Month: August 2016

Meet Me At The Inn, The Mission Inn 

Got in a quick getaway this weekend to the historic Mission Inn in Riverside California.  From the Mission Inn…  From its modest beginnings as a two-story adobe guest house in 1876 to its current position as an icon of breathtaking architecture, timeless beauty and old world charm, The Mission Inn is a place where history, grandeur and inspiration are found around every corner. The grand entry way Pool time is good time  Our Take 2 vow renewal spot some years back. Such a gorgeous space.  View below our room.  Just one of the grand hallways.  Front view of the chapel.  As seen in the courtyard.  Photo ops everywhere.  Those beautiful large doors leading into the chapel.  Took my morning coffee poolside.  Squeezed in every bit of pool time.  Needed the down time.  The Nanjing Bell  Beauty everywhere.  We shall return, again and again I’m sure of it! 

Velveta Cheese Sauce 

This is so darn easy and so delish 4 ounces Velveta, cubed 1/2 cup heavy cream Slowly heat the cream Add in the Velveta  Stir until smooth Dip & Eat *serve heated as a dip, serves 4/6  I happened by these in my local grocery store. Only 15 grams of carbs per serving and low in calories? Yes, please.  I microwaved one about 1 minute per side. Cook until crunchy like chips. Sliced them up like chips, they made great dipping chips for my Velveta cheese sauce!  I enjoyed the velveta cheese sauce over a bit of cooked ground round (you could use ground turkey) cooked with onions and tomatoes and topped cilantro. Used my crunchy like-chips to dip. Yum!  This was so good.  Enjoy your Sunday all. g. 

Sometimes When I Can’t Sleep, I Cook… Chori-Pollo Dip   

Lately worry has been an almost constant in my life. Our youngest grandson 💙 has been in the NICU since his miraculous birth day about 6 weeks ago. Each day he is here continues to be such a miracle and I am thankful about that.  But, this Nanna sometimes needs a distraction. So getting up at 4am because I can’t sleep anyway and needing a distraction… cooking sure can help. 🙂  Of course I saved the putting together of this dish for my lunch/snack, it sure is tasty Here’s what you need. Plus a 1/4 cup water.  Begin to cook up your Mexican chorizo. Here is what the package looks like, in case you were wondering. It’s a soft sausage. Use 1/2 the package for this recipe.  Slice 1/2 an onion thin  Cook the onion until soft  Cook the chorizo until cooked, it will begin to get a tiny bit crispy when it’s done.  Here my onions are half way there… Dice into small cubes 8oz of velveta cheese, add the 1/4 water and the …

Eggplant Fries w/or without Truffle Salt 

These are just too good not to make, easy too.  Gather your ingredients Slice the eggplant like this Cut into fry shape  Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper them Experiment with your seasoning choice, or not. I added a sprinkle of truffle salt I had on hand instead of plain salt to one portion.  Present your dish!  Addictingly yummy  Uh huh, so good. Today I enjoyed my eggplant fries with a side of Harry Potter. 😉  Ingredients… eggplant, sliced then cut into fries olive oil olive oil spray (optional) salt, pepper truffle salt or not mayo, flavored or not Process…. preheat oven to 400 place eggplant fries on an oiled cookie sheet, I used an olive oil spray drizzle the fries with olive oil, I used a tablespoon per 1/2 amount of eggplant fries and cookie sheet salt and pepper the fries *or sprinkle with pepper and truffle salt (or use your seasoning choice, with plain salt and pepper. I’m thinking garlic powder would definitely work here)  Toss the fries around Bake for 20/25 …

Sometimes I make extra bacon and highly pepper it, Cream Cheese Crepes.

These are just delightful!  In a microwave safe bowl heat 1/2 cup whipped cream cheese to warm. (I did 1 minute on my microwave reheat setting) Add in 2 beaten eggs Next, add 1/8 tsp vanilla  Now add in a pinch of sugar or 1 packet of a sweetner of your choose, I used trivia today.  Mix until it is as smooth as a pancake batter, or close to it. I used both a whisk and a fork. My mix still had little lumps in it, all ok, it’s the yummy cream cheese anyway.  Butter a warm skillet Scoop out about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of the batter onto your warm pan.  Cook, flip, cook Enjoy!  This mix made four smaller size crepes.  As you may know anything goes with crepes, fancy them up as you please.  Of course these crepes are yummy on their own, with a dash syrup of your choice, a sweet filling, etc…  My husband enjoyed his with a dollop of strawberry preserves. Try them savory with a cooked vegi filling …