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The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … The Help …

When cooking speciality dinners … it helps to have some help!

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The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #20

.The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #20

Thursday Menu

Two-step Pork Tenderloin browned on each side then placed in oven and baked for twenty minutes at 350 degrees. Oven time should be adjusted to oven type and tenderloin thickness in order to not overcook meat. 

Milk with two teaspoons of cornstarch is slowly stirred into a stick and three-quarters of melted butter.

Boiled and drained Bow Tie Pasta covered and slow cooked in Garlic Butter Sauce until completely saturated. 

Plated! Two-Step Pork Tenderloin, Buttered fresh Sweet Corn and Bow Tie Pasta with Garlic Butter Sauce.

The Garlic Butter Sauce was a luxurious addition to the Bow Tie Pasta. It was thick and creamy and a welcome success to bounce out of a string of less than desirable, and edible menu failures. The only adjustment that needs to be made to the recipe is halving the ingredients including the amount of pasta. I ate Bow Tie pasta leftovers for three and a half days. 

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The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #19

.The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #19

Eating Misjudgments or Possible Mistakes

Looking for something different for dinner other than twenty cans of Vienna Sausage and eleven cans of Cream of Chicken soup neatly contained within the food pantry, I decided to make a pot of Pinto Beans.. It has been years since I had a good bowl or two. So, after a overnight soaking of the beans …

I thought I would supplement my Pinto Bean dinner with a boiled egg. It struck me that instead of dirtying another pan needlessly, I would drop an egg in the slow cooking bean water which wasn’t that bad an idea since my future dinner was nearly complete. Along with the soaked beans, I had added beef seasoning, chopped red onions and the likes. The beans had a good while to cook before serving time and for sure, the egg would be boiled and ready to eat … so-to-speak.

In the gadget drawer, I found a pretty good old fashioned egg retriever …

I guess I was somewhat taken back by the curious color of the almost cleaned and ready to eat egg. I don’t remember from my younger years, Easter Eggs changing interior colors … just the outer shell. And they were dyed red, green, blue, yellow and the likes. Never saw an egg colored a shade of dry common dirt with greenish-yellow undertones. Very interesting.

The egg, despite its awkward, somewhat unappetizing appearance, was eatable. Yeah eatable … but I tried my best not to look at it or think about the noticeable and questionable taste. Maybe next time, when beans are on the menu, I will have some pre-boiled eggs that are pleasing to the eye and personal sensitivities. 

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The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #18

.The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #18

Eating Mistakes

when I was married and now as a widower ... the magic has yet to arrive. 

I cannot, and have never been able to, make simple everyday run of the mill biscuits. I tried when I was single. Even more so when I was married … and now as a widower … the magic has yet to arrive. Believe me, I’ve been anticipating and listening for an unfamiliar knocking at the door. So, having been discouraged and humiliated repeatedly from attempting the baking arts, I accidently saw on the store baking items shelf a package mix promising fresh, hot and easy to make Southern biscuits. Throwing caution, and forty years of ridicule and failure to the wind, I bought a package.

The package instructions said add three quarters cup of milk to the mix and stir gently; don’t overmix. Continuing on … place the dough on a floured surface, roll to one half inch thickness and cut out biscuits … placing them in a four hundred fifty degree oven. Well … what that bunch of package instructions got me was nearly liquid dough that had the adhesive properties and longevity of wood paneling glue. Even after adding two handfuls of self-rising flour to the mixture, I was fighting a nightmare. One reason I didn’t take photographs was because I had the stuff all over me, the kitchen and floured board. I certainly didn’t want a camera I couldn’t let go of for a week. With a lot of effort and determination, I cut out two biscuits that quickly lost their Southern biscuit integrity, gave up and just added two pieces of remaining dough to the greased baking pan. Thankfully, I closed the oven door and backed away from the impending heartbreak. But I have to admit, the results would be better than expected after the nightmare preparation.

Three of the four biscuits were thin and only good for toasting. Of course, it is best not to forget them in the toaster oven. I nearly added to the tower of shame by accident when paying them no mind. Yeah, that would be a shame to toast burn my fresh, hot and easy to make Southern biscuits. 

Yeah … I’ve gotten used to thin & crispy breakfast biscuits though they aren’t that good with sausage gravy. And no … I wouldn’t recommend the  package mix of fresh, hot and easy to make Southern biscuits to anyone … sorry.

Yes it’s true, there have been other cooking mistakes … while working the photographs of this Blog Post … I forgot the rice cooking on the stove and it burned. I’ll have to soak the pan for a week. This disaster I won’t be able to eat.

 

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The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #17

.The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #17

Old School Breakfast

A break in the normal breakfast routine …

I watched my mother make poached eggs for Saturday breakfast many, many years ago … even learned the correct words to say if something went wrong. So I thought, I would give them a try using her old school method of preparation.

Toast goes well with poached eggs so … the Tower of Shame … sits on the kitchen table as a reminder not to forget the toast or the biscuits in the toaster oven … that has been a problem lately.

I like my Old School poached eggs cooked three and a half minutes. I bring the water up to boiling, then turn the temperature down to medium high heat and put in the eggs. The Trial and Error method of timing will soon get them cooked to taste.

Plated … Poached Eggs on Cinnamon Toast & Sausage. This was a good breakfast and I got the timing of each of the components almost down perfect. 

Alternate W/Biscuits

Plated … Poached Eggs On Biscuits with sausage … the extra egg is for dipping.

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The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #16

.The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #16

Dinner Soup

A change in the normal routine … Soup for Dinner …

Sweet Potatoes peeled and ready to be slow cooked.

Fresh diced Garlic Cloves …

Fresh Garlic sauteed in real butter and Olive Oil …

The cooked Garlic and Butter mixture is added to the boiled Sweet Potatoes along with Sea Salt, Cinnamon Sugar, two packages Sweet & Low and a couple of slices of Red Onion. Six cups of water had been brought to a boil, then the heat was turned off to let the Sweet Potatoes rest for twenty minutes in the hot water. The Sweet Potatoes were then slow cooked until they were tender.

The Soup Maker. I know this is an Antique Blender but I chanced that it would work. I was sure that it wouldn’t be tired or overworked since it had been resting in a kitchen cabinet for over thirty some odd years.

It is best to load the Sweet Potatoes and fluid only to a halfway level in the mixer. According to what I have seen on television, halfway keeps the mixture from erupting out the top of the device, making a mess or semi-seriously burning anyone standing close by. I had to guess at the blender settings since I hadn’t used one before and the choices didn’t match the new machines. 

The six cup of water recipe makes for two luxurious pours. Unfortunately, the second mixer bach had a loose top and the overflow burned the fire out of my fingers and made a mess to clean up.  

A nice grilled cheese sandwich made with real butter is added to the menu. 

Plated with chopped Green Onion garnish …

Thick an Rich, the Sweet Potato soup made for an interesting change from the every day lunch routine …

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The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #15

.The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #15

Waffles For Lunch Are Special Anytime

Something Different for Lunch!

I thought I would either put an old antique Waffle maker, which was collecting dust on a kitchen shelf, to good use or throw it away should it prove to be … good for nothing. Of course during the dusting off part of the project, I had to have my coffee close at hand.

I made the Pancake/Waffle Batter per the box instructions. I did think the mix was a little thin and planned to thicken it should the first Waffle prove to be lacking in some or all of the qualities generally afforded to Waffles. Turned out the mix was fine and required no adjustments. Note: I do not but don’t discourage putting additional ingredients into my Pancake or Waffle mixtures.

Years ago, I found that the Waffle Maker didn’t time the cooking/done process correctly. With the timer on the cell phone, I could time out an extra two minutes when the red cooking indicator light went out. I have to admit the smell of the cooking Waffles brought back a lot of memories.

Not wanting lunch to be interrupted, the complete batter run is cooked. This insures the Waffle or Waffles for lunch are last and hot off the grill surface.

Done … Success … Lunch is here. Oh if it wasn’t so cold outside there would be dancing in the street celebrating the beauty of the finished Golden Brown Waffles!

Finished Waffles ready to be frozen for future Breakfasts or interesting Lunches. The seven inch Waffles (five count) are a perfect fit for a gallon freezer bag. For ease of future use, they should be frozen individually before being stored in the freezer.

Plated … Sliced Tomatoes and Pork Sausage are added along with Real Butter and Sugar-free Maple Syrup. 

A pleasing lunch that is a little bit different but big on taste.

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