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51 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:04 pm

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Niagara Visitor wrote: Going to make a chicken breast for myself today, and some plain veggies.............. Unfortunately, of the 30 lbs. that I lost last winter, 8 of those suckers have found me again.............. I kinda thought they were gone forever, sort of like my lost youth, but no, they can sneak back in somewhere.  So, it's back to plain, plain, plain.  

Well, eight is a lot better than 30, Lore, so you're not that far away. And when you think of the holidays and all, you did pretty good avoiding more of a gain, no?

52 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:35 pm

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bethk wrote:
Crybaby wrote:

She was indeed, Beth.  I've got to ask:  How old was Granny when she passed away, as she obviously planned to stay here a while.

She was only in her 70's.  In the late 1960's the State bought the majority of her farm to put the interstate through.  She ended up buying a small house in town for her final years, although she wasn't very happy about it.  She did, however, like to plan who would get how much of her estate when she was gone.  It's a real shame the attorney she chose (who ended up being the executor of her estate) made a huge profit and the family got a little less than half of what she originally was paid for the farm.  He was the kind of attorney that gives lawyers a bad name.

Shameful. I always recommend people name someone other than the drafting attorney to be the executor/executrix of their estate. Even smarter to me anyway is naming someone OUTSIDE of the family, like a dear friend or co-worker you trust as executor. I would tell the person they will be paid by the estate to be the executor (and have that in my will), and what I want done with all stuff left in the house after things bequeathed to others have been removed.

If there is a lot of property or properties, stocks, bonds, bank accounts, IRAs or money left, and it is to be distributed or divided among several people, the attorney has a lot more work on his hands to distribute everything and it can really add up quickly -- if individual jewelry pieces are not designated and there's valuable jewelry to be divided up, then the jewelry has to be appraised, too (very expensive). It's good if any of you have IRAs or 401(k)s, make sure your beneficiaries are up to date on those policies and those pockets of your money won't even become part of your estate and your kids or beneficiaries can benefit from them right away -- that's true in Louisiana and several other states but if you're unsure if it's true in your state, I'm sure the company/bank/entity that manages your IRA or 401(k) could tell you.

Managing an estate with a lot of property and bucks is a *itch -- especially if you've got kids or beneficiaries arguing about who gets what and pleading their cases to the estate attorney. Every phone call from every person costs money. You're probably thinking what is there to argue about if the person has a will, right? There's not much to argue about even if someone dies without a will either, as state law specifies what happens to the assets if someone dies intestate (some states the spouse gets it all, some states require the spouse to get half and the kids to get the other half, etc.). You'd think either way it's set in stone so there would be nothing to argue about, wouldn't you? But it's not usually the case. Some object to the executor selected by the deceased, some hire their own attorneys to fight for something in particular or to just fight for more than they're getting, some say "but Daddy always told me those antique cars were to be mine," and so on and so on. The more attorneys hired beyond the estate attorney, the more phone calls and the longer phone calls.

As usual, I went on way too long but let's face it, we're all around the ages where wills should be discussed....

53 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:06 pm

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UNCLE JIMMY wrote:It made it to 14 degrees today. Last night, I pulled chicken legs out of the freezer, and Tina made a nice pot of chicken soup. It did hit the spot......   Amen!

Nothing like soup when it's cold!  On my way back from the doctor the other day, I stopped by a Vietnamese restaurant and picked up an order of beef pho -- it was delicious for lunch and Brian had a late appointment with the doctor so he was glad to have it before he headed out into "the cold" -- the man can't abide cold weather.  

He's been wincing watching the temps in Boston for the last week or so and wondering how he ever put up with it.  Today it was -2 degrees in Boston and the wind chill there was -16; the man froze this week in New Orleans when it got down to 28 with a wind chill of 16!  I can't even imagine weather that cold.  Warmed up today and tomorrow it should be in the high 60s again so we're back to normal.  Me?  I loved it -- not all the time and not as cold as it was but the cold weather is something I look forward to. The heat and humidity will be back in force before we know it. But the humidity here sure makes cold temps feel even COLDER.



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54 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:16 pm

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Beth wrote:Well, my 'new' method is to cut into quarters 'pole-to-pole', then separate into 4 equal 'smiles'.  The pit practically falls out by itself with this method.  Then I 'peel' the heavy skin off, pushing slightly from the outside-in where it seems to occasionally 'stick', and then I end up with four neat and tidy avocado quarters to either use for a salad, slice, dice or smush.

I buy my avocados when they are pretty rock-hard and let them sit until they are soft to the touch (and hopefully fully ripe).  If I'm not ready to use them, I wrap them in a bit of plastic wrap and stash in the refrigerator ~ had today's in there for about a week.  The plastic wrap prevents the skin from getting dehydrated and also, IMO, prevents brown spots on the interior flesh.

Pretty neat, Beth -- I like the quarter cut most of all, as it would seem to lead to nice tidy pieces.  I love avocados.  They're not Brian's favorite thing but he eats them -- just not as much as I do when I have them.  I happen to think they're beautiful when sliced, too.  bounce

55 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:26 pm

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Hey, I bought a cookbook I've been wanting for a while: The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2018. It was on sale for $19.95 plus shipping under $4 so I snagged it.

It's HUGE and heavy, too. Over 2000 recipes including the ones from the upcoming season. It's nice to know I have the recipes for anything I see on there now. I do enjoy watching that show and am usually watching it between 2 and 3 a.m. when I'm unable to sleep which seems to be all the time. I especially like it since Chris Kimble isn't on anymore and the segments are handled by the two women who've been on the show for ages. Neither of them whine when a jalapeno pepper or 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne is used in a recipe like HE used to. What a whiner he is.

It's got a lot of recipes I'd like to try and it's definitely worth the expenditure.

I did subscribe to Kimble's new magazine and though I wanted to hate it, I liked it. Similar to Cook's Illustrated, of course, but then I like that mag, too. I just saw a portion of his show today for the first time. Was distracted though so I didn't really pay attention.

56 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:40 pm

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I called some estate planning attorneys and they all wanted a ton of money. Charlie told me he could get a lawyer's Insurance plan where they take out a few dollars every month and he can see a lawyer for next to nothing. The lawyer we saw said he should take out this in his plan every year for the rest of his life because he could see a lawyer for a tenth of what it would cost at the regular price. That firm set up a trust so that when I become unable to manage my affairs, Charlie just shows two dr.'s noted affirming that and he gets access to everything without any more lawyer or judge getting involved. I can alter it any way I want, including specifying who I want to get specific things, if any. We are in the process of getting it all set up but in the meantime, Charlie has access to all the necessary power of attorney documents needed to do the same thing.... it just is not as seamless as with the trust.

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57 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:39 pm

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I thawed out a couple containers of chicken stock....a quart of just stock and a quart that I included some meat in. I'm not a huge fan of a lot of meat in my chicken noodle soup but Dane is. So, hopefully, when he ladles the soup into his bowl he'll get most of the chicken.

I'm just going to use one egg yolk to make some quick noodles, figure that should be enough to make enough for one little pot. Oh, did I mention Dane doesn't like many noodles in his soup? And I'm still feeling crappy enough to not care much at all. Whatever it makes is what it will be. I have a strip of the olive focaccia bread ready to reheat in the toaster oven. He'll probably go get the crackers.

I'm counting today as day #2 for this cold. I took a long shower and let the warm water beat down on my neck and shoulders ~ that's what's aching the most. The cough isn't too bad, but maybe the vodka and OJ is soothing my throat.

Dane took all the plants back outside today. Surprisingly, my Meyer Lemon tree looks like it only sustained a little bit of damage. There are some blossoms that are opening.....I hope it warms up enough for the bees to come and do their job so I get fruit from them! I haven't been outside to look at the Bird of Paradise yet. I do hope the flower buds were still too small to have been frozen since it was pretty well covered. Only time will tell on all of them.

58 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:59 pm

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The soup really hit the spot.....I made it with more broth than anything. And I think using homemade stock exclusively, instead of adding boxed stock to extend it, was a healthy idea. I just held my head over my bowl and tried to breathe in the steam. I just want the 'wonder' of the homemade soup to cure me of this crappy cold! I'm sick of the sneezing and weezing. And, yes, I'm a big time whinner when I don't feel good......


59 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:31 pm

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Crybaby wrote:
Niagara Visitor wrote: Going to make a chicken breast for myself today, and some plain veggies.............. Unfortunately, of the 30 lbs. that I lost last winter, 8 of those suckers have found me again.............. I kinda thought they were gone forever, sort of like my lost youth, but no, they can sneak back in somewhere.  So, it's back to plain, plain, plain.  

Well, eight is a lot better than 30, Lore, so you're not that far away.  And when you think of the holidays and all, you did pretty good avoiding more of a gain, no?  


Absolutely. I had a lot of fun, great company both in my condo and visiting others. So, I'll have to have fun getting rid of those suckers again.

60 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:03 pm

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bethk wrote:The soup really hit the spot.....I made it with more broth than anything.  And I think using homemade stock exclusively, instead of adding boxed stock to extend it, was a healthy idea.  I just held my head over my bowl and tried to breathe in the steam.  I just want the 'wonder' of the homemade soup to cure me of this crappy cold!  I'm sick of the sneezing and weezing.  And, yes, I'm a big time whinner when I don't feel good......



Poor Beth.... I feel for you kiddo!
Try eating burnt toast with butter, and hot milk, with a tsp. of butter and honey. It's such a throat soother.

A chest and throat rub with Vicks, and covered with flannel, just before bed time.

61 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:20 pm

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Supper was order and take out Chinese. Pork fried rice, ribs ( pork )
and Shrimp egg rolls.
We were supposed to have Chili....but that didn't happen. So there is tomorrow!

62 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:32 am

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Finally had the cooking bug, yesterday!!

I made a small pot of tomato sauce with cut up sweet Italian sausages..
and then,
I went on to make a huge pan of Chicken Soup!
It came out so good.. did not have to use any broth, or bullion cubes-- the entire soup was why I put in it.. all my stuff.. from scratch.. so good..

Had pasta last night...tested soup all day..

Today, I will have the chicken soup.. with Alphabet Pasta...

I like to have chicken soup in the freezer, for the winter.. now, I am all set.. will portion both these things up later..

It felt so good to cook... being alone, without a free standing freezer, it is really for me to routinely cook.. I usually just have the basics.. nothing extravagant.. but yesterday, I enjoyed myself.. taking my time, really good music playing. It was fun.

Gotta go, Artie, yes he is still here.. has been bugging for at least 30 minutes, for me to play and brush him....

63 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:28 am

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So glad to hear from you! So glad Artie is still with us!

64 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:48 am

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Thanks,

Yes, Artie has had a ton of ups and downs, over the past year.. quite frankly, he is a quandary to his Specialist at Angell Memorial Hospital. This Vet is one of the top ones in the country.. All the Vets at Angell Memorial go to him for advice.

Dr B is very down to earth, cost conscious, dedicated.

He is kind of 'winging' it with Artie.. and feels that I have a good amount of knowledge about the meds, and Artie. He trusts my judgement; however, Unless it is something physically medical that he can treat, it we are just going by our instinct, experiences, and Artie's Behavior..

You could kind of say that I am doing hospice care to Artie.. But he is pooping, eating, and had a ton of zoomies today..I brushed him, we played with a wand toy, and we played "Chase" for about 45 minutes.. then he was watching me as I did my morning stuff..

I have to give his secretary a daily update, because Artie can turn on a dime. The Secretary is awesome. I have really bonded with her. I think she wants the daily updates, more than Dr B.

Anytime, I go to Angell Memorial, and mention Dr B's name, everyone's eyes light up.

I mean it.. they are in awe of this guy.. He, his secretary and his Vet tech are kind of a team unto themselves, that is what I was told by a couple of people..

Dr B does not work everyday; but he calls in daily for updates on his patients.. and his secretary knows exactly how to reach him.. and he has an 'assistant' vet-- yes a Vet, not a student, who is familiar with all his patients; so he can cover for Dr B.

Human doctors are not even that dedicated..I feel blessed in finally finding an excellent Vet.

I swear, if it was not for Dr B, Artie would not have lived through this past year.

Anyway..I am hijacking this forum.. sorry..



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65 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:52 am

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Beth,
for congestion, either sinus or chest,
try this tea:

Get some fresh ginger at the store; peel, and cut into pieces/slices.. put it in a pot of water..
steep for a bit..

I use this with some honey for any congestion. It works wonders.

It burns, but feels so good.

I keep some in the refrigerator, and just nuke it, as needed..

I was told this is an "OLD Southern", folk remedy ... and it really does help..

66 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:31 pm

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Thanks for the idea, Cyn....I've always got ginger chunks in my freezer. I would think a very small, thin slice in hot water & honey would be more than enough. That stuff is STRONG!

I did end up taking a Vicodin to stop the cough this morning. I just couldn't get it to stop. So far I haven't had the side effect of itching that I sometimes get so hopefully I'll be able to take a short nap later this afternoon just to rest my weary body.

I did have a small bowl/coffee mug of the chicken soup. I just sat and stuck my nose at the top of the mug and breathed in and out until it was cool enough to eat. When I took the container of leftover soup out of the refrigerator I noticed it was still like chicken broth Jello. That stuff will cure me for sure!

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Even though I'm feeling worse than yesterday, for some odd reason I still want to cook something. This cold bug must have wormed it's way into my brain and really messed me up! LOL

I've got 3 nice green zucchini. I'm thinking of slicing them and lightly sauteing to try to get some of the liquid to render off. I want to use them for a 'faux' lasagna. Layers of zucchini slices, some sauce that I'm simmering now on the stove, my 'faux' ricotta blend of cottage cheese, parmesan, mozzarella & egg and a bunch of mozzarella to hold everything together. I can't decide if I want to slice my zucchini lengthwise or in thick rounds ~ oh, such a quandry I'm in!

I was surprised I was out of frozen marinara. But it's easy enough to whip up a batch. I always use a 24 oz. jar of inexpensive store bought marinara (there are so many to choose from) and then I doctor it up with some diced onion, this time I used part of a jalapeno pepper that was begging to be used and just a couple of my 6 oz. ground chuck patties. I'm not a fan of lots of meat in my marinara so the 12 oz. seems to be just enough to be obvious without being too much. I also used two pint containers of my homemade tomato juice I canned last August. By adding some really, REALLY good stuff to mediocre store bought marinara I end up with a pretty good end product. And lately, instead of adding a teaspoon of regular white sugar to my tomato sauce (YES, I do add a little just to counteract some of the acidity) I've been adding about a scant tablespoon of brown sugar. I'm not sure what exactly it does differently but it seems to taste more complex, IMO.

67 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:32 pm

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If you are itching from the Vicodin, it isn't a side effect, it means you are allergic to it. Be very careful. I can't take amoxicillin. I get an itchy rash. It took 6 months for the rash to go away.

68 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:05 pm

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The itching happens occasionally....so it's a crap shoot I decide to participate in when the unproductive cough gets bad enough to make my entire body sore from the jarring cough. I know it's an allergic reaction but it doesn't last long and is the chance I'm willing to take to have the codeine stop my cough.

69 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:26 pm

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cookingirl wrote:Beth,
for congestion, either sinus or chest,
try this tea:

Get some fresh ginger at the store; peel, and cut into pieces/slices.. put it in a pot of water..
steep for a bit..

I use this with some honey for any congestion. It works wonders.

It burns, but feels so good.

I keep some in the refrigerator, and just nuke it, as needed..

I was told this is an "OLD Southern", folk remedy ... and it really does help..

Cindy, I believe I posted this before, but, when Brother or I got a cold, Mom would give us a tip of a teaspoon of vicks vapo-rub to swallow!
A 1/4 tsp. ..... We got better fast!

70 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:16 pm

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Thanks for the suggestion, Jimmy ~ but I think I'll pass.......

(better than passing OUT from trying that petroleum cure!)

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The zucchini lasagna is in the oven. I tried doing a saute with four slices and decided they were absorbing too much oil in my cast iron skillet so I decided to do a 450° bake on a rack to dispense with the moisture. Success!

Starting to assemble ~ I thought the bread loaf pan would be a good baking dish to keep everything stacked up.



I layered it just as I would a regular lasagna with noodles ~ sauce, zucchini, 'faux' ricotta, shredded mozzarella, sauce, repeat.



It stacked up nicely. At the end I added some sliced mozzarella to cover.




I had leftover 'faux' ricotta so I mixed the rest of the shredded mozzarella into it and boiled some jumbo shells I spotted in the pantry. That casserole got assembled and stashed in the freezer for another night when I don't feel like cooking.

71 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:46 pm

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bethk wrote:Thanks for the suggestion, Jimmy ~ but I think I'll pass.......

(better than passing OUT from trying that petroleum cure!)

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The zucchini lasagna is in the oven.  I tried doing a saute with four slices and decided they were absorbing too much oil in my cast iron skillet so I decided to do a 450° bake on a rack to dispense with the moisture.  Success!

Starting to assemble ~ I thought the bread loaf pan would be a good baking dish to keep everything stacked up.



I layered it just as I would a regular lasagna with noodles ~ sauce, zucchini, 'faux' ricotta, shredded mozzarella, sauce, repeat.



It stacked up nicely.  At the end I added some sliced mozzarella to cover.




I had leftover 'faux' ricotta so I mixed the rest of the shredded mozzarella into it and boiled some jumbo shells I spotted in the pantry.  That casserole got assembled and stashed in the freezer for another night when I don't feel like cooking.

That lasagna looks SOoooo good Beth!
That's a great idea using squash for the noodles.

I don't blame you for not wanting turpentine breath from the Vicks. We hated it too as kids.

72 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:54 pm

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UNCLE JIMMY wrote:
cookingirl wrote:Beth,
for congestion, either sinus or chest,
try this tea:

Get some fresh ginger at the store; peel, and cut into pieces/slices.. put it in a pot of water..
steep for a bit..

I use this with some honey for any congestion. It works wonders.

It burns, but feels so good.

I keep some in the refrigerator, and just nuke it, as needed..

I was told this is an "OLD Southern", folk remedy ... and it really does help..

Cindy, I believe I posted this before, but, when Brother or I got a cold, Mom would give us a tip of a teaspoon of vicks vapo-rub to swallow!
A 1/4 tsp. ..... We got better fast!  

Jimmy, No Thank You.... actually ~~ gross, gag...

73 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:12 pm

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OK, so my Zucchini Lasagna experiment went well ~ right up until I tried to get it out of the pan.

I think maybe if I had let it sit and get cold and then did a re-heat it might have held together, but as it was I ended up slicing through with a sharp knife, tried to remove a wedge with two spatulas and ended up slopping a big old spoonful on our plates.

The taste was really good. The texture was good. It had plenty of mozzarella cheese.

But, man, it sure wasn't pretty! LOL


74 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:50 pm

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That zucchini lasagne looks good. I cooked for the first time in about a week. A friend from Australia but lives in Seattle posts a lot of recipes and this one was from a Scotsman who had never had meatloaf before and prior to making this one, didn't really have a clue as to what it really was. My friend has made is several times and says it is good and it is. It has garlic and spinach in it and I made a few changes like use some sausage instead of ground pork and Panko instead of soft bread crumbs.


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75 Re: January 2018, Whats for Dinner?? on Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:27 pm

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For supper, I made Greek style Hot Dog &  Hamburger Chili
I had that on hot dogs on toasted bread.

I fired up the grill this afternoon ( we had a hot spell .... 20 degrees )
and burned Tina's trotters and ham hocks for a batch of pigs feet.
They cooked all day. The house smells it too! LOL


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