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What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition!

Frizzle, I'd love to share your hare! The best meat pie I ever tasted was a mixed game pie that included hare. I can't remember what the other game meats were. Partridge, I think, and something else. And, the little hare backstraps done on the grill make the best appetizers!

about 20 hours ago
onrushpam in Home Cooking

Moving a fridge full of food... HELP?!

If you move that fridge full of all its contents, please take pictures and come back to post them. I want to see what sort of mash up you have at the end!

Sep 14, 2014
onrushpam in General Topics

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

Huge display of canned anchovies at my TJ's today. I can't remember now where they were... I do remember thinking it was an odd place for them.

Sep 14, 2014
onrushpam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

Recent YAYs for us:
Roasted Garlic Marinara jarred sauce
Cowboy Bark
Dark Chocolate Chunk Almond Cookies
Columbia Supremo Coffee
Frozen stir-fry veggies (the ones with baby corn, green beans, water chestnuts, etc.)
Brioche toasts

I don't think any of these are new products, but our TJ's is fairly new and we're just learning what we like.

Sep 09, 2014
onrushpam in Chains

What's for dinner #325 - The Transition to Autumn Edition [through September 12, 2014]

I'd seen this recipe for cider brined and glazed pork chops on Serious Eats: http://www.seriouseats.com/sponsored/...

So, the other day I bought a big bottle of Scrumpy Organic Hard Cider and gave it a try. We liked it a lot, though I think it would be just as good made with plain cider, or even apple juice, rather than the $10 bottle of good stuff. :-


Served with sauteed brussels sprouts/onions/garlic/bacon and baked sweet potatoes.

Guess I was in a Fall mood, even though it's still in the 90s here!

Ideas for side dishes for Thanksgiving?

I made this fall vegetable hash last year and it was a huge hit.

Sep 07, 2014
onrushpam in Home Cooking

Best way to cook large sausages if it is raining on the grill !?

I do them low and slow in a cast iron skillet on the stovetop, turning often. (I try to replicate what we get at our favorite meat market where they serve sausage dogs on one of those c-store hot dog cooker things with the spinny rails.) :-)

Sep 05, 2014
onrushpam in Home Cooking

BEST real life food related joke of the day!!

My husband and a friend once went to KFC to get provisions for a day on the lake. He asked for a quart of potato salad. The young clerk very seriously told him, "We only have pints".

Aug 29, 2014
onrushpam in Not About Food

Your favorite meatloaf bread filler

I've tried lots of different things and always go back to what my grandma used, regular old saltine crackers. I just smush them up on top of the meat, then pour the liquid over and mix it all together, so not really soaked.

Aug 23, 2014
onrushpam in Home Cooking

DFW - lunch & dinner - one day

The Woodshed in Ft. Worth is dog friendly. They even have a menu for the pooches!

When I fly into DFW, my sister and I always go to Mi Dia From Scratch, which is only a few miles from the airport. Even though their website description mentions Tex Mex, I don't really think of it as such.

Aug 23, 2014
onrushpam in Dallas - Fort Worth

Cheap Beef Meals

We, too, are on a somewhat restricted food budget (compared to days of fatter wallets). I often buy chuck roasts and portion them out and I also make my own beef stock, which makes a HUGE difference in the flavor of the beef dishes I make. One of our favorite meals is to cut a small portion (1 lb or less) of chuck into cubes, brown and braise in beef stock for 30 min., then add a lot of veg (carrots, potatoes, celery, mushrooms). You can thicken the stock, if you want, but I like it soupy. It's a quick dinner for two with enough left over for a lunch for me. Another piece of the chuck goes into the oven (or slow cooker) with onions and V8 juice for a slow braised pot roast.
I also watch for cubed steaks to go on sale and freeze them to make Swiss steak or other smothered dishes.
I recently splurged on a package of prime sirloin filets at Costco and have used them in stir fry dishes and others where I can make one little steak serve both of us. They've been a real treat!
Another favorite beef dinner is chopped steak...sirloin patties smothered in mushrooms and onions. Again, I watch for chopped sirloin to go on sale and freeze.

Tick bites that lead to red meat allergy

We had dinner with some friends Saturday night and learned she has this problem... had a tick bite, had Lymes (which was treated), but also developed a violent allergy to red meat. Scary.

Aug 11, 2014
onrushpam in Food Media & News

Picnic - Appetizers - Ideas Please

Homemade pimento cheese, some sort of salumi/sausage, good bread or crackers, tomato jam, pickled okra.

Aug 05, 2014
onrushpam in Home Cooking

cooking for yet another party of mixed food needs

I think I'd make a bunch of "stuff on sticks"... shrimp, steak, veggies on separate skewers, so people could pick and choose what they wanted. You could do small skewers of some items, like little onions, mushrooms, and other veggies, putting the onions on skewers by themselves. Grilled potatoes (with olive oil instead of butter for the dairy-free crowd), a salad, maybe some sort of bread. You could also have skewers of cold stuff -- cheese, fruit, salumi, whatever.

What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

Oh, I play in WFD every now and then... just not regularly. The crumble was great. I used about half a box of the small heirloom tomatoes from TJs and two yellow squash. I used Parm for the cheese. Here's the link to the recipe:

What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

It's getting towards the end of summer for us... veggie season is almost done. (Of course, we still have several months of HOT to come.)

I just put a bushel of butter beans in the freezer (thanks to DH who stood in line to get them for me yesterday). Dinner tonight will be a gorgeous piece of scamp (using Marcella's fish and potatoes recipe) and a new recipe for me to try: Tomato and Squash Crumble (I've done a similar one with just tomatoes, but the mix of tomatoes with summer squash and onion sounds too good to pass up). I have 5 or 6 peaches from last weekend's trip up into mid-GA. Need to figure out what to do with those. Last weekend's try of a Pioneer Woman recipe was a bust... WAY too sweet and gloopy.

Tomorrow, we're off for a morning at the beach, to be followed by a "linner" somewhere that will definitely include oysters!

Salad Dressing: Home Cooking Dish of the Month for July 2014

Two of my favorite go-to dressings:

Grate a big handful of parmigiano reggiano (enough to half fill a small jar).
Add in:
2 T olive oil
2 T of whatever vinegar you want
A little salt and pepper
Put the lid on the jar and shake hard.
Sometimes I add minced garlic, herbs, mustard, etc.
It's great on a salad of romaine, thin onion, artichoke hearts and red bell pepper (fresh or from a jar).

Buttermilk dressing:
1/2 cup buttermilk, well-shaken
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons cider vinegar (or whatever vinegar you prefer)
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons finely chopped shallot (if I don't have shallots, I grate some sweet onion or just leave it out)
Sometimes I add dill or other herbs.
It's great on TJ's Healthy 8 salad mix. When I use it on that, I add celery seeds and caraway seeds.

Jul 26, 2014
onrushpam in Home Cooking

When you were starting out in the kitchen what did you make?

I, too, learned to make soup from my grandmother. Also bread, meatloaf, fried chicken, pot roast, "stewed" chicken, baked chicken with rice. The cooking gene skipped a generation... my mom was a good cook, but didn't like it much.

Grandma had Concord grapes, too! I would always wind up with purple hands and purple smears on my face on jelly making day. We also "put up" lots of corn, green beans, tomatoes, rhubarb, strawberries, blackberries, apples and what she called pear honey (made from hard, cooking pears).

I'm putting up butter beans today (not something we ever had in Missouri). Thanks Grandma for teaching me!

Jul 26, 2014
onrushpam in Home Cooking

Recent Berkshires trip -- Lee/Amherst/Mystic

Our waitress said it used to be Arizona Pizza, but the owner decided to give up the franchise and do his own thing, with his own recipes, etc. So, I think the owner is the same, but the food is not.

Recent Berkshires trip -- Lee/Amherst/Mystic

We recently spent a week in Lee, MA, ending with a stormy evening at Tanglewood for the James Taylor concert. I checked this board before we left and didn’t see much recent info. So, I thought I’d add a quick run-down of our eating experiences. Our trip included a day spent in Mystic, CT, so I’ll add that, too.

In Lee, MA (where we were staying):
Salmon Run Fish House
We’d eaten here before and enjoyed it. It was just as good on this trip. We all enjoyed various preparations of scrod. All were good. Portions were huge. My sister and I should’ve split our meals.

Joe’s Diner
We always have one breakfast here, not because it’s great food, but because we enjoy it. They do know how to do a perfectly soft over-easy egg and their potatoes are good.

51 Park
We stopped here for an impromptu lunch because we were starving and their porch looked inviting. We split two pizzas, a vegetarian pie and a clam pie. Both were very, very good. My sister has been doing the VB6 plan with great success for some health issues, but she bent her strict adherence on this trip. Last night, she told me she’s been craving more of this pizza. We’d all like to go back to try some of their other offerings.

Big Y Market
This is a great addition since our last visit to Lee. We had them steam some lobsters and were impressed by the friendly, helpful staff. The lobsters went into rolls for our picnic at Tanglewood and we enjoyed the leftovers on our long drive home to GA. There’s a new(ish) beer/wine store in the same parking lot that was greatly enjoyed by husband and nephew. My sister commented she thought we spent more on beer than food this trip (and I don’t even drink beer)!

Amherst, MA
Bistro 63 at the Monkey Bar and Grill
We enjoyed a late lunch on their lovely porch. The food was more than passable and I really loved the special cocktail they had on offer. I don’t remember what it was called, but it involved grapefruit vodka and elderflower liqueur and was served in a Mason jar. It hit the spot on a very warm afternoon. Sis and husband explored their selection of local brews, with advice from our very knowledgeable server.

Mystic, CT
S & P Oyster Company
After a long day of driving and tramping around the seaport, we landed here for dinner on the patio. It was a gorgeous evening and we enjoyed ourselves. The food was pricey and not memorable, but we weren’t unhappy with our experience.

We cooked in the condo for our other meals, or had picnic snacks, etc. I can honestly say we didn't have a bad meal of any sort on this trip!

Pork tenderloin on the grill

We use this 7-6-5 method, but I don't brine it. Sometimes just s & p, sometimes a dry rub. It turns out great every time.

A Non-Offensive Universally Acceptable Meal

Well, it wasn't a plated meal, but I recently did food for a group of 8, two breakfasts, two lunches and snacks. It was for meals at an event where we had no cooking facilities beyond a microwave and a coffee maker. We had one celiac, one who eats mostly pescatarian (a little chicken every now and then) and the rest pretty much eat anything. I took grilled chicken tenders, steamed shrimp, a variety of veggies/dips, cheese and crackers, fruit, bread and rolls, a mixture of sweets and snacks - some gluten free, nuts and some breakfast pastries (some gluten free), coffee and juice. We all ate well and there was very little left over.

May 14, 2014
onrushpam in General Topics

House Hunters & Kitchens

I just watched an episode of Property Virgins... the couple wound up buying a to-be-built-to-their-specs house that was $100k more than the mortgage they were approved for! The woman said, "If I don't have a huge kitchen with 42" cupboards, an island and granite, I won't cook!"
Hmmm... wonder how much cooking she'll really do in that kitchen?

May 04, 2014
onrushpam in Food Media & News

Two Fat Ladies - now there is none

Very cool news from the Countryside Alliance:

A special Clarissa Dickson Wright Award was also presented in memory of the TV cook and champion of the countryside. The recipient of the award, created to recognise strong animal husbandry, support slow and artisan food and protect farming heritage, was chosen by Clarissa before her death. It was won by Peter and Christine Gott, who run Sillfield Farm in Gatebeck in the Lake District, and sell meat from wild boar, rare breed pigs, Herdwick sheep and rare breed poultry. www.sillfield.co.uk

Apr 30, 2014
onrushpam in Food Media & News

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014 [OLD]

I bought this yesterday for the first time. I was munching it raw while prepping dinner. Put it in a simple buttermilk slaw-type dressing and chilled for awhile. Oh, so good! I'll have to buy more so I can try it cooked.

Apr 28, 2014
onrushpam in Chains

Two Fat Ladies - now there is none

On the title of Two Fat Ladies:

‘People used to say, don’t you object to the title? And I said, well there are two of us. I had problems with ‘ladies’ because it sounds like a public convenience. But which bit do you object to? Are you saying I’m thin?’

On the RSPCA:

The RSPCA: ‘leaves a bitter taste in the mouth…They have got plenty of money. I think that it would do them no harm if people stopped donating and told them why they had stopped to see if they changed their threatening policies. Now they spend money… prosecuting hunts, prosecuting people who they think are trapping foxes, people who are keeping out rabbits. They are not concentrating on what they should be doing, on what they do well.’

On supermarkets:

‘Supermarkets are the gates of hell.’

On turning down an offer to front a supermarket campaign:

‘I used to say that all I had left in life was my integrity and my cleavage. Now it’s just my integrity.’

On threats from animal rights campaigners:

‘We have all got to die sometime. If you don’t stand up, what’s that quote: “For evil to prevail it only takes honest men to do nothing”. A lot of people don’t stand up for principles now. I believe we should fight for what we believe in. If you don’t, it’s cowardice. If I put my life at risk, so what?’

‘The best way to stop a rare breed pig from dying is to eat it.’

On bankruptcy:

‘Bankruptcy is like losing your virginity – it doesn’t hurt the next time.’

On happiness:

‘I would rather eat a cream cake than take Prozac. The only thing that stimulates the serotonin in the body is animal fat. I’m quite sure that the increase in anti-depressants is related to our decrease in eating animal fat.’

Link to the whole article: http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/camilla-...

And, just for you, greygarious, an excerpt from one of Clarissa's books, about her favorite greyhound:

Two Fat Ladies - now there is none

Thought some of you might like to read this post about Clarissa from the Countryside Alliance newsletter:
Following her death on 15th March, the funeral of cook, author and countryside champion Clarissa Dickson Wright was held in Edinburgh this week. Hundreds came to pay their respects at St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral in the city centre and the tributes paid to her were fulsome. Clarissa's sister placed a home-made Viking hat onto her coffin, saying she had always wanted a Viking burial, and the funeral wreath featured, most appropriately, some of Clarissa's favourite ingredients, including red chilli peppers, sage, artichoke and sprouting broccoli. Countryside Alliance Board Member and great friend of Clarissa, Sally Merison, was among the speakers and read AE Housman's "Home is the Sailor" ("Home is the sailor from the sea, The hunter from the hill.") Sally also offered the Huntsman's blessing and as Clarissa's coffin left the Cathedral Rory Innes, Master and Huntsman of the Berwickshire, blew Gone Away.

Clarissa is pictured (above) on the Liberty & Livelihood March in September 2002. Always one to speak up for the countryside, she did so with huge enthusiasm on a number of occasions across the country. At demonstrations, when signing her books on our show stands, (including the Hampshire Country Sports Day, her favourite) and bringing the house down with her wickedly funny observations during after dinner speeches, Clarissa's warmth and passion touched many. We want to do justice to her legacy with a tribute in our summer magazine, and invite all those who met her to send us their memories, photos and favourite one-liners from the great lady. Camilla Swift has already identified eight classic 'Clarrisa-isms' in her Spectactor column (click here to read - no punches are pulled, a taster is 'Supermarkets are the gates of hell.')

During the funeral Clarissa's friend Charles Fletcher observed that many have said "we won't see her like again". "God, I hope we do", he said, pointing out that we need "more members of the awkward squad" to get things done. Carrying on Clarissa's legacy in campaigning for the rural way of life is our particular privilege, and we will be happy to hear from you, fellow members of the awkward squad, on your memories of her.

Two Fat Ladies - now there is none

As I messaged to Harters privately, my source was a UK friend who knew Clarissa well and had spoken to another friend who was with Clarissa near the end.

Mar 31, 2014
onrushpam in Food Media & News

Two Fat Ladies - now there is none

Heard from a UK friend that Clarissa had lost a leg to the ravages of diabetes and then became desperately ill following her surgery.

Mar 21, 2014
onrushpam in Food Media & News

Freezing cooked shrimp?

I'm planning to take steamed shrimp (peeled) to a picnic get-together. But, I'll be short of time the day before. I know you can safely freeze cooked shrimp. But, will they still taste good? I'd hate to mess up our beautiful Gulf shrimps.

Mar 21, 2014
onrushpam in Home Cooking