Month: November 2016

Going To Kentucky 

Leaving our comfy California to explore Kentucky for a month. My husband and I will be there through the month of December helping our daughter, son in law and two of our grand kids with their move.  My son in law has taken a new position with a nice promotion attached… They left their beach condo (having rented it out) in Carlsbad California a few weeks ago and have been our home roomies since then.  Looks like this fox is ready to make his move.  It hasn’t all been fun and games, but it has sure been fun! Allergies have been put to the test and are now on overload.  Momma (my daughter) had to make other accommodations for this pretty girl one night as the pet dander around our home has become too much for her over time.  I went to work with extreme dusting and vacuuming, hoping between this and keeping the little hairy culprit pup contained in it’s own room (lol), well I’m hoping it all helps.  An air purifier will be …

Baked Bacon

Cooking for a crowd? Try this method. It is so easy. You can concentrate on other food issues ;), while your bacon crisps up nicely, with very little effort. I like that. Ingredients… Bacon, lots of it Process… Preheat oven to 375 Line a cookie sheet pan or 2 with foil Line up your bacon on the cookie sheet pan(s) Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until crisp Move the bacon to paper towels to drain grease * Check on the bacon from time to time, one of my bacon filled cookie sheets went for 30 minutes (to perfection) the other cookie sheet needed an additonal 5 minutes or so. Cooking time will depend on your particular bacon type, thickness, oven,  etc… Enjoy.   g. 

Cranberry Horseradish Sauce (otherwise known as my Cranberry Horsey Sauce ;))

Otherwise known as my Cranberry Horsey Sauce, it is beyond delish and a thanksgiving meal traditional in my house. I hope you’ll give it a try… This is a savory cranberry sauce that is delicious as an add in to your holiday spread. It is great with turkey and everything else you would normally put cranberry sauce on. Ingredients 1 bag cranberries 1 cup water 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1/2 cup sugar sugar 2 Tablespoons prepared horseradish Add extra horseradish to your liking. This year I added a 1/2 tablespoon of this on top of the 2 T. of regular horseradish. Process Cook the cranberries in a cup of water until the cranberries burst and become soft. (it takes about 10/15 minutes on a med. simmer) Add in the sugar and continue to cook and mix until the mixture is well blended Add in the horseradish, blend all well. Remove from heat and chill before serving Enjoy! And a Happy Turkey day to you and yours!

Art Soiree Fun

Riverside Art Museum 11/18/2016, tonight Councilman Andy Melendrez and his beautiful wife hosted a night of art, food and fun.  Ready set! 🙂  A view from above…  Cheers!  The decor was fab If you’re ever in my neck of the woods, be sure and check out the Riverside Art Museum, it’s a fab space with great art.                                                                       g. 

Mexican Fideo

When you’re thinking about preparing your lunch (and hungry for it already) at 10:30 in the morning, you know you woke up waaaaay too early. So…  comfort food it is, then perhaps a nap!  I give you my momma’s Mexican Fideo. Pure comfort, completely delish and high in carbs, yup, oh so good!  One of these days I promise to share the recipe.   I’m off to nap. lol. I am. g.

Crockpot Smothered Pork Chops and Gravy 

Here’s an easy way to make delicious smothered pork chops  Ingredients…    8-10 small boneless pork steaks 2 cans cream of chicken soup 1 can cream of mushroom soup 2 envelopes pork gravy mix 2 cups water 1-2 tsps chicken boullion  1 tablespoon dried chopped onion 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp dried thyme 1/4 tsp onion powder 1/4 tsp pepper Process… Season the pork chops with salt and pepper Combine the rest of the ingredients right inside the crockpot. Make sure to whisk the mixture until smooth Add in the pork chops Cook on high in the crockpot for 4 hours Lower theheat and continue to cook for 3 hours on low Taste and adjust  * Normally I’d use fresh thin sliced white onion (1 whole onion) in this, but currently I’m living with a couple of none onion lovers so I got the onion flavor in on the down low with the dried onion and onion powder. Shhhh, don’t tell. 😉  *finished dish photo coming soon Serve these pork chops …

Thee Best Smashed Potatoes 

Ok folks if you want wow your guests and make them fall all over you (in a good way), make them these yummy smashed pototoes.  I learnt this method of making mashed-like potatoes in culinary school, years ago. They absolutely never disappoint. In fact I’ve got my own following of smashed potato fans, I do!     Ingredients…  5 lbs baking potatoes cooked to soft and peeled 2 tablespoons olive oil 8 tablespoons salted butter or margarine  1/3 cup white onion, chopped small 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 1 cup heavy cream  Process Heat oil and butter or margarine in a medium size sauté pan on med heat until butter or margarine is melted. Add in the onions, salt and pepper Cook the onions on low to med heat until they are clearly translucent and soft, mixing them often. Add in the minced garlic and continue to cook the mixture on low until the garlic is soft.  In a large bowl combine the peeled cooked potatoes with the butter …

K, C and G’s Oh So Moist Roast Chicken 

I found a great recipe on the internet recently for baked chicken. Baked, whole chicken, a high heat cooking process with moist results…. all those things, I like! I thought, hey, I can add a few of my own touches to an already great recipe like a bit more flavor depth based on my cooking knowledge and walla… here it is, my scrumptious version. My newly clipped herb sprigs. I just happened to have these herbs on hand in my backyard herb garden space, purchase your fresh herbs at your local grocery store. Gather your ingredients. Oops, missing the 1/2 a lemon, I’m on it. Ingredients… 1 whole chicken (about 3 to 3-1/2 pounds) 2 tablespoons oil 2 tablespoons melted margarine or 2 tablespoons butter 1 1⁄2 tablespoons lemon juice (can use more lemon juice if desired) 1 1⁄2 tablespoons seasoning salt 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika 1 sprig thyme 1 sprig rosemary 1/2 a lemon Process… Rinse the chicken inside and out well under cold water, …