Norm Matthews

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  • Birthday 07/15/1944

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  1. I checked my blog and counted 7 meals made from scratch so far this month. The other meals were delivery pizza, left overs, sandwiches made with store bought cold cuts and home made bread or cheese, dry salami, celery, and crackers. Charlie was going to take me out to an Irish pub on the Plaza this weekend but we got weathered in with ice storms two days in a row.
  2. Dinner 2017 (Part 1)

    I discovered a PPS show last weekend called Movable Feast and tried some recipes from their website. First I baked some sourdough bread for soaking up some of the beer sauce with Beer Steamed Mussels, Pecan Apricot rice, and Japanese Beef Tataki.
  3. DARTO pans

    I had not heard of Darto until now. Last year I thought about getting a forged iron skillet from one place but when I went there, my computer warned me that it was infected with a virus. A little later I found some nice ones from a forge in Seattle but they were sold out before I got around to getting one and they are still not available there a year later. In November I saw one from Aus-Ion and was about to order one when my son sternly told me not to buy anything for myself at Christmas time so I put it and an Instant Pot on my Christmas wish list and he got both for me. Here is the skillet after I have seasoned it. It is a little under 10 1/2 inches. It's formed in one piece. Nothing riveted or welded. The handle is vented to keep the handle cool
  4. Dinner 2017 (Part 1)

    How To Make Stuffed Cabbage Rolls - Japanese Version (Recipe) is shown in a video on You Tube.
  5. Dinner 2017 (Part 1)

    I used regular green fresh cabbage and boiled it to soften the leaves. I had not seen a cabbage roll recipe that did not use rice, well excpt one used barley, but I did a search and found quite a few. To see the recipe, click on the normmatthewsblogspot link at the end of this post.
  6. Dinner 2017 (Part 1)

    The picture of the cabbage rolls showed it served in a bowl with the thin sauce. I opted to serve it with rice on the same plate because I thought my Korean son would like it that way. When I said 'no rice' I meant that rice is usually included in stuffed cabbage filling, rather than on the side. Perhaps I should have said 'unusual' instead of 'strange'. I have several Japanese and Korean cookbooks and I can't recall the use of tomatoes in any of them. I have seen tomatoes in a few Chinese recipes though. At the time, It seemed to me that I have started seeing a few Japanese recipes (from Japanese cooks who live in Japan) which I thought showed Western influences. My son was not surprised at all. He is of the opinion that Japanese food is quite widely influenced by other cultures.
  7. Dinner 2017 (Part 1)

    The tomatoes were in the sauce it was cooked with. It was stuffed with ground pork (1/4 lb), 3/4 lb ground beef, panko bread crumbs, nutmeg, onion, egg, milk, salt and pepper. The sauce was: 2 bay leaves, 1 large garlic clove, minced, 1 (14.5-oz, 411 g) can of diced tomatoes, 1 Tbsp. white wine, ½ tsp. kosher salt (1/4 tsp. table salt) and 1 cup (240 ml) chicken/vegetable stock
  8. Dinner 2017 (Part 1)

    I made cabbage rolls tonight. It was in an online Japanese cookbook. I thought it strange that it was an Asian recipe, that it used tomatoes and no rice. I served with rice on the side.
  9. Dinner 2017 (Part 1)

    I didn't take any pictures but I used the Instant Pot to make Chicken Pho.
  10. Dinner 2017 (Part 1)

    I used to do this New Years Day meal for fun and in remembrance of my Southern mom. Lately I have been doing it a little out of superstition. Three years ago we had what Cassie said was a traditional Mexican New Years dinner. We had none of the Southern food that was representative of good luck and health in the year to come. The very next day, I fell and broke every bone in my ankle. Charlie is not a fan of black eyed peas with ham so I made my sister's chip dip with them instead. He like the dip. The ham hocks were cooked with canary or Mayocoba beans. We had collard greens, deviled eggs, corn bread, green beans with new potatoes, and pumpkin pie.
  11. Dinner 2016 (Part 11)

    One of the gifts my son gave me for Christmas was an Instant Pot. I used it today to make Beef Pozole.
  12. Oils for seasoning Cast Iron

    The flax oil I got recently was refrigerated at the pharmacy. I used the new steel pan for an omelet this morning. I had seasoned it with the flax oil 6 times, then wiped it with olive oil last night and made the omelet this morning with a little butter. It slid around the pan like it was on ice.
  13. Oils for seasoning Cast Iron

    re linseed oil: It's the binder that has been used in artists oil paint for the last 500 years. Flax oil is food grade linseed oil.
  14. Oils for seasoning Cast Iron

    I'd never heard of the potato skin before today.