Around seventeen years ago Cavanaugh Flight Museum’s F9F-2B Panther jet became a little more precious, some have said she became priceless.
CFM’s Panther displayed outside for the first time in 10 + years
In was 1993 when the museum acquired the Panther, Bureau No. 123078, and then put it through a 25,000 man hour restoration bringing it back to its original flying condition. Since the restoration the Panther received “Grand Champion Warbird” titles at the 1995 E.A.A. Sun-N-Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, FL and the 1995 E.A.A. Fly-In in Oshkosh WI.
In my house growing up there was a small picture frame on the North end of the kitchen that held a poem of sorts. I will do my best to recall its wisdom. It went something like this …. An apple pie without the cheese is like a kiss without the squeeze.
The other day I saw some nice looking Granny Smith apples as I went through the store. Now, I do not bake or do pastries of any sort but I was reminded of the poem and decided some nice cheese would go well with the apples. True to my nature I decided some spice would do well also.
If you are just cooking for one – like when the wife goes to visit her mom or sorority sisters or when ever you are on your own. This is a good time to either see what is hiding in the freezer or to buy some stuff to put there. Keep a few single serving frozen meals on hand for those times when you just don’t want to make a mess of the kitchen.
There is a lot you can to to boost up those frozen meals to make them a bit more appealing.
Last night I was in the mood for pasta and was not about to make it from scratch. So I grabbed a package of my favorite chicken fettuccine alfredo from the freezer. Lean Cuisine – yes that’s right, you heard me clearly. I like it, better flavor than the full fat varieties. That said please don’t think that this is the end of the story. I wanted a bit more protein and a little more richness to the dish so that I didn’t find myself “sleep eating” from the fridge five hours later.
To boost it up I found a bit of some Andouille sausage that I bought a couple weeks back and also added some fresh mozzarella cheese and sharp cheddar that I picked up this week. I finished it off with some chopped fresh chives and cracked black pepper.
I haven’t posted in a few weeks now or so it seems. I have been cooking and with the cooking comes a little photography. So tonight I will try to sum up the cooking with a few photos.
I will start with a spicy snack.
Peppered Salami with Habanero Cheddar on Crackers
Next on the list is Chicken fingers or Chicken tenders, which ever you prefer. I have cooked a lot of chicken in my day but this time around I wanted to marinate in spiced butter milk and fry in peanut oil. It is the way to go for sure. Crispy, golden, juicy and delicious.
The great thing about leftovers is that I get to eat them. I reheated the leftover tenders the next day with some spicy BBQ and Dijon mustard dipping sauces.
A few days later cooking from home I decided on an old standby Lean Cuisine Chicken Fettucini Alfredo – I boosted it will some minced up aged pepper salami. Great flavors going on here – it is worth a try. Continue reading →
What is a tater tot ® and why is it followed around with that little circled R? Read on and learn. The closest description might be to imagine some hash browns shaped into bite size nuggets and deep fried until crispy. For me it is that little crispy and yet tender deep fried potato nugget I recall from school cafeteria lunches or they could be had from those gigantic bags from the frozen food isle at the grocer that your Mom would pick up and store in the freezer for those quick meal occasions. Continue reading →
It has been a few years since I last took a road trip. Longer still since I did it for fun. Last weekend I accepted the always open invitation to visit my older brothers ranch located slightly north of the geographical center of the Great State of Texas.
The recent news talks about Texas burning from border to border with drought fueled wildfires and amazingly powerful thunder storms with the occasional tornado. I thought I would venture out and see what was going on. Continue reading →