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  1. Pimento Cheese

    Most welcome. Always happy to welcome another member to the pimiento cheese aficionado club. I highly recommend it with bacon and tomato (lettuce is optional), as well as topping on a burger (again, with bacon is most excellent. I have also been experimenting with pimiento cheese grits with some success.
  2. I commend to you the eggs baked in stewed tomatoes. I didn't have country ham but I had proscuitto, which I laid out on parchment on a cookie sheet and baked until it was crispy, for the ham chips on top. Marvelous.
  3. Lunch! What'd ya have? (2017)

    Oh, man. Now you've got me wanting barbecue. And although GOOD 'cue is available four blocks from my house, I can't do it, because I have a dinner guest tonight and I'm grilling shrimp and I don't want to ruin my appetite. I made do with a bowl of watermelon.
  4. I was going to say exactly what @mgaretz said re: the plastic mats. If you have WalMart in Boston, they sell a multi-pack of what they call "flexible cutting boards" that are exactly that, for a couple of bucks. I have one given me at the Lodge outlet when I bought my skillets (which are still sitting on my dining room table, unseasoned, four months later...) that subs for a silicone lid on my biggest mixing pan or a roasting pan if I need to marinate or refrigerate something. It has birds on it. The colors are, I guess, a bonus.
  5. The aroma is, indeed, delightful. Doesn't hold a candle to the taste, though. FYI: You can whiz it up in the blender and it makes FINE pizza sauce.
  6. The recipes are not out of reach for an average, or even subpar, home cook. Simple ingredients, simple techniques. You'll love it. And it IS a great read.
  7. Al Biernat's has a wonderful steak. They make a port/foie gras sauce that is to die for. Ate at Cafe Pacific a few years ago and had the best halibut I've ever had in my life. It was over roasted corn polenta. The waiter kept asking if he could take my plate, and I kept saying, "No," because I kept thinking if I waited a bit I could take just one...more...bite... Both are in Highland Park, a short Uber ride. I think it was 10 bucks last year; maybe not that much. You need reservations for Al's. Cafe Pacific, maybe, maybe not. Wouldn't hurt. Cafe Brazil (several locations, including one in Deep Ellum, adjacent to downtown and walkable) has marvelous coffee and a good breakfast, including some Brazilian dishes. I still order my coffee beans from there.
  8. Breakfast! 2017 (Part 2)

    No, it's pretty unusual. And I've typically had good produce from this vendor. There's only one at the market I tend to stay away from, and his stuff is often just old.
  9. Breakfast! 2017 (Part 2)

    Canteloupe and cottage cheese. Disappointing canteloupe, which aggravated me; got it at the farmers' market, and it should have been luscious this time of year. I may chunk the rest of the bowl. Just tasteless. Today was steel cut oats. Didn't photograph it. Just not photogenic.
  10. Breakfast! 2017 (Part 2)

    No, you really probably shouldn't.
  11. @Toliver -- Thanks. Snagged 'em both.
  12. Popsicles were a buck and a half a throw when I bought them for the grandkids at the park a month ago. Point of interest -- popsicles work well during a break from playing on the splash pad; then you can send them back out there to get themselves rinsed off! ETA: Ice cream treats were higher; I think sandwiches were $2.
  13. When I lived in Hot Springs, on the lake, there was an ice cream boat; a party barge fitted out with freezers. It would make the rounds of popular gathering spots in coves, etc., and would even come to private docks if summoned. I thought that was sheer brilliance. Always figured if I could get a license for a frozen dacquiri and margarita boat, I could make a killing.
  14. Beef for stir fry

    I've had good success using sirloin, cut thinly across the grain. I cut it when it's semi-frozen to achieve the thinnest cuts.
  15. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    When you've gotta get the hay in, you've gotta get the hay in. Been there, done it. The little country store that would dish you up a bologna sandwich in a hurry was our go-to. With a Coke and a bag of peanuts.