This is not the first b.e.l.t. of the season but it does feature my homemade bacon. Sadly, the supermarket tomatoes are as lacking as one would expect. I made up for that with the extra egg.This is my famous “leaning tower of cheeseburger” sammich! Not leaning, actually, more like lopsided. My famous “lopsided cheeseburger” doesn’t have quite the same mouthfeel.Pulled pork sliders with slaw. That’s a gob of loaded potato salad towards the back with all the ground peppers on it.
Broke out the sous vide rig for a flat iron steak, ran it to 140 degrees for 4 hours, sliced it, and tossed it into a skillet with a sliced onion just turning brown. Made a roux of butter and flour, whisked in milk, and cooked that to thicken, adding Provolone bit by bit to make a nice cheese sauce for the the sammiches. The buns are toasting on the grill. I love my new oven.
We’re still turning out nontrivial numbers of tomatoes and the odd pepper or two. You can deal with them one at a time with a simple sammich.I like these on fresh bread or toast with mayo and plenty of salt and pepper. The classic summer salad of tomatoes and cucumbers in vinaigrette is good but were are just about wore out eating it.To deal the rest I’ve gone to, mainly, stewing them with onions and peppers. Mac in stewed tomatoes is a simple pleasure.The classic version of this is made with elbows but I ran out of my favored jumbo, ridged elbows to I subbed these small shells. I like mine with Parmesan and a light sprinkle of red pepper flakes.The rest of the latest batch went into this chili. I’ve been using annatto in my chili and I think it adds an interesting flavor. Masa flour makes a nice thickening agent and adds a nice flavor to the dish, as well.
We’ve more tomatoes on the way…
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.
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”!