I'm sure I'm not the only one who lost power from Monday's storm. It took until about 9pm last night to get power to my house restored, and as a result a good deal of the meat in my freezer was half defrosted. Quick action is required in such a situation to salvage the food, and that means cooking and refreezing!
Item 1 on the list, a bunch of pork chops. I'd gotten a family size to feed my extended family during their stay over Thanksgiving, only to be trumped by Mom appearing with more food than 5 adults and 2 children (including the teen boy) could eat in a week's time. I tossed them all in the crock pot with bbq sauce and went to bed. Not the tastiest result, but certainly not horrible.
Item 2 on the list, two packages of tilapia.
I went online and found a recipe for fish chowder. My last onion was rotten so I couldn't use it, but it called for bacon or salt pork and I happened to have some pre-cooked salt pork that also defrosted and needed to be dealt with. Hooray! 2 birds, 1 stone! I tossed all the ingredients into that crock pot (after washing of course) just a minute ago.
Still to go:
I have to hit the store for this one. I need cabbage. I've decided to make golumbki (similar to stuffed cabbage, Polish recipe) with it.
3 chicken breasts.
What should I do with these? Any ideas? Has to be something that can be re-frozen for later use.
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Post by LimitedRecourse on Mar 2, 2011 10:22:34 GMT -5
Grill them and then put chow chow on them as a sandwich or just plain. Chicken and rice (if you are able to have rice) or chicken gumbo are also good bets. Lemon-pepper chicken is also a good baked dish with little preparation needed.
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We lost power as well, came back around 1:30 AM this morning. We purchased a huge bag of ice, put the most pershable stuff in ice chests and sat it out.
Monday we ate supper at Biba's up on Hixson Pike. I had a special chicken and sausage dish which was awesome. The folks there are so welcoming, it's just a pleasure to eat there. Last night I picked up a piece of hanger steak and some broccoli on the way home. We had a few spuds and fried/sauteed it all up on the camp stove.
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This reminds me of something... When I was young, my grandparents always had a huge garden. Things like corn went into the chest freezer, beans and tomatoes were canned in Mason jars, but onions... Onions were just placed onto an old pallet in the crawl space under the house. Nothing covering them, just laying there. Later in the winter, when we needed onion for something, we'd go under the house and get a few. The outside would be all slimy and rotten, but peel that rotten layer back, and the inside was perfectly good onion. I didn't think much of it at the time, but nowadays that sounds kinda gross.
They always mean beautiful things like hummingbirds. I always reply by saying that I think of a little child in east Africa with a worm burrowing through his eyeball. The worm cannot live in any other way, except by burrowing through eyeballs. I find that hard to reconcile with the notion of a divine and benevolent creator. David Attenborough, on crediting God for the wonders of the world.