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I am thinking of having a dinner party when all our furniture is in. I'd like to do sort of a traditional southern dinner. Here's a recipe dump/idea dump.

I'm struggling for a main protein idea (I want to serve this buffet style and chicken fried anything just won't work right, ya know?). I'm thinking a shredded pork shoulder with a couple of sauces might work.

Sweet Potato Pie- https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/12142/sweet-potato-pie-i/

Peach Pie- https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/87979/peach-pie-the-old-fashioned-two-crust-way/

I'd use my own pie crust recipe instead of store bought, obviously. Can make these the day ahead.

Collard greens. I don't have a recipe for this, I just cook bacon, and allium (I prefer shallots but onion will do) and then add some chiffionaded collard leaves. I had it for breakfast today and it was delicious.

Black eyed peas.

Cornbread- http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/all-purpose-cornbread-best-of-both-regions-234393#activity-feed

Buttermilk Biscuits- https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/cooks-illustrated-best-drop-biscuits-50163024
Sweet Potato Pie I
Sweet Potato Pie I
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Fuck Cancer.
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So, I'm taking a course of antibiotics because I got strep throat. High doses of the good stuff, I am actually having to stretch and yawn funny because I ended up with some scarring I'm trying to ease, where my tonsil is now stuck to my tongue.

Oh, and when I take the antibiotic I end up sweating for an hour and nauseous as hell, so I can't get any sleep when I take the late night dose. I'm sitting under the fan in the living room, with a huge headache, and if I go to bed I'll just toss, turn, and sweat. Oh, and keep Allison awake, and she has work tomorrow.
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OH MY GOSH! Weeks of searching and I think I found a fabric I can use to do a reconstruction of the oldest dress found. Technically it was a plaid, but this is really close!!!
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I am looking at doing some sewing and found this fabric, was going through the pictures of things people had made with this fabric and saw an amazing dress and thought "I have to ping +Romy McCloskey on this, it's right up her alley..." but she made the dress.

At least I could spot her style! :D By the way, three HUNDRED hand rolled linen roses? You must be crazy!
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Due to my awesome friend Avery, I am about to spend a weekend caurousing in the city built for carousing- New Orleans! We'll be at the Jazz Festival, which I have wanted to go to since I was 10.

I am so excited I can barely breathe. That and panic. I am in an airport and hate planes.

Mostly excited.
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I finally did it.

I've been promising myself that if I do X, Y, or Z that I would get myself a Sjambok as a reward for well over 15 years now. I've accomplished most of those goals many times over, but I'd never get myself the sjambok. Even though I could really use one (a feral hog was stalking me and the dog when I took her for a walk one night, I don't like taking her for walks at night, the only time I can, anymore because of this. I do not like being hunted.).

Why? Why would I never, ever actually give myself the reward I'd promised myself, motivated myself with, and earned?

Why did I lie to myself and break my own trust in myself, and my willingness to follow through with the good stuff? I have done this for years, I first promised myself the sjambok for getting an A on a hard test in 2002 or 2003. It's $16 for the short one, so it wasn't money, it was... deserving the things I worked for, I guess.

I have a LOT of issues around being worth things, deserving things- I don't feel like I deserve medical care if it costs my family anything, or clothes that fit, shoes that don't hurt, or a whole range of things that ends up making me act and react in weird ways and drives my spice crazy.

Not being willing to follow through on the reward has been really bad for me. This has fucked my ability to stay on track with goals, and I know where part of it comes from... but I just got my tax return and I got myself my sjamboks, with shipping for a pair in different lengths (so I can experiment with them), it's less than $50.

I don't even know if I still HAVE the sjambok book I purchased, ages ago, and I don't know what I will use as a target to practice with them on, or where I'll find the time... but I know that it feels really bad that I kept this promise to myself, but tomorrow I'll feel good about it.

Random musings. That's all.
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I have some frozen artichokes I'd like to try this recipe with!
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Inspired by a conversation and lovely photos by +Luralai Scott about pot roast, and a few YouTube videos I am going to post links to, as well as an unfortunate accident this morning where the chuck roast in the fridge's cellophane wrapper got torn so it had to be cooked RIGHT NOW, here is what I did:

Chop the chuck roast into bite sized pieces. Take a crock pot liner bag, put in a bit of flour, garlic powder, mustard powder, and a bit of smoked paprika. Cooked the chuck in a med-hi pan until the bits had a lovely caramelization on them and there was some nice fond in the pan, tossed them in the crock pot liner bag and stuck them in the crock pot. Took two pan loads to get the color I wanted, but I didn't want to crowd them. Inspiration for that is here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3P-5H-Jm8w

Next I deglazed the pan with red wine and added the reduced wine and fond to the crock pot for extra umami lovely flavor. Did that twice, and the best part about deglazing a pan with wine? It makes washing up after SO MUCH EASIER. If you don't know how to do that, here's a video about that technique.

Next I chopped an onion into a decent sized mince, while the bacon was in the pan, until it released it's fat and the bits started to caramelize. I chucked in the onion until it was semi-translucent and just the slightest bit browned (I'm going for an English flavor, instead of a French flavor- the English don't tend to brown the onions, while the French almost always do, it's one of the things I finally figured out about the two different flavor profiles). I also threw in some whole peppercorns about this point.

I topped it off with some decent quality beef stock.

Then, +Ben Moody, my hero, plopped the onion/bacon mixture into the pot while I kneaded the dough for this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vVGq5V82pM super easy bread recipie. It's three ingredients and three minutes, and I wanted a starch to serve with this stew, and we had some flour I wanted to use up, so it is 25% whole wheat, 75% white flour, and should make a lovely rustic loaf.

I'm half tempted to run to the store and see if I can't get some mushrooms, carrots, and a bay leaf (we're out of bay) and maybe some parsley to top it off with tonight, and we're out of butter, which I want for the bread.

I've got some sesame seeds, not sure if I'll top the bread with them, we'll see how I feel when I wake up later to get to work.

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