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Kim Shook

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  1. Kim Shook

    Jiffy love

    I love the crown you got on that cornbread. Mine never does that. Any hints?
  2. Kim Shook

    Dinner 2023

    @Ann_T – that pork chop looked so good. When we were grocery shopping last week, we walked by the pork and I remarked that we hadn’t had chops in a really long time. But I’m committed to working through the freezers so that I can start stocking them with Christmas stuff next month. @OlyveOyl – I first tasted the combination of duck and wild rice as a little girl and fell madly in love. Duck à l'Orange with wild rice was the quintessential company meal of the 1960s, so it was encountered quite often. I haven’t had it for years, but your lovely duck brought back those memories! @Shelby – big hugs from me. Your food looks wonderful, as always, but the cold stuff is calling to me today – the Greek salad and the chicken topped one especially. We’ve got house guests coming the beginning of October and I really need to get my butt in gear and yet, here I sit at the computer! Our neighbor is recovering from back surgery, so I took a quick meal over to them on Friday. Just a Costco rotisserie chicken, bagged salad and @Marlene's smashed potatoes: These are the perfect thing to take to someone – you can start them ahead of time and reheat at the last minute, but they reheat beautifully, too. This weekend I made a batch of Ruby Chicken to take to our neighbors: This is so great to take because you make it and freeze it and then it gets cooked from frozen. That way the folks you give it to can decide when they want to eat it. They can cook it right away (it takes 2 hours from frozen) or freeze it for another day. On Saturday, I was trimming some potatoes for our dinner, and I had the innards from the chicken I cooked so this was the cook’s treat: Fried chicken livers and raw potatoes 😁. Dinner was just packaged cheese fondue from Lidl and stuff to go with it. Mr. Kim found a recipe he wanted me to try – Patates Lemonates. They are basically lemony fondant potatoes (also called Melting Potatoes). Fried and ready to go in the oven: Out of the oven and ready to serve: They were delicious, but not terribly lemony. The recipe only called for the lemon juice, but I think next time, I’ll sprinkle them with the lemon zest after roasting. They were also not terribly crisp, and I wondered if it would help if I poured the lemon juice and chicken stock AROUND the potatoes rather than OVER them. All the goodies: The potatoes, Polish sausage, bread, pickled onions and cornichons, and apple slices. And there is no way to make cheese fondue look like anything but a bowl of vanilla pudding: I can’t imagine that I’ll ever bother making cheese fondue from scratch again. All three of us love this product. We also had a salad: Sunday was all leftovers – some from our church potluck earlier today and some from last week: Cheeseburger, deviled eggs, butter beans, slaw, and the last of my baked beans which have been reheated so much that they are starting to resemble Hillbilly Refried beans! Mr. Kim made pastrami, so that was dinner last night: Grilling some rye topped with Swiss: Topped with steamed pastrami, Russian dressing, Gulden’s mustard, and slaw: Served with kraut (we decided we wanted slaw on the sandwiches and kraut on the side) and @patti’s oven fries: So good. It took me two hours to finish my sandwich, but I did it! Tonight was orange chicken (frozen from Costco), frozen chicken egg rolls from a local Asian market, and fixed up Lidl fried rice:
  3. Kim Shook

    Lunch 2023

    Last Sunday we had a potluck at church. I made macaroni and cheese (no picture) and this strawberry-banana bread (cake, really) to take: These are just a cake mix fix up, but very good. Everyone always loves them and asks for the recipe. And then I have to admit that it is a strawberry cake mix with mashed bananas added! Today: Saltines and boneless, skinless sardines.
  4. Kim Shook

    Breakfast 2023

    A couple of recent breakfasts: Freezer rescue ET bagel and some whipped cream cheese. This morning: Ham and egg biscuits (frozen biscuits).
  5. I haven't yet made them, but I have always had fairly good results from ATK baking recipes.
  6. Kim Shook

    Breakfast 2023

    Just a toasted Lidl croissant this morning:
  7. I remember this episode and you're right - their obvious enjoyment alone makes you want to make the buns. I am not a huge fan of wet nuts, but I still printed out the recipe to try!
  8. I agree! If you do the strips just pipe a long strip down the baking sheet and cut them on the sheet, but do NOT separate them. They are so tender that they will come apart easily when they are baked.
  9. You could try that, but what I'd do - if you can - is use a piping bag. You could either use a large piping tip or just cut a 1/2-inch hole in the bottom.
  10. @Pete Fred & @RWood - I’m just blown away by your recent contributions to this thread. @RobertM – I’m intrigued by the Philly Fluff cake! I’m finding a lot of different recipes online. Which one did you make? At a recent auction our church had to raise funds, I offered making 6 batches of cookies (every other month for a year). I did the first batch for the winner the other day. She chose Key Lime Meltaway Spritz Cookies: Couldn’t find any key lime juice, so these are just regular lime, but they are delectable. No granulated sugar – just 10X. And with the addition of cornstarch, they are so incredibly tender. A wonderful, delicate cooky.
  11. Kim Shook

    Dinner 2023

    @Dejah – your rib roast is gorgeous! And those pierogies are making me wish I had an air fryer. @Ann_T – as always, your hot chicken sandwich with gravy has me craving the same. I love that you serve it with fries – fries and gravy have been a favorite of mine since I was a young girl. I used to stop off on my way home from school at the drug store lunch counter and get an order of fries and gravy. Not comparable to yours, of course, but I never see yours that I don’t think of that experience! A couple of nights ago: Cheeseburger, celery, apple. The quickest and most simple meal I could think of. The burger was in the fridge from the other night when I had a half a pound of ground beef leftover from making Sloppy Joe filling. I fried a couple of small patties and put them in the fridge. I just microwaved the burger, added cheese and heated long enough to melt it. Added condiments and a little lettuce. Washed a stalk of celery and added an apple from the fridge. Less than 5 minutes later and I was eating. It was completely satisfying. I'll have to add cooked burgers to my list of things to keep on hand. I was surprised it was that good. Or maybe I was just that hungry?
  12. Kim Shook

    Breakfast 2023

    @Captain – that’s a beautifully rolled wrap and looks delicious. Mine are always so clumsy. @Mike.12lu– that big breakfast is my favorite, too. I don’t usually have time in the mornings to do it, but we sometimes have that for dinner. I wouldn’t turn down one of those French croissants, though. One of my very favorite things! This morning: Rye toast, Fiorucci hard salami, and black grapes.
  13. Kim Shook

    Dinner 2023

    @CantCookStillTry – that lamb roast meal is gorgeous. I adore lamb and, for some reason, never seem to make it. I need to remedy that! Your Yorkies look perfect. I would 100% roll up some of that lamb into a Yorkie, drown it in gravy and TUCK IN! @btbyrd – that roast is one of the most delicious things I’ve seen in a LONG time. Between you and @CantCookStillTry, I’m now craving a roast dinner – and a roast chicken ain’t gonna cut it. I want RED MEAT! We celebrated Labor Day a day early with a potluck cookout at the home of some friends. We had brats, hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, slaw, potato salad, deviled eggs, chips, and purchased fudge and lemon chess pies. We simmered the brats here and took them over and I made slaw and beans. Jessica made deviled eggs. I didn’t take any pictures that day. Last night, because we had a lovely tomato that needed eating, this was dinner: Classic summer sandwich with the addition of cheese (deli American, please). Plate: Corn (we’re still getting good corn, too), sandwich, neighbor’s smoked pork belly (amazingly good), my slaw and beans – both leftover from our early Labor Day potluck.
  14. Kim Shook

    Lunch 2023

    @Tropicalsenior – those buns look amazing. I’ve copied the recipe. I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to actually making them, but thank you for the link! We actually had our Labor Day meal on Sunday. We went to our friends’ home for a potluck. Our Labor Day lunch was mostly leftovers: A hot dog with mustard and my slaw and Jessica’s deviled eggs. I also made baked beans: These did get a bit overcooked, but still tasted wonderful.
  15. Kim Shook

    Breakfast 2023

    Still eating the Neuske’s bacon from the freezer. If Benton’s bacon is one right answer, Neuske’s is another. Very different, but just as good. With rye toast:
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