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  1. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    It's kind of a faster, easier cassoulet.
  2. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    I made a recipe for Italian sausage and beans stewed with tomatoes from a cook book my son gave me a while back and a salad with celery root.
  3. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    I used a Japanese recipe for fried chicken but left it in the oil a little too long so I shortened the time in the recipe for what I think will work better next time. We also had zucchini and spinach.
  4. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Both of the last two meals were done on the grill. On Father's Day, I took some Mango tomatillo salsa to my sister's cookout and had some left over. I put it on some grilled salmon. The salad was store bought. They said it was a Cobb Salad. I am glad they labeled it. I would not have known otherwise. I took the toppings off of the soggy iceberg and put them on some fresh cut romaine. The other grilled meal was a steak with twice baked potatoes.
  5. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    I tried a recipe for slow cooker Mongolian Beef. It was OK.
  6. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    I found a Food Saver in the freezer marked Korean Pork. It was a batch I mixed up last year and froze some of it. I didn't remember if it was cooked or not so I put the thawed package in water with the Anova for about an hour then finished it in a skillet. We had it with kimchi, rice and laver.
  7. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    We had chicken leg quarters marinated and basted with some Asian flavorings then baked until the skin was crisp . The recipe wanted the meat deboned but I thought it would be easier to remove the bones after it was baked. It would be even easier for me if I let whoever ate it take their own bones out.
  8. Norm Matthews

    Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    I actually miss the German Weiners available where I used to live. I like them better than "plain pork" hot dogs. Not only would it be nice if they sold them one at a time, it would be nice, since hot dogs come in an 8 pack if they sold 8 buns instead of 10 at a time.
  9. Norm Matthews

    Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    In remembrance of Anthony Bourdain, we had fried hot dogs for a late lunch. I don't know if the kind he had were done differently. I just deep fried some to see what they would be like. Despite Frank Fritz of American Pickers assessment of people who have chili on their hot dogs are people who don't like hot dogs, I had chili on one with cheese and onions and only hot dog relish on the other. Charlie had one extra from the microwave and assured me that fried hot dogs do taste better BTW.
  10. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    It's rare when Charlie makes a request for dinner but he did today. He asked for steak and bok choy. I also made corn on the cob and twice baked potatoes. This is his plate. He didn't want the croissant roll but I had one.
  11. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    @rotuts @Toliver is correct. If you click the link at the bottom of my post, either here or at the meatloaf post, it will take you to the recipe. I don't think I can post it here because it is from the NYTimes.
  12. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    I tried a different recipe for meatloaf that came in my email today. It was tricky to keep from falling apart because I had to pick it up, put it in a skillet to brown on one side, turn over, brown on the other side, take out and deglaze the skillet with wine, then put it back in and bake. Charlie said it was a keeper and not to top it with bacon like I usually do. It is very different from the old recipe I have used in the past.
  13. Norm Matthews

    Favorite diet soft drinks?

    My favorite diet soft drinks are Diet Dr. Pepper, Diet Squirt, Diet Canada Dry Ginger ale, Coke zero and Cherry Coke Zero.
  14. Norm Matthews

    Old cookbooks

    Thanks for the link. I had no idea that moss was a food. I had known about lacto-fermentation for a while, I just didn't know what it was called until I tried to look up fermanlactol tablets. I have made some of those Chinese fermentation jars on the potters wheel. They have that reservoir at the top for water so the bowl used as a lid can allow gasses to escape while keeping air out. I have also made some Japanese and Chinese pickles in the past but I have not had much success at making kimchi.
  15. Norm Matthews

    Old cookbooks

    My mom's Watkins cookbook is too fragile to lend itself to browsing through it but I found that there are several copies available on eBay and I got one for $6.00. I was looking through it and started at the back and was reading some recipes with a mixture of fascination and revulsion until I got to the chapter heading for those pages. It was FOOD FOR INVALIDS. The first one that caught my attention was Irish Moss Jelly. I thought Irish Moss was a brand name but it is made with actual moss blended with water, milk and sweetened to taste. I discovered that it's a commercial product that can be purchased for eating or medicinal uses or planted and grown for ground cover. It is also known as Pearl Moss. Another recipe was for Fermanlactol Milk in which a crushed fermanlactol tablet was added to 12 hour old milk and allowed to stand in a warm place for 12 to 24 hours. I don't think the tablets are made anymore but that lead me to read up on lacto-fermentation which is a centuries old method of preserving fruit and vegetables. Kimchi and sauerkraut are (or are when homemade) made that way and whey can be used instead of salt for preserving fruit. The chapter had a recipe for making whey. There is a recipe for Sherry Eggnog Or Brandy Or Whiskey, for Gruel, Milk Lemonade, Beef Juice, Beef Tea and Albumen Water.
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