What's fer dinner?

Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
4 weeks ago
1,812 posts

Lisa:  

Ten Minute Marmalade

3 Oranges, or 1 Lemon +1 Lime +1 Orange,  or 1 Ruby Red Grapefruit or equivalent citrus fruit of any kind
1+ cups Sugar (not Brown - affects the taste, or Confectioner's)
Microwave safe glass bowl (not plastic -- trust me)
Food Processor
Pint Screw-Top Jar

  • Chop the fruit into finger tip sized chunks, and put in in the Food processor -- skin, pith, seeds -- everything.
  • Take the fruit for a spin until it sort looks like marmalade -- small pieces of skin in the puree
  • Measure the fruit into a microwave safe glass bowl. 
  • Cup for cup,  add the same amount of sugar, and stir to combine.
    If it seems too thick/dry add a bit of water.  Too tart add more sugar.  Too sweet add some pureed lemon.
  • Microwave on High for 5 minutes.  Taste.  Change sweet/tart if need be.  Microwave an additional 5 minutes.
  • Ladle into a pint screw-top jar.  Let it cool on the counter, to room temp, before lidding and refrigerating.
  • Will last in the fridge 6 months or until you finish it, whichever comes first!
robert schuler
robert schuler
@robert-schuler
4 weeks ago
243 posts

I made that pie without sugar. Normally the recipe calls for 3 quarter of a  cup of sugar!. Imagine sitting down for dinner and eating ,3/4 cup of sugar. Yuk. 

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
4 weeks ago
1,956 posts

Robert, I don't see that as a 'bad' thing. Plenty of fresh fruit in there, and no preservatives etc. It's not like you had a box of dunkin donuts for dinner. ;)

 Ken, you made orange marmalade? I fondly remember making that years ago. It was a lot of work with all that peel prepping!  I vaguely remember adding a little coriander when cooking it, which was very and fragrant.




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updated by @strumelia: 03/24/21 07:14:02AM
Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
4 weeks ago
1,812 posts

I made Eggplant Za'atar -- cubed eggplant, onion and tomato simmered together with the traditional Middle Eastern spice blend called za'atar, served with brown rice.

--and for dessert, a dish of Icelandic Skyr yogurt with a big dollop of still-warm-from-the-making Cara Cara Orange Marmalade


updated by @ken-hulme: 03/23/21 10:36:17PM
robert schuler
robert schuler
@robert-schuler
4 weeks ago
243 posts

I made Apple pie for dinner. I didn't intend to eat only Apple pie, but it was so good I didn't care for anything else..... Robert

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
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one month ago
1,417 posts

Save me a place at the table, Strumelia. That sounds delicious.




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Strumelia
Strumelia
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one month ago
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Our two best friends are a couple in our neighborhood who are a little older than us. We like to do nice little things back and forth for each other when we can- for example she had an emergency appendectomy last month, and rather than letting her 85 yr old husband go to the supermarket once she was home (she usually does the shopping), I asked her for a shopping list and picked up about a dozen items for them and dropped them off. Sometimes we help them over the phone with computer/email settings they may not understand. 

Yesterday they went to a neighboring town to get a fancy takeout pizza for themselves for dinner, ...they bought an additional large pizza along with a terrific salad, and dropped it off to us on their way home with their own pizza, as a surprise gift. 
Man, that was a super gourmet treat for dinner!  Sooo unexpected and yummy, and with the Greek salad on the side!  pizza




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Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
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2 months ago
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We didn't have nearly as many Butternut Squash from our garden to carry us through Autumn and into Winter.  This year, I hope we'll have more.  It is such a versatile vegetable!   

Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
2 months ago
1,812 posts

I make soup at least once a week.  Often something involving Butternut Squash.  A week or so back it was Butternut & Cremini Mushroom; fabulous.    Then I made a Creamy Cauliflower soup with no cream that was outstanding.

Although I document many of the dishes I make, in my Fooding Around With

The Kilted Cook blog, I have almost stopped writing about soups -- they're so boring to photograph!


updated by @ken-hulme: 02/21/21 11:14:08PM
Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
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2 months ago
1,417 posts

I'm sure you're home smelled delightful when that soup was cooking.




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Strumelia
Strumelia
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2 months ago
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A couple times every winter, I make a big pot of (mostly root) vegetable soup and freeze half of it for later. 

In the winter i like to use a few root vegetables. The other day at our local farmers market store, I bought one big beautiful golden beet about the size of a baseball, one big purple turnip, some fresh carrots, and a sweet potato. To the soup I also added the meat pickings from a roast chicken I made a few days ago, a whole onion, several baby green zuccini, a stalk of celery, a few diced sundried tomato slices, and some garlic and black pepper. Oh, and some green Italian parsley that i froze this Fall from the garden. It was hearty!
Always nice to tuck away the additional batch that i can pull out of the freezer, on a cold dreary day a month or two from now.  dancetomato




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Jan Potts
Jan Potts
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3 months ago
419 posts

My husband's out, so he's going to pick up a couple big fish sandwiches at Arby's.  What a treat!




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Strumelia
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3 months ago
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We're going to make omelettes with greens, cheese, and sundried tomatoes inside, and maybe a little lox on the side.  :)




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Venni aka Adrianne
Venni aka Adrianne
@venni
3 months ago
22 posts

I'm going to have pizza with pepperoni and cheese :)

Jan Potts
Jan Potts
@jan-potts
5 months ago
419 posts

Love hearing about everyone's Thanksgiving.  Some people had big changes this year, but there was just the two of us, as usual and we had the traditional Thanksgiving menu we've enjoyed over the years.  The one tradition we didn't follow was leaving at least one item uncooked/unopened/still in the cupboard, etc. or cooking it, but forgetting it was still in the oven until we started cleaning up...but things like baked sweet potatoes were always good as "leftovers" (unless they burned up in the oven).  This year we had the best cranberries I ever made and my husband made the best-from-scratch pumpkin pie ever.  We were especially thankful that all our relatives who have been sick with Covid-19 have recovered; we truly feel blessed.




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IRENE
IRENE
@irene
5 months ago
175 posts

Nathina, I'm loving your humor.   tiniest turkey I've ever seen.   and Lois.  some meal for sure....errrrrrrrrrrrrr. I hope your husband gets better really soon!!   And for me, I have a son that's moved to Nauvoo, Illinois with his wife and little girl age 4.   then an older granddaughter has come to live with me until she gets her mission call.   A wonderfully musical girl with many talents.   I have sooooooooo much to be thankful for!!!

For dinner, my son Semisi used the same umu pit that my husband built and we put a 20# turkey and other foods in and 3 hours later took it out and the meat falls off the bones.  A UMU PIT is dug to cook the food in.   In Tonga and Polynesia, the men do much of the cooking.   wood is laid down in the pit and then lava rocks.   Fire is kept up to get those rocks HOT (like a bad word) and the the food is put in.   In the mainland, I wrap the food in foil and in some foil pans.   A cool surprise this year is that the close by green house had some banana trees and the supervisor gave Semisi banana leaves to cover the umu with.   YEAH....then the big leaves over it, big gunny sacks and LOTS of dirt.   No steam escaping.  3 hours later, food perfectly done and hot.   

DELISHOUS. Daughter in law made lovely pies and everything was wonderful.   aloha, irene

Lois Sprengnether Keel
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
5 months ago
184 posts

Haven't had time to be here since my Roadie finally came home from Rehab.  One week in hospital & month & a half to get him slightly mobile.  Home nursing & therapists at least took today off!  Facebook Messenger call was as close as we visited family.  Found a Banquet Turkey & Gravy frozen pan (not as good as remembered, but it worked), Mashed Potatoes for both of us, Corn for Tom, Sweet Potatoes for me, & I also had a new dressing recipe that was great.  Forgot to open the cranberries!  Much later we tried a new recipe for Easy Peach Cobbler (very rich!)  Not bad for somebody who likes to claim I treat my family like gods...burnt offerings!  Actually my daughter on the call started itemizing all the great meals I used to make.  None of them work for Tom's taste buds.  I guess I could say I'm thankful for microwaves.  To explain nowadays, he's more than once said "Ooo, go brush your teeth, you taste like vegetables!"  He lost 30 pounds on what he could stand in the hospital & Rehab. 

That's my Thanksgiving story & I'm sticking to it.

Nathina
Nathina
@nathina
5 months ago
185 posts

Ken  I'm coming over. My turkey was on the small side this year. Picture included.


updated by @nathina: 11/26/20 08:55:39PM
Don Grundy
Don Grundy
@don-grundy
5 months ago
174 posts
I KNEW Ken’s meal would be spectacular
Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
5 months ago
1,812 posts

Dinner for four instead of twelve or more this year. 

I made red-cooked turkey breast, walnut-lentil loaf for vegetarian Lady Sally, dressing, fresh cranberry mold (no canned stuff), sweet-and-Yukon potatoes au gratin, green beans with shaved almonds, sunshine lemon pie and a nut and graham cracker topped cheesecake.

Others watched the parade while I made The Meal.  Afterwards we took a two hour nap.  Spending time now researching background for a new historical fiction novel I'm working on -- set 30 years either side of 1066 in the area that will become the Anglo-Scottish Borders.

Jan Potts
Jan Potts
@jan-potts
5 months ago
419 posts

Sounds great!  We'll have our usual dinner for two: roast turkey breast, cornbread dressing, green beans, baked sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberries, rolls, and pumpkin pie.  Only a small amount of each, but heavy on the starches, if anyone wants some of everything.  




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Don Grundy
Don Grundy
@don-grundy
5 months ago
174 posts
Pork loin, baked sweet potato and green beans.
Ice cream on a brownie with chocolate sauce.
Macys Parade; a bit of football, and then to the Hallmark Channels.
Just Ann and me.
Matt, Jen, Kate, Jane and Erin quarantined until 11/30.
Ryan, Leigh, Megan and Sam with the next door neighbor.
The old folks staying safe.
Happy Thanksgiving.
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
5 months ago
1,956 posts

It's just my husband and me at home for Thanksgiving this year, and I'm making a small roast chicken, with baked yams, stuffing made with apples and celery, and cranberry sauce. That's it, nothing spectacular. Simple ice cream for dessert and watching a couple episodes of The Crown. For this bizarre year of 2020, it's our modest version of a 'red letter day'. 

Wishing you all a good Thanksgiving.  kiss




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updated by @strumelia: 11/26/20 09:10:30AM
folkfan
@folkfan
8 months ago
367 posts

I've got a number of grow lights and an area in my backroom set up by my south window where I've grown geraniums for several years now.  I love their blooming all winter.  This year I started all of my tomato plants from seed.  I started them late due to my surgery (spinal cord fusion C3-5 which had become drastically necessary as I was headed for major paralysis or death according to my doctor. Cheerful news at the beginning of December.  The surgeon had to open up C-3 and take out a large lump of a calcification which was pressing on my spinal cord. YUCK).  Since I was late getting the tomatoes planted we've been late in getting to eat them.  Last year we had tomatoes coming out our ears.  One of my neighbors goes on a family week visit every year and for the past few years he's been taking bags of tomatoes with him.  I didn't have any for him this year.  shakeNo  

This is the first year I've grown items like lettuce, chard, spinach, snow peas, and onions from seed.   Last year I grew onions from cuttings and they did well, and so far this year my seeded crops have been doing well.  And my potatoes (Russet) are growing like crazy.  I can't see any results yet as it is too soon to dump the baskets, but the greenery looks nice and healthy.   I couldn't get any seed potatoes, but I did find a few forgotten potatoes in the back of my refrigerator.  Their eyes were beginning to come out so I put them on the window sill and ended up with 7 baskets growing.

I hope that the crop I plant inside does as well as the geranium I had growing last year.   One year l brought in a sweet pepper plant (Lunchbox) and it bloomed all winter and produced peppers with a little help from a paint brush (no bees or wind).  Then in the summer I took it back outside and it produced all that summer.  I still take great pleasure in thinking about that plant.  I became very fond of it.  Lovely little peppers. Yummy.

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
8 months ago
1,163 posts

Hey, @folkfan, great to hear from you!  I'm glad you are able to work with your garden and wish you further healing from your surgery!  Nothing like food grown at home-- so good to have it!    


updated by @robin-thompson: 08/19/20 10:12:27AM
Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
8 months ago
1,812 posts

Lettuce indoor in winter is easy.  You'll need a two-tube florescent "shop light", 'grow light' bulbs, some 1/2" PVC to make a stand to hold the light about 2 feet above the medium, and plastic toughs/trays whatever to hold the soil and growing lettuces. 

I have an old friend in Oregon who grows lettuces hydroponically -- floating  on styrofoam batts floating on top of a large fish tank -- above grow lights.  The roots grow through small holes in the bottom of cup sized pockets cut into the foam, and grow into the water.  The fish in the water provide nutrient laden aerated water so the plants can grow.  He raised tilapia in the tanks and about twice a month has a fish dinner as well as a steady supply of salad fixings.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
8 months ago
1,956 posts

Folkfan, how great to see you post again!  I'm glad to know you are recuperating from back surgery, and about how you adapted your garden beds to mean less bending. yes
Lovely pic of your homegrown salad!

I would think you'd need some grow lights to grow lettuce indoors... and of course a surface for the growing containers that was big enough. There must be some good online articles about growing lettuce indoors during winter. Lettuce likes cool weather- so maybe your basement can have a table with grow lights?
I can heartily recommend growing sprouts in quart mason jars with screen tops, indoors during the winter- no need for grow lights with sprouts- they actually need to grow in darkness for 5-7 days, until the last day when you can put them near a sunny window for just a few hours to 'green up' at the end of their growth period.
During the winter, I always have 2 quart jars of alfalfa sprouts (our fave) in two different growing stages, set upside down draining in our kitchen dish drainer, covered with a towel for darkness. They need to be rinsed with fresh water twice a day, then set back to drain. When done, you pull the clump out of the jar and tease the sprouts apart and rinse a couple times in water to remove most of the empty hulls.  Then store in fridge to eat!

We often make salads using a big handful of sprouts instead of lettuce, adding other salad ingredients to that.  In late Spring through Summer, i take a nice (and needed) break from growing kitchen jar sprouts because we get lettuce from the garden. Then in Fall I usually start up growing kitchen sprout jars again.
This is just a thought... but you might have fun with this kitchen sink gardening.. I really doing enjoy it year after year.  :)

Again, great to see you back here!  dancetomato




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folkfan
@folkfan
8 months ago
367 posts

Hi Everybody,   I haven't been on much recently, I've been recuperating from spinal surgery.  But I have managed to keep my garden going by raising my containers up so I won't have to bend as much.  Here's what we're having for dinner.   I've grown all the various types of lettuce, spinach, chard, snow peas, tomatoes, and onions on the plate.  The only thing I haven't added yet was the bean sprouts.  I'm growing Mung beans for the first time.  We're eating more salads than ever.   I'm wondering if I can grown the lettuce indoors for winter. 

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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
8 months ago
1,956 posts

Today I had two meals that consisted of my very favorite Summertime food dishes.

For breakfast, I had a bowl of sliced fresh local peaches with homemade yogurt I made yesterday.

For dinner, I had a big plate of sliced ripe tomatoes fresh picked from our garden, topped with slices of fresh mozzarella cheese and drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

Sometimes the best food doesn't really need to be fancied up.
yumyumyum numnum num num.... tongueout




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Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
11 months ago
1,812 posts

I made shrimp and salmon and veg Cornish Pasties for Mothers Day dinner for 3.  The Pasties were dinner plate sized pastry circles filled and folded in half!  For dessert I made a Goat Cheese and Skyr yogurt cheesecake on a gingersnap crust, topped with blackberries and mango

Strumelia
Strumelia
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11 months ago
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Jan, what a wonderful story of your history there!




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Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
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11 months ago
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We don't just play DAA, Jan.  We don't play DAd Chord-Melody though, it's true.  Sound like you do need to come next year -- just to reconnect with your dulcimer beginnings.

Jan Potts
Jan Potts
@jan-potts
11 months ago
419 posts

I've seriously thought about that Ken! I'll have to practice my DAA skills, first, though!  dulcimer I loved reading your write up and seeing the videos that were posted.  You all stayed in the same dorm as the one I stayed in back in 1991 when I participated (as a chaperone) in an international event for middle school and high school Girl Scouts.  We met Loyal Jones and he entertained us with some funny stories.  We had a dulcimer concert one night and the next day we each made a cardboard dulcimer and that's where my dulcimer journey began.  My next dulcimer was a beautiful cherry Warren May. I sure miss having him in his shop now!  I used to take my guests to his shop and play for the tourists while he worked his charm on the person I brought in.  Actually, all he had to do, really, was show them what he had and play a little for them.  




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Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
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11 months ago
1,812 posts

Well Jan, come to the Berea Traditional Gathering next year and I'll cook for ya!

Strumelia
Strumelia
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11 months ago
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I could leave it out on the porch for you Jan.  grin




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Jan Potts
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11 months ago
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Ken, Strumelia, just wondering what the delivery charge would be if you offered carry-out.  whistle




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Strumelia
Strumelia
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11 months ago
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Yeah it's funny how so many folks have gotten into baking lately. It's a reassuring comfort thing to do for sure.  Baking staples like flour, yeast, brown sugar, chocolate chips... are just a bit harder to find in stock where I am... the result being that it's now a thrill when I'm able to nab some, and baked treats have become especially appreciated in our house.   :)
Ken those dishes sound pretty good!

I think I'm going to make classic chicken noodle soup today, since I actually got some fresh celery the other day, and I have the carrots. I've made chicken soup without celery in the past, but we don't like it as much. Maybe I'll have enough soup to freeze some (before adding the egg noodles at the end), to enjoy another day.




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Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
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11 months ago
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Well, I spoiled lady Sally and her Mum for Mothers Day yesterday.  Made Salmon and Shrimp Cornish Pasties with a Great British Bakeoff crust recipe that was fabulous.  And for dessert I made a Goat Cheese Cake with Mango & Blackberry topping -- half creamy goat cheese/half Icelandic Skyr yogurt for the cheesecake part, with a ground gingersnap crust.

I made Irish Soda Bread last week, too.  During lockdown I've been making home made bread of one kind or another about every week -- Irish or Scottish Soda Breads, Fast - one rise Yeasted Bread, simple Focaccia,  Rye Bread, etc.

Strumelia
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I was really on a roll today, cooking-wise.  This morning i made Apple Crumb Cinnamon muffins for the first time, which came out great.  Got the recipe online while having my morning coffee. I like the fact that they are regular sized muffins, not those GIANT ones so popular these days that have so much less "top-to-middle ratio" and never seem to cook all the way in the middle.  'Cause the top is the best part, as everyone knows.  ;)  The crumb topping was soooo good. Glad the recipe produced 15 muffins... we'll have enough for a couple more days of treats.  :D

The other day i made a whole roast chicken just so that I could pick all the meat off and divide it into sandwich-sized zip bags for the freezer, to use for various meals.  Never made a whole chicken only for picking purposes before!  The frozen bags of already-roasted chicken bits are perfect for making chicken soup and for chicken stir fry with vegetables and rice. I froze several bags of chicken meat, but kept a little bag of nice cubed breast meat and made chicken salad with it this evening.  so... We had yummy chicken salad sandwiches for dinner, on multigrain bread and lettuce and tomato slices. The chicken salad: I mixed together the chicken chunks, diced celery and red onion, a little chopped fresh parsley and red pepper, mayo, a couple tablespoons of jarred mustard, and salt and pepper.




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Ken Hulme
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Real comfort food!

Jan Potts
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Sounds very tasty, Ken!




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Ken Hulme
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I made an upscale version of a British classic comfort food called Bubble & Squeak (from the sounds you get when cooking it).  The basic recipe is a bit of diced onion, smashed cooked potatoes, and chopped cabbage with salt & pepper. 

It's sorta what hash browns would like to be when they grow up!

My upscale version adds some minced garlic and subs Brussels Sprouts for regular cabbage.  Even more upscale would be the addition of bacon crumbles (but we're pescatarians).

You saute the onions first, then mash everything together in a skillet as the cabbage cooks.  Then form it into 1" thick cakes, and fry until seriously crispy on both sides.

Don Grundy
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last year
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Cashew Chicken
Strumelia
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Dusty Turtle:

Strumelia, I was with you until the sardines.

I knew that would happen.  lol!

 




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Dusty Turtle
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Strumelia, I was with you until the sardines. I was thinking salmon might go great with the butter/sage.




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Rain Dog
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Oh, well, I had leftover pizza...
Strumelia
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Last Fall when i was cutting down and cleaning up the veggie garden, I knew the sage plant would eventually freeze and go brown, so I clipped a good cup or so of green sage leaves and chopped them up in the kitchen.  Then i mixed that into a couple sticks of melted butter and a little minced garlic and pinches of salt... (don't 'cook' the sage, just mix it into the melted butter so it stays green) then spooned that into an ice cube tray and froze it. I popped the cubes out and put in a zip freezer bag back into the freezer.

Last night I cooked a box of penne. I gently melted 4 sage cubes in a pan with just a little olive oil. Tossed the hot cooked pasta with the warm sage butter/oil. I dished the sage penne on plates and arranged on top some stewed whole tomatoes (one drained can), a few sardines (you can use chicken or whatever you prefer), and sprinkled all with lightly toasted pine nuts. It was great, and we finished it off for lunch today as well.  grin   For us, it checked all three boxes: cheap, healthy, and yummy!




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Strumelia
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I finally made a batch of garlic rosemary jelly today.  Yielded 18 jars, 8oz (1 cup) each. That's four and a half quarts...over a gallon if you like to overthink these things, as I do.   lolol

Not sure whether this recipe is the one I'll stick with (it was a little vague on a couple points), but so far the hot processed jars look good, sealed well and 'pinged', and are beginning to set up.  The whole house smells like garlic and rosemary! 
I had to buy the rosemary in the supermarket since the garden is long since put to bed for the winter. It was organic sprigs of rosemary and lots of it, thus was pretty expensive.  But the other ingredients were not too pricey... the garlic, white wine, vinegar, pectin, and sugar.
18 nice little 1 cup jars... should last me a couple of years as long as I don't give too many away.  grin




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Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
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last year
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For New Years I made a big pot of thick, unctuous,  black-eyed pea soup with mushrooms, onion and charred red bell pepper.  Neither Lady Sally's nor my family ever had any New Years food tradition.  But we both love black-eyed peas as soup or in veggie burgers.

YeahSureOK
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For New Year's, my wife made fried porkchops, sauteed cabbage, blackeyed peas, and mac n cheese (my daughter 's favorite. ) As far as homemade soups, she is a master. My favorites are beef vegetable, chicken tortilla, zoupa tuscana, potato, and broccoli cheddar. She also makes a great cheesy chicken chili, and the best ever chicken and dumplings.


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Strumelia
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last year
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For New Year's Day yesterday, I made us a hearty vegetable soup.  I figured it has beans in it, and beans are often a 'good luck' item to eat for the new year in various cultures.

In Winter, i tend to include more root veggies in my soups.  This soup yesterday was made from:  onions, garlic, sweet potato, turnips, beets, carrots, zuccini, black beans, navy beans, and a bouquet of fresh cilantro.  With black pepper. 
I always make a real big pot so I can also i freeze about a quart and a half for another day's dinner.   :)

Winter is the best time for making soups!  What's your favorite soup to make?




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Strumelia
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2 years ago
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That sounds interesting Gecko.  What kind of peppers does he use for that jelly?




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Strumelia
Strumelia
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2 years ago
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Phroedrick, that's fascinating.  

My favorite 'odd' jam is garlic/rosemary jam... which is not nearly as unusual as pine cone jam.  It all sounds pretty yum though!




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hugssandi
@hugssandi
2 years ago
252 posts

I have been on an casserole kick.  Not sure why, I just have.  If you wanna message me your favorites, I take 'em!  LOL!  

Don Grundy
Don Grundy
@don-grundy
2 years ago
174 posts
Ham and cheese sandwich and cottage cheese and cantaloupe; while my wife and daughter go to Starlight Theatre.
Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
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2 years ago
1,417 posts

I've been lazy recently. With all the fresh tomatoes from the garden, I've been eating caprese salad and tomato & cheese sandwiches for days.  It's amazing to me how delicious a fresh tomato with a little salt can be.




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Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
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2 years ago
1,812 posts

Tonight I'm making a Vegetable Pot Pie, topped with whipped yams.

Sean Ruprecht-Belt
Sean Ruprecht-Belt
@sean-belt
2 years ago
32 posts

Last night my sweetie made roasted spaghetti squash (from a neighbor's garden) with tomato/garlic/basil sauce and a salad (all from our garden!).  Delicious.

Jan Potts
Jan Potts
@jan-potts
2 years ago
419 posts

My husband Craig cooked:  Curried tuna fish on rice topped with chopped peanuts and sweet pickle relish.  I would have added those crispy chow mein noodles, but we didn't have any.  

 




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Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
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2 years ago
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Great job, Lisa!  That's a good gluten-free option!!  Nice photo.

Strumelia
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2 years ago
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We have a very modest blueberry patch in our garden... 10 medium bushes. Right now we're experiencing a BIG crop of our blueberries this year.... also some nice raspberries from our little raspberry patch. I'm making lots of berry cobblers while the gettin' is good!  Every cobbler in an 8x8 pan uses 3 cups of fresh berries, so it's a great way to take advantage when we have an abundant crop.  grin

I have a good friend who has health issues and is gluten free (she really has to be).  She also has family visiting her all this week. And it's VERY hot and I'm sure they're all getting tired of cooking.

I thought I'd surprise her today by making a blueberry/raspberry corn bread cobbler using (gluten free) corn bread mix instead of flour... a gluten free cobbler that I think her whole family could enjoy!  It was a total experiment since I usually make cobbler using good old Bisquick mix and berries.  But the cornbread one (with no wheat flour) was just as easy to make and seemed to come out pretty well. I phoned her to come by and pick it up hot from the oven. She did and brought it back home to her hungry mob.  sun

Brian said it was so pretty that he made me take pictures before it left the house... lol.

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Lois Sprengnether Keel
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2 years ago
184 posts

Lulu:


I actually made popcorn for my dinner.  Ate a big bowl while watching some episodes of "Victoria" season 3.    grin



I'm a popcorn addict.  My earliest years were "grandfathered" into the Tivoli Theatre Apartments & even after we moved into a house, my dad's jewelry store was still in the building.  I was a mascot allowed to have all the day-old popcorn I wanted. 


Sometime look up Carl Sandburg's Rootabaga Stories for a delightful tale for us popcornaddicts.

Dusty Turtle
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2 years ago
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@Ken-Hulme, someone served me a jackfruit curry recently. It was quite tasty, but I had no idea what it was. I looked it up afterward and have to admit that I'd have no idea how to cut up and prepare that strange thing.  I'll be happy to eat your BB pulled jackfruit, though, so you can expect me for dinner!




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Susie
Susie
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2 years ago
418 posts

Jim Fawcett:


Susie:


Lulu:


I actually made popcorn for my dinner.  Ate a big bowl while watching some episodes of "Victoria" season 3.    grin


Haha, you sound like us. Our dinner last night was homemade strawberry/rhubarb cobbler. Sometimes you just gotta enjoy life. spaghetti



That cobbler sounds good for anytime of the day, Susie. We're waiting for the raspberry's to come in for Raspberry cobbler...Yum


That sounds yummy too, Jim!


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Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
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2 years ago
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Right now I'm cooking up about 15 pounds of green jackfruit (individual jackfruit get to 100 lbs) with the intent of making a BIG batch of BB Pulled Jackfruit -- the vegan/vegetarian version of pulled pork!!    I've cut it into wedges and have it boiling for about 30 minutes.  Drain, cool, and slice the skin off each wedge.  Then shred it out and finally sort of stir-fry it with the BBQ sauce until tender.  

I also got a pound of ripe jackfruit pips from our local co-op as a snack -- tastes just like Juicy Fruit Gum!!!  

You can buy green or ripe jackfruit in a can, but it's expensive and not nearly as much fun!

Jim Fawcett
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2 years ago
90 posts

Susie:


Lulu:


I actually made popcorn for my dinner.  Ate a big bowl while watching some episodes of "Victoria" season 3.    grin


Haha, you sound like us. Our dinner last night was homemade strawberry/rhubarb cobbler. Sometimes you just gotta enjoy life. spaghetti



That cobbler sounds good for anytime of the day, Susie. We're waiting for the raspberry's to come in for Raspberry cobbler...Yum




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Susie
Susie
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2 years ago
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Lulu:


I actually made popcorn for my dinner.  Ate a big bowl while watching some episodes of "Victoria" season 3.    grin


Haha, you sound like us. Our dinner last night was homemade strawberry/rhubarb cobbler. Sometimes you just gotta enjoy life. spaghetti


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Lulu
Lulu
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2 years ago
3 posts

I actually made popcorn for my dinner.  Ate a big bowl while watching some episodes of "Victoria" season 3.    grin

Ken Hulme
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3 years ago
1,812 posts

I'm doing grilled mahi-mahi with a broccoli & purple cauliflower and quinoa casserole as the side dish, with leftovers for Lady Sally's lunch next week.

robert schuler
robert schuler
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3 years ago
243 posts

Dinner tonight includes my last three home grown tomatoes. It be six long months before the next tomato... Robert

robert schuler
robert schuler
@robert-schuler
3 years ago
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I got a big old ham bone for Christmas. That means I'll be making split pea soup tomorrow. If my power stays on during the blizzard... Robert.
Jan Potts
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3 years ago
419 posts

Folkfan--seems like you might as well grow ya some night crawlers in there while yer at it!

 

 




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folkfan
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3 years ago
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I've been making various soups during the past few weeks.  Things like split pea, tomato, and chicken/noodle.  I did a roast today which will end up as a hearty hash tomorrow. 

As for kitchen scraps,  I put them in my indoor compost heap.  I was curious about how things worked in a heap and started in the fall, putting my scraps into a plastic bin.  And the heap kept growing and growing. I now have 4 bins going.   Since the weather is now cold enough outside I'll start grinding my kitchen scraps up and putting them into a bin outside.   I hope to have a large heap going through out the spring and summer this coming year.   It's was amazing to me just how good a compost heap can smell.  Mine have a loamy, clean dirt smell to them, and they are warm so I figure that something is going right in those boxes.  LOL

Strumelia
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3 years ago
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I made a big pot of vegetable soup for dinner today- with butternut squash, sweet potato, carrots, zuccini, onion, celery, turnips, and also some pink and white beans.  Will eat it today and tomorrow, and will then freeze half of it to enjoy next month sometime.  :)

Usually we put all the peelings into the compost bin in the yard, which is closed.  But this time I made Brian dump the fresh peels, ends, and seeds under the bird feeder for the wild things to feast on.  I felt so sorry for them during this deadly deep freeze we are in the midst of.  Yesterday i was getting rid of three apples that were getting old... so I cut them in 8ths and put them there under the feeder as well, for our wild friends.  




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Richard Streib
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4 years ago
147 posts

Doing a roasted pork loin seasoned with orange, boiled potatoes, green bean casserole, broccoli salad, finishing off with the traditional (for us) coconut cake.

Merry Christmas to all on the forum.

 
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