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Old 05-01-2010, 07:59 PM   #11
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Boy am I grateful for the crock-pot.

We spent a large part of the day at Glenn's mom's house (next door) celebrating her birthday, along with all his children (their spouses) and all the grandchildren.

Dinner tonight was black bean soup with huge, fat ham hocks, toasted French bread, iced tea and birthday cake (surprise).

I made the soup using a pound of black beans (soaked), the leftover broth from the corned beef and cabbage from St. Patrick's Day, chopped red bell peppers, chopped jalapeno peppers, minced garlic, chopped onions, oregano, thyme, and salt and freshly ground black pepper. Didn't add too much salt because I expected the smoked ham hocks to be a bit salty (they were) and let the whole mess cook in the crock-pot all day long.

Turned out great and I didn't have to do any work to get dinner prepared and it was a good thing because one of Glenn's daughters, her husband and her children came back to our house for an impromptu Derby party/viewing.

It was a great day and we still ate quite well. There's even plenty left for another time and I think that will make its way into the freezer.
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Old 05-01-2010, 08:47 PM   #12
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Well, after a day spent puttering around the house & pretty much just watching all the Kentucky Derby hoopla (& the race, of course) on tv, hubby popped out & picked up our traditional Derby Day dinner - KFC!!! Lol!! A mix of grilled, original recipe, & extra-crispy chicken, along with biscuits, corn, mashed potatoes & gravy. Was fun & hit the spot.
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We had buffalo chicken fingers delivered. They seemed hotter than usual, not that I minded.
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Old 05-01-2010, 09:24 PM   #14
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Well, after a day spent puttering around the house & pretty much just watching all the Kentucky Derby hoopla (& the race, of course) on tv, hubby popped out & picked up our traditional Derby Day dinner - KFC!!! Lol!! A mix of grilled, original recipe, & extra-crispy chicken, along with biscuits, corn, mashed potatoes & gravy. Was fun & hit the spot.
What!? No mint Juleps?
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Old 05-01-2010, 09:28 PM   #15
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having a chicken breast cooked on my mini george forman grill. i can pretend it is grilled outside. pineapple fried rice and brocc. maybe a corn blueberry muffin. baked them earlier. changed a recipe done from scratch i found on the splenda network. used a mix and frozen blueberries. i tried one, they were ok. may do from scratch next time.
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What!? No mint Juleps?

Nah - I'm not really a big bourbon fan. Or mint for that matter.
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Old 05-01-2010, 10:36 PM   #17
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It is too hot to cook, so we had salads and iced tea.

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Old 05-02-2010, 02:58 AM   #18
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Roasted grape tomatoes with garlic on a baguette smeared with soft goat cheese, and a large salad.
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Old 05-02-2010, 05:49 AM   #19
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Merstar, that sounds so good, and I happen to have all the ingredients in the kitchen. How do you roast the tomatoes? This may be lunch today.
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Merstar, that sounds so good, and I happen to have all the ingredients in the kitchen. How do you roast the tomatoes? This may be lunch today.
Doesn't that meal sound good?!

if it was me, I would toss the tomatoes in a little olive oil, garlic powder, italian seasoning and salt-n-pepper. The mixture would get put on a foil-lined (that's just saves time in clean-up) sheet pan and in the oven @ 425 for about 20 minutes. It would be better with fresh, minced garlic and chopped, fresh basil.
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