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20May/100

Food envy

Hi J -

Yesterday, I took the last of your lasagna (pic of the giant pan of lasagna) out of the freezer. I chopped up some salad basics, heated up a portion for G, and I made a leftover country ribs sandwich - pull apart meat + armadillo bbq sauce + safeway bakery crusty roll.  A low effort leftover dinner. Much later in the evening ...

G: your ribs sandwich looked really good. I want one now.

me: make a little one. like a slider.

G: can't. my eyes are bigger than my stomach. plus it is [too] late

Then when we were going to bed ... He mention it again. "I really wants a country ribs sandwich".  In fact, he would trade the very last portion of your lasagna for one. Lucky me, I will get some lasagna!

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13May/100

Triangle, Round, and Rectangle

Hi J -

Why yes, that is all three shapes of Mission Restaurant Style chips.

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G and I have have our preferences in crunchy snacks. He is (was?) a Lay's Potato Chips guy. I am a tortilla chips that comes in a brown bag + chipotle salsa person. When G wanted tortilla chips, he would get Tostitos Scoops. I remember a conversation four of us had last summer, when we were on the gucamole (!!!!!!!!!!) kick, how each of us have our favorite brand and shape.

A few weeks ago, when you served surf and turf fajitas, you had Rounds, I was (only slightly) surprised N and G both prefer the Rounds - something about the shape and the ability to scoop salsa and the fit of the shape in your mouth. (I think G has come around to the brown bag tortilla chips.)

So, I bought some triangles (I already had Rounds and Rectangles) and did a unscientific blind taste test with G. Here is the result:

  • He correctly identified the rectangle, but switched the triangle and round
  • Rectangles have the "best crunch", breaks easily
  • "Rounds tastes better"
    *the Rounds were a different colour than the others, not sure, may they differ batch from batch

In conclusion, he said he would sacrifice taste for better texture.

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5May/100

Pizza Trial

Hi J -

Phew! The cake-rush is over - three cakes in four weeks. G was very indecisive about his cake. So we ended up with a graham cracker crusted strawberry pie.  Let me just say it is better frozen.

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Back to the main dish for the evening - stuffed deep dish pizza. I ordered a deep dish pan a few weeks ago, after our friend Randy in Chicago mentioned getting pizza for dinner. G talks about the pizza at Giordanos often, even thought it was over five years ago we ate there. I'd thought I would give deep dish at home a try for his Birthday.

I made my usual pizza dough on Thursday. I used honey instead of white sugar, and increased wheat flour to 1 cup. The dough was active and I ended up kneading it again with floured hands on Friday. The recipe was enough for the 14" deep dish plus a calzone portion and a fun size bread stick.

The layers consisted of mozzarella cheese, pre-cooked bits of Fletchers Italian sausage, and sliced spicy pepperoni from Golden Steer. I added extra cheese on half.  Another layer of dough, sauce, and Romano cheese to top it off.  It baked, covered,  in 450°F convection mode on top of a pizza stone for 45 minutes, then 350°F for another 15. First time was not a charm, I can think of many improvements. G thinks there weren't enough cheese or toppings.

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I also threw together a romaine salad, stuffed mushrooms, tomatoes/moz/basil salad, and prosciutto wrapped asparagus to go with the pizza. (read: Backup Food)

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You brought lot o beer to go with meal. Yummy. Some of the leftover Guinness will be made into a Chocolate Stout Cake for the next cake-occasion.

I suggested we play Mama Mia after tummy full of pizza. I like the pizza game even thought I am terrible at counting cards or remembering which ingredient to save. Some of the pizza combination in the game is not particularly appetizing - four bell peppers and mushrooms. Heh. We also managed a couple games of Guillotine. I think it is time to switch the order of play / seat or something. This way, we can change up who we be mean to.