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21Jul/120

I do not play a professional on tv

Hi J - Would you have been impressed, or call BS!, if we did not disclose the origin of these chicken cordon bleu? I think you would. They looked too tidy and uniform, to be real, let alone made by these hands.

Untitledcheese and geometric slice of ham, inside a perfectly sealed & breaded chicken breast

It was a busy week. I was low on energy and motivation to craft anything for dinner. So on Saturday, G's went to Fischers for some stuffed pork chops, but they only had two. So he switched gear and got some chicken cordon bleu. I was as surprised as you were - chicken. Really?! G rationales chicken via pork (ham) and cheese. (See prosciutto wrapped chicken G requested, multiple times.)

The only thing I managed was to toss a romaine and baby green salad with homemade Caesar dressing, purchased a baguette and sweet peppers, to serve copy-you marinated feta.

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After dinner, we did not play Acquire, your prediction for this week. Instead, drum roll, we played Settlers of Catan. I've stopped counting how many weeks we have played Settlers in a row. Attention N, I took pics of start and end positons.

Untitled Game 1 - start

Untitled Game 1 - end, N wins

Untitled Game 2 - start

Untitled Game 2 - end, G wins

I learned a little lesson, one of my starting and building method is lame. Hope next weekend's is cooler.

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14Jul/120

Barbecue Season

Hi E:

It's that time of year where the weather is gorgeous and the wood is smoking and ... I'm not yet sick of barbecue!

N offered me either brisket or pork butt. I voted for pulled pork -- it's my favorite! N layered the pork butt with his dry rub and mustard, then smoked the pork butt with apple, pecan, and a tiny bit of mesquite.

pulling

He also made his own sauce with Jack, tomato paste, and a secret blend of spices. He cooked it down a bit more than he expected but it was tasty: a little spicy, a little sweet.

I threw together a quick chopped slaw -- sweet Walla Walla onion, green and red cabbage, horseradish, parsley, apple cider vinegar, caraway and celery seed.

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On Friday I was reading through my feeds and a recipe for a potato and tomato salad caught my eye. Coincidentally the co-op had delicious multicolored local grape tomatoes. I really like this salad.

potato salad

At your suggestion, I did some searching for a cocktail that used the limoncello I made back in March. Tasty Trials had a recipe for a Raspberry-Limoncello cocktail. My initial trial version was much more refreshing than the more-boozy version I made for us later (with double the liquor). I don't mind the raspberry and basil chunks in it, but they could be strained off for someone who dislikes chunkies. Here's the recipe:

Basil-Raspberry-Limoncello Cocktail
a few basil leaves, torn
4-6 raspberries
slice of lemon
1/2 ounce limoncello
1/2 ounce vodka
club soda (I like Q Club soda)
powdered sugar or fine granulated sugar (optional)

In the bottom of a DOF or highball glass, muddle the basil leaves, raspberry, and lemon slice. Add the limoncello and vodka, mix. Top off with club soda and add some sugar to taste if it needs a little bit of additional sweetness.

drink

After dinner, we chatted a bit about yarn while the boys watched part of an episode of Game of Thrones. Then it was onto the games! N wanted to play Catan again -- I guess my winning the past three times was really bothering him!

N wanted to play Catan AGAIN

This was a frustrating game with not enough bricks to go around. But finally, N won a round of Catan. Somehow I don't think anyone will ask to play Catan this week.

After Catan, we played a round of Carcassonne. All four of us were very close, but N pulled out that win as well.

carcassonne

Then a quick round of Bohnanza, which N did not win! Why am I feeling like we'll end up playing G's favorite Acquire this week?

5Jul/120

Chunky, not chucky

Hi J -

As a matter of fact, we do have fall back meals. For summer time, its ribs and slaw.  A truism, eat summer food, and it is summer. Never mind what the weather is outside.

Coincidentally, due to mechanical logistical time issue, this week we switched to fall back meal. No worries, there will be tri-tip in our future.

G picked up baby back ribs Saturday morning and started them on indirect low heat 225°, with apple wood, around noon. Two of them were rubbed with our usual rub, one with the new coffee rub (that we used on the brisket). I've been craving peanut sauce, curry and the likes, so I tried a peanut dressing for the slaw. I know it is funny that I dislike peanut butter but like peanut sauce. So odd. For a change of pace, I used Napa cabbage, added a red pepper, cilantro, and a granny smith apple. After I cut up the Napa cabbage, I wanted to try something different with the core. G charred it slightly on the grill, I chopped and tossed in the slaw. It added a little smokiness and still had a little crunch.

IMAG0057ribs and slaw

I had an open mango cheek in the fridge from making [another batch!] mango lime curd,  so I threw a quick mango avocado chunky salsa, starting with this recipe and improvised with ingredients I had on hand.

IMAG0050round chips, courtesy of G

And to add to the summer illusion, we have a chilled cucumber soup, recipe. This soup is full of culture - sour cream, plain and Greek yogurt, along with lots of green stuff - dill, parsley and cilantro. A large handful of salt and overnight in the fridge help meld the favor. G thought it could be a dip or salad dressing.

IMAG0056garnish you can eat

Then I pull a tasty repeat from last year- watermelon cucumber margarita, recipe. Somewhere, I turned 3TBP to 1.5 Cup in my head. Hmm. I had to rescue the pitcher and now I have a cup of watermelon flavored simple syrup. Any ideas?

IMAG0054beverage

I threw in the towel shortly after I started. I really wanted to eat more, but so full. After dinner, I was surprised G wanted to play Settlers again.

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wtf bad placement

I lost my shirt on my terrible starting placement, never really got going, and didn't recovered. You win, again! I did redeem myself on Castle.

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my last play, a Knight that was sent back, and a solider in my hand

Fun fun fun, maybe our next dinner it will be real summer.

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