Saturday Night Recipes

Been a busy week with Scout and work. She’s settling in nicely. The obligatory photo is at the end of this post. ;-)

I had someone request my recipe for Creamy Roasted Poblano Soup and you can find that here.

Meanwhile, I had a friend request meatloaf, so it gave me a chance to test a new recipe.  JeffreyW linked to this recipe originally and I had been looking for an opportunity to give it a try. When I went to make it, I adapted it to what I had on hand and keep it gluten free for my friend. I have to say, I’ll probably continue to make it this way going forward.

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Pet Bleg Funding Reallocation Request (Tripod Tex)

Remember calico kitten Miss Callie, who needed help getting from Minneapolis to Maryland? I’ve heard back from her special courier, Reilyn:

Alright, finally had a chance to sit down and run the #s. The total donations was $1,018 and expenses (flight w/ pet fee, carrier, harness/leash, and my uber to the airport) totaled $477, so the leftover funds total $541. :)

Fortuitously, longtime commentor and cat-rescuer Johannes just sent a plea:

I’m forwarding a request to help my cat sitter, Lori Doyle, defray the cost of having a kittens leg amputated. Lori does TNR work up in Albany, NY, is good people. Juicers helped my wife la Caterina and her friends rebuild the Brooklyn Navy Yard cat shelters, and, at the risk of coming a-begging once more, Tex is a kitty in need of help….

That’s Tex at the top, and here is his GoFundMe page:

This little cowboy, now named “Tex,” was born and living outside of a store on the outskirts of Albany, NY. Tex and his many siblings, mom, and several other cats were fortunate enough to be fed by the store owners, but the area around the store is industrial, with lots of equipment, pallets of supplies, and storage areas. Not really safe or cat-friendly — and somehow Tex hurt one of his hind legs during his first three months of life.

The store owners noticed Tex wasn’t using his back leg. All the cats and kittens seemed semi-feral in that they would come close to eat, but if anyone tried to reach out and touch them, they would run away. Even Tex, on his three good legs. There seemed to be no way to help Tex.

So, the owners started talking to people about Tex, and this is how things start to happen. Word of mouth…

Tex had three problems with his leg. He had an old tibial fracture that was in many pieces. He also had a wound on the inside of his hind foot and the X-ray showed that the foot bone next to that was infected to the point that the bone had already been eaten away by the infection. I didn’t even know that was possible. On the X-ray there is just a blank area where the bone used to be. And one of his toes had a problem (it just looked black), which could not be fixed… Anyway, Tex went in for a consultation with the surgeon and she recommended full amputation of his hind leg for the best recovery and long term result…

Tex did great! He stayed at the hospital one night. I picked him up the next day …. a technician carried him out, on his back, like a baby, holding a little toy mouse. How adorable is that? She said she didn’t want to give him back. ;)

By day three at home he was taking off his Elizabethan collar and scurrying around on three legs. Today is officially two weeks since I trapped him. Two weeks from his surgery he will get his stitches out and he will be ready for the rest of his vetting and will be ready to find his forever home…

Much more at the link. Tex’s rescuer has already collected $1,980 of their $3,232 goal. If it’s okay with the rest of you who chipped in for Miss Callie, I’ll tell Reilyn to redirect that $541 directly to Tex’s GoFundMe.

If you have questions / other suggestions, let me know. If you don’t want to leave a comment here, contact me directly at

Yuki’s New Blanket

This is the sweetest dog ever. Reminds me, I need to get the adoption info for you all.

Monday Midday Open Thread

It’s pretty dreary here today, but warmer, which is good news. Had to take my dog (Patsy) to the vet this morning. It was for regularly scheduled blood work, so no big deal, but she hates going so much that it’s always traumatic for both of us.

She doesn’t resist in any way, but she leans against me and trembles so much that I feel like a monster for putting her through the ordeal. Poor thing’s teeth even chatter — she’s that terrified.

She was never that way until she had a couple of cysts removed about two years or so ago, and she had some trouble with stitches on one of her front legs and had to go in repeatedly because it wasn’t healing properly. We eventually got it sorted out, but it must have really hurt, because ever since then, she’s been a basket case at the vet’s.

Open thread!

Saturday Night Recipe Thread (Bonus Puppeh)

This is such an easy dinner. Season bone-in chicken thighs (you can use breasts if you prefer, bone-in is key) with salt, pepper and poultry seasoning. I gently pull up the skin and sprinkle spices underneath and replace the skin. I brush a bit of olive oil over them and then place them on top of halved potatoes and zucchini, also brushed with a bit of olive oil. Roast at 375 degrees.

Pear Crisp is delicious. It is my basic Apple Crisp recipe (below), added some walnuts and yum!

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This is such a great crisp. I’ve been transferring it to a glass baking dish before baking – I think I get a more even crisp topping that way.

Cast Iron Apple Crisp

  • 2 lbs apples – mix of sweet and tart (about 3 apples)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • dash of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger to taste


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (more as desired)
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 cup flour

10 inch cast iron skillet and small mixing bowl

Core and cut apples into small pieces (about 1/2 inch). Peeling is optional, but with this method the peels cook nice and soft, so it isn’t necessary.

Melt butter in skillet, add apples and sugar, stir until apples are well coated. Cover and cook on medium heat until apple mixture is soft and caramelized, stirring occasionally. About 20-30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In mixing bowl, stir together butter, sugar, flour and oats, mix until crumbly. Crumble over the apple mixture. Bake for 10-15 minutes, just until top is crispy golden brown. Let cool 10 minutes and serve warm.

What makes this so good is that because the apples are cooked on the stovetop, you can use a much higher heat in the oven and get a good, crisp top without drying the whole mixture out or under cooking the apples. Really, this is one of the best apple crisps I’ve made.

Alternately, if you don’t have an oven-proof skillet, you can transfer the cooked apple mixture to a glass baking dish, add topping and bake that way.


Ok, I know you skimmed down here to see bonus puppeh, didn’t you? Here is Scout, 8 weeks. 12.2 lbs (by comparison – Bixby was 22.2 lbs at 8 weeks):

There are more photos of her and Bixby and a bit of how our first days have been at this link.

What’s on your  menu this weekend? Cooking anything yummy we should know about?

Open thread.

Friday Evening Open Thread: Make Your Own Fun


The mere fifteen or so inches of snow we got yesterday wasn’t too bad, but the temperature plummet today has been accompanied by non-stop horizontal wind. Even our “wolf dog” Zevon, who loves to frolic in the snow, didn’t make much effort to force his way through the backyard drifts before ‘letting’ me lure him back indoors.

What’s the weather like, in your neck of the woods?

A Little Sweetness To End The Day

I’m about to drop, but you guys have been so awesome, I had to give you a little preview:

The rest of the photos are at this link. I just don’t have it in me at the moment to copy them all over here.

Open thread!


Seems to be going well