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Norm Matthews

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  1. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    I have not felt up to doing much cooking lately but with today coming up and the family having cancelled the big get together a couple months ago, I had been planning for this ever since then. The two of us won't be complaining about not having enough left-overs this year. Charlie told me about having some cornbread at his cousin's house made with some yellow cake mix so I gave that a try. It was good, just barely corn bread and no where near cake.
  2. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    I asked Charlie what he thought about meatloaf tonight. He said OK but didn't sound very enthusiastic about it. So I said how about some pasta with ham and a cream sauce and he liked that idea better. The original recipe called for bucatini and pancetta but those aren't all that easy to get here in Kansas, especially not in an hour or two. So I substituted bacon and ham; they are cheaper too. It probably didn't taste anything like it was intended but it was still good and filling.
  3. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    We had Cornish hens (at Charles request) with rice, spinach and corn muffins.
  4. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    Happy Birthday @CantCookStillTry. Dinner was last minute. I doubt there was more than 45 minutes between starting to cook and putting dirty dishes in the sink. Crispy Pork Chops and potatoes. Should have made gravy but didn't.
  5. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    Thanks. They were a gift from my son.
  6. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    I only needed two pound of pork shoulder but three was the smallest I found, so I cut off a pound and used it for making sausage. I used the rest of the roast to make carnitas and put it in grilled cheese sandwiches. They were really good. The recipe is at the blogspot at the bottom of this posting.
  7. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    and beautiful bowl too.
  8. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    I came across some recipes for one and thought they would be a lot easier to double than the ones needed to be cut down. This is one of the two I saved: Salmon and Brussels sprouts. The sauce is Hoisin based.
  9. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    Thanks Heidih. I never thought of it that way. It was a four unit apartment. Ours was top left. It had a walk in pantry and quarter-sawn oak and glass built- in china cabinet in the dining room.
  10. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    I got nostalgic when I decided to cook a small brisket in the crock pot for dinner. I don't remember the last time I made brisket in the slow cooker but I remember mom putting one in a heavy lidded skillet on the back of the stove on Sunday morning before church and by dinner we had one of my favorite meals. That was before crock pots and television. I also remember when I started to learn how to cook on my own and discovering that you can't cook a brisket in the oven like a rib roast. Mom, dad, my sister, and I lived in a red brick apartment on Strawberry Hill in KCK, pictured below in mor
  11. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    I recently got new grates for my gas grill and about the same time got an email linking to the way a guy prepares his ribeye steaks for competition. He used the same grill grated that I had and I wanted to try the method, with some reservations. I used a much thinner steak and some of the same seasonings but did not do the trimming and other prep that he did. My gas grill does not get as hot as his charcoal grill did and I shortened the cooking time since mine was at least 1 1/2 inch thinner. We had ours with twice baked potatoes
  12. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    I have a recipe for cheese scones from an Australian born friend and it has strong white flour as an ingredient. I am not familiar with that term. Can you tell me what is meat by strong flour? Her recipe uses baking powder rather than yeast. I normally would think a non yeast bread would use what I would think of as a soft flour but your recipe would be best with what I would call a hard flour.
  13. I think of the Chicken pot pie I make sort of similar to Southern chicken and dumplings with a crust instead of soft steamed dumplings.
  14. liuzhou said it better but I was trying to explain why the US Supreme Court is not the Irish High Court so a comparison is not applicable. Of course state and local laws are different and there are other Federal taxes on some consumables. Kansas has the same rate of tax on all grocery items as it does on everything else. A lot of other states have lower or no taxes on some food or all foods.
  15. @Eatmyswords Ireland has a tax on non-staple foods (VAT). The Irish suit was asking the court to rule that Subway bread was a staple food and as such, not subject to the tax. Because the sugar content exceeded the definition for bread, the court ruled that it was subject to that Value Added Tax. I don't think our US Supreme court would have reason to consider such a case because our laws do not add an extra tax to pastries, ice cream, chocolate, etc.
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