Post # 226 The Randomness of Musings

March 12, 2014 at 6:03 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Post # 226 The Randomness of Musings

“Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah.  Strummin’ on the ole banjo.”  I haven’t been working on the railroad, but there has been a different cook in my kitchen today.  We’re hosting Friend Russ’s mom for a few weeks.  She’s in her late eighties and has more energy than three of me.  She wanted to make homemade cookies today so yesterday she scoped out the kitchen and found the ingredients she needed.  This morning, she measured everything out into small bowls, large measuring cups, whatever was handy, dirtying four times the number of things she really needed to.  Then she chose the right sized antique mixing bowl and asked very politely if it would stand up to the use of the electric hand mixer.  Since it had only cost us about two bucks, I assured her it would, regardless of whether it could or not.  Then she’s plugging away, creaming and mixing and adding and sifting.  She hadn’t turned the oven on yet.  So I asked what temp she needed and started it going so the dough wouldn’t have to sit around too long once it was finished.  The final step was adding mini M&Ms to the dough.  So basically sugar cookies with milk chocolate bits in them.  When the first ones came out of the oven, I took a healthy bite and told her how good they were.  Except all I could really taste was sugar.  Lots of it.  Even the chocolate didn’t taste good with all that sugar.  She four and a half dozen.  I hope she remembers her promise to give them away.  Through the whole process, I stayed out of the way, and didn’t fret about my kitchen.  Once it was all over, I took care of the cleaning.  I know where everything goes.

“I am sitting in the morning at the diner on the corner”  Okay, so it wasn’t really the morning, it just after noon.  We’d been out running errands and changing our plans last minute.  I had only had one warm mini M&M cookie to eat all day and my blood sugar was running low.  I was snappy; I was irritable; I was loud.  So I asked if we could stop for something to eat real quick.  He said yes in a big hurry.  We ended up at one of our favorite hole-in-the-wall diners.  I’ve talked about it before but it bears repeating.  It’s called The Bread and Butter Café and seats about 50 people.  This place is so good, people wait outside for the privilege to enter and spend their money.  I’ve never seen the place empty.  We usually go in the morning and have breakfast in some fashion.  Today, we did lunch, though we could have had breakfast.  Partner/Spouse got chicken fried chicken.  It’s a chicken cutlet that’s been deep fried and smothered in sausage gravy.  Mashed potatoes, boiled carrots, and a roll complete the carb overload.  I got a double burger with cheese, everything on the side.  Plus fries.  Greasy, messy, and wonderful!  Nobody was waiting when we went in, but more than half the tables were full.  By the time we left, there had been a shift and more than three-quarters of the tables were full.  The best part was the waitresses and cooks all knew their regulars by name, and had their drinks on their tables within seconds.  Gotta love service like that.

“No burritos, just tacos, No burritos, just tacos, No burritos, just tacos” and on that song goes.  We planned to have tacos for dinner tonight.  The past several nights have been very heavy with homemade spaghetti, Guinness beef stew, tamale pie, smoked ribs, barbequed chicken, pizza, etc.  So tonight we wanted to play low key.  We decided to make homemade tacos with ground beef, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, and pico de gallo.  We weren’t even going to go the extra step to make guacamole.  So we bought the stuff to make all the menu items.  Relaxing this afternoon, working on the blog, enjoying celtic music on the sound system, wonderful fresh breeze with the scent of jasmine and citrus blossom wafting through.  Brother in Law shows up and invites us over to have grilled hamburgers, grilled potato planks, and salad.  Who can say no to A) free food, and B) someone else cooking?  So no tacos tonight, just burgers.  Tacos tomorrow, something to look forward to.

Grilled Potato Planks? you ask.  Well, they’re this wonderful little invention first made by who the heck cares.  Wash and clean several large russet potatoes.  Make sure to clean all the dirt off them.  Pat them dry, then slice them lengthways about a quarter of an inch thick.  Toss them with olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt.  Place them on a hot grill for a few minutes, then turn them.  Keep turning them every few minutes to keep them from burning.  They should be done in about ten minutes or so, but check with each turn.  Serve hot or warm with your favorite topping.  We’ve used sour cream, ketchup, salsa, guacamole, ranch dressing, butter, whatever else comes to mind.  Really good side for nearly any meal.

Enjoy!

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