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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/06/22 17:33:41 (permalink)
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We are in Clearfield, PA, on our way back home from CT.  We randomly chose Clearfield because it's about half-way and there are several motels.  We checked in, there was a "magazine" about the local eateries.  Come to find out, we're 2 miles away from Denny's Beer Barrel Pub!!!!!!  They have been on the Travel Channel, Food Network, etc. and are known for their huge burgers.......2, 3, 6, 15, 25, 50 and 100 lb. burgers!  We are not in a food competition but we're hoping for a good 10oz. burger this evening! 

Anxious to get your feedback!

Things started out very well when we saw that they had Smithwick's on tap.  Then we looked at the menu.  "All burgers are cooked to an internal temp. of 160 degrees."  Well done.  We like ours MR.  We were not happy.  But we ordered burgers anyway because we didn't know of any other place to go.  They were lousy......dry and tasteless because of being well done.  We would never go back.  But for those of you who like WD burgers, the place was certainly animated and the ambiance very rustic and pleasant.  If only they didn't cook the darn burgers WD!!!  

 
Lisa,
 
I wish I could have warned you.  My experience there was exactly like yours......maybe a little worse
 
My burger at WH Diner was medium well, but, the meat was fresh and the burger juicy.  I would say Denny's uses eggs as a binder because of the large burgers, hence the well doness.
 
Joe
 
 
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/06/22 18:46:05 (permalink)
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Your burger at WH Diner looked really good.  This one did not.  I guess all the hype is about the enormous burgers that they do.  I was not impressed.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/06/24 19:55:29 (permalink)
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My niece found a recipe online called "9 Can Taco Soup", and since we really were not into cooking we gave it a whirl. Turned out really well, actually!



Would you mind giving out the recipe? Sounds like something I may attempt. Easy cook am I. Thanks.

Sorry! I was erratic at best getting online the last few days, so I just saw this. If you're on Facebook, the recipe comes from The Robot Mommy in one of her statuses: https://www.facebook.com/...27667270624260?fref=nf
If you're not:
9 Can Taco Soup
2 boneless chicken breasts (diced) 
2 cans of cream of chicken soup
2 cans of chicken broth
2 cans of red or green enchilada sauce
1 can of diced tomatoes 
1 can of pinto beans
1 can of black beans 
Minced onions (a small handful)
Lime juice (about 1/4 c)
 
Brown the chicken in oil on medium heat until brown. 
Dump the rest of the ingredients in the pot. 
Cook for 3 hours. 
Receive love and praise from all who enjoy it.
 
We used two large cans of chicken instead of dealing with cooking raw, the giant size can of cream of chicken instead of two little ones,  and completely forgot to add the onions and lime juice. We also rinsed and drained the pintos and black beans (because it seems like you should). 
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/06/24 23:13:21 (permalink)
I started jambalya this morning by sauteing andouille sausage, ham, chicken, celery, green pepper and onion. Moved it to the crock pot and added chicken broth, black and cayenne peppers, thyme, cumin, paprika, oregano and garlic powder. Cooked on low for 5 hours, added salt and file gumbo plus rice. 45 minutes later, jambalaya!

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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/06/25 04:00:38 (permalink)
Hot rock ribeye!
 

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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/06/25 11:22:55 (permalink)
Wow!
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/06/25 17:53:15 (permalink)
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Hot rock ribeye!



 
That looks impressive....and delicious too!
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/06/25 23:52:45 (permalink)
Interesting way of serving the ribeyes.  I'd even say impressive.
 
But, I'd have trouble cutting my steak on that stone, just as I do on a metal steak plate.  Like scratching nails on a chalkboard.
 
For dinner tonight I hate to say...  I had 4 McDonald's Chicken McNuggets.  Not so crazy about the McNuggets, themselves but they're a vehicle for that wonderful Buffalo Sauce they serve.  I'm crazy for that sauce!
 
Oh, I followed them with one of their hot fudge sundaes.  Can't beat them!
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/06/26 03:10:57 (permalink)
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Interesting way of serving the ribeyes.  I'd even say impressive.
But, I'd have trouble cutting my steak on that stone, just as I do on a metal steak plate.  Like scratching nails on a chalkboard.

I'd eat the rock and throw the steak away!
All the flavor's in the rock!
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/06/26 21:43:08 (permalink)
Hanger steak for me tonight.  Cooked just a tad too much.  Still pink but a bit hard to chew.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/06/27 09:48:23 (permalink)
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Hot rock ribeye!


That's a really neat technique.  I remember an episode of "Secrets of a Chef" where Hubert Keller did something very similar and it's a dish he actually serves in one of his restaurants; IIRC the customer's given the hot rock and raw meat and cooks his meal himself.  Or something like that.
 
Of course, when getting the rock screaming hot it's important to use one that won't explode..." />
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/06/27 19:11:07 (permalink)
Last night (chicken and angel hair pasta in scallion-parmesan sauce with coleslaw):

 
Tonight (sweet basil pork chop with broccoli and coleslaw):

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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/06/29 18:44:52 (permalink)
That's a good-looking chop, Felix...can you please share the recipe?
 
I'm trying to approximate a Philly roast pork sandwich tonight.  There's a pork loin roast on the rotisserie and I'm going to cut it thin and serve it on bakery sub rolls from the local supermarket; no broccoli rabe but I do have some provolone to shred and a 50/50 mix of beef and chicken broth for dipping.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/06/29 19:45:52 (permalink)
I surely can! I originally got it from AllRecipes as a pork chop recipe, then modified it for whole tenderloins, then when I wanted to make just chops I couldn't find the original so I had to modify it again.
http://www.recipezazz.com...l-pork-tenderloin-4548
 
Tonight I did marinated broiled steak, Mushrooms Oriental (it's a 30-second microwave recipe, and surprisingly amazing), broccoli-cauliflower-mushroom salad, and coleslaw.
 

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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/07/02 20:54:19 (permalink)
Hello everyone.  Are we actually back?  I can't find a button for a new topic.
 
I had pulled pork with sweet barbecue sauce for dinner along with cauliflower topped with melted cheese.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/07/02 21:17:51 (permalink)
We are back. Just to stay on topic, I had a Mackenthun's Excelsior Brewery Brat for dinner tonight.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/07/02 23:03:01 (permalink)
Hey, there we are! It took me entirely too long to figure out I wasn't signed in. Couldn't find a "reply" option at all.
 
Tonight I marinated a boneless pork loin chop in balsamic and oregano (then broiled), served with an Italian bean salad and some maple brown sugar carrots. Forgot to take the picture before I cut the chop, but whatever.
 

 
 
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/07/04 20:31:37 (permalink)
The sausage was vetoed by the picky one, so we just ended up with salads. Seafood salad, broccoli salad, and Italian bean salad (which is now thankfully gone...that bowl NEVER got any emptier no matter how many times I ate it!).
 

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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/07/04 23:04:52 (permalink)
My smoked brisket turned out to be hot dogs and beans.
 
Perfect meal for the 4th. 
 
I'm told.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/07/05 09:38:15 (permalink)
I worked all day, came home and had a cold meatloaf sand, potato chips & sweet pickles.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/07/06 01:39:47 (permalink)
More of the salads from yesterday, with a quiche I threw together (smoked sausage, spinach, Vidalia, cheddar).
 

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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/07/06 12:51:08 (permalink)
Taco's last night...with a dribble of Kinder's bbq sauce on each one. The kitchen was so hot, even at twilight, so I ate dinner outside, while taking in the view. The skeeters were gone, birds went to bed, and the stars were starting to come out...
 
I must have been "off my feed" because I could only eat 5 taco's. not my usual 6 taco's. Tortilla's soft fried in 1/2 canola oil & 1/2 bacon grease (I don't like the tortilla's hard fried, like at Taco Belch & other commercial eateries)...
 
In the taco's was the seasoned hamburger, cilantro, red onion, and a dribble of bbq sauce...
 
I used to heat the corn tortillas with a dry (no oil) black iron skillet for a soft taco, but the last 2 years or so I reverted to a soft fry for the flavor...
 
Lately I've been using a new gadget: a special wire taco shell holder rack, to build 6 taco's at a time...after frying the tortilla's I put them in the rack & add the chopped red onion & cilantro in the bottom, before adding the meat.
 
Simple...I often will eat them "stand up style"...walking around me "yard" (we really don't have "yards" here in the mtns) with a paper plate...duck into the cookhouse for another taco, to continue my strolling supper...
 
Life is simple but good here at the MC Ranch...hillbilly cool...
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/07/06 13:06:47 (permalink)
I was just remembering the best taco's I ever ate...
 
The tortillas were heated on a dry black iron surface...but it wasn't a fry pan...it was the top of a classic iron wood stove at a friends house...the corner of the stovetop was a shiny iron surface due to many hundreds of tortilla's heated directly on the hot surface, and like many older classic wood stoves on mountain homesteads, there were wisps of smoke leaking around the iron plates & other top surface parts, which added a wonderful smokey flavor to the corn tortilla's...
 
Even now, 40 years later, I can still smell the smoke wisps from the oak wood fired stove...back in the mid 1970's that classic iron wood stove was already many, many decades old...perhaps back to the 1920's, maybe even older...
 
I imagine the number of folks here that have cooked on a REAL classic iron wood stove is but a very small fraction, but our grandmothers had it down...
 
It's an ART to be able to manage the old heavy iron stoves...the process was one of almost constant adjustments...not a "set it & forget" it type of process...what type wood you use, how you build & maintain the fire, and how you adjust the vents & heat path...
 
When you look at the old pioneer kitchens, compared to today's kitchens, it's a world of difference...
 
post edited by BackRhodes - 2014/07/06 13:08:41
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/07/06 19:25:18 (permalink)
As it turns out, my mother for reasons beyond comprehension, had saved a small dish of the Italian bean salad. She makes my brain hurt. Anyway, boneless pork loin chop with coffee barbecue rub (oven roasted), cornbread, bean salad (which now truly is gone), and broccoli salad (also gone).
 

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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/07/06 22:27:09 (permalink)
Felix, I so understand, "She makes my brain hurt".
 
Cherish it!
 
I had a lazy night.  One Popeye's spicy breast with their red beans and rice.
 
I remembered why I like thighs.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/07/07 08:33:10 (permalink)
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I worked all day, came home and had a cold meatloaf sand, potato chips & sweet pickles.


Sometimes I make a meatloaf just because I am in the mood for a cold meatloaf sandwich the next day. 
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/07/07 14:12:46 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby joerogo 2014/07/09 20:41:34
Well......as usual, when Kathi's family is asked what restaurant they want to go for their birthday, the answer is-----how about if Ed cooks instead? So this year for David's b'day, crawfish was requested. I decided to do a Texas/Louisiana dinner.
 
Saturday morning, I made a rub, with some Hatch chili powder, ancho chili powder, smoked paprika, black pepper, cumin, coriander, black pepper, sea salt and some other goodies. I rubbed it on after putting a layer of mustard on the brisket and let it set in the fridge. The 13 lb. whole packer brisket went on the smoker over hickory at midnight Sunday. By 8 am it looked really nice:

 
Late Sunday morning, I started a crock pot of Texas pinto beans, with fresh onion, jalapeño, pasilla pepper, cumin, cilantro, diced tomatoes, chicken broth and a few strips of bacon. Several hours later, when the beans and brisket were finished, I added the burnt ends from the brisket.

 

 
A shout out and thank you goes to lleechef for telling me about it and chewingthefat's wife for coming up with the idea. I smoked bacon wrapped onion rings. I coated the rings with some Stubbs Texas BBQ sauce and wrapped them with applewood smoked pepper bacon:

There were no leftovers.
 
I did fresh corn in the crockpot and it turned out really good, a perfect way to cook and serve without extra pots.

 
Other sides were Kathi's homemade cole slaw and macaroni salad.
 
The brisket turned out tender, with a nice smoke ring. Everyone was easily able to cut it with a plastic knife. The flat end was extremely tender, while the point end not quite as tender but incredibly juicy. No leftovers! I served it with the Stubbs Texas BBQ Sauce on the side in case anyone wanted sauce on it. 

 

 
I didn't have time to take photos of the finished beans or a full plate of food. Instead, I was out "stirring the pot".
I was also dealing with an attempted jailbreak of a few feisty individuals.

 
When the pot was finished, eight pounds of fresh crawfish were ready. 

 

Again, there were no leftovers.
 
Finally, we had the cake. It was a tres leches cake with blueberry filling, made by a friend's father who does it professionally. You can see what the birthday boy likes. The holes are where the candles were.

 
And the birthday boy with his "gift".

 
It was an exhausting time (I was up most of the night checking and mopping the brisket) but every one seemed to enjoy themselves----even 11 month old Maddy!
post edited by EdSails - 2014/07/07 14:15:51
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/07/07 15:27:10 (permalink)
wow!  What a feast!  Everything looks spectacular.  Aren't those bacon-wrapped onion rings good?   Brisket looks cooked perfectly.  (Thumbs down for the NY Yankees cake.  )
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/07/07 23:39:52 (permalink)
Outstanding, Ed!
 
This evening I had something I haven't had in years.  I had a Grilled Ruben Sandwich.  Why did I give them up?
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/07/07 23:47:15 (permalink)
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Outstanding, Ed!
 
This evening I had something I haven't had in years.  I had a Grilled Ruben Sandwich.  Why did I give them up?




I don't know, Mar. Why would anyone give up something as messy and delicious as a Reuben?
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