Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Food – A Bit of This and Some of That

Back to one of my favorite topics…food.  Only travel ranks higher although great scenery and critter photos are also something I enjoy publishing.  Given that some of these ‘prepared’ food items were pandemic related…just looking for simple meals with little or no prep and clean up…I ask that you don’t become too judgmental.

I am our breakfast chef.  Laurie doesn’t fry anything, nor for that matter does she grill.  The other day I made our breakfast…something I do about once a week.  Laurie had bacon, 2 eggs over easy and buttered toast.  I used a leftover brat for my meat and married it with 2 over easy eggs and a slice of buttered rye toast.

I posted this stick to your ribs cool weather breakfast once already this year…but it is one of our favorites.  Quaker Oat Meal…not the instant type…with lots of butter, brown sugar, dried cranberries plus half and half milk.  It’s still heart healthy, isn’t it?

Still sticking with items that we actually cooked…no ready to heat eat items… Laurie slow cooked a beef pot roast with onions and we sided it with fresh steamed asparagus and mashed potatoes.  The potatoes are buried under that Heinz beef gravy. 

Now for some experimentation…a couple of ‘prepared’ food items.

How many of you have ever eaten Dinty Moore Beef Stew?  This canned product has been around for a long time and I remember it fondly from my college days.  I was always broke and looking for simple and cheap meals.  My standard dinners were 5 for a $1.00 pot pies.  I’d heat up two of them…mix them up with a small can of peas and I had a ‘balanced’ and filling meal

Dinty Moore Beef Stew was my special treat back in those days!  I’d have it once every week or two… So a couple of weeks ago I purchased a large can of this beef stew and we had it for dinner.  Laurie didn’t care for it…but I have to admit that I still found it very satisfying!  FYI, Dinty Moore Beef Stew has been around for 80 years!

Another evening and another ‘prepared’ meal experiment.  In our age group most of us have had a frozen chicken dinner, aka “TV dinner” back in the day.  So…on impulse one day, I picked up a couple of Hungry Man Selects Classic Fried Chicken Dinners.  To be honest, the potatoes were OK as was the little brownie.  The chicken was eatable even if the cuts weren’t all recognizable…and the corn was corn… This won’t be a repeat meal.

Once again we gave a prepared meal a try… This time it was Parla Wild Caught Lobster Ravioli that we’d spotted at Fresh Market.  Ingredients were…in this order…lobster knuckle and claw meat, caramelized onions, garlic, sherry and ricotta cheese.  We served it with melted butter, freshly shaved parmesan reggiano and pepper.  It was very good…and this from someone who isn’t a huge lobster fan.  Laurie is a fan and she gave it two thumbs up!

Parla sells some products on line but they also market 12 different products via stores like Fresh Market and Publix.  Based on our first experience, I’d be interested in trying their Italian Sausage Tortellini, Chicken Florentine and the Chicken and Spinach Ravioli.  To learn more about Parla products and places to buy them, go to https://parlapasta.com/.

Once again we ate food from Thai Bistro, a local restaurant that is only about 5 minutes from our house.  The difference is that for the first time in over a year, and having had our Covid-19 vaccinations, we actually ate in the restaurant!  I’ve written about the restaurant and their food before…but we’d never tried their Salmon Teriyaki. ($16.00) Laurie ordered it and it was excellent!  A nice portion of grilled salmon is served on a bed of cabbage, baby corn, onion, broccoli, carrots and mushrooms…then topped with a homemade teriyaki sauce.  It was very good indeed!

Thai Bistro is located at 222 Lakeside Plaza in Loudon Tennessee.  They are open for lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Sundays.  Phone: 865-657-6440.  Website: https://www.thaibistrotellico.net/.

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Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Stay Safe and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


  1. we are familiar with hungry-man... easy and instant.

    Dinty Moor beef stew sound appealing, we will find its in groceries.

    Have a wonderful day

  2. Would you believe, Dave, that despite that it has been around for longer than myself, I have never tried Dinty Moore beef stew. That said, we did try a couple of TV dinners during a get together with neighbors as a joke a couple of years ago. We liked them better in our younger days. I would opt for that lobster ravioli instead.

  3. Your egg breakfasts look very appealing and I considered Dinty Moore a treat when I was a kid. Glad to hear that Laurie can satisfy her lobster ravioli desires from home.

  4. Hi, I haven't had Dinty Moore Beef Stew in a jillion years!!!! ha... I remember those 'poor' days in college --and when our kids were young... My kids (even to this day) talk about all of the Tuna/Noodle meals and Pot Pies that they had back then.... ha ha

    We seldom eat out, and when we do, we have to travel for 'good' restaurants... Living in a small town has its advantages and disadvantages... ha

    We do cook though still --and don't eat anything out of a box. However, that lobster dish looked good.... We eat two meals a day --so our Brunch is usually a combo of a salad of some kind, OR our favorite breakfast meal, Omelets (filled with all kinds of meats/veggies). YUM.... Dinner is always some kind of entree with one cooked veggie plus several fresh ones.....We are in a routine --maybe a 'rut'.... ha ha

    We're gettting ready for that yucky cold front --and trying AGAIN to cover some of our young growth..... This has been the coolest spring I can remember!


  5. Yum!!!! Those eggs look delicious and now I'm drooling! And, yep! That oatmeal seems very heart healthy to me, woo hoo! Have to make mine next time with butter and half and half, love oatmeal. Beef stew of any kind gags me, but Bill would love the Dinty Moore, should buy it for him, maybe... I can't even get past the smell of it. Waiting not so patiently for warmer weather here and opening of more restaurants! Have a good rest of the week, take care.

  6. Eggs and bacon are definitely my kind of food. Lobster ravioli sounds and looks really amazing too. I have never seen Dinty Moore Beef Stew over here. It must be good or it won't exist for 80 years.