Chicken thigh dredged in flour > egg > panko and fried till golden, then baked @350 till its juices ran clear. Green beans were steamed for 6 minutes and then chilled in ice water and set aside. For plating they were tossed in hot oil until warmed through. This is my new favorite method for green beans. Season with salt and whichever other flavor suits you. Lemon is classic, as is garlic. These were tossed with sesame oil.
The little side bowls were KFC recipe slaw and potato salad.
I made buns from my go-to recipe this morning, dividing the dough into 16 mostly equal pieces. I do an okay job with the division if it ends up with 2, 4, 8, or 16. My eye is pretty good dividing by two. The odd numbers are more difficult. I can divide half-loaves by 3 to end with 6 buns, and each of those by 2 to get 12. Getting to 10 is hit and miss, cutting halfs into 5 pieces is easy enough, don’t get me wrong, but five equal pieces is another thing entirely.Anyway, they were not quite slider sized, but close enough. Here they are with smoked brisket – sliced and doused with orange habanero sauce. Yum!
Beans are a standard with fried fish, same for slaw. Potato salad is optional but recommended.I bought one of the larger cans of baked beans and added pintos and black beans to them, along with brown sugar, ketchup, a sweet bbq sauce, dry mustard, onion powder, granulated garlic, dried onion flakes,and a bunch of veggies: onions, poblanos, red bells, and minced jalapenos.I was making a lot of beans so I used a lot of veggies. Sweat them down separately and then combine with the beans. I bake mine “for a while”. You want to reduce the liquids a bit. This batch cooked for an hour at 350 but they could’ve cooked longer. I filled a big plastic container and froze the rest. I hate running out of beans.
This is my new all time favoite potato salad of the month!
Thanks to Balloon Juice commenter NotMax for the tip and a recipe. I went with another recipe for purely logistical reasons: The Paprika app can strip recipes from a page where there is only one recipe but it struggles with comment sections. We like Paprika, it’s an android app we put on tablets because the larger screen puts the ingredients and directions on the same screen. Here’s a screenshot of the recipe page for this potato salad, the tablet is a Galaxy Tab S2 9.7″:
The app works on phones, too, but you have to swipe and scroll to get the same info. There is a windows desktop app but they want more money for that then we want to spend for very little added utility.NotMax’s recipe says to refrigerate for at least an hour so I presume the salad is good cold. We opted to reheat it for this tasty lunch.
The buns are mini-ciabattas that Kroger sells out of their deli/bakery. I buy them up whenever they have them because they work for a lot of things – nothing is better for sliders. Taking a break from tortillas but the griddle is still out, it gave me the idea for sliders. Nom nom nom!My sliders start out with a pile of thin sliced onions with a beef patty on top, I flip them over when the onions start showing a little char.I don’t think they are at all complete without cheese, a dill pickle, and mustard. The dill potato salad worked pretty well, too. This meal pairs well with a soda pop but best with sweet tea.
I have a nice bit of dill coming on out on the herb bench so I took some and made a nice potato salad. It won’t be long before it starts going to seed or some critter starts munching on it so I’ll be looking at some more dill recipes. Dill buttered fish sounds good! Dill butter!I think I cut the potatoes to big and the eggs too small but I do have plenty of dill. For some reason I followed the recipe directions and boiled the potatoes whole instead of cutting them up first and then boiling them. There may be a good reason for the former method over the latter but I don’t see it. Leaching out the nutrients, maybe?
I haven’t been doing much cooking lately aside from leftovers and sammiches. I have been doing some home IT work, finally replacing the router that has been growing increasingly reliant on constant reboots to function properly. I was able to fumble through the setup with just one call to tech support. So far it has been smooth sailing.The shelter has a new cat tree! A local supporter crafted it from what looks like an 8″ diameter section of an actual tree with twine wrapped planks set into notches.Here’s a closer look at that kitteh. Here’s my take on a cheesesteak sammich. I didn’t bother with a cheese sauce this time, just added a nice slice of provolone towards the end of the sautée. I found a flat iron steak tucked back in the big freezer, sliced it thin, and cooked it with sweet onions and a bit of green bell pepper.Some chili cheese dogs fresh from the toaster oven. I gave them a minute or two under the broiler to melt the cheese. I used shredded Monterey jack and with a generous sprinkle of cheddar.Moar kittehs! These two are comfy in one of Mrs J’s beds. The orange and white one has more than the usual number of toes. I have been putting together the usual side dishes but I hardly consider that as “cooking”.