Friday, August 18, 2017

The 2017 Eclipse

When I was a kid, I seem to remember a solar eclipse in northern WV – I think it was sometime in the mid 50’s but it was not nearly the high profile event it is this time.  People are driving long distances and filling up hotels and campgrounds to be in the “Totality Zone" - perhaps the most travel ever for a 2+ minute event. Twenty six towns and areas in East Tennessee are using it as a reason to have a public event and individuals are using it as a good excuse for a party – like we do the Super Bowl.

For this eclipse, we have the fortune of being about 15 miles off the center line and are well within the 70 mile wide totality path, so all we need now is clear weather, but it will get dark either way.  Our plan is to invite a few friends over and hang-out on either our neighbors dock or go out in the middle of the lake on the pontoon boat, likely with some pre and post eclipse eats and a few adult beverages on hand.  I need to do some online research for the appropriate food and drink pairings for an eclipse.J

We are at the black spot right of the I-75 shield between Knoxville and Chattanooga.


Fortunately, we are now educated enough to not worry about this being the end of the world or a reason to sacrifice a virgin to please the angry gods, so we can just hope for clear skies, relax, and enjoy this unique event.  And if the skies are cloudy, we can all still enjoy our party-in-the-dark.

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.

Larry

8/18/17 Post Date

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lasagna-Like Baked Fusilli

Bev had purchased a 6 lb box of mixed pasta (she loves Sam’s Club) for us to use while our kids were here in July and we used none of it and with some ricotta cheese that needed to be used, we decided to make a lasagna-like dish using fusilli pasta. 



Sunday, August 6, 2017

Slow Cooker Asian Short Ribs

I’ve been freezer diving again and discovered a package of boneless short ribs needing to be cooked.  Since I was looking for easy and low mess, I went in search of slow cooker recipes and discovered just what I was looking for: easy, ingredients we had on hand, and tasty sounding.  We rarely cook Asian and I’m not sure why, as we always enjoy it when we do.

The recipe we used was from Damn Delicious and I followed the one below with one exception.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup beef broth
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
5 pound bone-in beef short ribs, cut crosswise into 2″ pieces (I used 2# of boneless)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, whisk together soy sauce, beef broth, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, sesame oil and red pepper flakes, if using.
2. Place short ribs into a 6-qt slow cooker. Stir in soy sauce mixture until well combined.
3. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours (4-5 is better for the meat we had).*
4. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and 1/4 cup water. Stir in mixture into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high heat for an additional 30 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.
5. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley and sesame seeds, if desired.

*To test for doneness, pull on a bone as it should slide out freely


I used only two pounds of meat as that is what I had and it made three good servings, but there was enough sauce for another pound of meat and 4-5 servings.

We all thought it was good but not blow-you-away and I thought it was very good for the effort I had to put into it.

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.

Larry

8/04/17 Meal Date