ShopTalk Sunday: Handy Do-Dads and “Virtual Making”

I suppose there was a time when four-score and six (86) would have been an acceptable old age for a curious soul to reach.  Not enough now.  Back then?  Books were semi-precious. Knowledge had a useful shelf-life.  Travel was slow.  Telegraphs worked and phone calls were likely to be on a party line. Between market closing Friday and opening Monday, the broader perspective on Life matters.  Times have changed, no doubt.  Knowledge is not even …

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SatGourmet: Peanut butter Cookies from Cake?

Couldn’t resist:  From LOOB: I Got a request for peanut butter cookies from a cake mix from an old friend that asked me to share it. so here it is.. thank god for my daughter who first turned me on to making cookies with cake mixes.. they are the best.. although when shopping for cake mixes make sure you taste test the dough since there are a couple of cake mixes out there that skimp …

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SatGourmet: Potato Salad Seminar

  From Mr. X – a totally worthy and delicious start to our seminar. Mom’s Recipe Hall of Fame v.5: Top Secret Potato Salad This is mom’s closely-guarded personal recipe, disclosing it here is a major security breach! 1 medium red onion finely chopped Enough apple cider vinegar to cover onions 4 hard boiled eggs chopped 2 large russet potatoes diced and boiled until tender 1/4 cup butter melted 1 tsp pink salt 1 tsp …

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SatGourmet: Cornflakes and Tender Chicken

We have been blessed with many outstanding contributions around here from several readers.  Especially “Looking Outside of the Box” (LOOB),  He’s not only demonstrated cooking sharpness, but in past shop episodes, has generated some first-class cardboard furniture including a college frat-house bound bar set up. It would be a hard choice to narrow down to one reader to do a cooking show on TV with (having no studio-kitchen or television gear to speak of) but one …

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SatGourmet: Yum-Yum Weekend

Elaine and I had a marvelous conversation Friday about what we remembered from our youth.  (Which for both is a decade over a half-century ago!). Green Jell-O at church gatherings came up. Her preference was for the Jell-O with cottage cheese.  Mine?  Green Jell-O with a (drained) can of mixed fruit cocktail in it.  Topped with a thick layer of marshmallow-cream cheese topping. Odd – tastes, memories, and gatherings.  Brings us back to grounding. I sometimes wonder what …

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SatGourmet: Speed-Eating and Chili Bowls

Our (markets are closed, can’t focus on money all the time) pastimes come into play from market close Friday  until  the “Return to Greed Mountain” Monday. And, since Spring sprung this past week, our gustatory inquisition this weekend involves Heat and how it relates to Spice. Heat & Spice:  Observations Personal Data:  Seattle, where Ure (and his buddy the Major) grew up 68-years ago, was not an especially warm place.  Seemed like most of the year, except …

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SatGourmet: ‘Shroom, Gloom, and Chicken

Land-time reader kicks it off this morning (too early for Mimosa’s, right?) with a dandy spin on what to do with mushrooms: Shrooms From Mr. X Mom’s Recipe Hall of Fame v.4: Stuffed Mushrooms 2 dozen large mushrooms (2-3 inch diameter, baby bella is a good choice) butter (enough to sauté and coat the mushrooms) 6 slices bacon cooked and chopped 2 tbsp. bacon grease 1 medium onion finely chopped 2 tsp dry sherry 1/2 …

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SatGourmet: Diet Time?

We will have an exceptionally short column on foodery and cookery this morning – since I haven’t gotten anything from readers this week. This being “Planting Day” – with the new Moon this morning – we will be outside doing the “gardening thing” as soon as the morning dishes are cleared and thrown in the magic cleaning box…, Our meals around here have been simple this week – nothing unusual:  Too busy to bake bread, …

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SatGourmet: Counterspace and Food Tooling

While Elaine continues on the mend from hip surgery (we did the P/T deal Friday afternoon), the joy of coming home to good food after just can’t be beat. The kitchen remodel project was, it goes without saying, delayed by the lack of two people to “work the project.”  I can do a lot of things, single-handed, but there are just some things in Life that take two people. Food Tooling Since I’ve been doing …

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SatGourmet: Time, Temperature, and Beer Search

We don’t have a guest menu to kick around today, so we’re going to talk about the tricky relationships between time, temperature, and how these things (in turn) impact taste. Today with go over simple Magic Number baking and roasting. Where’s the Beef? Every few weeks – when they are in stock in the premium meat section at Wally World – we will pick up as many as available of choice prime rib roasts. For …

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