Picnicking Birds

A bluebird is wondering what the hell am I doing here.

Mrs J was tired of the starlings emptying the feeder so she just stopped putting them out.

Instead, she waited until the starling left and then made piles atop the stump and picnic table that the songbirds could finish before they noticed.

Steak Dinner

The mashed potatoes and gravy are leftover from the short rib dinner we enjoyed the other day. We are still eating from the ridiculously cheap rack of prime ribs we bought a year ago and froze in seal a meal vacuum bags. I was able to go straight from the freezer to the sous vide setup with the steaks that we cut from that rack. We have plenty of freezer space even without the old fridge/freezer we keep in the garage. (When it gets cold outside the freezer will not work reliably.)

Full Dinner Menu: Pasta Jambalaya and Orange Cookies

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My goal with the dinner menus is to have a quick meal planned that doesn’t taste quick and uses fresh foods, versus over-processed frozen or microwave dinners. I think this one really meets that test. It’s full of great flavors and fresh vegetables. And the Orange cookies are a quick dessert, but you can always substitute fresh oranges for a healthier alternative.

On the board:

  1. Pasta Jambalaya
  2. Broccoli
  3. Orange Cookies

Pasta Jambalaya

  • 12 oz penne pasta
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp to 1 tbsp Cajun or Creole seasoning
  • 15 oz can black beans
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 4 oz can chopped green chilies
  • 4 oz smoked sausage, sliced (I like Andouille)
  • 4 oz shredded Mexican 4-blend cheese

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