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Norm Matthews

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  1. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Charlie got some new patio furniture so I rearranged the outdoor cooking stuff. Then I smoked some St. Louis cut ribs. I put the Weber out on the curb with a FREE sign on it and it was shortly gone. Whoever got it paid as much for it as I did when someone left it for me some 8 or 9 years ago. I forgot to rotate the ribs during the cooking so you can tell how close they were to the fire by how much they fell off the bone... or didn't
  2. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    I guess I was lucky with the Creole seasoning mix I used. I accidently used two tablespoons instead of two teaspoons, but I noticed it all settled to the bottom of the mixing bowl so I didn't stir it up and when I poured it out into the skillet, I left most of it behind and when I seasoned the shrimp, I just sprinkled a little of it on the shrimp so I probably ended up using less of the mix than the recipe intended. PS I used some Asian stir fry mix on some chicken a few days ago and it ended up so salty, I threw the leftovers out. There were a lot of left overs because we didn't eat much in the first place.
  3. Norm Matthews

    Favorite Food Quotes

    Quote from my late Uncle Glen: "If there is an empty (serving) bowl on the table after dinner, then somebody didn't get enough to eat."
  4. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    We liked it. I have not subscribed to Food and Wine for quite a while but they still send me emails.
  5. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    We had Shrimp Creole with rice. The recipe is said to be from Emeril when he was still at Commander's Palace.
  6. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Dinner was chicken thighs baked with tomato, onion and red potatoes.
  7. Norm Matthews

    Favorite Food Quotes

    "I love small furry animals, especially with a good gravy". Seen on a bumper sticker
  8. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    We had French Onion Pork Chops. I cut the recipe down to two thick pork chops. Caramelizing the onions then putting them in the oven for 25 minutes caused them to become burned in part. It would probably have been better to just cook them until softened. It was still good after we scraped off the onions.
  9. I seldom ever watched 'Friends' but the story probably came from that episode, either it was one of the few I watched or someone told me about it.
  10. I will always share a recipe but one time my ex came over and asked for some of my recipes. I let her copy anything she wanted out of my hand written recipe book. This was before computers and the internet. Some time after she left, I discovered one of our favorites missing. I presume she stole it. When the internet came about, i found several recipes by the same name but they were different. Either someone had simplified the original or I had improvised some additions to the original which came from a magazine that said it was from a restaurant in California. I was able to recreate it to our satisfaction over time but I'd still like to see the one that was in my cookbook again. I expect any recipe I give out to lose my name sooner or later. I got a recipe from a friend and always refer to it as her recipe even though she told me she got it from somewhere else. Once there was a recipe that I gave out and the person asking was famous and my recipe is on her web site and attributed to me but she changed the recipe in a way that makes it not as good -in my opinion- even though people have told me about how much they enjoy it. ps the above recipe was printed in a California news paper and they said it was from the famous lady. I wish I could remember all the details of this one story I heard but it was about an aunt's fab. recipe for choc. chip cookies. She claimed it was an exotic recipe and gave it an fancy name. After years, the story teller discovered the recipe was the Toll House Cookie recipe.
  11. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    I was going to do an easy meal with some slaw mix cooked with bacon, onions and kielbasa and have it with corn; mango and melon. Then Charlie said he'd like egg noodles too. I didn't have any so he said he'd make mac and cheese but there were several hours before dinner and I thought noodles sounded good, so I made some. It was pretty easy with the Kitchenaid pasta maker. Charlie said they were really good but I can never tell a difference between them and store bought.
  12. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    We had a shrimp salad the other day that we liked a lot so I made it as a main dish today. I heated the oil and lemon juice dressing so it would wilt the lettuce this time and it is in the center of the seasoned rice ring. The shrimp covered it up in the first picture.
  13. Norm Matthews

    Buying Sheet Pans

    I wonder if there are differences in the composition of aluminum products.
  14. Norm Matthews

    Buying Sheet Pans

    Perhaps, but BKF isn't known for abrasiveness. We have an aluminum ice cream scoop that is dark gray from many times in the dishwasher. I just cleaned it with BKF and it shined again but left a dark spot on the dish rag. The rag is probably stained for good. Then I went after it with SOS and it polished a little more, but it's still gray. Cleaning the pizza pan right out of the dishwasher with BKF was easier. Below is the pan and scoop. Both are easily 25 to 30 years old.
  15. Norm Matthews

    Buying Sheet Pans

    He has not forgotten since I talked to him a year ago. It takes some elbow grease but if you get at it the first time, it shines again. Letting it go for a few times is a lot more difficult.
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