Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sunday After Thanksgiving- No Turkey, Please!

We caught a decent amount of snow today, so grocery shopping will be tomorrow's activity! Had enough ingredients to make a home made white bread, that would go well with spaghetti, covered in a ground beef basil-tomato sauce... I don't know about you, but after a feast day like Thanksgiving, all I want is a simple meal- as far away from leftovers as I can get! I know- you folks watch me work with leftovers a lot, but not today! This stuff was simple and it did hit the spot... I always grate my own Parmesan and Romano for a cheese topping that is long on flavor, but actually short on volume. The good stuff goes further- really! The photo of my redneck dinnerware(paper plate!)is because my son now has to work all day on Sundays alone, and can't take a break to come over for the meal.. We deliver!
Tomorrows menu will feature turkey wild rice soup, with some of that home made bread in the form of a toasted cheese sandwich. Also have to make a cheesecake- flavor not decided yet.... have a good week!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Before, During, And After Thanksgiving Eats..

This week, I was busy (as I'm sure everyone was!) getting ready for Turkey Day! Tuesday and Wed., was busy making venison jerky for a friend.. A lot of work, but I got venison out of the deal! Wed. & Thurs. were Thanksgiving prep and feast... Menu was straight traditional- turkey, sage sausage stuffing, green bean casserole(oriental!), mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, cranberry dressing, and pumpkin pie/w whipped cream. Turkey great, stuffing also, potatoes needed tweaking, and green bean casserole was runny( This pissed me off- I used fresh green beans, julienned,steamed, with a host of crisp oriental veggies! I should have known baking them would render more liquid! Live and learn..)Pie was bought, as were the rolls(brought by BIL) and were good! Friday was taking some ground venison, mixed with ground beef(marinated earlier in week!) and making kind of a hickory stick snack(as shown before dehydrating). I sort of burned out on cooking, as does happen...
I came home tonight to find a break-in had occurred! Relax! It was my son and his girlfriend raiding the fridge for leftovers! They had called my wife and got the OK- and I was fine with anyone reducing the amount of food in this house!
Leftovers tonight for us will be turkey croissant sandwiches, and whatever you guys want from that pile of left-overs...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Snowy Day Means Casserole Day..

Wife working late three days this week, so I try to have a meal ready to go when she gets home( as eating late doesn't agree with either of us!) I looked in the pantry and saw we had an inordinate amount of boxed macaroni-n-cheese on hand. I sometimes just use the pasta in these boxes, saving the powdered cheese sauce for other uses. I also had a big, fully cooked ham that has been waiting to be cut into, so I made a ham, mac and cheese casserole. Other items thrown in were sliced mushrooms and diced tomatoes. With the addition of a few spices, and hot sauce, it made for a warming supper on a wet snowy day...
Deer jerky production to start today, as I will be cutting it into strips and marinating part of today, and overnight! Plan to mix some ground venison and ground beef together to make a pepperoni snack everyone seems to like..

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Annual Trip Up North To Deer Camp!

I'm not hunting this year, but my son wanted to go- so we're going! The place we have has more than enough things to do besides shooting a deer. Just a little get away for me- leaving at about 11AM today, and coming back tomorrow in the afternoon. A buddy of mine got a deer, and will give me half, if I turn the rest of his half into jerky! I've done it before- good deal for both of us! See you all when I get back!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Mini-Meme- I Like A Chef Salad, Which Salad Is your Favorite?

Last night, we enjoyed a Chefs' salad.. Lettuce medley, quartered hard boiled egg, Swiss and Pinconning cheese, bacon, turkey, tomatoes, celery, carrots, and a red onion- all topped with salad dressing, mine Bleu cheese, wife enjoyed one shown(guess!). These are a substantial meal! Today's questions are:
1. What is your favorite salad?
2. What is the one you never want to see again?
Anything goes! So get going!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

My Pot Poast, With Baked Potato- Simple Stuff For A Snowy Day..

As usual on Sunday, I cook a big meal. That doesn't mean expensive, or exotic.. just a meal we discuss, and then do. Today, it was a pot roast, simmered/steamed in it's own gravy, with baked potatoes, and steamed broccoli. My wife made the brownies today, which were moist and tasty.. Our son and his girlfriend could not attend, as they both had to work, but we delivered a hot meal to my son, and made a plate for his GF for when she got off work.. It bothers me that 30yrs. ago, families had time to sit and eat together- and today, that is the exception, and not the rule. We are losing our culture, and our traditions through an "or else" work place. Working folks had rights and benefits- and now have to do anything asked to keep their job. Life is too short to tie yourselves to a wheel, and lose the simple pleasures of living..Mark my words, this will be an issue in America, and the world.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Pizza Bianca- Why Not?

Today, I decided to make a scratch pizza, with unheard of ingredients! I made my version of a "white pizza"- a different critter, but tasty! Normal crust- homemade, and rose like mad, with the yeast being perfect. Sauce was an Alfredo style, jacked up with oregano, basil, and red pepper flakes... Onions, diced, black olives, sliced mushrooms, with a dose of chicken were the toppings. The cheeses used were Parmesan, Romano, and mozzarella- who could ask for more? Baked for 15 minutes at 425F, the result was as you see- not too bad! Different from your normal pizza, but it is a hit around here.. Good week-end to all!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sunday Dinner, Nothing New Here...

Saturday night, I baked cookies. They were a peanut butter, oatmeal, dried cranberry, chocolate chip, slivered almond creation we call "The Easy Everything Cookie"! I've made this cookie(and variations) for years, and they have never failed to come out excellent- except for Saturday when I forgot one ingredient, an egg! They were still pretty good, but crunchy!
Sunday, I simply roasted about a 5lb. chicken, along with my stock sausage sage dressing in a separate pan. I didn't stuff the bird, because I wanted more dressing than that poor bird could have held... A side of steamed cauliflower rounded off a fairly good meal...
Later that night, I made a big batch of tuna fish salad for sandwiches during the week. While adding a last dab of mayo, to the batch(which I had put in a glass container) the glass container slipped out of my grip, hit the floor, and covered it with tempered glass shards and tuna fish salad... *%@!!*^##... don't ask for translation!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Empty Nest Pork Roast - Leftover Heaven!

Wednesday..., I really like large cuts of meat... 4-7lbs... I think this is where beef and pork do their best for the buck! I had a 5+ pound pork semi boneless roast that I thought should be cooked with a plan! At $1.29 a lb., I knew whatever I did would not be wasted money! Rolled in a spice coating, I roasted it for 5 hrs. at a low temp... Why, you ask? Well, I have found low temp cooking to be a great way to make a cheap piece of meat very tender, and tasty! It came out flavorful and tender, but Lord- what a pile of left over meat! Thursday, out of town.. but Friday we had Truck driver specials! This is one of my wife's' favorite meals- couple of pieces of toast, covered in a good gravy, with tender pork simmered in same! Today, the remainder of pork is now a chili- thick, hot, and ready for lunch! Less than 10 bucks of ingredients fed us for three days- all different, and delicious! I love to do this, as most of you know.. but with an economy roughing us all up- it makes good sense too!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Mini-Meme- Your Exit Poll... I Will Never Speak Of Politics Again!

I tried, by editorials, and recorded blog comments (to news agencies) to give my opinions on Local politics, and the shannigans that went on... I tried to refrain from making my blog a pulpit, preaching at others about what I do and believe in, that they should do.. I am a Jeffersonian American. He believed in stirring the pot and seeing what the people wanted! He also believed you should be educated in the candidates and policies before you exercise your vote. People wanted a change, and they got it. I am a bit more radical in what America has to do. When things are good, they don't need a third party, and when things go bad, they are to scared to consider one. Think for yourselves today, and here is the question:
1. What is the difference between the Democratic Party, and how they get it done, from the Republican Party?
2. Why would you not consider a Third Party?
I'm channelling Thomas Paine, Jefferson, and a drop of Sam Adams... Let's hear it!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Sunday Brunch At Home- An Explanation Why I Don't Do This Often!

Saturday, we were informed by my son, that his girlfriend had to work at 1PM, so our normal dinner time probably wouldn't include her. I offered to make "brunch" and could serve it at 11AM- and he loved that idea! Thinking of what I could make, I made up some home made white bread for toast, and decided to make Belgian waffles in my last years Christmas present! Slick unit, has own timer, and pivots both ways(without touching counter!) for more evenly baked waffles.. That stuff, along with thick cut bacon, juice, and coffee should be plenty.. Sunday hits, and I start making the batter for waffles. A new recipe, it had yeast in it, and would have to be allowed to rise for 40 min. Also, you must separate eggs, and beat the whites until peaks form- all of which isn't that hard, just a little time consuming! I was running late, my son calls and says he could come by at 11:15 if that would help me- great! Bacon is in pan, Waffles are being produced, bread is sliced and poised in the toaster at 11:15AM- nobody here yet... At 11:30 I'm getting angry, and have my wife call my son and find out where the heck he and his girlfriend are, as they are late! My wife hangs up at flatly announces to be that the twice a year time change we have in Michigan was last night, and it is actually 10:30AM... Brushing the horses' tail out of my horses' ass face, I decide to feed my wife, and make them food when they got here. Fortunately they don't live far, and were here is less than 10 minutes! My son apologizes, and I said to him "I've been trying hard figuring out how to blame you, but I'm coming up with nothing!". We laugh, and have a meal that was actually pretty good! For the record, I have never before forgot to change the clocks- until this year! It's a bitch to get old...

Saturday, November 01, 2008

The Eternal Appetizer... Chicken Wings!

It is a rare gathering of family or friends where "wings" don't make an appearance.. I mostly love the darn things- but have had some that were down right nasty! The original Buffalo wing recipe from the Anchor bar in Buffalo NY has to be at the top of my dislike list- really! Somewhat greasy, vinegary, hot (in a bad way!) the only redeeming factor is that they are traditionally served with blue cheese dressing, and celery stalks... Wings have been around long enough for innovative cooks to fiddle and tweak the recipe until there are dozens of choices to suit your taste buds! I've seen HOT wings, Southwestern wings, Asian wings, honey mustard wings, and all of these wings mentioned can be battered or unbattered!
I'm lazy when it comes to these treats. I buy a 4lb. frozen bag of unbattered wings, all sectioned, with tips removed for about $8.00. Frozen, I bake at 400F for 20 minutes, take out of oven, dump whatever sauce I've picked that day all over them, and bake for another 20 minutes. Good to go.... The ones pictured today (sorry for the crappy photo!) were an Asian/Korean sauce (Soy sauce, hoisin sauce, honey, hot sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, onion and garlic powder). All gone now....