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Sammich Pr0n

The gas grill sputtered empty mid-cook, we had a spare bottle handy but that one is nearly out, too.  Maybe a trip to town next week to swap them both out for full.  I hate to go during the weekend because crowds.  Those delicious Vidalias are in season – I love a thick slice on my burgers.

Fried Chicken and Green Beans

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.

Sammich Pr0n

Sammich Pr0n

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!

Yes, We Have Beans

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.

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Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Salad

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.

Sammich Pr0n – Sliders

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.

Dill Potato Salad

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?