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Jim Charles

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  1. I only have 11 tomato plants in, 7 rutgers and 4 cherry, but I have maybe 100 plus green and ready by the 4th.
  2. I know its boring with no picture, but a Mexican chorizo chopped and 4 eggs scrambled up and thrown in a jalapeno and cheddar soft taco.
  3. Wow, you did win the lottery, but if you were my wife I'd be watching you a little closer around the meat dept.
  4. I grew up just south of Kenosha in Winthrop Harbor. I left at 18 and never went back. My favorite Wisconsin fish was the smoked fish we'd pick up while driving through Door County, more than 50 years ago. They would wrap it in waxed butcher paper and my brother and I would inhale it as we drove along.
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    Crab Cake Binder

    A crab cake isn’t a real crab cake if you have to use any more than a very small amount of whatever to bind it. At least here with our blue crabs the best are with lump meat and you don’t squish them like a baseball and I use some of the finer meat to help bind them with a little egg white. The secret is to put them back in the refrigerator for an hour or so to let them set up after you make them. If you skip that part they’ll fall apart. I cook them in nothing but butter and only turn once. For the people that only want to taste the filler I have no suggestions other than your eating the wrong thing, or the wrong type of crab, or whoever is making them doesn’t really know how to make them.
  6. Putting the clams in anything other than sea water will just kill them and if you don't eat them right away your going to get mighty sick. You mention clam strips and they are ocean clams and very large and tough. They are cut in strips for that reason. We get our own clams in the bay and eat them within minutes. We keep a grill attached to one of the rails on the boat and toss a few on to roast them in their own juice. 99% of the time we just take the little silver dollar sized ones and open and down them. The entire clam is eaten there is no cleaning to do other than scrubbing the shells before cooking, if you want.
  7. Of all the shows on cooking that I watch faithfully, Colameco's is by far THE best. The guy has the experience, personality and knowledge to make this a very entertaining and informative program. I'd feel very comfortable hanging out in his kitchen here in Jersey.
  8. This time of year when we can't go crabbing and get our own and there is none in the freezer we buy it at BJ's in 1lb. containers.
  9. Oysters…nothing that isn’t already there. Clams we toe or rake up and eat on the back of the boat when they’re 20 minutes out of the water. With them I like fresh grated horseradish.
  10. You’ve obviously given a lot of thought to preparing not only an inventive menu, but also one that most should really enjoy. Given your restrictions I think you’ve come up with a winner. My hat is off to you…good luck.
  11. For those not yet familiar with the trials and tribulations of how our older generation are eating and living let me offer my experiences. My mother and father were great lovers of food and a lifetime of gourmet magazine and a room of cookbooks. When they reached there 80’s they moved into an assisted living facility where they had their apartment and their food provided in the dinning room. It’s a beautiful place and it started out at about $40,000 a year for both. Now after 7 years and my father, now a widower, pays $47,000 a year just for him. The food is fairly creative and passable. Only two weeks ago we reached another milestone and he is going to have someone make sure he takes his medicine and takes care of normal hygiene…an additional $7,000 a year. One would think that you could have your own personal chef for that kind of money. God forbid you don’t have a very sizable nest egg when your time comes, and it will come. If you’re going to be living on Medicaid you can expect the type of menu being discussed here.
  12. Being a “senior” of almost 64 I can’t relate to your problem of dealing with such a negative view on our eating habits. I assure you that I’m just as adventurous as the next person when it comes to food. My father of 89 continues to enjoy great food and I just prepared his favorite, osso bucco, last week. Don’t sell the old folks short.
  13. Since the last child went away to college some 16 years ago we have had our little tradition. We have a very simple menu that is simple and requires little effort. I get the best fillets I can find and 4 lobster tails. Nothing more than a Caesar salad, baked potato, melted butter with lemon and a very good bottle of wine to accompany the entree. Just a nice quiet dinner by candlelight in the dinning room. Oh yea, my wife always wants to watch the Barbara Streisand (can’t even spell her name) new years eve dvd, but I’m going to hide it this year.
  14. Why not keep them alive in the frig till Monday and then do them in?
  15. I’m wondering what would happen if you went to their house for dinner and if they would prepare a separate menu just for you. I think you’d be eating kosher and I think that would be proper since you are a guest. I think it’s rude to expect such special treatment from a host. Maybe dinner isn’t the best way of socializing when dinning habits are so diametrically opposed.
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    Prime Rib Roast

    I guess I may not know anything about how your supposed to eat a leg of lamb, but to me that looks raw and I would be afraid the worms were still living in it.
  17. As a kid growing up on a mid-western farm in the 50’s we were required to eat everything. The cop out was everything we didn’t like was a necessity of life. This included having to eat all your fat, especially if it was beef fat because it was supposed to help keep you warm on our –20 evenings. Marrow, calves brains, left over testicles after the castrations and any part of an animal that didn’t smell too bad was to be consumed. Well, I’m no kid anymore and I toss anything I don’t like, which includes just about everything that’s been mentioned. I guess that makes me a sinner and the next stop is the fire of hell.
  18. Chop some of it up with potatoes, onion, etc and make hash, topped with poached eggs, for breakfast.
  19. It better be delicious at $37.50 for a freekin chicken. ← Did you have many 10-pound chickens back in the Midwest, Jim? ← To be honest I don’t remember, Bob. I left home almost 45 years ago and haven’t been back. I got really tired of chasing down those roosters and opted for a life as a multiple KFC franchisee. I dedicated my life to chickens.
  20. It better be delicious at $37.50 for a freekin chicken. ← Well, you're paying for the skill of the surgeon . fwiw, I think it's worth it. Yes, a capon is just a castrated rooster, but it makes all the difference. Much juicier, fatter bird, higher proportion of meat to waste, etc. And a taste that can only be described as über chicken. And considering that good quality humanely raised chickens go for close to $3/pound, not that outrageous. ← I should never have left the family farm back in the mid-west. I could have become unbelievably wealthy selling ‘humanly grown” castrated roosters to the green horns in the eastern cities at insane prices.
  21. It better be delicious at $37.50 for a freekin chicken.
  22. For the best mac and cheese in the universe go to a down south black church social. You won’t find any better and you can ask them for their recipe and can only hope.
  23. Even though we have many, many cookbooks I seldom ever look in them anymore. I go to the market and find what looks good and then come home and plug the ingredients into the Internet. The proven recipes that are exceptional are printed out and put into my special cookbook for future use. I could probably throw out 200lbs of unused books now.
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