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I Never Knew Eggs Could Whistle . . .

. . . until last week. We’d gone to Crockett to do our grocery shopping. Our once- every-three-weeks major grocery shopping at that.

Got home, unloaded everything … then on putting all the stuff away, found I was a little short on space in the egg bin …. so decided to boil a few eggs for later. Now, I know better than to do this (from past experience) . . . but for some reason wasn’t thinking and went to do some work on the computer – without taking my timer with me. I always try to take the timer with me when I’m cooking something – anything – so I can keep track of  the time and not forget what’s cooking.

Funny how time just sort of slips away and a half-hour can seem like five minutes. Well – that’s exactly what happened. Time Warp. Went back to the kitchen half an hour or so later to start supper and there on the stove were my poor little eggs sitting in a dry pot …. whistling away. They sort of sounded like a whistling teapot… only not quite as loud. Grabbed them off the heat, and tumped them into the trash where they continued to whistle in protest for a few seconds more. Needless to say we did not have any deviled eggs for supper that night. Lesson learned. I leave the timer on the kitchen island now so I can’t help but see it if I plan on cooking something while working in the office.

So Long Johnny

We’ve been getting some very much needed rain this week. It started on Saturday when we went to my favorite auction in Reagan. I’m sad to say Johnny is moving his auction to Whitney so don’t think David and I will be able to go to very many there – if any – just a little too far for us to travel. We’d have to spend the night somewhere and don’t want to do that. We made a lot of friends there and we’ll miss them all.

Ring of Fire

Now back to the rain. Everything is pretty soggy but the good news is the Burn Ban has been lifted so we can get rid of a lot of the trash we’ve been stacking up. We have a large burn ring that David sunk (or is it sank?) into the ground about 3 feet with the top extending up some 2 feet surrounded by a concrete apron on the ground. We put leaves, boxes, wood scraps, etc. in there and burn them.

It also has a heavy metal mesh cover to keep the embers from flying out. I just love to smell the leaves burning – such a nice woodsy smell. We’ll have to wait for the leaves to dry out a little though before we can burn any of them.

David’s Special Sandwich Spread

You all know about the panini grill  we got for Christmas (Thanks again, Jerry ;)) – so you can probably guess we’ve been eating panini sandwiches pretty regularly (that’s an understatement). We’ve tried making sandwiches with  just about any and everything that will fit between two pieces of bread. Besides the meatballs my next favorite is the roast beef.

Took some of the left over roast from Sunday, sliced it up and sauteed it in a skillet with a little olive oil. In the meantime, cooked some chopped onions (about half of a medium-sized onion) with a little olive oil and about 1/4 cup sherry. Once they were soft and the sherry had evaporated, layered the heated roast beef, onions, provolone cheese and David’s special sandwich spread on the bread and on to the grill they went. It would make a good dipping sandwich, if you have some au jus and enjoy that kind of sandwich…. soggy 🙁

So what’s the special sandwich spread? It started out as some leftover tartar sauce for fried shrimp but ended up on a sandwich  because I don’t like to throw food away.  Luckily, David liked it.  Even asked about it!!  and could he have it again!!   

It’s pretty simple to make and the measurements are approximate… I have to confess, I rarely measure anything I cook.

  • 1/4 cup Hellman’s tartar sauce
  • 1/4 cup Spicy mustard
  • 1/2 cup Mayo (more or less to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1-2 Tablespoons chopped sweet relish (Sweet pickles from dill chopped are what I use)
  • 1 dash Hot sauce

You may want to make adjustments for your own taste.  Then, mix it all up and enjoy.  Store any leftover spread  covered in the fridge.

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