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  1. Quality control is a tough job but someone has to do it! 🤣
  2. Anyone have a preferred mail order source? We’ve been eating a lot of chili verde recently and I want to try with fresh home roasted peppers. I also want an excuse to play with my grill. 😄
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    Dinner 2021

    Once again forgot photos, though in my defense it was insanely hot so by the time I was done cooking I just wanted to sit in front of a fan and wilt. (No AC, old house.) Dinner last night was penne with chicken and vegetables (asparagus, broccoli, snow peas, little bit of carrot, grape tomatoes) in pesto. (We use Costco brand fresh pesto, it’s very good and a good price.) Very tasty, although the tomatoes weren’t as sweet as they usually are which put off the flavor balance a touch. Also it was saltier than I’m used to from the pesto so I’ll have to remember to check next time and maybe not salt the pasta water if the pesto is extra salty. For some reason when I was buying the stuff for the pesto I had a brain hiccup and also got stuff that I’d use to make leek risotto (celery, leeks, onion) so I’ll probably chop it all up and bag it and put it in the freezer ready for when I feel like making risotto, which I’m not likely to do this week. I was wondering about taking it all the way to the sautéed rice stage and freezing it then, so to make risotto I just have to defrost and add stock and throw it in the Instant Pot for an RV meal - anyone know if that’d work or if it’d be best to do the sautéing ‘fresh’ at time of making the risotto?
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    Dinner 2021

    Today I learned hostas are edible. And very pretty. The whole plant or just the flower stalks?
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    Dinner 2021

    Forgot photos again but did indeed make tacos on the grill. I tried a marinade I’d done previously just on beef on both beef and chicken and it worked but the last time I marinaded the beef overnight and I think it needed the extra time. The chicken was fine though. So something to make note of. (It’s basically citrus and garlic and cilantro. Next time for chicken I might add some cumin.) Made another fruit salad but everyone ate so many tacos it’s going to be for breakfast tomorrow instead. 😄 Only problem was the charcoal I have atm seemed to burn quite quickly, faster than I really wanted, and the vent on my grill broke so I couldn’t close it. I hate cleaning up after dealing with raw meat so while I had everything out I cut up chicken breast and tossed it with some jarred pesto for dinner tomorrow with seasonal vegetables and pasta. I’ll try to remember photos. After the pasta we’re doing several days of experimenting with meals from Trader Joe prepped ingredients to test what to take on our upcoming RV trip when we’ll be boondocking (so limited water and power) and want to minimize clean up, see if prepped stuff does actually help. I dunno if I should take photos of those meals?
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    Dinner 2021

    Fell out of the habit of photos, but burgers and pierogies (Mrs. T’s) and steamed broccoli and a peach/grape/cherry fruit salad tonight. I’m planning tacos from the grill tomorrow so I went for low effort today. Can’t decide if I’ll do chicken with pesto and pasta and vegetables the day after, or chicken and vegetable risotto. Have to check the forecast, see if I’ll feel like hanging out next to a hot stove stirring risotto. 😄
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    Cheese Fondue

    ‘Because of all the fat spitting - can’t think of any common food item quite as likely to spit hit oil at you.
  8. The problem is we don’t eat badly ever, and we like holiday meals to feel at least a bit special? Not like tasting menus and things, but not stuff we have everyday, either. Or at least a special element, like one year I did really good steaks and for once bothered to make bearnaise sauce. On request we had roast potatoes instead of frites, but usually I don’t make bearnaise sauce when we have steaks.
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    Cheese Fondue

    You might get away with cutting the juice with fizzy water to tone down the sweet and add the needed acid, maybe? We’ve made fondue using up odd bits and bobs of cheese and drinks by using mostly cheddar type cheeses and a very good hard apple cider. (Or one time we had Perry which was also super tasty.) Didn’t notice the fizz doing anything untoward to the cheese. You do need cheeses that will stand up to the sweetness though. I run with “would I just eat a piece of this cheese with a piece of apple/pear/grape?” as a starting point.
  10. I have no idea what we’re doing and feel completely behind on baking. My SO’s son goes to his mom for Christmas late afternoon/evening so a traditional dinner seems not on the cards for the whole family. We’re thinking maybe a brunch? Anyone have a good egg casserole recipe? Eggs and some meat and pancakes or waffles and fresh fruit? Doesn’t sound fancy enough though. Christmas Eve is likely to be our larger spread - my mom wants to try her new fondue pot and don’t tell my SO but he’s getting a new Raclette grill and cheese early, so I need to think of accompaniments to all that cheese that will help it be a more balanced meal. My mom is still doing modified FoDmap which means no onions/garlic so much charcuterie is right out.Tiny finely sliced roast to use as a cracker/bread topper? We will have baguette slices for the Raclette. My mom is also deeply suspicious of all salad greens as a result of the recent outbreaks so I want to have some kind of salad but I’m not sure what I will manage. Anyone want to brainstorm with me? I can use onion/shallot/garlic OIL in moderate amounts, the problem sugars are water soluble. Also no shellfish because I’m allergic.
  11. Oh, really? I did some looking but I felt like I was seeing soy in everything, maybe some of the ingredients lists were old. I’ll see if I can find a local place so I can check the ingredients on the actual package I’m buying. My mom is one of those people who is extra sensitive, I know a lot of people are fine with soy lecithin. Thanks!
  12. I want to make some truffles this year but my mom can’t have soy. Does anyone know of any good chocolate that doesn’t have soy lecithin in it? Valhrona seems to.
  13. quiet1

    Cheese Fondue

    I’m just thinking what we’ve tried with Raclette, which is definitely quite salty. I like it with some kind of meat, but it has to be a very thin slice or maybe a sprinkle of chopped up bits rather than even a big piece. I think the flavor combinations would be somewhat similar since it’s from the same region. That said, our whole house has a much lower tolerance for salt in general now since my mom’s been on a medical low sodium diet. None of the rest of us are watching sodium particularly but it’s just easier to cook lower sodium and have lower sodium ingredients in the house, so everyone’s diet has shifted.
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    Cheese Fondue

    I think for the Spam, rather than dipping it, I’d treat it as a sort of condiment and cut it into small slices such that after dipping a bread cube you could stack a slice of Spam on top of the cheesy bread before sticking the whole lot in your mouth. We did fondue one year for Christmas dinner and it was pretty successful. I did one cheese and one hot broth (because I was fairly sure we’d end up with horrible burns with hot oil) and I pre-cooked the meat so it was just shy of done, such that by the time it’d been heated to piping hot again in the broth, it was cooked nicely. We’re contemplating doing it again this year, actually, though possibly not for Christmas dinner.
  15. It has just now occurred to me how well my grandma would’ve fit in around here- she stored pots in her oven and did all her cooking in an electric gizmo. (An electric roaster in her case, but I bet she could’ve been persuaded to try other stuff.)
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