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Norm Matthews

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  1. Now I am tempted to smoke some salmon. Years ago I saw Alton Brown cold smoke salmon but these look like regular smoking. Maybe next time I do a brisket, I'll put some on behind them.
  2. On the potters wheel, I recently made a fermentation jar like those used in China except smaller and was planning to use it for sauerkraut but then I saw some fermentation lock that fit wide mouth canning jars and felt those would be better because I can see inside a glass jar and not with a ceramic one. I would have to take the lid off often to check it. The first batch is going to be like my Aunt used to make. If it turns out, I plan next to make Cortido Kraut with other vegetables and seasonings.
  3. I have dried tomatoes in the oven for a pizza topping. They are almost like candy. This method does not make very many at a time unless you have multiple racks. Oven-Dried Heirloom Tomatoes Makes enough for one 12-inch pizza. • 3 heirloom tomatoes, sliced crosswise 1/2-inch thick • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper Place a wire rack on a baking sheet and top with the tomato slices . drizzle with olive oil, S &P. Place in a 250º preheated oven and bake until dry and shrunken, about 3 hours.
  4. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    I was thinking about trying a lasagna recipe I saw a couple of days ago but then remembered the last one I made and gave some to my niece and we ate the rest and everyone made nice remarks about it, so I chickened out and made the old one instead.
  5. Norm Matthews

    Smoking Meat

    BTW, wet wood chips don't start smoking until the water steams off. The white smoke is steam. It helps keep the meat moist but does not add any flavor until the wood itself starts smoking. Wrapping wood in foil or putting them in a metal box made for pellet smokers in an excellent way to get optimal smoke flavor as because the wood only smokes, never ignites. Even dried wood gives off un-tasty smoke when it first starts burning. Franklin BBQ, for instance burns the logs outside the smoker until it has burned down to charcoal then shovels it in the fire pit.
  6. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    You're welcome. Almost any time I post, there is a link at the bottom (blogspot) that will take you to the recipes I used. As for sesame oil, I am so used to it that I don't think I can give an assessment of how strong it is. Maybe you should add a little and decide whether you want to add more.
  7. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    Glad to share: China Coast Salad Dressing Ingredients 1 cup Mayonnaise 10 tbsp Rice Vinegar 4 tbsp Sugar 4 tbsp Sesame Oil 2 tb Soy Sauce 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder My advice is to use a blender and add the oil last, a little at a time so the mayonnaise does not curdle. Serve dressing cold.
  8. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    I tried a chicken teriyaki recipe that looked good. Charlie told me that there were teriyaki restaurants everywhere in Seattle and that they all served a simple iceberg lettuce salad with a dressing he really liked. He said he ate those salads. He looked on his phone for a teriyaki restaurant salad dressing and one came up. Turns out it was the same one. He not only ate the salad, he asked for more lettuce. Neither of us were as excited about the teriyaki sauce. I'll try see if I can find one we like better.
  9. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    @Franci They often have sales.
  10. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    Charlie and his best friend from grade school- who is also half Korean- discovered an Asian market that is Korean run and he told me that they had better kimchi. I had just ordered some Wagyu Kalbi from Heritage Food and we needed some rice and kimchi so I went to this market and found the kimchi was the same brand as was at the other Asian market which is not as Korean focused. The Kalbi came today and I got the other stuff yesterday. I also got some kim bob which we had for lunch yesterday. The kimchi was much, much better. It was the same brand but much fresher so it looks like they have faster turnover.
  11. If you want advice on grilling type BBQ, and whether you want to use charcoal or propane, then it would help to know that is the kind of outdoor cooking you want. If you are interested in smoking type BBQ then that is another kind or outdoor cooking and is best suited to other types of equipment.
  12. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    I think he just got tired of my salads because they were always pretty much predictable and his medication must have changed his tastes. With just the two of us, a salad bar would be kind of wasteful, I think.
  13. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    Charlie has only had a couple of salads in the last few years, so I went looking for "salads for people who hate salads". Honestly I have to wonder about some of the ideas. I wouldn't eat some of them and I like salad. Anyway I decided on Watermelon Poke Bowl. We both liked it and both ate most of our servings. The picture is before the dressing was added. We had it with grilled steak. Charlie had mac & cheese and I had half a baked potato with sour cream and bacon bits from Smoking Goose.
  14. Norm Matthews

    Your Pantry

    I was going to say I don't have a pantry but I guess I do after all. One is over the stove, one in a corner shelf, one over the main prep area next to the sink and one for mostly baking stuff.
  15. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    I've bought several things from ThermoWorks so I am on their email list and sometimes they send me links to recipes. Filipino Chicken Adobo came last week and I tried it today. It wasn't braised but grilled and we both liked it. Charlie said he'd like for me to make it again sometime. I forgot to take a picture until we were almost done. We had it with just rice and kimchi. I made a half recipe.
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