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Do you Can? What do you can?

Wow, that is....huge. I just bought a replacement food dehydrator. If I added that to the mix, I would be in divorce court, hasta pronto.

Jealous....

about 6 hours ago
tcamp in General Topics

What's for Dinner #384 - The Isn't it Labor Day Yet? Edition

I was home today, alone, and used the opportunity to make a green tomato curry (The Kitchn), roasted tomatoes with saffron (COTM), and water bathed a few pints. Tomato overpopulation problem solved!

The curry was really good for dinner, served with corn on the cob, cantalope, and oven roasted green beans. Boy, I will really miss my CSA when the season ends.

What do you pack for your children's lunch?

My kids are going into 12th and 8th grades. They refuse to eat school lunch, partly because they don't love the food but mostly so they can avoid lining up to get it. Takes too much time away from friend chat. I still make their lunches, easy enough to do while I'm making my own and brewing coffee.

Typical lunch: Ham sandwich, carrot sticks or apple, slice of banana bread/homemade sweet.

about 14 hours ago
tcamp in General Topics

Do you Can? What do you can?

I can tomatoes only because my garden produces tons. I don't have a pressure canner so I haven't expanded my repertoire - just water bath canning. Lately I'm more into fermenting and pickling which don't heat up the kitchen as much. Justify the exercise....not sure about that but I enjoy it.

about 14 hours ago
tcamp in General Topics
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What's for Dinner #384 - The Isn't it Labor Day Yet? Edition

Totally agree! I live within spitting distance of I95 as it passes over the Potomac. Get thee to 17 as quickly as possible !!!

1 day ago
tcamp in Home Cooking
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Deaadly Reapers and Ghosts ( peppers, of course)

I did that last year using mini sweet peppers which are just a touch hotter than a bell. Worked great.

This year, I'm making this with my habaneros:

http://www.mrswheelbarrow.com/2012/08...

Aug 28, 2015
tcamp in Home Cooking

FRESH CORN SIDE DISHES! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2015)

I didn't actually prepare this, my friend did. It was absolutely delicious and I will be making it soon. Highly recommend as summer eases into fall.

Chard and Corn Gratin:

http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/10...

Aug 27, 2015
tcamp in Home Cooking

Crunchy taco bake

Not a problem. This Peg Bracken (I hate to cook book) recipe was one of my mom's weekly dinner offerings. She'd make it in the morning and we'd put it in the oven so dinner was ready when they got home from work. The tortilla chips on the bottom did soften a little and the ones on top were crispy in a good way.

http://www.recipelink.com/msgbrd/boar...

Aug 27, 2015
tcamp in Home Cooking

Ideas for planned leftovers/make ahead meals

Planning, baby, planning. I agree with everyone else about cooking on the weekend, doubling recipes so you can freeze half, delegating to teens, and keeping it simple. I often start prep in the AM while I wait for coffee to brew, e.g. pull meat out of freezer and put in marinade, defrost frozen prepared items, chop veggies, throw something in the crockpot. I also work FT and have 2 teens and a spouse at home. I'm the main cook. A typical easy week goes like this:

Monday - soup or casserole made on Sunday
Tuesday - pan or oven roasted chicken thighs + rice (meat prepped in the am and put in oven by kid/spouse who also starts rice
Wednesday - burritos (mainly made by kids/spouse - it is my busy night)
Thursday - something made ahead from the freezer - enchiladas, lasagna, etc. + leftovers
Friday - make or order pizza

I prewash lettuce and chop other salad vegetables plus make dressing on the weekend so it is easy to throw together a salad when I get home. If we're out of that, I slice a cucumber for a quick-pickled cuke salad or slice tomatoes. Fruit, e.g. cubed cantalope, also functions as a dinner side at my house.

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Eggplant parm last night was delicious. Here is a particularly unlovely picture of it plated with salad and garlic bread.

Tonight, #2 son is in charge of making burritos for the 3 of them. I've got choral welcome back to the season party/rehearsal to which I'm contributing deviled eggs. And they're quite devilish, with some of my habanero sauce (paste, actually) added in.

Planning for next year...

Egads, you are right. I knew that, just premature memory loss!!

Aug 25, 2015
tcamp in Gardening

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Good choice! Reminds me that next year this time I'll be ushering #1 off to first year of college.

Aug 25, 2015
tcamp in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

This is the template I use, adding chiles, shallots, halved cherry tomatoes as desired.

http://www.thebittenword.com/thebitte...

Aug 25, 2015
tcamp in Home Cooking
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Flour Tortillas - What do You do With Them ?

Mine was .50 at a garage sale

Aug 25, 2015
tcamp in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Last night ended up being flatbread pizza and grilled cantalope for #1 son and sauteed squash & sweet potatoes plus the cantalope for me. The others had a scout planning meeting.

Tonight, finally get to eat the eggplant parm I made on Sunday evening. Plus garlic bread and green salad w/ preserved lemon vinaigrette.

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Wow, I thought it looked a little bit like starburst formica but cooler. Want!

Aug 25, 2015
tcamp in Home Cooking

Portable Christmas Dinner

Oops, missed that, thanks.

Aug 25, 2015
tcamp in Home Cooking

Dehydrating garden goodies

Those brittle dried tomatoes can be ground up and added to dishes that could use a little tomato boost, chili, etc.

Aug 25, 2015
tcamp in Gardening

Planning for next year...

What about a cover crop? We're doing it this winter in 7b.

http://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-...

My plan for next year is to do one bed of hay bales to elevate cucumbers off the ground where they tend to do poorly.

Aug 25, 2015
tcamp in Gardening

Flour Tortillas - What do You do With Them ?

We eat ungodly amounts of both flour and corn tortillas chez moi. Number 1 use of flour tortillas is burritos - breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pretty much anything stuffed inside works well for my family - fried rice and kebabs are a recent favorite.

In addition, the tortizza for sure. I also have been known to roll up small ones with shredded meat and pan fry, ala taquito. Cut into wedges and pan fried or baked for nachos. Or, wedges cooked then dusted with cinnamon sugar for dessert. Also, butter the tortilla, dust with cinnamon sugar, then pan fry for a cheapo churro. Cut into strips, fried or baked to put on top of soup.

And, of course, I'll be trying the pie idea soon.

Aug 25, 2015
tcamp in Home Cooking
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Portable Christmas Dinner

Maybe mac and cheese instead of potato salad? Good at room temperature.

Aug 25, 2015
tcamp in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

I love walleye. That cinnamon roll looks positively dangerous. I also like the countertop its sitting on.

Aug 25, 2015
tcamp in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Over to the baking thread, stat!

Aug 25, 2015
tcamp in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Spectacular. That pan roasted okra is one of my favorites and so versatile.

Aug 25, 2015
tcamp in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Congrats and best of luck on your new adventure. Nice steak too!

Aug 25, 2015
tcamp in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

So? It sounds great to me. Did you marinate it in the cold brew and for how long?

Aug 25, 2015
tcamp in Home Cooking

Let's Do Something Different for the Holidays

We go out for pho on the 25th, then to my MIL's for cake 'cause its spouse's birthday.

I like the idea of inviting everyone over to make/eat tamales or summer rolls or dumplings.

Aug 25, 2015
tcamp in Home Cooking
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Let's Do Something Different for the Holidays

You deserve a break. I'd advocate for letting them all know early that you're not able to host the "holidays" this year.

Dear family/friends, since 197X we've enjoyed hosting XXX dinner for everyone. For health and other reasons, this year we are not able to do so. I hope one or more of you will carry on the tradition. We'd love to be invited and I will bring my special XYZ. Happy early holidays! Coll

cast iron skillets

I love CI and use my skillets daily, often two at a time. Love them for pan roasting, frying vegetables, oven roasting chicken, the list goes on.

For pancakes, I pull out the large electric griddle and make big batches.

Aug 25, 2015
tcamp in Cookware

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Thanks, I didn't know that. Like green-blue and blue-green crayons.