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126 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:02 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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The chicken surely looks crispy. I would have no qualms about eating that!
The cherry pie has me drooling. Washington's Birthday, and I still didn't have cherry pie!

127 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:16 pm

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I've been sitting here since supper and trying to remember the last time I BOUGHT a pie at a grocery store. I know Dane has ordered a single piece at a restaurant a couple times but I can't remember when I last bought a whole pie.

And it wasn't bad at all! LOL

128 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:43 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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bethk wrote:I've been sitting here since supper and trying to remember the last time I BOUGHT a pie at a grocery store.  I know Dane has ordered a single piece at a restaurant a couple times but I can't remember when I last bought a whole pie.

And it wasn't bad at all!  LOL

In Walmart, in the bakery section. they have a table set up with those little 4 inch round pies in the brown cardboard box. They are great. They are like the Table Talk pies brand.

129 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:16 pm

Bugster2

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It is hot (87) and muggy today. Mexican pizza tonight. Got the fans out and shorts and tank tops on.

130 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:48 pm

NormM

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I subscribed to a cooking magazine and got an issue a few days ago. Charlie was looking at it and was really interested in an article on making several gnocchi recipes.  I don't care much for fiddy recipes like egg rolls or ravioli but I told him I'd look at it tomorrow.

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131 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:22 am

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I don't think gnocchi is too fussy-around.....the recipes I've seen are just mashed potatoes w/flour, etc. and rolled into a rope and cut into tater tot shape, maybe finishing off with a roll off a fork for 'lines'. Should be a piece of cake for someone as experienced as you. Think of all the work you go to when you make that fabulous bread of yours ~ or your chocolate raspberry cake you make for Valentine's Day.....now THAT is fussy! LOL

132 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:41 am

NormM

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I read the instructions.  It does not look hard. I thought these needed stuffing but they don't.

With a Kitchen aid, making bread is a snap.

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133 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:57 pm

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NormM wrote:Beth, the recipe I used said the roast would be done in 15 minutes on high but I used the setting already on the pot so it took 35 minutes. I didn't need it THAT fast.

Crybaby, they make switches that turn a metal lamp into a touch lamp.  You use a regular incandescent bulb, touch the lamp anywhere it is metal and it turns on low, medium and high then off when you touch it each time. My bedroom lights are like that and the switch just screws into the existing socket on the lamp.  I recently got a halogen lamp and the switch is variable so when you turn it on, the light is low and by continuing to turn it, it gets brighter. You may not like the light from a halogen table lamp though.

I've seen those, Norm, but I really want to eventually switch all my bulbs to LEDs. They're pricey, yes, but they use a lot less electricity. And an even better thing for us is that they last a long time. I hate replacing bulbs so often and I REALLY hate seeing Brian get up on a ladder to replace ceilings lights; the ceiling lights we replaced with those curly bulbs not only give a lot less light, but I find it to be ugly light. Plus I cannot make myself put the old ones in the trash and it's tough finding a way to dispose of them. The LEDs you can just put in with your garbage.

I have halogen track lights in my kitchen and dining room (it's a large combo room) that I eventually want to replace as well. The halogen bulbs are really pricey as well and they produce a lot of heat as well we've found -- at least in the old tracks we have.

134 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:00 pm

Crybaby

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bethk wrote:Yea!  Michelle ~ good for you!

It's never too late to teach us old ladies new tricks!  Congratulations on your new found confidence.

(I wish I had had youtube years ago ~ there are some really talented and patient people out there in the world.)

Thanks, Beth. My housekeeper is the person who advised me how she always checks out YouTube when she wants to learn how to do something. It's really quite handy for stuff like that. And you can always watch more than one person doing something so you get a lot of different advice or find an easier way to do something from another "teacher."

Yeah, I am so psyched over my socket replacement. I laugh about it every night, along with Brian, when we turn on those bedside lamps!!

135 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:02 pm

Crybaby

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UNCLE JIMMY wrote:
Crybaby wrote:

This may not seem like much to you but for someone who is the antithesis of "handy," I feel soooo accomplished that I might try to do some other tasks by checking out videos on YouTube to see how it's done and see if I feel gutsy enough to try it.  Please hold your applause!!!


Idea Idea

Loved the lighting lesson. BTW....We have the same bulbs in the kitchen.

Thanks, Jimmy. Don't you just love those bulbs?

136 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:10 pm

NormM

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I saw something recently about light bulbs.  It seems a fire dept. had a light bulb burning all the time and it was a custom to touch the bulb on their way to a fire.  The captain realized the bulb had not been replaced in his memory. He looked into it and decided the bulb was at least 40 years old, had been burning continuously all that time.  It seems that the bulb company had trouble staying in business because their bulbs lasted so long.  All bulbs lasted too long, it seems and in the 1920's they all got together to discuss "standardization" within the industry.  They invented planned obsolescence by limiting light bulbs to burn out after 1000 hours.  They switched from thick carbon fibers to thin tungsten.

Makes you wonder what will happen when these new light bulbs become standard and no one needs to replace them as often.

The light bulb at the fire station has now been burning for over 100 years.

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137 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:31 pm

Crybaby

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UNCLE JIMMY wrote:The chicken surely looks crispy. I would have no qualms about eating that!
The cherry pie has me drooling. Washington's Birthday, and I still didn't have cherry pie!

Cherry pie is my favorite pie, Jimmy! In fact, I've got all the "fixins" to make one and it's on our agenda. Unlike what most people think, you don't have to use that gloppy cherry pie filling when fresh cherries are out of season to make a good cherry pie. I buy cans of pitted tart cherries, drained with the juice reserved for use in the pie. I also have some super dried Montmorency cherries than you can rehydrate in the canned cherry juice for use in the pie if you want to. A while back, I got some ClearJel from King Arthur that you add in with the sugar when making the pie filling. It thickens up the filling a bit without that yucky gluey type thickener that reminds me of canned cherries -- that way when you cut a piece of pie, the filling from the rest of the pie doesn't just slide out into the space.

I've been doing a lot more baking since I got my KitchenAid stand mixer. Brian loves that thing, too, and always watches me when I'm using it. This is good 'cause I hope he gets the "baking bug"!!!

138 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:36 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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Crybaby wrote:
UNCLE JIMMY wrote:
Crybaby wrote:

This may not seem like much to you but for someone who is the antithesis of "handy," I feel soooo accomplished that I might try to do some other tasks by checking out videos on YouTube to see how it's done and see if I feel gutsy enough to try it.  Please hold your applause!!!


Idea Idea

Loved the lighting lesson. BTW....We have the same bulbs in the kitchen.

Thanks, Jimmy.  Don't you just love those bulbs?

I like them, because they only use 13 watts to provide 60 watts of illumination.
We had three 100 watt bulbs in the kitchen over the island, and they were so hot ( temperature wise ).
Now with the led units, they are just slightly warm to the touch.

My refrigerator has all led lighting, and it's great! Very Happy

139 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:41 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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Crybaby wrote:
UNCLE JIMMY wrote:The chicken surely looks crispy. I would have no qualms about eating that!
The cherry pie has me drooling. Washington's Birthday, and I still didn't have cherry pie!

Cherry pie is my favorite pie, Jimmy!  In fact, I've got all the "fixins" to make one and it's on our agenda.  Unlike what most people think, you don't have to use that gloppy cherry pie filling when fresh cherries are out of season to make a good cherry pie.  I buy cans of pitted tart cherries, drained with the juice reserved for use in the pie.  I also have some super dried Montmorency cherries than you can rehydrate in the canned cherry juice for use in the pie if you want to.  A while back, I got some ClearJel from King Arthur that you add in with the sugar when making the pie filling.  It thickens up the filling a bit without that yucky gluey type thickener that reminds me of canned cherries -- that way when you cut a piece of pie, the filling from the rest of the pie doesn't just slide out into the space.  

I've been doing a lot more baking since I got my KitchenAid stand mixer.  Brian loves that thing, too, and always watches me when I'm using it.  This is good 'cause I hope he gets the "baking bug"!!!

Mom always used Comstock Pie filling, and with cherry, she added plain canned in water cherries to the jelled.

140 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:42 pm

Crybaby

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bethk wrote:I've been sitting here since supper and trying to remember the last time I BOUGHT a pie at a grocery store.  I know Dane has ordered a single piece at a restaurant a couple times but I can't remember when I last bought a whole pie.

And it wasn't bad at all!  LOL

We're lucky as the grocery we go to locally, Rouse's, really makes good pies, especially fruit pies. In fact, I've got a pie story to tell you guys.

Last Thanksgiving we had my brother-in-law, Ed, over for the day. I'd asked Brian to pick up a cherry pie at Rouse's, which he'd done. Ed is a pretty good cook and was the primary cook in their house when my sister was alive. We'd played tricks on one another over the years involving cooking, though we always fessed up later to one another. One time I had a big dinner party and bought breads from a local bakery made in the shape of an alligator, a turtle and other shapes for display on my tables. Ed actually believed until I confessed that I'd made them myself!

Well, I was moving the Rouse's cherry pie to a pretty ceramic pie plate that I have and planned to tell Ed that I'd made it so I had to get it out of its foil pie plate. In the process of moving it, it broke. I hollered to Brian that I broke the pie and he responded, "Who cares? It'll taste the same." I insisted, howling with laughter, that he come and look at it. He hooted when he got to the kitchen, too, as the broken pie was an APPLE PIE! So imagine how we'd have reacted when after dinner, I'd sliced up a nice piece of homemade "cherry" pie for Ed that I'd made myself. Ed, of course, had a good laugh when I told him what I'd planned and he wished I wouldn't have broken it 'cause he would've liked to see the look on my "homemade" face!

141 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:56 pm

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YUP.....A good lie is a talent that must be practiced! LOL

142 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:59 pm

Crybaby

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UNCLE JIMMY wrote:I like them, because they only use 13 watts to provide 60 watts of illumination. We had three 100 watt bulbs in the kitchen over the island, and they were so hot ( temperature wise ). Now with the led units, they are just slightly warm to the touch.

That's like the halogen bulbs in the tracks I was telling Norm about, Jimmy.  Though our ceilings are very high in that room (I think they're 14 feet) and we don't "feel" the heat, those halogen bulbs throw a lot of heat.  With our climate during our endless summer, the less heat that is generated the better for our utility bill.

Speaking of utilities, last night we lost power about 7 p.m.  Brian and I were in bed already watching TV, and the lights and TV shut off.  About 8 seconds later, the generator kicked on and we laughed with each other how at least we're getting some use out of our whole house generator after spending all that money on it.  So in a flash, our lights were back on and cable TV was rebooting.  It was cold here last night with winds about 20-30 mph so Brian, who wasn't feeling really great yesterday, stayed in bed rather than running out to the balcony like a kid to see all of our neighbors in darkness like he normally does (and with DST, it was still light out anyway).  

This morning when the phone rang, I saw it was the local utility company calling.  Figuring it was a robocall about the power outage, I answered it.  Lo and behold, the recording said power had been restored to our neighborhood at 7:20 A.M.!!!!  They were asking people to call them if their power was still out.  You should've seen Brian laughing his butt off when I told him the generator must've run all night long!  Though we never sleep with heat on in the house, when he's up going to the bathroom at night, I always hear him turning on the little electric heater we have in there.  He laughed, saying he would've frozen his tush off on his trips to the bathroom if it wasn't for the generator!

143 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:16 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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Crybaby wrote:
UNCLE JIMMY wrote:I like them, because they only use 13 watts to provide 60 watts of illumination. We had three 100 watt bulbs in the kitchen over the island, and they were so hot ( temperature wise ). Now with the led units, they are just slightly warm to the touch.

That's like the halogen bulbs in the tracks I was telling Norm about, Jimmy.  Though our ceilings are very high in that room (I think they're 14 feet) and we don't "feel" the heat, those halogen bulbs throw a lot of heat.  With our climate during our endless summer, the less heat that is generated the better for our utility bill.

Speaking of utilities, last night we lost power about 7 p.m.  Brian and I were in bed already watching TV, and the lights and TV shut off.  About 8 seconds later, the generator kicked on and we laughed with each other how at least we're getting some use out of our whole house generator after spending all that money on it.  So in a flash, our lights were back on and cable TV was rebooting.  It was cold here last night with winds about 20-30 mph so Brian, who wasn't feeling really great yesterday, stayed in bed rather than running out to the balcony like a kid to see all of our neighbors in darkness like he normally does (and with DST, it was still light out anyway).  

This morning when the phone rang, I saw it was the local utility company calling.  Figuring it was a robocall about the power outage, I answered it.  Lo and behold, the recording said power had been restored to our neighborhood at 7:20 A.M.!!!!  They were asking people to call them if their power was still out.  You should've seen Brian laughing his butt off when I told him the generator must've run all night long!  Though we never sleep with heat on in the house, when he's up going to the bathroom at night, I always hear him turning on the little electric heater we have in there.  He laughed, saying he would've frozen his tush off on his trips to the bathroom if it wasn't for the generator!

I think that generator is one really smart investment.
I remember I had a small 2KW generator, and years back, we had a 3 day power outage. You would not believe, the neighbors calling, and some, actually knocking on my door, and saying,"How come you have power?".... "We see lights on in your house!"....

One neighbor from across the street came over, and exclaimed,"Oh, how nice and warm it is in your house!" ..... Tina felt bad, and said,"If you want to come over to warm up, you are welcome!".... He said, "No, we are ok for now!" .... Now I'm thinking! ...this is the same guy that said he was going to get a generator..... ( 10 years in a row ). Yet, they wouldn't think twice, about taking a cruise or extravagant vacations.

144 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:40 pm

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no cooking tonight....we had a neighborhood patio party ~ a pot luck, BYOB affair. There's always a huge assortment of different things to eat.

145 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:51 pm

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I was reading that Jimmy Buffett is building a retirement community in FLA. It is going to have live music. I would love that but if the association fees are anything like they are out here for a retirement community, then you have to be rich. Our Laguna Woods fees are $1800/month.

146 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:46 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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Supper was something new! I call it a Beth Favorite.
It was a recipe for spaghetti with fried KALE. Only thing is, Tina made it with Romaine Lettuce.It was great. She left out the hot pepper flakes and seeds. I added hot olive oil ( cayenne )

I don't trust the pepper seeds getting stuck to flare up my diverticulitis.
It was good.

147 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:54 pm

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I made one of the gnocchi recipes in the magazine that Charlie liked.  Now that I have made it once, I am pretty sure I can do better next time.

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148 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:09 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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NormM wrote:I made one of the gnocchi recipes in the magazine that Charlie liked.  Now that I have made it once, I am pretty sure I can do better next time.

Ooooooo! Looks so good!

149 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:22 pm

Bugster2

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Hot and muggy again so we had huli huli chicken with a pasta salad.

150 Re: March 2017, What's cooking For Dinner? on Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:11 am

UNCLE JIMMY

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Bugster2 wrote:Hot and muggy again so we had huli huli chicken with a pasta salad.

It is so weird to imagine that hot and muggy.
Is there not some cool periods there in CA ?

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