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We were quite taken with the store-bought baked potato salad we bought the other day at the market. I was determined to make some and today seemed like a good day. Alas! I could only turn up a handful of small yellow potatoes. I did have a little bag of Brussels sprouts so I thought “why not”? I quartered the potatoes and halved the sprouts and set them to roasting on a tray at 400 in the oven, drizzling a little olive oil over them first. When they had a little brown on them I dumped the lot into a big bowl, adding sour cream and mayo, about a cup each. Also add chopped crisp bacon, I used six slices, and a fair measure of cheese. I have about one and a half cups of mixed cheddar and jack cheese. Chopped green onions are in the classic recipe but I had none, and judged the sprouts sufficient. I did rethink and add a bit of chopped parsley for a garnish. The crisp outer leaves of the sprouts go great in this, don’t try to pick them off!Some roasted chicken thighs set the salad off perfectly, I brushed them with bbq sauce at the end, and glopped a little more on them for the table. Yes, we keep napkins at the table. LOL
Mrs J grabbed a big roast at the store the other day and we went with the crockpot to cook it. She was wanting a basic pot roast supper and that is what she got. I did tweak the menu a tad and made her mash her own potatoes but she didn’t mind. The roast nearly filled the crockpot but I squeezed in carrots, onions, and celery and filled the rest of the space with beef broth and red wine. I didn’t have any fresh herbs so dried thyme and bay leaves went in for seasonings, along with black pepper and salt, natch.There was still plenty of meat and gravy left so I added a few more veggies and broth for the next day’s stew. I still have a fair sized lump of beef, I may slice it for sammiches before the day is out. Speaking of that, it may reach above 70 degrees here today, which should melt the last traces of snow. Just in time for more snow tomorrow! Ahhhh!
Farm raised tilapia is becoming common at the market and is pretty good. These I fried after a quick dip in Andy’s Cajun Breading. The slaw is the usual cabbage plus whatever else I can find, this one has onions, Anaheim peppers, carrots, celery, celery seed, celery salt, and seasoned rice vinegar. The tartar sauce is heavy with chopped green and kalamata olives plus horseradish sauce, sweet pickle relish, and lemon juice.
The beans are from a can with added this ‘n that, more onion, peppers, bbq sauce,ketchup, garlic and etc., and then baked in a medium sized cast iron skillet until it bubbles. We bought the potato salad ready made from the deli section and we are suddenly aware of a thing called “Loaded Baked Potato Salad”. I am flabberghasted to learn of this just yesterday. Where has it been all my life? We will be making this stuff shortly.
I par-fried another big batch of jumbo potatoes the other day and froze them. They make a quick side and an even quicker entree. I started out wanting hot dogs, I even thawed some out, but that got me thinking chili dogs, and that led to chili fries. It just seemed pretty straightforward to make some leftover crockpot pork into chili with a generous dose of various chili powders, and what is pork cooked with chilies if it isn’t carnitas? The cheese was going onto whatever we ended up with.
A few kittehs from a new crop at the shelter. Mrs J says there are two new litters that came in. There are seven new kittens in total to go with eight adults that are still there.There are a few dogs that have arrived, some adults and a few pups.Mrs J says this female came in from a puppy mill, she’s an adult and has had several liters of her own. She appears to be a chihuahua mix but that’s just a guess.Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger! Fries!We have no info on this one. Some sort of terrier.Soup’s on! This is a classic pantry soup. Beef and barley with onions and various veggies. I browned the beef in the pot in a little olive oil and poured in a bottle of dark beer to deglaze, then added beef broth and the barley. It cooked a while and then the veggies went in during the last hour. I made a basic recipe loaf of white bread and tossed in a handful of garlic cloves when the machine beeped. There is a subtle taste of garlic throughout and it paired nicely with the soup.And a few more kittehs. These are not related. Mrs J says the larger cat was adopted today. The shelter had an adoption fair today and two dogs went out for home visits.
Coconut cake with lemon curd filling and brown butter cream cheese frosting. Mrs J went with box mix white cake and subbed coconut milk for the water and used coconut oil for the vegetable oil. We made 2 boxes worth of cake batter and divided that equally among three 9″ cake rounds. The lemon filling was from this recipe, and we doubled this recipe for the frosting – using browned butter rather than just plain “softened”. We used Splenda throughout. Splenda substitutes in recipes by volume and not by weight so I weighed out one pound of powdered sugar. That came to about 4 cups.
The “Better Luck” in the title is a play on the phrase “Better luck next time”, the first time we did this cake we really liked the taste but the presentation was a little lame. We are getting better but we are still on the learning curve.
Mmm… We make this a few times every year and I’ve never been disappointed with any of the recipes tried but the one from NOLA Cuisine is my favorite. If you’re a fan of creole or Cajun cooking you should do yourself a favor and look around on the site. I stayed pretty close to his recipe today, even using his recipe for stock, and his seasonings recipe.