Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Whole chicken pays for itself.

Last chicken we bought was only 6 dollars.  Generated about a gallon of polenta with only a few cups of corn meal. Polenta sells for about 4 dollars a tube or about 3 cups at most.. A tube is only a few cups of cooked cornmeal.

Military food slang.

army strawberries - prunes
battery acid - coffee
bokoo soused - very drunk
bug juice - Kool-Aid and other powder based drinks
bullets - beans
buzzard - chicken or turkey
cackleberry - egg
canned cow - canned condensed milk
canteen - a liquor store on base
chow - food, a meal
chow down - to eat
chowhound - first in line at the mess
"come and get it" - the time honored call of the mess sergeant
desecrated vegetables - dried or dessicated vegetables
fly light - to miss a meal
gut-packings - food, rations
hardtack - a baked mix of flour and water, soaked in water overnight, and fried in grease for breakfast
hooch - hard liquor
java - coffee
joe - coffee
kitchen police, K.P. - those assigned menial clean-up duties
lurp - Long Range Patrol Ration
meal refusing to exit, meal rejected by Ethiopia - meal ready to eat M.R.E.
moo juice - milk
mud - coffee
mystery meat - meat that lacks clear identity
rabbit food - greens, especially lettuce
repeaters - beans, sausages, due to the gas they produce
shrapnel - Grape Nuts
tube steak - hot dog


Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Toast some bread.

Add some left over chicken,

And potato like gravy.

and some green beans.

Topped with a bit of parmesan cheese and you are in heaven for a poor man's

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Piadini = Quesedilla

Mexican quesedillas filled with mashed pinto beans and cheddar cheese.

Italian piadini filled with mashed lentils.and mozzarella cheese (or cheddar cheese).

Cheese piadini are good too.


Most people say you do not need to soak legumes before cooking. Unless, we are in a hurry then we usually do not. Personally the yield seems to be larger when you do pre-soak legumes such as lentils.  We like to immerse lentils in warm water from the tap with a little bit of baking soda. Cooking time is reduced, therefore you save on energy. Be also sure to drain the lentils and use fresh water for boiling.

By the say, do not leave theme there too long or they will start to ferment. That is another story.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Normally you would think of pudding as having eggs or or what is known as a custard. You can have a real easy dessert and not have eggs. In fact, the look and feel of this dessert is that close to panna cotta. This dessert should cost you a lot less than panna cotta (cooked cream). It also sets in a fraction of the time of Panna cotta. Quick and easy. Hope is works for you.  A little banana bread with the pudding is a good combination for use as a dessert,

Preferred banana bread recipe:


Step 1: Ingredients.

2 - 1/2 - cups milk.
Teaming 1/2 - cup white sugar. (brown sugar would be an interesting change).
11 teaspoons - corn starch. (approx. 1/4 cup)
1/2 - teaspoon salt.
1 - 2 teaspoons butter
1 - Teaming  teaspoon vanilla

This yields about four to five servings.

Step 2: Warm the milk.

in a two quart saucepan, add the milk and bring to a light bubble (do not Boil! Watch carefully.

Step 3: Adding the sweetness.

Mix the sugar, salt, and cornstarch in a bowl. When the milk has heated to having light bubbles around the edge add the mixture to the milk in small amounts. I usually use a teaspoon to spread the mixture over the top of the milk while I am stirring. Stir or whisk in the mixture well avoidiang lumps. Again, do not let the milk boil.Continue stirring till it begins to thicken enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Step 4:

Take the milk off the heat. Add the vanilla and the butter. Stir well so everyting is incorporated.  You can pour the mixture in separate serving dishes or just leave in in the pot. Refigerate untill chilled.

Step 5: Dessert.

Mixture even after a few minutes solidifies pretty quick. When finally chilled. serve your dessert. Adding fruit would be a nice touch/ You can not beat that for being easy.

Note if you use powdered milk or evaporated canned milk, this would be a great recipe when camping out. You could whip it up real quick for a picnic also .(Do not for get the ice! (to chill it.)


  • 2 teaspoons plain gelatin (from 1 envelope)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 5 tablespoons applesauce
  • 1 1/2 - cups evaporated milk
  1. Moisten the gelatin with the water in a small bowl. Heat in a microwave oven for 30 seconds to dissolve.
  2. Mix the applesauce in a medium bowl until dissolved. Add the gelatin mixture and stir well with a rubber spatula, as the gelatin mixture tends to stick to the bottom of the bowl. Mix in the half-and-half.
  3. Pour into four small cups. Refrigerate. The panna cotta will take 1 to 2 hours to set.
  4. At serving time, set the molds on small plates.

Variation: zabaglione


  • 6 Egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup dry Marsala wine
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • garnish (berries, mint)


  1. In a medium-size copper or other heatproof bowl, whisk the egg yolks, Marsala, and sugar together until smooth. Place over, not in, barely simmering water and continue beating (switching to a hand-held electric mixer at medium speed, if you like) until the mixture is pale yellow and frothy and falls back on itself in thick ribbons when the whisk or beaters or lifted, about 8 minutes, or the egg yolks will cook and the mixture will appear curdled. Remove the sauce from the heat and serve immediately, spooned either into individual cups or over fresh fruit or berries.
  2. Chocolate Zabaglione: In a small, heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water, melt 3 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate, stirring often so the chocolate melts evenly. Remove the pan from the heat but leave the bowl of chocolate over the water to keep it warm. Prepare the zabaglione according to the directions above. Remove from heat and fold in the warm, melted chocolate. Serve immediately

Monday, October 20, 2014

Chicken boil

Cover pot and bring to a boil for 15 minutes. reduce heat to a gentle boil and cook for about 60 minutes, or until chicken meat is falling off of the bone. Remove chicken, let cool and shred or chop the meat.

Simple salad dressing.

1/3 vinegar (apple cider vinegar is better.)
2/3 oil (olive oil is best)
1-2 tsp Salt
1-2 tsp Pepper
2-3 tsp Mustard. (table mustard works for me if you do not have the powdered stuff.
1-2 tsp garlic powder


Garlic infused oil.

1-  head garlic
1 to 2 -cups salad or olive oil

Remove wrappers form garlic cloves.
Cut cloves up finely/
Put chopped cloves into pan.
Cover with the oil
Put heat on low.
Let cook till you see bubbles.
Do not let the cloves brown. Remove from heat if required.
Put into sealed container. Good for up to two weeks.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Recipe cards.

Use tuxpaint to make quickie recipe cards.

Which becomes:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tortilla press

Updated picture:

But the an old cast iron pan could do a good job too.

Pizza from scratch.

Quickie pictorial how we sometimes make pizza.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Piadini aka quesedillas

Makes 2 units or eight quarter sections.


1 - cup flour.
2 - tablespoons oil.
1 - teaspoon salt.
1 - teaspoon baking powder.


In a bowl, Mix all the ingredients well.
Let sit in the fridge or cool place for 10 to fifteen minutes.

Heat a a pan to medium heat.
While you heat the pan, start rolling out the dough into large cicles.
(roll out, make a quarter turn, roll out, and repeat to the width of the pan.)

One at a time take each of the round circles and lay the in the hot pan (WITHOUT GREASE OR OIL).
Let set for 40 to 45 seconds. turn it.
Let set for 40 to seconds again, turn it
Let set for 30 seconds and remove from the pan.
Repeat with the other three pieces.

Set one piece and cover with your favorite cheese.
Take another piece an cover it.

Turn down the heat in the pan.  Put the unit in the pan till the cheese melts.
Remove and put on a serving plate.
Once both units are done, cut into quarter sections.

Friday, October 10, 2014


Looking at making wine and beer.

Making wine:

Making beer:


Have not made pasta in a long time. Took some penne pasta and made my own quickie red sauce. The homemade chicken lard really made it good.

Can crushed tomatoes. (fresh is better).
Homemade chicken lard.
Garlic salt.

Using homemade fettucine.

Pasta machine with fettucine attachment or good knife skills.

Noodles:  (mix well into a dough ball)

1 - large egg
1 - cup flour plus some for dusting.
1 - teaspoon salt
1 - tablespoon salad or olive oil

2 - or so tablespoons water only if needed to make sure the dough goes together.

Some of our pasta recipes.