nuke at work that will help him avoid his usual practice of going out for a quick sandwich.

We have been doctoring various Bush's flavored beans with a little sautéed onion and spices, layering it over some rice with grated pepper jack cheese.  It's pretty satisfying and wicked cheap.  I got about a case of these beans for either free or next to nothing due to promotions/sales.  So they have been gathering dust until now.  It's nice to have them to fall back on.  I've given a bunch to food pantries, but now we are tucking into them ourselves.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on April 26, 2020, 11:15:28 AM
Baked beans is the line for me, any of the bush line makes me want to hurl, and I just ate chef boyardee lasagna! I don't know if it's cilantro, I don't know if it's my aversion to sweet food, but baked beans is one of my least favorite options. (I will eat it to be polite, it's not like seafood where I barf)

Canned beans on the other hand, white or navy beans have been a godsend. I will never make black beans for my mother again. Steel eyes, don't want to talk about it, navy beans mvp.

And I think I've mentioned in past, Knorr rice packets fed me in NJ, simply because you can't just eat them, they require minor prep, even if it is amazingly simple.

Canned soup also worked back then.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on April 26, 2020, 10:18:34 PM
I don't like baked beans, and the beans I'm referring to are various hispanic flavorings.  Chili beans and Savory beans.  We had a can the other night over rice but we doctored them up.  They're nothing to write home about.   We just have them and figured we'd try to use them.  I generally cook with the simple canned beans, black beans, garbanzo and the like.

I make a lot of hummus, sometimes some garbanzo bean salad, and we use the black beans as an ingredient in quesadillas, but we add spices to them.  I also use the garbanzos in Indian recipes like Chana Masala.  They're very versatile and nourishing.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on April 26, 2020, 10:56:04 PM
A pickle.

It's like 84 degrees in my room right now, even a burrito seems daunting.
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Post by: smokester on April 27, 2020, 10:05:28 AM
A pickle.

It's like 84 degrees in my room right now, even a burrito seems daunting.

Coronavirus stands no chance.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on May 02, 2020, 09:40:37 PM
I'm hungry but I don't want any of the poo I have. I guess I'm hungry for freedom.

Unlike the idiot neighbors, I will remain at home for safety. Not just for myself, but for everyone else as well.

(I'm probably craving something fried)
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 07, 2020, 07:50:37 PM
We had a big salad for dinner.  It's too hot to cook.  Romaine lettuce, apple, pecans, avocado, cherry tomatoes and Italian dressing.

I can understand being tired of being indoors.  I live within walking distance to stores so I amble over there once a week and get lettuce and other perishables to go with the stuff we have stashed away.  I sympathize with your not being able to get to the store except via bus.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on May 12, 2020, 08:15:10 PM
Foreman burgers with swiss, then a nice walk.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 13, 2020, 01:54:42 PM
I had an "English muffin" for breakfast.  Kind of like fancy white bread covered w/a little cornmeal.  I've had better breakfast breads.  We usually use them for burgers.  I should have made some scones but woke up too late to bother.

At least Fortnum's Earl Grey hasn't let me down.  I don't know how I'd make it if they went  out of business.  They're the last man standing after the demise of Jackson's.  There are certainly other fine teas in the world, but you get used to one you like and it sucks when they stop making it.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on May 13, 2020, 11:24:38 PM
I'm doing pretty good with bread lately, but my hot dog buns molded before I could use them.

Maybe I should pick up a new toaster oven instead of buying used.

I had chicken triangles, those have lasted me quite a while. I consider that "screw it" food. Mom ate a whole sleeve of ritz crackers around wagon train, and I didn't want to eat a soup.

Anything you're craving that's been hard to get during the pandemic?
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 14, 2020, 12:11:49 AM
I am filthy with Monopoly coupons for free bagels/donuts, French bread, hamburger & hotdog buns from Vons.  If you can get to that store and would like them, I can mail them to you.  They do this once a year, hand out tickets at the store and you use them to see if you win prizes.  They love to give out bagels.  They're not the best bagels, but with some cream cheese, they're lunch.

I haven't really been deprived by the pandemic, food-wise, although there are some restaurants I'd like to pop into for a sandwich or some inexpensive fare that I can not go to because of this, and the related unemployment.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on May 17, 2020, 02:27:27 AM
On reddit someone reminded me of a half ass knockoff of vodka sauce I did, sans vodka. Might be posted here, don't remember.

You take your basic crappy canned spaghetti sauce, and just stir in sour cream until it reaches the pinkness level you prefer. You can doctor it up however you like, but at it's most basic it's just jar o sauce + Sour Cream.

Then you decide if you want pasta or fries. I like penne for this recipe because it really soaks up the sauce nicely, but Vodka fries are insanely good, and I know I've posted them before.

I didn't eat anything awesome like that tonight, I can't even remember what I cooked mom, but I made chicken triangles for myself. Finally used them up.

Also finished up a bbq sauce right on the dot, some nice symmetry.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on May 18, 2020, 11:28:31 AM
Last night was a sad mac and cheese from a box with ham.

I did two remixes, but they're not remotely impressive.

The first bowl, I drowned it in cholula. Spicy, yay. that's yay with a period, not an exclamation point. The ham is dry, the mac is boxed. It was... edible.

Second bowl, no hot sauce, it's kind of a shitty crutch. I hit this one with some red wine vinegar and some Worcestershire sauce.

Honestly, bowl two wasn't bad. I mean it wasn't fantastic, the ham was still poo, but the vinegar and the worcestershire sauce gave it an interesting flavor profile.

I'd love if I could just golly around with food. Like, my dad was fantastic at it. I watch youtube videos like Babbish, who is living the bless'ed dream, or even "Should I" where he's cooking in what looks like an elks lodge, and the answer tends to be "Dear god no, don't make that. No wait, stop, don't pick up that knife!"
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 18, 2020, 11:56:53 AM
Scrambled eggs w/cottage fries.  Cheap quick & tasty.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on May 18, 2020, 01:50:27 PM
I don't know what cottage fries are. But you've made me crave carne asada fries.

OK, so cottage fries are coin cut potatoes?

Still rather have carne asada fries.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 18, 2020, 06:07:09 PM
I often have steamed vegs (broccoli, carrots, mushrooms) with baked potatoes for dinner.  I will bake more than I need, then keep them in the fridge.  When I want eggs, I can scramble a couple in one pan while I fry up the sliced baked potatoes in another.  I use a little butter, and they brown nicely.  It's so easy and they really help flesh out the egg lunch. 

Yeah, I guess you could call cottage fries coin cut potatoes.  My grandmother used to make them from scratch.  I can't remember if she used Crisco or bacon fat.  Some kind of nice fat to fry them up.  They were delicious.

We don't eat lots of meat here so this is a way to get some protein and jazz it up with potatoes.
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Post by: goldshirt*9 on May 19, 2020, 12:18:54 AM
Have been watching
Italy Unpacked
"Following the series "Sicily Unpacked," art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon and chef Giorgio Locatelli travel to regions of Italy in "Italy Unpacked." On a quest to discover the country's cultural heritage, history, food, art and architecture, Graham-Dixon and Locatelli journey to Bologna, Lombardy and Piedmont, among others. While exploring the art, culinary culture and landscape of Northern Italy, the duo share their expertise and knowledge of the culture and cuisine with viewers and each other."

Love it
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 19, 2020, 10:47:25 AM
It sounds like the kind of trip I'd like to take.  I haven't been to Italy in many years, but there are several cities I have not yet seen, and that would be great to visit.  These kinds of shows are even more precious when we can't go anywhere but the grocery store.

I'm having the usual Earl Grey tea and cream scones with jam this morning.  I was given a half gallon of cream so I baked and baked and froze a bunch of the scones.  They freeze just fine.  I heat them up before I eat them.  There's nothing quite like using cream in scones for a delicate texture in the end result.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on May 31, 2020, 02:31:14 AM
Wow, this makes what I've been doing seem like finger painting.

I like to boil hot dogs and sausages, but I've been reducing the amount of water I put in the pot, Saturday night I was able to both boil and sear some johnsonville beef dogs. I thought that was neat.

I also mixed up some mayonnaise and ketchup, but the mayo is garbage and I hate it. The Pickle chips were also substandard. (I have no relish)

Mom is on a kick of trying different brands for mayonnaise. Our go-to is "Best food" which on the east coast is called "Hellmans" so they can avoid national taxes.

Another fun one is "Dreyer's" ice cream on the east coast is called "Edy's"  Rally's hamburger chain is "checkers" "Carl's Jr." is "Hardees".

Shitty Knorr dinner packets are shitty Knorr dinner packets, N-A-T-I-O-N-W-I-D-E.

I still remember subsisting on knorr packets because my aunt and cousin ate anything that was "ready to eat" regardless of who paid for it. One funny thing, if it wasn't "chunky brand" they avoided the soup. Great Value soup and Chunky Soup taste about the same to me.

I also learned doing research, what I consider "bacon tongs" which are great for boiling sausages, are in fact, called Scissor tongs.
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Post by: Beatrix on June 24, 2020, 10:11:21 PM
Lemon pepper tuna n toast, pickles, and pepper Jack cheese.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on June 25, 2020, 08:35:51 PM
Regrettable Cocktail

I didn't have any Worcestershire sauce or horseradish, so I made a giant mistake.

I made a Bloody Mary with bbq sauce.

Do not do this. It was bad.

but here is the recipe if you must suffer -

1 shot vodka
Buch of shakes of black pepper
couple shakes of Cholula hot sauce
1 tablespoon bbq sauce (I used hickory, don't.)
8 ounces V8
a shitload of ice in a tall glass

Seriously, don't do this. I only did it because the v8 was on the edge of expiry.

The only bright point of this recipe is that no one but me suffered. I don't know what the golly I was thinking, but no, you cannot substitute Worcestershire sauce and horseraddish with a lousy bbq sauce.

Honestly, I wouldn't even say the sauce is lousy, it was OK on chicken and burgers. But this drink, ugh.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on June 25, 2020, 10:28:32 PM
Sorry that sounds pretty bad.

V8 might get a little lumpy in the can after a while, but it won't go bad.  Just pour it through a wire sieve to take out the lumps.  Every few years I get the idea to buy some V8 and then I forget about it.  It's usually fine.  The worst was one can that probably should have been shaken up more or strained. 

Tomato juice is one of my favorite drinks to order on planes.  I asked for a Campari and soda once and the flight attendant looked down her nose at me and said, "That's so '80's."  I gave up and had a G&T instead.  I have a final exam tomorrow and think that, given today has been a real stress fest, I'm going to kick back with a Tanqueray and Tonic right now.  It's summer.  I'm getting ready to go take care of old people for two months.  These are old people that I dearly love, family members who are clever and interesting, but they're falling apart, losing their faculties, and that's tragic.  And I have to be away from my home and my garden.  Hopefully the neighbors won't kill the tomatoes.  I hope the enticement of free food will encourage their stewardship.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on June 27, 2020, 06:49:14 PM
Fiesta bowl.

It started life as a knorr spanish rice packet, I cooked that up as per instructions.

In a second fry pan I made a thing of meat, no exact measurement, it was 1/3 of a tube.

Mixed the two, and the yield was a little low, but I remembered I had some sour cream on the edge, so I folded that in.

It tasted pretty good, but looked horrible, so I put it in some shallow bowls and shredded some cheese over the top. That made it pretty. Not a ton of cheddar, just three swipes with the shredding wand.

Then I realized it was 3:50 PM, decided golly it, and served it up.

Mom liked it.

We did garlic bread around 9:30 because we were both hungry. Mom was worried she had burnt out the toaster oven earlier, she forgot the drip tray, and cheese dropped on the lower heating element.

I managed to clean out the burnt cheese and used the "griddle" tray, to avoid drippage. Then it's just bread, butter, and garlic powder. Nothing fancy.

My bad, "broiler tray" is what it says on the internet.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on June 28, 2020, 10:19:15 AM
Raisin toast and some tea.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on July 04, 2020, 08:38:36 PM
Last night we did an ultra half ass sloppy joe.

Browned some ground beef, doused it in bbq sauce, and hamburger bun. Very reminiscent of school lunches.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on July 04, 2020, 09:09:27 PM
Safeway:  Signature Select Frozen Ice Cream Sandwiches, mint chip flavor.

Not particularly good.  These were a freebie, so it's hard to complain. I usually share them with the child across the street but the parents think he's getting too chubby, so we are stuck with all 12 of them.  They are small and easy to fit into the freezer so they'll go away relatively soon.

I think they would have been a good dessert for your sloppy joe adventure.  A perfect way to cleanse the palate.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on July 05, 2020, 02:20:33 AM
Mom made burritos and put a ton of effort in. Mega contrast with last night.

I'm not sure what lit a culinary fire in her heart, but she did a great job. Nothing out of a can, everything was fresh, and it reminded me of how many shortcuts I take when I cook.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on August 03, 2020, 01:18:59 AM
I made the indoor version of this:


Honestly I don't get the outdoor version, just seems to be a smash burger.

Covid meant I had to make a few substitutions, which made me nervous, as substitutions can absolutely ruin a recipe. Hence all the comments on recipes where they go "This was poo! I didn't have X, so I used disgusting substance Y instead, and it ruined it!" (Yeah, no poo)

Anyway the substitutions were as follows.

I didn't have yellow mustard, so I used brown. I think this made the sauce a bit more savory, but thankfully it didn't cross the line to bitter.
I didn't have American cheese, so I mixed some shredded cheddar and some shredded mozzarella, once again I think this cut the "sweet" flavor this sandwich is probably supposed to have.

So it ended up a bit savory instead of sweet.  Mom said it reminded her of an in-n-out burger, and I have to agree.

I'd say the biggest surprise here was using mayonnaise instead of butter on the bread. I was shocked at how much better the bread evenly cooked and became golden brown. A lot of the time I've had grilled cheese sandwiches fall apart in the pan because the butter made the bread too soft, the mayo made it hold up nicely.

If I had more time/ingredients, I might have used fresh onion slices instead of the diced and caramelized onions the recipe calls for, I might also stick in a leaf of lettuce to up the crunch factor.

Obviously this isn't a calorie counter's friend, but I figure if I only do this once a month or so, I should be fine. It's always nice to break out of routine and try something else.

During covid I've managed to lose exactly three pounds.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on August 09, 2020, 06:10:36 PM
I feel so lonely here now...

Anyway, I took one of those poo knorr packets, and a velveeta packet from the dollar store, combined them with some steamed chicken and steamed broccoli.

It was disappointingly bland, so I hit it with some soy sauce, and holy poo, soy sauce is apparently a stimulant to me now, because I was up until 8 AM the next day, then crashed like a corpse.

So I guess I'd say I enjoyed the experience while it lasted, and the knorr packets are relatively inoffensive, but I probably spiked the golly out of the sodium content.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on August 10, 2020, 07:29:35 AM
There is low sodium soy sauce.  I'm not sure what brand you used.  Most traditional soy sauce is not as high in sodium as regular table salt.  I put it on lots of stuff:  eggs, vegetables, rice, etc.

I had a grilled plantain last night, one that was picked recently, and it was like a party in my mouth.  Up until that moment I just didn't get the whole idea of plantains.  I had some in the States years ago and in San Juan recently, and they were just bland starchy and basically flavorless.  I didn't get what the fuss was about.  They are kind of like American supermarket bananas compared to the one I ate in Brazil.  The ones in the US are just bland and starchy.  The one I had in Brazil was like this burst of complex flavors.  There's something to be said for obtaining ingredients near their source. 
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Post by: 8ullfrog on August 11, 2020, 11:37:53 AM
Yup, starchy like a less than fantastic tamale. I'm glad you were able to have a proper one.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on August 16, 2020, 04:33:59 AM
golly, I honestly can't remember. We had nice sandwiches for lunch...

oh golly, it was a nasty can of chef boyardee ravioli. I hated it.

And hours later I shoved my face with shredded cheese from a bag.

Honestly, I blame the ravioli. When I eat a can of Chef Boyardee spaghetti, it gets the job done, and I go to bed full.

So yeah, Chef Boyardee ravioli can golly right off.
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Post by: smokester on August 16, 2020, 09:19:27 AM
golly, I honestly can't remember. We had nice sandwiches for lunch...

oh golly, it was a nasty can of chef boyardee ravioli. I hated it.

And hours later I shoved my face with shredded cheese from a bag.

Honestly, I blame the ravioli. When I eat a can of Chef Boyardee spaghetti, it gets the job done, and I go to bed full.

So yeah, Chef Boyardee ravioli can golly right off.

I'd never hear of Chef Boyardee so I looked it up. This video makes me I wish I hadn't:

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Post by: 8ullfrog on August 16, 2020, 06:18:53 PM
That guy is way overdoing the "cool kids club" youtube personality, holy poo.

Mostly it's bland. Bland pasta, bland meat, bland sauce.

Which is weird because when the dude was alive people went nuts for his sauce. Like they'd show up at his restaurant and just buy jugs of the poo.

Also this idiot is eating it straight out of the can... you have to heat it.

I looked him up, and this guy is a real piece of work.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on August 17, 2020, 11:03:24 AM
I've never been to Buca de beppo.  This guy is really annoying.  In love with his own adjectives.  I agree with your assessment.  He really needs a bucket of cold water thrown over him.

Sure you can eat canned pasta, but it ain't all that hard to make in the first place. I guess if you don't have access to cooking facilities, it might make sense if you lacked alternatives.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on August 17, 2020, 04:41:14 PM
honestly it's been a gift with covid.

Making actual pasta is right out with this heat, but microwave up a can of bland spaghetti, and you're done!

The ravioli's on the other hand, are not filling enough.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on August 17, 2020, 10:37:13 PM
Tonight was pretty amazing.

The heat wave dipped enough I was willing to risk the toaster oven, so I rolled out some pastry and a pack of aidells. Roasted garlic and gouda.

Normally the cheese in an accent, but here, it's bursting.

The pastry came in precut triangles, which is less helpful than they think it is. Each sausage got two triangles, and then I budged them together to form a nice barrier coating.

Next, I gave them the listed 11 minutes in a 375 degree toaster oven.

That didn't get the job done, so I gave it another five.

In the meantime, I mixed the same sauce from the patty melt, this time actually measuring it. feel free to adjust.

2 TBS ketchup, 2 TBS Mayo, 2 TBS yellow mustard, 1TBS Worcestershire sauce. Spin it with a spoon until well blended.

Then I used the logo on the paper plate to separate food and condiment, and it was an amazing gooey mess.  Didn't even realize I needed this, but I did.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on August 20, 2020, 12:49:12 AM
Tonight we had Aidell's meatballs, and I can't say I'm a fan. It was a whoopsie purchase, mom thought she bought sausage, not meatballs.

We were going to do like a light stroganoff/swedish meatball type thing, sans onions because of the recall, but I've got plenty of garlic and Worcestershire sauce.

Heated them up separately because I wanted to see how they tasted before I ran the demon stove. They were... gross? Like they were chicken, which is divisive. I like chicken sausage, a lot of people I know won't touch it.

I don't actually see the ones we got on the website, or I'd link it as a warning. They had like, spinach in them? I'm sure a cook with more time and a more friendly climate could figure out something to do with that, maybe something greek? some cucumbers on a sandwich, maybe Tzatziki?

Either way, a sour cream and savory sauce just seemed like the wrong lane, so I crap hit it. Meatball sandwich with canned sauce.

The rolls actually turned out amazingly well, and the cheese was nice and gooey, the sauce I could take or leave, but the meatballs, again, were a disappointment.

I probably would have been better off just saucing and cheesing the bread.

Ya live, you learn, some dinners just suck.

Yesterday I think we did cold cut sandwiches? It got up around 96 degrees and just sat there all day. 84 right now and we're creeping up on midnight.

I also had some disappointing ice cream tonight, they overdid it with the chocolate. Like, if you're doing ice cream, I could see going two note with the chocolate, like a chocolate ice cream base with chunks of chocolate in it, but for the third... I dunno, tone? Throw in some caramel, some vanilla cream, something to break up the chocolate overload.

Nope, chocolate chocolate chocolate.  Mom ate it happily.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on August 21, 2020, 07:53:51 AM
Some of their meatballs are ok.  Some not so much.  They make really good caramelized onion burgers (chicken) but the related meatballs are pretty disappointing.  It's hard to know why.  I often pick up what they have at Grocery Outlet, but it's good to keep an eye on the exp. dates.  They freeze well, too.

I am eating lots of good french yogurt and some nice local barbeque.  I had some really good fish last night:  grouper fried and then smothered in some kind of delicious sauce.  It's cheap and they give you a ton of food.  It's a hole in the wall local place with no signage and only word of mouth to let you know it's a restaurant.  They give you scalloped potatoes with cream, and peas & rice, as well as salad and vegs.  I can eat one meal for 3 days.  $12 for one of those styrofoam take out containers heaped with food.  We eat lots of salads and sandwiches because of the heat.  I'm not inclined to cook anything much more adventurous than an omelette, although my skills in that area are improving.  Not quite up to the level of Gwen in Gavin and Stacy, though.
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Post by: smokester on August 30, 2020, 04:14:51 PM
I've had rather a lot of chocolate, beer and crisps today. This is mainly as I have had some loungin' time here and there.

That kind of foodstuff is great while you're eating it, but you invariably feel poo afterwards.

Come back cabbage, all is forgiven!
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Post by: dweez on August 30, 2020, 07:09:59 PM
I'm back on my keto diet so I had a roast beef/chicken wrap (low-carb tomato tortilla, spinach, mont. jack cheese, and brown mustard). Pretty tasty.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on September 16, 2020, 09:24:01 PM
Mom made a fantastic broccoli/noodle/cheese/chicken dish.

I love when I have no input and she hits it out of the park, it's a delicious surprise. This one started savory, and then kicked me in the ass with spicy, I was truly impressed.

Unfortunately, when I asked for instructions if I want to make this later, it was pretty much a shrug. She used what she had on hand to make dinner.

I figure I've complained about her mistakes enough I owe her some praise here.

As far as I can tell, it was broccoli florets over elbow noodles, chunked up chicken I assume she steamed and seasoned, the cheese sauce and the spicy are a void. We've got cheese, we've got spicy stuff, I think I tasted Worcestershire sauce in there, which kicks broccoli right in the ass, high recommend there.

I think the Worcestershire sauce was a surprise because she usually just uses that for burgers. Her experimenting is heartening. I think I've mentioned it before, but when I came back from NJ, she just ate crappy frozen dinners. It's nice to see her be alive.

As to the sauce, the reason it's a black hole is I KNOW she didn't mix a bechamel. Because I joke about that with her all the time. "First make a bechamel" has led to oven mittens being thrown at my head many a time.

Still, whatever it was, it was nice. And white. Definitely not an alfredo, she DESPISES alfredo.

Either way, it's nice to feel happy after dinner. Times are rough, and any levity is a treat.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on September 19, 2020, 01:29:52 PM
That sounds tasty.  I am eating potato chips for the salt.  And washing them down with cold seltzer. 
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on November 20, 2020, 02:56:27 PM
There's a French grocery chain called Super-U and they make some really good Chicken Bolognese pasta sauce.

We are having it over some linguini tonight.  Simple to prepare and relatively little fuss over the whole business.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on November 24, 2020, 06:03:34 AM
We stopped by a local barbeque place last night on the way home.  They only had fried chicken on the menu, so I ordered some.  Wow.  Talk about unclear on the concept.  It's like they took out some of yesterday's leftover barbeque chicken leg and submerged it in hot oil until it was hard, overcooked and lacking in any flavor besides old greasy chicken.  Even on a bad day, KFC beats this hands down.

Normally, fried chicken in the US has some kind of breading on it:  usually, it's dipped in egg batter and then rolled in salt & pepper seasoned flour before frying, and it's raw to begin with.  Not this stuff. 

We'll go to our regular place on Thanksgiving and get a carryout meal.  The helpings are more generous and you can actually eat everything you get without wanting to throw it out as soon as possible.   So we are grateful that this is an option.  The frozen Butterball turkeys here run around $60.  So that ain't happening.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on December 22, 2020, 04:41:34 PM
We have found decent frozen quiches in the local supermarket chain.  There's leek and another kind:  vegetables of the sun.  I'm translating from the French.   The latter was for dinner tonight.  We were too tired for anything else.  It's kind of like ratatouille:  yellow pepper, onion, zucchini, tomatoes.  Very tasty.  It's not as overladen with cheese as the quiche (this one is called a tarte).

Anyway, a half hour from frozen solid to the dinner plate.  It makes me feel less guilty than a frozen pizza would.  The traffic here is a complete nightmare as everyone has to take a few roads to go anywhere.  This is exacerbated by the fact that everyone seems to be holiday shopping.  And although there are small local buses, it's kind of like a comic movie trying to go anywhere.
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Post by: goldshirt*9 on December 23, 2020, 08:48:20 AM
There's a French grocery chain called Super-U and they make some really good Chicken Bolognese pasta sauce.
I remember them from my holidays
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on January 10, 2021, 11:16:25 AM
Stopped by a local hole in the wall today and got some fabulous chicken barbeque.  The habit is to give you enough to eat for 3 days in a single container under the guise of a meal.  Peas and rice, salads, and "dog sauce" (a vinaigrette based onion, pepper, parsley & celery condiment).  I barely made a dent in it.  There's easily enough for us to have dinner and another meal from this.  The price?  $13 because I asked for a second piece of chicken.  Otherwise, $10.  I'll be back.  These places have no name, they just have a tiny niche with a food truck (on blocks) and space for a grill and a small steam table. 
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Post by: 8ullfrog on March 04, 2021, 06:37:01 PM
I was going to make chili fries tonight but mom is visiting a friend, and I hate both gluttony and food waste. (Also food storage, I hate storing the food)

(Don't much mind opening the containers back up again.)

We have a bunch of hot dogs in the freezer, so I just thawed and cooked two of em in the toaster oven, tossed some mild shredded cheddar on top and some brown mustard.

Nothing fancy but they turned out okay.

I miss Johnsonville bratwurst, those things cook up a lot more nicely than random hot dogs.

Ah well, I can always make the chili fries tomorrow.

On the plus side, I may not know what brand these dogs were, but they were decent, and not disgusting.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on March 18, 2021, 05:37:43 AM
Cup of Yorkshire tea and some nice granary bread with butter and apricot jam.  I need the caffeine, but I don't know if it will work.  Maybe I should just switch to an I.V.
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Post by: goldshirt*9 on March 18, 2021, 07:56:31 AM
Cup of Yorkshire tea and some nice granary bread with butter and apricot jam.  I need the caffeine, but I don't know if it will work.  Maybe I should just switch to an I.V.

granary bread my fav
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Post by: 8ullfrog on April 07, 2021, 11:42:11 PM
Covid has seriously sapped any food attempts.

I put cheese and tabasco on top of a fairly crap hamburger helper. Woo.
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Post by: smokester on April 08, 2021, 11:01:52 AM
Covid has seriously sapped any food attempts.

My missus signed up to Oddbox thinking that if it all went tits up again at least we'd have something delivered. She was meant to cancel them at least 3 boxes ago but keeps forgetting, so now every time one arrives I have to create dish upon dish to get rid of the stuff.  Last night I did a vegetable bake (potatoes, parsnips, carrots, purple broccoli and courgettes) that was coooked in a gorgonzola sauce. Before I poured the sauce in I fried a leek and a spanish onion in olive oil, paprika and cayenne. I scattered this over the top of the par-boiled veg before adding the sauce and topping it with cheddar before baking. I made the sauce myself with some Italian gorgonzola and added some finely chopped parsley just to lift it a little.

Most of us had seconds and there's half left for tonight.

And only half the Oddbox left for something else I have to invent.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on May 03, 2021, 11:54:31 PM
Turbo carb hell.

Mom bought a five pound bag of tater tots a while back. At the time it seemed prudent, like maybe toss a few in the toaster oven for a snack.

Nah, carb fat overload. Now I'm not saying we ate five friggin pounds of tato, it was more a knockoff of this:
https://www.oldelpaso.com/recipes/tater-taco-casserole

I got it off the facebook. We already had chili made, and I figured this is just the reverse of an old go to dinner, tater tots with chili on top.
We had some frozen corn in the freezer that was begging to be put out of it's misery, so we dumped that in the chili.

So instead of tater tots covered in chili, we had chili covered in tater tots.

And mom made a cake.

So turbo cab hell, and mom says she's never buying tater tots again.

Oh, the cheese was mozzarella instead of cheddar because we had mozzarella, not cheddar.

So I guess if you wanted to reproduce this recipe, you'd make a chili to your own specs, toss some corn in it, top with tots, then top that with a light dusting of mozerella. Tots and Moz was actually pretty good, and we'd probably be a lot less full if we stuck to that.

We completely forgot the sour cream and olives. We had both, but just forgot. That's probably for the best.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 04, 2021, 03:32:07 PM
I'm constantly impressed at your penchant for invention given oddball ingredients.  You usually manage to rise to the occasion.  I don't know about tater tots, though.  I love hash browns.  I expect they're like that only with a chewy center.  Sounds super fattening.  I love potatoes.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on May 04, 2021, 10:55:45 PM
Pretty much identical to hash browns, maybe a bit less crispy.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on May 10, 2021, 12:40:50 AM
Double update, and apologies for the double posting.

On cinco de mayo, which was made famous in the US by Corona Brewing Company, mom made beef enchiladas.

We've had arguments before, she likes the green sauce more than the red sauce, but the green sauce requires a lot more prep, and you're "supposed" to use it for chicken.

She had me cook the meat, then took over. We used El Pato red enchilada sauce, which gets an 88% approval rating from some random website. I like El Pato sauces first for their old school duck logo, and secondly because they don't pump that poo full of preservatives. I believe there are nine ingredients, none of them a benzite or sorbate.

I think the only real "trick" to enchiladas is making sure you bake them seam side down. Either way, they are one of the few foods that actually tastes better as leftovers. I don't know how that works, but it does.

Tonight I did a franken-meal, where I mix together what I have, rather than what I want.

One ingredient was a bag of Bird's eye broccoli, shredded carrot, and I forget the third thing, but it wasn't cauliflower. These veggies were underwhelming, and a surprisingly low yield once I got the bag torn open. (You steam it in the bag)

The next ingredient were some frozen pre-prepared chicken slices, which kind of look like fingers. They're un-breaded. Nothing to write home about, I shredded them up with a fork in a bowl. This was actually a bit easier than shredding a chicken breast, and I might steal this method from myself the next time I need to make chicken salad. I HATE shredding chicken. But who likes doing that?

Mom can't have soy sauce, so I gave hers a Tostito's queso cup, which was kind of like a jello cup filled with nacho cheese sauce. It didn't come with heating instructions, and I know not to put foil in the microwave, so I microwaved some water up to scalding, dumped the cup in, and covered it with a temperature sensitive pot lid. (Thermo-something) I gave that a few minutes to heat up, and stirred together the lackluster veggies and unimpressive chicken. It was not a pretty dish, and I would definitely not post it on social media.

Once the sauce was heated up enough, I spooned it into the individual bowls for the meal, and stirred it up. That made it REALLY ugly.

Tasted ok. I put about a teaspoon of soy sauce in mine, that wasn't a great idea, made it really salty.

I'd make the MEAL again, but Bird's eye is bless'ed fired out of the rotation. I'd probably just steam the broccoli myself and run a fresh carrot through a potato peeler. Might even manage to make it look presentable if I cooked the chicken from scratch.

As to the cheese sauce, I'd lazy it up again. Buying a cheese packet means you never have to "First, make a roux" which are words I occasionally say to my mom when we're in a car going somewhere to watch her eyes get all pissed off.

I was going to do a big pancake thing for mothers day, but we're both sick. Sucks.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 11, 2021, 12:36:11 PM
I hope you are both feeling better now.  We recently discovered Frontera salsas and like all of them.  I've scoured the island and they don't seem to have any more in stock, so that's a bummer.  I may have to resort to Pace brand, which is mediocre.  I doubt there's any Pato brand here.

I'm making the first of a series of big pots of vegetable soup:  celery, onion, carrot, tomato, zucchini, cabbage, butter beans, potatoes, with chicken stock seasoned with basil, bay leaves and red pepper flakes.  Olive oil to start the cooking.  It smells pretty good.  It freezes well, too.  I'll make two more pots.  My feet are sore from chopping enough vegetables for three batches in one go, but it's a good deal easier to put the 2nd and 3rd together.  It's for our father, since it's easy to take a serving out of the freezer, thaw and nuke it.  I usually fill the freezer every couple of months.  We eat simply here. 

Today:  Quorn (veggie) burger on wheat bread with mustard.  Not much excitement going on except that the neighbor's dog is visiting.  She's a real sweetie and she chases lizards, which is a plus.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on May 13, 2021, 03:55:47 AM
I botched nachos.

Which was really sad, because the filling came out great.

Problem was the chips. I bought Tapatio Doritos because I figured a hot sauce based chip would make it great, instead the powder coating burned, making the entire tray taste kind of crap.

We've been half heartedly picking at the leftovers, but it wasn't great.

I will reiterate that the filling came out fantastic, and here's the video I followed:

Marrying the onion, garlic, and meat is something I've done many a time for recipes, but mixing in the beans with some water is not something I've done before. I was very pleased with the outcome. I'm also super jealous of her frying pan. I always wondered why some frying pans have that lip, and after watching the video, it's fairly obvious. It makes draining the fat much easier.

I think I might buy another of those onion chopper infomercial things, I really hate dicing onions.

Tonight I made sandwiches. Super boring, super basic. Potato bread, Chipotle chicken, Muenster cheese, brown mustard, some pepper, and a stupidly pretentious mayo because grocery outlet hasn't been stocking mayo. Sir Kensington's Mayonnaise. Can't say I'm a fan, as it uses safflower oil. At least they're upfront about it, there is a picture of a sun flower on the label.

Mom's off at a friends house, so there's no need to fire up stove or oven.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 13, 2021, 10:48:20 AM
I laughed at the Sir Kensington's mayo reference.  Pretentious for sure.  I mean, come on.  WTF does some British sounding lord have to do with a sauce more typically associated with the French?  I was then intrigued by the issue of where the name originated and so dug into Wikipedia.  Here, for your entertainment, is the relevant section.

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Before the sauce called Mayonnaise appeared in French cookbooks in the 18th century, several versions of similar sauces existed in Spain and in France.

In 1750, Francesc Roger Gomila, a Valencian friar, published a recipe for a sauce similar to mayonnaise in Art de la Cuina ('The Art of Cooking'). He calls the sauce aioli bo. Earlier recipes of similar emulsified sauces, usually bearing garlic, appear in a number of Spanish recipe books, dating all the way back to the 14th century Llibre de Sent Soví, where it is called all-i-oli, literally 'garlic and oil' in Catalan. This sauce had clearly spread throughout the Crown of Aragon, for Juan de Altamiras gives a recipe for it in his celebrated 1745 recipe book Nuevo Arte de Cocina ('New Art of Cooking').

On April 18, 1756, the Duke of Richelieu invaded Menorca and took the port of Mahon. A theory states that the aioli bo sauce was thereafter adopted by the cook of the Duke of Richelieu, who upon his return to France made the sauce famous in the French court. At that point, the sauce became known as mahonnaise (indicating it was named after the city of Mahon). A number of legends arose relating how the Duke of Richelieu first tried the sauce, including his discovery of the sauce in a local inn of Mahon where he would have allegedly asked the innkeeper to make him some dinner during the siege of Mahon, and even that he invented it himself as a quick garnish.

Other sauces similar to mayonnaise seem to have existed in France prior to the conquest of Mahon by Richelieu.  In a book published in 1742, François Marin gives a recipe for a sauce that is close to modern mayonnaise, and inspired by remoulade sauce, and by aioli.

Another version is Grimod de La Reynière's 1808 bayonnaise sauce which is a sort of aspic: "But if one wants to make from this cold chicken, a dish of distinction, one composes a bayonnaise, whose green jelly, of a good consistency, forms the most worthy ornament of poultry and fish salads." The earliest known French recipes of the sauce appear to be recipes for an aspic, not a sauce; Viard's 1806 recipe for "poulets en mayonnaise" describes a sauce involving a velouté, gelatin, vinegar, and an optional egg to thicken it, which gels like an aspic.  The word "mayonnaise" is attested to in English in 1815.

Auguste Escoffier wrote that mayonnaise was a French mother sauce of cold sauces, just like Espagnole or Velouté.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayonnaise (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayonnaise)

Menorca is one of the Spanish Balearic islands and Mahon is a port on that island.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on May 14, 2021, 08:00:06 AM
I looked it up, faux snootiness, Sir Kensington's is *GASP* American.

Makes good chicken salad. Like I said before, not a big fan of safflower oil, I really like olive oil mayo. But I had some leftover chicken from that veggies and chicken meal that had one day left on the meter.

I hit the mayo and chicken with some black pepper and mustard, it came out nice. Would have been better with a bit of lemon juice, but I'm fresh out.

Definitely a better use for the chicken than that veggie meal, that was a bomb.

In future I'd probably do something to dry the chicken out a bit, it was way too wet to begin with.


Oh man, their website is hilarious. They talk about being fancy and "Magnifique" but the reviews do not bear that out.

TWO STAR REVIEW:
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The new recipe however has the texture of hair products, lardy with almost a white translucency. It feels like the egg yokes/mustard are missing and the taste of the oil reminds me of a stale product. Extremely sad

ONE STAR REVIEW:
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There is nothing "improved" about this new recipe. Now it just tastes like any other commercial mayo, maybe even a bit worse, flat with no depth or complexity, and just a smidge of chemicals and plastic. Seriously disappointed.

ANOTHER ONE STAR:
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IMPROVED RECIPE" = BLAND FLAVOR
You definitely had quality control issues that needed attention, but now you've gone ahead and changed the formula and ruined what had been a uniquely delicious product! So very disappointed.

At least now I know how Sir Fancypants ended up at grocery outlet.

In one response, they admit they cut two ingredients - mustard flour and black pepper.

I guess that's what made my chicken salad enjoyable. Why would you turf your product like that?

One more one star, because this is bless'ed fun -

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TASTES AWFUL... NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE
I have no idea why they thought it was a good idea to throw out a winner. The new recipe is awful. Where their old recipe was soft and creamy, the new one is gelatinous. Where the old one had a wonderful hint of savory seasonings, the new one has a sterile and metallic flavor.

I’m absolutely baffled at how such an abomination made it through the company’s decision process and ruined a good product.

I guess I should give kudos that they left these reviews up on their own website.

Huh, I went and checked. I've got "Original recipe"
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 14, 2021, 01:49:20 PM
Those reviews are pretty funny.  Every now and then ibotta, the rebate app, would have rebates for buying it, but I was never tempted. 

I made some very good tuna salad for lunch today:  celery, shallot, some dried oregano with Super U tuna (line caught) and Lesieur Mayonnaise (douce made with free range chicken egg yolks) along with a mix of Super U Moutarde Douce (mild) and Super U Moutarde Fine et Forte (fine and strong-packs a punch).  This is all stuff off the shelf and most of it store brand.  The tuna was, unlike the tinned American stuff, actually generously packed in the can so there wasn't 50% water).  The Mayo is basically very good, using huile de colza (rapeseed oil), egg yolks, vinegar (white wine), sugar, salt and a few other odd items.  I'll miss this mayo when I go home.  But Heinz, Hellmann's are generally fine with me.  Not so good as this, but we don't have much choice given the main division between Unilever and Kraft in the food aisles of most American supermarkets.  There's stuff I miss here, but not much.  There's no Sir Kensington's here, for example.  I have a friend who lives in Hungary and his mother made mayo once with sour cream.  It was to die for.  I've never made it myself, but if you get up a good head of steam with an egg beater or a whisk, I imagine it's not that hard.

Has anyone on here ever made mayo at home?
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Post by: smokester on May 15, 2021, 05:49:54 AM
... and we Brits refused to recognise that garlic was edible until (at the very earliest) the 1970s. Until then it was filthy foreign muck that made Frenchmen smell. Or maybe Spaniards.

Brits have always made a fine art of xenophobia.

You reminded me of these sketches. Absolutely hilarious!

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Post by: TNG on May 27, 2021, 10:12:40 AM
Pizza hut now sells a "Sunday Roast" pizza. It's not that great. I don't know what they were smoking when they came up with this. Stick with the pepperoni.
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Post by: dweez on May 27, 2021, 11:46:08 AM
For the most part, I hate these "novelty" pizzas (Dessert pizzas on the other hand, are awesome). Papa John's has a "Cheeseburger" pizza that I've tried a couple times. Every time, it smells great, but tastes like (what I imagine) vomit (tastes like).

The only novelty pizzas I really like are hot wing pizzas (name varies) and the universally hated ham and pineapple.

BTW TNG, love the avatar, though crossing DC/Marvel could get you in trouble in some circles. ;)
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Post by: 8ullfrog on May 27, 2021, 04:15:22 PM
Cheeseburger pizza is amazing when it's done properly. Unfortunately, a lot of places "wing it". I doubt you'll ever be in Bridgewater NJ, but if you do oddly find yourself there, http://carlospizzaandpasta.com/

Dude was super prickly, but he liked my Uncle.

I hate the smell of a meat lovers pizza, but I enjoy the taste just fine.

I know I'll probably recoil in horror, but what is on a Sunday Roast pizza?
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Post by: TNG on May 27, 2021, 04:43:55 PM
The only novelty pizzas I really like are hot wing pizzas (name varies) and the universally hated ham and pineapple.

Ham and pineapple is not a novelty, it's the pinnacle of pizza. I was lucky I ordered a ham and pineapple as well because the Sunday roast sure as hell wasn't going to feed me.

BTW TNG, love the avatar, though crossing DC/Marvel could get you in trouble in some circles. ;)

They can try it on, see where it gets them. They don't know what I'm capable of.

I know I'll probably recoil in horror, but what is on a Sunday Roast pizza?

English style roast beef with sage & onion stuffing, roast potato slices and red onions, all on a red wine gravy base (may contain alcohol) - from the pizza hut site.

The beef and stuffing are tasty, and potato on a pizza is also great. Where it goes wrong though is with the "gravy base". The onions are caramelised or something, which are nice with some things, but on this pizza with the gravy is not it chief.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 27, 2021, 06:10:16 PM
Pizza is one of my favorite foods.  A simple cheese slice, maybe with some mushrooms is fine by me. 

Here, the French think that, because their country has 5000 different kinds of cheeses, they should put as many as possible on their pizza.  The result is that pizza here sucks, unless your goal is to up your cholesterol count as quickly as possible.  Then, you're golden with the local pizzas.  A few new pizzerias have opened here in the last month and I might give them a try, just to see if there's been any improvements.  On the Dutch side, there's a Dominos, but I avoid them like the plague.  Better to eat a bowl of thin gruel and some fruit.

It's hot so I had salad for dinner.  I sure would have loved a good slice of pizza, though.

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Post by: 8ullfrog on May 28, 2021, 02:51:02 AM
When in CA you live by a blondies. I am insanely jealous. Have you ever been? Is Rasputin Records next door still in business?

I don't miss much from my childhood. Times were tough. Blondies was a bit of a refuge. I'd go there, play a little Street Fighter 2, which was still there in 2002, and enjoy a slice.

I don't have anything like that here. We have a local pizza place but the owner is mean. And not in a "He'll warm up to you over time" way. Dude is just a surly bottom like Moe Szylak.

I just checked. Blondies is permanently closed. golly. That's gonna make my mom sad when I tell her tomorrow.

Apparently that's happened twice, they've reopened in the same location but apparently it was poo both times it reopened.

Guess it's like blockbuster, something to live fondly in memory, not in the world.

I can't remember the last time I played an arcade game.

To Reorient back on topic, we did basic burritos tonight, nothing fancy. Quite a bit of cheese.

They didn't have tubs of sour cream so we got the daisy squeeze tube. It's quite convenient for putting on a burrito but feels like a giant toothpaste tube in practice.

I re-simmered the already cooked meat in 1/3 cup water, some chili powder and some cayenne pepper. Woke the leftovers up nicely.

Cayenne certainly reminds you once you've eaten it.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 28, 2021, 09:43:10 PM
I never ate at Blondies, although the slices looked huge and they used a lot of cheese.  I used to shop at Rasputin and Amoeba records.  I didn't buy much.  They both had great selections.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on May 30, 2021, 04:40:56 AM
I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Rasputin's. Last time I went in, the clerk was hippy as golly, he looks at me and says "Dude, Bulworth Soundtrack"

I said "Excuse me?"

He said "You want the Bulworth Sondtrack"

So I looked at it, and it was Rap. "I don't listen to rap."

"Just give it a chance man, that's the CD for you."

And god damn if he wasn't right. I mostly listened to punk back then, and those CD's clock in relatively short. Bulworth Soundtrack has some AMAZING STORIES in it's rap tracks, and it is a veritable who's who of 90's rap.

I would not have the deep appreciation I have of the entire Wu-Tang Clan, if not for that weird hippy.

Jesus, that was 1998. Time flies.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 30, 2021, 06:41:49 AM
They have a great used section in the basement.  I think the last album I bought there was some latin jazz I'd heard on KCSM.  Of course they had it in stock.
They have a little of everything.  The one thing I really miss about brick and mortar record stores is the expertise of people who take music seriously and listen to lots of it.  You could really learn about new recordings that were worthwhile and not something you'd normally pick out on your own.  Rasputin is still alive.  http://www.rasputinmusic.com/berkeley (http://www.rasputinmusic.com/berkeley)

Radio is the last holdout of places we can find good music.  Now you can stream all kinds of stuff.

Food?  I am eating French pastries from the grocery store (and they're good) and washing them down with good English tea.  Soon, I'll have to go for a couple mile walk to counter the effects.
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Post by: goldshirt*9 on May 30, 2021, 11:45:00 PM
coffee and toast with Rose's marmalade on  :)
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 8ullfrog on June 09, 2021, 04:00:38 AM
Farm Rich mozzarella sticks bless'ed suck.

The Broccoli I steamed came out okay.

One weird thing is if you google these lousy cheese sticks, the reviews are universally, pod people positive. Everyone loves them.

Well I didn't!

It was like a crappy mozzarella cheese stick in a breading shell.

I should have bought Jalapeño poppers.

As for the broccoli? I put them in the steamer pot filled with water, and steamed it until it was less tree like, and more food like.

I don't find broccoli particularly complicated.

Honestly, I wish I'd made more Broccoli, and less shitty cheese sticks.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on June 09, 2021, 07:03:01 AM
I often eat steamed broccoli for dinner.  Baked potatoes are a good accompaniment.  Usually I eat it with plain yogurt (kind of like a sour cream substitute) and a little butter.  I can understand the cheese.  But there are two different kinds of mozzarella sticks.  I am thinking of the plain, refrigerated ones that come individually wrapped in plastic.  Do you mean the stuff you put in the oven that's breaded?  I prefer my cheese neat, usually.  This guy loves them.  I think it's telling that he's wearing a t-shirt that says "Tool."  That pretty much says it all. 
I think the best mozzarella cheese sticks are Galbani full milk mozzarella, but that makes them fattening.  I've had Safeway brand and they're not too bad.  These are in the refrigerated section.  Eat them right out of the wrapper.  No oven involved.

This reviewer needs to be madam slapped every time he draws a breath. I had to stop after 5 minutes.  Fortunately, he reviews the mozzarella stix first. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbe0BvRHJek (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbe0BvRHJek)
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Post by: 8ullfrog on June 09, 2021, 10:52:12 PM
Isn't the second one the bless'ed idiot who eats soup uncooked?
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Post by: 8ullfrog on June 20, 2021, 08:21:31 PM
I made an old standby today, but I twisted it.

Tater tots with chili and cheese. The twist was instead of combining all the ingredients on the stovetop, I did it on the plate.

It was good and it didn't leave me with that heavy gut feeling. Mom made a massive pot of chili a few days back, so we've just been pairing it with different things.

Mixing it all on the plate also led to some instinctive portion control, which is probably a good thing.

Might make chili dogs tomorrow night.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on June 20, 2021, 11:06:11 PM
Isn't the second one the bless'ed idiot who eats soup uncooked?

I skimmed his videos, and I'd characterize them as "Reviews of Food that makes you want to puke."  The moral of the story is that you don't have to add value to content to be on youtube, just make a video and upload it.  I prefer car repair videos.  He's pretty repulsive.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on July 03, 2021, 08:25:24 AM
Breakfast is fresh pineapple and tiny flavor bomb bananas.  Earl Grey tea to drink (Taylors of Harrogate shipped via amazon).  amazon is an octopus.  You can have it shipped pretty much everywhere.

I'm going to attempt a batch of Pikliz today.  It's basically Haitian spicy sauerkraut.  Shredded cabbage, lime, scotch bonnet peppers, grated carrots, salt, vinegar, a little adobo and some crushed Maggi chicken broth cube.  Last time I went to the local Haitian barbeque, they'd run out. I had to wait so long for the new batch that the women took me into the kitchen where I was given a chair.  The great part of this was, I could watch them make it.  That, alone was a gift.  Normally, you let it sit in the fridge for 3 days before eating, but this was fine.  I took it home and left it overnight before I had it.

The barbequed chicken is brined and I can't figure out if they use a rub, but it's really good, although it makes you thirsty.  I guess it's not advisable for those on low sodium diets.
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Post by: smokester on July 04, 2021, 04:31:18 AM
To be honest this morning was left-over pizza from watching the game last night. To make it more breakfastey, the missus threw on a couple of fried eggs.

Diet is going poo.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on July 04, 2021, 05:03:19 AM
I made what six made, but way shittier.

The chicken came from a pouch, kind of like tuna fish, but I can't eat seafood. Some switch flipped when I was around six years old and I violently expel any seafood I eat. Makes family dinners at seafood restaurants awkward. (They used to all have one non-fish dish, but noooo)

Mixed that with some mayo, it was super bland so I chopped in some onion and horseradish.  The resulting combo tasted pretty good so I put it on some french rolls with some swiss.

The french rolls had expired. The mold taste was... floral? Either way the french rolls went to garbage town.

Thankfully we had fat onion hamburger buns so I just transferred the contents. Pretty good dinner, didn't have to engage any heating elements, was a good one. Oh, and banana pepper rings. I love those suckers.

Kind of reminds me of babish, he used to do one "Basic madam" version of the recipe, like screen accurate big kahuna burgers which were like bargain bin hamburger bun, frozen burger patty, cheapest american cheese in the store, squirt of ketchup.

And then he'd make the bread for the fancy one from scratch, the burger patty would be a blend of fanciful meats, the cheese would be artesinally sourced, the ketchup homemade.

I'm aware I bent up "artesinally" but spellcheck is saying arterial. If you've got arterial cheese, it's time to cut back.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on July 04, 2021, 10:53:14 PM
I think it's artisan, artisanally? Who knows.  It's probably even harder to pronounce.  Chi Chi cheese.  I think "Chi Chis" means "tits" in Mexican Spanish.

I am having some green olives, smoked turkey and sheep milk cheese with some red wine.  Time for more tv.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on July 05, 2021, 01:55:26 PM
Artesian wells are a thing, too, but they are unrelated to cheese.

When I was a child I used to go fishing with my family near Wallops Island, VA, near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.  We would access the boat via a potato farm that opened onto an inlet where the boats were stored.  There was an artesian well there.  The water came up through the ground via a pipe and it was drinkable.  Always cold and refreshing.  There were also tiny fiddler crabs that lived in little holes in the mud banks.  It was such an interesting place, basically marshland with navigable channels that led out to the sea.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on July 05, 2021, 11:17:06 PM
Red enchiladas.

Pretty sure a generic red enchilada recipe would net you about the same. But this sauce sucked. :(

Which means I now have several days of dinners I won't want to eat. Joy.

Los Mochis red enchilada sauce, for those who would be warned.

Weirdly enough, I think it was including olive oil that ruined it.

https://world.openfoodfacts.org/product/0647878246101/los-mochis-red-enchilada-sauce
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on July 06, 2021, 06:43:39 AM
I'm so sorry to hear about this misadventure.  There's nothing so frustrating as spending money on a dish and then having it suck, but feeling guilty and obligated to consume the rest of it.  I generally try to scarf it down, but there have been times when, despite the cost, I've tossed the lot of it into the compost bin.

I have been buying salsas from Frontera, the Rick Bayless company.  They're quite good.  He's on tv and often comes across as a pompous twit, but he's the real deal.  He knows of what he speaks.  I have made recipes from him before to good effects.  He has this recipe that seems pretty inexpensive and decent, although it most likely requires a blender or food processor.  If you don't have one, maybe Freecycle or craigslist might be a place to pick one up free or cheap.  https://www.rickbayless.com/recipe/red-chile-enchiladas-with-chicken-and-melted-cheese/ (https://www.rickbayless.com/recipe/red-chile-enchiladas-with-chicken-and-melted-cheese/)
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on July 07, 2021, 07:16:24 AM
I am not a great fan of eating lobster, but I was in Maine with the mrs., and we agreed that one had to eat lobster in Maine, if one was ever to eat it. So, we found a pleasant looking restaurant that advertised lobsters for something like $5 a pop (it was a long time ago). We sat down and they gave me an unpriced list of things to eat, most of which were boiled lobster, but I spotted a dish that looked like I would enjoy it even if I left the lobster, with garlic and mushrooms and stuff (they called it Lobster Thermidor for those that know about these things). It arrived, and it was disgusting. I gagged on the first mouthful and left everything after the second mouthful. The bill was about $80, with the mrs's food contributing $5 and beer $5.

... but I can now honestly say that I have eaten lobster in Maine. Oddly I had a "lobster-burger" in the local (BarHarbor?) MacDonalds and it was ten times better - probably because no lobsters were harmed in its manufacture!

Lobster rolls are delicious.  I haven't eaten "Lobster Thermidor" but I generally don't like dishes that mix up crustacean meat with other additives.  Crab cakes with a little cracker meal as a binder is about all I'm willing to put up with.  Boiled lobster dipped in a little butter is the best.  I'm sorry you had such a terrible experience -- that sounds like a tourist trap restaurant.  But lobster (which used to be a modest, peasant type food) is one of the pricier items you can order at American restaurants.  Most of the time, I've just bought live ones and tortured them to death by boiling.  There's nothing pretty or kind about prepping crabs and lobsters.  You just have to accept your place in the food chain and get on with it.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on July 07, 2021, 08:18:00 AM
Re: Lobster Thermidor
It's a dish in the sims?

Actually, it's a pretty good dish in the sims, since it makes everyone at your dinner party impressed.

I may have already mentioned my rather explosive aversion to seafood, but I never understood the attraction to shrimp (Poop filter) Clam (Snot) (also poop filter) Lobster (Sea Cockroach) or crab (Sea Spider, carrion eater)

When I was a kid, I'd beg my mom to tell me when she wanted to eat shrimp, so that I could vacate the apartment. That stench was incredible. People who enjoy seafood have no problem with it, to me? Boiling stench.

Lobster Thermidor is essentially a "Stunt food". It's a grilled cheese on stench. I'm wondering if it was the wine sauce or giant bug that repulsed you. And I *like* most wine sauces. I just imagine that one is obnoxious.

A lot of french food is fantastic. But some of it is regurgitated dog woof.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on July 07, 2021, 03:05:40 PM
Both, but the cockroach meat was slightly more palatable than the sauce. Where "more palatable" is not the right phrase at all.

I'm not sure it was a tourist trap, to be honest, but anyone with any sense would have stuck to $5 lobster. I'm just an idiot.

8ully, you sound like you may have an allergy to iodine, which is prevalent in most of those shellfish/crustaceans. I grew up crabbing and fishing, so these foods are highly desirable to me, but it sounds like pure hell to you.  chris, we all know that you are far from an idiot, but I felt like quoting that just so it wouldn't disappear. 

I'm generally reluctant to spend tons of money in restaurants unless it's a special occasion.  Those have occurred much less frequently in the past couple of years, mostly because of COVID.  Shelling out a ton of money for a good meal when I could prep one at home makes me reluctant to experiment with unknown restaurants.  We spent a good deal in April for a beach side meal that was sort of disappointing.  Last time we were in Maine was off season at Bailey Island, which was beautiful although cold.

There was a restaurant like the one you describe there.  Not cheap, but at least it was decent.  Cheese and seafood seems like a weird combo to me for some reason. 

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Post by: Beatrix on July 11, 2021, 09:43:41 AM
Ok, I've never had lobster.  I cannot take the smell of crab unless its minced and smothered in cream cheese. 
I had to spit the sushi out a couple weeks ago.  What an appalling flavor of raw fish, 😳
I like breaded processed fish that slightly tasts of fish. 
I also like my mothers way to bake tilapia.
I'm sure I've just not had the pleasure of delicious sea food, at least I've had killer fried catfish though.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on July 15, 2021, 11:39:07 PM
Mileage may vary sandwich.

I fully admit to some people this sandwich may be revolting or disgusting. But I very much enjoyed it.

Ingredients:
2 slices potato bread
Some butter (light)
4 Salami slices, quartered. (I used kitchen scissors.)
2 slices swiss cheese, cut in half lengthwise
Some horseradish sauce, not to be confused with jarred horseradish.

Pre-toast the bread slightly in toaster oven so that butter spreads instead of punching a knife through the bread

Take 1/2 slice of swiss cheese lengthwise, place across lightly buttered bread
Place 6 - 8 salami wedges along the bread, festively. Cover with second half slice of swiss.

Repeat on second slice of bread, toast to desired done-ness
Spoon or apply light line of horseradish paste over grilled sandwich to give it a kick, then fold the sandwich shut.

Serve.

I have some butter I need to use up. I've got English Muffins, but decided to toss some salami in the toaster oven for old times sake.

Swiss was just a matter of FIFO (First in, first out), it could have easily been muenster.

I suppose you could gussy the sandwich up to something presentable, but why?

I haven't been mentioning dinners for a while, it's mostly been lazy salads and boiled vegetable. One night mom got a teriyaki sauce to put on the vegetables, that was nice.

She's off for a bit, so Dog and I must fend for ourselves.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on July 25, 2021, 03:23:36 PM
I chopped a bunch of vegs for soup that I'll cook tomorrow.

Made some guacamole to eat with corn chips and, since I was in a veg. chopping mood, I figured I'd procrastinated long enough so I made some Pikliz.  I got invited into the kitchen of our fav. Haitian carryout place because they'd run out so I got to watch them make it. I didn't add Adobo, which I saw them sprinkle on it, because we didn't have any.  I will see how this works out and make adjustments.

2 c shredded cabbage, a cup of grated carrot, a small shallot minced, juice of a hefty lime, a smashed cube of Maggi chicken broth, a fat half teaspoon of salt and a third of a cup of vinegar.  One whole clove (the little tree buds that you buy in the spice section).  Oh, and a third of a minced scotch bonnet pepper.  That little thing packs a punch.  I cut it into tiny pieces and know that any more than a third would send us running for water or milk, so I left it at what could pass for mild pain in the mouth. 

Pikliz is basically a pickled Haitian cole slaw that you have to leave sitting in the fridge for a few days before it's done.  I'll check in when it's finished.  It's usually delicious and refreshing.  It's getting hot around here these days so it's a welcome side dish.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on July 26, 2021, 04:05:03 AM
With the Pikliz, are you waiting for enzymes to break down? Or is it like Ceviche, where the citrus "cooks" the other ingredients?
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on July 26, 2021, 11:07:20 AM
I expect that the acids (vinegar and lime juice) combined with the salt help to break down the crunchy cabbage and carrot/shallot and infuse the flavors.  It's basically a light pickle, so you can eat it right away or let it sit a few days as the recipes suggest.

We had some for lunch today and it was fine.  The grater I have here is very fine so the "carrot rapé" was more finely grated that I'd have liked, but it worked.  Not bad flavor.  It's cheap to make and pretty fresh tasting on a hot day.  We had some as a side with a sandwich.

I'm making veg. soup with some cabbage in it.  I'm beginning to understand why this inexpensive vegetable has such an appeal to a wide range of cuisines.  It keeps well and it lends a richness to soups and is nice and crunchy in a salad. 
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Post by: 8ullfrog on August 12, 2021, 01:26:59 AM
I cloned an old quiznos recipe off a promo photo.

Quiznos isn't particularly well documented, and it's vandalized wikia page is hilarious. It contains SCPs, an egg tree, Catboys, and zalgo text.

It was a pretty easy clone, so I'll share it.

First you need a steak roll, or I guess if you want to go authentic, a sub roll.
Next is BBQ sauce. I'm usually picky about this, but I had bulls eye.
Next is pickle chips, I used sliced pickles because the store was out of pickle chips
Then some very thinly sliced strong cheddar
Next is brisket, once again, another substitute, Pastrami
You lay all that on a bed of sliced red onions, you guessed it, I used chopped white
Then the bottom of the steak roll, which is also liberally sauced.

Shove it in the toaster oven until crispy, then enjoy.

I think I probably would have enjoyed this more if I'd done dishes earlier. It's a fairly easy sandwich to slap together.
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Post by: smokester on August 12, 2021, 03:55:14 AM
Soup.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on August 12, 2021, 05:23:35 AM
Tea and cream scones.  I'm dull and predictable.
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Post by: goldshirt*9 on August 12, 2021, 11:05:07 PM
nothing dull about scones with the right jam
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Post by: smokester on August 14, 2021, 04:49:38 AM
I lived a little dangerously last night and swapped the soup for a fish pie.

Only 3 - 4 months left of a soft food diet ...
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Post by: dweez on August 14, 2021, 05:10:59 AM
"fish" pie? I thought you were anti-meat?
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Post by: smokester on August 14, 2021, 02:05:39 PM
"fish" pie? I thought you were anti-meat?

Keep up dweezy baby, I'm a pescatarian. Been one for 29 years now which seems pretty surreal to be honest.

Never been "anti" meat and cook it most nights for the fam'. Just choose not to eat it myself.
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Post by: dweez on August 14, 2021, 02:28:28 PM
My bad. I forgot about the pesky pesca but the "anti-meat" part was just a joke.
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Post by: smokester on August 15, 2021, 03:30:56 PM
My bad. I forgot about the pesky pesca but the "anti-meat" part was just a joke.

To be honest, TNG has this funky way of cooking his bacon in the morning and looks and smells damn good. I might be tempted if I had functional teeth ...
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Post by: 8ullfrog on August 15, 2021, 04:10:11 PM
Be interested in hearing this method, I've been baking bacon for years because golly the pop sizzle forearm burn.

Last night I really wanted to make eggs (in my dreams) and everywhere I went on my quest for eggs they were all smashed. I was super pissed.

I think at some point I discovered it was Freddy Krueger's fault, he realized he could exist on anger instead of straight up killing people, so he became a nuisance instead of a killer.

The scrambled eggs I made for breakfast tasted like victory.
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Post by: smokester on August 16, 2021, 07:40:20 AM
Be interested in hearing this method, I've been baking bacon for years because golly the pop sizzle forearm burn.

He microwaves it on tissue which removes all the added water and then grills it and it goes super crispy.

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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on August 17, 2021, 10:38:37 PM
Cheese and crackers.
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Post by: Beatrix on August 23, 2021, 08:19:21 PM
Why is the notify button so close to the reply button?  😁 I go off like a broken record
I male muffins.  I drink chobani and keifer milks n greek yogurt.  Switched to almond milk, although now they say that's bad for you I dont miss the congestion or the weight I was gaining drinking milk in cereal daily.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on August 24, 2021, 12:26:17 AM
Wild Mike Pizza.

I love the portion sizes. I love the generous dose of peperoni, I love the better than anyone else out there crust.

For a frozen pizza, WM does not golly around.
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Post by: smokester on August 24, 2021, 02:24:11 AM
Why is the notify button so close to the reply button?  😁 I go off like a broken record

I added the option to add a poll to any topic (was previously just your own) which should spawn a button between "reply" and "notify". Does it?
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on August 24, 2021, 06:35:55 AM
Wild Mike Pizza.

I love the portion sizes. I love the generous dose of peperoni, I love the better than anyone else out there crust.

For a frozen pizza, WM does not golly around.

I had to look that up, as at first I though you were referring to Mountain Mike (a name that does not inspire confidence in pizza quality).  But, no, it's Wild Mike.  The descriptions sound good, especially the crust.  Most frozen pizzas offer crusts that are just a tad more tender than corrugated cardboard.

I'm having Earl Grey tea, having just polished off the last of the cream scones.  I'll bake some more later today.  Right now, I'm debating whether to take a nap as I didn't sleep much.

Hi bea!  Almond milk doesn't taste very good to me.  And it's terrible for the environment.  Why not soy or oat milk?  The Blue Diamond people were giving away samples outside a supermarket one day, and I just couldn't finish even the tiny sample cup.  I also had some oatmilk yogurt and could not figure that one out either.  I think maybe non fat milk might be better.  In college, I had friends who regularly drank dried milk, reconstituted with water.  It came in a big red box with a large appetizing glass on the front.  It had the advantage of being shelf stable and you mixed it up when you needed it. 

I think they baked with it, too.  I wish I could remember the brand, but it's maybe no longer sold.  There's plenty of this kind of product 4 sale on amazon, but not the same brand with the great graphics on the box.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on August 26, 2021, 07:36:23 PM
freezer burned pizza bites.

I preheated the toaster oven to avoid uncooked centers, and the pizza bites were just this side of edible.

I need to go food shopping, but I don't wanna.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on August 29, 2021, 07:26:41 AM
Open Nature (Safeway) plant based burgers (pea protein).  These are Safeway's answer to Beyond Meat vegetarian burgers.  They are pretty close to the real thing (at least as I remember, not having eaten beef for many years).

They can be grilled or cooked on the stovetop for 8-10 minutes.  I had mine on toasted sourdough bread with some Heinz Vintage Spicy Ketchup.  It was delicious and satisfying.  That was dinner. 
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on September 11, 2021, 08:10:12 PM
I'm using up the last of a store bought rotisserie chicken to make a tomato basil pasta sauce.  Sliced garlic, onion, grated carrot, red pepper flakes, olive oil, a dab of butter, diced tomatoes in their own juice, and about a half cup of fresh sliced basil, with the chicken cut into small pieces, ended up with about 2 cups of chicken bits.  This is a rich and satisfying sauce.

We used to go to this great Italian deli in a Boston suburb that had prepared sauces and fresh pasta you could take home.  This was one of our favorites.  We figured out how to make it after we moved away and couldn't get the real thing.  It's really good on a big noodle like pappardelle with some grated dry cheese.  It's cooking now and smells great.
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Post by: goldshirt*9 on September 11, 2021, 11:54:14 PM
reads nice and expect tastes great
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Post by: 8ullfrog on September 12, 2021, 12:44:11 AM
Basic bureetz, (burritos for everyone else)

Bought a poblano crema sauce, it tastes like overcooked bacon. I am severely disappointed. Least everything else kind of overwhelmed it. Not sure what I expected.

Cooked mom a baked potato first, but that's not particularly exciting. Used the microwave, topped with sour cream and shredded cheese. Not exactly a health conscious selection, but it's what she wanted.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on September 12, 2021, 08:24:17 AM
I love baked potatoes, and will often eat them at Wendy's when on a cross country drive if there are no alternatives.  Not a great diet option, but it could be worse.

We usually have them as a side to steamed vegs like broccoli, carrots, mushrooms.  I eat them with plain yogurt, butter and salt/pepper.  Cheap and satisfying.
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Post by: goldshirt*9 on September 19, 2021, 12:13:37 AM
I love baked potatoes, and will often eat them at Wendy's

i lived on them when in Florida
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on September 19, 2021, 03:39:42 PM
Carrot sticks and hummos
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Post by: 8ullfrog on September 24, 2021, 01:36:13 AM
Group effort pizza, Mom made the dough (by popping a pillsbury tube) and I did the rest.
Nothing fancy, I put in about the same amount of effort. A couple tablespoons of ragu over the dough, pre-shredded mozzerella for the lazy factor, and some uncured pepperoni.

I enjoyed it more than most frozen pizzas, and the selection at Grolet has been less than inspriring lately, it's freshitty or Cauliflower crust.

I asked why most of their pizza is cauliflower crust, and was told it's a big seller.

One of the things I really liked about this pizza is it was done in 12 minutes flat, you have to pre cook the dough a bit, and then with the toppings on it was just another six in the oven at 450 f.

I'm not doing a very good job at cutting sodium, but the frequent dog walks have me losing weight.

I managed to snag a new variety of soup, but I'll save it for cooler weather.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on December 03, 2021, 02:12:37 PM
I've been making applesauce.  Neighbors with trees groaning with worm eaten apples (this is a good thing because it means the fruit hasn't been sprayed with pesticides) often are happy to have one come take them away.  It's well worth the stiff neck from picking.

So I cut the wormy bits out, throw the chopped apples in a pot with water and lemon juice (skins on and cores intact),  bring to a boil, let it sit overnight and then run them through a ricer to extract the pulp.  Spoon off excess juice (for later apple jelly) and cook the pulp with more lemon, cinnamon, cardamon, and the minimum amount of sugar necessary for slight sweetness.  It cans well and will last for years.  We ate some today with latkes and it was delicious.  I have one more batch to make and I'll be done.  It's tiring, as one has to stir it pretty often and fuss over the flavor until it is just right.
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Post by: goldshirt*9 on December 04, 2021, 12:34:03 AM
Lovely, homemade apple sauce
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Post by: 8ullfrog on December 26, 2021, 05:38:55 PM
I ate an entire tin of bean dip without even realizing it.

We were watching a movie, and I just kept swiping chips through.

9 ounces. I feel like a glutton. :(
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on December 26, 2021, 07:54:57 PM
Beans are really good for you.  They have protein and minerals and are a good source of fibre.  Eat up!  And don't feel guilty.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on January 16, 2022, 11:07:34 PM
Got the wrong can of green enchilada sauce. They're near identical aside from a stupid thermometer graphic.
I like the mild, it's got a nice citrus flavor to it, tastes great. I bought the "hot" version, just tastes like capsaicin or green tabasco sauce.

Now I've a tray of enchiladas I don't really enjoy, but don't want to just throw out. Guess I'll have them as lousy lunches for a few days.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on January 17, 2022, 12:34:01 AM
That's annoying.  Now you feel like you have to choke down the enchiladas or feel guilty for wasting food.

We had some Trader Joe's frozen Indian entrees for dinner because we were too busy/tired to cook.  They were out of our usual favorites so I figured I would try some new ones.  Lamb Vindaloo curry with rice and I had Shrimp curry over rice.  The sauces were mediocre.  We won't buy those again, but at least we checked them out.

The best are the Butter Chicken, Chana Masala, and Saag Paneer.  They were out of the first 2.  So many stores have large vacant spots on shelves.  It's bizarre.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on January 17, 2022, 03:29:24 AM
Stores need to abandon JIT logistics. It was already pantsed by the initial Covid outbreak but is literally unsustainable as covid is not letting up.

JIT logistics only worked with a robust and functional distribution system backing it. That's not even physically possible anymore.

Hell, the fast-food restaurants are adapting to it, I'm seeing reduced menus everywhere.

I kept putting off a particular fast-food burger because it was atrociously unhealthy, but now I don't have the option, as they've cut the entire sub-menu.

I read a particularly bottom-ish interview with some executive from Mcdonalds. He was unconcerned but said that $30-$60 dinners are their target window.

Who in the golly wants to spend $60 at Mcdonalds?
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on January 17, 2022, 11:50:28 AM
I give that restaurant a wide berth.  I think that with Safeway, part of the problem is that Covid continues to cause interruptions in the supply chain.  They have a huge warehouse (with its own wind turbine) about an hour and a half to the southeast so, in theory, we shouldn't suffer from such shortages.  But when people get sick who are responsible for the transportation of those goods and there aren't enough substitute drivers, warehouse workers, etc. things don't move.

There were 3 packages, total, of bath tissue in the store yesterday.  No canned tomatoes, period.  Other banks of shelving completely empty of goods.

The public is partially responsible for not respecting the workers in the stores.  I was in line at the Safeway yesterday when the guy behind me in line lowered his mask so he could cough.  I laid into him.  He told me to mind my own business.  I countered, "I AM minding my own business!  You are endangering my health." 

He continued in a vein that indicated that he was a genuine nutcase.  I told him there was something wrong with him and went on to check out.  He looked sickly, with a greyish tone to his skin, and was strangely combative in a community where public courtesy is the norm.

Sadly, I only had to put up with this jerk for a short time, but the kind, helpful staff who have to spend 8-10 hours in that environment every day have no option but to deal with it.  His behavior affected many more people than me.  All I can say is that I'm grateful there are people who come to work every day, no matter what's on the shelves.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on January 23, 2022, 02:32:07 AM
Hot dogs.

Made me retroactively fond of the overly spicy enchiladas.

At least they're used up, no more lackluster hot dogs in the fridge.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on January 23, 2022, 11:57:27 PM
I got some vegan sausages that were on sale.  I'm working up the courage to try them. 
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Post by: 8ullfrog on January 24, 2022, 02:32:30 AM
compressed bean paste log! So unmarketable, we compare them to meat!

Sorry, that's mean of me. I had a friend who would swap out hot dogs at bbq's for morning star dogs. She stopped being invited to things.

Have you ever had a blooming onion? I haven't, but I've always wanted one. Making one at home seems stupid.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on January 24, 2022, 02:43:33 AM
I'm not so sure it's compressed bean paste.  There's all kinds of other stuff, including regular plants in there.  It's in a plastic casing, like saran wrap.  They have to tell you not to eat that part.  Because some people probably would if not told otherwise.  No.  Haven't had a blooming onion, either, but have made delicious onion quiches before using Julia Child's recipe.  Onions get very sweet the more they are cooked.
https://fieldroast.com/product/italian-sausage/ (https://fieldroast.com/product/italian-sausage/)
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Post by: 8ullfrog on January 24, 2022, 04:05:14 AM
This is a stupid fix, but I found out adding 1/2 tablespoon tabasco to easy mac before adding the cheese powder dulls the artificial flavoring and isn't too overwhelmingly spicy.

Not a fennel seed fan here. Honestly any type of seed mixed in with food is an unpleasant surprise.

Just did a web search, I'd never seen an actual fennel before. Looks neat.
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Post by: smokester on January 24, 2022, 04:12:29 AM
I got some vegan sausages that were on sale.  I'm working up the courage to try them.

This (https://getpocket.com/explore/item/plant-based-doesn-t-always-mean-healthy?utm) is an interesting read.

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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on January 24, 2022, 09:48:06 AM
Thanks, smokes.  Yes.  Anyone who bothers to read the nutritional information on the back of these products can see that many of them leave a good deal to be desired.  I haven't had an Impossible Burger, but didn't realize it was also soy based.  My preferred alternative burger is the Beyond Meat Burger, which is delicious, but very high in calories (well 230 per burger) and has 5 g of saturated fat, main ingredient is a form of pea protein https://www.beyondmeat.com/en-US/products/the-beyond-burger (https://www.beyondmeat.com/en-US/products/the-beyond-burger).  This is less than half of that in a Big Mac (11g), but I never eat hamburgers anyway.  We eat them for lunch occasionally.  The Boca burgers and Quorn are also good.  Most of them use some kind of bean for protein, while the Quorn is based on some kind of fungus (mycoprotein).  The latter makes me think of what kind of diet I'd be eating on an asteroid colony.  It's not bad but I don't think I'd want it all the time.

Gardein makes some good alternative dishes like Mandarin Chick'n, good with vegetables and rice; and to my amazement, Crabless Crab Cakes; some of them  -- fishless fish sticks and chick'n tenders, are based on meat versions that are not healthy for you in the first place, so we eat them sparingly.

I rarely eat these prepared foods, and usually run the other way when I see Vegan in the name (particularly fake cheese).  I eat mostly plants, but also eat most dairy and for flesh, I eat seafood and poultry.  We like a range of vegetarian burger substitutes.  This fake sausage is not something I'd normally buy, but I was tempted by a variety of marketing discounts.  They look really fake, from the saran wrap covering that keeps them in their extruded tubular shape to the various ingredients.

I was wondering if these brands are also marketed in the UK?  If not, what do you eat there?  There is a long established culture of vegetarianism there so I am curious.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on January 24, 2022, 09:51:03 AM
Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away I regularly ate blooming onions in RaceRock in Orlando (https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g34515-i19-k2130653-What_s_happened_to_the_race_rock_cafe-Orlando_Florida.html): along with gallons of Gin & Tonic. Those were the days.

Isn't blooming onion a fancy alternative to onion rings?  G&T is something you need to consume regularly to deal with being in Florida.  I'm sure it helps dilute the grease in the onions -- an additional benefit.
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Post by: smokester on January 24, 2022, 03:01:31 PM
I was wondering if these brands are also marketed in the UK?  If not, what do you eat there?  There is a long established culture of vegetarianism there so I am curious.

The Linda McCartney range mostly. They are always on a deal somewhere and really quite good regardless of being a vegetarian option.  The Mozzarella Burgers are the nuts!
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Post by: dweez on January 24, 2022, 03:51:41 PM
I've had the Blooming Onion from Outback a few times. It's sort of difficult to handle as you have to tear off each "sprout" and it tends to make the crisp bits fall off. It's also fairly greasy. As christ says, it lingers on the table. My experience, once it gets cold, it's not worth eating.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on January 25, 2022, 12:08:45 AM
I've had the Blooming Onion from Outback a few times. It's sort of difficult to handle as you have to tear off each "sprout" and it tends to make the crisp bits fall off. It's also fairly greasy. As christ says, it lingers on the table. My experience, once it gets cold, it's not worth eating.

That sounds like what I'd expect.  Outback is a steak house but it's like an Australian sounding chain.  So "Bloomin' Onion" is some sort of Aussie slang, no?  I checked Australian outback on Wikipedia and it vaguely reminded me of Nevada.  Nevada is beautiful but very sparsely populated.  It's a great place to drive through, such gorgeous scenery.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on January 25, 2022, 04:59:14 PM
I had read at one point they were actually thought up in New Jersey, and the Aussie bits were about as legit as fosters.

Wikipedia says Florida.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on January 25, 2022, 09:50:44 PM
I had read at one point they were actually thought up in New Jersey, and the Aussie bits were about as legit as fosters.

Wikipedia says Florida.

Thanks.  It kind of sounds like something they'd have thought up in Florida.  I have no idea what Australian cuisine is like, if there even is one, but I suspect there has to be:  grilled budgerigar or Kangaroo steaks?  Maybe salt water crocodile taffy?
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Post by: smokester on January 26, 2022, 08:07:35 AM
I've only ever eaten them in Florida.

The English view of Australian cuisine is "put another shrimp on the barbie" and cold lager.

I always laughed at the aussie recipe for cooking galah:

build a fire
put a rock on it
put the galah on the rock
when the rock melts the galah is cooked.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on January 26, 2022, 10:15:01 AM
I read somewhere that "budgerigar" is an aboriginal word meaning "good to eat."  Here's a video of a woman describing her galah.  I recommend that you watch with the sound off as it has a nauseating soundtrack.
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Post by: goldshirt*9 on January 26, 2022, 02:13:30 PM
Do like the dodo vids
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Post by: 8ullfrog on January 26, 2022, 10:09:38 PM
French fries with cheese.

Wasn't bad. Ukuleles and whistling should be banned from online videos AND advertising. Leave it in the 2010's/
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Post by: goldshirt*9 on January 26, 2022, 11:33:58 PM
very Popular in UK
Chips and cheese
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Post by: smokester on January 27, 2022, 01:41:44 AM
I read somewhere that "budgerigar" is an aboriginal word meaning "good to eat."  Here's a video of a woman describing her galah.  I recommend that you watch with the sound off as it has a nauseating soundtrack.

That music reminds of Trini Lopez.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on January 27, 2022, 02:55:55 PM
I thought you needed actual cheese curds for poutine.

I just didn't want the heavy of chili fries, just put shredded cheese on.
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Post by: smokester on January 27, 2022, 03:05:53 PM
Did I mention my cholesterol. You lot are doing it on purpose!

If someone mentions Black Forest Gateau, they're banned!
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on January 27, 2022, 06:08:14 PM
very Popular in UK
Chips and cheese

That sounds like an item from the "eat bad die fast" diet.  I'm making chana masala.  From a youtube video guy who has yet to fail me.  The house smells great.  We are having it with spinach sauteed with garlic and some basmati rice.  Vegetarian.  No cholesterol.  Forgive me if I've posted this before; my memory isn't what it used to be.
 
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Post by: goldshirt*9 on January 27, 2022, 11:35:01 PM
wife made a lovely hoisin chicken and noodles, house smelled of take away for ages ( tasted like old fashioned chip shop curry to me) it was very filling and nice though
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Post by: 8ullfrog on January 28, 2022, 04:17:59 PM
I was reading recipes on how to make vanilla coke and they were all so fussy, like "first make your vanilla syrup".
I was not keen to do any of that, so I just hit some regular coke with a few drops of vanilla extract. (approx 5-6 drops)

The result tastes like stale root beer. Do not recommend.
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Post by: goldshirt*9 on January 28, 2022, 11:45:58 PM
poutine.

wow so thats the name posh name for cheesy chips
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on January 29, 2022, 12:20:57 AM
wife made a lovely hoisin chicken and noodles, house smelled of take away for ages ( tasted like old fashioned chip shop curry to me) it was very filling and nice though

We have a hoisin chicken recipe that we love, although you have to prep the marinade in advance.  It's magic coming off the grill.  https://www.recipelink.com/msgbrd/board_31/2003/OCT/20962.html (https://www.recipelink.com/msgbrd/board_31/2003/OCT/20962.html)
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Post by: 8ullfrog on January 29, 2022, 12:53:10 AM
Truly sad sloppy joes. I should have gone to the dollar store and bought a can of manwich.

At least the muenster was tasty.
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Post by: goldshirt*9 on January 29, 2022, 05:31:28 AM
We have a hoisin chicken recipe that we love, although you have to prep the marinade in advance.  It's magic coming off the grill.  https://www.recipelink.com/msgbrd/board_31/2003/OCT/20962.html (https://www.recipelink.com/msgbrd/board_31/2003/OCT/20962.html)

thank you will save that for later
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on January 29, 2022, 10:33:08 AM
Cream scones with various jams and marmalade.  Homemade often tastes better.  Earl Grey Tea.  Still waking up.

Sorry about the sloppy joes, 8ully.

I recently made a turkey meatloaf.  It turned out fine, but I remembered as we were eating it that I basically don't like meatloaf.  I gave half of it away, still warm, to a neighbor.  They were happy to have it.
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Post by: smokester on January 29, 2022, 01:02:00 PM
Tree bark.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on January 30, 2022, 10:34:22 PM
Spaghetti and Meatballs.

I do believe this is the first meal I've had this year that I enjoyed. It's mostly been "damnit, it's dinner time again, what can I slap on a plate and choke down"

But the playoff games were exciting, and I had the time, so I made Spaghetti. Frozen meatballs (Gordon ramsay would not approve) that tasted good and not of filler.

I also got to try out a new pasta sauce that I'm sure will never be at grocery outlet again, such is the heartbreak. It did something different with Olive Oil, and it impressed the hell out of me. Usually, my spaghetti soaks up the sauce leaving a rather bland, starchy disappointment, but this sauce seemed to use the oil to coat the noodles, allowing the sauce to be a sauce.

Nothing particularly exciting, but it was quite tasty.

Victoria low sodium Tomato Basil sauce
and
Rosina celentano meatballs
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Post by: goldshirt*9 on January 31, 2022, 07:37:56 AM
my sort of meal
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Post by: smokester on January 31, 2022, 03:47:15 PM
Low cholesterol.

Edit: Don't eat all the way around the trunk or you risk killing the tree.

That's a hard ask with these teeth.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on January 31, 2022, 08:23:56 PM
Read an absolutely strange cooking tip today, going back to the absorbency of pasta.

To prevent bitter pasta salad, it was suggested you soak your cooked pasta noodles in a cup of milk, so the milk is absorbed instead of the dressing.

Seems like a waste of milk to me.

Kind of weird how many people wonder why store bought pasta salad is bitter, but there are no good answers.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on February 01, 2022, 12:22:32 AM
Creamy gouda cheese with some sesame flatbread.  Nice late night snack.

I am not a big fan of pasta salad, but haven't noticed it being bitter.  But then, I don't buy it at the store, so I know nothing of these issues.  Some people insist that you attempt to recreate the Dead Sea with proportions of salt when you cook the stuff.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on February 15, 2022, 09:18:05 PM
Foreman grill burgers with sliced onion and a nice cheddar.

Honestly, I should have cut more onion, it was the highlight.

Good dinner though, very much enjoyed. No sides, but it didn't really need them.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on March 11, 2022, 12:08:40 PM
Turkey sandwich on oatmeal bread with some spicy cornichons on the side.  Seltzer.
It's a warm day and that was a quick, easy lunch.  I have no idea what we'll eat for dinner.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on April 04, 2022, 07:49:44 PM
Been a while, but I had a screw up and recovery.

I was going to make chili fries from scratch, but after spicing the meat and cooking it with onion it was way too spicy. I didn't think the pinto beans would soak up enough of the heat to be pleasant, but I had a bunch of elbow macaroni (Not really a fan), so I made mac and cheese and added the meat and onion to that.

The cheese and the pasta soaked up the heat better than the beans and fries would have. I feel like if I had forced through the chili fries they would have been bitter and gross.

So I guess I need to scale back a bit on spices and maybe skip the white onion.

The recipe was extremely unmeasured, but here's what I can remember

1lb ground beef, your choice on fat
Paprika, cayenne, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder to taste (I know, I should have skipped the onion powder, hindsight)
1 diced white onion, small
? cup Elbow noodles. It was in a freezer bag, I think that's a quart?

any bechamel cheese sauce recipe will work, I used mild cheddar. I'm looking at some online and kind of gawking, there are some fancy béchamel out there. Mine was just the basics, margarine (gasp), flour, milk, cheese. I added some of the drained fat, so it might be more of a cheese gravy than a bechamel, but I do weird stuff when I'm at the stove.

The fancy bechamel recipe I found says it's $9.99 in ingredients. LOL
https://www.food.com/recipe/cheddar-cheese-sauce-with-a-bechamel-base-47141

I really don't get why it's fussy. I didn't "scald the milk", I didn't "strain it through a china cap" (I don't even know what that is.)

Plastic wrap never made it into my recipe either. Everything was blended before a skin could form.

Honestly maybe I should just post a basic country gravy recipe, you essentially do that and blend grated cheese in.

https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/country-gravy/d5294752-1c56-40a7-aca2-1c87d41f393f

Yup, that's way closer.

Anyway, once you've got your cheese sauce mixed up, pour it over your elbow noodles and stir aggressively to make sure it really gets in there.

Add your meat mixture (I call it burrito meat)

I think next time I will do a more basic chili, and might honestly omit the fresh onion entirely. I was mad at myself at the stove, and I hate that.

I've mostly been eating bag salads and frozen crap, this was the first heavy meal I've made since February?
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Post by: 8ullfrog on April 08, 2022, 12:15:55 AM
Tonight, I added bacon bits to a burrito.

Produce has been exceptionally poo lately in the entire area, and bacon bits start to expire the second you open the packet.

Wish I'd known that before I tore it open.

Also, it was "National Burrito day" depending on how much stock you put into such things, so I figured might as well make a burrito.
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Post by: goldshirt*9 on April 08, 2022, 11:54:31 PM
Off to the local pub for fathers birthday tonight, Pre order the meal which I shall be having the exciting Burger and chips.
Safe bet in a local pub me thinks
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Post by: 8ullfrog on April 09, 2022, 12:36:18 AM
Here in the US, the safety burger tends to be called the "All American".

Please report back on what the safety burger is called at said pub.

Tonight was boring, hot dogs.
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Post by: smokester on April 09, 2022, 03:27:39 AM
Here in the US, the safety burger tends to be called the "All American".

Please report back on what the safety burger is called at said pub.

Tonight was boring, hot dogs.

In my local (a publove pub) it's called either a "juicy scallywag" or a "cheesus christ".

Not that I've tried either.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on April 09, 2022, 05:19:57 AM
Our neighbors had us to dinner and made some nice salad and fish with sides.  I took what was supposed to be a good expensive bottle of wine and it was meh, so that was disappointing.  I made some dessert.  Now I'm up & on here.

Looking forward to more sleep and breakfast.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on April 26, 2022, 09:17:02 PM
Last night dinner went from a recipe to "don't have that, don't have that, don't have that"

It actually turned out really good. (Steak sandwiches) but my apartment smelled like onion rings the rest of the night. (I sauteed onions for the sandwich)

Originally it was going to be baked sliders. Then I realized I'd have to go to the store for that kind of rolls, then I went down the recipe and the only items I had from it were the onions and the Worcestershire sauce. :P

Gotta say, the task definitely failed successfully, those sandwiches ended up fantastic. I used sandwich rolls instead of the doofy little slider rolls I have to add to the list to even remember to buy.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 02, 2022, 08:09:49 PM
We're having spaghetti with a pesto I made: half cilantro half basil with pignoli and pecorino romano.   It freezes well and it's great to whip up a batch, freeze half (without cheese) and then pull it out when you can't think of what else to eat for dinner.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 11, 2022, 11:15:37 PM
I had dinner from the "remorse" food category:
steamed broccoli, carrots & mushrooms with baked potato & sour cream.  Had to eat some good ice cream for dessert as a corrective.

Now I'm contemplating pouring a glass of alcohol containing wine.
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Post by: smokester on May 12, 2022, 03:26:39 AM
I had dinner from the "remorse" food category:
steamed broccoli, carrots & mushrooms with baked potato & sour cream.  Had to eat some good ice cream for dessert as a corrective.

Now I'm contemplating pouring a glass of alcohol containing wine.

I wondered where you'd gone, 6. I ruled out that you'd gone on a bender but now I'm not so sure ...
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 12, 2022, 01:49:29 PM
 ;D
I wondered where you'd gone, 6. I ruled out that you'd gone on a bender but now I'm not so sure ...

I haven't overindulged on alcohol since I was a stupid teenager.  Now a couple glasses of wine or whatever, and I'm done.  Just had a slice of nice thick crust pizza with eggplant but it was disappointing.  They didn't really do anything with it but layer it over some tomato sauce and toss a little cheese on top.  Eggplant is a difficult vegetable but it can be magical if cooked well.  Next time I'm going back to my regular putanesca slice.

I'd like to learn how to make a good foccacia.  I haven't had a great deal of experience working with yeasted breads, but it would be fun to figure out how to do it well.   There's a great bakery near here that makes a French foccacia called a fougasse.   Their recipe includes rosemary, preserved lemons and duck fat.  It doesn't last long after it comes out of the oven as it flies off the shelves.  I love duck, but when we cook it we don't really know what to do with the fat.  We usually pour it into a jar and stick it in the fridge for a few months and then we throw it away, not having figured out what to do with it.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 12, 2022, 08:36:30 PM
Roast potatoes.

Sounds like a great alternative to the usual olive oil.  thanks.
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Post by: smokester on May 17, 2022, 02:26:41 PM
Tonight I made steamed fine beans which are then tossed in a little sweet chilli sauce, chestnut mushrooms in a satay sauce, backed Basa (river cobbler) and some jasmin rice.

I could eat it again if I'd made more!
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on May 19, 2022, 10:53:15 AM
That sounds great.  I'm having the usual tea and scone for breakfast with jam.

Some days there's not enough caffeine in the world.  Got 3 hours of sleep and feel like a zombie.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on May 20, 2022, 09:42:22 AM
I'm not a big pork guy, but my latest favorite "internet cowpoo" recipe is the diablo sandwich.

Some people say it's a sloppy joe, and those liars need a slap in the mouth to wake 'em up.

The pedantry over a throwaway scene in a movie about smuggling coors is just so petty. People are scouring blu-ray copies of smokey and the bandit to get their story straight. The sacred texts!

In the movie, Buford Justice has a hunger, and he hasn't got a GOT DAMNED lot of time to waste.

So he orders a diablo sandwich and a dr pepper.


Honestly, there is another video where a guy goes to the sole remaing hickory house, but that sandwich looked like sawdust, mold, and sadness.


The wikipedia "non notability" deletion is also deliciously bitchy.

here is a delightfully ancient looking blog
https://www.shadeone.com/diablo/

I have not had trappey's mexi-pep hot sauce, but now I want to.


If you don't eat pork, might I interest you in some liars risotto?

Specifically,  I watched a bunch of risotto videos and was reminded of the liars creme brule (blowtorch some vanilla pudding)

A liars risotto does require a bit more effort than liars creme brule, but not a lot.

First you heat up some oil in a pan. Then squash and dice garlic (press) and onion (dice finely)

Bring those up to a nice mix, then set aside.

Next, make a box of chicken rice-a-roni. Or knorr, I'm not a cop. The reason you want chicken flavor is that real risotto uses chicken stock.

Next, combine your lovely sauteed veggies to your crapbox rice.

Next, add a tablespoon of sour cream and stir the crap out of it. Next, serve to Gordon Ramsay to see how angry you can make him.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on June 26, 2022, 04:33:57 PM
Someone gave me a honking big zucchini.  almost 2 lb.  So I gutted the seeds & shredded it, squeezed out the water and am baking muffins from it.  I have high hopes.  Maybe it will be a delicious afternoon snack, but it sure will be breakfast.

This vegetable is wonderful cut into chunks, slathered in olive oil, skewered and roasted on the grill.  But when they get this big, they tend to get tough and the seeds have to be scooped out as they are nearly inedible.  So baking is a good way to salvage it.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on June 26, 2022, 08:35:50 PM
I don't like shredding chicken, so I bought some of the Jack Daniels shredded chicken.

I was weirdly disappointed. I thought it would be BBQ, like the diablo, but it was more teriyaki flavored. It was... confusing.

I admire the effort you put in all your meals. When I'm cooking, it's more "Slap poo together randomly and hope taste good"

You take the time to do it right. We're like golly up and gallant. (With you in the gallant role)
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on June 27, 2022, 07:56:51 PM
I always admire the ingenuity you put into making the most out of limited ingredients.  You have come up with some creative dishes over the years. 

Cooking with whatever is on hand is a useful skill. 
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Post by: 8ullfrog on June 28, 2022, 09:06:10 AM
I can't find lime juice for poo, I've been buying those little squeeze bottles.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on June 28, 2022, 01:23:57 PM
We only have the shitty acorn looking ones. :(

But I did buy those. It's like you're psychic.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on June 28, 2022, 09:40:11 PM
We only have the shitty acorn looking ones. :(

But I did buy those. It's like you're psychic.

Key limes are wonderful.  But they are a pain to squeeze.  Use a garlic press.  I use one when I make the lime marmalade.  Trying to squeeze those little suckers is a great way to get a wrist injury. 
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Post by: 8ullfrog on July 05, 2022, 01:02:18 AM
I made vodka fries.

Baked just doesn't do the pie pan of grease justice.

It's a three-ingredient recipe. You need your French fries, then you top it with Vodka sauce. Next you melt mozzarella on top of it and broil it until the mozz goes crispy.

Wikipedia doesn't like it, so you get bitchy yelp reviews when you try to look them up. NO I DON'T MEAN POUTINE WIKIPEDIA, I NEVER MEAN POUTINE!

I remember eating these in New Jersey, we always had it delivered. It came in a takeout pie tin.

OK, turns out the search results are completely contaminated because Arby's put out a French fry flavored vodka.

Vodka sauce is like a creamy marinara. I know that sounds gross, but it isn't, I swear!

Also, a lot of the results make it wrong, they damn near bury the fries in sauce. You want to be light with the sauce, heavy with the Mozz.
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Post by: smokester on July 05, 2022, 07:49:01 AM
I like poutine.

He's made a right mess of Ukraine.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on July 05, 2022, 10:45:20 AM
I like poutine.

What's not to like about chips and gravy?

Soggy fries.

Good one, smokes.

I'm having half a small panettone with my usual earl grey tea.  Breakfast of champions.

8ully, Safeway makes a decent Vodka sauce.  Cheap.  Someone gave it to us and it was a revelation.  I don't know if there's actually any vodka involved in its production.  Here's Lidia Bastianich.  She puts in about a quarter of a cup.  Looks pretty straightforward.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on July 05, 2022, 05:40:51 PM
I went looking online to try and find the actual fast food place we used to get vodka fries from. No dice, but a lot of them do sell their vodka sauce for about $5.00, so I guess there is real vodka in there. Most recipes do call for actual vodka.

Apparently, the reason you booze up the sauce is to make it tangy. The cream is apparently added to make the sauce smooth.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on July 05, 2022, 07:03:29 PM
Tomatoes are pretty tangy.  I think the alcohol cooks off from the vodka.  We have a bottle of Grey Goose, and I guess I could experiment, but we still have several jars of the Safeway brand stuff in the cupboard.  It sometimes goes on sale for a couple bucks.

Lidia smashed the tomatoes up with her hands.  I'd better get on to dinner as I'm hungry and all this talk of food isn't helping defray that.
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Post by: smokester on July 06, 2022, 08:13:56 AM
I think this is a Canadian relation.

Ok.

"He's made a right mess of Ookraine."
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Post by: 8ullfrog on July 08, 2022, 06:21:33 PM
I used taco seasoned meat to make military SOS, and it changed the gravy entirely. Normally it tastes kind of like country gravy, maybe a little Worcestershire sauce.

Nope, turned the gravy dark brown and savory. I can't really explain what flavor it is, but I did enjoy it.

Also every recipe for SOS appears to be different. But most military style versions use ground beef instead of chipped beef. I used my grandpa's version.

Poured it over some biscuits.

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/14687/army-sos-creamed-ground-beef/
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on July 08, 2022, 09:02:43 PM
We had quesadillas tonight with seasoned black beans, grated pepper jack cheese, cilantro, scallions, tomatoes, avocados on heated flour tortillas.  Everyone gets to make their own so the amounts of ingredients can be adjusted to personal preference.  Once everything is prepped, this can last for several meals.  It's pretty cheap and nourishing.  Good for hot summer days as it doesn't heat up the house.
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Post by: 8ullfrog on July 22, 2022, 05:02:34 PM
Mom keeps mentioning how much she liked the Vodka fries.

golly you wikipedia, Vodka fries are notable! They should at least be under French Fries as a variant!
They are NOT disco fries or Poutine!
Title: Re: What are you eating / What did you eat.
Post by: 6pairsofshoes on July 25, 2022, 09:17:53 AM
I tried looking up Vodka fries and all I got was sites that want to discuss how the Arby's fast food chain is selling Vodka flavored like French fries.  Say what?

I assume that what your mother likes is fries with tomato/cream based vodka sauce that would also be served over pasta?  I like to dip fries in A-1 sauce.  I think it's very much like HP Sauce.

I'm having tea, soon will eat scones with some of the jam I've been making lately.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on July 26, 2022, 11:33:03 AM
On my bit of the internets Google gives me:

"What do you call french fries, cheese curd, and vodka sauce? Vladimir Poutine"

Ha!  We're not Putin up with that.  Soggy fries just can't cut it.
Back to the regular tea and scones. 
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on August 04, 2022, 10:29:50 AM
Mixing things up a bit.  Tea and a banana nut muffin!
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Post by: 8ullfrog on August 04, 2022, 11:05:44 PM
Used the convection oven for a frozen pizza. They've shrunk all of them but red baron, who tend to keep prices down with low quality.

It's passable, but I miss being able to get Wild Mike's.

Our grocery outlet caters to the AB&B set, so beer is pricy, and frozen pizza is cauliflower crust. I tried it once, ghastly stuff. Tastes like a fart smells.
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Post by: 6pairsofshoes on August 05, 2022, 12:50:31 PM
I was deeply suspicious of cauliflower pizza until I had Open Nature Triple cheese at Safeway.  It's really good but kind of pricey.  They were giving it away one weekend as their "Saturday Sampler."  One pie barely feeds 2 adults, but it's good if you can find it cheap.

I'm eating homemade tabouli.  It's pretty good.  Leftover from a potluck.  I used our mint, tomatoes and lemon juice, so it is probably as good as anything I'd make in that dept.  The tomatoes I planted are starting to ripen so I suspect we'll be eating some spaghetti sauce soon.