Category Archives: Fun with Food

Mmm… Soup

20161204_1133581600x1200Chicken Rice Soup


iasas-picture1600x1200A friend brought this painting back from a trip to Belize and sent me a photo.  It makes me happy.14390654_1697907010532834_4263571012990612732_n

So does this one.  Attn: Betty Cracker20161203_0844091600x1200Another smoked pork shoulder.  We were running low because we eat a lot of sammiches made with this stuff.  It spent 20 hours in a 200 degree smoker stoked with peach wood.20161203_114948-1600x1200Don’t let the hush puppies scare you!  They are, as a rule, very quiet.20161201_1201581600x1200I never feel right calling these Cubanos because the bread isn’t right.  Tastes good, though.  Let me try again:20161202_123420-1600x1200

This one is a tad closer.  The basic sammich is roast pork, ham, Swiss, and pickles on a bun with yellow mustard spread on both halves of the bun, and then warmed in a grill press.


Getting the Hang of It

20161201_1721271600x1200Getting the hang of sous vide steaks, anyway.  I found a pair of rib eyes in the same freezer bag so I thawed and then re-bagged them individually.  This time the steaks were seasoned with salt and pepper before sealing, and each bag got two pats of butter, too.20161201_1722441600x1200I reserved the cooking juices and added them to the pan along with more butter and a splash of white wine after searing the steaks off.  That deglazed the pan and reduced to a nice sauce.


20161129_1603561600x1200This is the first thing I’ve cooked from scratch since the big holiday meal.  There are just so many ways a fellow can present leftovers without drawing catcalls from the crowd so I’ve not been posting many food pics.  This is chicken in a honey/soy marinade.  20161129_1258181600x1200I vacuum sealed skinless chicken thighs and breast tenders in about of 1/4 cup of the marinade each, and then cooked them in a water bath just for fun.  I wanted to see if the marinade would better penetrate the chicken pieces in the vacuum bag than it would just by soaking in a bowl.20161129_1313311600x1200I cut the bags extra long to see if I could keep the marinade from sucking up into the sealing area of the bags.  It worked up to a point.  I think the marinade did better in the bags than just soaking, and an overnighter in the fridge would have been even better.

The marinade was honey, sweet soy sauce, light soy, black vinegar, and sesame oil.  It worked pretty well.20161129_1423391600x1200As an aside, I once had some old broccoli that seemed a bit limp so I soaked it in water for and hour or two and that firmed it right up.  I got into the habit of preparing my veggies early and soaking them in water just to help keep them fresh.img_20161129_150326_processedIt might look as if Gabe is gazing adoringly at his Dog Daddy here but he was just taking a second to gather himself for another lunge at my face, hoping to grab enough beard for a good tug.dsc_55701600x1200It rained all day long yesterday but right at sunset it cleared a bit and we had this full rainbow, too big to get it all in one frame.  That was nothing compared to the scene behind me:dsc_55721600x1200

You Can’t Have Too Much Gravy

20161126_1118261600x1200You’ll need it for all that dressing!20161125_1050341600x1200

Creamy Turkey Vegetable Noodle Soup with Cheese


Traditional Day After Sammich


T-Day H-Hour

20161124_0958101600x1200Spatchcock turkey is 2 for 2 here at W4D today.  Herbed butter under the skin, and massaged all over the bird after dry brining and an overnight in the basement fridge air-drying.20161124_1110331600x1200Sweet potatoes in olive oil and honey and teeny potatoes in olive oil and kosher salt on their trays ready for the oven.20161124_1220171600x1200The turkey turned out very well, note the leg position, there will be a short quiz later.20161124_1220121600x1200Clockwise from the top right:  Cloverleaf dinner rolls, sauteed Brussels sprouts, gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, honey roasted sweet potatoes, those little potatoes with rosemary, cranberry relish, and a stick of butter on top.  The dressing is on the counter behind me.  Grr20161124_1227001600x1200I remembered the dressing so it wasn’t a turkey dinner without.  That quiz I mentioned: What is peculiar about the turkey legs in the before and after pictures?

Jump Starting T-Day with a Sweet Potato Pie

20161123_1342101600x1200Mrs J took inspiration from this recipe.  She went with her tried and true butter recipe pie crust instead of theirs, and took liberties with the toppings.

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