We’ve had a turkey in the big freezer since the last sale on them at the local market, maybe the Easter Holidays? I don’t remember what the sticker price was but these things go pretty cheaply. I wanted to make room so we cooked it down today, stripped the meat away from the bones and roasted those for stock. Mrs J made her signature butter pie crust. Looks good! I brushed egg white on the top and sprinkled on some flake sea salt.I used a bottom crust for this one even though it wasn’t, strictly speaking, necessary. Saw in a comment thread on the recipe page that an egg white brushed on the bottom crust would help to keep it from getting too soggy so I did that and it seemed to work. It’s usually worth your time to read some of the comments on the recipes at these Allrecipes pages.I had all the fresh veggies to make this but decided to use up a frozen bag of the mixed variety to save a little time.
I love songs about rain and I loved this song the first time I heard it. And this is a beautiful video created by a fan that I had to share.
And if you’re a fan of the TV show Bones, this closes the Skull in the Desert season 1 episode.
It wasn’t suppose to be a video of Bixby, but the new Ergo Motorized Standing Desk fascinates him, so he makes an appearance. I love it myself, it has a beautiful solid bamboo top and four settings for different heights. It only took me about thirty minutes to put together (minus all the interruptions) and it’s quiet and sturdy.
I’ve been using a modified standing configuration off and on for a while now, but always ran into the same problem, not enough space. My computer was at a good height, but everything else was too low and out of reach. It’s so nice to have everything where I need it and enough room to spread out while standing. I really like standing when I work, I’m so much more energized and I’m hardly ever standing still. A girl has got to dance.
This was my third crowdfunded acquisition and am very pleased.
We watched Alton Brown make these on one of the Food Network videos the other day that we had on the DVR and realized that we were due a fish dinner. I used cod, and dusted the fish with flour before battering. That’s malt vinegar in the little bowl
The red cabbage slaw started out as a Bobby Flay recipe but it was so bad I washed all the dressing off, added the carrots, and went with a simple vinaigrette of cider vinegar, sweetener, celery seed, and canola oil.
That beer-butt style roasting gadget has been getting a workout. I’ve found that filling the canister that goes into the bird’s cavity with anything but plain water is useless. Beer or seasoned stock of some sort work fine but no better than water. I basted this chicken with garlic butter and olive oil – a difficult to top combo, IMHO.
The red dipping sauce is a basic buffalo wing type sauce, it’s half melted butter and half hot sauce. I used Frank’s Hot Sauce this time because a friend gave me a big bottle. I pressed five or six cloves of garlic into that little bit right there to kick it up and I have to tell ya, it was delicious.
Mrs J served up a big bowl of wilted lettuce – bacon grease, red wine vinegar, sweetener, and a splash of water. Warm the dressing to a simmer and toss with the chopped lettuce, the crumbled bacon that made the grease, and some chopped green onions. That might be my all time favorite lettuce salad.
viaMy brother-in-law and his wife pulled their new RV/camper rig down to Mrs J’s old home town and spotted it in a campground right next to the river. It’s a pretty fancy rig, nicely appointed. It’s not Trump level gold plated fancy but it is comfortable. I took a picture through one of the camper’s windows of a tow heading downriver. That’s the Mighty Mississippi, from the Illinois side, that’s Missouri over there. When the river gets high, like it was this spring, this spot is underwater. Plays hell on the landscaping.We see wasps of various types, along with the occasional honeybee at the hummingbird feeders, but this is the first time I’ve seen one of these bald faced hornets. I leave it be in the hope that it will reciprocate.Mmm… burritos! These are beef and bean, with cheddar and pico de gallo, rolled up and grilled in a little oil. Zap them in the microwave for a minute before you brown them – saves time and assures that the cheese melts.Buffalo wings! I usually make more but I had some vacuum sealed and frozen and there weren’t as many as came in the fresh package – I divided that in two and froze them separately to cut down on leftovers. Most of the time I bread the wings before frying them but these went straight into the hot oil after drying them with paper towels.Kittehs! The black cat is Frank, he came in feral and was a wild thing at first but he’s been slowly coming around. He’s been at St Francis for about three years and gets along well with other cats. Mrs J says he won’t let her pet him but the lady they call The Cat Whisperer is able to. The dilute calico is Daisy, a five month old kitteh that is chipped and vaccinated and is ready for adoption.Bea expresses an interest in the catnip Mrs J has growing in a pot. I was fully expecting her to climb right in but she held off.My basil is still doing well, I’ve been clipping the blooms off as they appear, that seems to keep it vigorous. I guess I need to think about what to do with all those delicious leaves. I suppose I could dry a lot of them and process them to use in recipes. I’m not a big fan of pesto but I may make up a batch or two and freeze it in an ice cube tray like all the other folks on Google advise.