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Raspberry Breakfast Bars

DSC_1133 (1600x1060)Mrs J insisted on buying frozen raspberries the last time we were at the market so she could make these.  We made some blueberry cookie bars not too long ago and she said at the time that we needed to do them with raspberries.  These used a different recipe and they turned out less a cookie bar than a granola bar – not saying one is better than the other.  Smitten Kitchen hasn’t failed us yet for yummy recipes.

Cow Kitty

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Andouille Potato Soup

20150930_120456 (1600x1060)It’s turned off cool again here in Beautiful Southern Illinois™ so Mrs J demanded soup Some Sort of Soup, then quickly refined that to Some Sort of Potato Soup.  I had the best part of a stick of Andouille sausage thawed from making the last pizza and I wondered if maybe… Yes!  One of the nice things about search engines is that you can input ingredients you have on hand as search terms and you will probably get recipes that use them.  A recipe from Emeril topped the page in the returns I got.  (Google personalizes searches so your returns may not match mine – I browse recipes pretty often.)20150930_104035[1] (1600x1060)You can do it all in one pan but the one I wanted to use was busy melting frozen blocks of chicken stock so I enlisted my wok to start the onions and sausage.  I just dumped all this into the pot with the stock when it was ready.  The long handle on the wok lets me flip the contents like a real chef – hey Emeril, long time no see, Pal!

A stick blender will let you blend in some of the potato chunks to thicken the broth.  I removed some of the potato pieces and stock to a small bowl to do that to keep away from the sausage and herbs.

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Bread and Kittens

DSC02875 (1600x1060)This little boy was left at the door of the shelter last Sunday, along with his sister.  At least they weren’t left to fend off coyotes out on a country road somewhere.  He’s had his shots and has been released into the kitten house with the others.  Too small yet to be chipped and fixed – Mrs J says the vet’s rule-of-thumb is to wait till they weigh five pounds, or roughly four to five months. 20150929_122516 (1600x1060)Moar buns!  These are still warm and I’ve just brushed them with melted butter.  They smell great!  We’ll have sloppy joes on a couple of them tonight.DSC02878 (1600x1060)This one just came in with three siblings.  Mrs J doesn’t have any info on any of them.DSC02879 (1600x1060)Here’s that same kitteh with a litter mate, calico coloring about the head and tail.  A pair of real cuties.20150929_144606 (1600x1060)I’ve been making the dough for the buns in my bread machine, letting them go through the first rise before dumping them onto a plastic mat to divide and shape.  I wondered the other day what the loaf would look like if I just let it go ahead and complete an entire bread cycle in the machine.  Bad idea, the loaf grew much to big and was sticking to the lid.  I’m guessing that full tablespoon of yeast the bun recipe called for had a lot to do with that.  Today I dumped the dough and cut it into two pieces, tamped it down into the pans and let it rise for another 45 minutes before sliding them into a 375 oven.  After 20 minutes they were done.20150929_155055 (1600x1060)They look and feel much like regular store-bought white bread, same texture and crumb, a bit more chew to the crust.  I bet they make killer BLTs.

Blood Moon

DSC_1091 (1600x1060)I was ready for the eclipse but the clouds had me stymied, the only clear sky I had was all before the start of it.  It did pop out, briefly, for a couple of fairly decent pictures.  This one was taken several minutes before totality…DSC_1105 (1600x1060)… and this one just a few minutes after that.


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