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We were in the local Kroger store the other day and I spotted a newly stocked item – queso quesadilla. It’s a white cheese that melts really well without separating into solids and oil. My understanding is that the folded and grilled tortilla menu item called “quesadilla” gets its name from the cheese and not the other way around. I used some on these tacos and the bits that are close to the hot, taco seasoned beef are melting quite nicely.
This is a standard mac and cheese recipe with crispy bacon added to the mix. The panko topping was moistened with bacon grease rather than butter. I made a bechamel sauce this time and stirred the cheeses into that instead of melting them straight into simmering milk. I had some Gruyere leftover and also added Parmesan and sharp yellow cheddar. This recipe gives a broad overview of the dish and their method will work fine although I used the same skillet for crisping the bacon and the oven finish, making the cheese sauce and mixing in the drained elbows in a sauce pot.
We made a run up to a local meat processing place a while back. It’s just a tad too far away to make spur of the moment purchases or to include in weekly grocery runs. We take coolers up there when we go and plan on filling them up with various items. One thing they offer that just puts Kroger’s meat section to shame are their smoked ham hocks.This is half of one. They brought out two whole hocks and asked if we wanted them cut down. Yes, please! They are cured and just lightly smoked. I boiled this one for almost three hours so I could break it apart with a pair of forks. I cut the rind into lardons and crisped them as bacon and used those crumbled crisps and the rendered fat in the cornbread.This is the standard back of the box cornbread recipe, with chopped peppers and a handful of shredded cheddar to go with those bacon-y crisps.Recipe for the beans? This one is pretty good! The minced veggies add a bit of color and the seasoning suggestions are on point.
We buy whole, boneless, smoked hams when they go on sale during and after the Holidays. I usually slice them thin and freeze the slices in a vacuum bag but I cut a few slices thick just for this classic meal. At least its classic for me!Good spot for a kitteh. This is Clarabell, she was left on the shelter’s front porch in a box marked stray. She had some issues with her skin and coat but they are all now remedied. Clarabell looks to have some Maine Coon in her background. She’s shy but coming around.I bought a bag of frozen, shredded, potatoes that are marketed as hash browns. I’ve never made these from frozen and wanted to give them a try. They worked very well! I am not at all disappointed. The hot dog looking things are a cheap store branded bratwurst and were tastier than they look.Tacos! I’m not from anywhere near where authentic Tex-Mex cuisine is prominent but my understanding is that this sort of taco is what happens when northern influences creep in. I’m far from being a food snob so I’m not ashamed to say I love these things.Moar kittehs! I don’t know much about these other than they are quite young, Mrs J says they were from a neighboring, county run shelter that didn’t have room for them. St Francis took them in.We’ve been using these mini-buns a lot. This King Arthur recipe, divided into twenty pieces, produces buns 2-1/2 to 3 inches across. Shape the dough from the same recipe into 6 or 8 logs for nice hoagie rolls.One moar kitteh! Norie is part of a litter of four. She’s been chipped and her shots are current and she’s ready to go!
It’s close to opening day for deer hunting season and this fine fellow will need all of his wiles to make it through. We don’t hunt but the neighbors do and his wanderings will take him onto them. We’ve just moved this camera into its present position, strapped to a crab apple tree along the entrance drive. The deer are eating the fallen fruit.
The green box is an automatic feeder, we have it filled with corn. It’s set to deliver a spread of seed mornings and evenings. We had it overlooking the back pond for years, it’s been here for a few weeks now and the critters are getting used to it and the associated bounty.The feeder used to be here – Mrs J carries corn with her on her dogwalks and leaves a small pile on the ground. This hawk has some sort of small prey pinned down. I can’t tell what it is from this low res image but I would guess it’s a mouse or a chipmunk foraging for any corn the the raccoons and deer have overlooked.