Halloween has now come & gone and for the first time in two years, kids in New Jersey were back on the streets & sidewalks running from door to door. There seemed to be a certain
“electricity” in the air and the excitement level could be felt everywhere you looked. At the end of the night, my son’s pumpkin bucket was so heavy that he had me carry it from door to door for him. He only took it from me for those last few steps before
ringing the doorbell. When we finally got home, we dumped it all out and started to see what was there. It’s kind of like taking the “pumpkin bucket” off my shoulders and dumping it out too. So let’s see what was rattling around in there this time.
Sometimes when I sit down to write a blog I stare at the computer screen in much the same way I stare at the fridge, the pantry or the snack cake aisle in our local convenience
store. So many choices but so little to choose.
I recently used a crockpot to make chili for the first time. Let me just say - Never Again. I felt disconnected from the whole process and the chili came out watery in the end.
It wasn’t something to do on my bucket list but I can now go ahead and cross that experiment off of it anyway.
The food at the diner by the train station must be criminal because the local cops are parked there every morning.
Had a post-Halloween Breakfast Dilemma this morning, should I have a short stack of Nestle’s Crunch, a big bowl of M&M’s, some Scrambled Skittles or two Snickers over easy ?
Speaking of Over Easy Eggs, as I mentioned in an earlier blog, I have had some trouble flipping brown eggs and breaking the yolks. I now think it may be something in my technique.
You can judge for yourself with this little video.
This past month there have been an awful lot of blogs about the simple Tater Tot. Who knew that this could be such a versatile item in the kitchen ? We threw cheese & bacon on
ours and then cut them into chunks and served them with various sides. Almost like a “Po-Tater Tot Skin”. I think the most ingenious use of the Tot I saw was the Bacon Wrapped Tater Tot with flavored bacon. This is a dish that could make my Super Bowl menu.
Speaking of the Super Bowl, did you know it is going to be in the New York/New Jersey area this year ? If you worked in NYC like I do, you would know there are 93 days until kickoff
from the multiple countdown clocks that are in various spots around the city.
And speaking of the Super Bowl being in NY/NJ, it means that one of the dishes I will be serving on Super Bowl Sunday will be NY/NJ inspired. I already know it won’t be bagels,
dirty water dogs or cheesecake. I also have to figure out dishes to represent the two teams playing in the Super Bowl and based on the results at the halfway point of this season, I think I will be looking at possible dishes from either Denver or Kansas City
from the American Conference and from Seattle or New Orleans in the National Conference. Any thoughts or suggestions over the next eight weeks leading up to the playoffs will be helpful. And just because I think it is down to those four teams doesn’t mean
I’m right. Let me know what you think.
Of course if the chiefs make it to the Super Bowl over my Broncos, I will be left with a taste in my mouth that is worse than an orange juice & toothpaste breakfast combo.
And speaking of football that has nothing to do with food, I am going to the Oregon vs Stanford game next week. My mother was a CAL grad (1952) and I know that she will haunt
me forever if I cheer for Stanford. Go Ducks.
It’s Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread time again and last weekend I made thirty one pound loaves. Almost all of them have been given away already. Teachers at school stand with their
noses pressed against the glass hoping my son or daughters will be stopping by their room. It’s definitely not me, it’s the recipe.
Thanksgiving is at our house this year which leaves me with yet another small dilemma. In years past when cooking the Bird, I always had to start it at my house, throw the Bird
in the car for an hour drive and then finish it elsewhere. The Bird has always been perfect. So this year, do I take the Bird out early and throw it in the car for an hour ? Do I actually take it for a drive ? I do get to make two small practice Birds in two
weeks when I help out with the Second Grade Thanksgiving Feast so maybe they can be my guinea pigs…
I noticed that the blogs are off the front page of allrecipes.com now. I guess that just gives everyone another excuse not to read them.
Best exchange of the night last night, Me: “Do you want my flashlight ?” My Son: “Dad, I’m Batman. I own the night.”
And finally, there is a note at the bottom of my cryptic blog notes from the past couple of days that says simply “Catch & Release”. I know it has nothing to do with fish and
it was written at a very early hour on the train. Other than that, I have no idea what it was supposed to allude to.
Come back next time when I write about a real topic and not just the stuff leftover in the bottom of the Halloween Pumpkin Bucket or on the back of the bottom shelf.