What did you have for dinner? - Page 187
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I'm hopeless with my thick fries. Really thinking in stealing my wife's hair dryer. The best i did were faking sous-vide batons.
Thin fries, i can get them really crunchy for about 30 seconds.
Black Friday Dinner
After spending time in Northern Arizona,
and driving home on Black Friday, I needed
something quick to fix.
Trader Joe's Mini Ravs, Marinara and Basil Pesto
with some poached boneless skinless chicken thighs,
cooled and shredded.
Red for Him and green for Me
yup @Koukouvagia I'd eat that, it looks great, I bet the house smelled divine too!
Beautiful Wellfleet oysters (this is our second plate). These came out of the water on the 19th so 11 days ago and kept chilled in a cooler. Really plump, juicy and so delicious. I've eaten a lot of oysters over the years, but Wellfleet oysters have been the best I've had. We had them with some warm olive oil, rosemary bread and Manchego cheese.
Edited by Mike9 - 11/29/15 at 4:31pm
How do they compare - in your taste - with Malpeques from PEI ?
I haven't had Wellfleets that I recall, despite spending my first thirty years on the East Coast. I didn't go for raw oysters until I got older. Oddly enough, I first encountered the Malpeques in a hip seafood bar in Walnut Creek CA which had them always when in season. They're pretty hard to find in the MIdwest.
Speaking of seafood, I of course grew up on the beautiful swimmer- the blue crab. It wasn't until I moved to Southern California that I discovered the Dungeness crab- the king of seafood. Have you ever been far enough west to encounter them? They're hard to find here, too.
Food is a lot of fun, besides being good to eat.
A friend had use of a house in Wellfleet and when we were down there in the off season I'd do a little trespassing on private property (summer homes), where little collecting was done and it didn't take long to fill a bucket. I assumed they were so good because they were fresh plucked, never did this particular criminal activity anywhere else.
Softshells are another story of course. I'd pull those of the beach right along side of the local game warden.
We didn't have an intimate thanksgiving this year, but I had some corn & oyster pudding leftover so today I roasted a chicken, made some stuffing and gravy and heated up some canned cranberries. I took more than 20 minutes to eat and it was just my wife and I and it was quite nice just the two of us. The chicken tasted better than the two places we had turkey at this weekend.
I ate at a restaurant, on of the handful of Jim's Family Restaurants in the valley. I like their breakfasts. The chile verde breakfast platter is very good, but I can only get about 2/3 of it in one sitting. So I thought I'd give them a try for dinner.
In the soup challenge I did a number of entries in my "World Tour, one bowl at a time" thing. I like soup. I know how to make soup. I had soup on my mind so I opted to get a bowl of the vegetable beef soup with my dinner tonight.
I had forgotten what canned soup can taste like. At least on the plus side, I am positive I got my daily requirement of sodium.
Just a simple stir fry, but when the garlic, ginger, and peppers hit the hot wok and the aroma emerged a wry smile spread across my face and I was stuck with how much I loved to cook.
Tonight's dinner was not like last night's. No canned soup, no frozen veggies fresh out of the microwave, no instant mashed potatoes. Just a simple sandwich with some of the kielbasa I did for the last challenge, some kraut, spicy mustard and swiss cheese. And some of the last of my pickled green tomatoes.
This is different than the one you get at a certain national fast food hot dog chain.
Tonight's dinner was like a blast from the past. At 5:30 my wife tells me she's going into town to see Santa with the kids at 6:30. WTF!!! I had a plan, but I implemented it anyway . . . in 40 minutes. I had duck breasts tempering on a plate and seasoned so all I had to make was frites and a salad. Three Russets - I just squared them up and sliced into fries, soaked, drained and dried on a towel. Oil in a 12" fry pan and preheat the cast iron for the duck. Open a fresh beer, put greens on salad plates then slice a pear. Next - make a salad dressing with mustard, blue cheese, herb vinegar and evoo - check. Take the oil's temp and get the breasts into the skillet. 325 degrees - close enough - in go the potatoes to blanch. Put plates in the warming oven - out come the potatoes to drain, check the duck the skillet - so far so good. Crank the heat on the oil to 375-ish and in go the fries. So far so good, but my beer's getting warm. Out come the fries to drain, season and out comes the duck - no time to rest so onto the plates they go, frites on, salad plates on. Oh snap I need ketchup for mine - Cento Balsamic Ketchup - it's good for you. Two bites to go and the kids pull in the drive and out the door she went . . .
It's quiet and I'm chilling like a villain on penicillin . . . . Boo Ya
And that's why I never want to cook professionally again.