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Sun, 01 Feb 2015

Pan Fried Catfish

This always turns out great for me. Sometimes you can use frozen “Swai” fish, which is basically asian catfish.





Mix dry ingredients in a wide, shallow pie plate.

Dip fillet in egg then dredge in bread crumb mixture.

Heat oil over medium/medium-high heat.

Cook 3 minutes one side, flip, 2 minutes other side.

For thicker fish, fry then bake in preheated oven, 350 degrees for 5 minutes.

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Tue, 02 Dec 2014

Snickerdoodles




Cream wet ingredients, whipping until fluffy.

Blend in eggs, one at a time.

Sift together dry ingredients.

Add by thirds to wet mixture.

Wrap in plastic and cool in fridge (~30m) so dough is slightly hard and can be formed into balls.

Form into balls, roll in cinnamon/sugar mixture.

I used less cinnamon, but dusted the cookies with more cinnamon halfway through baking

Bake at 400 degrees for ~10 minutes.

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Sat, 11 Oct 2014

Strawberry Island Cookies




Sift flour, soda, salt, sugar in a large bowl.

Blend in shortening, egg, pineapple juice.

Dough will be crumbly, try mashing with hands.

Add in rolled oats.

If too dry, slowly add more pineapple juice.

Grease cookie sheet with shortening.

Form dough into balls, press onto cookie sheet forming shallow bowls.

Glaze with egg, sprinkle in sugar, spoon in jam, top with pineaple.

Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Makes ~2 dozen.

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Mon, 06 Oct 2014

Award Winning Chili



Brown beef and onions in large bot until beef is brown and onions are transparent.

Add all liquids and seasonings (add reserved kidney bean liquid too!)

Simmer uncovered 1h30m.

Add Beans, simmer 30m.

Serve with raw chopped white onion, cheddar cheese, sour cream, jalapenos, optionally over fritos.

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Fri, 26 Sep 2014

Spaghetti Carbonara (fixed)





don’t let the steps fool you, this is an easy recipe to make, but like all cream-sauces requires a few minutes of frantic movement

Blend milk, eggs, yolks, salt, pepper in a bowl or large mixing cup.

set aside so it can come close to room-temperature (this is your “Chegg”, Cheese + Egg)

Saute bacon until crispy (or cook in oven at 400° for 15-20 minutes)..

reserve at least 2 tbsp bacon drippings / grease

Season water for spaghetti with salted water, chunks of onion, cloves of peeled garlic to taste.

Boil Spaghetti according to package directions.

Just before draining pasta RESERVE 1 CUP PASTA WATER in a glass measuring cup (scoop out / reserve).


IMPORTANT PREP STEP: From this point forward, everything has to be done quickly so that the cheese / egg mixture gets all the heat and comes to a safe temperature and the cheese melts.


Put on the counter, in order, all in the same area:

Drain and set spaghetti aside in serving / mixing bowl.

In the same pot you cooked the spaghetti, heat bacon drippings and whisk in flour. Cook 1 minute, whisking rapidly.

this is basically a roux, it should begin to darken and turn brown

Remove pot from heat and quickly perform the following steps.

Dump in Drained Spaghetti, Toss with the bacon drippings mixture.

Dump in Cheese / Egg mixture, Stir.

Dump in Bacon, Stir.

Slowly add some reserved pasta water, Stir.

you want to go from sticky and cheesy here to slightly creamy by adding hot water

Cover the pot with a lid for ~5 minutes (to let egg come to temperature and cheese melt).

Transfer pasta to serving bowl or serve from the pot.

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Wed, 10 Sep 2014

Sangria, Red

Starting from this recipe as a base, basically add fruity stuff to red wine until it tastes good / different / better.



Mix liquid ingredients.

Chop fruit.

Mix fruit with liquid and let sit in fridge.

To make simple syrup, add 1 cup white sugar to one cup boiling water, and continue heat until clear.

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Tue, 05 Aug 2014

Summer Slaw



These are rough guidelines.

Taste and season to your liking.

Mix, chill, drain, serve alone or on top of tacos.

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Tue, 04 Mar 2014

Banana Nut Bread



Cream shortening and sugar.

Add eggs one at a time and beat well.

Sift dry ingredients.

Alternate adding flour mixture and mashed banana to shortening mixture.

Fold in walnuts.

Bake at 350 in a greased loaf-pan.

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Mon, 06 Jan 2014

Slow Cooker Beef Tacos




original recipe here

Mix together the chili powder, cumin, and smoked paprika in a small bowl.

Rub the spice mix into the beef, covering each side evenly.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat skillet and sear beef until browned on all sides.

Transfer beef to the slow cooker and top with diced onion and minced garlic.

Leave the pan on the heat, and add in the beef stock to deglaze, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

Add the tomato paste and minced chipotle and whisk into the pan sauce.

Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for a 3-5 minutes until the sauce has reduced and thickened slightly.

Pour the pan sauce down over the onions, garlic, and beef in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Shred the beef and onions with two forks. Serve the beef in the flour tortillas, topped with your favorite taco toppings.

Top with…

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Tue, 31 Dec 2013

Nuts and Bolts

Preheat oven to 250.

Mix all ingredients in a wide pan (not deep).

Place in oven for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes.

Store in airtight container with paper towels around bottom / edges.

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