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Old 02-22-2012, 05:29 PM   #406
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Man, is Judy going to have the big head when she reads this. She really is a good cook though. I really ain't knocking y'all liking Hamburger Helper, there are somethings I like that I am sure y'all don't.
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I really ain't knocking y'all liking Hamburger Helper, there are somethings I like that I am sure y'all don't.
I didn't take it that way at all. Everyone has things they do and don't like.

I can't stand anything with artificial sweeteners. No matter what the food or drink is, it leaves that horrible after taste.
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Ross I hope that fast basic Stroganoff recipe helped--You are right--I've seen some recipes that have all kinds of odd things in them---

That will give you the flavor--add mushrooms --onion or whatever you like--but garlic ,sour cream and white wine are the basics---

I can't drink any thing with artificial sweeteners,either---I think a person must get used to them and as thin as I am there was no need.
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Yes, that basic recipe helped!
I'm making it, as we "tap on the keyboard"!
Looks good - smells good to me!
Thanks!

Can't really handle those artificial sweeteners!
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Yes, that basic recipe helped!
I'm making it, as we "tap on the keyboard"!
Looks good - smells good to me!
Thanks!

Can't really handle those artificial sweeteners!
We await the final test on the Stroganoff is it great or just really good.

We can't stand fake sugar either it is just nasty. We are watching Bob Ross on TV paint a mountain scene, that dude is good.

Judy said to tell y'all thank you but she was just a wife, mama, and cook.
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Jim--Home cooking beats a restaurant meal,hands down---

In many ways,that's why I like to camp when I'm traveling---
What motel will let you build a camp fire--hang a grill over the coals and let you grill up a pork chop?
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Jim -

The results are in!
Mike's Stroganoff recipe get's an "A"!
Quick, easy - delicious!!
(Next time - I'll make twice as much!)

Thanks"--M--"!!

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I like to give the basics---then you can add the changes to the basic simple recipe---

Glad it worked---that is a good way to dress up hamburger,if that's what's in the fridge--
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Judy said to tell y'all thank you but she was just a wife, mama, and cook.
.... The most important job in the world!

Mike, I'm going to give that recipe a try too. The pork chop over a campfire sounds even better!

Jim, I looked up Bob Ross's paintings online. He sure does have some beautiful paintings. I especially like the mountain scene at night with the Northern lights.

We had (have?) a local artist by the name of Bob Gayman. He did some beautiful paintings too. They looked like an actual photo. My sister and brother took lessons from him in the '80's. I just tried googling his name, but there's nothing about him online.
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Jim--Home cooking beats a restaurant meal,hands down---

In many ways,that's why I like to camp when I'm traveling---
What motel will let you build a camp fire--hang a grill over the coals and let you grill up a pork chop?
Mike we watch the campfire cooking on TV and love it. Can you just imagine the ole cooks on a trail drive and how they had to cook? I would sure love to be with one of them for a month to see how they did it all. They had to have a really rough life cooking like that for that many folks over a campfire. Just biscuits in a dutch oven alone for that many would have been a chore.

I got to get the smoker out and get that thing ready to do some BBQ. I got that bad boy seasoned just right. Can you believe that some people will actually wash the inside of their smoker, they are washing away a lot of the great taste doing that.

Ross, with you cooking there was no doubt the Stroganoff would be great.

Barb, I agree, being a wife, mom and cook is a tough job that so many men over look the importance of, or the difficulty of.
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I agree with Barb - (somewhat)
"wife, mom and cook" - that's a JOB!
However, I think Barb probably, left out the hardest job of all!!

Judy has to deal with Jim!!
OMG!!!
Jim - tell Judy my heart goes out to her!!
(He, he, he!)

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One neat way of cooking foods is with a 'haybox'. A more modern name is a 'thermal cooker'.

It's one way the 'cook' on cattle drives made big batches of food that had to cook for a while - chili, stew, etc. They'd make up the food and put it in the haybox to cook while they were traveling to the next stop along the trail. When they got there, the food was ready or almost ready and the guys could eat without having to wait for the cook to make dinner.

It's just a simple box with some form of insulation. They used hay because it was readily available. Now people use newspaper, insulation, towels, etc.

You use a kettle or dutch oven with a lid. Start the meal on your stove or over the campfire, with all of the ingredients mixed in (less liquids than you'd normally add because there's no evaporation). Bring it to a boil, cover with a lid and set it in the haybox with the 'insulation' wrapped up tight to the sides and bottom of the pan.

Then cover it with the lid of the box, which is insulated too.

Let it set for 6 to 10 hours - without opening the lid to peek.

This saves a lot of energy because you only have to use your stove top until the food comes to a boil.

I haven't built one yet, but I'm going to try this summer - if I can get a table saw to cut the boards. I'd like to make it out of plywood.
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I agree with Barb - (somewhat)
"wife, mom and cook" - that's a JOB!
However, I think Barb probably, left out the hardest job of all!!

Judy has to deal with Jim!!
OMG!!!
Jim - tell Judy my heart goes out to her!!
(He, he, he!)

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I really did leave something out. There are a lot of men raising their kids alone too, without their mom in the picture.

A lot of them without the benefit of having been taught a lot of 'mom' skills when they were growing up, like a lot of girls get.
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I agree with Barb - (somewhat)
"wife, mom and cook" - that's a JOB!
However, I think Barb probably, left out the hardest job of all!!

Judy has to deal with Jim!!
OMG!!!
Jim - tell Judy my heart goes out to her!!
(He, he, he!)

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Bless her heart, when I wake her in the morning she always has this strange look on her face now I know why,hehehe
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One neat way of cooking foods is with a 'haybox'. A more modern name is a 'thermal cooker'.

It's one way the 'cook' on cattle drives made big batches of food that had to cook for a while - chili, stew, etc. They'd make up the food and put it in the haybox to cook while they were traveling to the next stop along the trail. When they got there, the food was ready or almost ready and the guys could eat without having to wait for the cook to make dinner.

It's just a simple box with some form of insulation. They used hay because it was readily available. Now people use newspaper, insulation, towels, etc.

You use a kettle or dutch oven with a lid. Start the meal on your stove or over the campfire, with all of the ingredients mixed in (less liquids than you'd normally add because there's no evaporation). Bring it to a boil, cover with a lid and set it in the haybox with the 'insulation' wrapped up tight to the sides and bottom of the pan.

Then cover it with the lid of the box, which is insulated too.

Let it set for 6 to 10 hours - without opening the lid to peek.

This saves a lot of energy because you only have to use your stove top until the food comes to a boil.

I haven't built one yet, but I'm going to try this summer - if I can get a table saw to cut the boards. I'd like to make it out of plywood.
Now ya got my attention, I have never hear of this. I will do a search and see if there is any reading on it, that is just too cool. I know when I take a Boston Butt off the smoker I will wrap it in a clean towel and put it in a small cooler for a few hours or less, it keeps on cooking for a good while but not burning over a fire and makes it so tender. I love learning new things, this is great.

Man that reeks, I gave two table saws away a while back, one was a 3hp Craftsman and the other was my little Makita, they were both good saws, I just didn't have room for them. By the way, on the haybox, back when I was a kid out in the sticks there was no electricity, the folks around had an ice box out on the front porch, it was insulated with sawdust back then and did a good job.

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