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By riceowlguy (Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 12:07:10 PM EST) (all tags)
into my tortilla stash.

I haven't seen a single ant in my kitchen all summer.  The fruit flies have made a reappearance, but I'm pretty much resigned to the fact that if I'm going to keep bananas around and set the thermostat at 85 during the day, I'm going to get some drosophila melanogaster.  But ants, no.  Nothing like 2011, the drought year, where they were coming in and attacking anything with any moisture in it whatsoever, including dish soap.  So I was a little shocked when I stumbled downstairs this morning to the kitchen and saw the bag of tortillas I was planning on using for breakfast tacos completely covered in ants, with a dark black trail of ants leading off to the nearest outlet.

I believe I have the issue contained for now, but I probably need to stop and get some traps to make sure.

MSO was back in town this weekend through yesterday for business, so we got to hang out and do some fun stuff.  I have been going through all of my Food & Wine magazines and yanking out the recipes I want to try, so I told her to go through the stack and pick some.  Portland is great for seafood except for shrimp, apparently, so we made several shrimp dishes, all of them Thai-themed.  Three recipes to be exact.  One was kind of a deconstructed spring roll salad, which was a major failure because I started soaking the noodles in cold water too early, AND couldn't be bothered to plunge them in ice water after boiling them, with the result that it was kind of a slimy gooey mush (which should make good leftovers for lunch today, if nothing else) that tasted good anyway.  In the middle of the road were grilled shrimp and scallap kebobs in a soy-lemon marinade, which was good, but also a lot of work.  The real winner from my perspective was a green curry and coconut milk soup with shrimp and scallops (although it felt somewhat criminal to be quartering big fat sea scallops and chucking them in soup).  It was quick and easy and oh so tasty.  Recipe here.  Probably not the healthiest with all the fat from the coconut milk, but whatever.

I do want to try more new recipes this fall.  Isn't every cook always saying that?  I think you go through cycles.  Sometimes you just want a stable of easy things you can make more or less from memory, and sometimes you feel like exploring.  I'm in a rut right now so I feel like exploring.  I will especially need to be exploring vegetables since I signed up for another round of CSA share deliveries that starts a week from now.


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Cataplana by Gedvondur (4.00 / 1) #1 Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 09:14:21 AM EST
I made a variant of seafood cataplana the other day.  Turned out nice, although more or less not like the recipe I used. :-)

"So I will be hitting the snatch hard, I think, tonight." - gzt
Demon WP by StackyMcRacky (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 08:35:25 AM EST
spray that on the outside of your house and no more ants for 2 years.

that shrimp and scallop recipe looks boss by lm (4.00 / 1) #3 Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 04:24:54 PM EST
Unfortunately both my wife and my daughter at home profess hatred of everything tainted by having touched coconut milk. And my wife refuses to eat any seafood that isn't battered and fried fish. Shrimp and scallops, even if fried, are on the 'forbidden' list.

Perhaps I should arrange to attend a carry-in

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Thankfully by riceowlguy (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 08:15:37 AM EST
MSO and I are more or less simpatico when it comes to what good food is, which is more or less everything.  I don't really get her fondness for organ meat, but she's usually happy to let other folks cook that for her.

I do have a hard time cooking for my parents, sometimes, although that only happens a few times a year.  My dad also refuses to eat shellfish, and also shuns most pork products.  My mom doesn't like anything particularly spicy, and also insists on having meat cooked very thoroughly.  I've given up on ever being in charge of the Thanksgiving turkey.

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