20151208_142431 (1600x1060)Just for a fun exercise, I did this pork shoulder as a confit.  (Not sure of the grammar on this – confited, ala confit, something else?)  Submerged the butt in olive oil and ran it at 250 until the temp in the middle reached 200 degrees, about 5 hours iirc.DSC_1525 (1600x1060)After it cooled down I pulled the shoulder apart and stowed it in a plastic bag, saving out enough to reheat in duck fat for some sandwiches.  These are on my mini-buns with slaw and a local brand of bbq sauce.DSC_5435 (1600x1060)Good spot for a kitteh!  This is Bitsy in one of her favorite lounging spots atop the couch.20151208_154839 (1600x1060)We’ve been giving the bread machine some love here lately.  I have a big beef roast brining in the basement fridge, planing to make a corned beef.  I think it will be finished in the oven, instead of boiling like I’ve always done.  I wanted to try a rye bread machine recipe to see how it was going to go because, corned beef!  It’s the loaf on the left, the other is a plain white loaf.  The shine on to crust?  Duck fat!DSC_1529 (1600x1060)Here is a ham and swiss sammy on slices of that white bread.  I like my ham and cheese with slaw, and those pickled onions and peppers caught my eye.  It’s all good.katie_clipping[1] (1600x1060)Mrs J took Katie in to have her coat groomed.  Katie took it pretty well, she’s able to make the best of any situation she figures she can’t escape from.DSC_1505 (1600x1060)Moar sammich pr0n!  Cheeseburgers and fries with my homemade chipotle ketchup.  Younger Swiss melts better than the aged stuff – a feature, not a bug.DSC_1442 (1600x1060)Some more breakfast pr0n, waffles with bacon and eggs.


Rainy day!  Finally getting some rain, nearly an inch and a half in the last two or three days.  I mowed for the first time in ages and today’s slow soaker will go a long way to green the grass again.  Too late for the corn though.  Here’s Greta:I’m not sure what kitteh is seeing, and she looks like she doesn’t have any idea herself.  Equal time for puppy:Staff at the shelter spend a lot of time cleaning and grooming their charges.  Often a new animal will come in that has been neglected, covered with ticks and fleas, and filthy.For the most part these baths and then the toweling off are greatly appreciated.

We had Mexican the other day for the mid day meal.  These lunches are turning into the main meal of the day.Enchiladas are a favorite, these are beef and bean with plenty of cheese.  Ancho and cheese sauces garnish them with yum! and the pico de gallo and refried sides go great with nacho chips.  Best part is the leftover fillings for an evening grilled burrito The cheese sauce over the burrito in back is a concoction of a white cheese with jalapenos and a can of tomatoes with green chilies.  The dark sauce over the front half is made from dried ancho and New Mexico (Hatch) chilies that have simmered in water to soften them and then blended with lime juice and garlic.  I think this sort of sauce is generally known as a mole sauce – and recipes for these sauces return scads of hits on Google.  They can be complex and often contain chocolate and nuts but those aren’t essential.

Shelter Pets

More pics from my visit to the shelter where Mrs J spends a lot of time.  It was a spur of the moment visit, hadn’t planned on dropping in and didn’t take my camera.  We made do with the little Canon she carries everywhere.  Lots to be said in favor of a camera you have with you vs. the nice camera you left at home.

Here is the web site of the shelter.