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  1. Tell me the sequence of making the sauce and adding the pasta, please. Do you just bung all the ingredients together in the pot and let the sauce cook the macaroni?
  2. We went to town yesterday for groceries. The bottom right image is of the spillway that we drive across to get to and from our campground. I asked a few years ago what happens when the water level gets too high for safe driving across the spillway. The rangers said there's a back route out that comes out through "The Base". We think that means under the arch in the top picture. The high school sign gave us a laugh. Anyone who follows the Crazy Good e-Book Bargains topic, or topics devoted to dead tree cookbooks, knows that I find cookbooks irres
  3. So much for my moratorium on buying new e-books until l've explored the ones I already own. Crikey.
  4. Smithy

    Dinner 2021

    @Kim Shook, we really need a "drool" icon.
  5. He was in charge of dinner tonight. Breaded and oven-baked pork steaks. Frozen peas, microwaved with butter. Toast from Cooper's for him. I'm about to wash up, then deal with the nascent asparagus soup.
  6. A photo would be welcome. I have my grandmother's wavy potato masher at home. Is that what you mean by a heater coil? (Don't worry, I won't be insulted if it is. ) Anyway, the straits just got more dire. My would-be potato masher system for the Princessmobile seems dead in the water. Remember the asparagus trimmings from earlier today? They've been simmering away on the stove top, yielding their goodness for soup. It's prettier in person than in this photo. The idea is to blend it all to get the best of the flavor, then strain out the fiber - a
  7. @Shelby, I'm torn between giving a "sad face" over your gardening and weather issues, and laughing over your potato masher comment!
  8. We could be home from here in 4 hard days of driving, or even 3 very hard days of driving. We plan to stay here a few days and give the cold weather to the north time to move out. If all goes according to our loose plan, we'll move at the end of this week to Kansas, spend a few days there, and then drive longish (but not arduous) hours the last 3 days.
  9. Leftovers for lunch today, in an effort to start clearing the freezer and refrigerator. He pulled out the container of potatoes from our last ham. We have ham slices left, but have been using them in sandwiches. The spuds are surrounded by a salty, smoky ham goo. I almost changed my mind about what to eat when I saw that, but had already started thawing my own choice: leftover rice from some recent roasting exercise - chicken, I think. Our refrigerator door shelves are littered with dribs and drabs... small containers of ketchup from takeout
  10. It's difficult to believe that we left the desert only 2 weeks ago. The memory of being out in the open and tracking the sunrise and sunset seems distant already. The water and greenery are beautiful, of course, but the desert had its own beauty. It's cool here (despite the view) and frost is forecast tonight. We're taking advantage of electricity in the park, and I'm about to fire up the Instant Pot for some soup. I'm amazed at much asparagus I've collected in the freezer by saving the trimmings! That's chicken broth in the upper left corner. I took out another contai
  11. Smithy

    Lunch 2021

    I hope you don't mind another couple of questions! Do you normally put the potatoes under the rack and the duck (or whatever) on top of the rack, or does it all go atop the rack? This time, when you added the potatoes later toward the end of cooking, did you still put them under the duck and maybe the rack?
  12. It seems I'm not the only one asking what happened. So far, Lone Star ain't telling.
  13. The writers had fun with that article!
  14. A short walk from this park is the main north/south road through town. It's a busy road, fairly easy to cross despite the traffic, but there's also a path under the nearby bridge. During the busiest times that's my preferred route to the other side. There, one finds some of the aforementioned not-Cooper's restaurants, a museum, the Visitor's Center, and a lovely botanical / sculptural garden that improves each time we visit. This curious sculpture appeared recently. Next to the sculpture is Tommy's Mesquite-Fired Pizza. I've been curious about
  15. I think it's obvious that we come to Llano in part because we like the park and the area, but mostly because we love the Texas barbecue. I don't wish to imply that there are no other dining options around. There's a Chinese restaurant, at least two Mexican restaurants, at least one Italian restaurant. They may all be excellent, but they aren't 'cue. Last night I decided that we really needed to try something from someone other than Cooper's. My darling would have been pleased with leftovers from Cooper's (we have a lot) but he knew the unyielding signs of my determination. I'll show in the nex
  16. That's a great idea. We live out in the country, so it wouldn't work for us, but you've given me an idea. (I tried in vain to find a library that would let me donate my collection to their used book sales. No dice.) Much of my magazine collection has already gone to recycling, but since our Farmers' Markets will reopen this summer (I hope) they're a potential giveaway source. Hmm, even the Little Free Libraries are a possibility.
  17. That sounds sensible, but I can vouch that my grandparents' tree was satisfactory for over 20 years...as long as they needed it. I forgot to mention the grapefruit branch. As far as the sour orange rootstock taking over...well, that's what suckering and pruning are about. Ask me how I know about those sucker thorns!
  18. My ideal would be to graft a branch or three of different lemons on the same rootstock. So in Franci's case, graft a bud or three of Lisbon (or Eureka, whichever grows better there) lemons to the Meyer. My father was very good at that sort of thing. He grafted a variety of citrus onto one orange tree for his parents. As I recall that single tree had Valencia and Navel oranges, Mandarin oranges (what we called tangerines back then) and lemons - probably Lisbon, certainly whatever passed for the standard lemon there. It was their "fruit salad" tree.
  19. It IS pretty funny, although I'm sure Marks & Spencer doesn't think so. I wonder how many news articles and blog posts are already out there showing how easy it is to make your own caterpillar cake. The (admittedly clever) concept seems a difficult thing for M & S to protect, even though they may have been the first to market it.
  20. The plancha made me laugh aloud in self-recognition. We have never had such an appliance, new or old, but I've lusted after the concept and I imagine I'd have exactly the same experience as yours. I gave away to my DIL the oversized electric heavy-duty electric skillet that I'd bought for party purposes because it sat unused. She cooks for crowds. My version of a crowd these days is 6 dinner guests. I have much the same feeling about restaurants. i miss the swishy restaurant experience but my husband doesn't, so we so far settle (post-vaccinations) for places that can cook things w
  21. This essay made me laugh. Cookbooks are great, pastry is easy.... I think he nailed what's so wonderful about restaurants. His discussion about the value of cookbooks and of his kitchen remodeling was fun. I fear I recognized a bit of myself in his comments about ambition vs. reality. 😄
  22. Thanks. Speaking of brew: we went to Cooper's Old-Time Barbecue again tonight for takeout. Third time this week so far, oink! This time around I asked for a Lone Star beer. The gentleman behind the counter pulled one out of the ice and handed it to me. In the excitement of paying, loading up on sides, visiting with clerks who said "welcome back, glad to see you again" I forgot the beer. I missed it only when we got back to the Princessmobile. I drove back up the couple of blocks, walked in, and the gentleman greeted me with a smile. "I kept it cold for you!" he said, and pulled the bottle back
  23. Smithy

    Darto deal?

    Aww, how cute! Thanks for the link. 🙂
  24. I'd like that insurance adjuster to come see what hail did to my airplane's paint one year! Still, it could have been worse here. Just before I climbed up to the roof I was talking to some RVers who are staying in a campground a mile or two away. Their hail was somewhere between golf ball and baseball sized. Punched holes in all of the air conditioner covers! We only had cracks in the one skylight, and no other visible damage to the Princessmobile. Thanks on the compliment about the food! My best friend and her husband trade off cooking duties. More than once this year she's texted
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