Carrot Cake

I’m using the Allrecipes carrot pineapple cake recipe on this one.  I couldn’t remember if I had reviewed the Paprika recipe manager app (that’s what is showing on the phone, there) so I looked into the archives and found that I had.   When I did the review I had it on a tablet but it’s handier for us on a phone.  Good use for your old retired phone!  It’s free  at  the Google Play store.  The free version limits you to 50 recipes, and you don’t get cloud sync.  The paid app is $3.  I spend a lot of time on my desktop so I have it on my Windows machine. They have it half price last I looked.  ($14.99)I’m using a new cake pan for the first time.  It has ridges on the bottom and the sides taper out.  It has some sort of coating on it.  I can report the the cake fell right out of the pan when I inverted it onto a paper lined cutting board.Mrs J is the official cake froster.  She got started on that while I was burning some chopped walnuts under the toaster oven broiler.  I turned my back on the nuts to stir a pot of soup and that was long enough to ruin the walnuts.  I decided to toast some coconut instead.


This is what I was going for the last time.  Oatmeal cookies are much better when the oatmeal is not left out.  I’ve been adding a quarter cup of peanut butter to the recipe and I think it works, adds just a touch of flavor but it doesn’t stand out.  We subbed walnuts for the almonds.  I thought I was buying hazelnuts when I bought the walnuts and was perplexed when Mrs J kept insisting that we didn’t have any hazelnuts,

Stir Fry

Chicken and veggies in a soy-less sauce.  I almost never do a sauce sans soy but I did last night.  Thickened chicken broth with lots of ginger and garlic and a touch of sambal for a wee bit of heat.  I gave a nod toward sweet and sour with a spoon of sugar and a splash of rice vinegar.

Oven Baked Wings with Fries

I par-boiled these for 10 to 12 minutes and then dusted them with flour after they had air dried .  Then it was 15 minutes in a 400 oven, turn, and another 10 minutes.  Dipped in a pair of sauces they went back in for about another 15.The darker sauce was honey and soy sauce in a sweet bbq sauce with garlic and ginger, the other sauce was honey, butter, hot sauce, and sweet chili sauce.  The fries were air fried for 15 minutes at 350 and they could have stood more time or a higher temp but they worked OK.

Leftover Lover’s Lunch

Front and center is a quesadilla that is a leftover on a technicality.  We had cheeseburgers for dinner the day before yesterday and had a bit of ground beef thawed but not used for the burgers.  The pizza we had a while back and froze the remainder.  The glob to the left is that potato and ham casserole from last night.  Still some of that left!

Ham and Scalloped Potatoes

I threw this together, loosely following this recipe, with frozen shredded potatoes.  It’s similar to the copycat casserole I made a while back but without the sour cream or chicken soup.The recipe called for peas but I forgot them.  It did really want something green to pretty it up so there are chopped green onions.  It was good, not as good as the casserole with the sour cream but it was fine.  I may go with ham in that recipe when I get the urge to do something like this again.

Last of the Turkey!

This isn’t the last of a Thanksgiving turkey, we roasted a 12 pounder 2 weeks ago as a warm-up.  We feed the dogs rice plus, usually, chicken.  The turkey was going to be part of a big batch of rice but it didn’t make it.  We’ve been eating on it since.  We did save a bowlful for their dinner tonight.
Just as an aside, the Kroger branded wide egg noodles have been awful. Thin, fall apart in the fridge overnight awful. Take a bag full of them to the back field for the ‘coons awful. The noodles in the photo are Mrs Miller’s.Kroger, if you are listening, what are you thinking?  Bad, BAD noodles.