Thursday, July 16, 2009

Panoramic photo of the backyard

Canon PowerShot A570 ISWe got our new camera, a Canon PowerShot A570 IS, over a year ago. I am now reading the user's guide.

It turns out you can stitch sequential photos together and make a long, panoramic picture. I tried it in the backyard. Here is the link to it. When you get there use your mouse on the slider at the bottom of the picture to move left and right.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

We Give Emeril Another Chance

A few weeks ago I reported here about our trip to New Orleans and a sad return visit to Emeril Lagasse's NOLA Restaurant. I believe I said it had become a tourist trap.

Emeril's Gulf Coast Fish House, Gulfport, MississippiA few days ago we drove over to Biloxi, Mississippi to spend a night at the Isle of Capri Casino. For lunch we went to nearby Gulfport to eat at Emeril’s Gulf Coast Fish House, in the Island View Casino.

We were pleased to find that Emeril's special touch was alive and well in Gulfport. From the fresh cornbread at the start to the caramelized lemon meringue pie everything was a hit.

We started off with the gumbo of the day -- seafood gumbo. It was shrimp and oyster gumbo in a rich, dark roux with lots of shrimps and lots of oysters. Best of all the oysters hadn't been simmering in the broth all morning. Apparently they were added just before serving -- they weren't so much cooked as warmed through. This made them soft and delicate and one step from raw. A nice homemade touch.

Jack had his favorite main course, buttermilk battered fried chicken breast on a bed of mashed bourbon sweet potatoes with green beans, and I had the grilled chicken on a salad of baby spinach and pecans with a light brown sugar and bacon vinaigrette.

We ended up with the lemon and vanilla bean tart with thick meringue browned under the salamander and topped with a drizzle of fresh-made caramel sauce.

It was a wonderful meal and now if they can just get NOLA back on track...

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

What's for dinner tonight? Part 6

Menu: Chef's Table Dinner, Emerald Princess 12/4/2008
[Click on the menu to see a larger and more readable image.]

Two questions come up almost every day: "What do you want to eat tonight?" and "What haven't we had lately?"

To help us answer these questions I have kept a log of our evening meals since Saturday, January 27, 2007. That night we ate BBQ baby back ribs and Nassau Grits.

Eventually the list became too long so I broke it up into six-month segments:
January through June, 2007
July through December, 2007
January through June, 2008
July through December, 2008
January through June, 2009

Please leave me a comment and tell me what you are eating tonight.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 -- crab cakes with shrimp fried rice
Thursday, July 2 -- bacon burgers with oven fried potato wedges
Friday, July 3 -- BBQ ribs, hot dogs, potato salad

Saturday, July 4 -- Kung Pao chicken, steamed rice, green beans
Sunday, July 5 -- beefy baked beans, cornpones
Monday, July 6 -- lunch at Emeril’s Gulf Coast Fish House, Gulfport, Mississippi; sandwiches at Boomtown Casino, Biloxi, for supper
Tuesday, July 7 -- leftover Kung Pao chicken
Wednesday, July 8 -- takeout from Sonny's BBQ
Thursday, June 9 -- BBQ baby back ribs, corn on the cob, butter beans
Friday, July 10 -- Panko-crusted red snapper, mango salsa, mashed potatoes, fried corn

Saturday, July 11 -- charcoal grilled steaks, Rösti potatoes
Sunday, July 12 -- KFC, biscuits, cole slaw
Monday, July 13 -- hamburger Stroganoff, noodles, green peas
Tuesday, July 14 -- roast beef po'boy sandwiches from Jerry's Cajun Cafe & Market take-out
Wednesday, July 15 -- bacon burgers, corn and tomato salad
Thursday, July 16 -- lunch at the Creek Indians' Wind Creek Casino in Atmore, Alabama; snacks for supper
Friday, July 17 -- Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, carrots

Saturday, July 18 -- tenderloin steaks wrapped in bacon, baby asparagus, Sauce Béarnaise, steamed rice
Sunday, July 19 -- takeout from Sonny's BBQ
Monday, July 20 -- Chinese beef, peppers and noodles, fried sweet corn
Tuesday, July 21 -- chicken fried steak, country gravy, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach
Wednesday, July 22 -- Northern Fried Chicken, sweet & sour sauce, rice, gravy
Thursday, July 23 -- burgers with Vichyssoise
Friday, July 24 -- Lloyd's BBQ Beef sandwiches, rice and black beans

Saturday, July 25 -- chicken and dumplings, cornbread
Sunday, July 26 -- takeout from Sonny's BBQ
Monday, July 27 -- grilled N.Y. strip steak with herb and shallot butter, and Rösti potatoes
Tuesday, July 28 -- Taco salad
Wednesday, July 29 -- Lunch at Miller's Pensacola Ale House; snacks for supper
Thursday, July 30 -- BBQ baby back ribs, mashed potatoes, cream-style corn
Friday, July 31 -- Kung Pao chicken, steamed rice, green beans

Saturday, August 1, 2009 -- charcoal grilled beef and veggie kababs
Sunday, August 2 -- burgers and soup
Monday, August 3 -- leftover Kung Pao chicken, fried rice
Tuesday, August 4 -- homemade lasagna
Wednesday, August 5 -- takeout from Sonny's BBQ
Thursday, August 6 -- leftovers
Friday, August 7 -- burgers, field peas

Saturday, August 8 -- bacon-wrapped filet steaks, Rösti potatoes
Sunday, August 9 -- KFC, biscuits, cole slaw
Monday, August 10 -- Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, peas
Tuesday, August 11 -- Coronation Chicken, fresh corn on the cob, fruit salad
Wednesday, August 12 -- shrimp dinner at the Pensacola Yacht Club hosted by past commodore Billy Daughdrill
Thursday, August 13 --lunch at Jesse's Restaurant, Magnolia Springs, Alabama; quesadillas for supper
Friday, August 14 -- Gulf shrimps with Emeril's Remoulade Sauce, fried corn and green onions

Saturday, August 15 -- takeout from Sonny's BBQ
Sunday, August 16 -- Oven-roasted filet steaks with a crusting of Dijon mustard and Panko, Brabant potatoes, creamed spinach
Monday, August 17 -- bacon burgers, pico de gallo, corn chips
Tuesday, August 18 -- Lunch at the neighborhood La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant; bacon and eggs for supper
Wednesday, August 19 -- Kung Pao chicken, steamed rice, green beans
Thursday, August 20 -- BBQ baby back ribs and Nassau Grits (grits from North Carolina's historic Lakeside Mills)
Friday, August 21 -- leftover Kung Pao chicken, fried rice

Saturday, August 22 -- Gaucho Steaks, Border Grill-style, with twice baked potatoes
Sunday, August 23 -- crab cakes, potato salad
Monday, August 24 -- takeout from Sonny's BBQ
Tuesday, August 25 -- dinner at Bonefish Grill
Wednesday, August 26 -- leftovers
Thursday, August 27 -- Ken in Maine until September 1, visiting his family; Jack fended for himself regarding meals

Tuesday, September 1 -- takeout from Sonny's BBQ
Wednesday, September 2 -- N.Y. strip steak marinated in roasted garlic olive oil, Sauce Béarnaise, Rösti potatoes
Thursday, September 3 -- Chicken Cordon Bleu, steamed spinach with garlic
Friday, September 4 -- Burgers, fresh corn, green beans

Saturday, September 5 -- Pizza from Cici's
Sunday, September 6 -- beef and red onion kababs, grilled cherry tomatoes, steamed rice
Monday, September 7 -- chicken salad Helen Hayes, tossed salad, corn pones
Tuesday, September 8 -- spaghetti with meat sauce
Wednesday, September 9 -- takeout from Sonny's BBQ
Thursday, September 10 -- grilled chicken on noodles Alfredo, corn
Friday, September 11 -- Chicken fried steak, country gravy, mashed potatoes, speckled butter beans

Saturday, September 12 -- lobster bisque, James Beard's Quiche Lorraine (made with Nueske's Bacon)
Sunday, September 13 -- Northern Fried Chicken, curry mayo dipping sauce, potato salad
Monday, September 14 -- leftovers
Tuesday, September 15 -- burgers with tortilla chips and salsa
Wednesday, Spetember 16 -- Bill D's birthday dinner: roast beef, noodles, gravy, broccoli with Hollandaise sauce, birthday cake and ice cream
Thursday, September, 17 -- meatballs, country gravy, rice, carrots
Friday, September 18 -- Lunch takeout from Jarry's Cajun Cafe; bacon and eggs for supper

Saturday, September 19 -- Jesse's Whiskey Steaks, Rösti potatoes
Sunday, September 20 -- chicken and shrimp gumbo, rice, corn pones
Monday, September 21 -- tacos with all the fixins'
Tuesday, September 22 -- chicken croquettes, mashed potatoes, cream sauce
Wednesday, September 23 -- burgers, noodle casserole
Thursday, September 24 -- lunch at Whistling Squirrel Whistle Stop Cafe; snacks for supper
Friday, September 25 -- Kung Pao chicken, steamed rice, green beans

Saturday, September 26 -- takeout from Sonny's BBQ
Sunday, September 27 -- left over Kung Pao chicken, fried rice, green beans
Monday, September 28 -- N.Y. strip steak, Sauce Béarnaise, baked potato
Tuesday, September 29-- Chicken a la King, rice, corn
Wednesday, September 30 -- BBQ ribs, Rösti potatoes, green peas
Thursday, October 1, 2009 -- Lunch at Miller's Pensacola Ale House; burgers for supper
Friday, October 2 -- Chinese Pie, brown gravy

Saturday, October 3 -- beef and red onion kababs, grilled veggies, steamed rice
Sunday, October 4 -- chicken pot pies
Monday, October 5 -- burgers, corn casserole
Tuesday, October 6 -- takeout from Sonny's BBQ
Wednesday, October 7 -- roast chicken, rice, gravy
Thursday, October 8 -- see Sarasota Trip Notes for Oct. 8 to Oct 12, 2009 for meals on the road
Friday, October 9 -- ditto

Saturday, October 10 -- ditto
Sunday, October 11 -- ditto
Monday, October 12 -- back home: bacon, eggs and toast for supper
Tuesday, October 13 -- Kung Pao Chicken, steamed rice, green beans, peanuts
Wednesday, October 14 -- burgers and salad
Thursday, October 15 -- leftover Kung Pao Chicken, fried rice
Friday, October 16 -- pot roast, mashed potatoes, succotash

Saturday, October 17 -- potato & bacon soup, chicken salad on baby greens, home made Italian ranch dressing
Sunday, October 18 -- bacon-wrapped filet steaks au poivre, Rösti potatoes
Monday, October 19 -- scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese grits, toast and strawberry jam
Tuesday, October 20 -- dentistry for Ken; light supper for Jack
Wednesday, October 21 -- soft food for Ken; bacon burger with lettuce and tomato for Jack
Thursday, October 22 -- lunch at Whistling Squirrel Whistle Stop Cafe; snacks for supper
Friday, October 23 -- Chinese pie, gravy

Saturday, October 24 -- NY strip steak, Sauce Béarnaise, baked potato, creamed spinach
Sunday, October 25 -- takeout from Sonny's BBQ
Monday, October 26 -- left overs
Tuesday, October 27 -- crab bisque, crab cakes, tossed salad
Wednesday, October 28 -- bacon burgers, salad, Tater Tots
Thursday, October 29 -- beef pot roast, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy
Friday, October 30 -- BBQ ribs, corn pones, cole slaw

Saturday, October 31 -- lunch at Logan's Roadhouse; burgers for supper
Sunday, November 1, 2009 -- roast beef, gravy, Noodles Mary Westbrook, asparagus, Sauce Béarnaise
Monday, November 2 -- Kung Pao Chicken, steamed rice, green beans, peanuts
Tuesday, November 3 -- lunch at Morrison's Cafeteria in Mobile, Alabama; dinner at Anthony's Under the Oaks, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Wednesday, November 4 -- KFC
Thursday, November 5 -- leftover Kung Pao Chicken, fried rice
Friday, November 6 -- takeout from Sonny's BBQ

Saturday, November 7 -- bacon-wrapped filet steaks with cracked black pepper and tarragon butter, baked potato
Sunday, November 8 -- bacon burgers
Monday, November 9 -- chicken curry, green beans with ham
Tuesday, November 10, -- hamburger Stroganoff, noodles, corn
Wednesday, November 11 -- shrimp and chicken gumbo and stuffed crabs from Ocean Galley Seafood
Thursday, November 12 -- Subway sandwiches
Friday, November 13 -- beef kababs, grilled veggies, steamed rice

Saturday, November 14 -- pork chops, butter beans with ham, mashed potatoes, gravy
Sunday, November 15 -- BBQ ribs, cheese grits
Monday, November 16 -- sandwiches
Tuesday, November 17 -- bacon burgers, tomatoes, potato au gratin
Wednesday, November 18 -- lunch at CJ's Kitchen & Grille, Pensacola; soup for supper
Thursday, November 19 -- steak, fries, Sauce Béarnaise
Friday, November 20 -- pork stir fry, garlic beef, steamed rice, green beans

Saturday, November 21 -- Prime rib at Pensacola Yacht Club for Kim's birthday, hosted by Billy, thank you very much
Sunday, November 22 -- chicken salad, potato salad
Monday, November 23 -- Chinese Pie
Tuesday, November 24 -- oven-fried chicken, rice, gravy
Wednesday, November 25 -- lunch at La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant; sandwiches for supper
Thursday, November 26 -- Thanksgiving Dinner at Bill and Maria's
Friday, November 27 -- takeout from Sonny's BBQ

Saturday, November 28 to Friday, December 11 -- road food and cruise food, drove to and from Fort Lauderdale, took 10-day Caribbean cruise

Friday, December 11 -- tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches

Saturday, December 12 -- Baby back ribs
Sunday, December 13 -- burgers
Monday, December 14 -- steak and Rösti potatoes
Tuesday, December 15 -- beef stew and biscuits
Wednesday, December 16 -- chicken and dumplings, Southern-style
Thursday, December 17 -- shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, cheese grits
Friday, December 18 -- lunch at Whistling Squirrel Whistle Stop Cafe; snacks for supper

Saturday, December 19 -- turkey fry at Kim's lots of turkey and party food
Sunday, December 20 -- steak, garlic butter sauce and mashed potatoes
Monday, December 21 -- Kung Pao Chicken, steamed rice, bean spouts, peanuts
Tuesday, December 22 -- smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, scallions, toast points
Wednesday, December 23 -- fried rice, left over Kung Pao Chicken
Thursday, December 24 -- Christmas Eve lunch at Jackson's on Jack
Friday, December 25 -- Christmas Dinner with Maria, Bill, Kate and Katherine

Saturday, December 26 -- Burgers
Sunday, December 27 -- left over turkey, stuffing, gravy. rice, cranberry sauce, corn pudding
Monday December 28 -- Roast chicken, cream gravy, twice-baked mini Red Bliss potatoes, green beans
Tuesday, December 29 -- lunch at Miller's Ale House; pancakes with bacon and Maine maple syrup for supper
Wednesday, December 30 -- chicken pot pies, mashed sweet potatoes
Thursday, December 31 -- taco salad

Please leave a comment with a menu suggestion. Thanks!