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Hubby flew out here for several days and what a marvelous time we had together! We traveled to several small towns in Kansas and drove out westward to see the Smoky Hill Wind Project. It was fantastic! We also visited the Calvary Museum and the Custer House at Ft. Riley. One of the real highlights of our visit, though, was the food.

Brent likes to cook as much as I do, and we joined forces and made a few marvelous meals. First night here we ate a chicken and rice casserole I had made over the previous weekend and frozen. Then all I had to do was bake it in the oven, add a side of green beans prepared with onions, mushrooms, and a little thyme. Oh! And butter, of course. The other vege dish was simply glazed carrots with a very little butter and turbinado sugar. A side of bread, a glass of wine, and I felt like I was sitting in a gourmet restaurant in some fancy city. Dessert was a large chocolate covered donut from the grocery store with purple “K-State” sprinkles on top (yes, I said tacky purple sprinkles of extra sugar. So bite me. It was oh so good!) , which we divided between the two of us, accompanied by de-caf coffee. It was really nice having a super tasty meal at the dining table over some good conversation. You know how I like that!

The next day we ate lunch at the Hungry Hunter Restaurant in Lincoln, Kansas, and Brent ordered the special of the day: All the fried chicken he could eat! Plus two sides and a slice of pie. And, since he has missed me a little, he let me eat most of the pie! He really didn’t eat much that day, but we enjoyed our one meal out. Uh, I ordered one piece of fried catfish and French fries (crunchy, hot, a little salt) and it was delicious! I highly recommend the Hungry Hunter Restaurant if you are ever out that way. Really nice people and delightful food.

We came back really tired from our Kansas adentures that evening, but we managed to prepare delicious vegetarian burritos with brown rice and black beans. Brent took fresh tomatoes and a hot pepper from the garden in the back yard and made scrumptious pico de gallo. I prepared quacamole to go with our chips, and there was also cheddar cheese and sour cream available. I was tired, the meal wonderful, and cleanup was minimal!

The next day I worked at the library and took left-over pico de gallo, cheddar cheese, and corn chips for lunch. It was good even a second time! That night we went to the grocery store, and then Brent prepared one of his famous grilled meals for two. Truly famous.

He grilled salmon, large slices of onions, and fresh green beans along with slices of bright red pepper! I took fresh spinach, lightly sautéed it in a little butter and lemon juice, then added a bit of cream. I placed the spinach on the plate, salmon on top, and drizzled on a little extra cream sauce. I prepared a baked potato with crunchy and coarse sea salt rubbed on the skin, and we split it between us. Too much food for us each to eat a whole ‘tater. Wow was it absolutely scrumptious! I even pulled out the matching flatware for the table! salmon, onions, green beansSDC10123

The next afternoon we took off to Ft. Riley to visit the Calvary Museum and the Custer House; we were there all afternoon and enjoyed the military history before us. When we returned home, again, Brent out did himself on the grill. The man is a genius I tell you!

We grilled two humongous steaks, but I didn’t want one for some reason. Well, not then, I did eat a little bit the next day. He prepared his absolutely delectable fresh asparagus, flavored with a little olive oil, salt and black pepper, and garlic. I was craving carbs (again!), so he also cooked thinly sliced onions and white potatoes wrapped in aluminum foil. And a little butter. sigh…….. I love butter.

I made each of us a little salad, and I also added on top of mine a piece of salmon from the night before. [In the pictures below Brent’s salad looks a lot better than mine. I was getting lazy and just chopped up one-half of a tomato I already had in the refrig, and I gave it to Brent; I didn’t get any, and now I’m jealous.] The salmon was definitely better the night before, but it was still very, very good. There was bread. And wine. And, um, peach cobbler I had purchased at the farmers’ market. And…..um…..ice cream. Let’s hear it for the sugar and fat high!!

Someone – please teach me to line up my flatware before taking a picture of the dinner table!
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Really cold again this morning. But then, I live in Kansas! I have a nice heavy coat that will keep me warm later today as I walk to People’s Grocery(my own co-op!) and then to the library to work a few hours at my desk. So, it’s all good.

Speaking of “good”, so is this second cup of coffee I’m drinking this morning. Oh my goodness! As you know, I really love a cup of coffee, especially on a cool morning. And if it was cool outside and not so freezing cold, I’d go out and sit on the front stoop. Nope! This cozy warm apartment suits me better right now!

I’ve had some good times with meals this week. My neighbor had another wonderful party this week and invited me for a bit and encouraged me to drink the wassail. I have not had wassail in several years, and on that cool night it was absolutely delicious! He had a little more alcohol in his (my recipe is mostly fruit juice with a little alcohol, and I believe his recipe is more traditional), so I didn’t have too much. But it was so fantastic! Not too sweet with slices of apples floating around.

There was his famous guacamole and chips, and one of the guests brought a loaf of homemade bread, which I smeared with goat cheese. Oh my oh my! I’m not the biggest fan of bread, but this combination was amazing! I ate two pieces like that and wanted a third, but there was only one loaf, only so much goat cheese, and other guests. I guess I was suppose to share, huh. My friend did his usually “grilling of the meats” ceremony on his mighty Weber, and everyone crowded around for that. I have decided to eat less meat (more on that later), so I made sure I only had two ounces, and I chose the bratwurst. Now, out of the chicken, beef burgers, and brats, surely the brats were the least healthy. However, I had never tasted one and several people I know really like them, so I gave it a try. Only one-half of a 4 oz. bratwurst link. Honestly! And it was tasty, but too greasy for me, like hot dogs often seem to be. Of course it wasn’t the cook’s fault, they just are loaded with fat. After all, he grilled them, and you can’t cook less greasy than that!

And as usual, he had fascinating guests. I always learn so much from his guests, what they do for fun, where they have traveled, what they teach at the university, and etc. Often I spend time talking with the students, because they really enjoy talking about what they study as well. But this time……sigh……I just sat near the guacamole and bread and goat cheese! Almost the whole time I was there.

OK, confession time again. If you have followed this blog at all, you know several months back I set out to become a true pescetarian again. And I didn’t do well. But I really want to eat healthier, and I believe less meat, for right now, could be a good compromise. So this week I started with the goal of no more than 4 oz. of meat in a day. So if I plan to have a little at lunch, I can only have a little at supper. Two ounces each time at the most. And this week I did just that!

Remember the roast I prepared for New Years Eve? After it sat in the pot all night long, it was very tender. I have a scale for weighing food, and after cutting up what looked like 2 oz. or smaller size chunks of the roast, weighing each piece to confirm that it was less than 2 oz. (and there was great success with that effort), I cut up each chunk into bite-size pieces and placed them into a baggie. Then I spooned in the carrots, onions, parsnips (lots of those. yum!) into each bag with the meat and ended up with 5 servings in the freezer. I had that meal twice at lunch, served with another vege on the side and a piece of fruit. What a special treat in the middle of the day!

I’ve also eaten black beans (I really like the way I flavor my beans with a little onion, chili powder, garlic, cumin, and a little molasses that makes them just a tad sticky), and once this week I added only 1 oz. of ground beef. Why bother, you ask? I’m not sure. I’m hoping that continuing with just a little of the meat now and then will halt those cravings I use to get when I would eat way too much. It’s not just the environment that concerns me, it is also my weight. And as I get older, um, cholesterol can be more of an issue. Want to watch out for that as well!

Oh yes, and I’ve also eaten my own homemade guacamole. I love my guacamole, but I think I like Larry’s better. Maybe he’ll share the recipe?

Today I am already soaking pintos, and yesterday I made cornbread for a sick friend of mine, and while pouring the batter into the pan to cook, I poured a little into two custard dishes to bake myself two corn muffins. Oh my! I cannot wait for supper tonight to eat those beans with a little raw onion, accompanied by my homemade cornbread. And maybe the last of my leftover cabbage? Wow! It’s not even 7:30am and I’m drooling over supper already! That’s sad. Oh maybe not. I’m over…..hmmmm…..over…….oh my……..well, I’m over 40. OK, way over, but that’s beside the point! And I guess if I enjoy my meals so much that I dream about them, that is really a good thing. Because I have to eat. And if I can find that much pleasure in the basics, maybe that means it is easy for me to find pleasure in this life. Yes. That’s it. Now my thinking of food so much sounds like a positive characteristic. Right?

I mentioned using plastic baggies for freezing my meals. I try hard not to purchase plastic, but I have not figured out a good alternative for freezing my food. I have a few plastic containers that I get at the grocery if I purchase a pre-made salad of some kind, but there would be a pocket of air frozen with the food if I used those. Not good. Last night I bought mayonnaise, and the only glass jar I can find is Kraft in a smaller jar. I’d like to buy the larger amount (costs less per ounce that way), but all the larger containers are plastic. So I always purchase the smaller Kraft.

Question: Any ideas on freezing individual meals in a non-plastic container with no air pockets?

That’s it for me today. Actually, there is a lot more food to discuss, but I know I can go on and on and on and…….well, you know!

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