Archive for November, 2018

Turkey Fajitas WIP

Posted on Friday, November 16th, 2018 at 1:47 pm

Thaw and inject fajita sauce in the bird, stuffing is saute’d sweet onion and bell pepper strips, wrap in bacon, cook, remove bacon and stuffing, and carve bird in strips.  Serve turkey, bacon, and stuffing on flour tortillas with pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream, and Mexican mix shredded cheese.

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Saute’ing the stuffing in butter and a touch of marinade.

Turkey with stuffing.

 

 

 

Bacon wrapped in the oven.

Brazed for fajita sauce infusion, @ 2 hours.  Tempted to snitch bacon.

Done, removed carefully from oven.

Stripped of bacon and stuffing, dry pan.

The sides, bacon and stuffing.

 

The carcass is in the stock pot on the stove.  All other parts that were in the oven are in the fridge.  Pretty much on the schedule I envisioned, which is pretty slow.  I will be done by midnight.  Dishes are next.  Got a pretty good nibble cleaning the carcass.  It is yummy and pretty consistent on the fajita seasoning, tasty but not overpowering.  I would have no problem with this as a freezer staple.  I will keep the last cleaning, which is a fair portion of a quart ziplock.

Turkey fajitas

Posted on Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at 9:50 pm

The first injection just took place in the thawed bird, and it sits under foil in a roasting pan in the fridge.  Tomorrow, the stuffing and the bacon wrapping and the roasting, followed by disassembly, carving, packaging, and boiling down the carcass to stock.  It will be a fairly full day to prep it for transport.  I have the kitchen ready for the process tomorrow.  The 7 hour cook time should give me ample time to prep and stage for the road.

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Departure will be Saturday, as soon as I can get things packed and rolling.  With a single overnight, packing will be minimum.  I figure 30 hours there and an hour transit each way.  Friday night will be too cold to play and sing, so a Saturday arrival before noon should work.  Fajitas and second serving on Saturday, music on Sunday.  Second serving is either tamales or cheesecake.  I’ll figure that out on Saturday morning when I get the guacamole.

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The cold snap is easing slowly.  It froze enough to nix the bugs and mosquitos.  So we don’t need any more of that for a while.

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I look forward to the party.  I also look forward to emerging from post party recovery. I am ready for a prolonged rested lazy spell.  Nothing quite like sitting around, doing nothing, by choice.  One or two events in December, maybe three.  I’ll just have to see how ambitious I get.

Unpacked

Posted on Sunday, November 11th, 2018 at 7:19 pm

The house is finally back in order.  Took long enough.  Everything is unpacked, all moved stuff is back in place, the floors are clean.  I have one box of stuff from storage that needs filing away, old photos and documents, but that is a project in and of itself.  As of now, I’m moved back in.  I can be lazy.

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Had a heavy train of thunderstorms roll through, so I haven’t gone shopping for fajita turkey stuff as planned.  But I can start a thaw in the sink and finish it in the fridge without worrying about salmonella.  And I won’t be attending on Friday because of the low temp (can’t sing and play music outside on a cold night), so I can move cooking back one day.  So the schedule has flex, as long as I get it by Tuesday.  No hurry for anything else.  Well stocked.

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Learning to use the new microwave, meal by meal.  I like the sensor reheat.  I’m impressed by how well it heats without having to guess a time, based on steam release.  Very clever.  I’ll be using it.

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I have a few days to be lazy, do what I like.  Not much to do except get ready for TRD.  I can live with that.

Cold front

Posted on Friday, November 9th, 2018 at 9:16 am

Well, the warmth has been blown out.  -20°F in North Dakota as an arctic mass blows south across the central US.  Won’t be freezing here, but close enough for my tastes.  The frontal rain is almost over.  At least it will suppress the bees.

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Still not done with household chores and unpacking, but I’m going to make an effort today to get it all done.  Not that much left to do.  No chance now to do the truck shine.  But there will be chances ahead, after TRD.

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I’ll also be cooking a few things, like a chicken alfredo and risotto.  Haven’t had a big appetite, but it will rebound with the cool weather.  The new microwave is in service, but I need to tackle the learning curve to get the rest of the functions down.  Getting pretty good at guessing new times for common items with the more powerful unit.  It is quick.  I’ll eventually quit having to convert as the new times become commonplace.  Haven’t had a chance yet to try the sensor reheating.

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Got the instrument microphone from Musician’s Friend.  I probably won’t be using it until after TRD.  But the option is now there for capturing the Egee to hard drive.

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Got most of the shopping done.  I still need to get the stuff for fajita turkey, which will be Sunday, considering thaw time, marinade, cooking, and packaging for reheating.  But I don’t need to spend any more large amounts of money otherwise.  I’m pretty well set for the rest of the month.  Just bread and little stuff like that.

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Myka has settled in pretty well.  The cool weather has her running about the house (scoochin’).  And she is claiming the LZB as her sleeping spot when I’m not in it.  And if there is a blanket over me, she will warm up between my calves hammock style.  I need to fix her box castle, as she gets rowdy inside it and pops the box binding tape loose.  She’ll have a new banker’s box when I switch a couple of worn standard travel boxes to new boxes.

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Well, back to chores so I can get them behind me.

Micro waving

Posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 at 3:32 pm

The decades old Kenmore is history, the magnetron fried, dropped off at the local mission thrift store.  The new Panasonic 2.2 cf 1250w is in the house, still in its box.  I need to pack up the mini and make room (lots of room, it is a honker).

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Not much to do, otherwise.  Finish unpacking, repack a couple of stressed banker boxes, a little house cleaning, and rest for a few days.  Then, weather willing, start on the truck detailing.  I need some quality dead-time before I get active again.  The body needs the R&R.  A little cooking, test out the new microwave.  But no toting, no stressing, no adding to the body aches.

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Looking forward to some unobstructed laziness.

Downtime

Posted on Monday, November 5th, 2018 at 10:54 pm

Went to Cheryl’s party yesterday.  It was a lot of fun and consumed the entire PM.  Lots of good music.  Left me 100 ±5% worthless today.  Lots of napping.

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No progress on the microwave.  The little unit has removed the desperation of its downtime, though some dense things it won’t handle properly.  The big hurdle is moving the old unit back into the kitchen for a hot test.  At least I know where to take it if it turns out to be DOA.

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Bees swarming here as they were in Elgin.  The rain has led them to assume it’s spring, and not finding blossoms, they are keying on the scents from the houses.  Have to be aware for the few who manage to find their way inside.

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Did I mention that I didn’t get much done today?

touchdown

Posted on Friday, November 2nd, 2018 at 10:53 am

Well, not quite what I was expecting arriving home, but take what comes.  There was a bit of mold growing in active places (skin oils), but not enough to force evacuation.  The house is neater.  But it’s not completely emptied.  No bed just yet.

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The microwave died about 30 seconds into its first run, so the traveling unit saved the day a second time.  I’ll pop open the old one and see what’s what later today, and go get another if need be.  (It is 30 years old, and the thought crossed my mind when I bought the 0.7 cf unit.)  Looking at $160 for a Panasonic 2.2 cf, 1250w.

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It was a cool night, in the 40’s, first furnace run.  Myka enjoyed the company of my calves, hammocked between them.  She was a bit depressed to be back after being an outdoor cat.  But I played with her in the box castle and fishing and brushed her.  She seems to be settling in after sniffing everything.  The ride back wasn’t as bad as most, but it still required multiple cleanings of the carrier.  The paper towel bedding worked very well.

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Garbage out.  Most was from yesterdays shopping ($115) to restock the kitchen after the depletion in late September.  I brought some of the frozen stuff back with me, but not all of it by any means.  Not going to go hungry.

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Two projects for TRD.  1) Polish and wax the truck. 2) Fajita turkey.  Two weeks.

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Today is the last day of early voting.  I’ll be downtown this afternoon.

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Voting was easy.  Parked directly across the street in light traffic, no lines inside, nothing to delay the process.  Was in and out in no time, back home with a minimal time and effort.  Last day of early voting is the way to go.

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Now the nuke autopsy.

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Fuse blown in the microwave.  There was a buzz that I associate with electrical death, but there were no obvious blown components (smoke, heat, or chemical stains).  I think rather than hunt down a 1/4″ ceramic 250VAC 20A (314) fuse, which would cost less than $2 at Dealer’s Electric about a mile from here, I’ll just call it deceased.  Considering the age and death cry, I am prone to think it will not run properly if I put a new fuse in it.  I can sleep on it, and use the 0.7 cf unit until I fully make up my mind.