This Blog Needs Some Moar Puppehs!

Soup Repair

20161018_1107261600x1200That cauliflower soup was really bland.  Even Mrs J said it was too bland.  Bland even with sour cream and cheese.  I fix!  I fix by dumping half the remaining soup and adding 2 potatoes boiled in chicken stock.  These I blended in thoroughly with a stick blender.  Then I added crisp bacon crumbles.  This one didn’t need sour cream but I did go with the Creole seasoning again because I like that stuff.

Post needs moar kitteh!20161017_1014241600x1200Here’s Homer resting on an old picnic table.  Gabe is busy in the background picking through bird seed for the peanuts.

I say it’s an old picnic table because it is old, for a picnic table.  I made that thing in a flurry of busy about 30 years ago and it’s been sitting out in the weather since then.  I’m kind of amazed that it has held up as well as it has.  I did replace one of the seat boards when we moved it a bit closer to the house a few weeks ago.

Tidbits

DSC_9673 (1600x1060)I busted the rest of those biscuits out of their can because I was really wanting biscuits and gravy. It’s not the best gravy but I had some leftover from a pork chop dish. I had a few of those homemade Andouille sausages to use up and it seemed a great time to fry a couple of eggs.  The five pepper jelly works great on a hot biscuit.DSC01526 (1600x1200)There was a litter of Great Pyrenees/German Shepherd Dog mixes dropped off the other day at St Francis, this is a female.  She is 6 or 7 weeks old here.DSC_9707 (1600x1060)Cheesesteak!  I tried my hand at baking baguettes the other day but without much success.  This is as close a picture of one as I’m going to post. Let’s just say that 500 degrees for 12 minutes then turn to 400 for 20 minutes more will not be the method in future attempts.  The birds made short work of the rest it.DSC01512 (1600x1200)Here is a brother to the puppy in the picture above.  A little more of the GSD shows in his color.  There are 5 of these and they are all spoken for.DSC_9706 (1600x1060)Tacos!  I like to fry the flour tortillas when I make tacos with them.  Put a 1/4 inch of oil in a large skillet and heat it to almost smoking and plop one in.  It will only take a few seconds if the oil is really hot, flip it over for a few more seconds and then lay it on paper towels to drain.  They will tend to puff up but you can press the bubbles down in the pan and after it’s out but be quick and flatten them while they are still hot.  I fold them in half right away, too, so they don’t break.  These have grilled chicken on a smear of refried beans.  I have sliced green peppers, fresh jalapenos, onions, shredded cheese, sour cream, and a hot sauce for a finish.DSC01494 (1600x1200)Moar puppehs!  These are a dachshund/terrier mix and they are just the cutest things.  Aww…  There are 6 total, the others are different colors.  They are 8 weeks old.

Tidbits

DSC_9526 [1600x1060]We have a couple of freezers jammed full of items that may not be labeled with all the info you might wish for but usually enough if you have a good memory.  I pulled one crusted zip lock bag with “brisket” scribbled on it and the sammich here is what came of a portion of it.  I smoked a brisket some time ago and this is part of that, there may be more – I dunno.  It made a decent lunch.  On top is some ancient giardiniera that I added some olives to because of reasons.  The sauce is a new to me item from Texas Pete they are calling sriracha-cha.  Works for me.DSC01302 (1600x1200)And a puppy!  I have no info at all on this one, nor the ones to follow in this post.  I ordered a battery powered LED light so Mrs J could have a portable source she could use while at the shelter.  I mounted it on a tiny tripod meant for tabletop photography but it can be easily hand held.  Results so far are encouraging.DSC_9530 [1600x1060]I used some of that duck fat to roast these potatoes, they were pretty good but I’m sure I’ll do better the next time.  The chicken was fried in some of it as well.  The breast came pre-sliced to about 1/4″, I dusted it with seasoned flour and plopped it directly into the hot fat.  I parboiled the potatoes, then tossed them with the duck fat, rosemary, and kosher salt and roasted them on a tray in the oven.  They needed more time to brown but everything else was ready to go so I went with them as they were.DSC01301 (1600x1200)Moar puppeh!  I think the new light is bright enough to bounce off the ceiling there at the shelter.  It does have a frosted plastic diffuser mounted to soften the light, and it can be dialed down if needed.DSC_9541 [1600x1060]Mmm… brisket and egg burritos from this morning.  The last of the thawed brisket with scrambled eggs and cheese.  I like that new sauce, it has more of a cooked taste compared to basic sriracha – the brand with the rooster on the label.DSC01293 (1600x1200)One last puppy to wind this post up.  Remember to look at the shelter’s Facebook page for more info on adoptable pets and (hint hint) contribution links.

Tidbits

DSC_8787 (1600x1060)Found another quart of tomato soup we made last year.  I think there may be one more jar up there on the top shelf.  The next batch of tomatoes Mrs J brings in may be turned into soup.  This stuff is pretty good.  We been buying sourdough bread at the store and the slices from mid-loaf are big, those are two halves of one ham and provolone grilled sammich.DSC00407 (1600x1200)Here’s your kitteh.  This one is a Siamese mix, male, and is called Sherwood by the staffers at the shelter.  He’s 10 weeks old and Mrs J says his eyes will stay blue.DSC_8773 (1600x1060)We ate some more stuffed peppers.  The Anaheims are filled with corn, black beans, brown rice, cheese, and cooked chicken.  They are topped with Monterey jack.  The little peppers are stuffed with cream cheese and chives.  The peppers are blanched, then cooled in ice water and filled before baking in a 350 oven for about 20 minutes.DSC_8782 (1600x1060)This is pure sammich pr0n.  It’s a BLT with ham, a fried egg, and a slice of cheese.  I call it a BLETCH but it could be a BELTCH if you eat it too fast.DSC00357 (1600x1060)And a puppeh!  We are having a good time now!  Mrs J says the pooch has been placed already.DSC_8784 (1600x1060)This is a ham and Swiss piled high with fresh veggies and dressed with a red wine vinaigrette.  It was delicious.  There were fresh tomatoes, thin sliced onions, shredded lettuce, and pickled pepper rings on there.  The vinaigrette was the wine vinegar, olive oil, a bit of Dijon, minced garlic, dried basil and oregano  and salt and pepper.DSC_8769 (1600x1060)I’ll close this out with another garlic pork sammy, piled high with slaw on a mini baguette.

Tidbits

PICT8527 (1600x1060)We had a fox looking the backyard over the other night.  We see them occasionally but I think coyotes are more common these days.  I hope to catch a bobcat one of these nights, Mrs J has seen them nearby but they are very secretive.IMG_4543 (1600x1200)Mrs J says they have a number of kittens that are ready for adoption, and several puppies have been taken in, as well:IMG_4492 (1600x1200)This is a ten week old MinPin x hound dog, one of seven in a litter.  Four of the tan color like this one, and three black and tans.  Mrs J says they are really calm and laid back for puppies, not as squirmy as most.DSC_8001 (1600x1060)I bought another tablet the other day, a Kindle 7″ HDX.  It is the best e-reader I’ve used, that’s pretty much what it was built to do along with viewing videos.  It’s a bother that it won’t let me access the Google play store but you can sideload many of the apps.  I’ve loaded the Chrome browser, and one called Dolphin that is very good.  The included browser, Silk, is pretty good but lacks a way to import bookmarks from other browsers.  For almost everything but reading e-books I still prefer my Nexus tablets.DSC_7977 (1600x1060)Steak!  And a baked potato with the store brand French onion dip.  We almost never buy straight sour cream.  This particular dip has a very mild flavor that subs very well for sour cream almost everywhere.DSC_7961 (1600x1060)Here’s a blueberry pie that I nagged Mrs J into making for Pi day (3/4/14).  We had a little trouble with the over/unders but there was no impact on the taste.DSC_4532 (1600x1060)Here’s Homer, hiding under the credenza, where he was chased by Toby, up with whom he will not put.