What's For LUNCH...???

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Sun, 07/21/13 9:59 PM
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The McSheets were yanked from me earlier in the week...during a cookie debacle.

So just disposable baking sheets.

Lucky I wasn't blindfolded.

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Mon, 07/22/13 3:07 PM
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I had a picnic all by myself in my back yard. Half a crab-stuffed cucumber, olive salad, shrimp salad, and cottage cheese. With a huge glass of sweet tea.
 


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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Mon, 07/22/13 3:37 PM
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Those cookies look perfect.  I'd make more than three.

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Mon, 07/22/13 3:47 PM
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Thank you!

The recipe called for 3 per sheet. I made a few more batches after those behaved so well.

It was a very detailed Bouchon Bakery recipe. By hand it was somwhat of a cookie miracle. For me...at least.

Maybe with a mixer they'll spread out more.

Here's my inspiration. The cookie I had from Bouchon Bakery in Las Vegas...




They look different but the flavor was spot-on Bouchon!

I was sober when I baked the cookies. I'll leave it at that.
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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Mon, 07/22/13 4:05 PM
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CFS with mashed potatoes & gravy...



Garlic toast y'all...



Divine old-school tapioca puddin'...



A light lunch...only in color!
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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Tue, 07/23/13 7:44 AM
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Felix-great looking picnic! Tomorrow on my day off its supposed to be 75-so a similar picnic in my backyard is in order! CC-thanks for the idea for dinner tonight-love cfs...

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Tue, 07/23/13 3:55 PM
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Enjoy the cool weather!

Back to Italian for me today....



Eggplant Rollatini!

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Tue, 07/23/13 4:35 PM
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Holy cow--that looks awesome, CC.  Did you make it?

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Tue, 07/23/13 4:48 PM
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That does look really good!
 
I had perhaps a beer too many last night, so lunch (being my first meal of the day) was cream of tomato soup and a cheese and bacon sandwich fried in the bacon grease.
 


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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Tue, 07/23/13 8:38 PM
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Felix, I LOVE that picture!

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Wed, 07/24/13 8:30 AM
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Felix-comfort( hang over) food at its best!

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Wed, 07/24/13 11:58 AM
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The eggplant was a coaching lesson for my nephew. He's very talented and a quick study.

After that we celebrated victory!




Mark celebrated with the popular Roadfood beer...




I stayed on the Italian theme with a few bottles of Zardetto Prosecco.



Just enough to promise I'd make homemade ricotta impastata for a cannoli lesson.

Veritas also has a cool Ozbar wine dispensing system. I'm amazed to find this in Tehachapi...

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Wed, 07/24/13 12:25 PM
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I LOVE that Tangerine beer! Or anything from Lost Coast, really. Can't get it here, but I'm working with my local liquor store so hopefully it'll happen.

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Wed, 07/24/13 12:29 PM
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I remember you posting that beer during your trip to Tahoe!

That was the first time he had it....and he loves it!

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Wed, 07/24/13 1:04 PM
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I had a bottle of New Zealand Liquid Ice as well...

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Wed, 07/24/13 5:40 PM
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I bought a pretzel from Kohnen's German bakery...



and decided to pair it with olive loaf...

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Wed, 07/24/13 5:50 PM
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felix4067


That does look really good!

I had perhaps a beer too many last night, so lunch (being my first meal of the day) was cream of tomato soup and a cheese and bacon sandwich fried in the bacon grease.



 
That looks great.  One of my favorite lunches!! 
But do you call that a grilled cheese with bacon or a toasted cheese with bacon????

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Wed, 07/24/13 6:09 PM
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ChrisOC


That looks great.  One of my favorite lunches!! 
But do you call that a grilled cheese with bacon or a toasted cheese with bacon????

I couldn't decide, so I didn't call it either one.
 
CC, I found a place I can order the Tangerine Wheat online, but it's $14.99 + shipping per 6-pack. 

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Wed, 07/24/13 6:27 PM
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I never made a (whatever you call it) cheese sandwich using bacon fat. I'm gonna do that for lunch tomorrow. I just bought bacon to go with polenta for breakfast.


Yikes! That's crazy expensive! I had a taste of his beer ...and it really is delicious!

I'll see if they carry the entire line...and keep sampling...while I'm here.
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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Wed, 07/24/13 6:52 PM
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I hadn't done it before, either...but since I'd just fried the bacon I figured what the heck. It was excellent.
 
Yeah, I'm not paying that for beer no matter how much I love it. The grocery store near my friend's house in Tahoe sells it for $6.99/6 pack. If they've got it, I'm a huge fan of their Alley Cat Amber and Raspberry Brown.
 
I forgot to eat lunch today.

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Thu, 07/25/13 4:19 PM
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Couldn't decide between melted American and melted Chipotle White Cheddar on my bacon-egg-cheese English muffin sandwiches, so I did one of each. Because I can.
 


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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Thu, 07/25/13 4:57 PM
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Polenta con pancetta...


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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Thu, 07/25/13 5:05 PM
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felix4067


Couldn't decide between melted American and melted Chipotle White Cheddar on my bacon-egg-cheese English muffin sandwiches, so I did one of each. Because I can.



Those look and sound so good!!!

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Thu, 07/25/13 5:06 PM
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Polenta con pancetta...



Yum!!

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Fri, 07/26/13 1:49 PM
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CFS with mashed potatoes & gravy...



Garlic toast y'all...



Divine old-school tapioca puddin'...



A light lunch...only in color!

 
CC - Mom always referred to that kind of meal (same color scheme) as a Helen Keller Meal.  She hated when she discovered that everything she made was the same color, she would purposely go back in the kitchen and steam broccoli so at least there was another color on the plate.  I miss meals at her house.

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Fri, 07/26/13 6:23 PM
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All looks good, my friends! But eggplant rollatini-would love the recipe, CC.

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Sat, 07/27/13 12:32 AM
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Haha, Cajun--I notice that kind of stuff, too, when I either make it or pick up food at a buffet.  I also notice when everything on the plate is round, which happens on occasion.

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Thu, 08/1/13 3:58 AM
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With rollatini it's mostly about adapting a procedure from the standard eggplant parmigiana way.

Uniform thin slices. I salt & soak the eggplant in milk. Many people will say it's not necessary...but that's the way it has always been done. . I wouldn't dare change anything.and it always works out with great flavor & texture...easy to roll...neat & tidy.

I fry the eggplant in grapeseed oil. It goes in the oven without any sauce. I paint it with a little pepperoni oil to give it a little flavor boost and keep it becoming dry.

Cheese for the filling is drained ricotta & pecorino romano (no mozzarella in the filling) topped with (when at home) fresh mozzarella parmigiano reggiano & a little shredded provolone. I build with a restrained amount of sauce @ time of assembly. Back in the oven with sauce...and to melt ( not brown) the cheese.

My mom called that lunch the SPF 50 special.

I moved on to earth tones this week.

Roast beef with gravy & fries...



My mom had a patty melt and declared me strange because I never had a patty melt...



She has some nerve.
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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Thu, 08/1/13 4:31 AM
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The other day I visited Edwards AFB (yes CC does indeed have credentials) and visited the commissary & some cool retired aircraft...





They had Twinkies but I don't like Twinkies...



I like these...







This SR-71 Blackbird could get me home in about an hour...





I believe I can fly...



While there I had a big honkin' sandwich @ Arby's & some chips...


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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Fri, 08/2/13 12:40 PM
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Yay! FINALLY I get to enjoy one of my Santa Maria-style tri-tip sandwiches...



Delightful!

Some <<<Hoboken>>> bread & fresh mozzarella would make it "Tippy the Italian"... a powerful force on the sandwich board.
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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Sat, 08/3/13 3:24 AM
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Mmmm... the description of eggplant rollatini sounds awesome.  Painted with pepperoni oil?!?  Wow. 
 
That so doesn't look like anything Arby's would put out.
 
Edwards AFB--cool!  But maybe not in August.

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Sat, 08/3/13 11:22 AM
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It was as hot as blazes. Thankfully it does not get as hot in Tehachapi.


I was waiting for you to say "Ewww....mayonnaise!"


I used Columbus pepperoni out here. Yum!!

Yesterday I had a pepperoni pretzel from Wetzel's Pretzels...




If I can find the dough hook I'm gonna make some homemade pretzels tomorrow!
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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Sat, 08/3/13 11:27 AM
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Oh yeah--eewww mayonnaise!
 
That pretzel looks awesome.  Take pics of your homemade pretzels and watch out for the curry powder. 

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Sat, 08/3/13 11:40 AM
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I'll take pics! I'm using an Auntie Anne's recipe. Don't tell Wetzel!

I learned my lesson about watching out for the curry powder.

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Sat, 08/3/13 1:33 PM
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That looks great CC!

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Sat, 08/3/13 7:34 PM
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They are really good pretzels.

I'll be doing mine by-hand tomorrow. I'm left home alone...so at least I can curse out loud during the entire process.

Today I had an olive - mozzarella - feta flatbread (not pizza)...


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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Mon, 08/5/13 12:13 AM
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CC pretzel time...



Rise for an hour. Drink some Sangria...



Look at this gorgeous pretzel. Sangria must be the key to baking...

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Mon, 08/5/13 5:16 AM
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I'll be sure to let my boss know about the sangria factor.
 
What a gorgeous pretzel!!!

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Mon, 08/5/13 7:56 AM
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Fantastic pretzel! I am guessing I can find the recipe on line......

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Tue, 08/6/13 12:55 PM
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Thank you thank you!

I've been researching pretzel recipes for a few months and had to adapt/modify some new techniques....because most of the pretzels looked a little anemic!

*White sangria only (for me)...otherwise with red sangria I'm NBT...nothin' but trouble.
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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Tue, 08/6/13 1:05 PM
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CCinNJ


Thank you thank you!

I've been researching pretzel recipes for a few months and had to adapt/modify some new techniques....because most of the pretzels looked a little anemic!

*White sangria only (for me)...otherwise with red sangria I'm NBT...nothin' but trouble.

 
Are you sure that is from the Sangria??

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Tue, 08/6/13 1:12 PM
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Yes yes...it's that red sangria!

Otherwise I'm a doll...

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Tue, 08/6/13 5:45 PM
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Took my mother for her favorite...
 
Norm's Bigger Better Breakfast.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOcPL-BNgdY


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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Tue, 08/6/13 5:54 PM
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I've always been a big fan of beach volleyball.
 

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Tue, 08/6/13 8:09 PM
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The German bakery is not just magical for desserts. They bang out some extraordinary sandwiches. All of the components for this Reuben (but for the Swiss) are crafted in-house...

This is 1/2 of the sandwich...





Served with a generous yummy portion bread & butter pickles...


All that & a bag of chips (seriously) cost $7.95.
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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Tue, 08/6/13 8:32 PM
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I almost forgot my oatmeal cookies!

I had frozen dough from the last batch of Bouchon and these cookies were just as scrumptious...




Maybe even more scrumptious since I didn't have to bust my ass from the start...today.
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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Wed, 08/7/13 4:58 PM
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We went to Crabill's in Urbana for lunch.  Last time we were there was in the spring when we met buffetbuster and Mariton.  Their burgers are "sliders", MH had 3 double cheeseburgers with everything (onion, relish, mustard) and I had one double cheese with mustard.  We washed that down with Stewart's root beer.  Then we headed to Henry's in West Jefferson for pie.  Neither of us are big pie people, but we were in the area......so MH had banana cream and I had strawberry rhubarb.  They were sooooo good that MH got another piece of banana cream and ate it there, while I ordered a piece of coconut cream to bring home. 
 
I took pictures of the burgers and the pies on my phone and sent them to bb.  We could hear him groaning all the way from Pittsburgh. 
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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Wed, 08/7/13 5:02 PM
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Well, I was hungry. I'd had just a small breakfast of a sausage, egg and cheese sandwich. Now, about that pie. I'm just a growing boy.
 
By the way, what's for dinner?
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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Thu, 08/8/13 8:17 PM
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Ballpark food


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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Fri, 08/9/13 12:13 AM
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That looks like excellent ballpark food! The fries look glamorous. Mustard! Thatta girl!

I miss Chinese food and there are not many quality options around here. I have to take matters in my own hands.

Prep for lunch tomorrow...





Aincent Chinese secret marinade...




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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Fri, 08/9/13 8:47 PM
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Maybe I really am a little bit Asian...


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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Fri, 08/9/13 9:17 PM
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CC that looks great!!

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Fri, 08/9/13 9:43 PM
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Damn CC you are killing me, and I even had fresh from the garden veggie meal of red potatoes and onions and corn on the cob

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Fri, 08/9/13 11:06 PM
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Ditto!  Looks fantastic.  I had a $3.75 taco plate minus most of the rice and beans cos they sucked.

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Sat, 08/10/13 12:05 AM
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Thank you!

I use pickled beet juice for color...and that also lends some wonderful flavor as well. Lean moist & meaty! They can be a little fatty dry & jerky depending on the Chinese restaurant.

That sounds good & fresh...CK!

Rice can really be sucky these days. I LOVE a good rice pudding but other than that...rice has become more miss than hit.
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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Sat, 08/10/13 12:11 AM
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Now I'm in the mood for rice pudding! Dammit.

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Sat, 08/10/13 12:13 AM
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And today (August 9) just happens to be National Rice Pudding Day!

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Sat, 08/10/13 12:17 AM
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I didn't know that!!!

In honor of rice pudding day...I can make biscuit bread pudding...tomorrow.

I don't think there's a day for that...and I can't find my favorite rice pudding recipe.

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Sat, 08/10/13 1:14 AM
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This is the rice pudding recipe my grandma, then my mom, always made. And now it's mine. Straight from the 1934 Watkins cookbook.
 
2 eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups whole milk, scalded
1 1/4 cups cooked rice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
 
Beat egg slightly; add sugar and salt and mix well.
Slowly add scalded milk to the egg mixture, stirring constantly.
Add the rice, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and raisins and stir to completely combine.
Pour into a greased 2-quart baking dish; set in pan of hot water and bake at 350F for 40-45 minutes, until set.
 
Not that you need to use my recipe, but now I have to.
 
Lunch for me today was crab salad on whole wheat with Dijon and cheddar, with a huge glass of sweet tea. It almost never occurs to me to take pictures of lunch.

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Re:What's For LUNCH...??? - Sat, 08/10/13 2:27 PM
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Thanks for the recipe Felix!

I hope grandma mom & Watkins would approve of soaking the raisins in a little rum!

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