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2013-12 - Rick's Food Blog

What I ate: December 1, 2013

Breakfast: I made waffles (from scratch) at the lake. This recipe needs to be started the night before but it's so delicious and the yeast-risen waffles are so light it's worth it.

Lunch: Mom's fried rice at the lake.

Dinner: Meatloaf , rice and gravy. I reheated the previously vacuum sealed and frozen meatloaf in the sous vide, 40 minutes at 137°F. Rice, 40 seconds in the microwave, covered, from refrigerator temperature. Gravy, in a saucepan, from refrigerator temperature.

What I ate: December 2, 2013

Breakfast: Bagel, lox and cream cheese on a whole wheat bagel with tomato and red onion. This is normally my Sunday breakfast, but I postponed it to today since I was away from home.

Lunch: Pork with scallion and broccoli stir-fry .

Dinner: Spaghetti and Italian sausage with homemade sauce.

What I ate: December 3, 2013

Breakfast: Egg, toast and bacon . With one organic egg, half a slice of Barowski's wheat bread with butter and 3 slices of bacon.

Lunch: Tuna salad sandwich and Kettle chips barbecue potato chips.

Dinner: Chicken and cheese enchiladas

What I ate: December 4, 2013

Breakfast: Chorizo breakfast burrito with chorizo, onion, green pepper, jalapeño and egg.

Lunch: Veggie sausage and green pepper stir-fry .

Dinner: Mussels fra diavalo . I haven't made this dish in a long time! I used to make it all of the time in Montpelier, Vermont, because I could walk to the store and get a dozen mussels, no problem. It's a bit more of a pain because I have to drive 20 minutes to get them, and they only come in 2 lb. packages!

What I ate: December 5, 2013

Breakfast: Sausage, egg and cheese English muffin . With homemade sausage, an organic egg and Cabot cheddar cheese on a Barowski's whole wheat English muffin.

Lunch: Chana Masala and rice. And a Saranac pale ale.

Dinner: Roasted pork with rice and sautéed cabbage.

What I ate: December 6, 2013

Breakfast: Chorizo breakfast burrito with chorizo, onion, green pepper, jalapeño and egg. Reheat of the filling I cooked on Wednesday in a freshly heated tortilla.

Lunch: Spinach salad with homemade vinaigrette, goat cheese and candied walnuts. And a whole wheat and oat roll with butter.

Dinner: Mom's tempura - shrimp, fish, onion, green pepper and asparagus. Previously frozen and reheated for 10 minutes from frozen on a sheet pan at 350°F.

Breakfast: Chorizo breakfast burrito with chorizo, onion, green pepper, jalapeño and egg. Reheat of the filling I cooked on Wednesday in a freshly heated tortilla.

What I ate: December 7, 2013

Breakfast: Pancakes and bacon. Both previously frozen, reheated on a sheet pan, 8 minutes at 350°F from frozen.

Lunch: Quarter pound (before cooking) cheeseburger on a whole wheat bun with Kettle Chips hot jalapeño potato chips. And a Saranac pale ale.

Dinner: 6.0 oz. turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and broccoli. The turkey and gravy were Thanksgiving leftovers, vacuum sealed and frozen. I previously made, vacuum sealed and froze the garlic mashed potatoes.

What I ate: December 8, 2013

Breakfast: Bagel, lox and cream cheese on a whole wheat bagel with tomato and red onion. And a mimosa.

Lunch: Cheese hot dog . With a Hebrew National grilled hot dog, a whole wheat bun, Cabot cheddar cheese and homemade pickled jalapeños. With Kettle Chips hot jalapeño potato chips and a Saranac pale ale.

Dinner: Iron Chef Chinese Buffet with Mom and Dad.

What I ate: December 9, 2013

Breakfast: Egg, toast and bacon . With one organic egg, half a slice of Barowski's wheat bread with butter and 3 slices of bacon.

Lunch: Homemade corn chowder . With a slice of homemade ciabatta bread , previously frozen. The corn was frozen, but I made the soup from scratch today.

Dinner: Pork Spare Ribs and seasoned French fries. I defrosted and reheated the ribs for 45 minutes in the sous vide at 145°F and browned them, 30 seconds at 360°F in the deep fryer. And cooked the 3.0 oz. Cascadian organic French fries for 1:30 in the deep fryer at 360°F and then seasoned with salt, freshly ground black pepper, garlic powder and cayenne pepper. And these ribs were unusually large - I ate two and saved the third. And the frozen package actually had four; Roscoe had half of the last rib, bone removed.

What I ate: December 10, 2013

Breakfast: Homemade Blueberry muffin and bacon, both previously frozen. I reheated the bacon in a sauté pan from frozen. I reheated the blueberry muffin for 0:35 in the microwave on high, from frozen.

Lunch: Homemade corn chowder (made yesterday) and a small Caesar salad with romaine lettuce, Drew's Caesar dressing, Olivia's garlic and herb croutons and anchovies.

Dinner: Meatloaf , rice and gravy.

What I ate: December 11, 2013

Breakfast: Chorizo breakfast burrito with chorizo, onion, green pepper, jalapeño and egg.

Lunch: Barbecued pork sandwich on a whole wheat hamburger bun with Kettle Chips hot jalapeño potato chips. It's the one spare rib left over from the day before yesterday.

Dinner: Beef Stroganoff .

What I ate: December 12, 2013

Breakfast: Bacon, egg and cheese English muffin . With a Barowski's whole wheat English muffin, 3 slices of bacon, an organic egg and Cabot cheddar cheese.

Lunch: Chana Masala and rice. And a Saranac pale ale.

Dinner: Chicken paprika with rice, broccoli and sour cream paprika  sauce. And a glass of 90+ New Zealand sauvignon blanc.

What I ate: December 13, 2013

Breakfast: Chorizo breakfast burrito with chorizo, onion, green pepper, jalapeño and egg. Reheat of the filling I cooked on Wednesday in a freshly heated tortilla.

Lunch: Spinach salad with homemade vinaigrette, goat cheese and candied walnuts. And a whole wheat and oat roll with butter.

Dinner: Iron Chef Chinese Buffet with Mom and Dad. It's usually on Sunday, but this week it's on Friday.

Bacon and cheddar potato chowder

What I ate: December 14, 2013

Breakfast: French toast and bacon . Both the bacon and the wheat French bread French toast were previously made a frozen, so it's just a quick 8 minute reheat on a sheet pan in a 350°F oven.

Lunch: Bacon, cheddar and potato chowder (new recipe). With homemade ciabatta bread (previously frozen).

Dinner: Grilled chicken Caesar salad with romaine lettuce, Drew's Caesar dressing and anchovies. With a homemade whole wheat and oat dinner roll (previously frozen), with butter. There should have been some croutons, but I forgot them.

What I ate: December 15, 2013

Breakfast: Bagel, lox and cream cheese on a whole wheat bagel with tomato and red onion. And a mimosa.

Lunch: Grilled Hebrew National hot dog with Cabot cheddar cheese and pickled jalapeños on a whole wheat bun, Kettle Chips barbecue potato chips and a Saranac pale ale.

Dinner: Thai style pork with peppers and onions . With rice and a glass of 90+ New Zealand sauvignon blanc.

What I ate: December 16, 2013

Breakfast: Egg, toast and bacon . With one organic egg, half a slice of Barowski's wheat bread with butter and 3 slices of bacon.

What I ate: December 16, 2013

What I ate: December 17, 2013

Breakfast: Bagel, lox and cream cheese on a whole wheat bagel with tomato and red onion. This is normally my Sunday breakfast, but I had a craving for it last night, so I put it back into the breakfast rotation instead of homemade blueberry muffin and bacon.

Lunch: Pork with scallion and broccoli stir-fry .

Dinner: Pasta with meat sauce and zucchini .

What I ate: December 18, 2013

Breakfast: Chorizo breakfast burrito with chorizo, onion, green pepper, jalapeño and egg.

Lunch: Spinach salad with homemade vinaigrette, goat cheese and candied walnuts. And a whole wheat and oat roll with butter.

Dinner: Roasted pork with rice and sautéed cabbage.

What I ate: December 19, 2013

Breakfast: Sausage, egg and cheese English muffin . With homemade sausage, an organic egg and Cabot cheddar cheese on a Barowski's whole wheat English muffin.

Lunch: Chana masala and rice. And a Saranac pale ale. This batch was spicy!

Dinner: Mom's fried rice.

What I ate: December 20, 2013

Breakfast: Chorizo breakfast burrito with chorizo, onion, green pepper, jalapeño and egg. Reheat of the filling I cooked on Wednesday in a freshly heated tortilla.

Lunch: Small cheeseburger with Kettle Chips hot jalapeño potato chips. I was going to have something else, which is why I vacuum sealed all 4 burgers, but then I decided to go ahead and have one.

Dinner: Mom's tempura, previously frozen. 3 shrimp, 2 dish, 2 asparagus, green pepper and onion. Reheated for 10 minutes at 350°F on a sheet pan in the oven.

What I ate: December 21, 2013

Breakfast: Corned beef hash, egg and toast .

Lunch: Veggie sausage and green pepper stir-fry .

Dinner: Chicken picatta at the Angus and Ale in Sidney, NY, with Mom and Dad. It was good!

What I ate: December 22, 2013

Breakfast: Bagel, lox and cream cheese on a whole wheat bagel with tomato and red onion. And a mimosa.

Lunch: Bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich (BLT) with Kettle Chips hot jalapeño potato chips.

Dinner: Roast prime rib of beef and baked potato. It's actually leftovers from last night's dinner at Angus and Ale, that I vacuum sealed and froze, not anticipating that I would eat today. But reheated in the sous vide, 45 minutes at 133°F it came out perfectly. Served with a freshly baked salt and olive oil-rubbed baked potato with butter and sour cream. The other condiment cup is horseradish for the beef.

What I ate: December 23, 2013

Breakfast: Egg, toast and bacon . With one organic egg, half a slice of Barowski's wheat bread with butter and 3 slices of bacon.

Lunch: Grilled Hebrew National hot dog with Cabot cheddar cheese and pickled jalapeños on a whole wheat bun, Kettle Chips barbecue potato chips and a Saranac pale ale.

Dinner: Grilled chicken quesadilla , tortilla chips and salsa fresca. There was also a side of sour cream. And a half glass of 90+ New Zealand sauvignon blanc.

What I ate: December 24, 2013

Breakfast: Homemade Blueberry muffin and bacon, both previously frozen. I reheated the bacon in a sauté pan from frozen. I reheated the blueberry muffin for 0:35 in the microwave on high, from frozen.

Lunch: Small cheeseburger with Kettle Chips hot jalapeño potato chips.

Dinner: 6.0 oz. turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and broccoli. The turkey and gravy were Thanksgiving leftovers, vacuum sealed and frozen. I previously made, vacuum sealed and froze the garlic mashed potatoes.

What I ate: December 25, 2013

Breakfast: Chorizo breakfast burrito with chorizo, onion, green pepper, jalapeño and egg. And a mimosa.

Lunch: Chicken soup with soba noodles and spinach

Dinner: Rigatoni with tomato, broccoli, and prosciutto in spicy vodka cream sauce . And 2 glasses of 90+ malbec.

What I ate: December 26, 2013

Breakfast: Sausage, egg and cheese English muffin . With homemade sausage, an organic egg and Cabot cheddar cheese on a Barowski's whole wheat English muffin.

Lunch: Mom's fried fish at the lake with Mom, Dad and my nephew. I had another piece of fish about that size, as well.

Dinner: Mom's salmon at the lake.

What I ate: December 27, 2013

Breakfast: Chorizo breakfast burrito with chorizo, onion, green pepper, jalapeño and egg. Reheat of the filling I cooked on Wednesday in a freshly heated tortilla.

Lunch: Mom's shrimp and egg stir-fry with rice at the lake.

Dinner: Mom's roasted chicken, rice, gravy and asparagus at the lake.

What I ate: December 28, 2013

Breakfast: Pancakes and bacon. Both previously frozen, reheated on a sheet pan, 8 minutes at 350°F from frozen.

Lunch: Mom's fried rice at the lake.

Dinner: Mt. Fuji Japanese restaurant in Oneonta, NY, with Mom, Dad and my nephew. Salad, miso soup and the sushi regular platter. And a glass of Kendall Jackson chardonnay.

What I ate: December 29, 2013

Breakfast: Bagel, lox and cream cheese on a whole wheat bagel with tomato and red onion. And a mimosa.

Lunch: Chicken Caesar salad with Drew's Caesar dressing, freshly grated Parmesan, anchovies and Olivia's garlic and herb croutons at the lake with Mom, Dad and my nephew. I had another serving, too.

Dinner: Iron Chef Chinese buffet in Oneonta, NY, with Mom, Dad and my nephew.

What I ate: December 30, 2013

Breakfast: Egg, toast and bacon . With one organic egg, half a slice of Barowski's wheat bread with butter and 3 slices of bacon.

Lunch: Bacon cheeseburger and potato chips skiing at Hunter Mountain, NY with my nephew. And a Saranac pale ale.

Dinner: Mom's roast beef, rice, gravy and asparagus.

What I ate: December 31, 2013

Breakfast: Homemade Blueberry muffin and bacon, both previously frozen. I reheated the bacon in a sauté pan from frozen. I reheated the blueberry muffin for 0:35 in the microwave on high, from frozen.

Lunch: Mom's fried fish at the lake with Mom, Dad and my nephew. And another half piece of fish.

Dinner: Mom's tempura. Shrimp, fish, asparagus, green pepper, onion and more shrimp. And rice and salad. And 2 glasses of Ponga New Zealand sauvignon blanc.

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