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Norm Matthews

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  1. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2024

    Charlie asked if I would make rice cake soup. I had not made it before but it didn't look complicated like some Korean food can be. I already had some ox bone soup in the freezer but this recipe just used water so that is how I did it. Mine was not as pretty as the picture but Charlie said his mom never added the garnishes.
  2. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2024

    Charlie ordered New York style pizza and I made blueberry buckle.
  3. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2024

    I made a Cajun style shrimp and rice meal. It was green bell pepper, onion and celery in a broth with shrimp, tomatoes and chicken stock, served over rice.
  4. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2024

    I didn't want to spend time cooking so I just made steak on the grill and mashed potato cakes. I cooked one potato in the microwave and it made 4 cakes, just enough for the two of us. Charlie asked for his steak to be cut up like for skewers. He had it like at a Japanese Steak House, with rice and Yum Yum sauce and dipped the potato cakes in soy sauce. He said it reminded him of Korean cakes that way.
  5. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2024

    Yesterday we went to a doctors appointment near our favorite Korean grocery and got some pre marinated spicy bulgogi. That was dinner but I didn't take pictures. Today's meal was Chicken and Mushroom Stroganoff. The green beans were leftover from a couple days ago and the strawberries were with angel food cake.
  6. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2024

    Looking back since St. Patrick's day, it looks like we have been eating a lot of chicken. Both of these two were requested by Charlie. The first one is Cornish Hens baked in the oven and served with a honey, orange teriyaki style sauce. The other one is Chicken Breast Martini style... or at least it was when I started making it a couple of decades ago but I have changed it enough that a purist would probably object to my still calling it that. I coat it with grated Romano cheese and add in some panko breadcrumbs and serve it with pasta and Alfredo sauce. The original recipe is posted on my blog.
  7. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2024

    This recipe with the silly name (Spicy Marry Me Chicken) was in the Kansas City Star a few days ago and I decided to try it today. It tastes like Italian and I served it with pasta Charlie said how much he liked this recipe three of four times during and after the meal. It had two ingredients that I could not find at the store and had to substitute. One was sun-dried tomatoes. This store had them before but not today. Another was canned-in-oil calabrian chiles. I substituted tomato paste and canned chopped jalapeño chilies. I also substituted fresh mozzarella cheese for the goat cheese. There are several goat cheeses I don't care for but I don't remember which ones and preferred not to take a chance.
  8. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2024

    Charlie asked me if we could have our annual corned beef brisket a day early or late this year because his car club is having its monthly meeting on Sunday. He tried to tell the president that finding a quiet corner for 15 guys in a bar on St. Patricks day was unlikely but they are going ahead with the plan. I decided this morning to make it today. Along with the corned beef, I made Irish soda scones because I have a rotten record of making Irish soda bread. Also roasted cabbage wedges which looked fine in the oven until I took them out and found they were burnt on the bottom. Everything else came out well. It was Irish roast potatoes,Parsnips, carrots and rutabaga cooked in the strained beef broth after it was cooked. It may seem strange that we had Scotch eggs too but the recipe came out of an Irish Bar Food cookbook and is the best one I have ever made.
  9. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2024

    Hen House market sometimes has some steaks on sale and so far they have always been very good. I was going to grill these yesterday but it rained all day and today it was too cold so they got cooked inside today. We had Pioneer Woman stuffed baked potatoes, a cut way down version of Ollie Gates BBQ beans and Southern Style green beans
  10. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2024

    These are the ingredients in the recipe I used. 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch, divided 1 1/2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine 1 1/2 tablespoons light soy sauce 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil 1 large egg 3/4 cup vegetable oil, for frying 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour For the sauce 3 tablespoons ketchup 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 3 tablespoons water 2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder 1 teaspoon granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon chili oil 1/4 teaspoon fine salt Cooked white or brown rice, for serving (optional) Sliced scallions, for serving (optional)
  11. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2024

    I didn't know there was a green borscht. I suppose it isn't made with beets.
  12. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2024

    I found a couple of small pork chops in the refrigerator that I got a couple days ago and forgot about them, so when I saw them I knew I'd cook them now before I forgot they were there again. I used a recipe titled Peking Pork Chops. They were marinated then breaded in flour and corn starch ,fried and coated in a spicy sauce. We had it with rice.
  13. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2024

    Charlie was making mac & cheese and garlic bread from the last of some French bread while I was taking a picture of the rest of the meal: steak and corn on the grill, BBQ beans, and store salad bar salad.
  14. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2024

    It was so nice for the last two days that yesterday I got a slab of pork ribs to cook outside today. Right after I got them prepped and in the refrigerator last night, I stepped outside to get the smoker ready and it had turned quite cold and very windy. This morning it was colder and a light coat of snow on the car. Fortunately by noon, the snow was gone and it had warmed up to the high 30's. It helped greatly that I had the thermometer my son gave me for Christmas. It let me monitor the temp. in the smoker from my phone. I never would have got that thing on my own but I have been using it a lot now.
  15. For the past few years, whenever I cook a city ham I have used Smuckers apricon preserves mixed about four parts to one part Boar's Head Brown Sugar and Spice Ham Glaze.
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