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Monday May 25, 2009


Filed under: Food — don @ 11:35 pm

I made tamales today. I’ve always wanted to make them so today I finally got all the stuff and did it. I got corn husks and already made masa at the Mexican supermarket near us. I made a mistake with the masa and bought tortilla masa. I didn’t even look as I didn’t know they made tortilla masa. I had to go back to get the tamale masa. I bought carnitas for the filling.

It was pretty easy to make them but it’s a little time consuming. It took about 20 minutes or so to make 15. After you make them you have to steam them for close to 2 hours. I must say they were pretty darn good. Next time I would use more filling. This picture isn’t very good but it’s the only one I took. You get the idea.


Sunday March 15, 2009


Filed under: Food — don @ 4:29 pm

I made some bread today. Easy recipe, you just use your Kitchen Aid dough hook. No kneading required.


Sunday January 4, 2009

My first apple pie

Filed under: Food,Life — don @ 3:17 pm

I’m making a simple apple pie. This will be my first ever. If it’s pretty when it’s done I’ll post a picture.

Ok, it’s kinda pretty. Here’s a picture of it.


Monday February 4, 2008

Thanks Donna!

Filed under: Cool Stuff,Food,Life — don @ 7:16 pm

Pasta e Fagioli is what Donna wrote about a week or so ago. She said it was really good and would be even better with sausage. I decided she was probably right and made it tonight. It was really, really good.


Sunday March 18, 2007

Alton’s pancakes

Filed under: Food,Life — don @ 12:34 pm

I decided to try Alton Brown’s pancake recipe the last time I made them and they were so good that’s what I’m using from now on. Here’s some pics to get you hungry.


That’s the batter. I find I have to use a little more buttermilk than is called for because I use Knudsen’s which is very thick.


This is the griddle we use. I got it through a Boeing awards program.


And here’s the pancakes cooking. Yummy!

Saturday August 19, 2006

Fryin’ Turkeys

Filed under: Food,Life — don @ 7:13 pm

We got a turkey fryer about a month ago for half price. Today we finally used it. It took about 40 minutes to fry a 13 lb turkey and is it good! It was dark brown on the outside but moist and tender on the inside. I think I’ve found the best way to do turkey. I wonder how a tri-tip would be?


Sunday June 12, 2005

Gumbo Day

Filed under: Food,Work — don @ 9:53 am

Tomorrow is Gumbo Day at work. That means I’ll be making my roux. For those of you who have never made a roux it’s not easy. Simple yes, but not easy. It involves mixing flour and some kind of fat(oil, shortening, lard, etc.) in a pot and cooking it slowly, stirring ALL THE TIME!

If it only took 10 minutes or so it would be easy but it takes at least an hour for the dark chocolate color needed for a good gumbo. If you have the heat too high it will burn and you’ll have to start all over. I found a website with some pretty good recipes a few years ago.

I’ve made my gumbo about 6 times. So far I’ve never burned the roux but I know statistics will catch up to me sooner or later.

I like the spice so I usually add some kind of habanero sauce. One time I added a little of “Da’ Bomb“. For some reason there was a lot left over that Gumbo Day.

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