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  1. 6 hours ago, kayb said:

    No recent cooking as I've been out of town for several days due to a death in the family. Did eat dinner with friends a couple of evenings; @rotuts will sympathize with me that I ate stuffed bell peppers -- except I ate the stuffing (which was venison-based and very good) and left the peppers. Another night was ribs, cooked in a smoker and then finished on a hot grill -- very, very good, with perhaps a tad more kick from cayenne than I would prefer. And a slab of absolutely marvelous, moist, strawberry cake with strawberry cream cheese ice cream.

     

    I did notice the pear tree up home, which has not borne any pears for the last couple of years, is loaded down. There will be much pear preserve making this fall! I guess the old tree (it's near 50 years old) has to rest a couple of years in between big crops. It will be pear harvest time in mid-September.

     

    Kay, I'm sorry for your loss.  Pear trees remind me of my grandparent's farm in NC.  I thought you might like this pear story.

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  2. 15 hours ago, ChocoMom said:

    Mordor chocolate cake and coffee.  Not just because its my birthday, but I happened to LOVE chocolate cake and coffee and will eat it anytime anywhere. 

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    Happy Birthday!!!

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  3. 20 hours ago, caroled said:

    I just got to read this, start to finish. Thank you for letting me tag along. Quite the adventure.

     

    Me, too!  Don't know how I missed it!  Thanks so much for taking the time to share your trip.

     

    On 7/1/2018 at 2:44 PM, ElsieD said:

    We are home, landing on time in the heat.  It is 33C here, with the humidex it is 45C.  It seldom gets this hot and is quite a change.  I thought I would pass on a few of the quaint names we saw in our travels.  

     

    Dildo 
     

    Ok.  I wondered if we were just going to ignore this.  Or if I was the only 10 year old in the bunch.

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  4. 3 hours ago, Kerry Beal said:

    Bottles come from the US. Canada is all in paper. I went through a phase where I bought a ton of it. Interesting the questions you get asked at the checkout.

     

     

    Wonder which is more environmentally friendly?  Most places in the US you can recycle glass, but there a lots of places where you can't recycle wax coated paper cartons.  I like the carton, though.  Only problem might be determining how much you have left.  

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  5. Last night - The Salad:

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    😉

     

    Wegman’s “fresh” linguine with sauce:

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    Of course, it is not really fresh, just refrigerated and not dry.  But it was really good, with a great fresh-like texture.  Certainly, better than dried pasta.  And some incredibly good garlic bread:

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    It is an ATK method.  You split the loaf and spread it with garlic butter (a mixture of melted and soft butter and garlic powder and pressed garlic).  You bake it at 450F for 3 minutes, turn it over so that the garlic butter side is against the baking sheet, put another baking sheet on top and press it down slightly and bake an additional 8 minutes, leaving the baking sheet on top.  Super crisp on the garlic side, but tender inside.  Definitely the best garlic bread I’ve ever made.

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    Corn, cheeseburgers, Jessica’s delicious deviled eggs, fixed up Kraft, Leah’s baked beans, hot dogs with Skyline chili.  Then fireworks on TV watched through the fog of our food-comas.  

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  7. On 7/2/2018 at 4:57 AM, Anna N said:

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     Sometimes you revert to form.

    A woman after my own heart!  I adore these, but Mr Kim and Jessica detest them - even the smell makes them ill.  So I have them for an occasional lunch treat!  My mom and my dad - @Ted Fairhead - and I all loved them and we embarrassed ourselves once at a wedding reception by haunting a punchbowl-sized bowl of them.  

     

    I am not cooking very consistently lately.  Lots of restaurant, take out, pizza, etc.  My mom has been in rehab care for almost a month and can no longer live alone, due to her physical health and worsening dementia.  So, July 10th, she is coming home to us.  We’ve been crazily trying to get things here ready for that and to clear out her apartment.  So, I’ve got a backlog of meals that I’ve thrown together!  They go back almost a month!

     

    Hamburger helper, butter beans and cinnamon apple sauce:

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    Guilty pleasure/comfort food.

     

    And this one: - pickly stuff:

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    And my attempt at one of @HungryChris' amazing looking sandwiches:

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    Needs some work, but it was good.  Along with vegetable soup:

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    @HungryChris – how about a little tutorial on the subject of sub/hoagie making?  For instance – do you use lettuce or cabbage for your gorgeous shreds?

     

    Snack before dinner one night:

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    Another sandwich attempt:

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    Still not quite right.  Served with succotash:

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    The usual salad:

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    Grilled brats on Kaiser rolls w/ sauerkraut and fixed up Kraft:

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    A friend came over to help pack up my mother’s apartment.  I made a quick/easy/cheater BBQ chicken pizza:

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    It was actually not bad.  Pillsbury crust (I wasn’t about to wrestle with pizza dough while packing up the kitchen), Montgomery Inn BBQ sauce (our favorite), Mozzarella and Provolone cheeses, chicken, and bacon. 

     

    Getting tired of these yet?  I am:

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    Chicken cutlets with a Pierre Franey lemon-thyme sauce that was SO easy and good:

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    Ok corn:

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    Some beet/feta/spinach salad thing that was on the food bar at Wegman’s:

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    Mr. Kim liked it a lot.  And some cheese toast made with Wegman’s bakery cheese bread:

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    Dripping with butter, it is irresistible. 

     

    Another night, we started with some cheeses we got at Wegman’s for a snack:

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    Top: an Appalachian cheese from Galax VA.

    Bottom: Organic Bleu Auvergne from France

    With crackers and some fruit, they ended up being dinner!

     

    A different take on salad - with provolone and salami:

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    Mr. Kim brought home a recipe for me to try.  He doesn’t do that a lot, so I try to comply when he has a special request.  It was for Lemon-Cilantro chicken – basically an oil-poached chicken.  This dish completely surpassed my expectations. I wondered if it wouldn’t be too oily and too heavily flavored with cilantro (it calls for ONE CUP of cilantro to 2 chicken breasts). It was neither. The chicken turns out incredibly moist and tender and the cilantro is very mellow. Even cold, the chicken is wonderful.  Starting to cook:

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    Cooked:

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    Served with fixed up boxed PastaRoni:

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    That is one dull looking plate, huh?  But, we practically licked them clean!

     

    This past week, Jessica requested Taco Tuesday.  Chips and salsa:

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    Meat and fixings:

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    Grilled pineapple:

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    Plated with fixed up refried beans (canned, but with added salsa and cumin):

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    Mr. Kim went to a farmer’s market near his office and came home with lots of strawberries.  So dinner was strawberry shortcake.  I fixed up frozen biscuits with butter and turbinado sugar:

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    Perfect summer meal.

     

    Between Mr. Kim’s farmer’s market foray and some shopping that Jessica did, we are awash in fruit, so that’s what started dinner last night:

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    Berries, grilled pineapple, yellow watermelon and cherries.

     

    And then a mishmash of leftovers and newly made stuff:

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    A beet and feta salad (both from the farmer’s market), long grain and wild rice, fish, chicken and hush puppies (last three were leftovers from after church lunch out).

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  8. Some recent breakfasts - 

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    Benton’s bacon, sausage and English muffins with strawberry preserves.

     

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    Egg and cheese on a soft roll.

     

     

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    Father’s Day:

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    Biscuits with Edward’s country ham and L'Epicerie fig syrup. 

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  9. Not cooking a lot lately - eating mostly at restaurants, for lunch especially.  Got a special request from Mr. Kim, though - chicken salad.  So we had croissants for lunch:

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    Walmart is selling all-butter croissants now and I thought it was worth a try.  Surprise, surprise they are NOT croissants.  The flavor was decent, but the texture was all off, of course.  But my throw-together chicken salad was pretty good!

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  10. Well, we were invited to a friend’s house, but I somehow got strong armed by Jessica into doing it at home for just the three of us.  With my mother moving in next week from the rehab facility, Jessica believes that we won't ever have "just us" time again.  And since I am filled with guilt about neglecting Mike and Jess in favor of my mom all the time, I caved. 🙄  So, the menu is:

     

    Chili/cheese dogs

    Burgers

    Slaw

    @caroled's Baked Beans

    Deviled eggs

    Mac & Cheese

    Corn

    Chips and dip

    Watermelon

     

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  11. 1 hour ago, IowaDee said:

    Quick, what did you "miss load" to lose your loading rights?  I need to do it too. I hate the job.

     

    Me, too.  For years, I have suspected Mr. Kim and Jessica of doing things badly on purpose to get out of the job.  Now it's my turn.  LOL

  12. 13 hours ago, liuzhou said:

    牙签牛肉 yá qiān niú ròu is a popular snack or beer food round here. Some supermarkets sell it, but I usually make by myself, as do most people. The Chinese means "toothpick beef". Lean beef is sliced thinly and cut into small pieces. These are marinaded in Shaoxing wine and soy sauce,  with garlic salt, and usually, chilli flakes. After between 30 minutes to an hour, they are threaded onto toothpicks, sprinkled with white sesame seeds and very briefly deep fried. I love 'em.

     

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    Oh, WOW!  I'd love those without the chili flakes!  

  13. 6 hours ago, robirdstx said:

    Thursday’s lunch at Can Can Brasserie, Carytown, Richmond, VA with @Kim Shook was delicious and great fun!

     

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    I had the small Onion Soup Gratinée and the Petite Crab Cakes.

     

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    And Kim had the Croque Madame.

     

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    Then, we were like kids in a candy store, in a candy store!  Just steps away from the restaurant was For the Love of Chocolate!

     

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    We had a wonderful lunch and a wonderful visit!  As always with eG folk, our talk ranged far beyond food.  We are a well rounded group!  Thanks for sharing your vacation time with me, @robirdstx!

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  14. 9 hours ago, Paul Bacino said:

    Veggie Bagel

     

    Everything Bagel--Fresh Thyme

    Here" -Basil white bean Dip

    Red Onion

    Red Pimiento 

    Pickled Jalapeno

    Micro Basil

     

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    Wow!  I wouldn't eat it (don't care for most of the toppings), but that is one of the prettiest things I've ever seen!!!

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  15. 5 hours ago, MetsFan5 said:

    I’ll be at the Hamilton Princess for 5 nights or so in early August as my husband has a business trip there and that’s the hotel they’re putting us up in. We are adding a few days to the trip. 

      I haven’t been to Bermuda since I was a kid so I don’t know what to expect besides Island prices. Any “must go to” restaurants? The hotel recently opened a Marcus Samuelson restaurant. 

    Ohhhhhh!  I'm very envious!  We went to Bermuda in 1989 and fell in love.  Nicest people I've ever met.  The only place I remember eating was the Hog Penny Pub.  We tasted the chowder everywhere we went and theirs was the best.  But, of course, that was almost 30 years ago.  Please report back!

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  16. 3 hours ago, kayb said:

    My birthday dinner, because it was what I has a notion for.  A variety of sausages from Aldi (chicken apple, bacon cheddar brats, sweet Italian) I brought home and smoked and sprinkled with bbq rub. Four different cheeses clockwise, Havarti, cacio do Roma, Wensleydale  with cranberries, Parrano. Copious red wine.

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    Happy Birthday, ma'am!  Hope it was a wonderful day!

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  17. Ok - so my child says: "Nota Bene, SB’s Lakeside Loveshack for breakfast—which they serve all day, Whisk for dainty snacks and sweets, WPA Bakery, Proper Pie, Pik Nik, Salt & Forge for breakfast or lunch, Shaved Duck, Peter Chang’s, Metzger’s, The Jasper for cocktails, Greek on Cary, Alamo, Red Cap Patisserie for good baked goods, The Jefferson is always great for a wow factor. "

     

    I'd add Garnett's, Kuba-Kuba, Heritage,  L'Opossum (one of our favorites), Perly's delicatessen, and Shagbark - we haven't been there, but it is getting great reviews. To me, the best bakery in town is Sub Rosa on Church Hill - the croissants are as good as the ones we ate in Paris.

     

    Be thinking about where you want to have lunch, @robirdstx!!!!!

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