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Check out the folks over at Maine Sugar Works for some sweet deliciousness this time of year!

source: http://mainesugarworks.com/

 

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I just noticed that I received 51,000 view the other day- didn’t know I had passed 50,000.

Thank you all for visiting.

The most hits I get on my blog are for lemon poundcake and Tyler Florence’s Ultimate pot roast.

Thanks again everyone!

=Dad

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Noodles and Cabbage.

 I know I’ve neglected this blog for a long time. But over the weekend I saw a segment of Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives on the Food Network and this one place was making Kluski. She was carmalizing the onions and cabbage – that hooked me.  

So here’s my version of what I saw —

 

Kluski y Kapusta

Kluski y Kapusta

1 small head of cabbage sliced (about 3 cups)
1 medium onion
1/2 lb of bacon – crisped in a large frying pan – reserved a little of the bacon grease in the pan
3 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup Chicken Stock
Salt and pepper

8oz. of wide egg noodles (or noodles of your choice – try whole wheat) cooked to al-dente per package directions and drained.

After frying the bacon to well done crispness, leave a little of the bacon grease and add the butter.  In the same pan fry the cut-up cabbage and onion to almost brown (carmalized).  Salt and pepper as needed.  Add the chicken stock and let that reduce just a bit.  Add in the cooked egg noodles and mix into the cabbage and onions then add crumbled bacon.  Blend together, re-season and serve.

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The Christmas and New Years holidays were busy. Managed to get some time off of work and do a little cooking, but it was mostly the traditional stuff. Of course made a turkey (actually two) – roasted one 10 lb bird out on the grill for two hours – it was great and I sure had the neighbors wondering what I was up to.

We did some running around on Sunday after church and somehow got the bug that I had to have a Polish dinner. We stopped at Polina in Casselberry to pick up some Bobak’s kielbasa.

bobaks-kielbasa

Well, since I had the kielbasa I thought I might as well make some potato pancakes

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Potato Pancakes
Gourmet|December, 2000


1 pound potatoes
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 3/4 cup olive oil


Peel potatoes and coarsely grate by hand, transferring to a large bowl of cold water as grated. Soak potatoes 1 to 2 minutes after last batch is added to water, then drain well in a colander.

Spread grated potatoes and onion on a kitchen towel and roll up jelly-roll style. Twist towel tightly to wring out as much liquid as possible. Transfer potato mixture to a bowl and stir in egg and salt.

Heat 1/4 cup oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Working in batches of 4 potato pancakes, spoon 2 tablespoons potato mixture per latke into skillet, spreading into 3-inch rounds with a fork. Reduce heat to moderate and cook until undersides are browned, about 5 minutes. Turn potato pancakes over and cook until undersides are browned, about 5 minutes more. Transfer to paper towels to drain and season with salt. Add more oil to skillet as needed. Keep potato pancakes warm on a wire rack set in a shallow baking pan in oven

I had some left over stuffed cabbage (golumpki) from Christmas Eve. So this made for a pretty nice dish with some nice pumpernickel bread.

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So there must have been something in the air — (now be good!) because yesterday there was a package sitting at the front door from my sister in New Haven – two bottles of Jezynowka – blackberry flavored brandy. YUM! Thanks Karen.

jezynowka

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My son shared two packages of New England Hot Dog buns with me.  He got them from his friends in Boston – When you grill the sides – it sure makes a difference in the taste.  Nothing like it.

Dog with New England Hot Dog bun

Dog with New England Hot Dog bun

They are impossible to get here in Florida.  I froze a bag and a half and we ate the rest.  I need to save them as long as I can without making them taste bad from freezing.  You’ll probably see more posts about this because this bun is important.

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I use home made chicken stock for stuffing now and I took some hints from Ina Garten on this.

Take the carcass of one roasted chicken (your own or from the store) and simmer it slowly in a large stock pot with

4 quarts of water (I used spring water)

1 medium onion cut in quarters

2 carrots – large chop

2 stalks of celery – large chop with leafy tops

2 bay leaves

tablespoon of whole black pepper corns

tablespoon of kosher salt

handful of italian parsley

handful of thyme

small sprig of rosemary

Simmer this very slowly until the liquid is medium-to-dark.

Strain through a sieve into another pot that you can keep in the refrigerator (or outside frig if you have one).

Then use this when you make your favorite stuffing recipe.

Making Chicken Stock

Making Chicken Stock

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Ok, I had two boneless chicken breast out on the counter to defrost.  My wife gave me strict instructions NOT to make chicken Parmesan (which we both love but we are tired of saucy stuff).  So I decided to look up some chicken chili recipes – and basically ended up making my regular chili but with ground chicken instead of ground beef.

It tasted crappy.  It was probably healthy, and maybe someone might think it was good.  But not us.  We need the BEEF.  We need the beef fat.  We can’t take shortcuts and make chili from stuff that chili isn’t supposed to made from.  Its foul 😉

Lesson Learned ===>> Don’t make chicken chili – ever – again!

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