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Old 01-11-2014, 05:20 PM   #11
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I haven't eaten anything today. So I really do need to cook up something for supper. But after reading what all of you are having, what I should do is pick one house and head there.
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:24 PM   #12
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I haven't thrown a steak on the grill lately, so that's going to happen tonight. Along with some garlic bread and potatoes. Maybe a salad, too. If my lettuce is still good.
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:28 PM   #13
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All the holiday leftovers and dishes made with leftovers are now history, so we're back to the norm.

Tonight we'll have country-fried steak with gravy, mashed taters, some of the last canned green beans from our garden, iced tea and, happily, more holiday cookies and candies for dessert.
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:28 PM   #14
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Very simple here: roast chicken quarters with braised celery and carrots, roast taties, brussel sprouts and sage and onion stuffing.
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Old 01-11-2014, 09:23 PM   #15
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Saturday's House Special 1-11-14

We were going to have Kayelle's Perfect Grilled Pork Chops.....but my anchovy paste didn't look so good, it was kind of green instead of brown. I usually have it on hand for my Caesar Salad dressing, I guess it's been around too long. So.....it's pan fried pork chops, fluffy white rice and gravy and since we are out of all fresh veggies except turnip, rutabaga and carrots we will have canned green beans on the side. ;). It all sounds like comfort food to me ;)
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Old 01-11-2014, 09:51 PM   #16
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We were going to have Kayelle's Perfect Grilled Pork Chops.....but my anchovy paste didn't look so good, it was kind of green instead of brown. I usually have it on hand for my Caesar Salad dressing, I guess it's been around too long. So.....it's pan fried pork chops, fluffy white rice and gravy and since we are out of all fresh veggies except turnip, rutabaga and carrots we will have canned green beans on the side. ;). It all sounds like comfort food to me ;)


You could make those carrots creamed carrots. A quick béchamel sauce and toss in some cooked carrot medallions.
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:20 AM   #17
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I had Thai barbecued chicken tonight, making it three nights in a row for my cooking Thai food at home for dinner. Thursday was Pad Krapow Moo, last night was Panang Shrimp Curry (improvised, using Mae Ploy Panang Curry Paste, an authentic Thai product) augmented by my own intuitive ideas of what goes into a curry. Didn't have the Kaffir lime leaves, did have the Thai chilis, and unfortunately over-did the chilis. It tasted good (and hot!!!) for dinner. I love Thai food when it makes my forehead sweat. (Sorry for being indelicate but you know you used too much chili peppers about 3 a.m.)

Tonight I had my Gai Yang = Thai style barbecued chicken, with a marinade I have developed and also a dipping sauce same thing, my own invention. Unfortunately my recipe has not risen high enough in Google page ranks that you could find it. (Unlike the Pad Krapow Moo which is kind of freaky because my PKM recipe gets lots of page hits from Thailand!!! -- I wrote my own website software and can analyze page hits, where they came from, etc.)

So tonight I marinated my chicken in a marinade primarily made of coconut milk and tumeric (and couldn't resist hitting it a bit with the panang paste) and garlic, salt and pepper. I usually do it on a barbecue but I was lazy so I started it on convection bake and when the top started looking good I switched to plain bake.

I served it with a dipping sauce of my own concoction (similar to that served in Thai restaurants) and Mahatma (brand) yellow rice -- this is really good stuff -- topped with chopped cilantro and chopped green onions.

So Greg is on a roll, three nights in a row for home cooked Thai food. Will Greg cook Thai tomorrow night? Alas I think the odds are more likely than not. Will it be Gai Pad Pak? (There's another one that is too popular for my site to make the Google page ranks.) Will it be Curried Chicken in Coconut Milk with Holy Basil Leaves? There's another one that I make the ranks, but only with that exact search term + "recipe" which is kind of cheating. (You could make a page with "asddf f3eror rwoer" as the title and you'd always show up as #1 in the page ranks if a search engine saw your page.)

The page rank thing is kind of flattering in some respects but only if you use enough of a generic title that you didn't create your own niche. Anyway my Curried Chicken recipe requires making your own paste which is a lot of extra steps, but worth it.

As I said on my web page for the Curried Chicken, "Credit: Adapted from Easy Thai-style Cookery (Series: Australian Women's Weekly Home Library)." The recipe is my own version (and in my own words) but I started with a pretty good recipe. The original recipe was duck, and it tasted fantastic!, but I chose to present it on my own page as a chicken recipe.

Folks, I think I might be starting another month of cooking nothing but Thai. Call it an inspiration, call it an obsession, call it a disease, call it whatever you want. I just love Thai food!

I may take a few days off and cook Chinese. I'm working on a few Chinese recipes that I hope to perfect enough to be good enough to post on the Internet and as long as I'm in an Asian mood I might as well take a few more shots at them. One of them is Walnut Chicken (or Shrimp) in Creamy Sauce. It's a good candidate since it's almost there, almost good enough to post on my site. I don't post any recipes until I've developed and perfected my own version of the recipe. I always cite my source even if it's just a restaurant that inspired me to copy their recipe as best as I could. The Walnut Chicken for example is inspired by my favorite Chinese restaurant, the best Chinese restaurant in the San Fernando Valley: The Great Wall (in Reseda on Sherman Way near Reseda Blvd.).

Not that they give me their recipes. When I copycat recipes I'm on my own.

Actually when I develop a recipe I research the Internet and come up with about 20-30 versions, then use my instinct to single out aspects of each of the recipes, then I cook it perhaps a couple dozen times changing ingredients and amounts before I come up with my own distinctive version. When I can't find any way to improve it and it reaches my standard I post it on my recipe website.

I probably type too much. Sorry 'bout that. You can always skip over my long winded posts and I won't be offended.
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:34 AM   #18
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No need to apologize. There are several of us who get chatty. Glad to see you here. You don't stop by often enough. How is the house coming along?
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I was feeling pretty good today so got into the mood to cook. I put on a pot of ragu to use up some veggies. I roasted tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms and onions and added some ground turkey (still getting used to cooking mostly with it thanks to my gallbladder), sundried tomatoes, garlic and at the end fresh herbs. It was really good.

It was served over rice spaghetti with salad and gluten-free garlic toast.
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Old 01-12-2014, 01:25 AM   #20
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No need to apologize. There are several of us who get chatty. Glad to see you here. You don't stop by often enough. How is the house coming along?
House = a mess. Life = really good! I love my new neighborhood and my new community. I've gotten bogged down in a lot of stuff but my increased posts at DC indicates a positive increase in my cooking (vs. subsistence cooking like hamburgers etc.) so it's quite possible you may see increased posts from me here on the forum.

What I really want to get into is shooting my food! It sounds funny but I need food shots for my website in order to move up to the next level. That's one reason Chez Pim (and others) always trump my Thai recipes, because they have the photography and I don't.

Now Pioneer Woman... She has a TV program. She has a production staff. I'll never be in her class... but I can buy her books!!! BTW I recommend just buy anything she wrote. There's great stuff in her every book. That's one thing that could get me off my Thai kick, if I start cooking Country food.

Maybe one day I'll do a whole month of cooking only Country. I know I sound crazy, but trust me, if you cook one kind of cuisine for a whole month, day in day out, you will develop an intuition for that cuisine. Then next time you feel like eating that cuisine you can just grab ingredients and throw together something that works!

[ETA: After my whole month of Thai cooking I've ended up that I can always cook something Thai style just by raiding my refrigerator. (I keep lots of Thai non-perishables.) I need a Thai recipe if I want to cook something with a name, but I gained the ability to cook something, anything, Thai style after my Thai month. It always tastes good even if it doesn't have a Thai name and even if nobody in Thailand ever cooked exactly that recipe. That's what I mean about learning an intuition for a cooking style. I've done the same thing with the French mother sauces, thanks to Julia Child's books.]

I am particularly coveting Pioneer Woman's country fried chicken recipe and the sauce and potatoes that goes with it. Lucky me I already own two of her cookbooks. When I read fiction I read ebooks, but when I find a good cookbook I want dead trees!!!

Maybe I'll make February "Greg cooks only Country food" month... You can be sure I'll be cooking mostly Ree Drummond's recipes. I could easily do 3 months just from the two of her books I bought.
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