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DSC_1775 (1600x1060)I did this one today and pretty much made it up as I went along.  I had a cauliflower that I needed to use and dithered about some before deciding to slice it and roast it with an onion and whole garlic cloves – seasoned with kosher salt and olive oil.  The meal needed some additional carbs so the wide egg noodles went into a post to boil.  A cheese sauce seemed perfect to tie it together, Parmesan garlic sounded good.  I reduced a hunk of slab bacon to lardons and crisped those up.  Worked out great!  Needs a name…DSC03143 (1600x1200)Here’s a kitteh!  He’s named Chase and is 2 years old.  Shelter staff mentioned he may have some Himalayan in him but I’m not seeing it, myself.  Mrs J notes that he is sitting in one of her newly sewn cat beds.DSC_1774 (1600x1060)Fried chicken is not a thing I can do very well but I do give it a shot now and again.  I go through spells where I just have to have bean salad and I tend to keep adding another can of whatever bean I can find to the container as it is eaten, adding additional vinegar and oil to the vinaigrette as needed.  The mixture evolves over time, naturally.DSC03137 (1600x1200)Moar kitteh!  This is Ringo, a 3 year old long haired boy.  Mrs J said he is a real sweetie.DSC_1764 (1600x1060)Mmm… steak, with roasted sprouts in a balsamic glaze, half of a huge potato, garlic bread, and a salad.DSC03146 (1600x1200)Last kitteh – this is Chevy, he’s 6 months old and has half his tail missing do to an accident.DSC_1768 (1600x1060)I’ll close out with a sloppy joe.  This one has a bit of shredded cheddar and a spoonful of my own giardiniera.

Gadget Post – Invisibility Ring

PICT0044It needs some fine tuning but the concept is sound.

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Chicken in Tomatillo Sauce with Rice

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This was easy enough, I found a recipe for a guide but it mainly reinforced the notion that anytime you think of a nice meal idea someone else has already been there.  I used chicken thighs, browning them on both sides in oil before removing them to make sweating down the onions a little easier.  I added a can of whole tomatillos, a pint of tomatillo salsa, and some stock to the onions.  Add the chicken thighs back and simmer them long enough to easily remove the meat from the bones.  Recombine the shredded chicken with the sauce, stir in a slurry of corn starch and simmer to thicken.

Serve the chicken in the sauce over white rice.  I like a little sour cream on a salsa verde, and the fried strips of corn tortilla go nicely with the dish.

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White Beans in Tomato Sauce with Sausage

 

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Not much to this one, I opened two cans of cannellini beans and a can of San Marzano tomatoes and dumped them into a pot in which I had browned some Italian sausages and sweated a diced onion in a little olive oil.  I removed the sausages after they had cooked in the sauce for a while and sliced them, in the photo they have just been returned to the pot.

I was pretty sure there was an actual recipe for this dish.  A search for white beans + tomatoes + sausage + recipe found several.  I noted that this recipe called for sage as a seasoning so I added some rubbed sage.  I already had bay leaves and some marjoram and dried basil and the garlic in mine.

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DSC03131 (1600x1200)Gail, a six month old kitten, was introduced to her her new staff yesterday. After her approval  she allowed her new chauffeur to convey her to her new domain.DSC_5439 (1600x1060) We have no idea what this is.  It’s about the size of a softball and is made of various fibers.DSC_5441 (1600x1060)I suppose it’s possible that it’s just a windblown ball of fluff that has been caught by the branch but it does appear to have been purposely anchored there by several loops of the same fibers as it is built of.DSC_1749 (1600x1060)Mmm… sloppy joes!  I made a quick bean salad with a rice vinegar and olive oil dressing to go with it – based loosely on this recipe.DSC_1752 (1600x1060)I made corned beef the other day and ran the butt ends and scraps through a food processor just for this hash dish.  Frozen shredded potatoes make it a quick and delicious meal.  That’s hot sauce on the egg, I like a dash of Tabasco on mine. DSC_1727 (1600x1060)Gumbo is always a good idea.  This one has shrimp, chicken, and some of my homemade Andouille.  I still have a little bit left, sealed in vacuum bags and frozen.  Vacuum sealing is working out very well, pleased to have rediscovered the method.DSC_1723 (1600x1060)I made a quick batch of Italian sausage from some plain ground pork because I had my heart set on some and found none at all in the freezer.  I was sure I had some!20160130_114847[1] (1600x1060)I’ll make kitteh bookends to the post with this snap of Bea.  The cats have shredded the carpet on this old cat tree so Mrs J set it outside on the back porch, pending remediation.

Sammich Pr0n- Corned Beef

20160118_152117[1] (1600x1060)I put this photo up the other day as a riff on using the cold weather to cool baked items.  It’s a loaf of rye bread.  When it cooled thoroughly I wrapped it and placed it into the freezer until today.DSC_1729 (1600x1060)A decent looking loaf!  I used it to serve up some reuben sandwiched for lunch:DSC_1730 (1600x1060)

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20160123_184203[1] (1600x1060)I snapped this one from the front door the other day with my cell phone.  The scene is lit from behind me by the porch light and from the side by a security lamp mounted on the front of the garage.  I like the textures in the photo.  Lots of grain from the high ISO number the camera chose due to the relatively low light level.PICT9811 (1600x1060)We see the (probably) same fox from last week, this time at night.  He’s in a different spot this time but not that far from where the other camera is set up.  It’s sniffing at the spot where Mrs J dumps corn, no doubt drawn by the scent left by mice and squirrels.DSC_1721 (1600x1060)Polenta is something we’ve begun to make and use in lieu of pasta.  It’s a nice change of pace.  These slices have been fried in olive oil and served under a meat sauce made with Italian sausage and tomatoes.  Tasty!DSC03116 (1600x1200)Here’s a nice kitteh.  She’s 5 months old, named Macy and is ready to go.DSC_1718 (1600x1060)We tried a pressure cooker recipe for some BBQed ribs the other day and didn’t give them enough time.  I abandoned the recipe and made stock with the rack, boiling it all day with assorted veggies after washing the sauce off.  Frugal!  These pork noodles were the result.  I’ve plated them with roasted sprouts and sweet potatoes.IMG_20150806_113029371 (1600x1200)Moar kittehs!  These guys are exhausted from a play session and are in the middle of a lap nap.20160124_141640[1] (1600x1060)Mrs J’s Famous Blueberry Pie!  In a rather ill advised move, we tried out a dump cake made with frozen berries, white cake mix, and a can of diet 7-Up.  We salvaged the berries and the pie is the result.  Tasty!DSC_1722 (1600x1060)

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