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Old 04-09-2011, 07:22 PM   #1
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:23 PM   #2
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There were a couple of things that prompted the way I came up with the menu for this challenge. One was that most of the convenience stores where I live sell a lot and I mean a lot of milk, eggs and cheese, this is due to our proximity to a resort area (cabins, condos, camping etc.) and our proximity to Canada, where presumably these items are spendier. All of the 10 gas station/mini-mart/convenience stores in our little town of approximately 4000 want to “cash in” on that “cow” and “chicken”. Pun intended! So I knew that I would be using those items “ad-nauseam”, hopefully no pun intended here!

The first drink that I thought of was an orange Julius style beverage, which does make an appearance later, but I happened to see sour green apple slushy or squishy or whatever their name for it was, anyway I immediately thought Appletini! This in turn made me think of the second inspiration for this meal.

Two, years ago our dear friend (my husbands best friend of nearly 40 years passed away much too soon. While he was battling Cancer, I was always trying to think of ways to fatten him up. On many occasions I prepared Scalloped Potatoes as a side dish, sometimes taking it to his home, where he and dh would grill some sort of beast or fish, or sometimes the whole meal was at our home, maybe with Prime Rib or Ham as the star, but several versions of Scalloped Potatoes often made an appearance, they make an appearance here today made from Potato Chips and Funyons.

Oh! I neglected to tell you why the Appletini idea made me think of Bob. It was because he was the person who introduced me to the Martini, in the days long before we knew he wouldn’t be here to drink them with us now. Of course neither of us would ever dream of drinking these sweet Martinis that are so popular now days. We both loved the “old fashioned” dry Gin Martini, shaken not stirred, glass strait from the freezer served with 3 big olives. Unfortunately for me, there is a funny story about “Martoonis” as Bob liked to call them for fun…………but maybe another time!

I digress; the sour apple slushy did none the less make me think of Appletini, then Martini, then Bob. So Appletini it was.

Thinking about all the eggs, cheese and milk for sale in the convenience store made me think of Soufflé, now I have never made Soufflé, but I thought that mini Soufflés would be the perfect appetizer. I think I was right they turned out perfectly! I did think that the appetizer could use some beefing up, so I served a plate of cold meat and cheese. Diagonally cut Landjaegger Sausage and skewered Slim Jim bites along with cheese stuffed ham roll ups.

I needed some meat for my potatoes. Spam seemed to fit the bill, kind of “almost ham” with “almost potatoes” It worked for me. “Scalloped Potato Chips and Spam” was born. Remember, I had all that milk and cheese. Technically they are Au Gratin, but what would I call them then?

A side dish, what in the world could I make for a side dish? There aren’t any fresh veggies in a convenience store, at least none of these. They did have canned vegetables though, so what about a corn, bean, summer salad. Argh! I would have to do it without onions though. I have a hard time cooking without onion. To my surprise I found some Green Giant Mexican Corn, which I knew would have some flavor besides corn and also found a can of Caribbean Black Beans in well….yes a Caribbean sauce. So with the addition of canned green beans and canned garbanzo beans, Viola’. “Corn and Bean Salsa Salad” I had purchased a package of Vegetable Chips while searching for a potato chip that would stand up to “saucing” I used some of the potato ones in my main dish and thought the tomato and spinach ones would make good “dippers” for my side as well as lending some color to the plate.

So remember I told you I had been thinking about an Orange Julius type drink? Well I decided to serve one with the main meal as the Martini was finished with the appetizers.
I purchased a small bottle of OJ and a carton of ½ and ½ and blended it with some ice. The perfect refreshing drink for our rather rich meal. (there is a lot of fat in a potato chip)

Dessert……..ah dessert. I’m not a big fan. My first instinct was to do something with Hostess Brand goodies of which I am even less a fan. Had to go with deep fried Ding Dongs and Zingers served with a melted Cookies and Cream bar drizzled over and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

There is so much fat in this meal that I could hear my arteries crying for mercy! But I think it turned out pretty well. It was edible and my husband said he would eat it again. I think I heard his arteries saying over our dead body!

Apparently I had too many pictures everytime I deleted some of them I would get a prompt saying I still had too many, so I am submitting without pics and will respond to this thread with the pics and our critique
btw I used the following from my pantry:
Salt
Flour
oil
cumin
vinegar
baking powder
I forgot to mention that the butter I used for the bechemel that was used in the souffle and in the scalloped potatoes came from the convenience store, I think I neglected to get it in one of the pics.

Thanks everyone for your patience. I have never downloaded pictures to a board/thread from my computer, i usually just send them directly from my IPhone but that won't work for this.
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:29 PM   #3
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Make sure your pictures are resized for the limits. You can do a couple at a time, but we want to see the goods!
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:36 PM   #4
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I shopped at the Quickie Mart, it used to be called "Toads" it's a gas station/convenience store.

Green Appletini
1 sour apple Slushy (it was half way melted by the time I got home, stuffed it in the freezer.
sour green gummy rings for garnish
I did add a splash of vodka (I think this puts me over on pantry items) oops!
Just spooned the Slush into a Martini glass splashed in some Vodka and garnished with the the gummy ring.

It was tasty, I could really taste the sour apple. I don't like sweets much, but it wasn't too sweet. DH liked it too, he isn't much of a Martini drinker.
We both thought it was refreshing.


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Old 04-09-2011, 10:40 PM   #5
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Make sure your pictures are resized for the limits. You can do a couple at a time, but we want to see the goods!
argh! Can you help Frank? They don't seem to be loading. I guess I am doing something wrong.
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I like them already just from your descriptions so far, somebunny!
And, vodka IS a pantry item.
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:57 PM   #7
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Are you using the browse to find your picture? If so, you have to click on upload.

Then:

Click again on the paperclip icon at the top of your message, and a drop down menu will list the pix you've uploaded. Click on each one to enter it into your message.
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Old 04-09-2011, 11:07 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone, I know that the problem is with the size of the pic. I'm working on it.
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Old 04-10-2011, 12:40 AM   #9
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I have managed to get some of my pictures loaded in Members photos. I will get as many on there as I can. I am having trouble with my camera software, when I have it fixed I will post the pics here. I intend to get this working if I have to stay up all night
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