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  1. ChocoMom

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Probably should have taken pics, as it was a pretty impressive spread for all that happened today. But, pics did not happen, except for dessert (on the pastry and baking thread). For the Father's day lunch/dinner, I went with their favorites: Slow cooked beef short ribs, basted with Thai chili sauce, mirin, and some BBQ sauce- then baked. Coca-cola baked beans with beef bacon. Potatoe salad: Red potatoes, serrano chili, grilled, sliced shallot, coriander and cumin seed, cilantro- and nice vinegar based dressing. French bread char-grilled corn on the cob. And the lemon curd pastry creme-blueberry Mille-feuille with passionfruit/blueberry sorbet for dessert.
  2. Dessert for Father's day ended up being a lemon curd/ pastry creme and fresh blueberry Mille-feuille, and passionfruit-blueberry sorbet on the side. I took the pic prior to adding the sorbet, but I promise...I did put some on the plate before serving!
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    Grilled corn- quick question

    @robirdstx ... Thank you! When I see it in photos, it looks lovely. Its supposed to be 90F and humid here on Sunday, so boiling anything is the LAST thing I want to do! Thanks again! Andrea
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    Grilled corn- quick question

    So, I am allergic to corn and almost never buy or cook it. ( I grow some for my chickens, but that's about it.) However, Sunday is Father's day, and it ended up on the menu as my hubby and FIL love it. I decided to grill it, but I don't know if it has to be par-boiled first, or do I just throw it on the flame? And, for about how long does it have to cook? I know this must be amongst the silliest of questions, but I'd like to make it right- and appreciate any direction on this. Thanks in advance. =) Andrea
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    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Pan fried chicken breast stuffed with spinach-shallot puree, over pasta and diced tomatoes. Sprinkled with a little grated parmesan.
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    Andrey Dubovic online classes

    @Anna N I had second thoughts about posting that, worried that you all might think I'm crazy. I'm so glad to see I am not the only one who uses hosiery like that!! Thank you!!!!
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    Andrey Dubovic online classes

    At some point in the near future, I'd love to do his class. I've been following all the posts, and the ones about straining cocoa butter caught my eye. @gfron1 and @Jim D. were discussing the issue of straining the cocoa butter. I was very dismayed with the amount of cocoa butter that seemed to get caught up in cheesecloth, coffee filters, etc. So, being the girly-girl I am...my mind traveled in another direction. Pantyhose. I bought a package of the knee high's, washed and dried them, cut them in sections, and I will just say they are marvelous for straining cocoa butter! It catches the tiniest bits, and absorbs almost none of the beautiful colored CB. It's a little weird and unorthodox I guess, but it works. So, I'll just throw that out there if anyone wants to test it out.
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    Breakfast! 2018

    @blue_dolphin I love a runny yolk, but I have a formidable sweet tooth that challenges my doctor's orders and the Whole 30. (Probably part of the reason my BP went up.) Even though it's summertime now- a time for fresh fruits, etc., my mind always wanders back to being a kid this time of year. Driving up to Grayling from Detroit for our 3 week family vacation. Before getting to the cottage, we'd always stop at Goodale's Bakery in town, and load up on salt-rising bread and delicious pastries. For the following few days, Daddy and I would get up early to indulge in the goodies before anyone else... and he'd let me dunk my pastries in his coffee. I know I need to man-up and behave better around sweets and pastries, but it's not easy!
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    Breakfast! 2018

    This breakfast is one of my "Whole 30" favorite concoctions. Normally, I'd be perfectly happy with eclairs, pastry creme, or coffee. But due to a rise in BP, my doctor put me back on the diet yesterday. So today we have a baked sweet potato drizzled with avocado oil and Jane's crazy salt, topped with a poached egg. I love the cascade of runny yolk! It replaces (sort of) that deliciousness of butter. Or so I pretend it does.
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    How green is your kitchen?

    Those green produce bags are wonderful to have, esp. in the summer. When I gather veggies from the garden, I pop them in the washed out bags and store. As for the plastic grocery bags....those things are like gold in this house. They are magical foot warmers for us Yoopers. After putting socks on, we slip the grocery bags over our feet, then put on our boots. I cannot tell you how wonderfully warm those bags keep the tootsies! My kids use them for lunch bags, and deposit trash in them from their cars. My husband takes them fishing, and puts the fresh catch(es) in. They also make wonderful packing -stuffing for fragile type items. The glories of plastic grocery bags! As far as the "I shall never again.....".... let the chickens roam in my garden. I thought, since I wasn't yet finished planting, it wouldn't hurt to let them offer some fertilizer here and there. . No plants with produce are coming up yet. But those little beasts actually dug up and ate my seed potatoes! NEVER have I seen them do that! Grrrr. I need to get the fishing line and do the lower ring around the garden.
  11. This morning, while sipping coffee, I finished off the left over pastry creme from yesterday's eclairs. YUM!
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    Breakfast! 2018

    Wanted some pastries with the coffee this morning, so I made eclairs.
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    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    I was happily surprised at dinner tonight. I am suffering from allergies and a fever, so my son, the 'king of ketchup', offered to cook steaks for dinner. WOW! I ended up with a perfectly seasoned porterhouse, med-well. Absolutely delicious! Sorry - no pics. I ate it too fast. The child has a new job here at home now.
  14. Given our climate challenges, I am only planting seeds and seedlings now. In addition to the 36 potato hills, I've put yellow beans (Beurre De Rocquencourt), Cantare green beans, New England Sugar Pie pumpkins, Waltham butternut squash, Bush buttercup squash, Spaghetti squash, Baby Blue hubbard, Golden Hubbard, Table King acorn squash, and a little bit of non-gmo sweet corn as a border around part of the garden. I'allergic to corn, so this is for the chickens and turkeys.) There are carrots, beets, tomatoes, and zukes to go.Maybe some other stuff if I can find the energy to do it.
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    Favorite diet soft drinks?

    I don't drink much real pop anymore, but when I do it's usually Faygo: Diet cream soda, rock n rye, root beer or ginger ale. I am kind of a fan of 2 flavors of La Croix fizzy waters ... Key Lime and Mango. The grapefruit isn't awful either, IMHO. One of my kids tried those Sparkling ICE brand diet fruit sodas....and the Pink Grapefruit is addictive. I also liked the Peach/Nectarine and the Lime. I think there are 10 or so flavors- most of which I've not tried. Not sure if it counts or not, but the no-sugar Redbull is quite helpful when coffee is just not enough, and one is in need of a "jump-start".
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