Mmm… posole with a few garnishes with quesadillas. The dish is similar in spirit to the classic tomato soup/grilled cheese combo. I made a huge batch of posole a few months ago and pressure canned several quarts of it to put back for quick dinners. I think there are six quarts left. The quesadillas are beef, cheese, and bean.Mrs J spotted Miss Bea down in the yard trying to decide if the deer was a threat. She decided the answer was no and proceeded to ignore it. She treats me the exact same way.We had chili one day this week, I used some ground beef and threw in some chorizo meatloaf that didn’t quite work out the way I had hoped and had frozen. Worked better as chili than as a meatloaf.There was enough chili left over to make a few chili dogs. These are garnished with chopped pickled jalapeno, fresh onions, and shredded cheese. The dogs are actually smoked sausages that claim to incorporate Vidalia onions in the recipe. I didn’t notice any particular onion-y taste but the natural casings did have a nice snap to them.This little pup took a few seconds off from the towel fight to pose for a picture. All the new arrivals get a flea bath whether they like it or not.Hard to beat a nice steak. I boiled the potatoes first and then squashed them a bit before frying them in duck fat and olive oil. Tasty little things with kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper! The veggies were stir fried in a little stock with a dab of soy, and a spoon of chili garlic paste.One more puppeh! I think he likes her!I’ll wind this up with an enchilada platter. These are beef, bean, and cheese rolled in corn tortillas and are baked with a roasted red pepper sauce. The corn salad with black beans was pretty good, it has chopped celery, onions, red and green peppers, garlic, and is dressed with a seasoned rice vinegar/garlic oil vinaigrette.
This is by far my favorite Christmas carol, and still in awe that it was written by Steve Earle. I like this Kathy Mattea version, though the version I have on my CD player is my favorite. Maybe next year I’ll get around to uploading it to youtube.
I stashed away a frozen turkey just before Thanksgiving and when I had fully recovered from the family festivities, I decided I would try the braising method found here. I did not brine it first (I’ve made it no secret I do not understand brining – extra work and messy for not much reward IMHO).
This method is fairly easy to do. You need to have a sharp knife to separate the leg/thighs from the bird and I also removed the backbone and wings before cooking to use for soup stock.
I can’t say that it was any better or worse than the cooking in a bag method, but it did make the best gravy ever. So I might do it again.
I’m busy baking for my annual gift boxes. These won’t be in them, because I”m working on two new cookie recipes I’ve never tried my hand at before. More on that later…
These are pretty and very tasty. They’re easy and just a touch above regular chocolate chip cookies.
Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp butter
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- dash of salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds or peanuts), chopped
mixing bowl and cookie sheet
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cream together butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing well. Sift together salt, soda, flour and cocoa, then add to butter mixture, blending well. Add nuts and chocolate chips. Spoon onto cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Cool on cooling rack.
Originally posted Nov 2011
I turned 6 months old on Friday. My person says I’m getting to be such a mature puppy. Some days I agree, but some days I just want to run around like a crazy thing. I do try and listen to her cues, which got me lots of praise the other day when a little terrier mix got all up in my business. When I couldn’t make friends, I lay down at my person’s feet and waited until the fuss was over. My person was pleased and that little terrier’s person was impressed.
It really wasn’t his fault, he’d had a rough life to date, but it looks like he has a great person now. I bet next time I meet him on a walk we’ll be best of friends.
On another walk with my person and my best playmate LFern, we met a man who I liked right away. He just had something about him that made me want to meet him. Turns out he works with all kinds of dogs. Trains them to do something called search and rescue. All I know, as he talked to me and watched what I could as we all walked around the park, those dogs must have lots of fun. He told my person I was very smart and had a good nose. Then he gave her a couple of games to play with me. (TaMara’s note: This was a very nice man visiting Colorado to see family. He was really taken with Bixby and watched me work with him and really thought he had a lot of potential. We’ve been having fun with the games)
One of the games my person calls, find. She gets me a treat and puts it under a yogurt container and puts two or three other yogurt containers on the floor and tells me to find the treat. Which is easy, but I have more fun stacking the cups together. Then I eat the treat. (TaMara’s note: It’s hysterical and I’ll try and get video. He stacks them very neatly together and then eats his treat)
I had a great playdate with Tater again this weekend and later this week I get to meet my new friend, Talos, a big mastiff. He’s had a rough couple of weeks, but he’s safe now with a good person, so I’m very happy for him. (TaMara’s note: I’ll have more on his story and photos by the weekend).
Can I tell you about the cats? I’ve been doing my best to make friends with them (TaMara’s note: well, that’s debatable) but lately they’ve been very mean to me. Two of my favorite people, Larilyn and Alton (not that one) gave me a new bed for my crate. It’s big and fluffy, so big and fluffy I kept falling off of it, onto the floor, the first time I tried to sleep on it. (TaMara’s note: that was funny!) Now every time I want to sleep on it, there a stupid cat on it and I can’t sleep on it because they hiss at me.
And the other day, Missy and Emma were both swatting and hissing at me and all I was doing was standing next to the table. I don’t know what to do to make them happy. (TaMara’s note: they have been terribly mean to him lately and I’m working on trying to mediate…)
That’s it for it for now. My person says as soon as I hit 100 lbs (I’m 85 lbs now) we’ll celebrate somehow. I’m hoping it’s a picture of the two of us together. I love her – Bixby
Love you, too, big guy. <3
At a young age, I discovered my parents Louis Armstrong collection and was quickly a fan.
When I was home for Thanksgiving, I learned that I had missed out on this casserole. My sister-in-law, Tracie, had taken it to the big family get-together the weekend before. There was not a bite leftover by the end, so I am assuming it was a success. It sure sounds good.
I thought it would be nice to post it in time for this month’s various holiday get-togethers.
French Onion Casserole
- 2-3 tbsp of butter
- 3 large sweet onions (or 4 medium yellow onions),thinly sliced
- 8 oz shredded Swiss Cheese
- 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup (substitute mushroom soup for vegetarian)
- 2/3 cups milk
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 8 slices of French bread
skillet, shallow 2 qt casserole or baking dish (glass)
Melt butter in skillet over medium heat and add onions. Sauté until onions are translucent, a little caramelization is ok.
In baking dish, layer onions, 2/3 of the cheese and pepper to taste.
In skillet, heat milk, soup and soy sauce, stirring to blend well.
Pour soup mixture over casserole and fold in gently to mix.
Top with bread slices.
Bake at 350 degrees, uncovered for 15 minutes, bread should be brown and toasted. If not, turn oven to broil to crisp the bread (watch closely).
Remove casserole, return oven temperature to 350. Push bread slices into sauce, top with remaining cheese, return to oven and bake an additional 15 -20 minutes until cheese is melted.
I think Tracie should blog here more often. Looks great and love all the photos. – TaMara