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Norm Matthews

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  1. Norm Matthews

    Wine books

    Fifty years ago when the World Atlas of Wine , Hugh Johnson's other book - Wine, The Signet book of Wine, and Time Life's Wines and Spirits were all published, the world of wine was smaller. California wines were in their infancy and grape wine variety options were smaller. In other words it was easier to be 'knowledgeable" There were no mentionable wineries in the US outside of Northern California, there were too few to mention in South America , Asia, Africa, Australia, or Canada. Today the subject has really expanded to the point that it is difficult to write a comprehensive book about wine, at least not in a single volume. One would need several volumes just to have the wine labels pictured.
  2. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2019

    A bit of unimportant (IMO) trivia: Herbs come from the green leafy part of a plant and spices are from any other part, like stem, bark, flower, seed, etc.
  3. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2019

    Every once in a while I have to go over the top with something. It is a Scotch Egg inside a layer of grated potatoes which is fried until the potatoes are browned then baked until the sausage is done.
  4. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2019

    Now that you mention it, I recall using Ritz cracker crumbs or something similar a couple of times.
  5. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2019

    I saw a box of corn flake crumbs on a shelf at the store and it brought back memories of when I was single. I often made a James Beard recipe for oven "fried" chicken. It dipped chicken in evaporated milk then rolled it in corn flake crumbs and baked. I thought I'd try it again and followed the recipe on the box that made a batter first, then added the corn flake crumbs. Almost a year ago Charlie got a lot of mac and cheese at Costco and we are finally down to the last box. The green beans were cooked for about a minute in the Instant Pot.
  6. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2019

    When I was at the store a few days ago getting the pork shoulder for the bulgogi, I also picked up a couple of steaks. A day or two later I got some okra at the farmers market and today when I decided to cook them I noticed a package of Velveeta alfredo cheese bowl in the cupboard that had been there a long long time . I thought I should either cook it or throw it away, so I cooked it, we tasted it, and then I threw it away.
  7. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2019

    The Korean BBQ seasoned Wagyu Short Ribs from Heritage Foods (Kalbi) arrived and was cooked for dinner a few hours later. They were delicious. We had them with some of the spicy pork bulgogi from yesterday.
  8. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2019

    People have come to expect big breasted turkeys with lots of white meat and generally prefer modern birds to the old breeds. It's a different story with hogs, in my experience. This will be the first time I will have tried their beef.
  9. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2019

    It was several years ago when a farmer here in Kansas started raising vintage breed turkeys for sale. It started a company called Heritage Foods which took the idea and expanded it to all kinds of food and is headquartered in NYC now. I plan to have some heritage ham for Thanksgiving along with a more commercial turkey. They sent me a catalog that had Korean BBQ Wagyu ribs (beef) which I ordered and expect to get here tomorrow. Today I made some spicy Korean pork to go with it and a couple of steaks for today but Charlie wanted to have the pork today and there is a lot of it so I did some on the grill and that was our dinner.
  10. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2019

    @robirdstx I imagine you should lock your doors and pull down the shades when eating Cincinnati chili in Texas. . @BonVivant I didn't know barnacles were edible. Live and learn.
  11. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2019

    We had cap steaks. I made potato pancakes and Charlie made a last minute request for mac and cheese... the Kraft kind. He is particular about that. I cooked the steaks sous vide first then finished on the grill.
  12. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2019

    Someone I know, has a food blog about baking, and posted a cake recipe that didn't adhere to usual cake making procedures but I made it anyway and regretted it. I don't trust anything she posts anymore and I probably shouldn't be so negative.
  13. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2019

    I saw a thing on facebook for Cuban empanadas but there was no recipe as such. There was a video with a caption of each ingredient and the amount as it was going along. I stopped the video each time a new ingredient was added and wrote it down. I was thinking this was going to be a lot different than the empanadas I usually make but then I took a closer look at the recipe and decided it would be a disaster. It had a cup or a tablespoon of almost everything. The dough had a cup of flour, a cup of shortening and a tablespoon of salt. That was way too little flour and way too much of everything else. The filling was a cup of green pepper, a cup of red pepper, a cup of orange pepper and a cup of ground beef. It had a Tablespoon of cumin, a Tablespoon of salt, a tablespoon of oregano, etc. I looked up several other Cuban empanada recipes and they all had more reasonable ingredients in more reasonable amounts. They were actually all pretty much like the ones I had made several times before. The difference with the one I used is that it had a chimichuri sauce which I thought was a good idea and made it too.
  14. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2019

    I hesitate to post this because I expect a lot of blowback but the last time I got some ribeye cap steaks I cut them (3) in half and retied them because one each was more than either of us wanted but half of one was not enough and I regretted cutting up the other two but I had done it and they were in the freezer waiting for me to decide what to do with them. I decided to grind them up and make hamburger with them and sous vide any I may get in the future. Charlie had two well done and said they were really good. I had one medium and it was good too. I figure they cost around $5.00 each. Four more went back in the freezer.
  15. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2019

    I saw a recipe for Malaysian chicken that looked good. It had curry, coconut milk, anise, lemongrass and tamarind along with a lot of other ingredients that I had to make a special trip to find. About 20 minutes before it was done, I told Charlie to start thinking about where he might like to go out for dinner because this didn't look all that good. It smelled good and tasted OK but not so much that I thought we'd like to make a whole meal out of it. Charlie took one look and didn't even want to taste it. We ended up going out to a Chinese buffet restaurant.
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