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February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch

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1 February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Mon Feb 01, 2016 1:04 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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wow!
Another month gone in the new year! Figured I better start "Let the Cooking Begin!"

Gonna have some scrambled eggs with cheese in 30 minutes. Very Happy

2 Re: February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Mon Feb 01, 2016 1:46 pm

bethk

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I'm having cream of tomato soup for lunch.

Someone else might decide he wants to make a grilled cheese sandwich to go with his.....but it's up to him to a. decide and b. make it.

I've got laundry to complete so I can get packed and ready to fly to Indy first thing in the morning.

3 Re: February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:16 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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bethk wrote:I'm having cream of tomato soup for lunch.

Someone else might decide he wants to make a grilled cheese sandwich to go with his.....but it's up to him to a. decide and b. make it.

I've got laundry to complete so I can get packed and ready to fly to Indy first thing in the morning.

Hey Beth!.... are you using the corporate jet this time??

Have a good time....

4 Re: February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:21 pm

Barbara101

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Wow you hit the road just like my son.He just can not stay home.He just got home from San Juan ..Said he wants to go OZ>>

5 Re: February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:30 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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Barbara101 wrote:Wow you hit the road just like my son.He just can not stay home.He just got home from San Juan ..Said he wants to go OZ>>

Oh! that't easy!...just tell him to follow the yellow brick road! LOL

6 Re: February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:35 pm

Barbara101

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well all I can say is he is young and has lots of money to do what he wants..What he spends I could live on for a year.lol..

7 Re: February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Mon Feb 01, 2016 6:04 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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Barbara101 wrote:well all I can say is he is young and has lots of money to do what he wants..What he spends I could live on for a year.lol..

That's great.... God Bless Him!

8 Re: February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Thu Feb 04, 2016 2:52 pm

Imelda HL

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I love my latest Christmas gift, wedge cast iron, I've been using it for mini crustless quiches and cormeal

cornmeal with sausage and veggies




9 Re: February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Thu Feb 04, 2016 3:52 pm

bethk

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those pans are great to help keep stuff warm for longer, too. Nice gift!

10 Re: February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Sat Feb 06, 2016 4:25 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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Breakfast was made by Tina this morning. She has overcome the stomach irritation, and that she said called for some breakfast.
She made crumbled sausage ( would you believe it comes frozen like that?) with eggs and cheese.
She added a little tiny amount of green pepper. Not too much.

She folded in the Land O Lakes American cheese.

I made toast .... and Oh! it was soooo good to have someone else cook.

Tomorrow , I will make her waffles. I'll make the raised yeast batter tonight and put it in the fridge.

11 Re: February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Sat Feb 06, 2016 4:29 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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bethk wrote:those pans are great to help keep stuff warm for longer, too.  Nice gift!

Haaa.... somewhere, buried in the bowels of this house, there is a cast iron baking pan that has the corn cob impressions to make corn cakes.
With all that corn meal we have, I should look for it, and start making those corn cakes.

12 Re: February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Sat Feb 06, 2016 4:53 pm

bethk

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Yeah, Jimmy. Those corn sticks are REALLY tasty. Only thing is you have to get them out of the cast iron before they stick. But, wow, they come out SO crispy! Love 'em.

13 Re: February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Sat Feb 06, 2016 4:57 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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bethk wrote:Yeah, Jimmy.  Those corn sticks are REALLY tasty.  Only thing is you have to get them out of the cast iron before they stick.  But, wow, they come out SO crispy!  Love 'em.

Yes... I remember choice words said when DD tried making the red lobster recipe for their muffins using the corn bread and cake mixed together. No

14 Re: February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Sat Feb 06, 2016 5:11 pm

bethk

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Lunch was at SmashBurgers !!  Really good.  The burgers are made from fresh balls of ground beef and smushed on the grill, reminds me of my 'butter burgers'.



Menu:


Extras ~ we got some Veggie Frittes.  Fresh carrots and green beans 'flash fried' without any batter but well seasoned and served with their 'Special Sauce'.  They looked greasy but didn't taste greasy at all.  They were cooked, but still had some 'bite' left to the vegetables.  


My burger came just as I ordered it!



The veggie frittes



The cashier was really nice.  She apologized for it being so busy (we were there at 2:00 ~ can't imagine how much busier they would be at a REAL lunch hour) and she gave us 3 - $2 off coupons for another visit.  Later she saw me taking pics and came over and gave us 3 more coupons.  Cool.  $12 for another visit!  I guess it pays to be patient and polite.



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15 Re: February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Sun Feb 07, 2016 1:34 am

UNCLE JIMMY

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It's funny if you think about it....
Here I am, just finishing, and cleaning up spatters and drippage, from frying FAT!
Yep! ... a Pound of Bacon to eat with tomorrows yeast raised waffles.

The house surely smells great! The kitties are sniffing and waiting for their share of 1 strip of the crispy treat.

It's been over 5 weeks since we had waffles!

16 Re: February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Sun Feb 07, 2016 11:21 am

bethk

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UNCLE JIMMY wrote:
It's been over 5 weeks since we had waffles!  

Do you have your meals recorded on a calendar so you know how long it's been since the last time you made waffles???

Sometimes I go back and look at the posted pics to get inspiration but I don't think I've ever tracked how long since I made something.

((just messin' with you, Jimmy. Enjoy your waffles!))

17 Re: February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Sun Feb 07, 2016 11:38 am

Barbara101

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another thread I just now saw...This laptop is really ready  to be retired.

Iphone misses posts too.. Sad Shocked Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad

I have not had waffles or high carb plus maple syrup pancakes in years lol.Not going to happen in th e next 5 either... Nope..
Bacon YES

18 Re: February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Sun Feb 07, 2016 12:45 pm

bethk

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Boy, I could go for some nice thick peppered bacon right now.

Oh, look, DD has Turkey Bacon in her refrigerator ~ guess I'll just hold off on that taste treat and have it when I get home.

19 Re: February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Sun Feb 07, 2016 12:47 pm

Barbara101

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Turkey Bacon Sleep

20 Re: February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Sun Feb 07, 2016 12:48 pm

Barbara101

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Best turkey I ever had was smoked..Heck I even ate the dark meat..

21 Re: February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Sun Feb 07, 2016 1:07 pm

NormM

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I had smoked turkey once at a church buffet.  I don't know if it was an outstanding example or not but I have not craved it again. It was good enough for one time but nothing to daydream about.  

I have missed a few posts by relying on the computer to tell me about them too.

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22 Re: February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Sun Feb 07, 2016 1:19 pm

Barbara101

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NormM wrote:I had smoked turkey once at a church buffet.  I don't know if it was an outstanding example or not but I have not craved it again. It was good enough for one time but nothing to daydream about.  

I have missed a few posts by relying on the computer to tell me about them too.



Oh I dream about that (those) smoke turkeys lol.He made us several.I just had to buy him one .I darn near ate the whole thing in one day.Tasted just like ham hahahaha

I have smoked one and it was not as good. bla in fact..

23 Re: February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Sun Feb 07, 2016 1:43 pm

bethk

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My nephew did a smoked turkey once....after smoking he deep fried it to be sure it was done and to give it a crispy crust. I was expecting a really greasy tasting bird but it was really, really good. I think he injected it with some sort of Cajun spice he bought.

I'm not a big fan of smoked meats ~ except sausages ~ so it was a surprise to me that I enjoyed it as much as I did. Dane is a big fan of smoked chicken at many of the BBQ places around us. I can do a couple of their smoked pork sliders but that's about all I can take at one time.

24 Re: February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Sun Feb 07, 2016 1:56 pm

Barbara101

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Hummm wonder if I buy one for griller guy he would do the smoking??? Going to ask...he has this huge grill thing.

25 Re: February 2016 Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch on Sun Feb 07, 2016 5:05 pm

Crybaby

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We smoke turkeys quite often -- they're not only delicious but friends beg us to be invited or to share. We used to make as many as 8 (what a pain -- we took turns getting up in the middle of the night for several nights to remove a turkey from the smoker!) to give as Christmas presents to friends and neighbors.

One lady who lived several blocks away and passed our house all the time saw us loading them up all in the trunk for delivery right before Christmas (they looked so good and so pretty, too). She said it was her dream to get on our Christmas list. Well, she made the list the following year and stayed on it until she moved away with her elderly husband after Katrina. When we delivered her smoked turkey the first year, she wasn't home but her husband said, "Weezie (her given name was Louise) said she thought you might be coming by this year." We had to laugh, as she knew we were quite smitten with her. I'd "gift wrap" them in brown-in-bags taped up on the bottom so they looked neater with a wired ribbon bow and a card on them. I'd keep an eye out all year for pretty ribbon to use and they looked gorgeous. Plus, after you ate some turkey, you could slide them right back in that bag before refrigerating. We still put ours in one after smoking to this day.

When I worked as a legal secretary/paralegal, I hated to spend a ton of money on presents for my bosses. So we'd smoke them a turkey as well (we did 12 to 14-lb. turkeys for gifts). One year one of my bosses said he froze it and his family, including his in-laws, defrosted it and reheated it about a month later. He said his FIL, Mr. Formigue, wanted to know EXACTLY how we'd made it, as it was the best smoked turkey he'd ever had.

One of my favorite bosses, a female attorney named Daphne, went home with half a bag on right before Christmas. She said that "damn smoked turkey" was her "saving grace," as she walked in with it and once her husband, also an attorney, got a look at her drunken self, she said, "But Stephen, look what I brought for dinner -- a delicious smoked turkey!" I swear, we got the nicest phone calls and cards for weeks after Christmas. Daphne and Jack, my other boss with her, would give me a large gift certificate to Williams-Sonoma each year so their eyes lit up the first year I told them their present would be homemade. I heard Jack on the phone telling his wife the day I brought the turkeys, "Betsy, don't bother cooking or buying anything for that party we have to go to. Michelle brought me a smoked turkey and we can take that!" He told me later it was the hit of the party and he'd have claimed he made it if he thought a single soul would've believed him. I saved up their gift certs. for a couple of years and spent $800 at Williams-Sonoma! It was a blast and a half as I felt like I was getting everything for free. About $125 was my money, which Brian didn't understand but I told him, "Just think of it as my getting $800 of stuff for $125 and he shut up!

There was a joke between Brian and me about our original list of eight Christmas turkey recipients, which included a disabled neighbor who lived with several of his merchant seamen friends across the street from us when we lived in Uptown N.O., was that you had to die to get off our Christmas list. Sadly, it was true. Every single recipient except Ms. Weezie is deceased now. One man who we knew from a "neighborhood" bar/restaurant got on the list when his wife passed away right before Christmas. He cried when we showed up with a turkey for him. When he wasn't able to be at the bar the weekend before Christmas after he realized we'd bring him one EVERY year, he made sure one of his grown kids was there (the bartender would introduce them to us) to get his turkey!

Brian was in the shipping (steamship) business for years and every year his office of about 8 to 10 had a potluck for Thanksgiving and Christmas. They each got a free turkey from vendors they dealt with and usually one extra in case someone was forgotten. Each year they asked him to smoke them a turkey. We got to leave our turkey in the company freezer, too, until we were ready to use it, which was great, as we smoked the "extra" one for his office. Plus Brian always took the turkey carcass home for gumbo, too. This continued for a couple years after he retired until he finally told them he couldn't do it anymore, mainly 'cause of my being ill.

All I can say is unless you just don't like smoked flavor, you just haven't had a smoked turkey that was cooked properly -- moist with smoky flavor but not over-smoked. And it makes the best gumbo (we make smoked turkey, andouille and oyster gumbo) you ever tasted. Talk about depth of flavor! First I strip the meat off the carcass and make smoked turkey stock prior to starting the gumbo. Making the stock first makes a superior gumbo IMO though my mom's was good and she threw the whole thing in rather than doing it that way. But like Beth, I don't like the little "pieces" of stuff that accumulate in the bottom of the pot unless I make the stock from the carcass first and have no bones in my gumbo. She knows what I mean...

I'm laughing, as I am picturing Jimmy getting a cup of coffee prior to reading my extra-long message. Thanks for listening...

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