Sunday, December 30, 2018

Cheesecake Pudding Cups - #WW

I haven't said much, I know so unlike me! BUT...November 6th, 2018 I joined WW formerly known as Weight Watchers. I'm doing really well and proud of myself for sticking with it.
My struggle? Sugar! And not my kitty...although he can be a royal pain when he wants to be. Sugar as in the white stuff, the sweet treat to my tummy.
Solution? Come up with sugar free treats or desserts that don't make me feel deprived but also fall in line with my low oxalate WOE per my doctor. NOW that is a challenge! 
Now I know that dessert is not a NEED but...oh who am I kidding? YES IT IS! So, I need to stick with the program. Not just the #WW program but also the low oxalate program. My health and life depend on it.
So I made these little goodies. 
These cups can be filled with sweet or savory items. Light and flaky they feel very indulgent but you won't break the bank on points with WW or calories. You can purchase them at any grocery store in the frozen food aisle. 

Cheesecake pudding cups
1 package of sugar free pudding in cheesecake flavor
fresh black berries
1 package of Phyllo cups

I prepared the pudding with 1 3/4 cup milk instead of 2 cups. Let it set, then spooned it into the cups, popped a blackberry on top. DONE
3 cups is 3 points but it satisfied my sweet tooth

Friday, December 21, 2018

Cherry Bourbon Glazed Pork and FOTW

It's almost Christmas y'all!!! Are you ready? Gifts purchased, wrapped and under the tree? Cards sent out? Baking done? House cleaned for guest arriving any day now? NO?? What are you waiting on?
We will not be going anywhere this year for Christmas but my oldest (adopted son) will be joining us. First time in...gosh no idea. We will go to my husband's sister's house on the 22nd. Jesse's birthday is the 23rd and then it's Christmas. However, like every year since he was born. We celebrated Jesse's birthday early. This way he doesn't feel jipped on Christmas. We actually went out on the 15th. He enjoyed one of his favorites...sushi. eww but it wasn't my birthday.
PS: This is the last issue of FOTW for 2018. No worries, it will be here in 2019. The third Friday of each month.
Remember to visit my blogging pals and see what's been happening in their neck of the woods so to speak.

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 4 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In A Tornado        
Menopausal Mother           
Never Ever Give Up Hope  
Spatulas on Parade         

We went to MS for Thanksgiving and enjoyed time with our youngest son, his family, our oldest went with us. We really enjoyed our time and fell in love with the Gulf Coast, especially the shrimp!

My darling husband purchased new iPhones for us. That also meant that our son got D old phone. Also, new numbers for Jesse and myself. 
So my son is at work, he sends me a text...let me know when you're here. I replied that his dad was picking him up. Next I get a text photo. LOL a screen shot from my son.
J:Text me when you're here
D:Who is this?
J: Your son
D: Oh, I'm outside

My wonderfully talented hubby recovered my office chair.

Sad conversation at our house...
Me: Where's the remote?
D: I don't know
Me: Are you sitting on it?
D: What? No
Me: Stand up
D: ARE YOU kidding?
Me: No
D: grunt, huff and puff... See no remote
Me: get up walk across the room
D: looking for this (holds up the remote)
Me: where was it?
D: where YOU were sitting
Me: oh
D: laughs
Me: hush!

I watched Michael Symon make this dish on The Chew before it went off the air. I saw the episode last year. I decided then and there I was making that and I did, like a couple of days later. How in the world I have forgotten to post this I don't know. BUT it would make a lovely Christmas dinner! I might just do that.
I did not do a rake of pork like he did, instead I did boneless center thick cut chops. A little salt and fresh cracked pepper, pan sauteed in butter, the sauce on top, green beans, some bread, Mmm! Dang it was good.
Here is the glaze recipe as I did it.

Cherry whiskey/bourbon glaze
1 cup bourbon (or your favorite whiskey)
1 orange, juiced and 2 peels reserved
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 TBSP sugar
2 cups cherries pitted, I found mine at Aldi in a jar, no sugar but you could use fresh
1 TBSP unsalted butter
salt and fresh cracked pepper
In a small sauce pot over medium heat, add bourbon, orange juice and peel, vinegar, and sugar. Cook about 10 minutes. add cherries, salt and pepper. Cook until cherries are tender and the sauce thickens so about 20 minutes. Throw peel out and stir in butter. Pour over your pork roast or chops whichever you choose to top. Last drizzle with a little good quality olive oil.
BAM! Delicious 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Arrzo Con Pollo

We live in a highly populated Hispanic and Latino community. Which to me is wonderful because I am a big foodie and love Mexican, Spanish, Cuban and other foods. We are very blessed with tons of restaurants, markets and little shops all over.
Each week I go to my friendly butcher/market and rarely I can converse with anyone there, but I know what I'm looking for and head straight for it.
What you ask, the meat counter.
They have a great meat selection, cut daily and fabulous prices. Seriously, I spend 35-45 dollars a week for meat. YES! Really I kid you not.
I was walking around one day picking up a few items here and there when I heard one of the workers say she was fixing Paella for dinner. I said to myself, mmm but I'm not a fan of the muscles or clams and then I thought, wait! I'll fix Arroz Con Pollo!
I did and here it is!! So good.

8 pieces of chicken
Goya seasoning- Sazon Goya with Saffron
olive oil
1 cup diced onion
3/4 cup diced bell pepper
3 cloves of garlic minced
1 1/2 cups of rice
1 chicken bouillon cube
Sazon Goya with Saffron seasoning packet
1/4 cup sliced olives
1 jar pimentos, drained
1/2 cup peas, green garden variety

Season the chicken with one packet of seasoning, brown in a skillet, remove and set aside. Saute onion, bell pepper and garlic. Stir in 3 cups water , bouillon cube and rice. Cook for 25 minutes. stir in more Goya saffron, olives, pimentos and peas. Place all ingredients in a 13 x 9 pan, place the chicken on top and place in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until the chicken is done.
Serve with garlic bread or rolls and a salad. I served mine with fried plantains. 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Spicy Jalapeno Crusted Fried Pork Chops

A good ol' country meal right here baby! Fresh corn on the cob, Italian or flat green bean snaps, cheesy bacon cornbread and spicy jalapeno crusted fried pork chops! OOOH man, slap yo'momma good!

The pork chops were super easy. If you are familiar with that nasty green bean casserole and the fried onions that go on top, French's makes them. Then did you know that they also make Fried Jalapenos!?! Yes they do! I love them, they are very versatile, great to top a salad, a burger, or crush up and coat chops like I've done here.
I took 1/3 cup of the fried jalapenos and crushed them up, mixed with 1/3 cup of flour and then dipped the chops in a beaten egg with milk. Dipped them in the dry mix and pan fried them. When I say pan fry, that means just a dab of oil in the bottom of the pan, not a deep fry. You could also bake them if you didn't want to fry them. Brown on one side, flip and repeat. Done. That simple. Serve with whatever sides you enjoy.
Easy peasy squeezy

Monday, December 10, 2018

No Bake Goodies - BWF

December... and 14 days until Christmas. HOW did this happen? This year has flown by, so much has happened and changed. But one thing remains. I'm "Jolly". My daddy was considered a jolly fella. He was a big kid, he loved sweets, and food in general, he loved to laugh, to make people laugh, he loved the holidays and did his level best to make them great for me. He would work endless, tirelessly, insane amount of hours just to make sure that I got what I needed and most of what I wanted.
So when we were discussing topics/themes for this months Blog With Friends post. I thought about him, which is nothing new, he is on my mind most days. But the theme, "Jolly" was chosen and I thought, yes that what I want to celebrate. A jolly season. To be a jolly soul. To live jolly.
That may seem odd to some but it came as natural as breathing to me.

One thing that I've done for 16 years, each Christmas, is make dozens and dozens of buckeyes. They were one of my Daddy's favorites. I mean, who doesn't love chocolate and peanut butter? Buckeyes seem to make even the biggest Grinch...jolly.
Since I can no longer enjoy chocolate or peanut butter, that means no buckeyes. A sad day in my house. The guys want me to make them anyway, for them. ugh...I might but I wanted to try to make something for me. A dessert/candy treat that was low oxalate and safe for my kidneys. Well, if I could take out the sugar, I did it. LOL that stuff is everywhere I look these days and trying to stay away from it is super hard. These tasty treats are no exception, they have sugar, they are rich but you only need 1 to satisfy a sweet craving let me tell ya.
A happy alternative to buckeyes. These biscoff cookie rounds, sweet bites, or whatever you want to call them, they are delicious and super easy to make.
1 cup Biscoff cookie spread
1 stick room temp butter, unsalted
1 cup powered sugar
Mix well. Shape into walnut size balls, chill and dip in white chocolate.
Simple , quick, easy, no chocolate and no peanut butter. Works for me.
Thank you for stopping by and try to be "jolly" this year, not just this holiday season, but all the time. We have so much to be thankful for. Why not be jolly?

So to you and yours... Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings or whatever works for you. Jolly Jingles folks!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Lemon Meringue Cookies for National Cookie Day

Did you know that today is National Cookie Day? Baby let's throw a party, a cookie party! I love cookies but truthfully I just love sugar. I've always enjoyed a fresh baked cookie, still hot, burn-your-fingers-blow-on=it-so-you-can-eat-it cookie. Mmm So when my dear friend Karen from Baking In A Tornado told me she was doing a National Cookie Day post and asked if I wanted to join her, well I said YES SIRREE BOB YOU BET YOUR BRITCHES I DO! Actually I think I just said YES! But you get the point.

With this wonderful renal (kidney diet) now I am so limited on what goodies I can and can't have. I thought and thought about what kind of cookie I could make that I could also enjoy. Nothing chocolate, nothing with nuts, nothing with too much sugar...well dang. What was left?

Lemon! Lemon is my second favorite thing next to chocolate and now my favorite since chocolate has been given the no fly zone from the doctor. Yes, lemon was the ticket, but what kind of lemon cookie could I make that also wasn't filled with sugar. Let's be honest, lemon needs some sugar...think, think, think.

YES! I had it. Lemon Meringue Cookies, that's what I'd do and I had several weeks to perfect them. Well, I would have had I not procrastinated, gone on vacation and just gotten lazy. So yesterday here I was busting my tail after one in the afternoon trying to get at least ONE batch of these DAMN  darned cookies to come out right. I gave up at the third batch and said good enough. See they all tasted great and came out with the right consistency but were tan not pearly white. I think it's because I have a gas oven but nothing I can do about that and under normal circumstances I love the thing.

So...not pearly white but still delicious.
Lemon Meringue Cookies
Lemon curd for the filling (you can buy this or make your own)

3 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup sugar
Place the egg whites in your mixing bowl for at least thirty minutes so they come to room temperature. Add the vanilla and cream of tartar, beat on medium speed until soft peaks form and then gradually beat in sugar, 1 TBSP at a time on high until glossy white stiff peaks form.
Use a pastry bag or a zip top bag, fill with meringue and cut the tip off. Make 2 inch circles and build up the sides to form little cups. Bake on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes at 300 degrees or until set, turn off the oven and let sit for 1 hour.
NOTE: I have a gas oven and doing the above made them brown. Try 200 degrees for 20 minutes and turn the oven off. I think this result was better, less crunchy and more white in color.
After they have cooled fill in the center with lemon curd.

Simple and delicious. Now check out the other bloggers and their cookies, see links below.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Good morning y'all. Being from the South, who doesn't love pot pie? I grew up with the little frozen pies you baked in the oven. It took forever and we thought they were delicious. LOL what they are is full of sodium. Several years back, in 2010 my husband was very sick. He wanted pot pies. So, working all day and him being home, I did what any good wife does. I bought him those little frozen pies. Well, he was eating TWO of them for lunch. When he went for his check up, low and behold his blood pressure was through the roof. I could not figure out why. A few days later, I'm putting pies in the freezer and looked at the label. OH MY HOCKING WORD! These dad gum things are almost nothing but Sodium! over 1600 mg of sodium PER PIE! I cut him off quick and fast like.
Fast forward to this year. It was still hot outside but I had a hankering for a pot pie. I mentioned it to him and he said "what are ya waiting for woman, get cooking" ! LOL I told him I was already ahead of him and putting it together.
I have made pot pies before, but for some reason, this one was off the hook, slammin' jammin' and totally ruined my taste buds for any other!

1 16 oz can Veg All mixed veggies, drained and rinsed
4 chicken breast tenders, sauteed in a pan with butter, salt and pepper
3 TBSP butter
4 TBSP flour
1/2 cup water
2 chicken bouillon cubes
pinch Rosemary
1/4 tsp thyme
3/4 cup water
2 c self rising flour
1 TBSP butter
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
half n half
400 degree oven for 45 minutes
Drain and rinse the veg all, place 1/2 the can in each large ramekin and set aside. Cook the tenders in a non stick skillet, I used a pad of butter, salt and pepper. Once the chicken is done, remove, dice and place half in each ramekin. Now in the skillet add 3 T butter and melt, stir in 4 T flour and stir around making a rue, add salt and pepper to taste, slowly add 1/2 cup water and mix well. Add the 2 bouillon cubes, stir as it thickens. Now add the rosemary and thyme, add another 3/4 cup water and stir again until it thickens. Pour this over the chicken and veg all.
In a small bowl add 2 cups self rising flour, 1 T butter, 1/4 cup parm and a dash of half n half. Stir but don't over mix. I made mine a little loose. Allow it to sit, it will rise some, after about 5 minutes mix the dough again and put half on top of each bowl spreading it out to cover the edges.
Bake for 45 minutes in a 400 degree over.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Pumpkin Caramel Bars - FOTW Nov

Today is the monthly post of Fly On The Wall. A great time for all as you get a peek into the lives of several bloggers, myself included. First thought I'm going to show you these delicious pumpkin caramel bars. So good and the inspiration came from my blogging buddy Karen over at Baking In A Tornado, she is also the brain child behind FOTW. Here you will find her original bars that inspired me: Pepita Harvest Bars
 I used the Annas Ginger Swedish Thins as the base for the bar
Toll House white chocolate chips because I can no longer eat chocolate due to the high level of oxalates.
Pretzels for some crunch
caramel because why not
pumpkin, cranberries and pumpkin spice
I crushed the cookies and mixed with melted butter, about 1/4 cup, mixed and pressed it into a square 9x9 pan. Oh spray or grease the pan first, it makes getting them out so much easier or you can use parchment paper.
Sprinkle 1 cup white morsels, 3/4 cup quick oats over the crust and 1/2 cup dried cranberries. In a small bowl mix 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, 1 cup of pumpkin (not pie mix) and 1 tsp of pumpkin spice mix. Pour this over the ingredients in the pan. Sprinkle with 1 cup of tiny caramel bits, place pretzel twist laid out on the top and sprinkle a few more caramels or cranberries. Also a few teaspoons of pumpkin seeds. You could use more and replace the pretzels but I am on a low oxalate diet for my kidneys and can no longer eat certain foods.Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Cool, slice and enjoy!

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes: 
Baking In A Tornado        
Menopausal Mother           
Never Ever Give Up Hope  
Go Mama O.                   

Let's see, what happened in October? YES! I finally had my lithotriposy surgery, stones removed and then the last stent finally taken out! Hallelujah!! You have no idea...whew
Hubby's new toy...I walk in to find it standing in the corner of the room. Umm well, sure.
And last month I mentioned we got new furniture! Here it is!!
The top picture(below) is the scope that the put into my bladder, yes I'm awake to see if everything looks okay and then they pulled out the stent. Which you see in the second picture, it is the black tube. ahh it felt so good to have that out. NOW, seeing these lovely tools I was NOT looking forward to the removal, then the surgeon walked in and said "oh no, we don't need those today, I'll just pull it out." That may sound weird and invoke all sorts of crude jokes but they were music to my ears.
After a few weeks of spasms and throbbing pain I was finally able to resume normal life. We took a trip to Helen, it is a tiny quaint town at the foothills of the mountains north of us and a replica of the Bavarian region in Germany. My absolute favorite! I lived in Germany for 3 years and to this day still miss it. So Helen is a special place to me.
On the way we stopped at a store to pick up water, use the restroom and the guys got snacks. LOL now the fun begins!!

Jesse gets these hotter than Hades chips! Here are some things he said....
After 3 chips you start to get itchy

My scalp itches

4 chips in I’m gonna let them sit a minute

I feel like a cat having to lick the air

My husband is in the kitchen trying to open a bottle of wine. Jesse says "it's not a twist off is it?" My husband is insulted "UH NO" Still trying to use the opener and SNAP...he breaks the opener. He says "what in the world, I know I'm strong but damn." We all laugh. Jesse walks over and says "uh's a twist off, see the perforation here?" and twist. Well now the bottle is open! LOL oh my gosh we laughed so hard.  

Later I walk in and there sits the bottle of wine. I said "hey honey, your bottle of wine must be happy to see me, the little guy is standing at attention" He says "What?" I held up the bottle. He laughs. "Well silly, since it didn't have a cork I used one of the finger condoms to keep it fresh." I said "oh it's fresh all right."
So many laughs off one bottle of wine and I didn't drink any.
I hope you enjoyed cruising around my home. See what everyone else has been up to. Their links are near the recipe. HAPPY THANKSGIVING ( a day late I know)

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Pepper Jack Chicken

I have gotten totally off schedule this year and post all willy nilly. I apologize folks, being sick and in the hospital for three months this year really took a toll on me in more ways than one. I am sitting here today scheduling out my post for next month. I have 7 recipes that I've made recently and need to get them out to y'all so you can enjoy them like we did.

A few nights ago I made this super easy and delicious slow cooker dish. I'm telling you it was so easy. Also, there was enough that we enjoyed it three more times! That's a big win in my book. Plus I think it got better each time I heated some up, now that really is a win.

This recipe works with my new lifestyle of being low oxalate for my kidney health and also my #WW way of eating. Yep, I did it. On November 6th I decided enough was enough and I signed up for #WW previously known as #weightwatchers. I attended my first meeting the next morning and in two weeks I have lost a total of 3.6 lbs. That may not sounds like a lot, but it is a healthy amount and I'm not starving or deprived which is even better.

This dish is delicious but doesn't photograph well. I took a dozen pictures so you'll just have to trust me and try it yourself.

Pepper Jack Chicken
4 large chicken breast
1/2 very large red onion (if it is small use the entire thing)
1 1/2 bell pepper, sliced (I prefer the red, orange and yellow but you can use green if you prefer)
8 oz shredded Pepper Jack cheese (I buy the block and shred myself)

In a nice size slow cooker, mine is 6-7 quart, slice the onion and place in the bottom. Lay the chicken breast on top of the onion, slice the peppers and place on top of the chicken. Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours. The chicken was fresh and not frozen, just purchased. If you are using frozen, which is perfectly okay, you will need more time. Six hours at least. Once the chicken is done, shred. I do this by using a Mix N Chop from Pampered Chef, it works great for this job. Stir the chicken, onions and peppers. You can add salt if you like but the cheese makes it salty enough for me. Also I no longer use black pepper as it is high in oxalates but you can add if you like. Now shred the cheese and sprinkle to cover the top of the chicken. Place the lid back on and leave for about 10-20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly. That's it. Serve over rice with a nice salad as we did the second time. The first time we ate the chicken/cheese in a pita with a salad. You could serve it on a nice toasty buttered roll/hoagie for a low cal chicken philly.

That's it! ENJOY

Monday, November 12, 2018

Turkey Soup and Family Gathering - BWF

I would say, where has the year gone, but I know where 1/4 of this year went for me. But can you believe it is almost Thanksgiving? Good grief Charlie Brown, Christmas is right around the corner!
When I think about the holidays I think about family and years gone by. Family gatherings in particular so it was only fitting that I talk about it since our theme for November's Blog With Friends is just that, family gathering.
One thing about holidays growing up, I always looked forward to going to my grandparents farm and being with the entire family. It was different back then than now. We had to drive a long way and it was an event. One we looked forward to. I'd see my cousins, we would play, get gifts and more importantly gather around and be a family. Of course we'd eat, we're Southern! When we get together there is ALWAYS food.
Everyone had their assignments. Aunt Linda did a smoked ham, cheesecake, cheese ball and crackers, Aunt Dianne would make macaroni salad, Aunt Wanda would make a delicious pineapple cake and deviled eggs, maybe potato salad depending on the holiday and sweet potato casserole (which I took over making when I got older). My mom would make cookies, everyone fought over these cookies (still do) pecan pie, chocolate pie, lemon meringue pie. Grandmama would make the turkey, collards, stuffing, cranberry sauce, rolls, rice, green beans with new potatoes oh and fudge! Very rarely if ever did this menu change. Over the years as my grandmother's health failed different ones picked up the slack and prepared the items that she would have done. After several years we began meeting at Aunt Linda's house instead, then Aunt Wanda's house. Now almost everyone is gone. There is Aunt Wanda, her two boys (35 and 40) my mom, me and my family. My cousin Tina, her brother Aaron and his family. That's it. Everyone else has passed on. Those of us left are scattered to the four corners so to speak.
I remember the gatherings with fond memories and miss them. The laughs, joking around, the smells of food, the kids playing, the dog sleeping in my granddaddy's lap. Even the hours of clean up I miss. Mostly I miss my family. Teresa was first, she was the youngest girl /cousin, my shadow. Then Granddaddy, Frank, Thomas, Grandmama, Aunt Dianne, Daddy, Aunt Linda, Alton and so it goes, one by one they have left us with empty hearts and empty spaces at the dinner table. We used to set up two card tables and all the chairs were full at the big table. Now we fit at one small table. I know it's life but the holidays do two things to me, make me sad/nostalgic and missing loved ones. It also makes me want to hold on tighter to the ones I have left. To continue with some of our traditions and reminisce about the past.

So in honor of days gone by, along with the sun and heat, here is a soup you can make from leftovers or just a few simple ingredients.

Turkey Soup
1 lb ground turkey
2-3 large carrots,peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
1-2 cups rice
3 cups chicken stock/broth
If using 2 cups of rice add 2-3 cups of water or more broth
1 large onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 TBSP dried parsley
white pepper and salt to taste
In a large pot brown the turkey OR you could use 2-3 cups of leftover turkey diced up, if using ground turkey allow it to brown and add the onion, garlic and spices. Stir well and add in the broth. Water if needed and the carrots. Once the carrots are close to done, 10 minutes or so, add in the rice and additional water/broth. Cook until the rice is done, about 20 minutes and serve. You could add white wine and some mushrooms if you wanted as well.

Other participants

Karen from Baking In A Tornado

Jules from The Bergham Chronicles


Lydia from Cluttered Genius

Monday, November 5, 2018

Easy Beefy Noodles

I was in need of a quick and easy meal. My guys like beef or meat in general but it had turned off cool and windy so I wanted comfort food. Looking around at what was in the pantry and fridge this is what I decided on. 
Easy Beefy Noodles
1 lb ground beef
1/2 large onion diced
1/2 small jar of pimentos
1 clove garlic minced
3 cups beef bone broth
1/2 bag of wide egg noodles, sorry I just dump them in
Brown the beef with the onion, garlic and a little salt. I am no longer using black pepper due to my kidney issues as it is high in oxalates so I'm using white ground pepper.
Once this is done ,the pimento, bone broth and noodles go in. I bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook until noodles are done to your liking. For me it took about 15-20 minutes.
The guys loved it and went back for seconds okay maybe thirds as well.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Korean Sloppy Joes

We love burgers and sloppy joes but I hadn't fixed the latter in a long long time. I was going through my recipe list and looking at previous post. Like the yummy original homemade Sloppy Joes or the even better Philly Cheese-steak Sloppy Joes . Then I thought, what can I do to make another version?
Asian sloppy about Korean? YES!
Now I must add, that it was delicious but would have been better with a slaw on top. Which I plan to add next time. Something like: (minus the chicken) Clean Asian Slaw
My son and I really enjoyed them, my husband said it was okay at first but the more he ate of his "joe" the more he enjoyed it. For the record, he's not a fan of sesame oil or sriracha.
Korean Sloppy Joes
1 lb ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 cup ketchup, I used all natural no sugar added
1/2 cup hoisin 
1/2 cup water
2 TBSP low sodium soy sauce
1 TBSP rice wine vinegar (important! not regular vinegar)
1/2 tsp sriracha (or another type of Asian hot sauce)
4-6 buns (optional toasting)

In a large non stick skillet cook the meat, break it down and cook until nice and brown. Add the garlic, hoisin, sesame oil, ketchup, water, soy sauce, vinegar and sriracha together. stir well and cook until the sauce begins to thicken. IF you want yours drier, not as sloppy, cook until thick and moist. If you want it sloppy, just as it starts to thicken, turn off the heat and allow it to sit for a few.
This is sweet, hot, sticky, messy and just the right amount of Umami. 

Friday, October 19, 2018

Picadillo and FOTW October

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 4 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

This is a Cuban comfort food dish, my husband loved it. Me...not so much.
Have you ever burned incense? Well, I had not.
So we had mildew in our storage closet due to a roof leak. I'm very sensitive to smells and having just come home from the hospital I did not want to get sick. So my husband thought he was helpful, he bought incense.
So, I light one, go in the kitchen and come back out in just a few minutes.
I step outside. "Dang honey, those things were expensive and they don't last worth a dang! I just lit one and in less than 3 minutes it's gone! Burnt up!"
He cracks up. Did you blow it out?
I said no how  would it burn?
He is cracking up big time now.
Trying to catch his breath he says "NO no you blow it out and it is the ember that burns slow".

So thankful to now be living away from the hurricane threat area of NC coast but I miss my home, what is left. Hurricane Flo really did a horrible number on my hometown. So many lost everything. Just like I did two years ago. We had to evacuate one of our sons, he lost his job and apartment, so until further notice, this mama bird has one of her babies back in the nest.
The below photo was sent to me by my Aunt, the tree barely missed her home. So thankful she is okay.

Quote of the month! "She's a serial monogamists, next week she'll be in a new relationship."

While at the hospital doing my pre-op and admission, I noticed the phone on the desk...two receivers?! I guess this is old school conference calls?
Picadillo - Cuban Comfort Food
2 TBSP olive oil
1 medium yellow onions, diced
4 cloves fresh garlic minced
1 lb lean ground beef
1 16 oz can diced tomatoes (drain would be better I forgot)you can also use ripe tomatoes and dice 4 large. the traditional recipe calls for 28 oz can)
1 TBSP red wine vinegar (or a good cooking red wine)
1 TBSP cinnamon
2 tsp ground cumin
1-2 bay leaves
pinch ground cloves
pinch of nutmeg
1/4 cup of raisins (up to 2/3 cup) I used the small amount but tradition calls for the larger
2/3 cup olives sliced and pitted (I used the ones with pimento)
In a large pan over medium heat put the olive oil, onions and cook until onions soften. Add the ground beef and allow it to cook, season with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes, vinegar, cinnamon, cumin, bay leaves, cloves and nutmeg, stir and lower the heat. Simmer 30 minutes. Covered. Now uncover and add the raisins and olives, allow to cook another 15 minutes and serve over rice. (traditionally it also calls for chirizo but I didn't use it)
My youngest son's daughter, he sent me this text and said "I don't know whose kid this is" LOL right! He was my only child that loved dirt, yes I had all boys but he was the only dirt lover. Like father like daughter.
Beau, my big love bug, he will not leave my side and as you can see, he likes to help me blog.
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One evening I'm sitting on the couch and all of a sudden, there's a foot in my ear! Didn't bother him in the least. 
A lot has happened this month.
My oldest granddaughter got married. She's 21. (my adopted daughter's oldest).
My Sissy's daughter got married.
My husband's truck transmission went out so we bought him a Jeep Renegade.
The hurricane hit my hometown and it is devastated.
Our oldest son is living with us and working already.
We bought furniture! Our second NEW set in almost 30 years, everything has been second hand. I love it.
I had another surgery. Hopefully the last.
AND Little Miss Sassy Pants turned 8!!