Archive for June, 2016

21
Jun
16

The salad that sticks to your ribs

A hearty meal is know by the phrase “stick to you ribs”, inferring  that a meal will stay with you after consumption and fill you up not wanting more for quite some time. (Just in case that phrase is new to you).

I actually had ribs with this salad, incorporating salads into your menu need not be boring, serve as a side dish once and a while to replace the starch component, pasta, potatoe etc. 

The ribs come as a leftover from a celebratory meal, dry rubbed and slow roasted over charcoal and mesquite pellets. A rite of summer, learning that BBQ the day before and then high heat grilling briefly the day of the meal is the best way to go time wise. Not all in the family goes for the ribs, (or chicken) like this so left overs are available. Even though I like the spicy fire finish of the BBQ sauce, two ribs sufficed. 

I can’t take credit for the salad , on warm days,  heating the kitchen is a factor in planning meals so Diane made the salad. I mearly added the ribs and BBQ sauce . (Recipe will be posted later.)


One of the few times I utilized bottled dressing , Vadalia onion .

14
Jun
16

Shrimp and squid soup

A scaled down inspiration recipe from  http://goanwiki.com/2016/06/10/sopa-de-camarao-recieta-shrimp-soup-recipe/    With a bit of a changeup.

You figure that being a New Englander born and raised that clam chowder would be a staple on the  table. Quahogs are the large clams farmed from certain areas close to the beach or from the water with a bull rake. Shucking quahogs and preparing chowder and clam cakes were a part  of my childhood, enough to where it has satisfied me to taste both only about once or twice a year. Those in the area will reminisce about Rocky Point , so I won’t carry on. Not too fussy about the clam cakes, but a good bowl of watery chowder swimming with quahogs and potatoes is a good tasting.

This recipe seems to get away from the clams and focus on my favorite sea foods (or as the joke goes “I eat all the food I see” (see food)).

What I had on hand was some shrimp and calamari, grape tomatoes and bacon with rendered fat. The Mrs. had made a salad and made bacon for garnish leaving me rendered fat and  a piece for reserve.

Scaled down and with a couple of substitutions , it was done.

Chicken broth was substituted for the water from chicken that the wife cooks. Also the water that the shrimp and calamari defrosted in was utilized. Butter was augmented with the rendered bacon fat. The milk was replaced with a slight amount of heavy cream. I hesitated on adding hot pepper flakes but the cracked black pepper we use is spicy in itself. Some scallions were added for color. Bacon was crumbled for garnish.

The recipe process was largely unchanged so the photos tell the story.

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MMMMMMMM…. Delicious, I skipped the bread , with an effort on weight maintenance, but your right , it would go good with oyster crackers. Another good meal to get fish in the diet.

 

 

12
Jun
16

The French bakery

For you bread lovers out there, if you are interested in seeing an actual french bakery in operation, here is link, one of many broadcasts.

https://www.periscope.tv/w/1OwxWpajmmqKQ

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BOULANGERIE EN LIVE pétrin / pesée / façonnage

12
Jun
16

A sunny Sunday breakfast

Whole wheat, white spent grain toast

Poached egg

Cubed chicken (leftovers)

Brussels sprout greens

Orange juice (one large orange squeezed)

Coffee, (Sumatra )

Sour cream 

Dried hot red pepper

Cracked black pepper


An effort at a balanced breakfast

Considered a bechamel sauce but opted for sour cream.

Enjoy the last day of the weekend!

11
Jun
16

shopping

recent food prices

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good cooking folks!

11
Jun
16

Grains of the day

     

Recent baking from last night, a blend of white, whole wheat, and spent grain flour. 

Cup of the day is Sumatra Aceh Gold.


06
Jun
16

Card Night

Most gatherings cause us to make more food then necessary, but we have learned to limit the dishes to a few items.

a recent card night brought out these dishes.

A nacho style shredded BBQ chicken dish from my daughter I dubbed “Taco Mountain”

IMG_0335Fruit and brownies

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Smoked Salsa

Veggies with Serrano chilies that where smoked on the grill with mesquite and diced.

One tomato processed with a food processor and added for juice.

 




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