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St. Patick's Day Dinner Party
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Post# 450607   3/8/2022 at 09:14 (213 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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In celebration of Saint Patrick's Day, I normally have a dinner party with all the local vacuum cleaner collectors. This year is no exception.

This will be a continuing thread as the week progresses.

Have to dust off the vintage vacs that everyone will be enjoying. And do the grocery shopping. Corned Beef and cabbage, potatoes, veggies, Irish Soda Bread, and moist Coconut cake with green coconut to celebrate the season.

First, to do the grocery shopping.

I never go to the grocery store hungry. I made lunch for myself and my husband before we went to the store.

Turkey Bacon Cheeseburgers with sauteed onions imprisoned under the melted cheese on top of the burner. The secret is to use a cast iron skillet to get those crispy edges to the burner.


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Post# 450609 , Reply# 1   3/8/2022 at 09:17 (213 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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Grocery shopping all done. All carried in the house and put away.

Stomach growling, so we both decided to have Mexican food at Frida's Cantina and Grill. We ate from the lunch menu, and it was just enough.

I had the Fajitas Taco Salad, and Donnie had the chicken burrito with Ranchero sauce and rice. Such good food, and the waiter is the best.


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Post# 450610 , Reply# 2   3/8/2022 at 09:21 (213 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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Watching Dolly hand out the ACM country music awards, I made a little something for dinner. Starting the prep work on the St. Patrick's Dinner on Saturday, I also decided to whip up some dinner for Donnie.

I made a pork chop breaded in Panko with Parm and Garlic, then chicken fried it. A creamy gravy of onions and mushrooms smothered the chop and the yellow smashed potatoes with skin on. Steamed Broccoli and homemade Parker House rolls with real butter filled out the dish.

Can't wait until Saturday for the dinner party. 12 local collectors, and 1 new one to introduce to everyone.


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Post# 450626 , Reply# 3   3/9/2022 at 08:32 (212 days old) by Dysonman1 (the county)        

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Corned Beef Sure has gotten expensive lately.

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Post# 450627 , Reply# 4   3/9/2022 at 08:33 (212 days old) by Dysonman1 (the county)        

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What a good looking brisket. My guests are going to love it.

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Post# 450628 , Reply# 5   3/9/2022 at 08:52 (212 days old) by parunner58 (Davenport, FL)        

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Tom at Publix here in Florida that would have been almost $35 or more. For some reason corned beef is very expensive here. I have not gone to the store this week, hopefully they may be cheaper. How do you cook yours? I have been using my Instant Pot, with onions and the spice packet, then when its done cook the cabbage for a few minutes. Or everything in the crock pot all day. I make mashed potatoes with mine, family prefers them.


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Post# 450629 , Reply# 6   3/9/2022 at 09:09 (212 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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That is such a cool instant pot.

We are going to do our Corned Beef the old-fashioned way. Marinate it in Irish beer overnight, then low and slow in the oven. I serve it with cabbage and small potatoes among many other sides.


Post# 450630 , Reply# 7   3/9/2022 at 10:19 (212 days old) by Dysonman1 (the county)        

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You can’t have St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage without the cabbage.

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Post# 450633 , Reply# 8   3/9/2022 at 11:01 (212 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I picked up a corned beef brisket at Aldi last week for just under $10. I usually do it in the slow cooker with carrots, celery, potatoes, and the spice packet of course. I'm just not a big fan of cabbage, except in cole slaw.

Post# 450636 , Reply# 9   3/9/2022 at 15:24 (211 days old) by Dysonman1 (the county)        

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I’m not a big fan of cooked cabbage either. I like it once a year with the corned beef and cabbage, and of course I love it in coleslaw. I have a wonderful recipe for South Carolina coleslaw, which is red. It’s called “barbecued coleslaw“, except there is no barbecue sauce in it at all. I’ve had it at a number of different barbecue restaurants in South Carolina, and my good friend Hans Craig gave me the recipe for it.

I love cooking the carrots and the small potatoes with the corned beef in the oven. I have to work until 2 o’clock the day of the dinner party, so the oven is going to be my friend.


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Post# 450689 , Reply# 10   3/11/2022 at 21:38 (209 days old) by Dysonman1 (the county)        

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Adam came to help with the cooking. While I was baking, he decided to run the Kirby. It is a model 519 restored into the colors of a tradition. It is beautiful.

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Post# 450690 , Reply# 11   3/11/2022 at 21:42 (209 days old) by Dysonman1 (the county)        

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Of course, he also had to bring the Legend 2. Look at that gorgeous shine. No blue gloves required.

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Post# 450695 , Reply# 12   3/12/2022 at 07:35 (209 days old) by Dysonman1 (the county)        
The more the merrier

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Adam came over to help with the cooking. Our wonderful Irish day begins on Saturday. I’m feeling this season. We decided to have some dinner, a break from all the cooking prep, and made some “lunch lady“ pizza, just like you got in high school. With spicy Italian sausage and Imo’s pizza sauce along with provel cheese. Provel cheese is only found on St. Louis style pizza, I don’t think it’s used anywhere else in the world. It was better than high school. No ghosts in this house.

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Post# 450702 , Reply# 13   3/12/2022 at 11:25 (209 days old) by Dysonman1 (the county)        

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Adam working on a G5 Kirby. Thank you so much for all of your help at the shop today.

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Post# 450711 , Reply# 14   3/12/2022 at 18:12 (208 days old) by Dysonman1 (the county)        

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Kyle trying out a Clean Obsessed canister. That was the machine that won the cleaning contest at the vacuum cleaner collectors convention in September of last year.

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Post# 450713 , Reply# 15   3/12/2022 at 18:16 (208 days old) by Dysonman1 (the county)        

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Showing everyone the amazing Aura CleanMax. In many ways, I like it better than the rainbow.

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Post# 450720 , Reply# 16   3/13/2022 at 08:14 (208 days old) by Dysonman1 (the county)        

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Getting dinner going. Adding the carrots and the potatoes to the beef. Low and slow.

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Post# 450737 , Reply# 17   3/14/2022 at 05:23 (207 days old) by luxz80 (England)        

Lovin the tradition blue kirby!!! I have always liked original colors when these models get a refurb but when parts are not in stock anymore that can be hard to do. The tradition blue however looks great on the older models.

I would love to have one one day. Having lived in Fla for 22 yrs I miss the American models I grew up with even though this one came out way before me. My mom's best friend had one simmilar to this. Hers had the red belt lifter. Kirby has always bee my favourite. I miss the sound. I have to go to youtube to hear since I don't have one.


Post# 450741 , Reply# 18   3/14/2022 at 10:28 (207 days old) by Dysonman1 (the county)        

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I agree. And this one, in tradition blue, is just stunning. Adam does such good work.

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Post# 450757 , Reply# 19   3/15/2022 at 08:11 (206 days old) by Dysonman1 (the county)        

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Adam made the lemonade for everyone to enjoy.

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Post# 450768 , Reply# 20   3/15/2022 at 11:18 (206 days old) by Dysonman1 (the county)        

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The carrots and the new potatoes turned out so good. They were gobbled up.

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Post# 450780 , Reply# 21   3/15/2022 at 17:00 (205 days old) by Dysonman1 (the county)        

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The whole table looks so pretty, and everything tasted so good.

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Post# 450788 , Reply# 22   3/15/2022 at 19:37 (205 days old) by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
"Just...Wow..."

"The whole table looks so pretty, and everything tasted so good." Everything does look so good and that #3 pic of the brisket just jumps off the page! I could almost taste it.

Do you ever make lemonade by simmering sliced lemons first or wedges I should say? I hear it's popular in the south. Makes for a more intense flavor.

I've been wanting to "do a blue" Kirby using a 500 series model for some time and seeing yours that Adam was using convinces me I really should. Thanks for sharing your day with us!



Post# 450806 , Reply# 23   3/16/2022 at 15:50 (204 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        
Bill

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That Kirby is stunning and has so much airflow. It will lift the rug off the floor when you tip the machine. Adam did a fabulous job restoring it.

Post# 450851 , Reply# 24   3/18/2022 at 13:18 (203 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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I decided to use the good china for this mini-meet. I consider all the folks who come to my dinner party to be good, true friends. If it was, say, a vacuum cleaner collectors convention I would use Chinet and Solo cups so I could clean up with my forearm into a Glad cinch sack bag.




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