February 20, 2010

Tips for Today

Don't eat a fried egg before you go to a funeral. Enough said.
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NY Strip ground up makes very dry hamburgers. Don't do it.

(I was reading about how we don't have really good oversight of our ground beef industry and that maybe it's best to grind your own. So I bought the food grinding part to go with my Kitchen Aid (still my favorite Christmas gift from my husband... EVER!) and looked for beef on sale. I found NY Strip on sale and bought them for try out, much to the dismay of my father who said essentially, "NOOO!!!! Chuck Roast on sale!" Point taken.)

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Funniest weirdest scene ever at dinner: Mr. T was eating his very dry hamburger. We were choking them down when he leaned over close to his plate. He picked his head up and my husband and I said simultaneously, "What in the heck happened?" to which he replied, "I needed more ketchup!"

Hamburger in mouth, chewing, dry meat, he leaned over his plate and licked the ketchup. It may not sound funny in writing, but you had to see it.

I can't quit laughing.

So there is a tip in there somewhere for you...
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I'm at a loss how those of you in the Great White North make it without wearing shorts for 6 to 9 months out of the year. It's been about three weeks since our 'cold snap' and I really want to wear shorts. And be barefoot.

Even though I have come to love my Dead Muppet Slippers.

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I guess that's it.

Posted by Boudicca at February 20, 2010 10:50 PM
Comments

Best hamburger:
ground sirloin
crushed garlic (the more, the better...to taste)
splash of soy sauce
large splash of Worcestershire sauce
dollop of catchup
large pinch of rosemary, basil, thyme
fresh ground pepper
teeny splash of maple syrup
splash of "Pick a Peppa" sauce
do not add salt (use soy sauce for the salty), but add fresh ground pepper to taste
best served with a slice of sweet onion

Enjoy!

Posted by: DogsDontPurr at February 20, 2010 11:56 PM

I love the way you write! Your family cracks me up sometimes. And yes, living in the Great Frozen White North can be challenging. Cold enough to freeze your nose hairs...

Posted by: Mary at February 20, 2010 11:59 PM

Ooops! Perhaps needless to say, you mix all that together and grill to perfection...onion on the side.

Posted by: DogsDontPurr at February 20, 2010 11:59 PM

who said people up north don't wear shorts in the winter? I've known more than a few...

Posted by: S at February 21, 2010 01:32 AM

I love the meat grinder attachment for my kitchenaid, too.
also, the shredder attachment.

I still cover the pasta roller attachment

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at February 21, 2010 09:35 AM

Juicier the hamburger the fattier the meat needed, lean meat equals dry burgers.

We usually do ground chuck (hence chuck roast).

My BIL (who lives 30 minutes away) wears shorts year round (well not at work). Me they usually go on in June and come off in early September with Capris starting in April through October.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at February 21, 2010 11:00 AM

I'm dying because I haven't been able to wear my sandals to work for months now! It feels so wrong.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at February 21, 2010 12:24 PM

Bou: Some of us do wear shorts year round! And sandals without socks. :)

Posted by: PeggyU at February 21, 2010 02:49 PM

My neighbor always wears shorts when he walks his dogs - 3 times a day - doesn't matter the temp, he is in shorts - and that is in NYC. I watched him climb over the snowdrifts in his shorts the other day.

Posted by: dick at February 21, 2010 03:51 PM

My son doesn't own any pants except what the Marine Corp gives him. He went snowboarding last week. He had to rent snow pants to wear over his shorts.

Also, what ARE you eating on this nothing processed diet? How hard is it? I might need to try it.

Posted by: Sticks at February 21, 2010 06:58 PM

Your dad's right, grind up cuck for burger. It needs the fat and is cheaper than steak too. Winn-Dixie had it on sale last week even cheaper than at Sam's Club.

What do you mean wearing shorts "6 to 9 months of the year." Try 12 months. I didn't have any problem at all spending the days outside at the zoo during our recent little cool snap (AKA "free air conditioning), as long as I stayed in the sun.

Posted by: George at February 21, 2010 08:03 PM

Sticks- I eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch, varying dinner only.
Breakfast: Steel cut oats with fruit. (I just bought some nectarines and am very excited! I mash it together.)

Snack (around 10 AM)- 12 almonds, 1/8-1/4 C raisins, and I do occassionally eat one small square of 75% cocoa chocolate. (It has flavenoids.)

Lunch: Spinach salad with cut up pear and some nuts.

Snack (around 3 or 4)- natural peanut butter on a piece of whole wheat toast (I've checked out the bread and am very particular) or an egg with a piece of toast.

Dinner- Baked or stir fried poultry or fish, sometimes lean beef, but not much... no white potatoes, so sweet potatoes or whole grain rice, and green beans, broccoli or some other vegetable steamed.

I'm always satiated... not full... not hungry... I just am.

Unfortunately, it looks like my rosacea is hormonally driven. All digestive ailments are gone, energy is high, and I'm sleeping great.

Posted by: Bou at February 21, 2010 10:46 PM

DDP- Thank you!!! It sounds great!

Posted by: Bou at February 21, 2010 10:46 PM

I am wondering if maybe your rosacea could be immune system driven too?

Since my immune system is worth crap now I have noticed my skin problems (a bit of rosacea and tinnia versacolor) are out of control because my immune system kept them in control somewhat, but now there is no meds I have found that will get rid of them and I am also getting dermatitis on my face now too. Sucks to be me, the one who had perfect skin all her life until now.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at February 22, 2010 10:12 AM

"Don't eat a fried egg before you go to a funeral. Enough said."

Good Gawd. I can just picture it...

"Phew... is that the deceased? ... or is it Bou floating an air biscuit? Yeef!"

(I am actually a bit ashamed for having left this comment. But not ashamed enough, apparently, not to have left it in the first place.)

Posted by: Elisson at February 22, 2010 10:38 AM

Up here in the Great White North (WI) not only do I wear pants from, usually late September through early May, I also wear woolen knee socks under them. I love knee socks enough to consider finding sock garters, which I haven't owned since 2nd grade Girl Scouts.

On the plus side, we can get away with shaving our legs less often.

Posted by: MonicaC at February 22, 2010 11:50 PM

Elisson- Dude... I put it out there. It's fair game!

Posted by: Bou at February 23, 2010 11:20 PM