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5 hours ago, saf said:

But what did Spot have?

Spot had cross words at us for not feeding him more. Then he threw up. It was Kay's turn to clean up his gift. 

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Brisket from the freezer. This was local brisket, slow braised in red wine, onions, garlic & herbs. The braising liquid was pureed into a thick sauce. 

Japanese Soy Pickles. 

Kay had a perfect try Manhattan: Old Overholt, Cocchi americano & rosa, Bitterman's Orange cream citrate bitters, The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas bitters

I had a Gibson: Plymouth gin. Dolin Dry 4 to 3, cocktail onions, Peychaud's aromatic bitters, Bitter Truth lemon & olive bitters

Spot had complaints. Not enough Pizza. Not enough cat chow. He also won't fininsh his pizza if we don't scrape the leftover bit down to the center after his first dive into the bowl. He no longer is willing lick the bowl clean as it is undignified. He finds our waiting on him paw and paw is more dignified. 

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After reliving Thanksgiving 2016 on Tuesday, last night harkened back to Christmas of last year. We had, essentially, cheesesteaks made from frozen thin-sliced prime rib, slices of Swiss cheese, and caramelized onions. Mine was on a homemade sandwich roll (part-whole wheat) with French's yellow mustard. My husband had two (no mustard) on toasted ciabatta sandwich rolls from Costco. Accompanying were fried potatoes and red bell peppers and a simple salad of iceberg lettuce with radishes, grape tomatoes, toasted walnuts, and vinaigrette.

The beef came through its freezer time very well, despite the fact the vacuum seal failed and ice formed inside the package. Delicious sandwiches.

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14 hours ago, deangold said:

He also won't fininsh his pizza if we don't scrape the leftover bit down to the center after his first dive into the bowl. He no longer is willing lick the bowl clean as it is undignified. He finds our waiting on him paw and paw is more dignified. 

Here if anyone leaves gooshy food for any length of time, Margo comes and takes care of that. Bowls are very clean after Margo runs the scratchy tongue cycle on them.

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Tonight was a roasted chicken, surrounded in the pan by red onion halves and parsnips. I love onions roasted this way. I did the chicken on the convection setting and nailed the timing. Really juicy and delicious chicken.

We also had simmered asparagus, dotted with a little butter, salt and pepper, and kale slaw with a vinaigrette (rice vinegar, evoo, soy sauce).

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Had some truffle cheese that we acidentally let dry out a bit, so I shredded it, blended it with butter & olive oil, toasted it on Atwater walnut raising bread. 

Pasta: Opera gemelli w/turnip greens, onion, garlic, rosemary, smith meadows rosemary lamb sausage, lots of parm.

Last of the chocolate gelato

We had a bottle of 1978 Stag's leap cabernet with a low fill and we tried it to see if it had any life left. It did not. Second attempt was Valplicella I Progni Ripasso Le Salette 2001 which was spot on {well spot did not have any but he said it looked good to him. 

Spot enjoyed his pizza, chow and water. He also actually moved 6 or 8 inches to eat some TJs cat treats. He managed to not bite Kay or I eating his cat treats. He is working on his aim.

He is on his third day of chewing on an old sock with catnip in it. His aim at picking up the cat treats is pretty bad the past couple of days. And he has been attacking the air and the carpet. 

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I've been defrosting some salmon fillets but after a long work day, I didn't feel like making the planned recipe for dinner. 

We're out of bread flour currently, so I found a couple of bread machine recipes that use all purpose flour and made an herbed French bread yesterday that turned out really well.  My husband made some tuna fish salad and we had delicious sandwiches for dinner. 

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^^^You got your fish anyway:).

Tonight was more chicken

Chicken adobo
Rice pilaf
Black beans
Garlic sesame spinach
Corn on the cob

My husband spotted the corn when he was at Costco the other day. It wasn't summer corn, but it was good with the meal. We still have 5 more ears to use for something. Maybe a corn and black bean salsa?

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11 hours ago, Pat said:

^^^You got your fish anyway:).

Tonight was more chicken

Chicken adobo
Rice pilaf
Black beans
Garlic sesame spinach
Corn on the cob

My husband spotted the corn when he was at Costco the other day. It wasn't summer corn, but it was good with the meal. We still have 5 more ears to use for something. Maybe a corn and black bean salsa?

Maque choux!!!!

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Spot here. Cat Dad seems to think it important to say what he eats for dinner on a daily basis. Well I want to say what I eat every day! NOT ENOUGH!!! Please send help. Pizza much appreciated but given my sad lack of opposable thumbs, please send them as well. Now back to Cat-Dad who will say blah blah blah. He is not very bright but I keep working with him. Cat mom is slightly better. What a disappointment they are.  😺😸🤎😹😻💞🙀🤎😿😾

We had duck cannelloni w/fra diavolo sauce and parm. A large mixed plates of veggies featuring grilled asparagus {Linda Vista Farms, Spring Valley} & garlic scapes {Linda Vista}, roasted radish, hakurei turnip {Linda Vista;} kohlrabi, fennel {Barajas Produce;} Celery hearts and carrots {TJ's and quite disappointing as compared to local.} For the roasting/grilling I used Grotto spice rub, salt & olive oil. For serving, we used Sakura Shoyu, Iwashi Whiskey Barrel Fish Sauce and homemade garlic & roasemary oil.

Blended Mandarin Daiquiri: Cotton & Reed dry spiced rum, mandrine juice, key lime, ice, blended. 

Wine: Valpolicella I Progni 2001 Ripasso by Le Salette. Black plum & prune flavors, spicy, good shape for a 19.5 year old ripasso. 

 

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Tonight, I made the salmon recipe I didn't make last night.  We had some extra bok choy in the fridge and this was a good way to use it up. The glaze was a little saltier than I'd like but the meal was very good.

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Mul Naeng Myun: Korean bone broth, homemade water kimchi & juice, Asian snow pear, buckwheat noodles

Cheese & crackers: Shepherd's Manor Maryland feta and Bailey Hazen Blue on triscuit

Spot has pizza. For no more than 5 minutes before he puked. The poor guy spent almost the rest of the night except to go finish his pizza. He woke up at 5am loudly asking me to watch him eat his cat chow.

He posted a review to Meow: "Why can't they follow me from the poopateria to where I eat. 2 claws for cleanliness and small portion size. The service is friendly but slow. They do not offer seconds, thirds, or fourths! Maybe change that to 1 claw."

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On 5/23/2020 at 8:32 AM, dcandohio said:

Maque choux!!!!

Hmm. Well, I have peppers. Thanks for the suggestion!

Last night was salad, fried chicken and biscuit sandwiches, and steamed broccoli. I won't even begin to tell the story of how many different ways I messed up the chicken and biscuits recipe, but they still turned out wonderfully. Unbelievable.

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We got some stray peas in our markt haul today. I cooked them on a couple of romaine leaves with some mint leaves and a bit of water. I added a couple of tablespoons of garlic scape butter. The peas weer  no that sweet to begin with, but it was good. 3 pint baskets of shelling peas is not a lot of peas!

Then some steamed octopus in ponzu w/wasabi and Indian cukes from Good Fortune. THey look like persian cukes but not as perfectly formed. They have more flavor. 

Last, fluke w/ponzu and wasabi. The fluke was outstanding but whoever fileted them did a poor job on the fin meat which is the best part.

Rice. 

More Onikoroshi

Strawberry Sorbet. 

Spot is feeling pooky and is not eating with gusto. We are watching with concern. He is drinking his water and pooping, so there is that. He might just be out of sorts. He got kicked out of the bedroom a couple of times this weekend. He might be pissed off. We told him Kay and I were playing poker and cats don't play poker. He proved me wrong when he filled an inside straight later on. 

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Tonight was grilled steaks. I pulled them out of the freezer a couple days ago and after they came up to room temperature this evening, I seasoned with some Worcestershire sauce and Penzeys Northwoods Fire seasoning.  We had a couple of parsnips in the fridge, so I made oven roasted parsnips.  Those got olive oil with turmeric, cumin, paprika, cayenne and black pepper before going in the oven.  Those roasted while the steaks cooked.  Once those were done, it was a delicious meal. 

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Today I pulled a jar of pesto out of the freezer. There's no date on it, so I don't know when I made it. It smelled great when it had thawed enough that I could scoop some out. I added a thin layer of oil and refroze the jar. It was perfect for the chicken pasta dish I had in mind. I chopped the remaining white meat from the roasted chicken into chunks and warmed it while I boiled water for some cavatappi. I added some extra grated Parmesan after I mixed the pasta, pesto, and chicken together. The pesto really held up.

We had buttered lemony asparagus (juice and zest) as a side and split a buttermilk biscuit leftover from the fried chicken sandwich meal a couple nights ago. We also split what was was left of some salad in the fridge (iceberg, radishes, grape tomatoes, red bell pepper), plus some sliced avocado.

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Shrimp maque choux. There was some really fresh corn in the grocery store, along with beautiful red bell peppers and nice toma tomatoes. At hime I had onion, celery, and jalapeño. 
I threw the shrimp in at the last minute, which were frozen Argentinian red shrimp from Trader Joe’s, which are quite good. Aside from cutting the corn off of the cob, this is a really fast and pretty meal… Summer on a plate. 

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My brother, an Army vet, said to have a burger on him yesterday, so that's what we did.  I was feeling lazy, so just did pre-packaged burgers on buns, but we did slice up potatoes for oven fries to go w/ the burgers.  My husband had a frozen coconut fruit bar for dessert and I had chocolate chip mochi ice cream.  

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Stir fry of snap peas from Barajas. Garlic, ginger & reg spring onion, finely minced & sauteed, snap peas and a touch of water then put a cover on it. Seasoned with dark soy, black vinegar and Shaoxing wine. Then a slurry of potato starch & water. Served at room temp.

Took 2 spring red onions, sliced them in half lengthwise, oiled and salted them and grilled them on the yakiniku grill. Let them get close to burnt and soft. Sprinkled them with a bit more salt and rosemary garlic oil. Really wonderful. I have a lot of spring onion, so I see this helping us power thru the abundance. 

Took our last package of chicken thigh and marinated it in shiokoji and spice rub. Cooked them slowly on the yakiniku grill. They were wonderful! We need to go get more Amish chicken from Huntsman and refill the freezer and make stock. I made a spiced scallion oil using green sichuan peppercorns, garlic, ginger, star anise, clove, black cumin & aleppo pepper. Also did a dip of Iwashi Barrel aged fish sauce & key lime; and a second one of sakura shoyu and bottles yuzu juice. 

3.5x Vanilla gelato which is really one of our best gelatos yet.

Le Salette "I Progni" valpolicella ripasso 2001. Stunningly good on the fourth day after twice hitting up the bottle for glasses using the coravin. 

Spot was getting used to his new food system. He was a minute early for his reservation but we did have his place ready. He got an entire pizza for dinner, with no chow for an hour before or after. He ate half of the pizza and then went for a nap. I replated his pizza and actually took it into the bedroom and waved it under his nose and he lay there until I was by his dish area. Then he shot over and got in my way to the point of almost tripping me. He still left some and asked for it to be boxed to go home, but we told him no boxes. He was not amused.  I again took the last of the leftovers to his bed {which used to be ours} and waved it under his nose. Again, he got there before me. I had to dance to avoid stepping on him. He approved of the entertainment. Finally we presented him the bill and he turned his butt end towards us and raised his tail. We think he said "eff you cat mom and cat dad! It is a pleasure for you to wait on and feed me." or maybe that is just his way of saying "thanks." Or, "Cat dad., please check to see if I have worms coming out my butt."  Hard to say. He is a cat of few words. Lots of loud meowing, but few words.  His dessert was the remaining daily ration of his chow. 

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_copie-0_20200526_214058.jpg.18f0c973756936aa09e9753e86bcf454.jpgSpot is back to his greedy butt self.... I mean he seems to have recovered his spunkiness. He ate almost his entire ration of dry food by the 5.30 cutoff and he even ate all his pizza without a request for a togo box. He seems to be bored with our stories. He found new places to hide and get in the way, as well as chased his sparkly red ball with more speed than we have ever seen. I think he is getting friskier as he loses weight. And more supercilious. 

Dinner was our first BLT of the season with G taking the place of B. G is for guanciale from Sogno Toscano. This dates back to the Grotto so it is a well aged piece of guanciale. I have 2 more. They are in fine shape. I used a serrated knife to slice 3/16" slices. The guanciale is skin on. I put them on a baking pan and popped them into the toaster over. 30 minutes at 3.25 followed by a flip and 10 more at 300. This left us with crispy pork reminiscent of chcharomes as well as a bonus of half a cup of guanciale fat which is going to help us saute some spinach and maybe some asparagus. 

The bread is Atwater's whole wheat sourdough, sliced thin and toasted to medium. Next is homemade roasted garlic mayo slathered on thickly using a soup spoon. Then we sliced some tomatoes from Spring Valley {Hot house variety} that rally had some good flavor. I salted the tomato, piled it on the bread, topped with the crispy guanciale and two large outer leaf's of Barajas romaine. This is our second usage of these outer layers and the head is still huge!. The top slice, also coated in mayo and then a diagonal cut. SOmehow I managed to reduce my sandwich to a messy pile somewhere between a salad and a sandwich. So good! 

Champion Missile IPA followed by Sun's Out, Hop's Out IPA from Solace. Surprisingly filling meal. 

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Tonight was a very basic salad (iceberg, grape tomatoes, avocado, and chevre) with vinaigrette; broccoli and rice made with leftover rice pilaf; and bbq chicken drumsticks (+ one wing) and biscuits. I slathered bottled bbq sauce on the remaining drumsticks from the chicken adobo and one + 1 wing from the roasted whole chicken and reheated in the oven, along with a couple of the buttermilk biscuits from Saturday night. It made for a satisfactory repurposing.

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Earlier this month, simple and delicious dinner of Foraged Morels and Ramps, Fresh Garlic Clove, Path Valley Farm Butter and EVOO atop Opera Bucatini. Immediately plated with Earth N Eats Baby Greens and Lemon Zest for the win.

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Didn't wanna cook tonight - tamales out of the freezer. Got to free up some freezer space and use the end of last week's pineapple salsa.

Tomorrow I am going to make pizza with garlic scape pesto. Need to find that pesto recipe!

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Cole slaw, leftover fried chicken and biscuits, and TJ's frozen french fries last night. We had a green vegetable with lunch :rolleyes:

I made a huge amount of cole slaw. We're going to be eating it for a long time. I needed to open up more freezer space so I cooked the remainder of the bag of fries. It was taking up a fair amount of space.

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