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Ham & Butterbeans

These were InstaPotted limas but they spent a good long time on slow cook after the lid was lifted.  Basic cornbread muffins on the side – I dithered about adding a sprinkle of cheese in the batter and ended up going without that flourish.

No One Can Resist The Magnetic Pull Of Bixby

It’s not a great picture, because of low light and cell phone camera. Gabe is so enamored of Bixby. He sits at the patio door and can’t understand why he can’t join him outside. I find him snuggled next to him.

Besides that, Gabe is doing great. Today he joined me as official OFFICE CAT and hung out while I worked. And at one point tonight, he sat with all of us on the couch and snuggled down in my lap.

Scout is really doing her best not to scare him, she’s caught on that if she wants to spend time with the new kitty, she has to approach him carefully and with a little less of her normal enthusiasm.

Everyone is adjusting.  Gabe is fitting right in.


More Taco Pr0n

Kroger has been selling uncooked flour tortillas so I grabbed a packet and tried them the other night.  These were cooked in hot oil for a few seconds on each side.  Just how many seconds will depend on the oil temp – these cooked at 350+ for maybe 30 seconds total.  Some of them ballooned quite a bit but they can be mashed down with few problems.  Docking may help reduce the puffery.


I smoked a pork shoulder last week.  You can get a lot of tacos from a block of meat this size.  This one spent around 26 hours in my little electric smoker.  I’m using peach wood these days because I have a lot of it and it works fine.We hit the Tex-Mex pretty hard this week.  I made the pork and the pico – the rest was store bought.Let them eat cake! Always popular around here. We also made another one with cream cheese icing and froze them both before cutting them into portions and bagging them.I’m not sure which I prefer – enchiladas or tacos. I guess my favorite is whichever I’m eating at the time you ask.  These were stuffed with the pork, cheese, and beans, and cooked in tomatillo salsa and drizzled with Mexican crema.  It’s more creme fraiche than sour cream.It’s calendar time over at Balloon Juice. I’ve been stalking the critters trying to get a decent shot.  I think this one of Homer will do.I’ve been using corn tortillas for the tacos lately, but I really like the taste of the flour types when they have been lightly fried.  Those are the wedges on the plate.If you don’t fry them crisp they are fine for making mini-tacos. There’s that smoked pork, looking good on there with cheese and pico.Kroger had pork tenderloins on sale for half off so I grabbed the biggest one. I cut off a thick slice and stuffed it with cornbread stuffing. The idea of it was fine but my execution was lacking. I think I’ll do the sous vide thing on the next one, and make the slit and stuff it for the searing after it’s cooked in the water bath. This one was a tad tough.