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Refreshing iced tea

Iced tea is not just for summer……unless you live in the New England states. John visited this May and found iced tea was coming back on the menu to be served. Being from California and now Texas that is totally bazar to us, iced tea is a year long drink in these western states. Figures that close to the end of summer I have come up with a new combination of tea bags, making a refreshing flavorful drink. No sugar is needed but if you desire you can add some.  1 cup boiling water 2 large family size tea bags ( I use Luzianne)  1 regular size lemon/ginger flavor bag Cool water to fill pitcher I heat water in a sauce pan, when it boils I remove from the heat and add the bags. Push down so they get thoroughly soaked. Let sit for thirty minutes. Pour cool water into pitcher, remove teabags from pan and squeeze out. Pour seeped liquid into the pitcher. Add ice to a glass and serve. The lemon ginger adds …

Chipotle pork fingers

I am in a keno group, once a month I try and come up with something different. Having this can of cipotle peppers has been killing me…..since they are not too hot the ladies should like the flavor and not be blown away. (Texans have whimpy mouths). I had ground pork from the pig we had processed, filo dough and frozen spinach. Filo and spinach are always a great base for finger food. So, I came up with this tasty treat. Pretty easy to make especially if you do some prep work earlier in the day or the night before.  1. 5 pounds ground pork 1 can chipotle peppers 1 package frozen spinach 1 teaspoon salt 1 package filo dough Butter,  pastry brush Small crockpot Dipping sauce if desired  ( I used a yogurt based avocado, cilantro dressing, store bought) To speed things up for the evening I was going to assemble I prepped the fillings earlier. The frozen spinach I thawed, opened, placed in a colander, then in a bowl. Leaving this in the …

Chicken stuffed jalapeños 

Sometimes you just need a snack. We were in some intense game playing of backgammon and I did not want to break to make something large for dinner. Plus we had these beautiful peppers…..so I came up with this easy to make treat.  6 jalapeño peppers cut lengthwise seeded and viened 1 cup finely grated cheddar cheese 1 can chicken drained 1 tablespoon mayo 1 tablespoon bacon grease ( I keep a jar in the refrigerator )  1/4 teaspoon minced roasted garlic  1/2 teaspoon Penzey’s Northwoods seasoning ( or something of your favorite spice)  Heat oven to 400. Add everything but peppers in a bowl. With the back of a folk mush together until thoroughly blended and creamy like. Arrange pepper halves on cookie sheet. Take chicken mixture and shape pepper cavity size, filling each half, packing it in. Use all the mixture for the twelves pieces. Bake for 20 minutes. Move to broiler area and broil for 5-10 minutes until brown on top.  That’s it. Serve plain or if you must with a dipping …

Tropical rice

You would think the way I have been cooking lately I need a vacation. If you can not get there we can at least eat like we are there. We love rice, I made a fish dish ( in future post) and it needed a side. This turned out wonderful. It has a beautiful light flavor with natural sweetness.  1 cup white rice 1 large can hunk pineapple plus the juice 1 can coconut milk In tall sauce pan mix all ingrediants together. Turn heat up pretty high until it starts to bubble. Stir, cover and reduce heat to medium low, cook 35-45 minutes. About halfway through gently stir rice mixture. Rice will be creamy and light.  As always we hope you enjoy

Island style meatballs in sweet and sour sauce

Tired of the same old thing? Need some flavor in your meals? This dish will do it. Pretty easy to make, colorful and mouth watering. We had been doing hamburgers on the grill for the holiday and I had about a pound of meat left over. A bit bored with the meat on a bun so I looked to see what we had and thought sweet and sour meatballs. The I imagined how could I improve on the ordinary and make it extraordinary. The meat balls are packed with flavor and are very filling. The vegetables add color and nutrition.  1 pound Hamburger  1 green pepper 1 yellow pepper 1 orange pepper…… Or any color of your choice  1 onion 1 yellow squash 1/4 cup coconut flour 1 egg 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce 2/3 cup rice 1 large can chunk pineapple. Save the juice 1 1/4 cup water 1 tablespoon oil Sweet and sour sauce 2 tablespoon corn starch 1/2 cup sugar 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar  1 tablespoon soy sauce Plus liquid from meat …

Easy chicken and cheese with sour cream green sauce

Seems like there always needs to be a story. But after a crazy evening at home my story has left my brain. However, I could say this is an easy meal for a hard day. A few ingrediants is all you need and about 1 hour time from start to finish.  2 chicken boob halves boneless, skinless 1 tablespoon oil 2 cans green (Hatch) enchilada sauce 1 cup sour cream 6 flour tortillas 6 cheese sticks Colby/Jack type combo 1/4 cup chopped onion 1 hot pepper chopped   If desired 1 chopped tomato  1 teaspoon cumin 1 clove smashed or chopped garlic 8×8 pan  Skillet and a medium size sauce pan Heat oven to 350, chop chicken into pieces heat skillet and add oil, add chicken to heated skillet. Heat 1 can of sauce in a sauce pan, add chopped onion. Have it start to boil, then simmer while preparing everything else. When chicken has touch the heat on all sides add pepper, and chopped tomato then cumin and garlic. Unwrap cheese prices.  Take some …

Super sonic sloppy Jo’s 

Sloppy Jo’s are one of those easy meals that just hit the spot sometimes. But why not make them super sloppy Jo’s? The flavors take an ordinary meal to a new level of yum. 1 pound hamburger 1 can spam finely chopped 5 pieces bacon chopped into pieces  Sloppy Jo mix (can or package) Buns 5 green onions chopped In a skillet start to brown hamburger meat, add  chop bacon, and finely chop spam. Brown everything together. Drain grease. Add chopped green onions and stir. Then follow your favorite sloppy Jo mix directions. Brown buns or toast slightly, pour mixture on buns and eat.  As always we hope you enjoy

S’moreOes

It is close to summer, that means bonfires and roasting marshmallows. 🙂 a friend went camping last weekend and came up with another new creation. Chasity is calling them S’moreOes. So good she says you will eat the entire box of cookies with only a few mellows left.  1 box Oreo cookies 1 bag marshmallows Roasting sticks And a good fire Place an Oreo on the stick carefully through the center, then spear the marshmallow and then another Oreo. Press together firmly. Roast until your marshmallow is to your liking. Carefully remove and eat! 😜

Roasted garlic rice

We love rice; black, red, white, wild…….you name it. Plus we love garlic. Most everyone has heard of garlic mashed potatoes but what about garlic rice? Had to think about it for a day and this is what I came up with. It takes some time to roast the garlic. I did it the day before then added it to the rice the day I cooked it. The flavor is creamy, light and surprisingly nutty in flavor.  1 cup white rice ( I would say any kind should work)  2 cup chicken broth 1 head of pre roasted garlic Squeeze garlic out of pods. Smash garlic in a sauce pan add broth then mix well. Add rice, stir then heat to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 40 minutes.  Fluff before serving. Yummy stuff Roasting garlic. You might have a garlic roasting terra cotta bowl, if not a baking dish with a lid should work. Heat oven to 350, cut top off garlic just so the cloves are exposed. Remove excess outside leaves if …

Aunt Tiny’s “Hunters Delight”

Baby it’s cold out there……a good hearty breakfast is a great way to start these cold winter mornings. Our Aunt Tiny lived in the Imperial valley in California. Our relatives that lived there were all farmers and hunted the fields for birds during the fall-winter months. Now this was all back in the 70’s and 80’s…… And I still make this dish, whether it is camping, hunting, a family gathering or just because.  It has a great flavor, easy to make and hearty. This feeds 2-4 depending on portion size 6 strips of bacon 1/2 chopped onion 1/2 green pepper chopped 3 small potatoes 4 eggs Garlic salt and some pepper In a large frying pan, I use cast iron: fry bacon. You can do it in pieces or whole and break it up later. Do not fry extra crisp. Meanwhile wash potatoes, using a grater on the slice side ( should be two- three slots on a narrow side) slice potatoes and set aside. Chop onion and pepper into small to medium pieces. After …