Category Archives: Fun with Food
Katie is merging into daily doggie life here. She is still a bit jumpy with me but Mrs J’s campaign to endear herself to Kate is paying huge dividends. Katie actually will join her on the couch – she still wants to bail when I go to sit with her. The cats are not as wary of her, nor she of them. She seems very smart and is picking up commands and hand signs well.Here’s another view of the sausage and pepper sub I built yesterday. Kroger sells bone in chicken thighs in a nice “value pack” tray fairly cheap. I didn’t make note but there are around 10 pieces in there for 6 or 7 dollars. I’ve been cooking them all at once on the grill when I have it going for whatever else, wrapping them in foil for later quick meals. The sausages came in a similar pack of ten, I cooked all of those as well.I’ve mentioned this before, we keep a trail camera active overlooking the spot where Mrs J spreads the corn and other seeds. The camera has infra-red LEDs to add illumination at night, and the camera itself has a light sensor that switches the mode from daylight color to night time IR. Often there is a transition period in the evening and in the morning when there is enough ambient light that the entire scene is lit well enough to see to the far edges of the frame. The resulting photos have what I would term “drama”.Speaking of game cameras, we placed another one looking at the tomato garden this year, hoping to identify the culprits that destroyed some newly planted seedlings. We’ve seen rabbits and raccoons, deer and stray cats, but none of them have again bothered the steadily growing plants. It struck me as a fun project to save one photo a day from this camera to a new folder on a hard drive so daily progress can be noted. I have about ten frames saved so far. If I can figure out how I will make a movie out of the batch when I get enough of them.
I am fast becoming a big fan of smoked brisket. The last few times I’ve gone on to braise the slab until it pulls apart easily with two forks. The braising liquids, reduced, make excellent sauce that adds a nice flavor layer to the meat that doesn’t cover up the smokiness. Here the brisket was warmed with minced jalapeno and paired with the fried potatoes under a pair of sunny side up eggs. The hot sauce is Cholula’s regular style. It’s not a scorching hot sauce but it is full of flavor.Those potatoes that I cut with the fry cutter and then cooked once at a relatively low oil temperature (325) and then froze make excellent American fries with an additional chop.