Tidbits

DSC03038 (1600x1060)It’s never a bad idea to lead off a post like this with kittehs!  These came available to adopt today, three boys and a girl.  The girl has been spoken for already.  I have no idea which of them is the sister kitty.DSC_1498 (1600x1060)The dirty dishes from this dinner are still on the table as I type this.  I can’t take much credit for anything here, the tater tots and the breaded shrimp came frozen in plastic bags.  I can say that I mixed the batter for the broccoli, adapted from a Betty Crocker recipe.  I used a lemon-lime soda instead of the beer and made it a bit thinner so that you could see it was broccoli you were eating rather than an anonymous fried lump.  Oh!  I almost forgot – the cocktail sauce was made with my homemade ketchup!  Mine on the left in the emptied Heinz bottle, the new bottle of the Heinz product for comparison:DSC_1503 (1600x1060)I saw someone on one of my TV cooking shows make chipotle flavored ketchup that looked good so I stopped and started the DVR while scribbling down the ingredients.  No real info on the quantities so this is a best guess as to ratios, I used: 4-15oz cans of tomato puree, 1 small can of tomato paste, 1 big onion, 1 small can of chipotles in adobo sauce, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup cider vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, ground allspice, ground cloves, nutmeg, cayenne, salt, and pepper.  Chop the onion and sweat it down in oil, then add everything else. You are going to have to wing it, too!  Let’s just say, add those additional spices “to taste”.  I used a stick blender to break down the onions and the chipotles and simmered the sauce for a half hour or so.  Great Success!DSC_1441 (1600x1060)We made some banana bread and added some frozen blueberries.  Worked fine but nothing to shout about.  The cinnamon crunch topping was pretty good.  Cut 2 tablespoons of cold butter into 1/4 cup each of flour and sugar with 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and sprinkle over the batter.  I made the first batch and used way too many blueberries, Mrs J made the bread pictured above using 1/2 cup of berries.  Mine tasted good but wasn’t, ah, photogenic.DSC_1491 (1600x1060)We had waffles, sausage and eggs for supper the other day.  Great any hour of the day.DSC_1497 (1600x1060)Mmm… pastrami for lunch today.  We made everything here but the bread and the thousand island dressing.  That’s the last of the pastrami, I hope they have another sale on beef roasts, I’ll snag a big one and and get the brine going.IMG_20151201_115053755[1]_Snapseed (1600x1200)Time for another kitteh!  This is Maisy, she’s five months old and was adopted Tuesday.  Yay!DSC_1407 (1600x1060)I’m going to call this a quesadilla – it has roast pork, some leftover beans and corn, a ton of cheese, a dab a the last batch of chili, a few chopped peppers, and a nice squeeze of my sweet habanero sauce.