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January 2014: What's Cooking in the Kitchen?

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1 January 2014: What's Cooking in the Kitchen? on Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:30 pm

Bugster2

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I made a pan of fudge. I didn't get enough sweets at Christmas. Tonight will be some Honey Baked Ham, tater salad, mac & cheese.

bethk

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I have been SO hungry for "real" beef lately. Man, it's difficult to do anything other than a burger or steak when you're cooking for one. I wanted something like a pot roast...but the closest I could think of was a pot of stew that I could make in a small enough quantity for just me, and only have about one meal left over. And stew just didn't sound good....

The other day I happened to see a wonderful package of boneless short ribs - on sale. Four beautifully marbled pieces of beef, just right to cook and not have a ton leftover but still have some great beef flavor.

So, I braised the short ribs, they were as flavorful and succulent as I hoped....looking a bit dark because I braised them in a combination of red wine and stock. But all that marbled beef gave me fall-apart-goodness and had wonderful beef flavor.

Barbara101

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Not what I planned.But it is pork.with mashed.
I may make ribs with kraut later in the week.

Looks great Beth.I make pot roast for me all the time.I just put leftover in the freezer.

bethk

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better watch out, Barb....after yesterday & today you are in fear of OD'ing on fabulous food!

great looking meal!

UNCLE JIMMY

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Beth...the ribs are really meaty. They look so good.
I'll bet it was all fingers and forks pulling out the meat. hahahahaha
Finger lickin too!

Barb...another meal fit for a queen / king.


I had ribs done in the oven covered at 250º for 4 hours.

Tina made beef stroganoff and mashed potatoes for GD.

Kids chilled out and stayed home. Back to work tomorrow, and a nasty snow storm is due for afternoon tomorrow into Friday.

DD travels north from here 18 miles and no traffic ...

DIL and Son travel East 27 miles with the traffic flow toward the cities. It rots!

Only 5 inches forecast. A mere bag of shells!... Only problem is 14 degrees on Friday, and low of -5º on Saturday. Now that's cooking weather!



NormM

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I made gumbo and a salad for dinner tonight

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UNCLE JIMMY

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NormM wrote:I made gumbo and a salad for dinner tonight


Norm, there is no word to describe how good that meal can be.
Only a forkful eaten and chewed can show an expression to describe the
masterful cooking that created it.
What a delicious plate of taste and aroma!

Great Job!

NormM

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Thank you Jimmy.

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Barbara101

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that gumbo looks really good.

funny how we used to call that ''File`Gumbo''.

it is turning cold ( for here) in the next few days,maybe I will make some too.

bethk

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Good looking, Norm! Did you have scallops in there to keep the shrimp company? Love the big pieces so you get to see what you're eating.

NormM

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File' is a plant used to thicken Gumbo. Sometimes it's used instead of okra so then It's called File' Gumbo instead of just Gumbo.

Beth I had shrimp, scallops, crab, chicken and smoked kielbasa in it,

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UNCLE JIMMY

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NormM wrote:File' is a plant used to thicken Gumbo.  Sometimes it's used instead of okra so then It's called File' Gumbo instead of just Gumbo.

Beth I had shrimp, scallops, crab, chicken and smoked kielbasa in it,

Isn't file' like from sassafras root??

Barbara101

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UNCLE JIMMY wrote:
NormM wrote:File' is a plant used to thicken Gumbo.  Sometimes it's used instead of okra so then It's called File' Gumbo instead of just Gumbo.

Beth I had shrimp, scallops, crab, chicken and smoked kielbasa in it,

Isn't file' like from sassafras root??


No.. It is the leaves crushed up.

UNCLE JIMMY

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Barbara101 wrote:
UNCLE JIMMY wrote:
NormM wrote:File' is a plant used to thicken Gumbo.  Sometimes it's used instead of okra so then It's called File' Gumbo instead of just Gumbo.

Beth I had shrimp, scallops, crab, chicken and smoked kielbasa in it,

Isn't file' like from sassafras root??


No.. It is the leaves crushed up.

Oh! wow!... When we were little kids, dad worked for
PennDot working on highway repairs, and he would sometimes pull sassafras root plants and bring them home. Mom would wash and scrape the ends of bark, and we would bite and suck on the stem ends to get the root beer flavor. It was sometimes numbing on the tongue.

Barbara101

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UNCLE JIMMY wrote:
Barbara101 wrote:
UNCLE JIMMY wrote:
NormM wrote:File' is a plant used to thicken Gumbo.  Sometimes it's used instead of okra so then It's called File' Gumbo instead of just Gumbo.

Beth I had shrimp, scallops, crab, chicken and smoked kielbasa in it,

Isn't file' like from sassafras root??


No.. It is the leaves crushed up.

Oh! wow!... When we were little kids, dad worked for
PennDot working on highway repairs, and he would sometimes pull sassafras root plants and bring them home. Mom would wash and scrape the ends of bark, and we would bite and suck on the stem ends to get the root beer flavor. It was sometimes numbing on the tongue.


My Mom used to brew sassafras tea.Sure smelled good.Root is a whole nother thing lol Some say it is poison.Some say it causes cancer.I know I have not seen it in a long long long time.

I do have File powder tho.

NormM

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Mom used to have a sassafras tree in her yard. I dug up some root a couple times and made tea with it.

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NormM

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double post. Sorry

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18 Re: January 2014: What's Cooking in the Kitchen? on Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:57 am

Bugster2

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No cookin' tonight. I woke up with a fresh cold that has hit me in my sinus'. My upper jaw even aches. Hope somebody takes pity on me and makes me dinner. I definitely have the miseries today. Hope it doesn't go to my chest. I know I must have caught it at the Obamacare sign-up store.

UNCLE JIMMY

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Bugster2 wrote:No cookin' tonight. I woke up with a fresh cold that has hit me in my sinus'. My upper jaw even aches. Hope somebody takes pity on me and makes me dinner. I definitely have the miseries today. Hope it doesn't go to my chest. I know I must have caught it at the Obamacare sign-up store.

Oh Dear Lord No!

People + People = Germs.

I feel for you Bugs.. Get some chicken soup or broth.
Sip water....

I am also with sinus infection soreness from the upper
tooth I had pulled a week and a half ago.
Last night I said to Tina,"Hon I'm wishing for those Hershey Kisses;
do we have any?" ... She said,"Yeah...under the TV in a bowl!"

I had one... two...., and the third one, I mistakenly shoved one on the side
where I had the tooth extracted, and bit down and jammed the point of the Hershey kiss right into the hole in the jaw / gum line.
OMG....I saw stars, and almost fell to my knees with pain.

See....Being a glutton for punishment! Haaaaaa...
I was up all night with pain, and te tooth is gone?? What gives with that I said??

So You take it easy. Rub Vicks Vaporub on your temples and forehead.

bethk

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I'm having the leftover short ribs and noodles tonight. I considered baking a chicken but decided I needed to take care of the leftovers before I make more.

Barbara101

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UNCLE JIMMY

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Today was a snow event day!
I was dreading going out there with the snow blower, because the cold wind
in the face, just took my breath away.
AT around 8:45 AM, the door knocker clacks, and low and behold, there was the young kid that used to do my sow clearing when he was in High School.
Now he's in second year college, and he was off today because of the storm.
His friend came over later, and they cleaned the driveway, the front walks, the courtesy walk; cleaned off two cars, and cleaned the front porch and etc.

I gave them 40 bucks, and they were done in less than an hour!

Tina made them hot cocoa, and it was worth every darn penny.

It's great to see that some kids / young adults, are energetic, and out making a buck when the opportunity arises.

I had the snow blower running, but they didn't want to use it. They felt better and said it was a good feeling to do manual work for a change.

cookingirl

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Jimmy, that was awesome!
Good for the guys! and such a deal...
I was outside for about 30 minutes...it was so cold!
I was frozen the rest of the day.
I even tried to warm up with a hot shower and hot chocolate with a good shot of peppermint schnapps and whipped cream--to no avail..
Forty dollars is so cheap for all the work they did in the bitter cold...
I will check the car later. It is now 2 degrees out. At 8 am, it was 0 degrees with wind chill of -7 degrees. The only saving grace is there is much less of a wind than yesterday. The Riverway, which is across the main road from me was flooded with yesterdays noon time high tide. I may walk over there to check it out. Savage amusement! and going stir crazy!

24 Re: January 2014: What's Cooking in the Kitchen? on Sat Jan 04, 2014 10:11 am

Barbara101

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Isn't it funny how all BLT look alike .. geek 

NormM

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That reminds me of the difference in the way I make BLT's and the way a friends mom made them. I make BACON lettuce and tomato sandwiches.  She made bacon lettuce and TOMATO!!! sandwiches. I almost choked over all the tomatoes she had in the sandwich she gave me.[/size]

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