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    Christmas Cookies Redux

    Here you go.
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    Christmas Cookies Redux

    I made a batch of spiced wafers this week. Some of them are going into Christmas gifts. Many are going into my mouth. They are So Freaking Good with coffee. Thank you, whoever brought up that topic and led me to the recipe!
  3. I have her Bread Bible in dead-tree edition. It's marvelous.
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    The Soup Topic (2013–)

    Made a Christmas lunch yesterday for some friends who included a vegan. The soup was a carrot and sweet potato soup with cumin, fennel and coriander. I cooked it in the instant pot, pureed it with the immersion blender, and stirred in some cooked sorghum. It was excellent. I'll be making it again. Recipe here. As I find it easy to overdose on fennel, I cut that to a teaspoon. And I used both ground cumin and ground fennel, as I couldn't lay my hands on seeds. Dessert was cranberry pecan sweet rolls, made with egg replacer and vegan butter. As there is only one egg and two tablespoons of butter in the dough, the subs didn't appear to harm it.
  5. Most dangerous food -- fresh corn on the cob, just-removed from the pot and slathered in butter. Pizza cheese cannot hold a candle to the burns this can inflict on the roof of your mouth. It helps if you, like I am, are a fool for the taste of fresh, buttered corn on the cob.
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    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Some days, you get hit with an urge. This morning, I'm craving meatballs, not in a marinara sauce, but plain old cocktail meatballs I can put in a sweet/sour sauce. Ground beef is thawing, and that will be the name of dinner tonight, probably with fried rice and maybe some sauteed sugar snaps.
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    Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    Meat loaf, mashed potatoes and purple hulled peas at my favorite diner. Wednesday is meat loaf day.
  8. Other "better the next day" foods: cooked pinto, navy, Great Northern, etc., beans. Most soups. Most anything in a tomato sauce. Marinated veggies, as long as they're hard veggies. Pot roast. That said, there are things that are absolutely atrocious the next day. Any noodle dish in a cream sauce doesn't seem to fare well. In fact, most anything in a cream sauce doesn't fare well. I don't care for fresh summer veggies reheated in their original state; but leftover summer sqash sauteed with onions can be most excellently repurposed into squash casserole. I'd use that leftover steak in steak--and-eggs for breakfast, or barely heated as part of a stir-fry or fried rice. Or in a beef pot pie.
  9. I have never yet seen a kitchen cabinet install that went either (a) smoothly, or (b) on time. Good luck! (The floor is beautiful, but that window wall is still my favorite.)
  10. Baking is easy. Making chocolates intimidates me! (As does some of the gorgeous cake-decorating that goes on around here.) Welcome to the group. You'll find lots of expertise, in both professionals and highly skilled amateurs.
  11. I glanced at eBay thinking I might find a decent price on one. $1,739 at Amazon was the best I saw. Not for me, not this year.
  12. I generally fly Southwest, and don't have nearly the occasion to fly as I once did. But I became quite a connoisseur of peanuts and pretzels! I also discovered that (a) Starbucks has the best yogurt/fruit/granola parfait in most airports; (b) Paschal's in the departure area and in C Concourse in Atlanta is the best airport restaurant extant, followed by O'Brycki's at BWI and Pappadeux at Houston Bush. Nuts on Clark at Midway is the best snack shop.
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    I read this "calamari" at first, and thought it was the oddest looking such I'd ever seen....
  14. I'd love to have a Control Freak. I just can't justify asking for it (or gifting it to myself). Yet.
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    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Some days you're the windshield; last night, I was the bug. I've always loved Chicken Eden Isle, a regional favorite that pairs chicken breasts with bacon and dried beef in a sauce of cream of chicken soup, sour cream and cream cheese. I decided I'd riff on that and make chicken noodle casserole. Rather than use cream of chicken soup, I poached a couple of chicken breasts and made a white sauce, using the broth. Added cream cheese and sour cream, shredded up the chicken, cut the dried beef and bacon into small bits, and stirred that all in. Added a package of frozen green peas for good measure. Cooked egg noodles. Combined everything. It was tremendously bland. I'd used onion powder and garlic powder when I poached the chicken. Added black pepper and a bit of nutmeg to the sauce. It made a ton, which I did not keep. Sigh.
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    Sonic Drive-In

    Sorry. It's a little paper tray that they serve their chili cheese dog/coney in. Large enough to accommodate a six-inch bun, weiner and accoutrements. Same thing, different size, as the paper trays lots of places use for sandwiches, fries, etc.
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    2018 Holiday Cooking and Baking

    Well, after a weekend out of town (granddaughter was a sugarplum fairy, grandson was Baby Jesus, and KayKay had to go watch!) and a work trip all day yesterday, I need to fit some treatmaking in with a significant amount of work that must be done this week before another all-day trip Thusrday. @Shelby -- I have no presents wrapped, either, if that helps. And not nearly all of them purchased.
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    Sonic Drive-In

    No, it's loose Fritos in a paper Coney tray, covered with chili and grated cheese. So simple. So good.
  19. If there's anything any better than a pot of Rancho Gordo cassoulet beans cooked with a sauteed onion and a smoked ham hock, I don't think I could stand it. That bread would be primo with some of that ham in a sandwich....
  20. That sent me down the rabbit hole of looking up a kharcho recipe. I'll be trying that.
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    Sonic Drive-In

    Speaking of regional favorites, right now Sonic is selling its chili frito pies. Which it now makes in a coney tray, not in the single-serve Frito bag slit down the side, like it used to. Is nothing sacred? Still, no one makes a chili pie like Sonic. If they sold "Sonic brand" canned chili at the grocery, I'd buy it to go on tamales, as I've been known to do with the regular containers of chili. And I love their onion rings. Garden variety frozen onion rings, but the onions are wonderfully sweet, and they hit the sweet spot for crunchy but not soggy and not overdone rings. And of course, cherry limeade.
  22. Not a huge buyer of oranges, but damn, that popcorn sounds wonderful!
  23. Down here, we'd call those pork rinds. Or, in the vernacular (for @weedy's benefit), "poke rines." And I can eat a bucket of them. In fact, my favorite barbecue joint serves them just that way, in a small tin bucket, as a complimentary appetizer. I regularly box up and bring home half my lunch or dinner because I've filled up on the pork rinds. The little crispy bits to which @Kerry Beal referred upthread, we would call "cracklings." And they are the best add-in you ever put in cornbread.
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    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    That would be what we called Swiss steak.