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101 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Fri Dec 16, 2016 1:11 pm

Crybaby

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bethk wrote:Imelda, your pork loin looks good, but I'm much like you....too lean and not enough flavor for me.  I much prefer my pork with more fat, especially if I'm going to brown it and let the fat render and get crispy.

Next time you have to cook the loin chops that Dane likes, Beth, try that Bacon-Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin recipe but on the chops instead.  I've done that a couple of times and it turns out really quite good -- the bacon keeps the chops moist and browns up really nicely.  And then the sauce, of course, is the icing on the cake.  Plus, I cook the chops until they're no more than 135°F, as they keep cooking a tad as they rest.

102 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Fri Dec 16, 2016 1:14 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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All this talk about yum yum ; tam tam; and yam yam sauce ..... Dum Dum Jimmy is thinking of a way to make Shrimp Taco's or seafood filled Taco's ??/ Hummm!

103 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Fri Dec 16, 2016 3:21 pm

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If you do an internet search for 'Chinese Yum Yum' or 'Chinese Bang-Bang' sauce you'll find more than enough copy cat recipes. I think the one I got the ingredient list from was the allrecipes.com site ~ but any cooking / recipe site will do.

104 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Fri Dec 16, 2016 3:36 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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This sauce sounds good! Simple too!
Ooooo! Y know what would be good? Way back in the stacks of threads, there was a post; I think by Norm? for Louisianan Shrimp ( spicy ). If that could be thickened, it would be awesome for seafood.
I saved it someplace; I have to see if I have it, or if it's on Norms Blog!


http://allrecipes.com/recipe/238599/baja-sauce-for-fish-or-shrimp-tacos/?internalSource=hub%20recipe&referringContentType=search%20results&clickId=cardslot%205

105 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Fri Dec 16, 2016 4:12 pm

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Thank you.

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106 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Fri Dec 16, 2016 4:35 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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NormM wrote:Thank you.

I found the recipe for the killer shrimp in my files.

Haaa... the frozen shrimp is freezer burnt, so the shrimp is off the list for now.
I did find some nice thin round steak, and I will make some Italian style Chicken fried steaks.
Tina isn't too keen on shrimp either.

107 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Fri Dec 16, 2016 4:39 pm

NormM

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I looked up the Bang Bang Shrimp Beth mentioned. It looks good. I think I will try it in the near future.

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108 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Fri Dec 16, 2016 5:43 pm

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It's easy, Norm....just fried shrimp tossed in the Bang-Bang sauce.  I like to make mine a little spicier than the recipe calls for so I just add extra Sambal Oelek hot chili sauce.  That's my 'new' go-to for adding flavor, we like it better than the sriracha.

What always amazes me is the price $$ they charge for the stuff at the restaurant. And people go back again & again just to order it.

109 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:22 pm

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I saw a few recipes and this one looked like the one I want to try.

BANG BANG SHRIMP
YIELD: 4 SERVINGS PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES TOTAL TIME: 30 MINUTES
This tastes just like Cheesecake Factory’s version, except it’s way cheaper and so much tastier!

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup vegetable oil, or more, as needed
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 large egg
1 tablespoon hot sauce
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 cup Panko
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
FOR THE SAUCE
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon rice vinegar

DIRECTIONS:
To make the sauce, whisk together mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, honey and rice vinegar in a small bowl; set aside.
Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. In a large bowl, whisk together buttermilk, flour, cornstarch, egg, hot sauce, salt and pepper, to taste; set aside.

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110 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:40 pm

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That looks about like what I used.....except, like I said, for the sauce I added some of the Sambal Oelek to spice it up. I mean, what could be easier than mayo, sweet chili sauce, honey & rice vinegar?

I just did my shrimp in buttermilk, sriracha and a dredge in corn flour....but any thin type coating would work just fine as far as I'm concerned. I think the last couple times I made it I just took off all the shell (including the tail) and roasted them in the toaster oven without any coating at all ~ super simple and just as tasty as far as I was concerned. That and some rice and condiments....maybe some stir fried veg or baby bok choy ~ YUM!

111 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:34 pm

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When I have a leftover like the rice pilaf I had (I don't remember when....) and I don't have plans for it in the immediate future, I usually put it into the refrigerator freezer...right on top where I see it every time I open the freezer. That way I'm reminded it needs to be used. If I just put it into the refrigerator it has a chance of being pushed to the back and going bad before I come up with a meal plan for it.

So, today, I saw it and decided to make a fried rice to go with some grilled burgers. I used the leftover green beans from last night in it, along with a couple eggs, to stir fry together and season with some soy sauce ~ and I got no complaints! The burgers paired nicely with the starch/veg combo so it was a super easy supper.

112 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Fri Dec 16, 2016 11:14 pm

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I love the flavor of lemon, which explains my purchase several months ago of a bottle of Limoncello.  I've been wondering what kind of cocktail I could make with it and saw this tonight.  Sounds good for the holidays (with a nice big curly lemon twist in it!), and also sounds good for summer, too.  

Citrus Temptation
Makes 1 / Recipe from Food Network, Courtesy of Jill Davie

Raw sugar to rim glass
1-1/2 oz. Limoncello
3/4 oz. orange-flavored vodka (I'd use plain vodka rather than buy this kind)
Juice of 3 lime wedges, approximately 3/4 to 1 oz.
Ice

     Dip a cocktail glass in a saucer of water to rim. Roll glass rim in raw sugar to coat. [If this would be too sweet for you, just skip rimming the glass.] Pour Limoncello and vodka into shaker with ice. Squeeze and add 3 lime wedges into shaker. Shake well.
     Fill cocktail glass with ice. Strain drink into glass.

If I remember, I'll make one of these tomorrow and tell you how it turned out.

113 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:12 am

UNCLE JIMMY

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Crybaby wrote:I love the flavor of lemon, which explains my purchase several months ago of a bottle of Limoncello.  I've been wondering what kind of cocktail I could make with it and saw this tonight.  Sounds good for the holidays (with a nice big curly lemon twist in it!), and also sounds good for summer, too.  

Citrus Temptation
Makes 1 / Recipe from Food Network, Courtesy of Jill Davie

Raw sugar to rim glass
1-1/2 oz. Limoncello
3/4 oz. orange-flavored vodka (I'd use plain vodka rather than buy this kind)
Juice of 3 lime wedges, approximately 3/4 to 1 oz.
Ice

     Dip a cocktail glass in a saucer of water to rim. Roll glass rim in raw sugar to coat. [If this would be too sweet for you, just skip rimming the glass.] Pour Limoncello and vodka into shaker with ice. Squeeze and add 3 lime wedges into shaker. Shake well.
     Fill cocktail glass with ice. Strain drink into glass.

If I remember, I'll make one of these tomorrow and tell you how it turned out.  

tongue I think, you better have two or three, just to be sure you give us your best review.

114 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:24 am

UNCLE JIMMY

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NormM wrote:I saw a few recipes and this one looked like the one I want to try.

BANG BANG SHRIMP
YIELD: 4 SERVINGS PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES TOTAL TIME: 30 MINUTES
This tastes just like Cheesecake Factory’s version, except it’s way cheaper and so much tastier!

INGREDIENTS:                                                                                    
1/2 cup vegetable oil, or more, as needed        
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 large egg
1 tablespoon hot sauce
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 cup Panko
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
FOR THE SAUCE
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon rice vinegar

DIRECTIONS:
To make the sauce, whisk together mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, honey and rice vinegar in a small bowl; set aside.
Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. In a large bowl, whisk together buttermilk, flour, cornstarch, egg, hot sauce, salt and pepper, to taste; set aside.

Norm, I'm confused or I am not getting all of the recipe.
In the directions.... after set aside heat the oil in a skillet? then the other stuff, i'm lost after that!

115 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Sat Dec 17, 2016 9:26 am

NormM

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Sorry. Here are the rest of the directions. It was on the next page and I didn't check to see if I got it all. I thought all I had on the next page was another recipe.

In a large bowl, combine Panko, onion and garlic powder, basil, oregano, salt and pepper, to taste; set aside.
Working one at a time, dip shrimp into buttermilk mixture, then dredge in Panko mixture, pressing to coat.
Working in batches, add shrimp to the skillet and cook until evenly golden and crispy, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
Serve immediately, drizzled with sweet chili sauce.

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116 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:21 am

Bugster2

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I bought a bottle of Yum Yum sauce. It has a little bite of heat to it. We all liked it. I thought it would be good on a burger.

117 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:58 pm

Crybaby

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Uncle Jimmy wrote:I think, you better have two or three, just to be sure you give us your best review.

Thanks for looking after all of us, Jimmy!!! I'll toast you and Tina when I make one later on today. Cheers!

118 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Sat Dec 17, 2016 1:01 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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NormM wrote:Sorry. Here are the rest of the directions.  It was on the next page and I didn't check to see if I got it all. I thought all I had on the next page was another recipe.

In a large bowl, combine Panko, onion and garlic powder, basil, oregano, salt and pepper, to taste; set aside.
Working one at a time, dip shrimp into buttermilk mixture, then dredge in Panko mixture, pressing to coat.
Working in batches, add shrimp to the skillet and cook until evenly golden and crispy, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
Serve immediately, drizzled with sweet chili sauce.
Thank you Norm! Very Happy

119 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Sat Dec 17, 2016 5:30 pm

bethk

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Bugster2 wrote:I bought a bottle of Yum Yum sauce. It has a little bite of heat to it. We all liked it. I thought it would be good on a burger.

Since it's a sweetened, seasoned mayonnaise based sauce it's good on a lot of things.....try dipping French Fries in it.....just a suggestion! LOL

120 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:05 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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I'm waiting....
I feel like Jack in the Bean Stalk; waiting for my beans in the bean soup I made, to get soft.
No more! I'll use canned beans next time. Since 1:30 they are cooking, and still not soft enough to say Done! Little Navy white beans. Tina's on my case yelling,"that
s cause you salted them. "Never salt them the chefs all say!" Wait till they are done.
........... B S ...........I say!

121 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:34 pm

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Sorry, Jimmy.....I gotta go with Tina on this one!  I don't know if it's a 'myth' or not, but when I add salt to my beans when I'm starting to cook them they never get soft.  And that's why I most often add a quart of Randall's Navy Beans to my bean soup for the last hour.  At least I know they're good and I love the flavor of them.

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I saw some top round on sale today...a nice piece with very little fat on the edge and good meat fiber showing so I could easily cut it on a bias across the grain for a tender stir fry.  Beef and bok choy stirfry with a bit of onion....sauce is based on Norm's Korean beef recipe, but thinner and with some stuff added.  Soy sauce based, some water, some fish sauce, some honey, some brown sugar, a big spoonful of Sambal Oelek, a bit of rice vinegar and just a few drops of sesame oil.  Please don't ask for measurement.....I just add and taste and when it gets where I want it, I stop. Instead of rice I soaked and added some mung bean thread (aka: celophane noodles). I like how slippery they are when you try to eat them! LOL



I served right out of the pan I cooked it in!

122 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:50 pm

Bugster2

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Serious Eats says to add salt to the soak: 1 T. per quart of water. They also say that thin skinned beans do better without a soak. Pre-cooking in a pressure cooker helps a lot. And they say they say old beans may never soften.

123 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:05 pm

Bugster2

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Here is another tip:

Hard water is high in calcium and magnesium, and increases the cooking time of dried beans by slowing and even preventing softening. Baking soda adjusts the pH level of the water, allowing the beans to soften as usual. Baking soda also helps tenderize beans by speeding the deterioration of pectin, essential to plant cell structure and strength. If you're using hard water or beans damaged by age or storage, add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda per pound of dried beans to the soaking water. If you empty the soaking water and use fresh water to cook the beans, replace the baking soda.

It won't help you now, but maybe in the future.

124 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:21 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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Beans, Beans, such a musical fruit .... ( and we all know the rest...hahahahaha
Beth is right, and along with Tina. No salt. Also they say, ( as Beth said ) , use the canned beans. The caners have it right!

OKay... ya know what I did?
I drained the soup and spread the solids / beans, on a large baking sheet pan, and I picked all the beans out, and flipped them outside for the animal's to eat. I then added a can of bean and bacon to all the soup and carrots etc.

125 Re: December 2016 / Dinner / Supper for the Day on Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:59 pm

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I don't know what to have for dinner today. The day before yesterday I suddenly got a sore throat on the right side. It feels like someone stuck a hot poker and burned a hole in my throat. The outside of my neck is sore too. Weird. I think (knock on wood) that things are better today.

Cold here this morning. Most of you would think it was warm - 38 degrees. I actually turned on the heat to take the chill off the house. My friend who lives in Plentywood, MT says it is MINUS 31 at 11AM. I have never experienced cold like that. You would freeze to death just going out to the mail box.

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