Month: December 2016

Posole

This Mexican soup has always been a tradition in my family, especially around the holidays. I’m making it for Christmas Day here in Kentucky, for my family. I have great memories of my mother making this soup year after year. Since she recently passed, this year… her delicious and warm family favorite has even more precious meaning. My mom was such a great cook, never measuring, just always knowing. Even later in life, I marveled at her skills. I guess I learnt from the best. To you Momma, may my version here make you proud. I sure do love you and miss you. I look forward to seeing you again in paradise. Here’s the hominy I like to use, I add in a little of the juice too. It makes the soup nice and thick.  The yummy toppings  ✔️, they help send this soup over the delicious top. Grandson’s excited. And here we go, oh my yum. Merry Christmas friends, may the reason for the season always shine bright in your hearts.   g. 

Kentucky Blues

My daughter, her husband and their children recently moved here to Kentucky. This afternoon my husband and I will head back to California after a wonderful month long stay with them, in this gorgeous state. We will miss our family here so much, but with much hope and plenty of prayer we will keep focused on the good and pray that their experiences here will enrich their lives even more so. They’ve been fortunate enough to live very near the sea in California and they’ve all enjoyed it to the fullest, now to be blessed with a house in the beautiful state of Kentucky, well, all I can do is be joyful for them, with bits of sadness mixed in as well, of course. There’s been plenty of amazingly touching moments, enough to last this Nanna good positive thoughts and wonderful memories until the next visit… On a chilly day while tucked warmly inside, to witness my young granddaughter run over to her backyard window area full of excitement to marvel at the sight of …

Tostada Bar Delight

Isn’t it great that sometimes thee most simple ingredients can create the most delectable delights?. Tostadas = maximum yumminess. Tostada shells (homemade or not) Pinto Beans Ground Turkey Lettuce Tomatoes Chopped Onion Sliced jalapeños Grated Cheese Lemon wedges Homemade (or not) salsa Your favorite hot sauce Process… pile up 😉 eat enjoy. Merry almost Christmas and to all a good night.       g. 

Animal Style Grilled Cheese 

Don’t have an In n Out in your town? Want that delicious flavor that comes with the sauce? Try this recipe, you will not be disappointed. The key is in the sauce. 🙂 I pretty much followed this recipe I found on Pinterest, I am on a constant 😉 search for yummy grilled cheese sandwich recipes, this one is a real winner! http://houseofyumm.com/grilled-cheese-animal-style/ The only thing I did different was to swap out the sugar for a pinch of stevia. The sauce was sweet enough without being too sweet. * What would make these grilled cheese sandwiches even better, in my humble foodie opinion, would be to add in pickle slices and fresh sliced tomatoes, oh happy foodie cheers to… next time! 🙂 *When I have a craving for In n Out and there is no such thing in sight, I will definitely make these. *Make the sauce ahead of time and maybe even the ‘grilled onions’, as recreating this recipe all at once is a bit of a process. *I would at least double …

A Great Lentil Soup with Ham Hock 

This is such a tasty soup. Being here in Kentucky with temps in the teens this December, it will be the prefect warm up for the family just before we head out to the Kentucky Mega Cavern to see the Christmas lights. Thank goodness it’s a vehicle tour. Lol Ingredients… 3 cups lentils 12 cups chicken broth 2 smoked hamhocks 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped carrots 1 cup chopped celery 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes with the juice 1 large glove garlic (or 2 small), minced 1/4 tsp thyme 1 tsp salt 1/8 tsp pepper Process Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a large stock pot, then add in the smoked hamhocks Simmer the hamhocks on low for 1 hour (this adds another flavor layer to your broth) Remove the hammocks from the broth and when cool chop the meat from the hammock into small dice pieces, being carful cutting around the bone. Heat the olive oil to medium high in a medium sauté pan Add …

Four Days In LuAhville 

Adventuring in Louisville for 4 days this month, truly enjoying the city. We are staying at the beautiful Galt House. Finding great walkable places to explore, hope you enjoy the tour. We Californias are sure learning how to keep warm here in December… About to venture out into the cold. Triple dressed here, lol. Our 1st day in the city I believe it was in the mid 20’s, we did not let that stop us, off we trotted throughly bundled up to sight-see anyway. Walking down Main St. we came across this quaint little park space. I shared a bench with this handsome Southern gent. We came across the Slugger museum. We visited the Frazier Museum, what a wonderful permenate collection and great special exhibits as well. I especially liked the Pearl Harbor exhibit, the collection is quite powerful and very moving. I was so moved by this exhibit, it is really a must see. Moving on… The Clark exhibit was fab and very informative. The way it’s set up I believe it is something …