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Old 12-14-2015, 07:16 PM   #1
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Monday's dinner....12-14-15

I've been doing stuff around the house all day and the kitchen is clean, so I'm going the easy way out for dinner this afternoon. A potato is baking in the toaster oven and will be topped with chili I found in the freezer, some shredded 4 cheese Mexican blend, sliced green onions, and a dollop of sour cream.

What is (or was) on your plate?

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Old 12-14-2015, 07:23 PM   #2
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My brother invited me over for xmas dinner.

Starters was an average avocado with horseradish and crayfish (no bread!)

Main meal a peculiar mix of roast potatoes and gravy (best part), brussel sprouts, walnuts and pancetta (also good), with VERY salty ham and rubbery skin and a sludge posing as cauliflower cheese! I don't think ham goes with gravy (there was some mustard white sauce to go with it also though).

Dessert was a panettone bread and butter pudding with cream - surprisingly light and pleasant. (I have made this too, panettone makes an excellent alternative to bread - brioche works very well too).
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Old 12-14-2015, 07:25 PM   #3
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I roasted a beer can chicken today and realized how much I dislike plain roasted chicken!

Tonight was a large salad with shreds of white meat from that poor boring chicken to top it off.
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Old 12-14-2015, 07:43 PM   #4
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Found a tightly wrapped foil triangle Surprise in the freezer. Pizza! Well, I was Wishing it was Pie.

Now, this is what karmas does. I dropped one slice vertically through both oven racks. The pizza landed outside crust side down, pointy end up directly on the oven coils. By the time I could check to see if my fishing license was still valid and I could grab a pair of tongs, pull out the oven racks so I could get at it, some of the cheese dripped down, sausage no longer had a foot-hold and the crust was burned and smoking up the kitchen. All in the space of a few seconds, Oh yes, my two helpers were right there under the open oven door trying to see why I was so excited. Rescued: 2 1/2 slices pizza, which was enough for supper.
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Old 12-14-2015, 08:10 PM   #5
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Shrimp and artichoke hearts in a white wine and butter sauce over pasta.
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Old 12-14-2015, 08:30 PM   #6
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Tonight is bleu cheese stuffed burgers on sour dough buns. With sauteed asparagus.
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Old 12-14-2015, 08:32 PM   #7
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Found a tightly wrapped foil triangle Surprise in the freezer. Pizza! Well, I was Wishing it was Pie.

Now, this is what karmas does. I dropped one slice vertically through both oven racks. The pizza landed outside crust side down, pointy end up directly on the oven coils. By the time I could check to see if my fishing license was still valid and I could grab a pair of tongs, pull out the oven racks so I could get at it, some of the cheese dripped down, sausage no longer had a foot-hold and the crust was burned and smoking up the kitchen. All in the space of a few seconds, Oh yes, my two helpers were right there under the open oven door trying to see why I was so excited. Rescued: 2 1/2 slices pizza, which was enough for supper.


I am sorry to laugh at your pain but I was laughing out loud at the fishing license!
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Old 12-14-2015, 08:54 PM   #8
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Leftovers from yesterday's Smoked Shoulder Dinner. One of those meals that are always better the next day.
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Old 12-14-2015, 08:58 PM   #9
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Thanks for the idea of freezer snooping Whiska! (Sorry about your bad experience.)

I recall I "kitted" up a serving of my curried pork chops: several ounces of boneless pork chop (two pieces) and half a can of pineapple slices (including half the juice). Here is the drill starting from fresh.

Heavily sprinkle pork chops with curry powder and saute until brown in cooking oil, turning ONCE. Arrange pineapple rings on top of chops Put about 1 t. brown (or other) sugar in the middle, and once the bottoms are browned (do not flip this recipe!) pour the pineapple liquid (do not use pineapple slices packed in water, must be packed in pineapple juice) and pour in a slug of sweet Marsala wine. Cover and simmer (braise), add more Marsala if the liquid level gets low. Watch the heat, we are not reducing the liquid (yet).

Preheat your oven to maybe 140F-160F (serving temperature but not so hot it cooks) and when the chops are tender move them to a serving plate and keep 'em warm in the oven. Cooking time is about 30-40 minutes.

Here is where we get to reductions! We have pan juices, pineapple juice, curry, Marsala and some sugar in the liquid. Turn up the heat fairly high and whisk in fresh cream! It's an art. Don't let it bubble up but don't let it break. I've added huge amounts of cream! You can also add more Marsala if you wish.

What we are looking for is a sweat, Marsala-ish, creamy semi-thick curry sauce. Don't let the thickness fool you. It will thin as soon as you turn down the heat and let it rest, so don't do that! When you have it the right consistency, immediately ladle it over your reserved pork chops with the pineapple rings on top. If you are serving with a compatible side dish like rice or potatoes, you may share the sauce on them too. (Particularly brown rice works well here!)

Well it's 6 p.m. in LaLa land and time for me to start cooking.
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Old 12-14-2015, 09:48 PM   #10
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Sausage Ravioli's

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