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  1. kayb

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Never thought about rye flour in a flammenkuchen. Must try that. Made a decent marinated veggie salad last night and had it with what'll likely be the last meal off the chicken salad I bought last weekend. Corn, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, peas, pimiento peppers. Forgot to take a pic.
  2. kayb

    How green is your kitchen?

    I've recycled for the past 8-10 years, ever since I've lived where a city offered the service. In Hot Springs, we had blue plastic bins -- big plastic totes, essentially -- that we put recylables in. They would pick up metal, glass and paper; you had to take your own plastic, something about it taking up too much space in the truck. In Jonesboro, we have used blue plastic drawstring bags. I keep mine as a liner to a big laundry hamper on the carport, and pitch the cans, bottles, paper and glass all in it. Boxes (we shop Amazon a lot) get broken down and stuffed in a big box. It all goes down to the curb every other week. We are getting the recycling carts next week; had to pay a one-time $20 fee for them. I don't mind that. I would be irritated at a recurring monthly charge; I agree, charge the people who DON"T recycle.
  3. I don't guess I'm in the market for anything significant this year. Had to buy a replacement coffee maker earlier this year, I'm still in the only-one-CSO and only-one-Instant-Pot camp. I could use a good hand mixer, for things I want to mix up in a hurry and not bother with the stand mixer. May look for one of those.
  4. Junk food at home? Sure. My mother had damn near a cottage industry going with caramel popcorn, which was what we used to make popcorn balls for Halloween (kids would come out from town to trick or treat at our house in the country), but she'd just put it on a bunch of cookie sheets and then break it up, like granola. I do things like chocolate covered pretzels == easy, and people think you have conquered space, or something, when you make them and roll them in a crushed peppermint stick. I have recipes that cover hard candy, all SORTS of assorted chips and crackers and dips and spreads, popular pizzas (who remembers the Chef Boy-Ar-Dee pizza-in-a-box kit? They still make them, and I made a special trip to the dreaded WalMart the other day to get one), and oh, I don't know, no telling what all else may be lurking back there in the recesses of my brain. One of my favorite pastimes is trying to recreate a "Damn, that was good!" taste from a restaurant. Sometimes I'm successful; sometimes less so. "The Google" makes it a lot easier, at least to find a jumping-off point. I've come pretty damn close to a lot of my restaurant favorites. Some things, like Dunkin Donuts coffee, you just can't reproduce. It's a function of their equipment and the quantity in which they make it, I guess. Yeah, I can buy Dunkin Donuts beans, grind them, make my coffee (in a variety of fashions; I've tried pour-over, French press, Keurig, Mr. Coffee), but it doesn't taste like Dunkin Donuts coffee, which I content is the best commercially brewed coffee I've ever had. Yes, I've been to a number of coffee houses, both chain and individual. Can't touch DD. IMHO.
  5. kayb

    How green is your kitchen?

    That's just freakin' brilliant. I'd'a never thunk it. And I am the original cold-footed person; I sleep in socks doggoned near year-round. I keep them and use them for lots of things. Trashcan liners for small trashcans (bedrooms, bathrooms). Trash bags in the car (I keep a half-dozen or so in the console). A stash in the storage room so I can bring in three or four jars of something or packages out of the freezer without freezing my arms and hands off. A stash on the carport so I can grab a couple and use them to pick produce out of the garden (particularly handy if it's Attack of the Cucumbers and Zucchini season and I want to give a bunch of it away). And so on, and so on.
  6. But it'd likely be a fine day to buy a(nother) CSO....
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    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    @scubadoo97 -- Donate the toaster oven. Get the CSO. You will never look back and regret it. I probably use it more than any other small electric appliance in my kitchen, save the coffee maker, which gets used three or four times daily.
  8. Thanks for that! I never use a whole quart of buttermilk. I'll be freezing from now on. I used yogurt the other day to make blueberry muffins. I had yogurt I needed to use, and I figured it'd up the protein content of the muffins. I used a cup; my muffin recipe calls for 3/4 cup milk. Worked perfectly. I also like using beer in savory quick breads. If the powdered skim milk leaves you cold, get full-fat dry milk the next time. Taste still isn't like fresh milk, but it's closer.
  9. Well, it looks gorgeous. I don't like meringue. The whipped cream topping is perfect.
  10. If I come visit, will you make me one? I love coconut cream pie.
  11. kayb

    Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    Best soft shell crab in the world: Antoine's, NOLA. Lord, but I love them.
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    From Memphis to Lexington

    Wonderful! Can't wait to hear the details and get it on my calendar! Excited to show you "my town!"
  13. kayb

    How green is your kitchen?

    I reuse the produce bags if they're fairly clean and can be turned inside out and rinsed off with hot water. They dry turned upside down over the bottle of dishwashing liquid on the back of the sink. I particularly wash out and reuse those green plastic produce bags. They're pricy.
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    Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    Found myself in Memphis, so stopped by my favorite MIddle Eastern deli. Falafel wrap, dressed with lettuce, tomato, dill pickle (!) and tzatziki. Dolmades. Baklava. Brought some of all of it home. Will revisit that today.
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    San Antonio

    My favorite was Rosario's. On the edge of downtown (you come out the front gate of the Alamo, hang a left, and it's maybe two miles) in what looks like it might have once been a car dealership building. Good, good Mexican/TexMex. MARVELOUS mojitos.
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    Butter Tarts

    I looked at several recipes and the filling looks for all the world like what we call down here a chess pie. My mother used to be fond of telling how she'd made two chess pies for a church pot luck, and put them on the kitchen table to cool. Came back through the kitchen to find me, at about age 3, sitting atop the table, with a big knife, having whacked a chunk out of one pie that I was busy stuffing in my face, and having marked a chunk in the other pie that I planned to cut next. I do not remember this stellar incident of good taste. But she swore it was true.
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    Sonic Drive-In

    Ahhh, Sonic, that paragon of Southern drive-in cuisine. You will occasionally find one down here that sells Koolickles. Get a big gallon jug of kosher dills at the supermarket. Pour off the brine. Make up a half-gallon of cherry KoolAid. Pour over pickles. Let sit at least overnight in the fridge; better if you wait two or three days. If I had a dollar for every one of these I'd eaten or bought the kids at the ballpark concession stand...
  18. kayb

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    How sad. I could give up beef much more easily than pork. I'd never make it as a Jew or a Muslim.
  19. kayb

    Breakfast! 2018

    Blueberry muffins, with an absolutely unhealthy amount of butter. Muffin s made with Greek yogurt to up the protein content, plus I needed to use the yogurt.
  20. kayb

    From Memphis to Lexington

    Memphis: There are a lot of great places. I would normally recommend Felicia Suzanne's, which has for years been my favorite restaurant in Memphis, except the last time I was there was the only time I've ever eaten there that it didn't make me say, "Oh, wow!" McEwens and Flight are both really good, downtown; Spindini, on South Main, is the fourth or fifth generation of the historic Grisanti family of Italian restauranteurs; Coletta's, on South Parkway, is oldtime, classic Italian, the oldest restaurant in Memphis; Paulette's, in the River Inn, is a good French bistro. "Out in the country" west of Memphis in Arkansas about 30 minutes, there's Uncle John's, a small-town Italian joint that has MARVELOUS homemade ravioli. I'm talking to die for, here. You take your own wine (no corkage fee!). Open Thursday-Saturday nights only, in Crawfordsville, AR. Of course, there's barbecue. The top 'cue places, in my book, are Central, Payne's, Interstate, Cozy Corner and The BarBQ Shop. Depends on the specific entree and the time of day you want to go. Do not bother with the Rendezvous. Do have a drink in the lobby bar at the Peabody, about 4:30, in time to watch the 5 p.m. duck march. Breakfast, there are a couple of "must" places: There's Brother Juniper's, out by Memphis State, and there's Bryant's, an old-school diner on Summer Avenue. Both are magnificent. Let me know. Would love a chance to meet. In Nashville, there's one choice that stand out above everything: The Catbird Seat. 10-course tasting menu. Experimental foods. Modernist cuisine. Stunning. Get a reservation now, if you can. Other good choices are Husk, and an old-time favorite, Demos Steak and Spaghetti House, in downtown. The Pancake Pantry is great for breakfast, but be ready to stand in line. I'm fond of Pfunky Griddle, where you cook your own pancakes on an in-table grill, and add the add-ins you want. I'd be thrilled at the opportunity to meet you in Memphis (an hour for me) and eat any meal you can accommodate in your schedule. I've got a host of other lunch spot recommendations, and can come up with a hatful of other dinner suggestions as well.
  21. You can always pause Stevie Ray and start him back when you get back.
  22. kayb

    McDonald's 2013–

    There is certainly that!
  23. We have blueberries just ripening in Arkansas (upper southern US)
  24. kayb

    McDonald's 2013–

    I will stick to the hash browns and apple pies, thanks anyway.
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