Instant Gravy!

DSC_9360 (1600x1060)I saw this stuff mentioned in a comment thread  in one of the Reddit foodie venues, it featured in a recipe for a meat pie of some sort that was posted by one of the Redditors from England.  A few of his countrymen chimed in with their memories of grandma’s cooking using it and no one badmouthed it.  I checked Amazon and found and ordered this, and a few other flavors – they have a chicken gravy and an onion one, too.  I was surprised to see the box come in with Royal Mail stamps, it was shipped from England instead of a warehouse in the States.DSC_9357 (1600x1060)I tried some with mushrooms out of a can for a French fry topping to go with a burger and was happy to find that it was pretty good, all things considered.  Preparation was a snap, just whisk boiling water into the granules and you have gravy.

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Pastry Pr0n – Cream Horns

DSC_9345 (1600x1060)Mrs J was wanting to use up the puff pastry dough so she baked up a few cream horns.  Not wanting to reprise the pastry cream fillings from the last time we fooled around with more cream filling recipes.  I made up a batch of the stuff made with shortening but she didn’t like the thought of it.  I dumped the lot and went with a cream cheese – marshmallow fluff recipe that was pretty easy:  beat 1 cup of cream cheese with 1/2 cup marshmallow cream and 1/4 cup of powdered sugar.  Great Success!

Peaceful Moments

Peaceful moments

Cycling has been put on the back burner. Between the flood damage and the puppy, it’s been too difficult to get out. But Bixby and I take a long walk everyday and that is nice, too. Now that he has outgrown his car crate, that is one less obstacle to taking my bike out where the trails are undamaged and get a long ride in.

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A Little Bixby to Finish Out the Weekend

Handsome boy

Been terribly busy, but got a few good shots this week. He’s growing so fast and so handsome. We have a great time together.

Best Buds When Asleep

Despite this peaceful tableaux, these two go after each other like, well, cats and dogs. It is clearly a struggle for Alpha. Bixby lost that battle before he ever arrived, but it may take him a bit longer to realize it. To his credit, his respect for Emma is evident and he’s always playful with her, though, not always remembering his lumbering size. She, on the other hand, means business and has used her claws a couple of times. Mostly, she’s more hiss than bite. But they always sleep together.

Hello Wild Thing

Crazy-assed dog. Makes me laugh every day.


Pumpernickel Pr0n – Reuben

DSC_9322 (1600x1060)Now and again the Kroger deli has pumpernickel rounds set out for sale.  They are the best thing ever to hollow out and fill with a nice dill dip.  Cube the bread you dug out and provide toothpicks so guests can dip the cut pieces.  This time I sliced the round loaf and froze it so I could thaw a few slices at a time because I have a lot of corned beef coming ready.  This sammy is made with a corned brisket that spent about 18 days in the brine, I have a whole top round brining right now, too.  I think it’s a 12 pounder – Kroger had them on sale and I couldn’t resist.  The last time I did a big cut it spent 30 days in the basement fridge and the middle was not quite as pink as I wanted to see it.  The current hunk was injected with the brining solution so I think it’ll be OK when I take it out in a week or two.

Breakfast Pr0n – Eggs Up with Focaccia

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Bixby and Tater

On a food blog, when isn’t Tater an ingredient? When she’s a dog. Friends of blog, Larilyn and Alton (not that one) adopted a dog this last week. And when I say adopted, I mean flew her over several states to get her to Colorado, because that’s the kind of people they are. She showed up while they were on vacation and a month later no one had claimed her, so she’s now officially a Coloradoan.

Bixby and Tater

And Bixby is completely charmed.

That’s about all I could get of them, the rest of the time they were just a blur through the yard.

A Stab at Focaccia

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I was really hoping the crumb on this foccacia would turn out to be more open but it had a great taste from roasted garlic infused olive oil and the fresh rosemary.  I poked pickled garlic cloves into one of these, and pitted olives into the other – both got some mashed roasted garlic.  I poked the mashed garlic down with the olives on this one and spread it more liberally atop the loaf with the pickled garlic.

This recipe came from Nancy Silverton, as did this Youtube.  My dough was plenty wet and it got plenty of time to rise.  I didn’t have the 10″ pans she used so I went with 8″ pans.  For the oil, I zapped a handful of peeled cloves covered with about 1/2 cup of olive oil and a tablespoon of chopped rosemary, about 3 minutes on high, then mashed and chopped the garlic.  It crisped nicely atop the one loaf.DSC_9314 (1600x1060)

I made beef and barley soup to go with it, the bread did a great job of soaking up the broth.DSC_9309 (1600x1060)

Side Order of Steak with My Fries

DSC_9296 (1600x1060)The ribeye was just so-so, the twice fried potatoes were the best part of this meal.

Breakfast Pr0n – Chorizo and Egg Burrito

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