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  1. I was in polite company so I refrained. Atomic buffalo turds. Here is a picture of some ready to go on.
  2. We used to do them by the hundreds for barbecue competitions. They were always know as ABTs. Cut the chile in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and pithy stuff. Fill with cream cheese and top with a little smokie and then wrap with a half slice of bacon a 1/3 slice if it is stretch-y. Secure with a toothpick. Put them on the smoker for a couple of hours. I have used my Weber kettle with indirect heat for 30 to 40 minutes with good results as well. It's hotter than a smoker and crisps the bacon more. A teammate once brought a turkey fryer to a competition, we ended up dipping the already smoked ABTs in beer batter and fried them. Pretty good stuff.
  3. I start my chicken stock with a box of Swanson's chicken broth. It may be overkill but it seems to work well. I use Better Than Bouillon as an enhancement for roast beef gravy.
  4. The one time I made my own vanilla extract, I didn't even try it until it had sat for 6 months.
  5. I use a $15 hot air popcorn popper. Works pretty well.
  6. I would not serve it to others, especially no one expecting. I might cook it for myself though, thinking I now have some immunity for that virus.
  7. It probably released some water/juice from the escargot.
  8. We just installed a Whirlpool that I am happy with. It's only a couple of months old so I can't comment on longevity. Seems to do a good job and has one feature I really like. The beeper indicating that the cycle is done shuts off as soon as you open the door.
  9. chileheadmike

    Dinner 2020

    Lamb looks great. Here's to a full and speedy recovery.
  10. Are you using the same pot every time? Maybe a reaction from that. I use the water from re-hydrating chiles to thin the paste all the time with no bitterness.
  11. It's been several decades since I've been in a restaurant kitchen, but a lot of recipes called for a full sheet.
  12. Full sheet pans don't fit in small ovens.
  13. "What was your family food culture when you were growing up? My mom has always said that she could cook, she just didn't want to. There was lots of spaghetti with sauce from a jar. Always served with cinnamon raisin bread. Occasionally, she would make tacos for the extended family. Ground beef, shredded lettuce, tomatoes (in the summer from dad's garden). She fried the taco shells in a skillet but quit doing that when it popped and she got a pretty bad facial burn. Christmas eve was the big holiday. My uncle barbecued a brisket and made barbecued beans. Mom made German potato salad. The GPS was served at 4th of July as well. The only two times a year it was made. Some Swanson frozen dinners. An occasional round steak cooked extra super well done. Was meal time important? Yeah, we ate dinner as a family every night. Was cooking important? Nope. What were the penalties for putting elbows on the table? We were told not to do this. Who cooked in the family? Mom. Dad cooked once when mom was in the hospital. Spaghetti noodles with chili on top. My brother and I made fun of him until he got seriously mad. We were just having fun, but he was probably worried about mom. 10+ years later, I was watching Jeff Smith with him and JS made Cincinnati chili. Dad gave every bit of the grief I gave him back to me. Were restaurant meals common, or for special occasions? Very rare. Did children have a "kiddy table" when guests were over? Our house was pretty small, when we went to someone else's house there was a kiddie table. When did you get that first sip of wine? I must have been 13 or so. I begged my dad for some wine on NYE. I think he got tired of hearing about it and bought a bottle of Boon's Farm. I had 1/4 of a glass and hated it. I threw up in church the next morning and that was the end of my parental sanctioned underage drinking. Was there a pre-meal prayer? Always. Catholic. Bless us O Lord.... Was there a rotating menu (e.g., meatloaf every Thursday)? Mom usually made a roast on Sunday. How much of your family culture is being replicated in your present-day family life? German potato salad on Christmas Eve and July 4 lives on. ETA: My mom grew up in an orphanage as well. Her mom died when she was 4. My grandfather worked for the railroad and took the kids (3) when he could, but they spent most of the 1930's in an orphanage.
  14. No cooking for me tonight. I spent a good hour and a half at the gym. Then football on the teevee. I posted the following on my favorite sports bored. I've been home most of the night. Listened to the greatest rock and roll band of all time covering Dylan tunes. When I Paint My Masterpiece; Stuck Inside of Mobile with them Memphis Blues Again; Desolation Row; Visions of Johanna. Yeah, that was a good hour and a half of music.
  15. Our local Kroger has St Patrick's Day stuff out.
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