I made my usual sloppy joe filler with hamburger, chopped peppers, onion, ketchup and bbq sauce then juiced it up with a fair amount of mild gardiniera mixed right in. I like to lay slices of a nice melty cheese atop the simmering meat mixture and cover the pan until the cheese melts down a little. Scoop a nice dollop onto a bun and go from there.Bonus pickles! Mrs J found the last batch a bit too spicy for her taste so today I went with the same basic recipe sans the red peppers. Left out the onions, too. Oh, and added dill seed and weed to replace the celery seed. And Splenda for half the sugar. I did use white vinegar and mustard seed! So, mostly the same! LOL
A couple of times a month I put together a bunch of treats for Bixby and pop them into the freezer. Today I filled old ribeye bones with peanut butter, halved a bunch of apples and froze them for nice treats on hot days.
I also made his favorite Frozen Yogurt Pupsicles and Doggy Peanut Butter-Pumpkin Biscuits (recipes here – with lots of Bixby pics).
It was a long work day of running around to clients and arguing with vendors. Back at my newly relocated office (LOL) I did a bit of work before calling it a day. I was going to have a salad dinner, but then looked around and wonder of wonders, I had all the ingredients for tacos. So that’s what I made, although they were not as picturesque as JeffreyW’s above. Instead of store bought taco seasoning, I use homemade Fajita Seasoning, recipe here. Shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, fresh salsa and shredded cheddar to top off the ground beef in crispy shells.
Tomorrow I’m taking a friend out to a Tapas and Brew Bar, I’m excited, the menu looks great. I’ll let you know how it is Until then…..
We’ve tapped the jar of refrigerator pickles that we put up a few weeks ago. They are pretty good but Mrs J thinks they are a tad too spicy. She has a very low threshold.Those red pepper flakes are from last year’s crop of cayennes and are definitely hotter than the generic pepper flakes sold at the local food mart. I think Mrs J’s first sample included a flake that spent a second too long on her tongue.This is Henrietta, she was brought in as a feral kitty a few weeks ago but has settled into the shelter routine and is friendly enough. She’s been fixed and vaccinated and is ready for adoption.This looks like chicken fried steak but it’s with pork tenderloin instead of cubed beefsteak. The potatoes were brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with kosher salt and then roasted. I zap the potatoes in the microwave for a few minutes to speed things up.Moar kitteh! This is Elizabeth, she was one of a litter of five that had been born feral and then captured and brought in to be fixed. Shelter staff really fell for her and persuaded the Good Samaritan to leave her with them rather than be returned to barn.Mmm… meatloaf! No particular recipe for this one but I did use several fresh herbs from the patio garden – oregano and sage and parsley. I will comment on the sauce, it’s equal parts ketchup and bbq sauce with a dollop of my pepper jelly mixed in. Very good on this! The potato got the same treatment as described above: Zapped in the microwave, then oiled, salted, and roasted cut side down until browned. We are getting enough tomatoes and cucumbers to keep a container of the summer-y salad going. It gets a vinaigrette of vinegar and canola oil with oregano and thyme and is always better after being in the fridge overnight.One last kitteh! This is Ida, she’s been at the shelter a while. Staff estimate her age to be a year and a half. They comment that she was a little withdrawn when she came to the shelter three or four months ago but that she has warmed up to everyone now. Such a pretty kitty! Mrs J fed her a bit of chicken from her lunch the other day and says Ida now greets her with head bumps and purrs.
I’ve been wanting to find a way to leave Bixby out of his crate more often when I’m out of the house for short periods of times. He’s been doing very well when I’ve left him, but I’m always worried, not so much for anything in the house, but because of the plate glass window. He’s not the most coordinated dog and several times he’s bumped it so hard I worried it would break. So I am reluctant.
Last night I had an inspiration and spent this afternoon rearranging my living room and office to make the window less accessible. Bixby’s response to all the hub-bub? To race around in circles like a wild thing, clearly not realizing how big he is and almost took out an entire bookcase. At least it wasn’t the computer.
All the activity meant there needed to be something substantial for dinner. I have some amazingly creamy, sharp goat cheese and I thought it would be perfect in my Stuffed Burgers, recipe here. Always good, the cheese was perfect and tonight served on lettuce wraps. Yummy.
I was hoping to get a picture of Bixby with LFern’s mom, Miyako, who stands all of five foot tall, but I couldn’t figure out a way to do it without endangering her. Bixby was much too happy to see his company. Meanwhile, an out of town visit from anyone’s mom is a good enough excuse to play hooky, go to lunch and follow that up with ice cream. I actually did get some work done today, but there will be a couple of long days to make up for the rest. It was worth it.
JeffreyW puts together an easy pasta salad: fresh veggies, cold pasta and tossed with oil and vinegar.
I have a little different version, a Greek Pasta Salad (recipe here) with black olives and feta cheese. Perfect quick dinner on a hot night. That’s the great thing about pasta salads, you can mix it up and create a different meal easily.
We are suppose to cool off a bit later in the week but I’m still thinking I’ll keep the meals light and cool. And cold pasta salads are great for that.
Bleary-eyed I stumbled out of bed to look for the source. What did I find? My entire desk on the floor. Computer, speakers, keyboard, files.
What else did I find? Three cats, casually sprawled across the room. Not one of them looking guilty or in the least worried about the mess on the floor. I still have no idea who did it (I have my suspicions) and no one is going to rat the other out.
That’s cats for you. Bixby would have crated himself and hung his head in shame (for all of 2 minutes, his guilt is short lived).
But cats? Cool and collected no matter the disaster.