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Norm Matthews

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  1. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2022

    We were trying to think of something good for dinner tonight and finally settled on Bahn Mi sandwiches
  2. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2022

    I tried a chili recipe that was in the Kansas City Star newspaper last month. I made a few changes before and after it was cooked. I think it turned out well.
  3. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2022

    Hy Vee sells pineapple brats at their meat counter. At first I smoked them but later found out that they taste better with the pineapple flavor left alone. I think beer adds flavor to regular bratwursts if they are cut in bite size pieces and simmered for around 20 minutes rather than cooked whole.
  4. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2022

    Charlie asked for pineapple bratwursts for dinner tonight so that's what we had. As I was getting ready to cook them, he suggested cooking them in beer. He didn't have any beer and I only had 2 bottles from Holland and did not want to donate them so I steamed them with water and then browned them in the skillet. A pretty quick and easy dinner.
  5. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2022

    I wanted to try pull a apart garlic bread and decided to have it with meatballs and spaghetti. Charlie said it was the best garlic bread he'd ever had but it would be even better with some cheese on it. I also made pecan pie cobble for desert.
  6. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2022

    We had Alton Brown's recipe for Chicken wings tonight.
  7. I made lasagna today. I was going to wait until it set up better but others didn't. The blog shows the recipe but it came out weird and I can't correct it.
  8. You're welcome. Actually I am in Olathe. (for those who don't know. Olathe and Liberty part of the metropolitan area Kansas City area) I didn't notice you were close until you just mentioned it.
  9. I also thought the cobbler was good and plan to make it a holiday staple. I plan to make it again for Christmas. I put the recipe I used on my blog. The address is http://normmatthews.blogspot.com/ PS I used all white flour instead of two kinds in the recipe. PPS I put the cobbler and under pan on the oven shelf before I poured in the water, then just pushed it in to cook. That way there was little chance of it sloshing out while transporting it to the oven.
  10. Meal for "leftovers". We rotate Thanksgiving between 4 families so when I go to another house for dinner, I don't get very many leftovers. When that happens, I cook a mini dinner the next day for more "leftovers". That was today. The cornbread recipe is in on the Quaker box of cornmeal. The green bean casserole it the one everyone knows and the stuffing is Pepperidge Farm. The gravy was homemade with chicken stock and wings from the freezer, turkey neck, etc. The dish between the butter and gravy was supposed to be mashed potato cakes but they were never firm enough to form so I cooked them in a little oil and smooshed them in a bowl. I put them on the table with a warning to take a small taste to see if they wanted more. Everyone wanted more. It was the first bowl to be completely empty. There were also some deviled eggs pecan pie not in the picture. I made a pecan pie cobbler to take to the family gathering and bought a frozen pie just in case the cobbler didn't turn out. Well it was good so I kept the pie and we ate it today.
  11. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2022

    I got a bone-in ham yesterday so we had a no reason holiday dinner.
  12. I didn't. I left it for everyone to see without comment from me.
  13. I am posting this because it’s funny and I remember it every time I make a dish that I’ve never heard of and has ingredients that I will have to find substitutes for things I have never tasted and someone who is very much a fan of the food asks me questions about how I did it, as happened yesterday. I have a dread that I will sound goofy. A little background first though. In the 1990’s I posted a recipe I made for French Onion Soup. It took a couple days to make because I made the stock from a La Technique recipe for stock (Part of the recipe for consommé ) and another recipe for caramelizing onions. A few days later someone told us about how she used my recipe. This is what was said: I made Norm's French onion soup last weekend for guests and it was delicous! I even broke down and bought a bottle of sherry. I was confused in the store wether to get the cream sherry or plain sherry so I went with the cream. I mean what can go wrong with anything that has cream in it's name? LOL I didn't have beef bones and 6 hours to make my own stock. I found beef stock at the grocery but it was $3.25 for what looked like less than a quart! No way am I going to pay that much for stock, plus I recalled I have a small jar of demi glace from France in my cupboard I had indulged in but never opened yet. So I used regular canned beef broth and demi glace to taste. The recipe says it takes about an hour to cook the onions. I think I had my temp too low because it took me closer to 2 hours and I had to turn up the heat toward the end to get the brown carmel color. No problem though... I had plenty of kitchen chores to do and just needed to stir the onions ever so often. I toasted rustic bread slices on one side, buttered and sprinkled granular garlic on the other side, then toasted that side. I floated those on top of the soup and grated over some Edam cheese. The market I had been shopping in had their guyere cheese over priced in my opinion (6oz for $7.65!!!) so I substituted Edam. I hate shopping a regular grocery when imported or gourmet ingredients are on my list!!! Sams club is great for reasonable imported cheeses but I didn't have time to run by there. Edam cheese is a great melting cheese so it turned out fine. The soup was a hit. My dinner menu was French onion soup, my open face gyro type sandwich, and hot blueberry cobbler for dessert. I swear I have bruises on my back from all the complements I got for that dinner. The rich soup was nicely balanced by the fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, and garlicky yogurt of the gyro sandwich. And the sweet warm cobbler can't be beat on a winter night. Thanks again Norm for your delicous recipe and inspiration! (name deleted) I thought a nice red wine would taste great in the soup too. I almost added some but I do try to stick to the recipe if it's the first time I'm trying it. I also thought a touch of soy sauce would have expanded the flavor levels too. Next time I'll get a bit bolder and try some variations. The thing I most liked about the soup was it's layers of flavors. The broth is so exotic tasting I just loved it, and Sunday morning when I woke up all I could think about was the leftover soup in the fridge. Ate the rest for breakfast!!!
  14. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2022

    The recipe said to cook it until it was dry but it also said to keep it at a simmer while covered. After an hour, it was still quite soupy so I uncovered it for the last half hour and it still was not dry but I didn't want to cook it any longer, it was quite tender by then. One ingredient I could not get was kerisik. The sub was to get some dry coconut and toast it. I could not find Kaffir lime leaves (although I might have seen them in the Asian market but couldn't read the labels) so I used lime zest instead. I found tamarind in the local Mexican market. I'm not sure I did what I should to extract maximum flavor though. PS The other ingredient I could not find was galangal. I substituted a combination of fresh ginger and dry turmeric.
  15. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2022

    Charlie and a friend saw a Malaysian recipe on TV and asked me to make it. I went to 4 stores over a two day period and found most of the ingredients. l used a couple of suggested substitutes. It is called Beef Randang. It is spicy and uses toasted coconut and coconut milk and tamarind. The picture isn't all that photogenic though.
  16. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2022

    I found two packages of Korean pork in the freezer so that was dinner. One was bulgogi and the other was kalbi flavored.
  17. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2022

    Many years ago a church group I was in was planning Thanksgiving dinner for the congregation. I was assigned the green bean casserole. I didn't know what that was but when I looked it up, I was offended that they wanted me to do a recipe using canned cream of mushroom soup. I had a great, from scratch, James Beard recipe for mushroom soup but it was thickened with egg yolks, so I am sure it would curdle if used in an oven-bake recipe. i held my nose and made it anyway. Now much later when my son asked me to make a dump recipe using canned soup, somehow it didn't bother me. He asked for it again today. Chicken thighs with mushroom soup, sour cream and dry onion soup mix... Well I say it didn't bother me but it bothers me that it doesn't bother me.
  18. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2022

    My mom had a set of Desert Rose dishes. That brings back memories. I think my sister has them now.
  19. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2022

    A few days ago @Shelby and some others were discussing a baked potato recipe. It was British, European, Fondant, and maybe had other nomes too. At almost the same time someone else at another site mentioned Greek style roasted potatoes. I collected three recipes and want to try them soon. Last night Charlie said he was craving a dish he made at home when he was living in Seattle and wondered if I would make it. It was chicken thighs baked with Cream of Mushroom soup and eaten over rice. i decided I'd try a small sample of one of the potato recipes to go with it. I did the Greek style one. Recipe is at my blog. The chicken thighs were skin on, bone in and baked according to a dump recipe I found. It used a can of mushroom soup, two cups of sour cream, a tablespoon of lemon juice and a packet of onion soup powder. Baked @ 400º until done, about an hour. Charlie liked it said I should keep the recipe.
  20. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2022

    Thanks. We like it too. One of the grocery stores had them. I got two and we liked them so I got more over time. Now we have nine. I think that will be all we need.
  21. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2022

    Charlie had friends over and I made a taco bar.
  22. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2022

    Thank you. Sorry, I must have spaced out or got distracted when I started to answer before. I'd go for pineapple. Not a tofu fan.
  23. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2022

    @JoNorvelleWalker & @Dejah Sorry I didn't answer sooner. I thought I had. I've never had FuYu but regular tofu, when I try to use it, is a non food item. It is Ok when someone else who knows how to use it and Charlie uses it in Kimchi stew, but if I have to make a choice for myself, tofu will lose against anything else. Speaking of Charlie, he made dinner tonight. It is Dak kalbi, a spicy chicken dark meat recipe.
  24. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2022

    Charlie asked if I would cook something for dinner today. I asked if there was anything in particular he'd like. He thought for a while and asked for Korean Fried Chicken wings. That is something he'd have to ask for 'cuz I wouldn't volunteer it. But then he looked up the recipe he had in mind and it was easier than the one I've made before. It is a big job to clean up after, but it's really good.
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