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The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #14

.The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #14

Fried & Baked Pork Tenderloin W/Mashed Potatoes

The Menu … posted in a conspicuous place which happens to be the stove hood …

To remove a good measure of starch … the potatoes are soaked in salt water overnight …

Slow boiled Potatoes & lightly seasoned Turnip Greens with Jowl Bacon … Slow boiled Potatoes are exceptionally tender …

Before tending to the potatoes, lightly breaded & browned pork tenderloins are placed in a 400 degree oven for twenty minutes ….

Since I have never made mashed potatoes, I watched a few videos and cherry picked the steps that made sense to me and compiled my own diabetic friendly recipe. The first mashing is twice around the bowl … then salt, white pepper (for obvious reasons) and butter are mashed in evenly in another two rounds of the bowl … 

The final step in the mashed potatoes is whisking in milk until the desired consistency is obtained … I like mine with a few lumps … I don’t like soupy or pureed creme of potatoes …

Plated and ready for the table … It is hard to describe how good this meal was … I still have fond memories of the experience.

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The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #13

.The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #13

Slow Cooked Pork Stew W/Sweet Potatoes & Biscuits

On the right: The Saturday Dinner Menu Card.

Preparations for the Saturday Dinner started Friday Morning. Fresh Potatoes were washed, peeled, and cut into Pork Stew ready pieces.

The cut Potato pieces are boiled until almost done then drained and covered with four cups of lucious Brown Gravy. 

While the Potatoes start to slow cook in the Gravy, Fresh cut Pork Tenderloin is cubed, salt and peppered.

The Cubed Pork Tenderloin is quick fried in Real Butter and light oil to help seal in the juices. This will keep the Tenderloin from shredding into small strands after many, many hours of slow cooking.

I was aiming for a four cup of gravy recipe but my enthusiasm got the better of me and I ended up with six cups of dark brown gravy. So for the first four or so hours, the Potatoes and Cubed Pork Tenderloin cook at a very slow boil. If everything is to be tender, and comfortable to chew, you can’t shortcut the slow boil time.

Not long after the cut-up cooked Potatoes and Cubed Pork Tenderloin were set to simmering in the thick dark gravy, I added the Semi-fresh Carrots and Celery (fresh). The Carrots were so tough I couldn’t eat them. I was actually afraid I would damage my Vintage High-impact Store bought Plastic Teeth.  So the Carrots were to be slow cooked for both days of preparation. I took the pot from the heat in the early evening, and when it was deemed at a safe temperature for handling, I set the Pork Stew in the refrigerator. End of first day.

The second day … the Pork Stew was taken from the refrigerator and put on the heat before lunch. Once a very, very slow boil was obtained a cup of Frozen Green Peas was added. At about three hours or so before estimated serving, the Green Peas would be thawed and cooked nicely. For the first serving of a new menu item, I didn’t want them cooked out of their shells. About a hour and a half before serving, it was time to add a good handful of Frozen Pearl Onions. I wanted them to be cooked to where they would offer a little resistance when chewed. It was also time to get the other meal players ready for serving.

At the last moment, the Round Crackers which were going to accessorize the dinner menu were replaced with supposedly Hot Buttered Biscuits. Now, I cannot make Homemade Biscuits. I’ve tried many times over the years but finally came to a sense of peace admitting that I am inept at such a fundamental baking skill. Eating my past mistakes was also a convincing factor in my decision to make no futile baking attempts. So … I know nothing about Frozen Biscuits either … and there was no preparation or cooking instructions on the plastic freezer bag. Helpful advise from a friend said to put them in a 350 degree oven and keep an eye on them. Ok.

I took the formerly Frozen Biscuits out of the oven after twenty-five minute. They smelled outstanding especially once stuffed with Real Butter and dipped into the Pork Stew Gravy. 

Plated … I decided early not to cover the dinner Biscuits with Pork Stew Gravy. So instead of being an unrecognizable bump under the gravy, they were heavily buttered and plated separately with the Baked Sweet Potato which was a heated up leftover from a day or so before.

This slow cooked Pork Stew recipe is really good. The meat and vegetables come out exceptionally tender and the dark gravy blends it all together. I fix this recipe often and the leftovers do well, from days on end, in the refrigerator.

An excellent side dish. Baked Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Sugar and Real Butter..

The finisher … No Sugar Added Pumpkin Pie Dessert. Note: Pie slice pictured may not actually be”The Piece of Pie eaten during meal”.

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The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #12

.The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #12

Baked/Fried Hamburger Steak W/Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Friday Dinner Menu

Once the White Onion is sliced and the Hamburger meat prepared (salt-pepper), two Fresh Garlic Cloves are mashed and chopped (diced). 

The chopped Garlic is sauteed in Real Butter. Remove from heat before the Butter burns since this is the basting mixture for the Hamburger Steaks and Garlic Potatoes.

Seared on each side in a hot frying pan, the Hamburger Steaks are put into a 400 degree oven for thirty-five minutes. Note: excess grease is faithfully drained from the frying pan.

Halfway through the cooking process, the Hamburger Steaks are generously basted with the melted Garlic-Butter mixture. This keeps the Meat from having a hard or crusty exterior which could be problematic should dinner guests have missing or no teeth.

While the Hamburger Steaks are baking, the White Onion slices are sauteed in Real Butter until mostly translucent or before the Real Butter burns. The leftover butter is added to the Garlic basting mixture.

Plated with the Sauteed Onions on the Hamburger Steak and the Mashed Potatoes liberally basted with the Onion/Garlic and Melted Butter mixture. Note: the Mashed Potatoes were leftover from a previous meal. They warmed up magnificently!

The taste of this dinner was quite good. The Garlic Mashed Potatoes were exceptional and not overpowering in the least. Note: for a juicer Hamburger Steak oven cooking time should be reduced by ten minutes.

The finisher … No Sugar Added Pumpkin Pie. And … not only a No Sugar Added Pumpkin Pie … but a Gift (free) No Sugar Added Pumpkin Pie! (got to love the Holidays)

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The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #11

.The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #11

Fried & Baked Pork Tenderloin W/Boiled Cabbage

The Menu .. and the first four burner going at the same time along with the small oven meal in quite a while.

Breaded Pork Tenderloin is browned on both sides … I usually place my Tenderloin in a plastic bag of flour and let it sit in the refrigerator a couple of hours before cooking.  

Browned lightly … the Tenderloin is placed in a 400 degree oven for twenty minutes. For thinner cuts of meat, I reduce the baking time by five minutes …

With the Tenderloin in the oven, I turn my attention to the Hoe Cakes or fried Cornbread consisting of Cornbread batter which I added a good measure of Frozen Whole Sweet Yellow Corn & four packages of Artificial Sweetener (instead of 1/2 cup of processed white sugar per package directions for sweet cornbread) … The Yellow Corn added to the mixture gave the Hoe Cakes a different texture which I found was quite pleasing …

Hoe Cakes kept warm and ready for the table … I made them somewhat larger than normal so they would fit neatly between the fingers & thumb and wouldn’t be dropped as much as the smaller more delicate versions. (hate it when that happens)

Leftover Boiled Cabbage with Ham Seasoning heated up quickly …..

Slow cooked White Beans seasoned with Ham Pieces were a perfect complement to the meal … The beans were soaked and occasionally washed the night before cooking.

Plated … Fresh chopped White Onion was added to the White Beans and an ample serving of Real Butter applied to the first Hoe Cake. The Pork Tenderloin was served with Homemade brown Gravy.

I always cook with two meat servings. This makes it easier in packaging or freezing the remnants of this meal or any other meal for future consumption or possible disposal out back.

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The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #10

.The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #10

Calico Omelette W/Sausage Breakfast

Morning Menu.

Red, Yellow, Green, & Orange Bell Peppers make up the Calico Omelette mixture. I cut and chop the peppers in advance and freeze them in a plastic freezer bag. This is a time saving convenience. The same mixture is used in my Calico Rice recipe. A first step cooked Pork Sausage is cut up and added to the peppers. 

Chopped White Onion is added to the Pepper and Pork Sausage mixture. I generally saute the colorful mixture in real butter and leftover sausage grease until the Peppers and White Onion pieces are soft and nearly translucent.  Note: I use a lot of paper towels when cooking. It is alright to remove any frying pan from the heat temporarily in order to keep flaming paper towel and soot out of the menu item. 

The Onion, Pepper and Sausage mix is removed from the pan. Before I add the Scrambled Egg mixture, Salt and Black Pepper, I let the pan get back up to temperature. The two Scrambled Egg mixture is perfect for a nine-and-a-half inch square pan and makes a nice Thin Omelette. I use the square frying pan because I like ninety degree angles and straight lines. The square pan also makes plating tender dishes like the thin Calico Omelette easier.

The cooked Calico pepper and sausage mix is then carefully placed in a corner of the square pan. I like to fold the left and right corners toward the center. This is done to keep the tender Omelette from tearing apart during plating. Note: before folding corners, Cheese can be added if required.

The top corner of the Omelette is then folded down leaving room for the Pepper and Sausage mixture to make a colorful presentation.

Easily plated and ready for breakfast. An additional Pork Sausage, Coffee and well done Toast complete the morning meal.

A morning presentation that is neat, clean and flavorful. Note: only one paper towel was severely fire damaged during the preparation of this meal.

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The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #08

.The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #08

Something Different … Chopped Salad …

This was my first attempt to make an editable Chopped Salad. I had become quite proficient making several types of Wedge Salads but had been wanting to try something different. The ingredients were much the same except I added some Black Olives and Mild Banana Peppers.

Into the Chopper Bowl, I start with sliced Tomato, Cucumber, Red Onion, Green Bell Pepper, Black Olives and Mild Banana Peppers.

The chopping of the ingredients proved easier than anticipated. The Stainless Steel Chopper worked flawlessly. 

For a Vegetarian Salad I add only Lettuce as the final ingredient to be chopped. For my normal salad, I add Lettuce and Black Forest Ham.

The finished salad is topped with either Sweet Vidalia Onion or Poppyseed Salad Dressing. 

A very nice Black Forest Ham Chopped Salad except when all the yelling and shouting was done, I realized I forgot to add the Black Olives and Mild Banana Peppers … (It was good even without them)

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The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #07

.The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #07

Breakfast At The Diner …

Hillbilly Cafe (Diner) At Highway US 127 Russell Springs, Kentucky

Biscuit & Gravy with Crisp Bacon is an excellent morning starter …

Over Easy Eggs & Sausage with Buttered Toast …

Charles & Karen, Cousin Gene’s Brother & Sister-in-law visiting from Texas, joined the breakfast crowd.

Cousin Gene & Janet enjoying the morning fare …

Alben & Janet Working On Their 55th Year …

Debbie … Excellent Service Is Free Of Charge …

Raybon … a diner regular & Sage

Lane enjoying his Biscuit & Gravy breakfast …

Ready To Eat … Biscuit & Gravy with Bacon …

At The Diner … Alben & Janet, Old Guy, Karen & Charles, Gordon Gene …

Cousin Gene making a Sensible Fashion Statement …

Dale … a Valued Regular & Friend …

The Definition Of Collusion … Raybon & Cousin Gene …

The Old Guy … happy with a Tenderloin Biscuit …

Toast with free Garden Fresh Tomatoes …

The Remains of a Successful Breakfast …

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