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Ching Gets Domestic

Brian invited Jay and Becca to dinner at our house tonight. We hadn’t gotten groceries and we were running low on stuff so we had to think quick. We decided to stop by Dillons and pick up ground beef to make “El Cheapo” — one of the few things I actually know how to make.

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Jay and Becca had never had it before. This is the first time we made it for them.

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Just in case dinner didn’t turn out so well (I was cooking after all), we had a couple of bottles of wine. Everything tastes great when you’re inebriated. LOL.

Texas Roadhouse

We took Matthias to Texas Roadhouse for dinner tonight. He loves American steak (apparently beef in Germany isn’t as tasty as US beef; their cows are not like ours, I guess) and really likes Texas Roadhouse.

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I had their grilled pork chop. Brian had some ribs. Matthias had the KC strip. I didn’t take a picture of his food, though, because we had just met and I figured it was weird enough that I was taking pictures of our food. I think we’ll have to eat with him a few times and get to know him better, before I can feel comfortable taking pictures of his food without him thinking I’m strange. It’s probably too late for that, though. I’m sure he’s already decided I’m strange. LOL.

10 meals for 7.99

Anyway, what I really wanted to share with you guys is the “Early Dinner” special that’s going on right now at Texas Roadhouse. If you dine before 5 PM, Monday through Thursday, you can choose from 10 delicious dinners for only $7.99 — that’s cheaper than a Sandwich at Caffe Moderne!

It sucks for folks like Brian and me, who don’t get off work until 5 PM. It works great for everyone else, though. If you’re one who’s able to make it for the “Early Dinner” thing, go eat a bunch of ribs for me. =P

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French-Fry Pie

I didn’t already know any “kid-friendly” recipes so I found one on to share with Rogie for her baby shower today. This one for French-Fry Pie serves 4 people.

4 cups of frozen shoe string French fries
1 1/2 pounds of ground beef
1 14 oz. jar of marinara sauce

Heat oven to 425 F. Spread the fries on a baking sheet. Bake until golden, about 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the ground beef in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally until no trace of pink remains, about 8 to 10 minutes. Spoon off any excess fat. (You can use the “paper towel trick” to absorb even more excess fat.)

Add the marinara sauce and cook until completely warm. Transfer to an 8 X 11 inch or 8 inch square baking dish. Top with the baked fries.

If desired, return to oven for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Bless His Heart

We watched a little too much Top Chef over the weekend. It inspired Brian to do some culinary experimentation last night. He made spaghetti with chunks of steak in it. It doesn’t quite work, I know. He said the steaks were on sale, though. I guess he was trying to save money at the same time.

I think it could’ve worked if he just stuck to the basics. Cooked the steaks and then served potatoes or rice on the side. Rather than putting it in spaghetti. What a weird combination. I guess he thought he could cook this stuff up because he’d been watching the Top Chef contestants seemingly throw stuff together and it turns out really good.

“Don’t quit your day job,” I told him. On the up side, if he keeps cooking this way I might just lose weight. LOL.

The Top Chef finale is tomorrow night. I’m not sure how we are going to watch it since we are going to the movies with the folks at work to celebrate Customer Service Week. I asked Brian to DVR it, but he says we have too many shows DVR-ing on Wednesday and there isn’t room for it. Boo.

The crazy thing is that I’ve never ever watched the show until this weekend, but now that I have I’m totally hooked. I know I’m behind but the finale is the only important episode anyway. I just want to know who wins it.

Barbequed Meatballs

3 lbs hamburger
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
2 tsp chili powder
2 cups oatmeal
13oz can evaporated milk
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp pepper

Mix and shape into balls. Put in 9 x 13″ pan in a single layer

2c ketchup
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 TBSP liquid smoke
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Mix and pour over meatballs. Bake for 1 hour at 350!

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