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Comment by Randall Smith on February 25, 2016 at 7:29am

My pancakes this morning were delicious, thanks to dividing my cup of dry mix into thirds: reg. flour, whole wheat flour, and corn meal mix. I added orange zest and hickory nuts, topped with blueberry syrup. Wow! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 21, 2016 at 2:32pm

Love breaded tenderloin, Randy.  Haven't had one of those in a long time.  And you top yours with my choice of condiments as well:  mustard and pickle!

Comment by Randall Smith on February 21, 2016 at 7:12am

Ate out the other day--lunch with a friend. Had one of Indiana's reknown "delicasies", a breaded tenderloin. I always put mustard and pickle on mine. It was very good, but not on my "diet". I also jumped ship by buying a box of day-old donuts. Hey, one can't live on kale and broccoli alone!

Comment by Randall Smith on February 17, 2016 at 7:47am

I see that Dale has joined our Food group. Welcome!

Last night, I fixed a remarkably good concoction of a mashed potato and garbonzo bean combo--skillet fried--topped with a corn/green pepper/onion/bread crumb mix (spiced up). Pretty crazy, but yummy. It's always fun to experiment, although I cheated by using an altered recipe.

Comment by Daniel W on February 14, 2016 at 1:38pm
I gave up my i-phone for a flip phone. At least the keys dont cause typos.

Randy your pantry sounds like what I aspire to.

One of my theories about meat is, meat has umami as a major taste. So high umami foods can fill that niche even if they dont resemble meat in any other way. Mushrooms, lentils, soy sauce, potatoes, tomatoes, I think, are high umami foods.
Comment by Randall Smith on February 14, 2016 at 7:30am

Regarding typos, Daniel, it's amazing what the brain can do to decipher words. I've read whole paragraphs w/o vowels and was able to easily figure out what was being said.

Fr xmpl, tr rdng ths sntnc!  S! ("Easy"--a tough one)

I'm guessing about half my meals are vegetarian, at least a third. I don't think about about purposefully. I just might decide on a sweet potato and succotash with a salad and fruit dish. Or, like you mentioned, roasted veggies. I eat out of my garden in the summer and pantry & freezer in winter. I have so much frozen berries, peaches, apple/pear sauce, vegetables, nuts, etc., plus "fruit cellar" foods (potatoes, carrots, onions, etc.), that I work out meals based on what's available. Eating alone makes me a less fussy eater. I might mention, I get spinach and lettuce from my kid's greenhouse all winter long. Eggs, too.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 13, 2016 at 11:09pm

Daniel, I am having trouble with keys, too. An Ipad is a mixed blessing. 

Thanks for the information on vegetarian eating. Your comments help me to get started. Perhaps lentils will hold together with a bit of binding: eggs and flour, for example. I don't know; I have never tried it. Well, some experimenting is in order. 

I love roasted vegetables. How do you get enough protein?

OH! Yes, we feed the chickens lots of fruit and vegetable scraps from my kitchen, and we use their bedding in the compost, greenhouse and raised beds. 

I would like them to be free-range chickens, but Laura and Michelle won't hear of it, they saw too many coyotes come right out in front of them and snatch geese and chickens. Listening to the frantic squacking was more than Laura and Michelle want to hear again. Michelle uses the old horse pasture with chicken wire fencing around part of it for the free-range. I would like to have chickens beside when I am gardening. I guess I could very well garden in the old horse yard; it would be fertile, and they sold the horses several years ago. The ground should be ready for a garden. 

As to "All those typos! &@€¥#% Ipad!" I enjoy unscrambling the words. Don't give them another thought. 

Comment by Daniel W on February 13, 2016 at 8:32am
All those typos! &@€¥#% Ipad!
Comment by Daniel W on February 13, 2016 at 8:31am
I wouldnt begin to kone how to teach someone to eat/cook vegetarian. I enjoy food a lot, it's one of life's great pleasures. I just dont eat meat. I do like a lot of herbs and spices and flavors.

I used to use lentils for any role that needed hsmburger - loafs, chilis, sloppy joes. I think of them not as a substitute but as a way to enjoy them. Lentils do not ho,d together as a loaf as well as meatloaf, a little more crombly.

Reasting vegetabkes can be good too. We add lots of rosemary, pepper, pepoers, garlic, onions, and include some tomatoes for concentrated flavor.

it might be too much to go sll the way to vegan. Including dairy can help ease the transition. If using free range hens and sending kitchen scraps their way, and using their bedding/droppings in compost, they are helping with the environment too.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 13, 2016 at 7:46am

I talked to Laura yesterday about vegetarian meals and we agreed to one meal a week to get started. We are a meat and potatoes family and I suspect I will need to have some meat leftovers to grab if the dinners don't satisfy. 

I have some excellent vegan cookbooks, however, they are packed in a box ready to be sent north on Feb. 20 if the weather is good. They will bring their horse trailer to cart all of it. 


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