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Baleful Bounty – Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped potatoes – that mainstay of Church Homecoming potlucks – the master of family Sunday dinners – the keystone of just about every holiday get together… And, face it… most of them are pretty dreadful. Flaccid potato slices floating in noxious, overly garlicky gravy. But, it doesn’t need to be that way. Let’s break away from the norm and make something a little lighter, a little more flavorful, and a hell of a lot prettier to look at.   Since I was blessed with a handful  (really, out of 5 plants, I got 2 pounds of potatoes) of beauties from the garden this year, I thought I’d do something to go with the Sage Battered Pork Chops I was making. And, smashing them up just seemed a crime… you know, since I only got 8 taters from all my hard work and all. I decided to do Jane’s scalloped potatoes… except, I really didn’t know her exact recipe… just basically how it was done… So, I did what I always do… I punted. ________________________________________________ Plate Fodder’s …

A “Dusting” of Snow… and some soup

We had been jonzing for some snow up here at Turtle Creek all winter. There’d be predictions and rumors; hints and allegations; threats and speculations; and then nothing. You would think that living in the great northern Georgia woods we’d see flakes on a fairly regular basis. But, where we’re located, the terrain and currents push the bulk of the wintry mix far to the west and north of us… when it happens at all. So, I didn’t put a whole lot of stock in this week’s prediction that we would enjoy a 1/4″ of blissful late afternoon precipitation, since the bulk of the storm was going to be far south of us. Even as the snow did begin to fall at 9 am, it was anemic. Small pinhead sized flakes that looked more like kosher salt than snow. Jane and I glanced out the windows occasionally enjoying the mist-like snowfall, and in our minds thinking that’s nice… but it wont last long. By two o’clock, we had just over 2″ of the tiny flakes on …

Questionable Parenting & Crispy Smashed Taters

I’ve said it a million times… The powers that be knew what they were doing when they left me out of the procreating pool, I just wouldn’t make a very good parent. My insane phobia around children not withstanding, I would probably spend more time in family court than at work for my views on discipline and punishment, acceptable public behavior, and just things in general that I’d consider… fun. I mean, I’d have no qualms with spanking my child… taking a switch to them even. My parents did both to me and I didn’t come out the other side of childhood irreparably damaged. Hell, I’d even let you spank them… provided they did something bad. I’d insist they treat adults like adults and behave in a respectful manner. “Yes Sir” and “Yes Mam” wouldn’t be foreign concepts for their little minds, and they would have a firm grasp on the stark truth that they are not, in fact, miniature adults. There are rules… and there are consequences… and those consequences – can be a bitch. “You can’t have a BB gun, you’ll shoot your …

Simple Dinner Sunday – Citrus Glazed Riblettes & Potato Salad

 Mustard Potato Salad or American Potato Salad… or Deli Potato Salad… You know, nothing really says “low effort meal” like deli potato salad. Pop open the lid, and you’ve got a ready-made side dish. Only today is Bear On The Square here in Dahlonega… and the flatlanders have invaded the town… You can’t get anywhere. Going to the market was out of the question, so I do like I always do… (besides the cussing)… I make my own. Mustard Potato Salad Serves 6 to 8 Ingredients 5 Large Yukon Gold Potatoes – peeled and cubed 2 Eggs 3/4 Cup Mayonnaise 1/4 to 1/2 Cup Yellow Mustard (this really depends on your personal level of mustardiness love) 3/4 Cup Celery – Finely Chopped 1 Cup Sweet Onion – Finely Chopped 1/4 Cup Parsley – Finely Chopped 1/2 Cup Sweet Pickle Relish 1 Teaspoon Celery Seed 2 Tablespoons Sugar 1 Tablespoon Salt 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper 1/4 Cup White Wine Vinegar 1 Large Mixing Bowl A Couple of Spatulas Large Sauce Pan On medium high heat, place …

Simple Dinner Sunday – Potato Tart

My dad used to tell a story of when he was in the Army during the Korean War. In basic training, a friend of his had been assigned to KP, and it was his job to  peel the potatoes for the days meal. They used one of the mechanical potato peelers in the kitchen. It was a large washing machine looking affair that would tumble the potatoes around inside a large bin equipped with little blades. Typically the  process would run for 30 seconds… or so.. and you could fish out the perfect white ovals – devoid of peel. His friend had loaded up the machine with spuds and turned it on….. then promptly got involved in something else. It seems either he wasn’t told…or he wasn’t paying attention when he was told – that the machine was only to operate 30 seconds. It ran for 30 minutes. He had reduced 200lbs of potatoes to a gallon bucket of spud marbles. He wasn’t allowed back in the kitchen… I could eat potatoes every day. Maybe …

And in this Corner… Rubbed Pork Rib Eye

Round 2 of the Marx Foods Ridiculously Delicious Challenge As excited as I was to make it past the preliminary “easy” round of the Marx Foods challenge, I have to say getting ready for Round 2 was proving a little “hinky”. The instructions were to – Pick 2 of the provided pantry ingredients and create an original dish.. First, the list of provided ingredients: Tepin Chilies Szechwan Peppers Coconut Sugar Grains of Paradise Dill Pollen Dried Sour Cherries Juniper Berries Iranian Saffron … Wow.. 3 hot, 1 sour, 1 sweet, and 3 aromatics. The Juniper Berries immediately caught my eye. I had been wanting to use them in a rub, but I had never gotten around to picking some up. Looking over the list, I settled on pairing them with the Grains of Paradise, a mildly hot, deep flavored pepper very similar to a spicy black peppercorn. I settled on a juniper based rub on a pork rib eye loin. I also wanted to extend the flavor to the potato cakes, so I’ve added juniper …