Strip Steak and Twice Baked

DSC_4842 [1600x1200]I used up that leftover cheese sauce from the cheesesteak sammies in making the twice baked potatoes.  There’s a fair gob of sour cream in there, too.  I wish I had a pair of those “watch out the platter is hot!” serving dishes for the steaks.

Mmm…hot wings

Mrs J doesn’t care for the usual hot wing sauce so I fried these wings plain and made just enough sauce for mine.  She has no problem with my twice baked potatoes, though.  The Mexi-corn has become a favorite side for us both.

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Another storm

Mercy!  The storms that blew through last night took out the power again,  just came back on after being out for 20 hours or so.  It was eerie, listening to the storm approach, louder and louder and then-bang!  A long suffering Bradford pear was blown down, and a pine tree in the back yard.  A neighbor’s little tin garden shed wound up against a tree in my yard.  All in all it wasn’t that bad.  We got the downed trees cut up and hauled away to the brush pile, the neighbor got a couple of guys to clean up the debris from my yard.  Much appreciated, that.

I’m pretty much pooped out.  The two tree trees were about all I wanted.  Glad the chain saw started up OK.  We had a steak for dinner, and another pair of these yummy twice baked potatoes.  I’ve been making these a lot lately.

Surf ‘n Turf

Phew.  We’ve been busy.  The garden is mostly planted, the concrete work is done and the landscaping around it is pretty much caught up.  I’ve been battling knees and the weather.  We haven’t really been cooking much, aside from some simple things like fried eggs and sausage.  Eating a lot of sammiches, the gyros are starting to get old, even.  We stopped at the Chinese buffet in the little sidewalk mall outside of town.  First real meal we’ve had in days.

I threw this dinner together this afternoon.  The only things that took much effort were the potato sides, and they were dead easy.  I microwaved the potatoes, eight minutes for the both of them at max power was enough to cook them through.  I mashed the innards with some shredded pepper jack cheese and some shredded “Mexican” cheeses-they looked to be cheddar and Monterey jack,  I tossed in a little cream cheese just because I could.  Some butter and a splash of half and half and the filling was ready.  Gave the assembled potatoes enough time in a 400 oven to toast the sprinkled cheddar on top just a bit and then garnished them with chopped chives and some crumbled bacon.  Mmm…bacon.

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Sunday Dinner

Fried chicken, twice baked potatoes, green beans.  Mm…mm…good.  Fill for the potatoes was minced garlic, French onion dip, and cheddar cheese.  Topped with crumbled bacon and some green onion plus more shredded cheddar.  Chicken was dipped in buttermilk, dredged in flour, dipped in beaten eggs, and dredged again in the flour.  The beans were straight out of the can, alas.

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