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Kim Shook

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  1. Kim Shook

    Dinner 2019

    Recreated a gooey, cheesy chicken casserole that my sister used to make about 30 years ago: Just as much of a guilty pleasure as I remembered (actually - the only "bad" ingredient is Cheddar cheese soup). With broccoli, some Carolina Plantation Rice that I brought back from my Charleston SC trip, and yeast rolls from the store :
  2. Both articles were wonderful. I am so thrilled for you, Rob and wish you the very, very best!!! Have a ball!
  3. Coconut cupcakes with lemon filling for Mr. Kim’s co-worker’s BD: These are a cake mix fix up that I've made before. You use a white cake mix. I decided after making these this time that the cake mix was just too tender and soft and that it would work better with pound cake. They tasted very good, though.
  4. Kim Shook

    Dinner 2019

    Brats on the grill for dinner tonight: With kraut, corn and tomatoes with olive oil and saba: Sandwich was a double brat with one hour caramelized onions.
  5. Kim Shook

    Dinner 2019

    Doves look fantastic. But your pasta seems to be infected with a fungus of some sort.😉
  6. Kim Shook

    Dinner 2019

    They look a whole lot better than MINE!!!
  7. Kim Shook

    Dinner 2019

    @Smithy – there is cream of chicken soup in the recipe, but I’ve used that in other things that I like. That’s really the only processed thing – the recipe includes sour cream, Cheddar, hash browns, Swiss, hot sauce, pepper, onions (which I cooked before adding). The flavor is a little bland ( @heidih is on the right track with it being one-note). Also, the potatoes just don’t get soft enough. I like @kayb’s idea of par-boiling the potatoes. I do that with au gratin potatoes because I’ve never had luck not doing it. Tony Bourdain’s Gratin Dauphinois instructs you to simmer the sliced potatoes in cream and that was the first time I successfully made potatoes cooked in a sauce. Thanks to everyone for the help and questions! @Norm Matthews and @David Ross – gorgeous meals! Two of my favorite comfort foods – roast chicken and Swedish meatballs!
  8. Kim Shook

    Lunch 2019

    I've got to admit that African food is not my favorite. I always find it too spicy. Our church is home to an Ethiopian congregation that meets on Saturday mornings. To thank us for that, they made a feast for us one Sunday after church. I ended up eating the bread a a couple of non-spicy things. But Mr. Kim was in heaven!
  9. Kim Shook

    Lunch 2019

    @rotuts - thank you so much! You would have been welcome, wig or no. Our priest came with his wife and so did one of the gentlemen from our vestry. Our small city has an amazing assortment of restaurants for a place this size: all the expected ones plus Ethiopian, Balkan, West African, Colombian, Peruvian, Persian, etc. We are very, very lucky!
  10. Kim Shook

    Lunch 2019

    Our ladies group at church had an afternoon tea last Sunday. The food was a mix of purchased and homemade. Cucumber sandwiches on pumpernickel: Jessica’s Liptauer cheese on cocktail rye: Fruit & dip: Mini lemon cakes and petit fours (purchased): Chocolate dipped macaroons and American scones (purchased): Another lady’s Cheese Ribbon Sandwiches: No idea what kind of cheese spreads these are, but I do know she made them. Very good. Palmiers (purchased): Mini Jamaican meat patties: These were purchased, but made by a local Jamaican restaurant and really delicious. Chicken salad on mini croissants: Cheese gougères: We had way too much of some things and this time I made copious notes for next time.
  11. Kim Shook

    Dinner 2019

    Jessica made dinner the other night. Salad: What isn’t shown is the incredibly good salad dressing she made with olive oil, lemon juice and Saba. Also pasta: Olive oil, lemon zest and juice, Parm and basil. Delicious. Another night was breakfast for dinner. I tried one of those goopy, cheesy frozen hashbrown casseroles again: I guess I just don’t like them. But I can’t figure out why. I love goopy, cheesy casseroles. And I adore potatoes. But I’ve never found one of these that I care for. Scrambled eggs, those potatoes, asparagus for Mr. Kim and Father’s bacon, Served with the last of the Callie’s cheese and country ham biscuits from my Charleston SC trip: Hope the Fresh Market has this variety.
  12. Kim Shook

    Dinner 2019

    You need to get Ronnie to portion out the fries - larger hands=more fries.
  13. Dear God, my all time favorite combination - peanuts and chocolate! ETA - LOL - I went to bookmark the recipe and realized I made these almost 11 years ago! I loved them and saved the recipe on my webpage. But I didn't think to coat them in chocolate. Must try that!
  14. I am perilously close to 60, but grew up spending a LOT of time with my grandparents. Thus, I know more about 30's & 40's music and actors than I do about my own generation's.
  15. Kim Shook

    Dinner 2019

    Hey, @JoNorvelleWalker - I'll eat the cauliflower if you take care of the fungus. Deal? 😊
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