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  1. Soft Shell Crab

    I had to bump this thread up, because I spotted the first soft shell crabs this season last Saturday. These were fresh, not live, but better than none at all. I asked about them today and was told another case would be arriving Saturday morning. I will be ready for them! As the season gets rolling, I can usually track down live ones. Lightly floured and seasoned, fried in hot butter and served on a warm roll with some kimchi tarter sauce will be my season opener. HC
  2. Homemade pickled pig ears, "soupy" and a fresh craft brew. HC
  3. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    I spent one summer working at a fish market and learned so much about how to spot truly fresh fish, I should have been paying them for the experience. As soon as I saw this cod yesterday, I knew It would be fish and chips at the HC table last night, and it was just about perfect! HC
  4. How practical is stir frying with charcoal?

    There is nothing lowly about a Smokey Joe, except it's stature. HC
  5. Gardening: (2016 – 2017)

    First truly nice day in a very long time. Deb celebrated by hanging out laundry, I decided to celebrate with a load of cow manure compost. HC
  6. Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    Grilled beer brat with mustard, onions and kimchi HC
  7. Pork Jowl Bacon, how would you cook it?

    I have been looking for a good source of guanciale, which I believe is this same pork jowl, but is not smoked, but rather cured like pancetta. I first had it in a few dishes of various pastas Amatriciana that were suddenly everywhere on menus in Italy, I believe in tribute to the town that had been recently ravaged by earthquakes just prior to our last visit, and loved it. It is much more tender than pancetta and I think that pasta carbonara would greatly benefit by it's use in place of pancetta as well. Amazon has some, but with mixed reviews. HC
  8. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Fried shrimp po-boys, dressed. HC
  9. Breakfast! 2018

    It is the local slang for sopressata. Quite a few pizza places in this area have "soupy" pizza on their menus. HC
  10. Breakfast! 2018

    Cheese omelet, with sautéed zucchini and homemade soupy that Deb gets from one of the truck shop customers. The missing salsa situation was corrected later in the game. HC
  11. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Salisbury steak is a passion of mine and a seemingly never ending quest to get to the college cafeteria dinner level. Success in this quest has eluded me for years, yet, every so often, I launch a renewed effort. Last night was such an endeavor. This one, though somewhat admirable, has yet to arrive at the promised land. It is an effort that, unlike the mystery meat croquet, will continue, until I get it right. The secret seems to lie in just the right combination of French onion soup, Worcestershire sauce and powdered mustard. My original plan was to cook all four and serve them in a dish at the table, hence the pot holder there. The size of them, however, thwarted me into cooking just two, but the pot holder remains in the picture just to add to my pain. HC
  12. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    The clam beds are closed due to recent heavy rain, so it will be a while for these again. Used up the last of them last night with garlic, some olive oil we brought back from Italy, wine, herbs and garlic bread. HC
  13. Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    I wanted to make an omelet for breakfast, but needed a new nonstick pan. By the time I returned, it was time for lunch. HC
  14. Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    Chicken liver pate and a ripe pear. HC
  15. Ramps: The Topic

    The first ones I ever got came from eBay as well. Shortly after that transaction, I got a little yellow card telling me there was a package to be picked up at the post office. I took the card to work with me the next day and stopped in on the way home. I handed the nice lady my yellow card and after a brief moment, her overall demeanor changed, as she almost snapped at me, saying "Oh, we delivered that package!!" When I got home, I saw that delivery had consisted of someone driving up the driveway and throwing the box onto the middle of the front lawn, a considerable distance from the drive. The box had quite a few "ventilation" holes punched in it and apparently, the folks at the post office did not approve of the effect that had on their work space. HC
  16. Grocery Shopping

    I don't see any kimchi in that haul. HC
  17. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    We had St. Patty's Day in April tonight. HC
  18. Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    Grilled uncured beer brat with chili, cheese and onion. HC
  19. Breakfast! 2018

    Scrapple with fresh salsa and some exceptionally good Campari tomatoes with black truffle sea salt we got in a little spice shop in Temecula, CA, a while back. HC
  20. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Chili, last night. I got to use up leftover stuffed peppers & sauce, and leftover steak. Winner, winner, chili dinner! HC
  21. Breakfast! 2018

    This cold and rainy morning called for something special and that means fried zucchini to me. HC
  22. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Stop & Shop and Deb conspired to another steak night, which I do admit to enjoying. (Stop & Shop by it's sale flyer, and Deb, for noticing it.) HC
  23. Breakfast! 2018

    Actually these are from Deb's daughters. Ours are a few days out. HC
  24. Breakfast! 2018

    The three S's. Scrambled, scrapple and salsa. HC
  25. Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    Fried zucchini and chicken liver pate on toast with a virgin bloody Caesar (I still have a few items on my checklist, today, like getting my empty beer growlers filled). One must have one's priorities! HC