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26 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:55 pm

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UNCLE JIMMY wrote:I have pork medallions cooking in the electric skillet, with soy sauce, onions, peppers, and carrots.   It's 4:30 now. I figure another hour or so, it should be done.

Sounds tasty, Jimmy. Are you going to have some rice with it? I've had some of that 'ready-to-heat' individual rice packs and they're pretty good ~ especially if you just want enough for one meal.

27 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:30 pm

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bethk wrote:
UNCLE JIMMY wrote:I have pork medallions cooking in the electric skillet, with soy sauce, onions, peppers, and carrots.   It's 4:30 now. I figure another hour or so, it should be done.

Sounds tasty, Jimmy.  Are you going to have some rice with it?  I've had some of that 'ready-to-heat' individual rice packs and they're pretty good ~ especially if you just want enough for one meal.
I was too lazy to cook rice. We even have the rice boil in bags too!
I had mine with bread and butter, and Tina had gnocchi / plain with hers.

28 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:32 pm

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bethk wrote:Tonight was a Glazed Meatloaf and roasted Carrots & Parsnips.  I had so many of the vegetables that I decided we really didn't need any potatoes or other starch.  HE didn't want any more carbs so it worked out for me.

I make the meatloafs in the little foil pans, lined with parchment so I can easily flip them out on a rack which sits on a foil covered quarter sheet pan for baking.  After it's baked for about 45 minutes I spoon on the ketchup/brown sugar/spicy glaze and let it cook in.  I love that cleanup is so easy.....just pick up the foil and carefully fold and toss.  OK, so I do have to soak the little rack it cooks on but that's not bad at all.




The slices are small and there's just enough leftovers for maybe one or two lunchtime sandwiches.  I love not having large amounts of leftovers.




Supper looks good Beth....... Meatloaf is so good for a sandwich.

29 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:06 am

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Yup.....a meatloaf sandwich in my future!

I like it on white bread, spread with Miracle Whip on both sides and the meat trimmed and shaped so I get meat in every bite. I don't need lettuce but the Miracle Whip is my condiment of choice.

I know, I know......Ewwwwww! from some 'ONLY Mayo' users!

LOL

30 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:14 am

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We are trying to eat down the freezer contents so I pulled out a chunk of chuck roast and put it in my pot. Several years ago I bought this electric pressure cooker by Nesco. It also could sear, slow cook, cook rice and warm. Well, I guess that by today's standards it would be called an insta-pot. Wasn't back then. I seasoned the roast with salt, pepper, powdered ginger. Coated it in flour and seared it in the pot. Threw in a bay leaf, some caramelized onions, a bit of beef stock and set it on low. It wasn't quite done when Joe wanted to eat so I turned on the pressure cooker mode for 5 minutes. Those insta-pots are great for certain foods. When the roast was done, I pulled it out, degreased the juice in the bottom of the pot, added the rest of the beef stock and a can of mushroom soup for gravy. Thickened it with a bit of slurry and it was good. I served it with small potatoes and carrots browned in butter. Perfect heart attack fare. LOL. We only have it about twice a year.

We have Santa Ana winds that are blowing. It shredded the canvas cover over the patio. Shingles from the roof are scattered all over the yard. It also started two fires: one a couple of counties over that is already 31,000 acres and burned down a hospital. Mandatory evacuations and the roads look like grid-lock. Another fire just started in L.A. county. Hell of a Christmas for those poor people.

31 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:16 am

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bethk wrote:Yup.....a meatloaf sandwich in my future!

I like it on white bread, spread with Miracle Whip on both sides and the meat trimmed and shaped so I get meat in every bite.  I don't need lettuce but the Miracle Whip is my condiment of choice.

I know, I know......Ewwwwww! from some 'ONLY Mayo' users!

LOL

Miracle Whip is ok if you like sugared mayo. Not my mayo of choice.

32 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:32 am

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Warning out there: there is a scam going around. A woman had a man knock on her door. When she came to the door, she didn't open it (smart lady). She asked through the door what he wanted. He told her that one of her tires on her car was slashed and she better come out and have a look. She told him she would look later. He became more insistent and she got scared so she ran into a room and locked herself in and called 911. Police came and said her tire was slashed but most likely the man was going to be up to no good.

33 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:14 am

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OOOH, that is scary. Good thing she didn't let him in.

I fell off the "Use what you have in the freezer" wagon yesterday. I hadn't had chicken for a while, so I bought some cutlets, fried one and had the last of a bulgur wheat salad that I had. YUMM! Oh, and I made a pot of seafood chowder. Had some of that for lunch, some went into the now almost empty freezer, some will go to my neighbour.

34 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:32 pm

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Going to smoke a rack of ribs today. We will have potato salad and doctored Bush's to go along with it.

35 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:38 pm

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I thought this was cool.
I don't know how it is where you live but our food courts are outside under an overhang.

http://www.thekitchn.com/costco-food-court-us-uk-differences-253425?utm_source=k_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=12052017&recip_id=870181

36 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:11 pm

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I'm in a 'dinner-idea-funk' today.

Nothing sounds good.

I don't feel like cooking even though I was gone all day yesterday and didn't cook.

I should go back through my old photos and get an idea.....but even that sounds boring.

I think I'll suggest we go out tonight. He might bite on that suggestion........ ((get it? 'bite on that' ? That's bringing it back to a food related thread instead of crummy mood / lack of interest.))

37 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:47 pm

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I had planned to hit HIM up to go out to Texas Roadhouse for supper......

But I didn't feel like taking a shower and changing clothes and putting on some make-up and finding earrings...........

So, since I wanted steak I thawed one out and, surprising even ME, made a superior supper!

HE had nothing but compliments (and he didn't even know I didn't feel like planning or cooking supper), even cleaned up the kitchen beyond my expectations ~ and that's quite a feat, to be sure!

Personally, I loved the colors. The kabocha squash I picked up at the Oriental Market in Orlando yesterday was SO, SO orange.....the taste is amazing and it's super smooth flesh. It's now our all-time favorite.


38 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:44 pm

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Dinner was a stare at the ceiling, and brain fade happening!
i made Nissan soup,I shared it with Tina.
Then Tina said, how about some leftover shepherds pie? She's micro heating it up now!
It was so so. Now my belly is full, and my eyes are getting heavy and tired.
No dessert yet!Later....

39 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:11 pm

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Been watching the fires all day on the TV. My nephew lives in one of the fire areas. More wind tonight which is not a good thing.
I am serving Joe's ribs from last night. They weren't done in time so we decided to eat them tonight. I forgot to monitor the smoker and the unit burnt the pellets and caused the heat to go out so I finished them today while it was fairly calm outside. The wind is picking up again so I am glad I did it early.

40 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:32 pm

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I cut part of a loaf of french bread in half and made a sandwich with a bunch of cold cuts. I was busy in the basement today. We got a pottery kiln and I moved my two potters wheels down there. Charlie practically begged me to start doing ceramics again and to teach him. He has turned the basement into an art studio which he has been using for drawing and painting. The neighbor across the street is a contractor and installed a 240 outlet for the kiln and I am doing a test fireing now. The guy across the street said he wanted payment for the work he did to be me making him a coffee mug. Another electrician that was here for something minor a short time ago said it would cost almost $800 for him to do the same thing. I wonder if that means I can say I once made an $800 coffee mug?

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41 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:52 am

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Bugster2 wrote:Been watching the fires all day on the TV. My nephew lives in one of the fire areas. More wind tonight which is not a good thing.
I am serving Joe's ribs from last night. They weren't done in time so we decided to eat them tonight. I forgot to monitor the smoker and the unit burnt the pellets and caused the heat to go out so I finished them today while it was fairly calm outside. The wind is picking up again so I am glad I did it early.

Boy oh Boy, those fires and winds are unbelievable. I'm watching them on the news now. God bless those poor people!

42 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:00 am

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NormM wrote:I cut part of a loaf of french bread in half and made a sandwich with a bunch of cold cuts.  I was busy in the basement today.  We got a pottery kiln and I moved my two potters wheels down there. Charlie practically begged me to start doing ceramics again and to teach him. He has turned the basement into an art studio which he has been using for drawing and painting.  The neighbor across the street is a contractor and installed a 240 outlet for the kiln and I am doing a test fireing now.  The guy across the street said he wanted payment for the work he did to be me making him a coffee mug. Another electrician that was here for something minor a short time ago said it would cost almost $800 for him to do the same thing. I wonder if that means I can say I once made an $800 coffee mug?

That's a pretty steep price for that power run; even by New Jersey Standards. 4 Hrs = +- 250.00 with 120.00 material = 375.00 ~ 410.00
I would appreciate the electrician making him a mug.

43 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:30 am

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NormM wrote:I cut part of a loaf of french bread in half and made a sandwich with a bunch of cold cuts.  I was busy in the basement today.  We got a pottery kiln and I moved my two potters wheels down there. Charlie practically begged me to start doing ceramics again and to teach him. He has turned the basement into an art studio which he has been using for drawing and painting.  The neighbor across the street is a contractor and installed a 240 outlet for the kiln and I am doing a test fireing now.  The guy across the street said he wanted payment for the work he did to be me making him a coffee mug. Another electrician that was here for something minor a short time ago said it would cost almost $800 for him to do the same thing. I wonder if that means I can say I once made an $800 coffee mug?

Oh, my goodness.....what a compliment from your son! It's wonderful Charlie wants to be taught by 'the master' to carry on.

I cannot tell you how disappointed I am in myself that I wasn't smart enough (OK, in my defense, I'm using my youth as an excuse) to watch and learn how to do chair caning or crochet like my dad's mother did or how to knit, crochet and, especially, tatting, that my mom's mother did. I did learn lots about cooking from mom's mother, but there was so much more talent in them than I will ever have.

It's nice that the contractor across the street did a fairly simple and straight-forward job (easy for him since he's licensed) of extending the electrical from one part of your home to another. I would think it would be especially easy since you had 240 electricity for your old stove that is now converted to gas.

Knowing you, there will be a couple loaves of bread to go along with his $800 coffee mug.

44 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:50 am

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He put in a 240 outlet right next to the breaker box. That's where the kiln is located. He just put in another switch in the breaker box and wire was only a few feet long. that's why I was amazed at how much the other guy wanted. He used less that $100. in materials and it took about 20 minutes.

The kiln has a built in cost calculator. I have not used it but you put in the local cost of electricity and it will tell you how much the run cost. I am surprised that it cost that much. It didn't used to be much more that about a tenth of that but a run is 8 to 9 hours at least.

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45 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:56 am

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Here is the kiln before it got a plug-in added and the two potters wheels. The closest one already has some pottery made to help get out the rusty-ness in my throwing ability.

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46 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:44 am

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I never learned how to do anything either other than I did teach myself to crochet and I made an afghan. I did teach myself to sew but now there is no pleasure in doing it because of so many years of being forced to do it. It is funny how that happens. I really don't have any talents that I could develop. The trouble is that hobbies are so expensive.

I am up at 4AM making a shopping list. I got the store flyers in the mail yesterday and noticed we have two outlets opening this week: Aldi and Grocery Outlet. I guess I will have to check them out.

47 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:40 pm

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NormM wrote:He put in a 240 outlet right next to the breaker box.  That's where the kiln is located. He just put in another switch in the breaker box and wire was only a few feet long.  that's why I was amazed at how much the other guy wanted.  He used less that $100. in materials and it took about 20 minutes.

The kiln has a built in cost calculator. I have not used it but you put in the local cost of electricity and it will tell you how much the run cost.  I am surprised that it cost that much. It didn't used to be much more that about a tenth of that but a run is 8 to 9 hours at least.

Oh wow! .... a cake job! That was a close run. I thought he was running like 50 feet; snaking through small spaces.
Tina wanted me to install a kiln for her! She went to a school for that.
She has hundreds of special chalks to design and make markings.

It's not something she would want now. But who knows?

48 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:44 pm

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Macaroni and Meatballs tonight for supper!
Tina made the sauce.....and it smells great.

49 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:09 pm

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They make kilns of all sizes. Several are a lot smaller than mine.... Quite a few bigger ones too. It is listed by the number of bricks around the top, the depth and if it is a special order, how thick the brick are. Mine is an upgrade with three inch thick brick which is more well insulated and cheaper to fire. The number designation of mine is 822-3. I wanted one over 18" tall because I used to make some pots about that tall.


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50 Re: December 2017, What's for Dinner ? on Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:14 pm

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You shouldn't have any trouble 'getting back in the groove' of throwing pots, Norm. For as much stuff as you've made it should be a walk in the park! Have fun playing with your clay. Maybe you should get Charlie a Play Doh Factory to practice with as a Christmas present this year.....Hahahahaha!

((I saw a new one that had cool 'rising dough' in an oven as well as the perennial favorite, the Haircut Salon.....))

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No cooking tonight. We went out with Dane's golf group for a late lunch and we're both still full. I planned to make the Banh Mi sandwiches with my leftover pork. Went and picked up some nice bakery buns to split & toast. I'm hoping letting the vegetables continue to pickle overnight won't ruin them ~ actually, I think it might even make them better.

We'll see tomorrow night.

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