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Went to the store this morning and they had some of the biggest jalapeños I’ve ever seen. Jalapeño Poppers it is!!

Stuffed with cream cheese, cheddar and jack, and some chorizo and breakfast sausage mixed up. Smoking them for an hour at 180 then going to crank them up to 375 for about 30 minutes to crisp up the bacon.View attachment 35128
I was first introduced to these as "Atomic Buffalo Turds" and it's been love at first bite ever since. 😂

~Boar
 

Nihon_Ni

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I spent a few days last week cooking for my Mom. It was fun introducing her to some new things. It wasn't my best work, but I was pretty happy with the results.

Potato crusted Chilean Sea Bass on white bean puree with vegetable minestrone. I challenged myself to follow Gordon Ramsey on a recent episode of Master Chef. No recipe, just whatever I could see on his board and the comments he made to the contestants. I made it for my wife and mom, both of whom loved it. I have some ideas for improvement, but it's easy to produce a good dish when you start with Chilean Sea Bass.

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Toad in a hole. Two pieces of French Toast made with Brioche, stacked with bacon in between, and an egg in the center of the top slice. Timing is always difficult with this one; getting the egg done right without over or under-cooking the toast is difficult. My egg was overcooked, but Mom's was pretty good. This isn't a good photo, but it was pretty good eats.

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Crispy skin duck breast with orange poached fennel over Jasmin rice. A technique I learned from Thomas Keller's Master Class. I left Mom with a container of liquid gold (duck fat) as she's been losing weight lately, so I'm doing my best to get her back to her normal weight. The duck was rarer than she's accustomed to, as my Dad preferred everything well done, but she ate it without reservation. It was tasty for sure, but I couldn't really tell if she liked it or was just humoring me.

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Pressure cooked pork loin with dried apples, duck fat fried potatoes, green beans from her garden, and garlicky dandelion greens. Mom asked me to prune the peonies, and while doing so I found some beautiful dandelions under the stalks I cut down. Now, mind you, we grew all manner of things in a huge garden when I was a kid, and we had to eat everything that was ever served. Unfortunately, I didn't really appreciate all the fresh fruits and vegetables we had until much later in life. So when I saw the dandelions, I was inspired by my childhood to pick them and bring them inside. I asked Mom if she'd ever had dandelions, but she hadn't. She heard stories of her grandmother and mother picking dandelions during the Depression but had never tried them. Me either. I decided to give it a whirl. I found a recipe to boil them for 10 mins, then stir fry them with garlic that sounded promising. I added duck fat for some extra flavor. They were still a little bitter as I expected, but they were good. Not my favorite, but definitely palatable. Something like turnip greens, but more delicate.

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In addition to this, I made her Thomas Keller's scrambled eggs on Gordon Ramsey's Brioche toast with bacon and a sauteed medley of mushrooms, Jacques Pepin's French omelet, my own version of smoked salmon and cream cheese on toast, reverse-seared lamb chops with oven-roasted Brussel sprouts and potatoes, avocado toast with poached egg, and a short-cut avocado and egg in the microwave.

My mom gave me my first cooking lessons when I was a kid, so it was fun to return the favor
 

ConDaddy

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I spent a few days last week cooking for my Mom. It was fun introducing her to some new things. It wasn't my best work, but I was pretty happy with the results.

Potato crusted Chilean Sea Bass on white bean puree with vegetable minestrone. I challenged myself to follow Gordon Ramsey on a recent episode of Master Chef. No recipe, just whatever I could see on his board and the comments he made to the contestants. I made it for my wife and mom, both of whom loved it. I have some ideas for improvement, but it's easy to produce a good dish when you start with Chilean Sea Bass.

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Toad in a hole. Two pieces of French Toast made with Brioche, stacked with bacon in between, and an egg in the center of the top slice. Timing is always difficult with this one; getting the egg done right without over or under-cooking the toast is difficult. My egg was overcooked, but Mom's was pretty good. This isn't a good photo, but it was pretty good eats.

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Crispy skin duck breast with orange poached fennel over Jasmin rice. A technique I learned from Thomas Keller's Master Class. I left Mom with a container of liquid gold (duck fat) as she's been losing weight lately, so I'm doing my best to get her back to her normal weight. The duck was rarer than she's accustomed to, as my Dad preferred everything well done, but she ate it without reservation. It was tasty for sure, but I couldn't really tell if she liked it or was just humoring me.

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Pressure cooked pork loin with dried apples, duck fat fried potatoes, green beans from her garden, and garlicky dandelion greens. Mom asked me to prune the peonies, and while doing so I found some beautiful dandelions under the stalks I cut down. Now, mind you, we grew all manner of things in a huge garden when I was a kid, and we had to eat everything that was ever served. Unfortunately, I didn't really appreciate all the fresh fruits and vegetables we had until much later in life. So when I saw the dandelions, I was inspired by my childhood to pick them and bring them inside. I asked Mom if she'd ever had dandelions, but she hadn't. She heard stories of her grandmother and mother picking dandelions during the Depression but had never tried them. Me either. I decided to give it a whirl. I found a recipe to boil them for 10 mins, then stir fry them with garlic that sounded promising. I added duck fat for some extra flavor. They were still a little bitter as I expected, but they were good. Not my favorite, but definitely palatable. Something like turnip greens, but more delicate.

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In addition to this, I made her Thomas Keller's scrambled eggs on Gordon Ramsey's Brioche toast with bacon and a sauteed medley of mushrooms, Jacques Pepin's French omelet, my own version of smoked salmon and cream cheese on toast, reverse-seared lamb chops with oven-roasted Brussel sprouts and potatoes, avocado toast with poached egg, and a short-cut avocado and egg in the microwave.

My mom gave me my first cooking lessons when I was a kid, so it was fun to return the favor
Damn this is definitely next level!! All of that looks amazing!
 

jfields

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Made a huge batch of chili! All in all about 10 pounds of stew beef and 6 pounds of ground burger. Canned 24 quarts of it while I was on the v herf last night) reason I kept getting up and moving around so much, if anyone noticed). I used to try and freeze leftover stews, and soups, but this is is so much better. Just like it was when fresh. We still have enough for dinner the next three nights.
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TexasTraveler

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Made a huge batch of chili! All in all about 10 pounds of stew beef and 6 pounds of ground burger. Canned 24 quarts of it while I was on the v herf last night) reason I kept getting up and moving around so much, if anyone noticed). I used to try and freeze leftover stews, and soups, but this is is so much better. Just like it was when fresh. We still have enough for dinner the next three nights.
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I bet that’s good!!! Love me some homemade chili in the cooler months...
 

CigSid

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Made a huge batch of chili! All in all about 10 pounds of stew beef and 6 pounds of ground burger. Canned 24 quarts of it while I was on the v herf last night) reason I kept getting up and moving around so much, if anyone noticed). I used to try and freeze leftover stews, and soups, but this is is so much better. Just like it was when fresh. We still have enough for dinner the next three nights.
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Wow!! That’s the definition of multi-tasking...
 

jfields

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I bet that’s good!!! Love me some homemade chili in the cooler months...
There isn’t! Love it on a cold rainy night, or when it’s snowing.
Wow!! That’s the definition of multi-tasking...
lol! Chili was already done. Just was putting already filled jars in the water bath outside during the HERF to cook and tending to them every so often.
 

thinde

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16 year old daughter made breakfast! She cooked the tofu in a Thai sweet chili sauce and cilantro. The sweet and heat went well together and caramelized the tofu.
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Its always great to see a child pick up on their parents good habits! I’ve said it previously; my wife is the best cook I’ve ever met and now my daughter is a close second only because of her mother. Hopefully your daughter will also continue to cook with ambition!
 

jfields

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Its always great to see a child pick up on their parents good habits! I’ve said it previously; my wife is the best cook I’ve ever met and now my daughter is a close second only because of her mother. Hopefully your daughter will also continue to cook with ambition!
I’m really happy to see her get creative when she cooks. I was totally surprised when she set that plate down in front of me. Not only was I not expecting breakfast, but I would have never thought to cook tofu like that. It looked really interesting, but I wasn’t expecting that taste and texture. It was really amazing and I could never have made tofu of all things that good.
She get it from me. Her mom tries, but isn’t the cook in the family. She’s got a few winner dishes though.
 
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