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Old December 20, 2017   #5221
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thanks, bower..now on to the many more tasks to accomplish before bed.......
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Old December 20, 2017   #5222
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willing to share the Jamaican patty recipe, bower?

Rajun, we have had mirliton casserole twice now between thanksgiving and Christmas meals. the first time the lady who brought subbed in Andouille sausage for the shrimp the recipe called for. we had the shrimp in the mirliton casserole last wkend. I like the sausage better. She grew up in New Orleans. Someone asked her why she left. She said, "I survived Katrina."

We're having Southern Smothered Chicken tonight with carrots, steamed cabbage, and broccoli.

I think I've turned into a bakery with the baking we've done this season.... Mama is tired!
I'm glad you liked it and surprised you didn't like the shrimp. Maybe shrimp and crabmeat would've been better.
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Old December 20, 2017   #5223
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thanks, bower..now on to the many more tasks to accomplish before bed.......
So far I baked two big slab fruitcakes - the first one is gone gifted already. I have two big bags of Jamaican patties in the freezer for friends who come to lunch, and lots of frozen meals for the inbetween days - curry, beef lentils, chili, pizza... I want to bake some more stuff but I feel like it's too early It's just not the same this year being finished work early, I need that scramble on the day before. I'd like to make some samosas too and freeze for the pop up lunch. One of my friends developed serious nut and seafood allergies so I need to keep 'nutty' days separate from their visit. Actually I did go out today and picked up my mail and two cartons of eggs for the bake extravaganza. I can do the fudgie brownies tonight because they keep really well. 6 eggs in that! Chocolate chip cookies will wait until the day before my friends come to cut their xmas tree, so they'll be nice and fresh. By the grapevine I hear my SIL likes "lemony" desserts so I'm thinking a cranberry cake with lemon glaze for xmas day. And tomorrow I can have my own nutty day, do something yummy with the almonds I scored, at least a couple days before my allergic friend comes so there are no residues around! Wouldn't risk to harm this really special friend.
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Old December 20, 2017   #5224
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Soaked some small red beans for 24 hours and rinsed.
They are cooking as we speak with some of my homemade buckboard bacon.
Gonna have it with basmati rice, haven't had this dish in a coons age.

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Old December 20, 2017   #5225
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Darn I forgot to turn the timer on for my rice.
Let me see maybe it was 5 minutes ago when it cam to a boil.
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Old December 20, 2017   #5226
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Tacos and enchiladas tonight, I need a break from the normal food we eat before the holidays start. I used the green sauce and it's a little different but good.

I'll cook for a friend from up north tomorrow before he leaves to go see his family then my brother will be here on the 23rd to eat prime rib then leave for Disneyland on Christmas eve and finally seafood gumbo on Christmas eve when we all open gifts. I don't have a clue what's happening on Christmas day except relaxing and having a few cocktails to celebrate the season. Maybe I'll try out the new pasta machine and make fresh bread. HMMM... That's sounding so good right now but we'll see what the mood brings.
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Old December 21, 2017   #5227
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Do you have a source for semolina flour.
If not find some if you can.
Also if you are going to use semolina and mix it with regular white flour use bread flour not all purpose flour.
I dont care what any of the recipes say use bread flour.
Reason is it has more protein thus more gluten = better pasta.
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Old December 21, 2017   #5228
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Cheap Eaten took on a more realistic meaning for me last night. It showed me how out of touch I am with how much things cost nowadays. Jan and I went out for dinner because she is off work on Wednesday/Thursday. Saturday is our 30th wedding anniversary. She has to work Saturday, so celebrating with a meal last night made sense.

There were a lot of people out and it was noisy at the restaurant. It costs almost twice as much to eat dinner out as it does eating lunch. To me, $30 + tip is a lot of money for a meal for two. I could have made T Bones and baked potatoes or salad etc. for two twice and not have spent $30. The atmosphere at home is quiet with nature all around us.

It probably sounds like I'm complaining, but I'm not. I just didn't realize how out of it I am.
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Old December 21, 2017   #5229
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it's becoming harder every day to stay abreast of costs for food and most especially restaurants, salt. doubt i'll be online after today so i'll go ahead and wish y'all a happy anniversary! 30 years! awesome!
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Happy Anniversary Salt, I hope the next 30 are the best!!!
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Old December 21, 2017   #5231
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Food in restaurants is expensive, I dropped $38 yesterday on lunch just for me and it wasn't as good as I could've cooked it.


But it's a cheap lunch today, left over enchiladas.
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Thank you both

We feel the same way. The food we cook at home tastes a lot better than the restaurants food does around here. There are some excellent restaurants in the Dallas - Fort Worth area, but they are too many miles of traffic away.
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I'm gonna choke the next person that posts a pictuer of Mexican food.
I haven't had anything to eat all day, didn't take lunch break and had to look it this.
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Old December 21, 2017   #5234
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Happy anniversary Salt.
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I'm gonna choke the next person that posts a pictuer of Mexican food.
I haven't had anything to eat all day, didn't take lunch break and had to look it this.
Worth

I can't post anymore, they're all gone and were delicious. My one complaint about the salsa verde was it could've been hotter. I'll be on the hunt for a homemade version with my peppers next year. The fresh pepper taste made a big difference.
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