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Monday, January 18, 2010

Screwed Up Schedule Food Post




My wife is going through a change in her job..it's a promotion, but the schedule has been changing darn near daily... Food has been hit and miss. Two days we had a late breakfast, and no dinner to speak of. Friday she had off, as she had to work Saturday... Son has had his schedule changed, too! We had my son and his girlfriend over for waffles, and all went to that country market I've written about before- Bird's. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts- $1.49 a lb., Hamburger- $1.49 a lb., New York Strip (whole loin) $3.29 a lb., pork steak- $1.09 a lb., etc... Saved a bunch of money and gave quite a bit to my son- who is really starting to get into cookiing!
Saturday we just had hot dogs with cheese and bacon(we call them frankcheesies!), and I made a very interesting dessert for Sunday.
Imagine a cracker crumb crust, can of pumpkin pie, 4 eggs, 1 can of evaporated milk, 1 can of coconut milk(really!)white sugar, pumpkin pie spices, and salt. Baked according to can instructions, but the last 10 minutes I topped with shredded sweetened coconut until toasted... It was really good! Why coconut milk? Because the recipe called for two cans of evaporated milk, and I only had one! I'm glad I tried this, as it was a new twist to an old favorite- pumpkin pie! If that cake pan looks old and beat up, it's because it is! It was my moms, and has to be 50 yrs. old...

50 comments:

Kate said...

Pumpkin and coconut. Hmmm.

Chef E said...

Buff- I had fun with my son this trip. We got into it though over how to cook ribs indoors, so I can tell he is starting to form his own opinion about food, but when it comes right down to it, we love our meat, and he does not complain when I cook it my way, cause he gets to eat for free and he can sit back and relax. He did make a mean chuck roast for us, althought it was pricey from his butcher shop!

buffalodick said...

Kate- It really was good!
ChefE- I bought two beef roasts from that market- $1.89 a lb.!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Those prices are incredible! I'd certainly save some money to stock up.

Very interesting pie, I bet the coconut did life the flave to a whoe new level. Very creative Buff!

Barbara said...

When the kids were little I used to cut a slice in a hot dog, slide in some cheese, wrap it up in a piece of bread, stick a toothpick in it and pop them in the oven. Made for happy kids!
Your pie sounds great. I often use coconut milk in place of milk in recipes. Always have some in my pantry. Bet it gave your pie a lovely richness in flavor.

A Year on the Grill said...

winners all... and I sub ingredients all the time (for exactly the same reason)... who's to know it isn't planned!

Jen said...

I'll take the dogs and pass on the coconut. Never have cared much for the stuff.

buffalodick said...

Katherine- It was a "learn as you make it"...crossed fingers were involved!
Barb- My mom made those hot dogs when I was little..I prefer chili dogs, but wife loves these..
Griller- I wing it a lot, finding both good and bad surprises!
Jen- People like coconut, or they don't- no middle ground!

Martha@Menagerie said...

I was wondering where you were, seems like so long since you posted last. Everything is looking good. Nice prices on the meats! Guess your going to have to get your son up and running with his own blog soon! :-)

buffalodick said...

Martha- It was my wife's schedule that threw off the food preparation process!

tamilyn said...

Yeah, only like coconut in my cocktails, but I'm thinking I may need to try bacon on a hot dog!

Velva said...

Wow, you got some killer deals at the market. I would have so stocked-up with no thougt if I had room in my freezer. That would have been an afterthought.

Life has a way of getting in the way of a good meal. Good luck to your wife and her new job.

My hat is off to you when a child takes up the love of cooking-it is such a great feeling. I can still hope that my boys will eventually get there too.

The Blonde Duck said...

That dessert sounds heavenly...

buffalodick said...

Tam- When I tasted the coconut milk, it was bland and not sweet..the topping really worked well with it!
Velva- I have one son who cooks very little, and the other one took to it like crazy!

buffalodick said...

BlondeD- I was shocked it came out so well!

Marjie said...

I love pumpkin pie, and I could see the addition of coconut to it!

Realliveman said...

Still cooking like a champ I see!

If you didn't already know, my old blog was Mike'e Homefront. My new one is Lost and Found.

buffalodick said...

Margie- In a crazy way, it worked like mad!
Mike- Tried to comment on football in Italy, but the site wasn't set up for it..

Pam said...

Isn't it great when you sub out of necessity and it turns out to be fantastic!

K said...

The coconut idea sounds good to me.

Hope the schedule settles out soon.

VickieH said...

Hi Mr. D! Love the pumpkin dessert - I'll be the coconut was delicious. I am a SUCKER for old family pans. I love thinking about all the hundreds of things prepared in it over the years - gives me a warm fuzzy. :)

Gloria said...

I love hot dogs!! We eat with chopped tomatoes and mashed avocado, really nice. And I love your dessert,I love old pans I have someones of my Mom that she dont use but I love, xx gloria

Good luck to your wife in her new job!

buffalodick said...

Pam- Sometimes we have to say why not, instead of why!
K- Should be squared away by next week- I hope!
Vickie- Highest dessert finish I ever got in the State of Michigan BB-Q cook-off, was in that old pan..My mom, now deceased, would have been proud..
Gloria- Thanks! Old cookware has a special place in my heart..Mom had her name in fingernail polish on the side, for when the church potlucks were on..long time ago.

doggybloggy said...

buff this is one excellent twist on regular pumpkin - I'll bet the coconut on top and the coconut in the mix made this one "stupid good" confection! Now about that ketchup on the franks......

buffalodick said...

DogB- That was my wife's plate! You don't want to know how she eats meatloaf...

Angela in Europe said...

I love cooking with coconut milk. It works well with almost everything...or maybe I just like it a lot ;-) Hope you guys had good holidays!

highlandsranchfoodie said...

I'm a fan of hotdogs and that version sounds soooooooo good. Your dessert sounds pretty darn decadent! I'm a coconut milk fan and would have never thought to substitute it if I didn't have enough evaporated. Hope the schedules all meld and you're back on track soon...we hate it when you miss a post! :-) We get cranky without a Buff food fix.

buffalodick said...

Angela- Thanks! I haven't cooked much with it, but I plan to now!
Highlander- It's been a little crazy around here..best friends of ours have a daughter(32 and 4 kids) that had a heart attack, and it is touch and go...

Brian Miller said...

nice...never thought of pumpkin and cocnut together.

Just telling it like it is said...

I am really starting to get into cooking as well...something about my son getting older and maybe not needing his old Ma as much...he is so spoiled...I love hearing your family stories.

Kris said...

I think your wife could use a new pair of earrings... I have a giveaway on my blog. stop by if you can! :o)

blueviolet said...

Every day is a culinary treat at your house!

Meghan said...

Bacon classes up any mean. Especially hotdogs.

Jen said...

Why can't I meet a guy that likes to cook? Your son is going to make some girl very happy.

Donna-FFW said...

Wow! What grat bargains.. how nice that your son is getting into cooking, bet it makes you two even closer than what you are. I wish my little ones took some interest, my oldest are 12(twins), 11 and 9. No one has any interest in helping mom, I envy you:)

Gloria said...

Buffalo Dick we sometimes make some dishes to the Church or others reunions, je,je, and makerd with nail polish too, and when went to camping we mark the spoonful, fork etc. huggs, gloria

Gloria said...

Donna I have twins too! Have 15 a girl and a boy, teenagers!! xx

buffalodick said...

Brian- Me either!
Darngirl- He might when he gets a little older..
Kris- My wife has some valuable earrings- and never wears them!
BlueV- Not every day, believe me!
Meghan- Bacon is pretty popular in many dishes, for sure!
Jen- His live-in girlfriend is skinny but loves to eat!
Donna- Plenty of time for that yet!
Gloria- That is one old cake pan..my other newer one was in the dishwasher!

G-Man said...

Hot Dogs with ANYTHING is awesome!

buffalodick said...

I like hot dogs, and I don't care who knows it! The add-ons are endless!

UBERMOUTH said...

That's odd. I left a comment here saying that I LOVE hotdogs and even eat them raw.

buffalodick said...

Uber- Never got comment- tastes like bologna anyway!

deb said...

pumpkin coconut pie. two favorites. will have to try that on for size. tanya and i have new blog. "an unlikely pair" check us out. xxoo deb

Ily said...

Funny, my friend just mentioned the hot dogs w/ bacon and mozzarella this weekend. I had never heard of such a thing, but apparently it's her Christmas Eve dinner (believe it or not!). Sounds good to me but not that festive. lol

Great pics, btw! Toasted shredded coconut looks and sounds fantastic!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Sporadic schedules always throw a wrench in mealtime plans, don't they? Hubby tends to have a sporadic schedule, too.

LOVE the idea of coconut milk and toasted shredded coconut to twist up the pumpkin pie recipe - YUM!!

They don't make cookware like they used to, do they? I love all my old stuff I got from my mom and grandma. :)

Eternally Distracted said...

Frankcheesies sound amazing :0)

buffalodick said...

Deb- I did, and left a comment!
Ily- That toasted coconut really made a difference!
Stacy- I wanted it as a keepsake , but I still use it!
E.D- A tasty quick snack, that I've never seen anyone not eat! Cheese was Michigan made Pinconning- kind of a cross between Cheddar and Colby..

pinknest said...

Mmmm...coconut and pumpkin. Sounds divine to me! Have you ever topped your hot dogs with mac and cheese and sloppy joes all at once?

buffalodick said...

Pink- I make a cheeseburger soup that has hamburger, cheese, and macaroni in a tomato base...

Marina said...

I have made the substitute with coconut milk as well in other recipes... it works well, even in soups.... and it may even be a healthier alternative if you use the light version.