This is one of the Texas hurricane rescues, she was brought back in an effort to save her and her litter. She is heartworm positive with some other maladies and her prognosis is uncertain. She and her puppies would already have been put down had she stayed.Mmm… red beans and rice. TaMara mentioned the dish in one of her posts and it reminded me that we haven’t had any lately. This one was cooked with a ham hock. I added the andouille late because it will get tough if it simmers a long time.Here’s a kitteh! Not a hurricane rescue, he is a local kitty boy.Our fig trees/bushes exploded this year. We put rooted cuttings in the ground spring of ’16 and reaped a scant harvest but this year we should do better.There are a lot of figs coming on and they are getting to a size they couldn’t match last year.This one-eyed kitteh has been adopted since the photo was taken. I don’t have any more info than that.Cheesesteak! This was tasty – I did the flat iron steak sous vide, it was in the water bath 6 hours @140 degrees. For service, it was sliced and added to a pan of caramelized onions and tossed to mix and rewarm then covered with a nice cheese sauce of American and cheddar.Tommy is a tuxedo kitteh born in March this year. He’s a good kitteh, Brent.
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.
St Francis sent a crew down to Texas with pet food and bedding to help out with the Harvey effort. They brought back some cats and dogs to help make space for the influx the shelters down there were experiencing. These were animals that were in the shelters pre-Harvey. This is one of those – he has since been adopted out to a family with two boys who seem thrilled to have him.Sliders-to-be! I’ve had the best luck by starting these on a bed of thin sliced onions. A mandoline is perfect for this. I add a wee splash of olive oil to the onion pile before laying the on the patty. Cook on med-low until the onion browns a little then flip it over. Give it a minute then add cheese and a pickle slice or two.
The swallowtail caterpillars are busy on the parsley. I framed this shot to get the most caterpillars I could in it, there were a few more on the plant. I don’t begrudge the loss of the parsley because I like the butterflies they turn into.Random chicken noodle soup. I add a little sesame oil and a dash of Chinese five spice to give it a little Asian flavor. I love love love to dip the grilled cheese into the broth – Heaven!Random shelter kitteh – this is not one of the Harvey rescues – they were still in quarantine due to a treatable but highly contagious skin condition. This handsome boy is named Netsi, he was born in June and is available, hint hint.This is Riley, a girl born in May. Like Netsi, she is waiting for a human to call her own.Random ribeye. Classic steak and potato dinner with a side of roasted sprouts. The steak was cooked sous vide and finished in a smoking hot cast iron pan.
Jake is in remission and no longer needs any diabetes medication. It was a terrific surprise. Here he’s giving Maddie the once over as she wanders by.
I love my vet – Dr. Steve has an entire mobile van and is as reasonable as our old vet clinic – and today I had him not only do a routine check on Jake, but everyone else in the tribe (well not the ducks, but more on that later). My credit card is still smoking, but everyone is healthy and happy and the whole visit was stress free. And of course the great Jake news made the whole day.
This was Bailey’s first full vet check since she came to live here (the rescue group vet did one before I adopted, so I didn’t see a reason to stress her anymore those first few months). And she is as beautiful as her photos would indicate. Dr. Steve says her bone and muscle structure are good and she doesn’t look like she’ll have any structural issues down the road.
Bixby is not so lucky – he broke a toe early on and it’s going to continue to give him issues going forward that we’ll address as needed. He also, because he’s so rough and tumble, has a continued strained muscle along his shoulder and rib cage. Not that any of this stops him from anything. Just things I’ll keep an eye on as he ages.
Right to left: Emma, Mabel and Maddie
Emma is doing well, but a little arthritis, so she got some supplements, but for being the oldest member of the family, she’s doing excellent. She and the ducks seem to get along together.
Zander is oh-so photogenic. He didn’t need a visit today, but he did get weighed and his share of treats, so he’s all good.
Dr. Steve is looking for a family for the Ladies and I have to tell you, I felt a real twinge as we discussed it. We’ll see what he comes up with before I go all to pieces.
Now that I’ve lived here a year (!!) I’ve finally felt comfortable letting the cats out for backyard time. So far we just spend time together while I drink my coffee in the morning and they get to wander around. They are really enjoying it. Still limited because there are dogs on all sides and I don’t trust them not to try and jump the fence, Zander already tried, so supervision for the near future.
Emma seems fine with that….
Mmm… sloppy joe with giardiniera and a side of chips. Those are Utz salt ‘n vinegar flavored chips. Amazon had a deal on them for Prime members, alas the deal has moved on. [ETA: They’re back in stock!]Mrs J sent me this pic of Toby at the vet’s office. He tangled with a feral cat and got a bite on his tail that abcessed. He’s fine now.Gabe waits by the door with Homer keeping him company. Mrs J has just left for the vet with Toby. She told Gabe he wasn’t going but he hoped she would change her mind.Franks with beans on the side.Franks with beans on the top.Mmm… gumbo! This recipe came up first with a Google search and it looked pretty good. I took my usual liberties with the ingredients, crawdads for the shrimp, and chicken because I like chicken. I used a small can of tomato paste and added four fresh ripe tomatoes sans their skins. It does have andouille sausage.Ribs and fries. I need to work on my presentation – the half slab doesn’t look “ribby” enough.Here’s a fresh loaf in a plastic bag. Do you tie? I often use small office binder clips if the loaf is going into the freezer but the twist and tuck under is the way I go if the bread is going to be used that day.Gabe likes to climb on my lap to be reassured Mrs J will come back home.
Like I said, the killer app for steaks is sous vide. These spent the afternoon at 136°F. A quick sear then a rest while a pan sauce was made from the bag liquids, butter, wine, and soy sauce. That was a big rib steak, even I didn’t eat the whole thing.A veggie beef soup follows leftover steak at our house. A smoked pork sammich turned the soup into a real meal.Kitteh! The kittens were recipients of a round of claw clipping, they were a bit disturbed and needed a firm grasp to hold them for the task.I told Mrs J to mention that too firm a grasp causes their little kitteh eyes to bug out.
Teeny weenies! Hash browns and eggs! Mmm… breakfast for dinner.Mrs J spends most of her volunteer time in the kitteh house but she does catch the occasional pupper. This little girl came in when her owner passed. She’s heartworm positive but is expected to be fine.Fried fish for the win! I made a tartar sauce with fresh dill, lemon juice, lemon zest, minced dill pickles, and mayo.I’ll finish with an adult cat. No info at all on this one but Mrs J days she’s very friendly. She’s been at the shelter for a week or so.
Worm sign! Mrs J drew my attention to this Swallowtail caterpillar on one of the parsleys, it appeared suddenly and was gone the next day. Moar kittehs! Mrs J brought back several good pics of the current kitteh crop at the shelter from her last volunteer stint.We decided it was time for another smoked pork shoulder. This one spent the day with peach chips smoldering under it, then it finished in the oven.I made a batch of buns for it, I think I’ll do some tacos later.A couple of times a year I’ll trundle the mower down to the back pond to knock the weeds and grass down. The pond is murky from recent rains, it will clear up over the summer. We have it stocked with bass, redear and bluegill.We both favor these BLTs and are satisfied to make them for either lunch or dinner.Moar kittehs! As TaMara once quipped, “it looks like the kitty printer is running low on toner”!
Lasagna! Each of these holds just enough for two. I used egg roll wraps again for these because I am lazy and they work very well.The layers were Italian sausage in tomato sauce, plain ricotta with a couple of eggs whipped in, and various shredded cheeses. We ate these right away, the others were portioned and frozen, then sealed in vacuum bags.Kittehs! Mrs J says they have a good crop at the shelter – nearly 30 that are still with their mommas.Smoked chicken, just out of the smoker. No seasonings other than granulated garlic. I bought a case lot of those aluminum pans a couple of years ago and they have proved handy.Ginger Boy has filled out, he’s not as big as Toby but that’s not from lack of appetite.I canned a bunch of tomato soup one year, put it up in quart jars. That is the perfect amount for two servings.
Mrs J adds Russian Sage to her garden. She has been looking for it a while and finally spotted a set at a big box store.More naan pizza! These are closer to pitas than the last batch we bought and a bit smaller. I made a white sauce with garlic and stirred in provolone to make it a mornay sauce for the base. Chopped roast chicken was the main topping with Brussels sprout slices and a bit of balsamic glaze. More cheese was sprinkled on before these went into the oven.They worked out very well. I added some red pepper flakes and a grind of black peppercorns to mine.Some BLTs with my own homemade bacon. Too early for fresh garden tomatoes so we went with some from the Kroger garden.More breakfast for dinner. We love those little sausages.Kittehs! These are two of our own kittehs – Ginger Boy and Ollie.