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   Balogreene posted on Coffee Klatch  And Happy Birthday Hagar, sorry I'm late.
Monday at 17:14 EST .

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   Hagar  When your gift didn't show up in the mail Saturday, I knew you were too busy to give it a thought.
It's OK thank you
Monday at 17:35 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Happy belated birthday Hagar. You had a rough summer hope you are healed up now.
Monday at 18:33 EST .

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   FL Homeschool Mom  Happy birthday!
Tuesday at 00:02 EST .

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   Ynaught  Belated birthday wishes, Hagar!
Yesterday at 14:23 EST .

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   Gerty  Happy Birthday!
Yesterday at 19:18 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Pet Peeves  A SunTrust Bank ad. Mom died after 53 years of marriage, poor dad, in that big house all alone. We have two kids and a small house, so I called SunTrust Bank, they gave me a loan, now we are building an addition so dad can move in.
Am I the only one who sees a problem with this. Why didn't they move into dad's "big" house. Or, why didn't they sell dad's house and use the money to add to theirs? Is everyone an idiot?
October 24 at 17:39 EST .

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   Gerty  Silly Miss Balogreen---those ads are for low-info guys! : )
October 25 at 14:51 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Answer to your last question,YES.
October 25 at 17:34 EST .

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   StarFire  Maybe they don't want to take the kids out of better schools where they live. Or maybe they don't want the longer commute to work from dad's house. Maybe they can rent out dad's place for more than the cost of the addition.

Lots of missing details.
Yesterday at 17:06 EST .




   Balogreene posted on Recipes  “CHICKEN CURRY RICE | Kare Raisu from Japanese Cooking Made Simple
“For the chicken:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, quartered and sliced
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
2 medium potatoes, cut into bite-size cubes
2 medium carrots, sliced ¼-inch thick
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth

For the sauce:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon honey
“½ teaspoon garam masala

For the curry rice:
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 cups cooked white or brown Japonica rice (or any short grained rice, as they are easier for chopstick use ). I might use just plain old Uncle Ben's if I wasn't going to use chopsticks.

To make the chicken:
In a large pot over medium heat, heat the oil and add the onion. Sauté until the onion is golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Raise the heat to high and add the chicken. Brown the meat, then turn the heat back down to medium. Add the potatoes and carrots, and sauté for 5 minutes.
Pour the broth into the pan and bring it to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer until the meat and vegetables are fork tender, 30 to 50 minutes.

To make the sauce:
In a medium pot over medium heat, melt the butter and add the onion. Sauté until the onion is golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Add the ginger and garlic to the pan, and sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in the flour and curry powder.
Turn the heat up to medium high and slowly pour 3 cups of water into the pan, stirring constantly to prevent the sauce from forming lumps. Bring the sauce to a simmer and turn the heat down to medium. Cook, stirring often, until the sauce is smooth and creamy, 5 to 10 minutes. Add the honey and sprinkle in the garam masala. Stir to combine thoroughly.

To make the curry rice:
Stir the sauce into the chicken-and-vegetable mixture. Simmer for 10 minutes. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, and serve over the rice.

To save the curry for later, allow everything to cool completely and refrigerate the curry and rice in separate, tightly sealed containers.

I used Tofu cubes instead of Chicken, and Daikon radish instead of carrots (see below ).

Really good stuff. I bought the Garam Masala at an "International Food Mart", in the Indian section.

   October 19 at 20:51 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The Garam Masala is an acquired taste I should think. We have tried it but so far it is not a hit with us. And neither of us cares for curry, so that flavor is missing from our foods. Looks very nice and if the family enjoyed it, that's all the more better.
October 20 at 07:48 EST .

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   Balogreene  Bird, no one in my family, but me, likes curry. Which is why I made mine with tofu instead of chicken!
October 20 at 14:30 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Balo, you certainly have exotic tastes. What fun it must be to try such different dishes. I cook for my husband and son and both are picky.
October 20 at 19:59 EST .

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   Balogreene  Holly, oddly, I'm the picky eater in my family. Mostly, I don't like the taste of meat, so I try different cuisines, trying to find new and interesting flavors (that don't contain meat ). I also don't like a lot of "normal" vegetables, like broccoli, so, again, look for other things I will like.
October 20 at 20:55 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  I've said before, I really dislike carrots. There are somethings like broccoli, I dislike, and know why (texture ). Carrots, I just don't like the taste, I guess. So, I found this recipe, I like carrots!

“CARROTS SIMMERED IN SOY SAUCE AND SAKE | Kinpira Ninjin” from Japanese Cooking Made Easy, Salinas Press

“2 tablespoons sesame oil
4 medium carrots, julienned into matchsticks
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons mirin
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons Sake
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

In a medium skillet over medium heat, heat the sesame oil until it shimmers. Add the carrot strips and stir to coat them with the oil and brighten their color, about 30 seconds.
Add the sugar and stir to coat the carrots. While the sugar melts, quickly cook off the carrot juice, about 1 minute.
“Pour in the mirin and stir, then add the soy sauce and stir, then add the Sake and stir. Coat the carrots and continue to cook, stirring, until the liquid evaporates, about 1 minute. Transfer the carrots to a bowl, and let them cool to room temperature.
Serve the kinpira with the sesame seeds sprinkled on top.
To store, leave off the sesame seeds and refrigerate the kinpira in a tightly sealed container. It will keep for 3 or 4 days. When you’re ready to serve, sprinkle on the sesame seeds.”

I used Splenda Brown Sugar, for a richer taste. I honestly thought after all that cooking (15-30 minutes ) the carrots would be mushy, they weren't, they were still crispy (maybe that's a texture thing I didn't like about carrots ). They are really good, a ton of flavor.

I used pre-julienned carrots (time saver ), and all ingredients are easily available in my grocery store's Asian section. I had trouble finding things for the curry recipe, but, this one was easy.
October 19 at 20:31 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Balo, if you can find really big carrots, they are much sweeter than the skinny ones. It is highly likely the julienne carrots were made using the big carrots. Even the baby carrots sold in stores are made from the pieces that get broken off of larger carrots.

Glad you now like carrots, I love them but get carried away putting them in egg salad,cole slaw,and potato and macaroni salads. Hagar puts his foot down, he is not crazy about them in everything. I have found that since getting diabetes I cannot eat a raw carrot, even if I chew it very well, I cannot swallow it, it is too dry.
October 20 at 07:53 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Veterans' Page & Militaria  I write Tech Manuals for the Armed Forces. Thursday we had a couple more in our building to look at one of our systems, and do a LORA (something about how much maintenance to put on what soldiers ). May I salute "my" guys, who help me write my books, approve my books, and use my books when I give them to CASCOM. I love when the green suits come in and bring a dose of reality to my job.
October 18 at 22:30 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Sports  Buzz, I read on Breitbart they tore down the bleachers at Wrigley. They are going to replace them, in a different configuration when they get done with the "modernization". They are leaving "most" of the ivy. Glad I went before they desecrated the place.
October 18 at 22:27 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I have not seen that yet. Do you have a link?
October 21 at 02:08 EST .

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   Balogreene  Buzz, this isn't Breitbart, but it's from Chicago:
http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141024/
wrigleyville/wrigley-rehab-say-goodbye-l
eft-field-bleachers
October 24 at 17:21 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  I got a Japanese Cookbook this week (Bookbub.com, very cheap ). I decided to make mushroom rice, curry rice, miso soup, sautéed carrots, and jellied coffee (a dessert ). I shopped at an "International Market" in town, mainly Korean and Indian. Last week I shopped at an "Asian Grocery", and only found Chrysanthemum tea (soothing when you are sick, they say it even helps you feel better when you have a virus nothing will heal ). I got the Miso, seven spice powder, Garam Masala, Daikon radish (much like a jicama ), and Japanese Brown Rice. I also went to the regular American supermarket where I got potatoes (for the curry ), scallions, onions, apples, star fruit, and whatever American I wanted. I never did find the Bonito Flakes or Agar Agar. Since Agar is a thickener, I'm really surprised I couldn't find it anywhere.
The book says the Japanese want a meal to look as good as it tastes. Every meal should have sweet, sour, savory, and salty. And every meal should have different colors, yellow, green, orange, "blue", red, etc. Looks and tastes are kind of a science Bento Boxes the easy lunch should have 4 carbs, 3 protein, 2 veggies, and 1 fruit.
Then they get to the rice (I bought the brown "Genmai" ). First you rinse it, then you soak it for four hours (overnight for sticky rice ), then bring it to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for an hour, test it, and keep cooking, up to two hours for the brown rice. You can make the rice the day before. Most of the meals, however, don't store well (they say ).
I hate carrots. I keep trying them, and still don't like them, but this recipe calls for julienned carrots (I bought a bag ), soy sauce, ginger, sugar, sesame oil, and sake. I think that will kill the carrot taste and texture, and I might well like it. Mom says it sounds good. You can use the recipe for any root vegetable, and the radish is a root, so, I might use part of it for that.
I aim to cook it all tomorrow, to have for lunches, etc. next week. Will let you know what I think.
October 18 at 22:23 EST .

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   MeiDei  You just made me want a big jar of Korean Kimchee! There's no Asian market within 35 miles of my house.........
October 21 at 03:39 EST .

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   Balogreene  Oh MeiDei, our Asian markets all have kimchee, which looks absolutely horrible! I have recipes, I think I'd rather make it myself!
October 24 at 16:59 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Suggested Reading  I want to push this back to the top. Storm recommended The Martian: A Novel by Weir. Oh my, get it! It is an absolutely wonderful book. I did read some reviews that he made scientific errors, but, I'm not a chemist, mechanical engineer, botanist, whatever. It is an almost perfect book. It is available on Kindle Unlimited, for rent if you have Prime, or most probably at your local library. It is an easy read (don't let that science stuff scare you ). And, I got choked up a couple of times.
October 10 at 16:43 EST .

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   Gram77  I'm glad to see this book getting some action. I had mentioned it quite a while ago and it didn't get any comments. It hasn't gotten into my library yet and I find that odd.
October 11 at 10:07 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram, your librarians might not know about it. It's been pretty much an underground book, not a big publisher and not a recognized author. Andy Weir offered the book for free from his website after no agent would represent him. Then, after he got a bit of attention, he got it on Amazon for Kindle at 99 cents. Now the book is on the NYT's best-selling list. Try mentioning it to your library and then, if you want, you can ask about donating a copy.
October 12 at 08:08 EST .

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   Gram77  Donate I can do. Sometimes when I read a book that I am really taken with and I keep it and have been known to read it again.
October 12 at 14:12 EST .

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   MeiDei  What I especially licked about the book was the author's style of writing.
October 12 at 19:10 EST .

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   MeiDei  that should be liked, not licked - dang 'c' key
October 13 at 16:32 EST .

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   Balogreene  I loved the stuff on Mars, and sometimes got bored with the stuff on Earth. But, I loved his style. I hope he writes more Andy Weir is good.
October 13 at 19:09 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Pet Peeves  I've always known the VA ABC board was a rip-off. Any state that owns liquor stores is ripping it's citizens off. In IL and NM liquor is sold in grocery stores. And those liquor departments are larger than the stand alone stores here in VA. So, while visiting my sister, I bought a liter of Jameson's for mom and I to share. It cost 19.99. I priced a bottle today at my nearby ABC store. Do you know the same liter of Jameson's cost 36.90?
October 7 at 01:03 EST .

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   BirdsNest  When we need something we try to get it while in MD. They carry the Everclear we use for certain concoctions. We did not give away any of the Limencello or Apple Pie Moonshine we made last year so this year someone local may be getting a treat. I have tasted both and they are very delicious. I use the Limencello in recipes that call for lemon extract. Plus we made our own vanilla extract. The guys at the liquor store raise their eyebrows when we tell them we are using alcohol for recipes. They must think we are "lushes".
October 7 at 07:27 EST .

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   Safetydude  Several years ago Miss Tina and I drove up to Toronto for a wedding.
We were staying with friends so I brought a couple of bottles of Seagrams "VO" as a 'thank you' gift. I bought them at the BX for twenty, twenty-five dollars, each. Remember, this was many years ago.

After crossing from Detroit to Windsor we stopped for lunch and walked over to the currency excange. While we were walking we went the LCBO, the Government operated liquor outlet where we bought a couple bottles of local wine for Miss Tina.

Just for fun, I went over to the Seagram's display to check the price of 'VO'. As I expected it was almost twice what I had paid for it in GA.

As we were checking out and chatting with the clerks I mentioned the price of "VO" in Windsor, some 200 miles from the distillery v what I had paid for it almost 2K miles away, in GA.

"Oh ya" was the answer, "But don't forget that in Canada we have free health care".

Welcome to Obamacare.

Stock up on booze and ammo.
October 7 at 20:45 EST .

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   Balogreene  Mr. SafetyDude. When I questioned it a the VA ABC store, they reminded me McDonnell (who'd tried to privatize it ) was convicted of bribery. I said no, that wasn't what he was convicted of, and did they know what the current Governor is accused of. It didn't matter, he's a democrat, and both are immigrants. Besides, if it is privatized, what would they do for jobs (ripping my hair out! )
October 7 at 20:55 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Sports  The Pack really like Thursday night games, don't they?
October 2 at 22:57 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Have you noticed that so far, the Thursday night games have been blowouts?
October 4 at 21:28 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  They didn't like that Thursday season opener against the Seahawks! But they have won four straight, are at 5-2, and I just wish the Lions would lose one. They still hold the tie-breaker!
October 21 at 02:11 EST .

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