Dinner Tonight

We had too much food to use the new luncheon plates but it was ok . . dinner was delicious!

Dinner

Dinner

That’s a sweet potato from the garden, venison from the back yard, with cream/horseradish sauce, green beans and homemade bread.

Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato

I wish I had a truck load of these sweet potatoes. They are so good and so creamy! I’m planting more next year!

Venison Backstrap

Venison Backstrap

The backstrap was grilled to perfection! The sauce had just a bit of brandy, sour cream and horseradish. It was so good!  The venison was fork tender. This is a meal I could eat every night . . I think. 

We’re Getting An Aldi

I know many of my readers will think I’m nuts for getting so excited about a grocery store but . . we’re getting an Aldi. I would never have dreamed that would happen. How I found out is pretty funny.

Sunday we were sitting at the table eating and I said to Vince “I wish we had an Aldi!” He looked me straight in the eyes and said “We ARE getting one!” NO! I thought he was joking. 

I got up from the table, not even finished eating, went to the local newspaper’s website and searched for “Aldi” because they put everything in the newspaper if we’re getting a new business. Nothing was mentioned that I could find. I went back to the table and said “Why are you telling me that when  you know it isn’t true?” He kept telling me who all had told him that it was true. He even knew where they were putting it. Thank goodness, they’re renovating an already built place and it will be open soon . . I hope.

Then I googled “Aldi and Brownwood” and sure enough . . they have a job fair coming up next week and there was other info about it and we’re getting an Aldi. I really like that store!

Here’s a blog post from a few years ago where I compared Aldi’s brand of steel cut oats to a name brand. The name brand was $5.99 and the same size at Aldi was $1.99, and without knowing which brand was which, we all chose the Aldi oats.

I can hardly wait til it’s open. Vince said “You know it will be crazy the first week or so. I wouldn’t go for a while.” I know that’s true but I doubt I’ll be able to stay away for long! 

What does that say about me that a new grocery store in town could make me so happy?

Salt Rising Bread

Have you ever had salt rising bread? I remember the first time I had it. A bakery in Paducah had it and apparently they don’t have it often because it’s such a big deal to make it so I figured it was worth buying. Vince knew about it and he was so happy when I came home with it but when he opened that bag and it smelled rather pungent, I was thinking . . you can have it! Butthen I tasted it and I loved it and that’s when I began searching for recipes and trying different ones.

Salt Rising Bread

Salt Rising Bread

This blog post, with the recipe, was written back in 2009. I would pretty much only make it in the winter . . definitely not in the summer, because I kept the oven on low . . off and on . . to get the starter going.

This morning I kept wishing for some salt rising bread and then I remembered my proofer! I normally use it in the winter when the house is cold and the outside is cold and there’s no warm spot for my bread to rise. In this proofer, by Brod & Taylor, I can control the temperature, as well as the humidity, without using the oven. Perfect for getting the starter going for my salt rising bread.

Proofer

Proofer

That was all I needed to cut up my last two potatoes and get my starter going.

Salt Rising Bread

Salt Rising Bread

Tomorrow, my husband will be a happy man when he comes home from work and we have salt rising bread ready to have with our dinner.

Starter

Starter

On the other hand, I may not be so happy because my kitchen will smell like stinky cheese for several days. This starter gives off a bad odor and the bread toasting smells like stinky cheese too but . . we still like it.