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Sautéed Spinach with Bacon

I owe you guys not only a puppy update, but also a real recipe thread. We got hit by a cold snap this week and for whatever reason, it just zapped me of all my energy to do anything extra. I worried a lot about the ducks, since I had to keep them cooped while it was sub-twenties. And of course the dogs (along with me) had cabin fever. We did get a good walk in today. I still have to walk them separately, Scout is not ready for that just yet.

This next week promises to be much warmer. Good thing, because I am ready to start cleaning my bed and get ready for gardening.

I was sitting on the couch just now, with the dogs snuggled up, watching the sunset. I am still amazed at the beautiful view I have…thanks to some awesome tree trimmers. That helps tide me over until spring finally arrives.

Cute duck story – I have a box of corn flakes, mostly for them, and I toss a few out for treats. The other day I decided to have a bowl for lunch. When I sat down at the table, there were the ducks, sitting on the steps, looking in the window. I have no idea how they heard me…they were happily playing across the yard before that. Silly ducks.

Pictured above is my quick dinner of BBQ chicken, cast iron cornbread (I cheat and use Krusteaz after a friend recommended it) and spinach with bacon. I’m not big on cooked spinach, but a friend loves it and never had it with bacon, so I had to make it.

Spinach with Bacon

  • 4 strips of thick sliced bacon, sliced into small pieces
  • 10 oz of fresh spinach, washed and dried
  • water
  • salt, pepper and vinegar

skillet

Add bacon to cold skillet and cook on medium heat. Fry until bacon is crisp (your desired texture, I like it still a bit chewy). Add the spinach, toss with bacon grease, add about 1/4 cup of water to create steam and cover. Cook until spinach is slightly limp. Remove lid and toss with salt, pepper and dash of vinegar (I like malt vinegar, but balsamic, white or red wine vinegar works well, too).

Serve immediately.



 

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Tidbits

French toast and those teeny breakfast sausages are a big hit around here, Mrs J is up for this anytime.  Me, too!This is another Harvey rescue.  Cute as a button and already adopted.  SQUEEE!Kroger has these chicken quarters on sale pretty often.  I think they are asking about $1/lb.  I usually buy several packages and put them away in vacuum bags.Crinkle fries and baked beans with the chicken are just perfect.  Mrs J is the crinkle fries fan, but I’m no slouch at putting them away.More of that crockpot Italian beef, this one on a deli bought roll.This is a really hopeful looking kitteh.  It’s not a Harvey rescue but don’t let that stop you!  http://www.stfrancis-care.org/One moar!I just pulled this lasagna from the oven.  It’s made with those no boil noodles.  We are going to have it for dinner tonight and I’ll have more photos later.

Tidbits

It’s been a week or so since the cicadas emerged from their 17 year dirt nap and they are making up for lost time.DSC_0437 (1600x1060)I tried a box mix onion ring batter for these and didn’t much like the result although I did manage to choke a few down.  The sammich is a turkey salad made with a generous amount of crumbled crispy bacon with celery and sweet relish.  Much better than the rings.DSC_0429 (1600x1060)I posted a photo of this chicken while still on the grill the other day.  Here it is plated with the baked beans and a few cold sides.DSC02319 (1600x1060)Post needz moar kitteh!  I don’t know anything about this one other than it will be available for adoption soon.DSC_5324 (1600x1060)I don’t have many pictures of Toby that don’t have him giving me a suspicious glare.  Look up scaredy-cat in the dictionary and there he is.DSC_0443 (1600x1060)I don’t make compound butters very often but I really should pick up my game.  This one is a dill butter with a drop of lemon juice and a dash of cayenne and it went really well with this lemon butter fish filet.

A Good Day for a Cookout

DSC_5339 (1600x1060)Thighs are the best part of a chicken.  These are bone in and they still have their skins and are perfect for a bbq.  Cast iron works great on a grill, these beans will have a smokey flavor because of that chunk of hickory I have in the smokebox over one of the burners.DSC_5452 (1600x1060)Bonus Butterfly!  I just like the look of this one.  That’s a Yellow Swallowtail on purple cone flowers.

Tidbits

DSC_0414 (1600x1060)Nachos!  Sometimes I have a little ground beef left over, not enough for burgers, but plenty for something like this.  I make my own seasoning for taco style meat.DSC_0411 (1600x1060)Mrs J thought Boston cream pie would be nice.  It ended up tasting much better than it looked before the hot  ganache covered covered a few errors.  This is as close a look as I dare to show.  Why is it not called Boston cream cake?  Mystery!DSC02390 (1600x1060)Puppies! Momma dog came to the shelter pregnant and dropped this healthy litter of six.DSC02385 (1600x1060)This pup is named Spicy, and is one of several that were removed from a hoarder.  She seems to be OK but some of her sibs are still shy.DSC_0398 (1600x1060)Hard to beat bbq’d chicken and grilled corn on the cob.DSC_0416 (1600x1060)Not as classic a combo as with grilled cheese but the tuna salad sammy went quite well with the tomato soup.

Smoker Pr0n – Slow Smoked BBQ Chicken

DSC_4338 (1600x1060)I cut the backbone out of this one and smoked it over cherry wood for about five hours today, the last hour I mopped it with a heavy BBQ sauce.  DSC_7210 (1600x1060)Add fries, beans, and slaw and you’ve got a real deal meal.

BBQ Pr0n – Chicken with Slaw and Potato Salad

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BBQ Chicken

Fired the grill for the first time today, did a whole chicken.  It was in there about 2 hours total.  Came out juicy and done.  Made some beans to go with it, and a small batch of slaw.  The beans are worth talking about, four kinds of beans, my special “mixture of whatever looked good to add” sauce, Andouille sausage, green bell peppers, red onions, bacon, white onions, ketchup, sriracha, Tabasco, two kinds of store bought bbq sauce, at least eight cloves of garlic.  Probably more stuff I’m forgetting.   Ah, yes, a can of tomato bits with green chilies!  Mmm good beans.

Enjoy!

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BBQ Chicken and Fries…and Beanie Weenies?

No!  Baked beans with sliced sausages!  Different!  OK, no sense in doing a recipe.  This was all done in the oven.  The BBQ sauce was Sweet Baby Ray’s.  I took many more pics than I really needed to, but I was having fun with the focus point.  You’ll see what I mean.

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