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    Camping, Princess Style

    I like bean soup and pea soup very well. I almost always put a couple of pork ribs into a pot of bean soup, but I prefer split green pea soup with no meat and just carrot, onion. jalapeno and celery in it. When my husband was here, I always put cooked ham in his, but when I tried that I tended not to like it at all. Green split peas cook up with the aforementioned veggies to be the most umami-tasting thing without any meat. I love cornbread to go with, especially my cornbread pancakes with onion, carrot, jalapeno and green peas baked into one side. This idea came from eating uthapam at an Indian Restaurant. These are SO good with pea or bean soup.
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    Grocery Shopping

    MetsFan5, Any idea what TJ's business plan is on this action? A link to an article? This is so disappointing. I was hoping for it to eventually happen, but now that hope is dim. I love TJ's and haven't been able to get to it even before my husband went to the nursing home and after he destroyed my car. They just don't have everything you need, but they have so many value-priced things you want. But if you're depending on someone who drinks a sixpack of beer in the parking lot while you are shopping and resents the hell out of missing sitting in front of the TV, you need to go somewhere where you can get everything you need for the month and quickly. I will look for Wegman's delivery through Instacart. We have one now in Cary, but not where I could walk to it even before I broke my hip. I've heard really good things about them, although one of the things I've heard is that they are quite pricey, so maybe not a good fit for me.
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    Canned corned beef

    Here it is: Corned Beef and Cabbage Casserole 4 c. chopped cabbage 1 c. sliced celery 1/2 c. chopped onion 1/4 c. butter 8 oz. mostaccioli noodles cooked and drained 1 can (12 oz.) canned corned beef 1 c. (4 oz.) Swiss cheese shredded 1/2 c. milk 1/2 t. dry mustard, but prepared mustard works very fine and I like a lot of it in there, about 1/4 cup 1/2 t. caraway seed 1/8 t. black pepper Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/ 177 C. Saute cabbage, celery, onion in butter until tender. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well and spoon into 2 qt. casserole. Original recipe says to cover and bake 45 to 50 minutes until heated. 8 servings. I always cooked the past first, drained it in a colander and let that sit there while I sauteed the veggies and mixed them in the same pasta pot to keep the dish washing down. Some adaptations I've made over the years have been to increase cabbage to 6 c., celery to 2 c. and onion to 1 c., but I like a lots of veggies. I also find it imperative to remove the cover to let the pasta and cabbage caramelize a bit. I think I also increased the milk a bit and the cheese to compensate for the extra veggies. I like it and find it tastes a bit like a Reuben. I was scared of the caraway seed at first, but that is what makes it IMO. There is no salt added because there is plenty in the corned beef. I also put this in Recipe Gullet for searching purposes. If you try this, I hope you enjoy it as much as I have over the years.
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    Corned Beef and Cabbage Casserole

    Corned Beef and Cabbage Casserole 4 c. chopped cabbage 1 c. sliced celery 1/2 c. chopped onion 1/4 c. butter 8 oz. mostaccioli noodles cooked and drained 1 can (12 oz.) canned corned beef 1 c. (4 oz.) Swiss cheese shredded 1/2 c. milk 1/2 t. dry mustard, but prepared mustard works very fine and I like a lot of it in there, about 1/4 cup 1/2 t. caraway seed 1/8 t. black pepper Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/ 177 C. Saute cabbage, celery, onion in butter until tender. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well and spoon into 2 qt. casserole. Original recipe says to cover and bake 45 to 50 minutes until heated. 8 servings. I always cooked the past first, drained it in a colander and let that sit there while I sauteed the veggies and mixed them in the same pasta pot to keep the dish washing down. Some adaptations I've made over the years have been to increase cabbage to 6 c., celery to 2 c. and onion to 1 c., but I like a lots of veggies. I also find it imperative to remove the cover to let the pasta and cabbage caramelize a bit. I think I also increased the milk a bit and the cheese to compensate for the extra veggies. I like it and find it tastes a bit like a Reuben. I was scared of the caraway seed at first, but that is what makes it IMO. There is no salt added because there is plenty in the corned beef. If you try this, I hope you enjoy it as much as I have over the years.
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    Canned corned beef

    I like a casserole made with canned corned beef, cooked pasta, cabbage, onion, celery and Swiss cheese with a little milk. Pretty sure I got the recipe off the Hormel corned beef can years ago. I don't make it anymore because it makes a ton and the cabbage doesn't freeze too well IMO. So being on my own now, it's out of the rotation. I still keep a tin of corned beef in the pantry in case of power outages from hurricanes or ice storms. Oh, the casserole has mustard and carroway seed too, and it is really good.
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    Grocery Shopping

    Yes, I have an e-mail from Instacart offering delivery from Aldi here in Cary too! I'm probablly going to venture it soon. I just wish they would start offering Trader Joe's. Now that would be absolutely perfect, but I will settle for exploring what I can get from Aldi for now. I have never set foot in a brick and mortar Aldi's, so this will be interesting at the very least.
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    How Restaurants Got So Loud

    That's another reason I love Torero's Mexican in Cary. They have carpet, low ceilings, and lots and lots of old-fashioned comfortable booths to eat at. I believe the first time I've ever had to eat at a table was when we recently came as a party of eight with tables pushed together and quite comfortable armchairs that looked and felt like leather. SIL with small baby complained she was stiff and sore on getting up, but I said I did not think the chairs were uncomfortable at all. She agreed and said they had gone to some kind of trampoline kind of place and her muscles were just now stiffening up. Young people. Anyways, this is another reason I've really enjoyed this restaurant over more than two decades. I did say I couldn't understand my niece's BF about the kind of burrito he ordered, but I was able to understand everyone else at a table of eight. The guy was on the far opposite end of the table and I'm not too familiar with his voice yet, so I don't think that's too bad for a busy Sunday night. I just hate noisy, and to me unaccommodating restaurants. The noise level at Torero's can go up when they book marichi bands. Some folks like 'em, some don't. I tend to like them, but they are not there all the time, and you know what? I like that too.
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    'Tis Hunting Time--A smallish blog

    Woo hoo, girl! Your windmill is very exciting to me! Sis's property where she keeps her horses has no water down there, so they have to haul it from the house in a tub on a truck. It is really quite ridicules. The town water is only a matter of yards away, but they were told they would have a cheaper solution drilling another well. I want them to get a concrete washing pad for the horses, and running water. They do have electricity, but caring for horses requires onsite water, so your extremely cool windmill is not boring at all! So glad to see your hunting blog again, and I look forward to it always.
  9. I do not agree. To me the site is clean and quite informative, but I have AdBlock and highly recommend it if you can use it on your platform and hate ads. Mine was free and I think, but cannot swear, it still is. It runs on Chrome and is available for iPhone and a few others. I find it funny that it blocks ads on its own site that I linked to. That is integrity.
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    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    A bunch of my family met at Torero's Mexican Restaurant in Cary for dinner. I suggested it to my sister and eldest niece when we went out to lunch one time, and apparently they are as taken with it as I am. Yah! It was me, Sis, two of her daughters, one of them's boyfriend, my eldest nephew who's in the Navy, his wife and infant daughter, so we had a table for eight. Beloved nephew tried to pick up my husband from the nursing home, but husband was too sick to go. He hasn't been able to hold anything on his stomach since yesterday and has a hard time getting into his wheelchair, much less getting into a vehicle and schlepping into the next town to a restaurant. So that was a No Go and quite disappointing, but I have to give my nephew cudos for such a good heart to go to the effort it takes to get a half -paralyzed large man to a restaurant for a family gathering. We were all glad to see the little new addition to the family again, and she was remarkably good during our restaurant visit. Her mom had to breastfeed her at the table at one point when the child got hungry, but it was handled very discretely and caused no problems at all. I always recommend the Carne Asada at this restaurant because they use real skirt steak and season and cook it very well. One niece ordered the Carne Asada platter, as did I. It comes with ranchero (charro) beans or frioles refritos and Mexican rice, lettuce, pico de gallo and guacamole. Oh, and also a grilled spring onion and jalapeno pepper. She got corn tortillas, while I opted for the flour ones. They come in individual covered tortilla warmers and stay steamy hot throughout your meal. This was awesome as usual and we both left with a takeout box with enough for lunch tomorrow. My nephew ordered the Carne Asada burrito and pronounced it delicious when I asked. Sis got chix fajitas and really enjoyed them. Eldest niece ordered chix fajita salad and both relished their meals and left with boxes of lunch. Nephew's wife (niece-in-law??) ordered the pork carnita platter and said she enjoyed it, but seems to have developed a habit of inhaling food while trying to tend to the tiny human. The niece's BF ordered some sort of burrito and said he liked it, but I couldn't understand what kind of burrito it was due to us being at opposite ends of the table and the noise level in this always busy restaurant. Such good family fun and such good food again! They have been bombarding us with TV commercials about Uncle Julio's which seems to be an outlet of a chain that recently opened in Durham. I love reading menus, so I went there fresh from tonight's experience at Torero's to peruse their menu and read some reviews. They also serve real skirt steak, but that is where the good stuff stops on Uncle Julio's. Like most overpriced restaurants, UJ does not publish pricing info even when you narrow down the locale you would like to visit. Fortunately, you can often find recent images of current menus on Yelp for deceptive marketing places like that. Everything UJ offers seems to be twice the price and half the size we were offered at Torero's tonight. There is also a Torero's in Durham, so that's where you need to head if you're looking for Tex-Mex and some real Mexican in Durham. I just love Torero's and have been enjoying their hospitality and good food for over twenty years. It's so nice my family now likes it too. BTW, my frozen margarita was only $4.99, tasted good and had a distinct kick to it. They also managed respectable service for a large group and did not try to rush us out to turn the table on a busy night at all. No I do not work, there and never have. I just love this small, family-owned restaurant chain. Sis got pics, not of the food, but of the three generations of our family at the gathering before the resto filled up. Took a long time, like herding cats, but she's happy with the pics.
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    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Dinner tonight was spot on! It was roasted turkey at little Sis's house out in the boonies of NC. She also made really good gravy from the drippings, mashed potatoes, stuffing cooked in a separate dish, homemade cranberry sauce (not a fan, and no one else was either), Watergate salad and lovely homemade rolls. All I brought was lima beans (eldest niece's favorite, and mine) and the infamous French's green bean casserole. Sis is a really good cook and usually fries the turkey outdoors, but opted for roasted this year so we could have the good homemade gravy. She's a good enough cook that even the breasts were moist and tender. The bird was done to the bone, but there was still a ton of juice pouring out as it was carved. This juice got poured over the platter of meat. Everything was so, so good and I got to enjoy the company of my family to boot! After Sis, my eldest niece and I went down to the pasture to play with the horses, we came back to the house where most of us enjoyed the pecan and apple pies she made. There was vanilla ice cream too. Unfortunately I had gorged so much on the sumptuous meal that I was not able to partake of dessert at that time. No matter. Sis offered me some pie to take home and I replied I that I liked both the apple and pecan varieties. I did not know that she was going to send me home with two large slices of each! She is determined to get me fat. I told her to keep all the leftover butterbeans and eldest niece was excited about eating those for lunch. I have another big bag at home I will cook little by little over the course of the next month. I have so much in common with this niece that I sent a copy of "Black Beauty" (Anna Sewell) when she was a wee little thing. So good to see everyone again, and such killer food. There is nothing like a beautifully roasted turkey with homemade gravy and plenty of it for everyone. (I tend to be a gravy hog, putting it on turkey, potatoes and stuffiing, so it's nice if you do not have to be so polite and make sure there is some for everyone when it's that good.) Happy Thanksgiving, eGulleters!
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    Why Northern biscuits suck

    White Lily is good. Really good for cakes, biscuits and pie crust. It's available everywhere down here. Also, I swear I did read somewhere that even all purpose flour commonly sold down here usually has less gluten than up North. I am damned if I can find that now, though. I did find this from the Washington Post. And yeah, you want to blend your low gluten flour really well with the fat, but leave some pea-sized large lumps, before adding any liquid. I would love for @Ann_Tto weigh in here, because the Queen of Breads has posted some of the flakiest and most delectable-looking biscuits in the known world!
  13. The only wine type glasses I own that do not have the little bump on the lip are some I bought at TJ Maxx for not a lot of money. They seem to be handpainted, which makes them a pain to hand wash. They are balloon glasses, tall and very beautiful. The lip edge is cut off at a 90 degree angle, and doesn't seem to be sanded or rounded down much, and this another drawback to me. These are really left at a thin and very square edge, but never has actually cut anyone. It's not quite sharp enough to cut your lips, but it makes you think about it. That is never good. They are stem glasses and quite tall, another reason they cannot go into the dishwasher, another drawback. They're also really fragile and half of the six of these glasses have succumbed to breakage over more than a decade. (I got called out for my age tonight when speaking to my sister and eldest niece about an experience I was relating and referred to it as "not long ago". I went on to tell that it was about twenty years ago, and the niece is not much over twenty herself.) So these glasses might be considered durable in some circles? However, when I bring these glasses to a dinner party where wine will be served, they are always a conversation point. Also I think the sip is cleaner and less likely to dribble. I would just like the very thin edge sanded off a little more, myself. What kind of "no bump" glasses do you own/prefer @rotuts?
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    Romaine Recall

    I've already eaten two large salads with a Romaine head that was delivered Sunday, with sliced strawberries and a ginger/soy sauce slightly sweet vinaigrette. I have not had fresh vegetables in two weeks, so I am not getting rid of this beautiful head of lettuce that is so much more vibrant, green and bursting with nutrients than was delivered on last month's grocery order when they substituted some anemic, pale hearts of Romaine. I always wash it thoroughly, and it is my favorite lettuce. I can understand why others might pitch it, but I just can't. It only cost $1.49, so that is not the point. I just so look forward to being able to consume whole, unprocessed foods when I can get them in the first couple of weeks of my monthly grocery order. I don't feed anyone else now, and would probably not make this decision if I did. I will wash my lovely lettuce extra well, however. I anticipate being fine, as I have been so far.
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    Grocery Shopping

    Can you remember the name of this service so we can avoid it?
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