Welcome home, fellow Gator.

The Gator Nation's oldest and most active insider community
Join today!

Outside the dugout: What's cooking?

Discussion in 'Diamond Gators' started by GatorLurker, Jul 28, 2016.

  1. GatorLurker

    GatorLurker GC Hall of Fame

    8,345
    3,515
    2,843
    Apr 8, 2007
    Baked ziti tonight.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  2. GatorLurker

    GatorLurker GC Hall of Fame

    8,345
    3,515
    2,843
    Apr 8, 2007
    Lots of leftover baked ziti for dinner tonight.

    I "winged" the ragu for the ziti and it was really good. Almost as good as the oxtail ragu I make but a lot cheaper. Pork shoulder is a lot cheaper than ox tail.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  3. 74nole

    74nole GC Hall of Fame

    5,942
    3,059
    3,018
    Apr 9, 2007
    Marianna, Fl
    Tonight it’s a hamburger cheese casserole, petite butter beans and sweet kernel corn. Yeast rolls on the side.

    Ice cold longnecks and chilled wine are our choices for the evening.

    Life is good in Gator Nation!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. GatorLurker

    GatorLurker GC Hall of Fame

    8,345
    3,515
    2,843
    Apr 8, 2007
    Scallops seared in a spicy oil and served on a bed of flat leaf parsley and cilantro. Yellow rice pilaf as a side.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  5. 74nole

    74nole GC Hall of Fame

    5,942
    3,059
    3,018
    Apr 9, 2007
    Marianna, Fl
    Tonight it’s going to be fried pork cubed steak, fresh broccoli tops, and leftover petite butter beans & sweet corn.

    Ice cold longnecks and chilled wine win out again today.

    Life is good in Gator Nation!
     
  6. GatorLurker

    GatorLurker GC Hall of Fame

    8,345
    3,515
    2,843
    Apr 8, 2007
    I have to ask how you fry the pork.

    When I make carnitas it starts as cubes of pork shoulder (butt) and ends up frying in its own fat in a hot oven. I would make it more often if it wasn't such a mess to clean up. Really tasty, though.

    Is your pork steak a shoulder cut? I have used boneless shoulders for steaks on occasion. Do you add oil to fry so that the pork keeps some of its fat?
     
    • Like Like x 1
  7. 74nole

    74nole GC Hall of Fame

    5,942
    3,059
    3,018
    Apr 9, 2007
    Marianna, Fl

    It’s the boneless pieces of pork cut away from pork chops and then cubed just like beef cubed steaks. I season them with regular Everglades seasoning and coarse black pepper—then flour them with self-rising flour.

    And yes, I fry them in just enough oil for them to retain some of the fat. If you’ve not had them before I would say it will become a go to. They cook up extremely tender.
     
  8. GatorLurker

    GatorLurker GC Hall of Fame

    8,345
    3,515
    2,843
    Apr 8, 2007
    Gotcha.

    That is usually a pretty lean cut.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  9. 74nole

    74nole GC Hall of Fame

    5,942
    3,059
    3,018
    Apr 9, 2007
    Marianna, Fl

    It is—but it’s going to have some fat around the edges.
     
  10. BA69MA72

    BA69MA72 GC Legend

    645
    188
    1,853
    Apr 8, 2007
    Not clear—what are the sizes of the cubes? And sounds like little fat—correct?
     
  11. 74nole

    74nole GC Hall of Fame

    5,942
    3,059
    3,018
    Apr 9, 2007
    Marianna, Fl

    They are about 6” long and about 4” wide and yes just a little fat around the edges.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  12. 74nole

    74nole GC Hall of Fame

    5,942
    3,059
    3,018
    Apr 9, 2007
    Marianna, Fl
    Tonight we are going over to Alan & Abbey’s as he is grilling hamburgers and they asked Kayla and her family also which brings us all together.

    Looking forward to family time this afternoon/evening.

    Life is good in Gator Nation!
     
    • Winner Winner x 1
  13. 74nole

    74nole GC Hall of Fame

    5,942
    3,059
    3,018
    Apr 9, 2007
    Marianna, Fl
    We picked up a 2 1/4 lb. beef roast for Ms. Jan to cook down in her gravy. It’s been smelling the house up all afternoon….

    We are going to have open face roast beef sandwiches and homemade mashed potatoes.

    Ms. Jan’s requested Moscow Mules and I will have a tumbler of Henry McKenna 10 yr old 100proof.

    Life is good in Gator Nation!
     
    • Like Like x 2
  14. GatorLurker

    GatorLurker GC Hall of Fame

    8,345
    3,515
    2,843
    Apr 8, 2007
    We had a lot of extra spice oil from the scallops from the other night so we are sauteing shrimp in the spice oil to serve over linguini with a salad. I spent about 40 minutes shelling shrimp this afternoon because for this kind of dish you want smallish shrimp with the shells off. I could have been quicker but I like getting as much tail meat as possible.
     
    • Winner Winner x 1
  15. GatorLurker

    GatorLurker GC Hall of Fame

    8,345
    3,515
    2,843
    Apr 8, 2007
    My wife is cooking dinner tonight. Yesterday I got the updated covid booster and have been running a fever with chills, really tired and a sore arm all day. Just starting to feel better.

    Same as it ever was after the first jab. The good thing is that it is a strong sign that it is working.

    We have some extra uncooked shrimp from yesterday. Maybe a shrimp appetizer tonight. I like garlic shrimp but my wife is in charge and I bet she will make some shrimp cocktail.

    Funny story from my childhood. Every Christmas my mom would make shrimp cocktail and my younger brother hated it. I always found a way to sit next to him at dinner. SCORE!
     
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2023
    • Like Like x 1
    • Funny Funny x 1
  16. 74nole

    74nole GC Hall of Fame

    5,942
    3,059
    3,018
    Apr 9, 2007
    Marianna, Fl
    We’re heading back home in the morning as we have a weekend wedding to attend as well as I’ve got a couple of upcoming follow up Dr appointments to keep.

    That said we’re picking up supper tonight from our favorite oriental restaurant here in Jasper—Ably’s.

    Life is good in Gator Nation!
     
    • Like Like x 2
  17. GatorLurker

    GatorLurker GC Hall of Fame

    8,345
    3,515
    2,843
    Apr 8, 2007
    Feeling a lot better today but still not quite 100%. But good enough to take my dog on our usual 2.5 mile morning walk.

    Tonight I am making chicken tinga for tacos. Have some red onion being pickled right now as a topping. Also picked up some perfectly ripe Hass avocados to dice as a second topping.

    Planning on margaritas as the dinner libation.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  18. GatorLurker

    GatorLurker GC Hall of Fame

    8,345
    3,515
    2,843
    Apr 8, 2007
    Had a friend and his elderly mother over for the tacos last night and also to watch the Lady Gators play volleyball. Sadly no leftovers.

    Tonight I am keeping it a lot simpler. I am going to poach some boneless skinless chicken thighs and shred them into "Spanish" rice with diced tomatoes. I thought that I had a can of Rotel but I don't. Pity.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  19. 74nole

    74nole GC Hall of Fame

    5,942
    3,059
    3,018
    Apr 9, 2007
    Marianna, Fl
    Tonight it’s white chicken chili topped with Sargento Tex-Mex shredded cheese and Multi-grain Tostitos scoops on the side.

    Ms. Jan’s sticking with her chilled wine. I’m going with a tumbler or two of Elijah Craig.

    Life is good in Gator Nation!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  20. GatorLurker

    GatorLurker GC Hall of Fame

    8,345
    3,515
    2,843
    Apr 8, 2007
    Smoking two chickens and making a roasted poblano potato gratin,
     
    • Like Like x 1