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Thighs are the best part of a chicken. These are bone in and they still have their skins and are perfect for a bbq. Cast iron works great on a grill, these beans will have a smokey flavor because of that chunk of hickory I have in the smokebox over one of the burners.Bonus Butterfly! I just like the look of this one. That’s a Yellow Swallowtail on purple cone flowers.
Nachos! Sometimes I have a little ground beef left over, not enough for burgers, but plenty for something like this. I make my own seasoning for taco style meat.Mrs J thought Boston cream pie would be nice. It ended up tasting much better than it looked before the hot ganache covered covered a few errors. This is as close a look as I dare to show. Why is it not called Boston cream cake? Mystery!Puppies! Momma dog came to the shelter pregnant and dropped this healthy litter of six.This pup is named Spicy, and is one of several that were removed from a hoarder. She seems to be OK but some of her sibs are still shy.Hard to beat bbq’d chicken and grilled corn on the cob.Not as classic a combo as with grilled cheese but the tuna salad sammy went quite well with the tomato soup.
Cicadas! One of a myriad that appeared overnight. They are kind of pretty, fresh out of their old skins. This one is perched upon a coralbell Mrs J planted last fall after nurturing it all last summer in a container. Not really looking forward to their singing 24/7, talk about the sounds of summer…Once we noticed and started looking we found the empties all over. These things emerge on a cycle, I’m not sure if these are the 13 year or the 17 year models.
I have some Italian beef working for lunch and need proper rolls to put together sandwiches. These are from that King Arthur bun recipe and I have high hopes for them in this role. The recipe is for eight buns, I divided it into six parts and the rolls are pretty big. These are fresh from the oven and just brushed with the melted butter and they smell wonderful!
More random wildlife! A snapper makes his/her way across the lawn. It’s dry so I know it’s been on the road for a while, but there is a pond in sight from where the picture was taken.We don’t know much about this orange kitteh, it was found in a cardboard box with a sibling. They are about 8 weeks old and are ready for adoption.The first one looks a lot like our newest kitty, this one lacks the white patches. I’m sure there is a name for the different color schemes but I don’t know what they are. Mrs J says she just calls them orange tabbies.Tacos! These are roast pork with minimal garnish – a smear of beans and a spoonful of salsa with sprinkles of green onion and cheddar. The general term for the main filling is carnitas, which means “little meats”.The coconut curry chicken we had over rice the other day was also good on these garlic mashed potatoes. I wish I was better at cooking for two, we still have another little bit of this leftover.It’s so hard to catch these hummers in mid flight, especially with the long lens I had on my camera. This was snapped as he approached a feeder and hesitated while he chose a spot to land.I’ll wrap up with a classic picnic plate of burger, beans, slaw, and potato salad.
I opened a can of coconut milk the other day for the shrimp dish but only used a couple of tablespoons out of it so I looked around for a recipe to use the rest. This one is said to be a Brazilian recipe and I had everything except for the hot chilies. I added some curry powder I had on hand to the spices in the recipe and backed off the cayenne it called for because I wanted Mrs J to not hate me. The dish was not at all spicy even though I did use canned tomato bits with the green chilies. There is one huge sweet onion in there, chopped into not so small pieces. The chicken was boneless and skinless thighs and breasts with the breasts cut into thigh sized pieces. The gravy looked thin so I stirred in corn starch in a slurry to thicken it. Pretty good over the white rice.