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Norm Matthews

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  1. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    These were not frozen. I dipped the okra in milk and egg then put them in a bag with flour, salt and pepper. I started them in a hot skillet and they were not gooey, but probably would have browned more in a hotter skillet.
  2. I got some tomatoes and okra at the farmers market and found some shrimp in the freezer. Initially I thought about cooking the shrimp with mussels in fish stock and white wine. I went to the store and got some mussels but when I got home I found that they smelled really bad. Both the guy behind the meat counter and i were wearing masks so neither of us noticed anything at the time. I ended up cooking just the shrimp with some Creole seasoning with red bell peppers and garlic.
  3. When Charlie was a preschooler, he spent the days at the restaurant with his Korean family and had whatever he wanted when he was hungry. About the time he was ready for school, his mom sold the restaurant and moved on to bigger and better things in San Francisco. In elementary school, Charlie really complained about cafeteria food. I told him he just had to adjust to American food. I didn't know until later that he threw up after every lunch. When he ate at home, everything was OK. I told him that if he didn't like something on his plate, he didn't have to eat it but he at least had to
  4. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    Dinner yesterday was Daeji Kalbi ( grilled baby back ribs). They are always messy on the grill so I tried using a couple of grill mats. They worked out well.
  5. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    Charlie's request for dinner was for pork bulgogi which we already had some in the freezer. We had it with rice and kim chi. Yesterday I got a really nice and ripe peach from the market so that was dessert. I put some raspberry jam in the middle, grilled them a little than poured some melted ice cream over it.
  6. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    I got a chicken yesterday, cut it up, froze some of it, made stock with some of it, and breaded and cooked the breasts for dinner today.
  7. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    I saw a recipe called Creamy Garlic Chicken and it looked good but when I read the recipe just before going to the store, I thought it looked a lot like Chicken Florentine so I looked up some of those recipes and decided to do Giada de Laurentiis' recipe. I also wanted to try a new coleslaw recipe with tricolor slaw mix, pineapple and bacon. While I was making it, I suddenly had remembered that awful salad at every church social in the 1960s with cabbage, carrots, pineapple and lime jello. I wondered if the person who made up this recipe was maybe the granddaughter of the person
  8. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    It's true that Diners and Truck Stops have equipment and resources that makes food taste different than I could ever hope to make at home and perhaps it is useless to try, but Charlie hasn't found what he is looking for in those places either. A very long time ago a couple of guys I knew had set the same quest for themselves and it turned out to be a lot like that song from Don Quixote. I felt sorry for them to set have such a silly goal but I am finding out is isn't as easy as I thought.
  9. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    Charlie has been searching for Chicken Fried Steak like they had in the high school cafeteria so when I see one, I give it a try. He said it was good but he is afraid the only ones like he had mist have been made in a factory. I tried some with cubed steak and some with pork.
  10. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    While at Costco today, I picked up a boneless leg of lamb, not knowing what I'd do with it but by the time I got home I knew it was going to be Chislic, which is cubed, marinated, skewered and grilled lamb. A guy from South Dakota who started teaching at our school the same year I started introduced us to Chislic. At the time it was little known outside of South Dakota. Maybe it still is for all I know. A decades long internet friend in Florida who recently passed away always put a little dry powdered Ranch dressing in the mayonnaise when she made deviled eggs. Everyone except Charlie
  11. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    I smoked today's brisket with oak wood, Texas style, seasoned with just salt and pepper. My smoker was running hot- around 300º. I don't know what was different but it got done in about 8 hours.... well the front half got done, I am finishing the last half in the oven now. The last picture is the crispy end that was closest to the fire. Arthur Bryant used to put these trimmings out for people to take and nibble on while waiting in line to order. They were very popular but he couldn't put them on the menu because this is about all there is on one brisket. There were never enough to
  12. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    On your list, #6, OB Bear has Dak gangjeong which is the chicken both Charlie and I have made at home and is the same as from the restaurant we ordered from last night. https://www.maangchi.com/recipe/dakgangjeong The chicken and waffles concept, sparked an idea that using honey instead of rice or corn syrup in this Korean recipe is something to try next time. I first heard about a Southern and Soul food restaurant that has waffles and fried chicken, around 15 years ago I think it was one in NYC. I had never heard of it before then. My mother's side of the family is from Southern Missouri
  13. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    Charlie discovered a Korean restaurant we haven't been to and noticed they had fried chicken on the menu. It's the kind with the crispy skin and a sweet ginger glaze. We have both made it before but not in at least a couple of years. It is kind of an involved process. Anyway, Charlie ordered some an picked up for our dinner tonight. He also got a stew with rice cake in it. I couldn't pronounce or attempt to spell the name of it, but it's good to know we can get that really good chicken whenever. We always just did wings but this one had some legs included. The picture was taken after din
  14. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    We had dinner a little early. I grilled the wings early expecting to reheat them with the sauce later, but by the time they were done on the grill, we were both hungry and ate them right away. Charlie said they were a good appetizer. I thought they would be less messy if we used the sauce for dipping instead of coating them but I was wrong. They were still messy.
  15. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2020

    I came across a video of Jaques Pepin making soup from whatever he found in the refrigerator and he mentioned that he didn't throw away the chicken skins. He crisped them up in the oven. He didn't give any details on how he did it, he just had some that he broke up and added to the soup, like crackers. I wanted to try that so I looked for his method and when I was looking, I found his recipe for crusty chicken thighs and decided I'd make that for dinner today. (the crispy chicken skins were good but they were just a snack yesterday) I also came across a recipe for strawberry mousse and rem
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