Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A QUICK CHORIZO BREAKFAST WRAP

Open and squeeze one tube (approx. 2.7 oz.) of Ole’ Mexican Chorizo sausage into a medium skillet and heat it on low heat.


Cut into small pieces, enough onion to mix with the appropriate number of eggs you plan to cook. I cooked for two, so I used 3 eggs. The chorizo will make its own grease, but you will need to blot that out with a paper towel before adding the eggs.

Once the sausage is cooked through and the onion pieces are translucent, reduce heat and remove the skillet until you have seasoned the eggs with salt and pepper. Do not use as much as normal for scrambled eggs since the sausage contains a large amount of both!

Break the egg yokes and mix the chorizo, onions, and eggs into a batter. Put the skillet back on the heat and cook until eggs are done.

Hopefully, you have already prepared your coffee, and have placed one Ole’ Mexican Xtreme Wellness Tortilla wrap on a plate. I prepared 2 plates for the 3 egg scramble I made. I like to put a little Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil on my wraps!

Spread the chorizo and egg mixture evenly over the tortillas you have prepared and serve with hot black coffee!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A MEXICAN TWIST TO BREAKFAST PIZZA


I bought myself a new camera, not for Christmas, but for my wildflower and hiking hobby! So, this morning while we were engaged in cooking up a twist on our “breakfast pizza”, I made a few snaps of the yummy pizza being constructed!

The basics are the same, a roll of large Pillsbury “Big and Flaky” Crescent Rolls, a round pizza baking sheet or dish, some eggs, cheese, and some kind of meat!

While I gently coaxed the triangles of dough into the round shape of the Pampered Chef pizza dish, Judy chopped up some sandwich ham, cut and opened two rolls of Ole’ Mexican Food Chorizo Sausage, and half a small onion. In some EVVO she sautéed everything together until the onions turned translucent.

Having finished the dough, I then beat up 3 large eggs, added salt and pepper, and some diced jalapeños. I poured the mixture into the middle of the dough and worked it out evenly over the dough’s surface. I then took the skillet of ham, chorizo, and onions and sprinkled them over the beaten eggs. Finally, I layered on the Kraft Pizza Cheese!

I then popped the dish into a 375 degree pre-heated oven for about 20 minutes.

When the pie came out it had bubbled up in a few places, but as it began to cool it shrank back into a perfect pizza shape!

Let me tell you, coupled with our coffee, this was delicious!

We sat and watched CBS NEWS Sunday Morning, as we’ve been accustomed to doing since we were married almost 29 years ago! If you’ve never tried the taste of jalapeños with your morning coffee, you have missed an incredible taste sensation! The hot of the pepper and the coffee mingle romantically in your mouth…it can’t be described adequately, so just try…trust me!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

BREAKFAST PIZZA

Judy and I discovered a long time ago that we love to drink coffee with the heat of jalapeños in our mouth. This means that we must occasionally have a spicy omelet or breakfast pizza, loaded with diced onions and jalapeños, in order to give us that special taste in our mouths.

We had the omelet earlier this week, but when we discussed what to fix this morning, we both remembered the crescent rolls in the refrigerator – naturally, we both said “breakfast pizza” at the same time!

The first step to preparing bacon, or anything fried, in our house is prefaced by the "lighting of the candles". Judy loves her candles, so there are always at least half a dozen to light! Notice the Christmas flower arrangement she made…lovely huh!?

Jeff asked, “Who died” when I shared the photo with him earlier in the week! Judy may never speak to him again!

While Judy cooked a couple of strips of bacon, and sautéed the diced onions and jalapeños, along
with a couple of strips of sandwich ham, I sprayed the Pampered Chef pizza dish with EVOO, and spread out the triangles of Pillsbury® crescents with the Baker's Roller® Judy had hidden in a drawer of implements we rarely use.

The triangles want to separate, but if you work hard at kneading them together, they will eventually cooperate and flatten out together.

Once it was all spread out as far as I dared to push it, I poured three beaten eggs over the top. The eggs were seasoned with salt, pepper, and
Tennessee Sunshine hot sauce. The mixture will run off the edges unless your put the dough into a smaller pan with sides, but as it turned out, on the pizza stone, the egg cooked up just right in the oven. We simply cut it from the edges of dough and laid the cooked strips on top of the pizza.

After pouring on the eggs, I layered on the bacon, and sautéed onions, jalapeños, and ham! Yum!

This was all popped into a preheated oven at 375 degrees for about 13 to 14 minutes.

The taste was wonderful and the jalapeños and coffee bit at our taste buds!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

WIENERS, RICE AND BEANS

Being retired means you try and make everything as easy as possible, without sacrificing good taste!

Judy and wanted something quick, delicious, and we promised to eat only one serving. It's our way of trying to cut back - put a normal portion on the plate and put anything left over up for next time! Seems more logical than doing without the foods you really like...doesn't it?

Anyway, as Baylee girl looked on, hoping I dropped something, I prepared wieners and onions for cooking.

Judy busied herself in measuring and cooking the right amount of brown rice, and opened a can of black beans.

I chopped a small onion into slivers and set them aside.

I cut the wieners in half length wise, then each half into quarters. I cooked the sliced wieners in a little EVOO, then poured my famous half Heinz 57/honey sauce over them. At the same time, I added the onions over the top and mixed it all up.

After adding the onions, I watched for them to start to get translucent, and then supper was ready!

You can tell the difference in our eating habits by looking at the different servings. Judy likes to compartmentalize, while I pile everything on! After all, it wall winds up in the same place...as my dad used to say!

Now if we weren't trying to cut back a little, we would have served this meal with some cornbread on the side! Man, that would have been great too!

Sorry Baylee...Daddy Dog was just too hungry!

VISITING APPLEWOOD

Once a year, Judy and I take my Mom up to Pigeon Forge, TN to make her advance Thanksgiving Dinner Reservations at the Applewood Farmhouse Grill. She is very old fashioned and does not believe she can accomplish the same thing over the phone!

I pointed out to her this time that all she has to do is request seating in the Fireside Dinning Room. I think I saw a light come on, as she looked up at the side on the doorway to the dinning she favors. The other dinning areas in the restaurant have different names and, therefore, different signs hanging above their entrances.

She tried the phone one year and ended up in the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant, which is a few hundred feet further down into the Applewood area. The restaurant is several years older and she has always preferred to have her “wonderful” Thanksgiving Dinner in the Grill, and in the “Fireside” dinning room. However, until today, she did not know they had specific names that she could request and be sure of her seating.

However, going up once a year does give us an excuse to eat and enjoy the day
together. If for nothing more, we may drive the 115 mile round trip next year. Who cares?

Today, Judy and Mom had a traditional vegetable plate, while I could not get the “fried bologna” sandwich out of my mind. I wanted the chicken livers, then I wanted vegetables, then I wanted the catfish, and then…heck, I wanted everything they had! I ordered the sandwich and appeased my watering mouth with a couple apple fritters slathered in apple butter!

I was all beautiful…as food is to me!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

FRIED SQUASH AND PINTO BEANS

As promised, mom cooked for me Sunday afternoon. However, she went to two places and could not find okra or green tomatoes, but she prepared a find meal just the same.

The fried squash was delicious, dipped in egg and rolled in corn meal! She added pinto beans, with lots of juice so the corn bread muffins could soak it up! She also made mashed potatoes and meat loaf.

To add to the taste combination were fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and sweet onions! Of course, I added to the flavor of the potatoes by adding a dab of Miracle Whip Salad Dressing! Yep, and it is great! You put mayo or Miracle Whip in your potato salad don’t you? Well, you should! I learned this little “common-sewer” tip from my Uncle Tom. He loves his mashed potatoes this way, of course, he is one to eat a raw onion while drinking a Pepsi!

My little 80 year-old "mama-zoody", who weighs a good 100 soaking wet, can still stand by the stove and cook with the best of them. She has forgotten more about cooking than I’ll ever learn!

She promised to get okra and green tomatoes soon and do it all again. I personally can hardly wait!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

SZECHWAN CHICKEN


Tonight’s menu:

  • Bring to boil 14 ounces of chicken broth and add one slice of American cheese for additional flavor
  • Add in 14 ounces of white rice, cover and set aside
  • Add 1 package Szechwan oriental seasoning, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 3 table spoons of soy sauce and ¼ cup of water in boil, mix, and set aside
  • Heat olive and sesame oil and table spoon of fresh garlic in skillet
  • Add 3 boneless chicken breast cut into thin strips and brown
  • Add the following fresh vegetables and stir fry until soft:
    Green beans
    Asparagus tips
    Squash
    Orange bell pepper
    ½ red onion
    ¼ cup almond pieces
  • Add ¼ cup of pineapple juice and pineapple pieces and the seasoning mixture
  • Stir fry until sauce is thick and hot and remove from heat

Present as shown in photos

Thursday, October 30, 2008

AH, I REMEMBER WHEN

I remember when I used to invite my future wife over for Mushy’s Special steak and baked sweet potato by candle light! I think my cooking was part of what wooed her in the first place.

We tried to re-live one of those wonderful evenings the other night – wanting to make it just as special.

For her, it was a thick juicy filet and for me, a big juicy t-bone!

The weather was perfect for grilling, not too hot, and not too cool, with the smell of spring flowers blooming in the backyard, the birds were still singing, and the Black Dog Ale was cold.

In the oven, the huge sweet potato was baking for about an hour, while I prepared the butter and brown sugar!

All went well; the steaks came off the grill perfectly cooked, having resisted turning them more than once.

The meal was delicious, even if the fresh portabella mushrooms and sweet Vidalia onions were still safely hidden in the fridge! They would have been nice with the steak, like in the old days, but best I can remember…there was no room anyway!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

WALNUT ENCRUSTED SHRIMP

I bought a large package of frozen cooked shrimp a week or so ago for a snack with cocktail sauce and crackers. As it turned out, we needed something for a meal tonight.

It just came to me to try the “breading” I used previously on fish, and it turned out tasty!


After completely thawing the shrimp, over about 2 hours, I drained them on a paper towel and removed the tail shells.

Judy prepared some brown rice and dumped in about a half a cup of frozen peas. They cooked while I prepared my shrimp.

Sipping on one of my favorite libations, the best sipping whiskey made, George Dickel, I finely chopped walnuts and spread them out on a paper plate.

In a bowl, I cracked a jumbo egg, added salt, black pepper, a little blackened seasoning powder, and a little paprika (why…I just wanted the color). I whipped the egg and ingredients, mixing them very well.

I then dumped the shrimp into the bowl and tossed them, thoroughly mixing the egg mixture on them.

I then placed the shrimp into the crushed walnuts and turned them to get nuts on both sides. I then placed the encrusted shrimp into a skillet of hot EVOO and garlic. I let them cook on each side until the nuts looked “browned”!

Dividing the rice and peas, and the shrimp, we soon began to swoon and moan over the goodness of the shrimp and walnut flavor. It was quite a surprise meal that just happened!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

QUICK SOUTHERN RAINY DAY MEAL

The weather is definitely changing this time – a front moved through this afternoon blowing yellow leaves all over the yard and dropping the temperature some twenty degrees cooler than yesterday. I is supposed to be down to 38 Friday night, so I guess Indian summer is about over!

This weather change called for some quick thinking about something simple to cook and good to eat on a cool damp evening. In the south that calls for pinto beans, cornbread, onions, and maybe some smoked Johnsonville Beef Brats as an extra comfort kicker!

Sure was good while watching the cool air chase the clouds away!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

JOHN McCAIN BABY BACK RIBS

Yep, I watched Rachel Ray with my wife last week and Senator McCain and wife Cindy was there showing her how he does his ribs. He said he’s had up to 4 grills going at once and loves to cook that way. He said, “The longer you’re grilling, the longer you’re with friends!


He explained how he does his baby back ribs:

Ingredients

  • 1 rack baby back ribs
  • Equal parts garlic powder, salt and pepper, combined in a shaker to make a rub
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

So, I tried it, but unfortunately my grill will not reduce heat below 225 degrees. Therefore, after cooking them for about an hour and a half, bone down, they came out over done! My bad! I moistened them ever 20 minutes, with the lemon juice, and adding more of the rub mixture, and didn’t even turn them “meat down” until the last 10 minutes, but they still came out dry. Even adding my sauce didn’t save this meal. Luckily we had a great baked potato to fill us up.


I’m going back to my brother-in-law’s method, my method, or at lease cut the cook time on this one in half!


Sorry John!


BTW, while I was at it, I threw on a rump roast for a future meal! It did turn out well, because it was thicker perhaps!

Friday, September 19, 2008

REAL LIFE TO REEL LIFE!

Blog4Reel is the first-ever competition giving bloggers the chance to have their blogs turned into actual movies, not to mention the chance at winning $2000. So, ol’ Mushy and Suldog signed up! I entered my “Cross-Hairs” site (which could be a great screenplay), my “Mushy’s Moochings” sites. Hey, my life could be a movie!


They wanted realness and told us we could write specifically for the competition, link our existing blog/s to the competition, or join just to vote on our favorite blog/s (so I voted for Suldog)! It is that easy! It’s real life to “Reel” life.


We would appreciate it if you would take a moment to vote for us (see the VOTE in our sidebars), or go there and enter your blogs! Let us know…we’ll vote for you too!


You have to sign up in order to vote, but it’s not big deal…you don’t have to give them your SSN or anything!


Thanks in advance!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Apple-Fennel Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Judy and I watched an episode of Rachel Ray the other day and caught this great looking recipe. We just had to try it tonight.


Judy prepared all the dressing, the potato salad, and the coleslaw, while I did the work on the tenderloins. Here is the way it is supposed to go:


  • Salt
  • 1 package pork tenderloins (2 tenderloins)
  • Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus extra for drizzling
  • 1 small fennel bulb, cored and chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 firm apple, we used Gala, peeled, cored and sliced
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs

Pre-heat the oven to 400°F.


Trim the tenderloins of silver skin and butterfly them by cutting in and across – but not all the way through – the loins.


Cover them with plastic and pound them out to 1/4-inch thick. Season with salt and pepper.


Place a skillet over medium-high heat with two turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Add the fennel, onion, garlic and apple, season with salt, pepper and sauté until soft, 7-8 minutes. Add the apple juice to the pan along with the breadcrumbs and mix thoroughly to form a stuffing.


Divide the fennel-apple stuffing between the two tenderloins and spread into an even layer, leaving about an inch of the meat uncovered on either side.


Roll the tenderloins up like a jelly roll and place them seam side down on a sheet tray. Lightly drizzle some EVOO down over the tenderloins and season them with salt and pepper (use generously…ours needed more salt). Transfer to the oven and roast for 40 minutes, until the meat has browned.


Wash your hands after handling the pork. Then sit back and have Yuengling or two!


When the meat comes out of the oven, cover it with a piece of foil and let it rest for 10 minutes to allow the juices to settle.


To serve, slice the tenderloins and divide among four plates, or if there are just two of you, freeze one of the tenderloins for later.


Judy made coleslaw and potato salad for sides…man was it all good!


If you want to follow her recipe more closely, click here for the link.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

BAKED PORK CHOPS, POTATOES, AND GREEN BEANS

On a baking sheet, Judy baked lean, boneless, pork chops for one hour at 400 degrees. The meat was generously salted and peppered.


She turned the chop after 30 minutes, and beside it she placed about 8 cut up “new” or “red skinned” potatoes on the same cooking sheet. She sprayed the potatoes with olive oil spray and sprinkled them with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.


After the sheet had been in the oven for another 5 or 10 minutes, she pulled it out and spread on some whole green beans (Naturally, the beans should first be de-stringed!), greased generously with olive oil, and put salt and pepper on them. She put it all back in the oven for the remaining 20 to 25 minutes.


The chop should be completely done and brown, the potatoes should be tender to the touch of a fork, and the green beans should be slightly wrinkled and blackened.


Delicious…low fat…and good for you!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

CALHOUN'S AT THE MARINA

Neena and Ron met Judy and me for the wonderful lunch buffet at Calhoun’s today.


They have a wonderful assortment of tasty food on Wednesday and Friday each week. For $12, including the tip, it’s all you can eat of fresh vegetables (white and green beans, yellow corn, fried okra, carrots, cheese and cauliflower, mac’n cheese, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, and more), breads (sweet rolls and cornbread), fried catfish, chicken strips, fried chicken livers, and pulled BBQ. Sometimes there will be ribs!


Of course there are the usual condiments (honey mustard and tarter), and coleslaw!


Today there were chocolate chip cookies, or you could have all kinds of fruit, and cottage cheese.


Back at the table, the waitress keeps the glasses filled with un-sweet tea and water.


While we ate, we discussed upcoming plans to spend 3 or 4 nights in a cabin in Big South Fork, and of course, what we were going to eat then!


Out the window, we watched as boats entered and left the marina area, the geese and ducks caucusing along the bank, and schools of tiny minnows darting in and out from under the floating piers.


If you haven’t, you should visit Calhoun’s at the Marina in Lenoir City, Tennessee sometime for lunch. Or, visit either the indoor or outdoor bar sometime for great fun. I’m sure it’s hopping on the weekend too! Who knows, you may even be invited over to a party on one of the resident houseboats under the big shed!


If you prefer a quieter time, then sit by the peaceful Fort Loudon Lake waters, held back by the Fort Loudon Dam, and just watch the wildlife play.

Friday, August 08, 2008

MOM’S COUNTRY SUPPER

Judy and I ate supper with my little momma this afternoon. It was her standard meal, one which I ate many times over the years I’ve been blessed with her. It was a great meal that always filled me up and yet left me wanting to push in just one more bite of everything.


Judy loves mom’s pinto beans, or as she says it “beantos!” Another thing Judy likes with her “beantos” is chocolate cake! Yes, it is good, I’ve been forced to try it, but it was not something I have to have, but to her it is the dessert taste she craves. So tonight, after waiting for the beans to cook all day, she gave in to the “chocolate force” and enjoyed herself.


There is nothing better than a good tender beef roast, with carrots, potatoes, and onions all cooked up in the same beef juices! Yes, there is something green, kind of, it’s in the slaw, and man does the juice from the slaw make cornbread taste even better.


I have been cutting back on my eating for the past two weeks, so tonight I splurged and loaded my plate. When it was all over, I had a hard time deciding between one more bite of the hominy, the beans, the slaw, or the cornbread…so, I ate a little more of each!


Thanks mom for the great meal and love and warmth I’m feeling inside right now.

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