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  • Smokey
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For one reason or another, some of us don't get to enjoy those same meals we grew up with.
The wonderful casseroles, country cooked vegetables, boiled or broiled meats.

One of my favorites was also simple to prepare, I refer to a pot of Cabbage/Ham/ and Potatoes. Along with fresh hot biscuits, always a winning combination.

What are you cooking ?
Originally Posted by: Smokey 

Provided that your pot is not cracked or thoughtlessly drilled with holes for use as a large flowerpot, there is a good chance that your pot can be rehabilitated. Most larger pots have 3 short legs that are cast as part of the pot. I hope they are in good condition.

Next, if your pot was stored in a basement (or anywhere else), rust will be the prime concern. If the thickness of the pot is still in good shape, removing just the rust is the largest concern. Get in touch with a trusted hardware store veteran or perhaps an experienced retailer like say Southern States for safe rust removal products/procedures.

Following the rust removal, you will want to thoroughly clean and dry your pot. At this point your pot will need to be oiled/greased, covered, and allowed to stand as the pores absorb the oil/grease. I personally prefer to coat the inside of the pot with Crisco from a can. It spreads like grease and can be applied in thin or thick amounts. I always store our family pot in this way and closed inside of an extra-large plastic bag.

Thanks Smokey!
The good news is it had no rust, it just looks extremely dried out.
I will follow your recommendation with the Crisco, unfortunately there is no cover for it.

  • Smokey
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yooperfan, I'm pleased to hear that your pot is in good shape. As I said before, following a careful cleaning, dry and grease the inside areas of your pot and store with a plastic leaf or garbage bag to cover the pot during storage.

As far as a lid is concerned, our family's 10 gal pot needs one as well. I'm currently looking online and speaking to sheet metal shops locally to determine weather to go with Aluminum or Stainless Steel. Prices range from $35 to $100 so far. We already have an Oak stir paddle that's the size of a canoe paddle that our Father made over 40 years ago.

I'd like to know how big your pot is and if you have plans to put it to use in the near future. We are already planning to make Brunswick Stew again this next fall. My brother wants to move away from a wood fire to a propane one this time. [cool]
  • Smokey
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Hello Friends,

The end of winter draws closer, but spring is not in sight just yet. Many of you are making Soups and Stews and Chili that the rest of us would love to sample. I'll be making something in a pot this weekend,
but I will choose at the store when I see what appeals to my eye and palate. Perhaps a hunk of ham with cabbage/potatoes/and carrots. Maybe a large chicken boiled and picked clean and some Mac & Cheese. Homemade Beef Stew is always a winning favorite in my home.

  • Smokey
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This Saturday (March 17th) will be St. Patrick's Day. Along with wearing green and drinking a lot of beer, many enjoy a traditional meal. I will be enjoying mine at a local restaurant.

Corned Beef with Cabbage, Potatoes, and Carrots is a favorite that I always look forward to. I've also prepared this meal in my own home with a large Slow Cooker. IMO, slow cooking a corned beef brisket is the best method as it yields meat that melts in your mouth.

Happy St. Patrick's Day !
I already cooked my corn beef and cabbage. It only takes 50 minutes of cooking time in my pressure cooker as compared to 12 hours for the same results in a slow cooker.
And it’s SOOOO GOOD!!!
  • Smokey
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Originally Posted by: Cheesey 

I already cooked my corn beef and cabbage. It only takes 50 minutes of cooking time in my pressure cooker as compared to 12 hours for the same results in a slow cooker.
And it’s SOOOO GOOD!!!

I'm not equipped, but perhaps you could share a photo some time of what a real feast looks like. [rock]
  • Smokey
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Spring is here !

The weather is right for relaxing on those Decks and/or Patios. For many that means grilling season is here again. I'd like to suggest a few of my grill favorites.
Grilled fresh Tuna
Bar-B-Que Chicken
Foil wrapped Shish Kabobs
Honey Grilled Pork Chops

Great Sides:
Pasta Salad
Baked Beans
Cubed Watermellon
Hush Puppies
Cole Slaw
Green Garden Salad

  • Smokey
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Fall is Football Season.

Lets talk a little about those Sunday football meals. Many will just let their wife or some other handle it.
However with a little pre-planning, you could make your Sunday even more special.

I like to plan ahead of time, buy the supplies needed, then I can enjoy my football games with my favorite foods. My Sunday menu this week includes the following:

Pulled Pork Bar-B-Que
Fresh Cole Slaw
Seasoned Baked Beans
Lays Potato Chips
Hamburger Rolls (for BBQ Sandwiches)
Ice Cold Miller High Life Beer (my favorite)
and for latter on Sunday night
Orange or Lime Sherbert

Whatever your having, have a great Sunday football meal !
I’m usually too nervous to eat during Packer games. Usually will just munch some kind of snack. Maybe chips or popcorn.
I eat after the game is over.
Last night I made some tenderloin, (our local Sentry store had it on sale for $6.77 a pound, plus 17% off of that! Can hardly buy good hamburger for that!) made it under my toaster oven broiler. And mashed taters and sweet corn. Yum!
I’m the cook in the family (my wife can cook, but she knows I really enjoy cooking so she lets me do it).
With what you are preparing for a game meal, I wish I could come over and dig into what you are cooking! Of course after a season of that, I’d weigh 300 pounds!😂
  • Smokey
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IMO, preparing a Sunday meal menu is more than fixing loads of food. As much as I look forward to enjoying football with with my favorite foods, storing the leftovers for another meal or two also plays a role in such a Sunday menu.

For me, small portions over the course of the entire Sunday as the games progress is the way to go. Loading up with one huge meal is sometimes the order of the day (Thanksgiving, Christmas, or if invited to dine at someone else's home), but for me at my home a BBQ sandwich with coleslaw on it may be all I'll eat during the first half of the 1st Sunday game and I'll drink my beers along through the day. By the middle of the 3rd qtr I may be ready to enjoy a small bowl of the Baked Beans and a handful of the Potato chips. By the end of the day/evening what food I've got leftover goes into the refrigerator next to the remaining coleslaw to be enjoyed as a future lunch or dinner. I have to live on a budget, and with that comes the need to not waste anything if it can be helped.

I'm already thinking ahead to week 3, I may go with a slow cooked Beef Stew (loaded with Potatoes,Carrots, & Onions) or Roast Chicken (prepared by my local grocery store) or I may go with Taco Salad Day (seasoned hamburger, chips, & loads of fixings). Of course there is always the not to be left out apple or peach or orange or etc. to help maintain a proper diet.

All this may sound like a ton of food, but if carefully planned, Sundays special fare can still be special for lunch on Wednesday too. Now if you will pardon me, there is a cold beer in my refrigerator that needs my personal attention. 😁
  • Smokey
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As the week 3 Sunday games approach, again I find myself pondering what game day treats I will wish to enjoy. Last weeks BBQ was fabulous, but I'd like to go in a different direction this week. Any friendly suggestions will be respectfully revued. I am currently thinking of maybe a chicken based casserole or perhaps a chicken based stew.


  • Smokey
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Chicken yes, but not a stew or casserole. My Week 3 Sunday menu will consist of the following:

Roast Chicken (a whole one prepared by my local grocer)
Hoagie Rolls
Provolone Cheese (sliced)
Lettuce,Tomato, & the full complement of desired Condiments
Potato Salad (from my grocer)
Pretzels & Cheddar Cheese Cubes
Ice Cold Miller High Life Beer

Enjoy your Sunday .
  • Smokey
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Week 4 of the season is upon us, so better late than never, here is my game day menu.

Ribeye Steak
Baked Potato
Sour Cream
Garden salad (choice of Dressing)
Ice Cold Miller High Life Beer
Red Delicious Apple

  • Smokey
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  • Smokey
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As Christmas draws near, some of us are involved in the Christmas feast. My family's feast will include the following.

Baked Ham
White Corn
Seasoned String Beans
Mashed Potatoes
Sourdough Rolls / Butter
Cranberry/Apple Salad

Apple Pie
Cherry Pie
Vanilla Ice Cream
Chocolate Cake

Merry Christmas
  • KRK
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  • Smokey
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Happy New Year

A happy new year, lets resolve to eat better as we also give more care to better nutrition.

The Super Bowl will be here before we know it, so let's try to help make those parties special and tasty.
While many serve "Delivery" Pizza, which is fine, others create a theme and serve a special fare. I can think of a few good party themes, can you ?

Cheese/Meat Trays
Create your own Chef Salad
Dogs and Burgers

What creative Ideas can you share ? [cheers]
  • Smokey
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Here are some more great SB Party ideas.

The Great Crock Pot of Chili
Bratwurst and Sauerkraut (and I like Baked Beans too)
Mushroom Gravy smothered Pork Chops / Buffet
The Variety Chicken Wing Buffet

Share your ideas too. 😁
  • KRK
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This doesn't sound or look good, but it is really tasty and perfect finger food for playoff and Super Bowl Parties: Its regrettably called "Dog Food" as that is what it looks like. One you make it, it will be a staple for all Parties, and an idiot can make it:
  • 1 lb of Ground Beef
  • 1 Large Tube of Tennessee Pride (Or Other) HOT Sausage
  • One Half Block of Velveeta Cheese
  • Cocktail Rye Bread (the little squares

  • Cook Up the Ground Beef and Pork Sausage
  • Drain Grease
  • Add the 1/2 Block of Velveeta Cheese
  • Cook up till cheese is thoroughly mixed in
  • Put a spoonful of cooked stuff on a the rye squares
  • Place Rye Square onto Cookie Sheet
  • Broil until you begin to get a small crisp (dark brown) layer on top of mix

Your guests will love it. Any you can make it in batches so you don't have to make it all at once
  • Smokey
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Great idea KRK !

Had an Aunt that used to make Sausage Puffs for their Grand Christmas Party. They were special too.
I also like the Crock Pot Meatballs in a thick Marinara Sauce.
I know one Gentleman that make a "Killer" 7 layer Tex-Mex Dip, non better with Tortilla Chips. Yumm !

Know a good Chili Recipe ?

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