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post #41 of 2690

We get our pork for mostly free.  Feral pigs are a horrible, horrible problem where my mom lives, and will soon be in my own backyard (not penned, lol).  Her hubby and their neighbor trap them for people and we have all the meat we can eat.  We go get some, put them in pens and feed them out and have meat and bones for stock, fat for lard, and best of all, we know what goes into them--every single bite.  There was a great article a few months back in the Smithsonian about Texas wild pigs, and how the meat is very sought-after in France and many other places.  Same stuff they eat in Hawaii at a Luau.  Much more rich and yummy (and clean!) than store-bought pork.  If you can find a source, you are in for a treat!  (um, where 'bouts in Texas are you?  I just noticed that....)

 

The prawns are fantastic.  Nothing like what you get from the sea.  And since it's around the country corner it goes along w/our views on eating locally as much as possible.

 

For the jalapenos, take a nice fat fresh one, slice it in half lengthwise, and scrape out the goods.  Make sure to get all the membrane if you want them mild.  Spoon some softened cream cheese (you can add garlic, or whatever blows your skirt up to it, but I usually just leave it plain) into the pepper and wrap w/a 1/2 piece of bacon (or 1/3) and I don't even secure w/a toothpick anymore.  Just lay 'em out on a cookie sheet w/edges and pop in the oven until the bacon looks to your liking and the peppers are soft but not squishy.  They are so good.  About halfway thru cooking I carefully tip the pan until most of the jalapenoey rendered bacon fat goodness runs out and then man, can you flavor up some other stuff w/that, so save it in the fridge!

 

I love to cook them on the smoker.  The cheese gets all smokey and yummy....

 

Um, they rock at midnight, cold out of the fridge after a few beers. 

post #42 of 2690

I'm going to make the stuffed jalapenos this weekend.  Sounds good.  As far as the pork... maybe someday.  I'd really have to ready my mind for that.

 

San Antonio

post #43 of 2690
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We broke into the post pregnancy freezer meal stash for some pasta bolognese. So glad I got that into the freezer; it's been a comfort food kind of day. 

post #44 of 2690

Tacos.  Simple, easy tacos.  I use green cabbage instead of lettuce lately.  Lasts longer in the fridge....

 

When I make tacos I just make tacos.  I make 'em all up in a big pan and serve them outside.

post #45 of 2690
Chicken and rice, it was good and filling. I need to find recipes DH will like that don't include too much meat. His likes and dislikes have changed drastically. He cooks a lot and I think at this point he just makes what the DD's like. I think we're going out for Moroccan tomorrow night. He'll love that. This time he's getting his own lentils. He kept thieving mine last time.
post #46 of 2690

MMMM, Moroccan.....

 

I used to make a yummy chicken and lentil Moroccan dish.  Lemme see if I can find the recipe, or something similar. 

 

Ok, found it...  http://tastyplanner.com/recipes/crock-pot-moroccan-chicken-and-lentils  That's pretty much it.  I think I probably added some cumin or oregano to it.  Great w/a dab of yogurt on top and some parsley or cilantro... Garam masala is something else I think I added some of....

 

Tonight we are having clean-out-the-fridge soup.  I had deer stock in the freezer, one ear of fresh corn, a container of mushrooms, half a zucchini, a red bell pepper and half a green one, red onion, handful of carrot sticks, celery, and 2 sweet potatoes.  I had about a 1/3 cup of brown lentils, and maybe a 1/4 cup of brown basmati rice left.  Tossed it all in a pot w/some garlic and a bay leaf.  Have a loaf of multigrain bread in the bread maker.  I'm enjoying cooler weather here--it's only in the mid-70s today.  I need to get out sweaters, lol!

 

Off to check on my bees for a friend who wants to borrow some brood...

post #47 of 2690
Oh nice! Thanks for the recipe. We're not going tonight, doing left overs. Both DH and I have caught our first cold in years. While he's man colding it up, I'm pretty sure I'm dying. Ok we never get sick so we're not happy.

Chicken and rice it is tonight, girls will be happy. We have some orange chicken left DD1 loves that. I think we're making pizza's tomorrow night but that depends on DH. If he picks up more cheese that is. Otherwise we'll be covering the whole thing in Gouda... and last time DH and I shared a wheel of gouda... it's wasn't gooda... ha... I'm pretty pathetic!
post #48 of 2690

veggie crockpot chili- praying my nursing baby doesnt object all night long!!  It was SO good, though- hopefully worth it

post #49 of 2690
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Tonight we fired up the grill for some brats, sweet corn and baked potatoes - trying to use up the produce in the fridge before it goes bad since it sat over the weekend while were at the hospital having the baby. My husband had to do a quick freezer job on a quart of peaches when we got home since they they were starting to go soft, and I've got another quart of apples in the fridge - I'd like to do up an apple brown betty, but I'm just to tired... maybe tomorrow I'll just dice them up and cook them into pie filling for the freezer since that's pretty quick and I always like to have it on hand anyway. 

 

No idea what we'll do for dinner tomorrow night. We're trying not to break into our stash of freezer meals until my husband goes back to work next week. 

post #50 of 2690

Did you have a baby, Kitchenqueen?  Congrats!  Good grief, put your feet up and let someone else do everything!

 

Imakcerka, you are funny.  I bet we'd get along irl, lol.

 

Chili sounds good.  I can't get away w/vegetarian more than 2 nights a week around here, though.  Hmmmm, I have some deer meat thawing...

 

I'm firing up the smoker and putting an uncured ham on for lunchmeat.  And a half a little pig for supper tonight.  Not sure what will go with it.  Leftover veggie soup and a loaf of bread in the breadmaker, maybe....

 

Kids are making a huge batch of pumpkin cranberry pancakes today to celebrate Fall!

post #51 of 2690

Tonight we are having Tamale Pie, which is a cornmeal batter on the bottom of a pie pan. Then mix together 1 can of mexican tomatoes and 1 can (or homemade) refried beans, some garlic, cumin and chili powder for the filling. Top with more cornmeal batter and shredded cheddar cheese. Heat til bubbling.

 

Cheap, easy to make, is vegetarian (can be vegan) and gluten free. Also freezes well.

post #52 of 2690
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Originally Posted by Chicky2 View Post

Did you have a baby, Kitchenqueen?  Congrats!  Good grief, put your feet up and let someone else do everything!

 

Hahaha - yep, one week ago today! Husband did the grilling; I held the baby. It was so nice to be outside a little bit! 

 

Tonight he's making steak and mashed potatoes. :-) 

post #53 of 2690

Butternut squash soup with tofu and brocolli, green salad, homemade artisan wheat bread

post #54 of 2690
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Originally Posted by kitchensqueen View Post

Tonight we fired up the grill for some brats, sweet corn and baked potatoes - trying to use up the produce in the fridge before it goes bad since it sat over the weekend while were at the hospital having the baby. My husband had to do a quick freezer job on a quart of peaches when we got home since they they were starting to go soft, and I've got another quart of apples in the fridge - I'd like to do up an apple brown betty, but I'm just to tired... maybe tomorrow I'll just dice them up and cook them into pie filling for the freezer since that's pretty quick and I always like to have it on hand anyway. 

 

No idea what we'll do for dinner tomorrow night. We're trying not to break into our stash of freezer meals until my husband goes back to work next week. 



How old's your baby?  Mine will be one month on monday- I am also holding off  on the freezer stash as much as possible- and freezing leftovers here and there for those rough nights

post #55 of 2690
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How old's your baby?  Mine will be one month on monday- I am also holding off  on the freezer stash as much as possible- and freezing leftovers here and there for those rough nights


He's one week old today. :-)

 

post #56 of 2690

I'm gonna need a you all to invite me to dinner... Holy yummy you guys make me hungry. We do more good eating in the winter we're nibblers in the summer.  MMMMM!

Monday night it's gonna be white chicken chili.  However I may take out the chicken and do a sausage instead. 

post #57 of 2690
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Originally Posted by Imakcerka View Post

Monday night it's gonna be white chicken chili.  However I may take out the chicken and do a sausage instead. 


Now I want that! My sister has raved for years about white chicken chili, and we finally tried it over the summer. I'm hooked! 

 

post #58 of 2690
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I am lobbying hard for bacon and whiskey chili tonight, but my husband doesn't seem too enthused about it today... I hope he comes around though because it is soup weather here and I must have some! With cornbread! 

post #59 of 2690

was soup weather here and it has turned muggy and warm- lots of frozen soup and chili waiting for those cool nights ahead.

 

In the meantime,  another summer frittata, zucchini, corn, green salads - will enjoy summer meals while we can :)

post #60 of 2690
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I got the bacon and whiskey chili with cornbread last night! Plenty of leftovers, so I had a bowl for lunch too.

 

Tonight I'm making cioppino with toasted sourdough. I'm big into soup right now. 

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