Diamond Grill Marks

You order a steak at a fancy eatery and when it arrives you notice the fancy diamond shaped grill marks on it. Those marks don’t make the steak taste any better, but at least you got something for the big bucks it probably set you back. Here’s how you can get the same look at home.

Select a large frying/grill pan with deep ridges. You want to have a large sized pan to get a more even browning as the steak will draw heat from the pan’s surface as you sear it. Place the steak at an angle to the ridges on the pan’s surface to sear the first side. Turn the steak a quarter of a turn, without flipping it, and place it on a different portion of the pan to finish the sear and form the diamond pattern. Turn the steak and do the same process on the other side.

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Road Trip

The Pickle Queen and I have been known to take a road trip or two in our time together. We haven’t gotten this bad yet, but I’m sure the day will come.

While on a road trip, an elderly couple stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch. After finishing their meal, they left the restaurant, and resumed their trip.

When leaving, the woman unknowingly left her glasses on the table, and she didn’t miss them until they had been driving about forty minutes.

By then, to add to the aggravation, they had to travel quite a distance before they could find a place to turn around, in order to return to the restaurant to retrieve her glasses.

All the way back, the elderly husband became the classic grouchy old man. He fussed and complained, and scolded his wife relentlessly during the entire return drive. The more he chided her, the more agitated he became. He just wouldn’t let up for a single minute.

To her relief, they finally arrived at the restaurant. As the woman got out of the car, and hurried inside to retrieve her glasses, the old geezer yelled to her. “While you’re in there, you might as well get my hat and the credit card.”

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Smoked Salmon Soup

One of the things my folks received every Christmas was a box of various smoked salmon from my Mother’s sister and her family who lived in the state of Washington. Not having grown up eating smoked salmon, one looked for various ways to prepare it. Here’s a recipe for smoked salmon soup.

1 lb. smoked salmon, boned
4 potatoes, diced
6 c. water
2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
3/4 c. young spinach

After boning and breaking the salmon into bite sized pieces, add the water, diced potatoes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and continue to cook for about 20 minutes until the potatoes are done. Add the spinach and simmer for another 5 minutes. When stirring, be gentle so as to not break up the salmon pieces.

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Uses for Left Over Smoked Meats and Fish

Left over smoked meats and fish can be used in a variety of ways.  You can use smoked meat or fish in any recipe that calls for cooked meats or fish to rev up the flavor. Consider using smoked leftovers in any of the following ways or let your imagination take over.

Appetizers
Burritos
Cabbage rolls
Cacciatore
Cannelloni
Casseroles
Chili
Eggplant Parmesan
Empanadas
Frittata
Hash
Kraut and ribs
Lasagna
Meat balls
Meat loaves
Omelets
Pasta dishes
Potato dishes
Pot pies
Quiche
Soups
Spaghetti sauce
Spanish rice
Spreads
Stir-fry dishes
Stocks
Stroganoff
Stuffed peppers
Stuffed squash

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Forgetting Things

I don’t know if this is true or not, but I heard it from a reliable source. Maybe you also know of little old ladies such as these.

Three little old ladies were discussing the problems of getting older. Diane said, “Sometimes  I can’t remember if I meant to put the salad dressing back in the refrigerator or to make a sandwich with it.” Louise said, ” Sometimes when I’m on the stairs I can’t remember if I was going up or down.”  Thelma was heard to say, “Thank goodness I don’t have those problems. Knock on wood.” She rapped on the table and said, ” There’s someone at the door. I’ll get it.”

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Cocktail Smokies

Here’s a recipe for slow-cooked cocktail smokies for New Year’s Eve or other occasion.

1 lb. miniature smoked sausage links
1 28-oz. bottle barbecue sauce
1 1/4 cups water
3 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
3 Tbsp. steak sauce
1/2 tsp. pepper

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and mix well. Cover and cook for 6 to 7 hours on low. Serve with a slotted spoon.

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The Year Was 1955

Merry Christmas!!  I think it was the Christmas of 1955 that I got a steel scoop shovel as a present. I still have and use it, believe it or not. If you’ve ever used a steel scoop you know I’m telling the truth. You can’t wear those suckers out. I hope yall (or however it’s spelled) have a blessed Christmas.

The year was 1955. Here are some things that people were thinking back then.

  • Did you hear that the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter?
  • If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.
  • When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon. Guess we’d be better off leaving the car in the garage.
  • Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $50,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn’t surprise me if someday they’ll be making more than the President.
  • I never thought I’d see the day when all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They’re even making electric typewriters now.
  • It’s too bad things are so tough now-a-days. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.
  • It won’t be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.
  • I’m afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.
  • Thank goodness I won’t live to see the day when the government takes half of our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government.
  • The fast food restaurant is convenient for a quick meal, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.
  • There is no sense going on short trips any more for a weekend. It costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay in a hotel.
  • No one can afford to be sick anymore. At $15.00 a day in the hospital, it’s too rich for my blood.
  • If they think I’ll pay 30 cents for a haircut, forget it.

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