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Norm Matthews

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  1. Norm Matthews

    Jiffy love

    Charlie came home from his cousins house a while back and said Becky made it using one each of these and he said it was really good. I make it that way now from time to time.
  2. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2021

    PICADILLO INGREDIENTS 1 pound ground beef 2 heaping tablespoons sofrito 1/2 cup (4 ounces) canned tomato sauce 2 tablespoons Spanish olives, chopped 1 teaspoon adobo 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Dash of dried oregano Salt and pepper to taste 1 medium potato, peeled and cubed small
  3. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2021

    Charlie asked for this yesterday. It took all morning to make Puerto Rican Empanadas from scratch but it is done and all I am going to do in the kitchen today.
  4. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2021

    I know this time of the year isn't suited to a lot of baking but I had just copied these recipes to try in the future and knew that if the future wasn't today, I'd probably never get around to trying them. They were Giada's Chicken Vesuvio, copy cat Olive Garden bread sticks and a Devil's Food Cake. I added pasta the the chicken because Charlie is not a fan of any potato that isn't fried.
  5. For Gully: Covid birthday candle with a Devils Food cake.
  6. I am guessing that England has many French food references since William de Normandie (The Conqueror) was from France and his French speaking court replaced the Saxon court. I always thought that is why the Saxon farm workers that produced the food had different names for the food than barons who ate the food.. ie cow, beef (boef), pig-pork (porc)_, deer-venison, chicken-poultry, etc.
  7. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2021

    These were the the ingredients but I didn't measure. I mixed them by eye and to taste. I used some brown sugar instead of white sugar. 1 tbsp [Sauce] Butter 1 tbsp [Sauce] Garlic, minced 1 tbsp [Sauce] Onion, minced 1 oz [Sauce] White mushroom, diced 0.25 cup [Sauce] Ketchup 2 tbsp [Sauce] Red wine 0.25 cup [Sauce] Fresh milk 1 tbsp [Sauce] Worcestershire Sauce 1 tsp [Sauce] Sugar 0.25 tsp [Sauce] Black pepper (to taste)
  8. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2021

    We had pork chops tonight.
  9. a liquor store in Kansas defied ABC and opened on Sunday. They cited a loop hole in the law and won the law suit that followed. It seems ABC control as slipped since then. In any case, liquor stores are well stocked with hard liquor. My complaint is the selection of wines has greatly narrowed since the Iraq war. That was when some people started leaving "French" off of French fries.
  10. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2021

    Charlie has invited a lot of people over for his birthday.(which was last week) and wanted it to be all Korean BBQ food. I turned my smoker into a big grill. I just finished grilling pork and beef and will finish putting out the rest of the stuff in a little bit. Edited to add a picture of the cake they brought. Chino is his nickname in the group.
  11. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2021

    I asked Charlie if he wanted me to pick up anything at the store for dinner tonight. He thought for a while and asked for meatballs and spaghetti.
  12. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2021

    The corn was in for 10 minutes. Chicken took 3 hours and pork was in for 7.
  13. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2021

    I cooked outside in the smoker for dinner and for sandwiches for the next few days. I smoked a small pork shoulder, a chicken and some corn on the cob.
  14. I had this potato salad at The Swedish Crown Restaurant in Lindsborg, Kansas around over 45 years ago and loved it. I bought their cook book but subsequently lost it in a fire. I recently discovered I had copied into a personal cookbook that I have not looked at much since computers came along. PS I don't know why it is posting so small. OK I fixed it somehow.
  15. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2021

    @Margaret Pilgrim Both recipes are at http://normmatthews.blogspot.com/. I'll be happy to try and answer any other questions you may have.
  16. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2021

    I made a list of everything I have made so far this year that I thought Charlie liked and asked him to pick something for me to make again. He picked two, one a Philly Cheesesteak casserole and one appetizer, a kicked up crab rangoon filling in egg roll wrappers. They don't really got together but he is off to another car show and I had the house to myself and made both today. We may not have both today, or one later tonight.
  17. @heidih I was looking for the recipe in a Swedish restaurant cookbook in Lindsborg Kansas but it has been lost. I had forgotten that it is in my cookbook too. Lindsborg at that same time had a machine shop that made my potters wheel. He called himself a blacksmith. Lindsborg is where the first heritage turkey farm is located. The king of Sweden visited there in 1976. That binder has steel hinges as well as copper around the paper holes. I guess I wanted to have something that I wouldn't worry about wearing out. It must be closing in on being 50 years old by now.
  18. I just found the original cooked salad dressing that I was looking for three months ago. It is in my hand written cookbook that I started back in the 1970's to organize and save recipes before there were home computers. Notice the copper reinforced holes in archival paper.
  19. While at another topic about Chinese pickles and preserves, liuzhou just made me aware of this discussion. The thing about Chinese jars is that that funny looking top is to put water in to form a kind of fermentation lock. With the water and lid in place, the contents are protected from contact with outside air while letting gasses escape by bubbling out through the water. I recently made one for my own use. Making a one-off one on the potters wheel would take a few weeks, at least to complete. That accounts for the price, I imagine, plus postage. May I suggest a more practical way? They make fermentation locks for wide mouth Mason jars for making kraut and other fermented vegetables. Do a search for fermentation locks. The ones I have used are from Nourished Essentials.
  20. Thanks liuzhou. I wasn't aware of that thread until now.
  21. It has to have been at least 40 years ago that I clipped some recipes for pickling some vegetables, Chinese style, from a magazine or newspaper. It took a special kind of jar that you put water in the top. With the lid in place, the gas escaped from the vegetables by bubbling through the water on top and prevented air from getting in. Being a potter, I made a couple instead of buying one. Both the jars and recipes are gone by now but I recently made another one. Mine is much smaller than ones I have seen because I only want to make a small amount at a time. At about the same time, my Korean wife asked me to make some kimchi jars because ones from Korea were not as easily attainable as they are now. Soon I was making some for several of her friends too. Here are a couple pictures of the Chinese style pottery I made for myself not long ago. It's kind of rough looking but I was just trying to make something for quick use and not for show.
  22. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2021

    Dinner was teriyaki salmon.
  23. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2021

    I have mentioned Strawberry Hill Bakery before but it was a few years ago. It is named after the neighborhood in Kansas City where I grew up and they specialize in an ethnic European nut bread made with a rich yeast dough spread all over with a sweet walnut paste and then rolled up and baked. The walnut is the original flavor but they now make several flavors. Something new-I think- is a coffee cake that I had for dessert today. It has a crumbly crust, pound cake on top of that, then some cheese cake and topped with a brown sugar crunchy crust. It will be hard to not go back for seconds and thirds. The nut bread which is also pictured below is called Povitica.
  24. Stephensons Apple Farm Restaurant was a Kansas City icon until it wasn't. It closed about 15 years ago. It was at their bar that I had their peach daiquiri shortly after I turned 21. I still have and use their recipe book. The two items on this page are a couple of my favorite canning recipes. I made the corn relish twice so far this year and plan to make the pickles later on. I always replace three or four of the cucumbers with yellow squash for color and the squash usually get eaten out of a jar first.
  25. Norm Matthews

    Dinner 2021

    Charlie invited his car club over for BBQ again today. I did hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill and some ribs and a brisket in the smoker. I also made some corn relish. All the rest of the normal sides and condiments came from the store.
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