Good Morning Everybody! Supposed to be rainy again today so I guess I don't have to mow the grass! :) When I finally do get to it I'm going to need an old fashioned scythe! :) Beat it back like I was in the Jungle! :) Just woke up and had my first cup of coffee. Think I'm going to make Chalet Style Chicken for our dinner this evening along with baked potatoes and maybe some spinach. Am going to make Mom Roasted Asparagus With Alderwood Smoked Salt And Poached Eggs for her breakfast this morning. She's an asparagus monster. So obviously we're all watching Dahlia on Masterchef this evening! Whoop-Whoop! How fun hey? :) It'd be great if she popped in to say 'hi' today. I wonder if she is having a big party with her friends so they can watch it all together? How'd Becca do at the soccer tryouts Laurie? What are you up to today Laura,Kimmer and Joce? Marie, how is Rick's Dad these days? Tina, how was the Teppanyaki Grill? Again Lori, it was sooooo good to see you on here yesterday! Wishing a wonderful day to everyone!
Good Morning! Today is the day.....Whooot Whoooot! Hooray for Dahlia. Can't wait to see the show.
Lori, it was wonderful to have you pop in yesterday. Nice to get the first hand report, dear one. Nurse Lori is on duty. Eww, on three incisions. I understand busy at work, keeps the mind firing on all cylinders....sometimes you just don't have time to think. I do hope you are well. How scary about Dad....heart's ease. I do hope that all tests turn out well.
Joce, question, gardening guru.....Fred put acid in the water to kill some green slime in the fountain, it leaked all over the much and killed all plants in the perimeter of the fountain. I don't dare replant, right? Acid is still in soil and mulch and I'll just kill more innocent plants in the process. Any suggestions?
The Teppanyaki Grill and Supreme Buffet was ENORMOUS! It is housed in our former Social Security Office...an ugly office building. Well, they have completely redone the interior with fountains and beautiful columns, pagodas, stained glass doors and bonsai trees. There are 15 buffet stations. They offer Chinese, Thai, Sushi, Hibachi grilled food, Italian and American (Fred friendly food). Seats 500 people...it is simply overwhelming. Too much to peruse. I stuck to my favorites, salt and pepper calamari,(heavy on the jalapeno) a spring roll, two Crab rangoon, hot and sour soup, veggie curry (green curry with roasted cauliflower) seaweed salad with sesame seeds. There were mussels, shrimp, and every variety of sushi roll you could imagine. There was a buffet of just fruits. Fred got to eat meatballs, lasagna, Caesar salad and garlic bread. There was fried chicken fingers, green beans, meatloaf, mashed potatoes and the like on the American station. Fred ate his weight in vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce. I was too full to be tempted but they had tiny eclairs, macaroons, puddings, cakes and pies. With a coupon, it was 9.99 each...add a soda or tea, out total was 28.00 with a tip for the busser/waitress.
Cloudy and overcast day. Dogs are lounging. Nail appointment later today. I still have more menu planning to get ready for next week. Pulled chicken from the deep freeze, still craving salads...maybe I'll get the shopping done today and do a marathon cook tomorrow or Friday.
Janet, Rick's Dad is doing fine..I love your dinner..need to make that again:) It's cooler here today...cool on your rain:)
Tina, wish I could get motivted and do some marathon cooking:) I used to when I worked full time:) It's just nice to have everything done ahead of time..have a great day!
Rick had quite a few calls yesterday, he's in Chico working, then Sac tomorrow for some stock, then he's installing another door on friday and maybe another soon after..his 51st BD is friday and I need to make him Tina's New York Style Cheesecake by then..don't know if we will make it to Olive Garden for his BD dinner, he may be too tired..we shall see :)
YEA< it's MasterChef tonight! Dahlia, will you be watching?? LOL We are so proud of you!!!
Heading to Chico to do some grocery shopping..
Have a great day! I'll check back later and let you know what's for dinner:)
Mom really enjoyed the Asparagus and Poached eggs Tina. I knew she would! :) She actually even liked the Pork Larb salad last night although she did not pour the sauce over it as I warned her it had hot peppers in it. That's quite the Supreme Buffet alright and fantastic prices! Have fun packing Laura. What a fun trip! I'm no help in recommending Louisiana Restaurants of course :) but I did google what Trip Advisor says is the #1 best restaurant in Shreveport and they name Crawdaddy's http://crawdaddyskitchen.com/ Glad to hear Rick's Dad is well Marie. Fun fun that his birthday is on Fri. It's good he's so busy. Tiring, but good. :) Have fun in Chico.
I am all pumped up to watch Master Chef as well! There is a Sens Game on tonight so Den will watch that and no doubt he will keep me informed on the score and watch snip its of Master Chef as well. Yum on your breakfast Janet and Swiss Chalet Chicken.
Tina, I don't know what kind of acid Fred used but I am going to guess it might be muriatic acid or hydrochloric acid? He should be very careful as it is very corrosive stuff. The only thing I know that might neutralize the soil now would be to get some gardening lime and mix it in adding lots of water then it should be fine. Your dinner buffet last night sounded just amazing and what a great deal!!!
Laura, Enjoy your vacation and checking all those neat places out. I can't wait to hear about it and enjoy all your lovely interesting pics.
Marie, Have fun shopping in Chico and planning things for Rick's birthday.
Lori, It was so nice to see you were able to drop by for a visit and thanks for keeping us updated. Hopefully they can get your Dad all fixed up too! Gee you have your plate full with a new job, Bryan recuperating and dealing with all sorts of issues at the moment! All I can say is what Pat would say. Take a big deep breath and eventually all this all will pass and go away. HUGS)))
Den got caught in a big thunderstorm last night on his way home. Then when he stopped by his regular place to get gas he just finished filling his gas tank when a big bolt of lightening hit and the power went out! Then their cash registers etc. did not work. So I will be running out their soon to pay them for the gas. LOL It is nice that we live in a small town and they trust and know everyone that certainly wouldn't happen in a big city. Then the furnace guys are coming for a maintenance service call and I hate waiting around for them as they say they will be here between 2 PM and 6 PM. What a window! Oh well it has to been done. I think we will be having pork tenderloin for dinner with scalloped potatoes and a veggie. That is all I can think of so far.
Oh my goodness at the Den and the gas station story. That's scary! When the power used to go out at the Hardware store we'd just take down the customer's credit card numbers, figure out the purchase price with tax on a calculator holding a flashlight over the cashier so she could see and then taking their phone # as well incase something went wrong. :) You get the Furnace guys at your house today and I get the Dishwasher guy at my house tomorrow (this will be the 6th or 7th visit in the last two months. Argh) Plus...you can tell how much I love my husband as I have been on line for the past 45 min. or so with a Bell Expressvu rep. And you know how painful that can be!!!!! With Jim's new TV now of course he wants to get his Sports Channels on HD and we didn't want to pay substantially more per month so I've been giving up old pkgs. that we never really watched anymore. It feels like I'm playing "Go Fish". :)
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/812171 for Laura. The most comprehensive foodie crawl west from FL to LA I've seen. I forgot where you are based for day trippin' Hope these might be close enough to try.
Thanks Joce, it was Muriatic acid. I need to get gardening lime today and flood the earth. Yum scalloped potatoes. Crazy about the gas and the thunderstorm.
Marie, you have me thinking of making Fred a cheesecake. Made him a loaf of banana bread with Reece's mini cups and he ate the whole loaf in two days. LOL Glad to hear Rick is so busy.
Janet....pork Larb. Craving it. Wish I had seen some on the buffet. LOL
BANANA BREAD WITH REESE'S MINI PEANUT BUTTER CUPS!!!!!!!!!! THAT'S JUST EVIL! :) Oh how I could scarf down a pc. of that right now Tina! :) Very cool on the FL-LA foodie crawl. I'm going to check that out. Think I managed to sort our TV Line up out and I only ended up having to pay an additional $3. I can handle that. It's never less than you paid before though is it...ever! :)
I'm back:) Really, really windy in Chico...anyway..HI Joce! How scary for Den!!! Wow, lightening is something , pretty wild! Glad he's ok:)!
Tina, one quick question, you say to line the springform pan with foil..I guess when everything is done and cooled the cheesecake doesn't stick to the foil? Told ya I didn't bake much lol
Grilled steak & salad for dinner..I just feel like having a big salad tonight..Just like Tina!
Yes, this week Rick is busy:) It's crazy being self employed, eithed dead or crazy busy:) We are used to it, and what's nice, you don't get in a rut....I have been looking for a part-time job,I haven't been able to find anything close to home..I would like to earn a little extra cash to help with groceries if nothing else, and still have the time to do our business stuff here at home..right now, full time is just out of the question for me (that could change!!!)
Hi Marie, Den wasn't really afraid at all! I guess when it hit all the pumps shut off and the doors locked in the store so he had to wait until a girl inside let him in. Hey it is good to be busy. It keeps you out of trouble:) If Tina doesn't get back to answer your question if you have any parchment paper it works really well for that sort of thing as well and you can cut it to exactly the size you need. I went and paid the gas bill and then waited for the furnace guy and surprising he came right at 2:00 PM so that was a blessing. We are supposed to get more thunderstorms tonight. Now I am wishing I had put loads on grass seed with peat moss out on the front lawn. Everyone else's lawn looks better than ours but I am not as picky as some of our very elderly neighbours who have fits if a blade of grass it out of place! I know the grass always looks greener on the other side of the street:) Just waiting for Den to come home and I have to admit some nights I need more than a suit of Janet's armor LOL sometimes I feel like I need small unnoticeable ear plugs while he is venting his day while I just nod and say yes dear or how awful. He was SOO great and understanding when I would come home ranting and venting about my DL who was like Lori' twisted twin sister DL for years until he finally said " I am serious just quit"!!! The best thing I ever did! I am sure Lori is so much better out of that horrible DL's clutches now!!! I have Master Chef set as a reminder on the TV, so I am good to go!
Yum on the Grilled steak and salad Marie. Job searches are tough. Hang in there. ROFL Joce @ the ear plugs. Ya, those come in handy sometimes too. :) Mom just went up our long laneway to go check the mailbox and it has started to pour. Eeesh. :)
Marie....line the outside of the springform with foil, so if it leaks it leaks in the foil and the foil outside will keep any water (if you bake in a waterbath) from seeping in, Please give your self a generous layer of heavy duty foil on the outside of the pan. OOOOOPS! I guess it should read cover the outside of the springform with foil. So sorry.
Thanks for the parchment tip Joce:) Yes, today I was scrambling looking for my ear plugs when Rick got home:) He was all the way up the hill from his morning job and then got a call from Centerville (25 miles or so from Paradise) and had to go back down the hill again and go up another to Centerville:) Ahhh, it's good to be such a popular door hanger, isn't it Rick? LOL He loves it!!!!
OK Tina, I need to just foil the outside of the springform pan? (I swear, I'm not as dumb as I sound:D ) Do you bake this in a waterbath?? I don't wanna make his BD cheesecake any more!! ROTFLOL!
Janet, WHAT??? 6:00?? Cool! Good for you, considering it's 2 hours..hope Rick can keep his eyes open until 10!!
Marie, I don't bake in a water bath, I do the foil on the outside just so I don't have it leak in my oven. Some people (sister Allison I'm looking at you) tell me the cake is more tender if you bake in a water bath......I follow America's Test Kitchen and they don't waterbath. One of the critics of my method said their cheese cake was overly dark and cracked. Allison has overcooked hers (too high of temp and too long) and then let it cool too fast and that is why it cracked. You can do this. I used to bake cheesecakes to sell at 10 Beach Drive. Mounds Bar Cheesecake, Gingerbread Pumpkin cheesecake, Savory Cajun cheesecake(crawfish tails/shrimp, crab boil seasoning and a soda cracker crust) for appetizers, Chocolate orange cheesecake, Raspberry/white chocolate cheesecake, double Dutch Chocolate cheesecake. Frangelico almond cheesecake, Nutella swirl in Plain batter with a pecan crust, Peanut butter and Grape jam swirl in a Nutter Butter crust. Believe me, you can do this! I made 8 or 9 cheesecakes a week, for a period of months. After all of the varieties, everyone likes plain best with a dollop of fruit if desired.