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Batman’s Lamb Chops

At the risk of being accused of pilfering someone’s recipe (which actually I didn’t) and if it resembles yours I do apologize but it just popped into my frond (Stargate SG1 reference, means head) today while contemplating a way to cook lamb chops in a skillet.

Most important is the skillet, it has to be cast iron and it has to be LODGE (has to!) my momma used LODGE, my grand mom used LODGE, and I am sure on down the line my family used LODGE. They make the best cast iron anything. Not sure if I mentioned this or not USE LODGE CAST IRON.

Ok so let’s start with the recipe:

1/4 cup or so, freshly chopped rosemary

5 cloves garlic, minced

kosher salt

black pepper

2 lb.small lamb chops

1tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Combine rosemary and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Press lamb chops into mixture on a plate and rest a couple minutes on a plate.

In a large skillet (use LODGE if I didn’t mention that earlier) over medium heat, heat oil, add lamb chops, cook 4-5 minutes per side (times vary) until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees. Let remove from skillet (LODGE) and let rest for 5 minutes, then give thanks to God for the meal, the day, and your life, then commence to consume with vigor.

You can if you wish heat the pan again to medium, stir in 1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth and de-glaze the skillet, stirring with a wooden spoon to get the brown yummy bits off the bottom (the French have a name for these bits, but I don’t remember it and if I did, I would probably misspell it) reduce the liquid by half stirring occasionally. Once reduced, add 2 TBSP butter and stir till thickens a bit and pour over chops as a pan sauce.

This recipe came about as a result of a grocery shopping trip with Peach (she lets me actually go inside the store sometimes) where we were trying to find an alternative meat to chicken (before you sputter it out, I know chicken is not meat, let it go). Pork chops are one choice, fish, turkey (seriously, don’t go there I know). We had stumbled on lamb chops about a month ago and so we got a couple more chops during this trip. If y’all know of other alternatives, let me know! Peach and I will try them (Wait!! Not liver, I know of no way on this good earth to cook liver that will make it taste good, sorry but ain’t gonna happen).

Food experiments have always been something I like doing, and this recipe is probably a combination of numerous dishes we have made over the years. If it sounds like your recipe, don’t write me and say bad things, I freely admit I could have taken parts from many recipes, but as far as I know, it’s all outta my noggin.

Sorry got off on a side road there…lamb, if not over cooked is really flavorful and tender and served with the right sides it can make an awesome supper. Peach and I had it with Brussels sprouts, cooked in butter, salt and pepper. The meal was outstanding, and the cost of the lamb was well within reason. Anyways, feel free to try it, add/subtract ingredients, see what you think. If you feel like it, share the recipes on here and we will try it.

Last things…if I didn’t mention it before use LODGE cast iron, and no I have no affiliation with LODGE cast iron, I just really believe they make the best cast iron stuff, AND it’s made here in the USA.

Bony Appletite😬

This is a repost of one I did last year I think

 

 

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Baloney

Peach says:

You know, Batman and I are from the last of the generations which had a bit of an old fashioned bent to us. We were raised by people who worked, made things last, you were taught not to be wasteful, you ‘cleaned your plate’ and ‘if you’re hungry’ (in between meals) you’ll eat bread and butter (that’s a whole ‘nother story!🤣🤣)

Part of that was there wasn’t the plethora of fast food or junk food, that was around when we raised our kids, or especially now. There also, were not near as many food choices period. If you didn’t grow up in those times, I am not sure you could understand it.

In our house particularly, I learned to bake because that was the only way we got snacks. It was good for me! Mom just turned me loose in the kitchen. I had total access to do anything I wanted with the recipes in her cook books and the ingredients in the cabinet. Heaven! 🤗

Each household has their certain ‘go to’ foods, and I think a lot of them are just habits, routines, and the ‘tastes’ of who does the shopping. At least it seems like that to our experience.

Growing up, I can remember one stint we did, where my Dad introduced us to fried baloney sandwiches! Something of a delicacy to his mind!! It was fun to learn how to make. I never really ‘took to it’. Because we grew up on the only ‘Brown bread’ readily available back then, because my Mom did not believe in white bread, (or kool aid), she was trying to help one of my brothers not have so many additives in his food. Her and Dad also preferred Gulden’s Spicy Brown Mustard, which the combination of the Roman Meal bread and Gulden’s Spicy Brown Mustard, was realllly an flavor combination for a mature taste palette, for which I still don’t think mine has matured! Lol! We are a decidedly Yellow Mustard family now days!

Anywho, the result was I temporarily bonded with my Dad by appreciating the Fried Baloney sandwich, but I never craved one again. And I don’t think we ever had baloney in the house again, if we did, I did not notice!

Fast forward a few years and I’m a very newly wed young bride living (the first year of our marriage) with Batman’s family. Batman and his Dad LOVED a good baloney sandwich on soft, white bread, with mayo and (the cherry on the sundae) YELLOW MUSTARD! 😍

I remember being introduced to this one day, his Dad was a Marine Patrol Officer, and he was on his days off for that week. He drove down to the local country store (which Batman has told you about here), and came back with FRESHLY MADE baloney!! I wouldn’t even know where to find that now! Such a shame! And fresh cheese. So good!

That was the best half sandwich I ever did eat!

Today I was making my sweet Batman a baloney sandwich for lunch, and I don’t know what made me remember it, but, all of a sudden I was remembering the day his Dad picked up that fresh baloney, and how different it tasted! Then I remembered when Batman worked at a local aeronautics factory, right down the road from my work! He got 35 minutes for lunch, and by the Grace of God, if he hustled I could meet him at the picnic tables in front of the county Sheriff’s Office where I was working at the time. We would have a nice quiet lunch, act like two kids, flirt, say good bye and both go back to work. Many years ago! Before cell phones. So you had to watch the clock, and be outside waiting when he pulled in, because not much time was available!

Fast forward a few more years, I was back to work after a very short 6 week maternity leave, after our second child, and now I was meeting him at his parking lot, because we were temporarily carpooling every day. I’d be there waiting when he got out for lunch, we would eat and listen to Paul Harvey on the radio. We were starting to grow up, and pay attention to what was going on in the world just a bit. Paul Harvey was a good way to get acclimated to keeping up with the world.

Looking back, I can see so many things to be grateful for, like that my work was just barely down the road from his work, at a time we really needed it. That we had those old school values to make and bring lunch and spend time together during those crazy, hazy days of being young, working our behinds off, raising a family, and at the same time, not really knowing what we were doing, but we kept plugging, and God kept blessing!!

And of course! Thankful for BALONEY!

Hope you are all doing well!! Pack a lunch, eat a sandwich with someone you love!!

Just not with Batman, he’s all mine!!

Peach 😁

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“Linner” today

Batman says: So today Peach had to work for a few hours, again, it was left up to me to fend for myself for food 😬. Welp, lets plunder…

First what main course should we have … hmmm fridge check… left over hamburger from taco Thursday’s… no, hmmm eggs and bacon, no, ok fridge is out. Freezer check, chicken thighs, chicken breasts, chicken chicken good grief hope chik-filet don’t have a shortage…what’s this? Salmon? Hmmm that will work, take four filets and put in sink to thaw…oh look steam in the bag asparagus… that will work too. Hmmm what’s in the pantry…can beans, no, can corn, no..wait! Canned cream corn hmm that will do.

Easy peasy will make Linner for Peach and I and we shall eat when she gets home.

In a fry pan melt half stick butter …check… put filets in pan sprinkle either bottle lemon juice or squeeze the real thing on the asparagus, salt and pepper, turn heat up to med-high and cover..meanwhile put asparagus in microwave… check filets, all good. Put cream corn in microwave dish, take asparagus out put corn in, flip filets.

Make a bed of asparagus, lay filets on top sprinkle lemon juice to taste , get corn from microwave, burn finger because bowl is hot (u can omit the burn finger part), dish corn on plate and salt and pepper to taste.

Eat.

Enjoy 😬

Luv ya Peach…didn’t really dirty that many dishes either..

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Supper

Batman says:

Supper for two in 20 minutes can be healthy (if you want it to). I made this for Peach and I tonight and it took 20 minutes to do. 4 pork cutlets (thawed and room temp) in a baking dish cooked in the oven at 400 degrees for 6-7 minutes a side (interior temp 145). Cauliflower cooked in a microwave bag 7 minutes (time varies with your microwave) dumped in a Tupperware dish with half a stick of butter, salt and pepper, toss to coat. Cut green beans in a microwave bag (repeat above).

Served on fancy paper plates (cause I’m considerate and don’t want Peach to have lots of dishes). There you have it, a quick and healthy dinner for two for busy peeps like Peach & Batman

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Coffee

Batman says:

Coffee seeds (or beans) cooked in water to make a bitter somewhat stimulating drink. Who in their right mind would have ever thought to do that much les drink it..

I like coffee, plain coffee with a touch of sugar (just stick your finger in it peach) and sometimes a splash of milk. I do not recognize the stuff they sell in shops, or that horrible fast food stuff they pass as coffee.

Peach and I like a cup, relaxing and just enjoying the quiet. I have yet to have a cup of coffee keep me awake or ‘perk’ me up, but I do like the taste. I like it in my John Wayne coffee mug because it’s huge and I get more coffee 😬.

Anywho…next time you have a coffee, think about having a COFFEE, not some elaborate mix of cream and foam with funny designs floating on top, just coffee plain and simple

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Yum

Batman says:

Today is fried chicken day yaaaay joy, rapture 😬

Cubed chicken breasts, dumped into a zip lock bag with fish fry breading (yes I know a chicken is not a fish, it’s what food experimenting is about) fried in an electric skillet 350-365 you non Fahrenheit’ers will have to convert that one yourselves, until golden brown and delicious. Scooped with a spider (it’s a cooking tool not a bug) into a colander to drain in a bowl, salted while still oily and hot, and served, again I say YUM!

See ya, not polite to talk with food in my mouth 😁

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Sausage & Veggies

Batman says:

Peach made a yummy meal that was really very quick and simple. Kielbasa sausage cooked whole in links in a wok (not the thing you throw at a wabbit) and mixed cauliflower, carrots, and broccoli. Simple meal that has loads of flavor and is actually really good for ya.

Enjoy folks, I know we did

🙂

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Wine with Peach

Batman says:

Peach and I have discovered wine, now before you get all crazy let me explain. We have never been, nor will we ever be, big drinkers of anything but iced tea or water, but, we recently tried wine and discovered we still didn’t really like it. Was really sour and left an aftertaste. Tried several types too, still the same result, yuck! Read about them; white, red, pink, blah blah, read how they were best served blah blah. Somehow or another, probably due to the kangaroo on the bottle, we got some Yellow Tail “Big Bold Red” and stuffed it in the refrigerator, don’t ask why just did. Couple days later decided to try again and after searching around looking for it, found it in said refrigerator, poured a couple small glasses and drank them together, Peach and I, and actually liked it. Had a few more glasses with the same result. Under the guise of red wine is good for the heart, we have a glass now and then. Not every day, not large quantities, not to excess, but a glass, chilled and in a chilled glass.

Now you wine snobs out there just hold your tongue, I think the point the wine producers have is to sell wine for people to drink and enjoy however they like it. If this is the case, what’s wrong with having wine cold? If we like it cold? Anyways, Peach and I have discovered we like our one glass of wine, red, white, whatever, iced cold in a cold glass. If that’s not proper wine etiquette, oh well, I think we will survive just fine…

Hey, Peach, here’s your heart healthy Big Bold Red…love ya

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Food Experiment

Batman says:

I have a tendency to goof off in the kitchen whilst Peach is out working. I plunder through the cabinets and freezer, drawers and fridge searching for some unknown super food that is both filling, salty, sweet, not so bad for you (not to good for you either). I usually end up making a mess and sometimes the resulting amassed pile of ingredients results in something tasty (sometimes turkey vultures would turn their noses up at it) and a bit ago I made this concoction:

Jerry’s Apple roasted chicken with Apple honey glaze

3 chicken breasts cubed

Baking dish

Creole seasoning

Garlic salt

Beer chicken spice

Cayenne pepper

Apple cider

Apple jelly

Honey

Cube chicken put in baking dish

Sprinkle with creole seasoning, garlic salt, beer chicken spice, cayenne pepper. Add Apple cider to moisten. Bake in 400 pre-heated oven 10 minutes, turn, another 10 minutes

In small sauce pan combine 2 large spoonfuls of apple jelly and 2-3 squirts honey, heat to thin

Remove chicken, baste with Apple honey mix, back in oven on broil middle rack 7 minutes

Oven to 400 and bake another 7 minutes

Ok, the baking times differ with your oven, just be careful not to over cook the chicken.

It was actually pretty tasty and not very complicated to make. I’m sure some fancy chef someplace has already done this in some fashion and if so I give u your accolades, I’ve never heard of it or had anything like it before so I gave it the name you see.

Anyways, Peach liked it (or pretended to)

Have a great day y’all

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Linner

Batman says:

Linner (lunch/dinner for the uneducated) is a kinda in between meal for working families. Peach and I love to (at least she says she loves to…sometimes I’m not sure) cook together in the kitchen. Linner is our meal we make when one or the other may not have the night off, we try and make it kinda healthy (not foolin anyone it’s healthy or not we’re gonna eat it) when we can and if not I will not lose and sleep. Today it was shrimp drenched in eggs and milk, dredged in ‘Jiffy Muffin’ mix and fried at 325 till golden brown and delicious along with Brussel sprouts cooked in salt and pepper and when done topped with a half stick of butter and allowed to melt. The muffin mix adds a sweet and crispy texture and flavor to the shrimp and the butter of course makes Brussel sprouts melt in your mouth. Total time, 15 minutes?? And freakin yummy..

Take time to experiment, and don’t forget Linner, the unused meal…don’t forget the dishes Peach 🙂