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Billowing Clouds of Smoke

I made a quick loaf of beer bread tonight.  Chicken sandwiches on warm, fresh bread just sounded good.  And trust me, it was.  I thin-sliced the chicken breasts and  marinated them in a bit of olive oil, garlic, Tabasco, and Dale’s Seasoning.  Into a hot skillet they went until browned and cooked through.  Slices of warm bread, mayo, tomato and lettuce.  Real simple, real basic, real good.

But the billowing clouds of smoke nearly drove us out doors.

The beer bread recipe calls for pouring some melted butter on top of the dough before baking.  Some of it always manages to make its way down to the bottom of the oven and smoke a bit.

Tonight, a LOT of it made it down to the bottom of the already-not-that-clean oven.  It smoked a lot.

And silly me…  I turned the oven up to cook the fries.

Billowing clouds of smoke.  So much smoke, in fact, that I had to open every single window and turn on the ceiling fan in hope of blowing it away.  I’m surprised the neighbors didn’t call the Fire Department.  Then, again, it’s not like they’ve never seen it before…

So the oven is being cleaned right now.  I’m at the opposite end of the house and I can smell it.

When you’re good, you’re good.

Speaking of a weeks worth of dinners, we ate well this week.  i just didn’t write about it.  I had a few other projects going on and just didn’t make the time to write and post.  But I took pictures!  here goes:

We went to Morocco one night…  A Moroccan beef with figs and a Moroccan rice.  Sweet and spicy.

We had some sauce left from Sunday Dinner, so I made a variation on a chicken parmesan.  Under the layer of melted fresh mozzarella is sauce and the last of the fried peppers and roasted garlic we made a while back. m Polenta on the side with fresh carrots and leeks.  I need to get more peppers.  Those really rocked!

And last night there was a filet roast with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes and cauliflower au gratin.  I came really close to making a shepherd’s pie for dinner tonight with the leftovers.  The house probably would not have filled with quite as mush smoke if I had…  Then, again… ya never quite know with me…

The cauliflower last night was really good, too. (And probably contributed to tonights smoke.)

We will have a nice, clean oven in just a few hours.

Tomorrow I think I’ll roast a chicken.  I should be able to contain it in one pan.

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