I'm STILL a self confessing, self professing know-it-all, or so I think!

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leftover lasagna pics

Musta been the incessant criticism, poking fun from Tiffany K. …  she was somewhat relentless with it too … prompted me to include updated pics, lol!! Do I have a complex or what, lol? She was questioning the lone wolf mushroom sitting atop the lasagna … I kinda liked the presentation. Hey, voice yer thoughts in the comment box on my blog I told her!! Nobody has special privileges, personally discussing content, danistrulytheman’s intent!! Oh yeah … today’s version included cheesy ooey-gooey garlic buns too … hey, I’m only human, lol!!

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My healthy lasagna!!

My first foray into something like this … kinda scared to even try it, lol!! Honestly am very excited … NEVER before would have even considered it … I’m all about the authenticity, great flavours, great taste!! Finishing off a tub of fat free cottage cheese for breakfast recently, inspired me … thought I’d google its benefits … WOW are they plenty … found a lasagna recipe using it too. See, to me that’s fucking blasphemous, lol!! Cottage cheese in a lasagna?? Well, set my mind in motion, decided right then and there to make a low-fat version using a whole wheat (fibre rich) pasta in the process. Actually it’s Catelli … haven’t used Catelli in a coon’s age … fuck, haven’t SAID Catelli, lol!! Sorry, I make no excuses either … but I’m a high-falutin-Italian-pasta-buying-foodie, lol!! Sauce is my famous homemade version sans minced beef … subbed with lean ground veal instead … more healthy choices, lol. Oven roasted cremini mushrooms and garlic round out the dish!! NO mozzarella, NO provolone, NO ricotta, NO parmigiano reggiano (ok, just a sprinkling after taking it outta the oven … shhhhhAND only for presentation, picture taking purposes, I AM an artist after all, lol), NO romano lupa, NO garlic bread too!! CHRIST … what the fuck am I thinking … no garlic bread?? Now that ain’t right 😉

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my steak ‘n eggs take

Had some leftover BBQ’d Angus striploin steak that I bought from Fortinos recently … sliced it thickly, tightly foiled it, and threw into the oven just to warm it throughout. Made my 5 egg omelette stuffed with provolone, emmenthal, mushrooms and hot peppers. Served with Thomas’ English Muffins (the BEST … and much more expensive than the other common brands, but I’m worth it, lol 😉 ), and Bob’s your fucking uncle!!


2 years … and a day!!

A few weeks ago noticed that my two year blogging anniversary was around the corner. Meant to acknowledge it yesterday, but it slipped my mind … oh well, now I’m officially into my third year, lol. Not counting this post, my total posts stood at 500 … right on the fucking money, 493 published, some drafts, a couple trashed … not bad for a couple years worth eh? And now I’m at 501 … the orignal Levi’s number!! 😉

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Mile High Club!!

Get yer minds outta the gutter, lol!! perhaps I shouldda said “My Mile High Club” … or ‘Burger’, lol!! I mean that’s a sky-scraping tall burger … believe me, was hard wrapping my mouth ’round it … and hate to admit it, but I polished off the deuce (piggy-piggy, lol). Had leftover tzatziki, and Dodonis Feta so I did it greek-ish style …’cept I included grilled portobello mushroom caps!! You can see the juiciness oozing from the patties …

… and while I’m at it, am including my leftover spaghetti & meatball lasagna/casserole creation that I baked (and its serving presentation), no sense making a separate blog entry. Sliced the meatballs, added sautéed mushrooms, topped with provolone, and butter fried sage from my garden … beautiful touch, wouldn’t you say?

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Well I think it’s fine building jumbo planes

Or taking a ride on a cosmic train
Switch on summer from a slot machine

Well you roll on roads over fresh green grass
For your lorry loads pumping petrol gas
And you make them long, and you make them tough
But they just go on and on, and it seems that you can’t get off

But tell me where do the children play?

Well you’ve cracked the sky, scrapers fill the air
Will you keep on building higher
’til there’s no more room up there?
Will you make us laugh, will you make us cry?
Will you tell us when to live, will you tell us when to die?

I know we’ve come a long way
We’re changing day to day
But tell me where do the children play?

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… in my haste!!

Was in such a rush trying to post on FB to pleez-my-peepsAND was in a rush trying to feed the troops (ok ok, so troops are only Tiffany K. and danistrulytheman, lol), not sure I selected the best pic?! Think I prefer this one … although the one I showed the salivating hungry-heifers has its merits, lol!!

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coming in a mess, going out in style

step off a train, all alone at dawn
back into the hole where I was born
sun in the sky, never raised an eye to me

there’s blood on the tracks, and they must be mine
fool on the hill, and I feel fine
don’t look back, ’cause you know what you might see

look into the wall of my mind’s eye
I think I know, but I don’t know why
questions of the answers you might need

I ain’t good lookin’, but I’m someone’s child
no one can give me the air that’s mine to breathe

I don’t really care for what you believe

I met my maker, I made him cry
and on my shoulder, he asked me why
as people won’t fly through the storm
I said listen up now, we don’t even know you’re born

so open up your fist and you will receive
the thoughts and the words of every man you’ll meet

get up off the floor of the leaving line
no one’s ever gonna ever ask you twice
get all the fuss and bring it all home to me

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Post Labour Day Dinner!!

Ain’t gonna share many words with this one, will let the pics do the talking!! That’s my good man Morretti’s homemade Mason jarred tomato sauce. Added Cirio fillets for contrasting funky-chunky texture pizzazz!! Pasta is from Williams-Sonoma, a 500g (1lb.) dried pasta package of, yeah shit’s CRAZY expensive … to put it into perspective you can buy the same amount on sale here (obviously not the same quality), for 69¢ … who’s the big dummy now, lol!! Cast iron plate crusted meatballs done on my Weber, almost giving a deep fried effect. Note the purposely darkened meatballs lose-their-hue when soaked&slowly-simmered in sauce. Umm what else, Ace Bakery rosemary focaccia, Pecorino Romano … and the prerequisite glasses of Remole!! Goodbye summer, hello fall … a great reason & reintroduction for a stick-to-yer-ribs meal with my Tiffany K. … call it danistrulytheman’s-exorbitantly-expensive-spaghetti AND meatballs (my OWN recipe btw), lol!! Geez, MORE words, plus SO many pics (10), if this post don’t illicit a response? … pshaw, I give up!!

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64 ounces of Canadian AAA Rib Steaks!!

Aged 21 days … we must be in carnivore heaven!! My local butcher opened a whole cryovaced loin, cut it to my size specs … two-inch-two-pounders, and let me choose the best of the three he cut!! Aren’t I special, lol? That’s some serious danistrulytheman love!! Not gonna be too descripitve today, let the pics do the talking … oh, sorry no butcher wrap raw steaks either … was working in the kitchen, completely slipped my mind. I served it with French Blue Cheese, and grilled ciabatta garlic bread (no pics of that either … my bad)!!

A few minutes on my grill …

A few minutes more, NOW we’re talking …

Charred & Glazed beauties (Tiffany K.’s secret BBQ sauce) …

Pink2Perfection … sliced with my trusty Henckel Twin Four Star

Cremini mushrooms, and roasted Sweet Hungarian Peppers (wish I took pics of the blackened peppers before I scraped off the skin, damn … looked fucking awesome!!) …