I love good eating. I seriously do. On the top of my good eating list is a good, colorful and flavorful salad. Like...my salads be EPIC! People actually have salads here and ask me for the salad recipe. I'm like...honestly...I just threw together what I knew I liked and would taste good.
But now salad dressings that I can eat are hard to come by. My FAVORITE salad dressing isn't gluten-free so I had to make my own version of it:
Truth be told however...sometimes I'm just not in the mood for all of that. LOL!
I was in Whole Foods one day last week and a woman was sauteing fresh veggies with this sauce: Tessamae's Soy Ginger
After assuring me it was gluten-free, I tried some. And then I bought some. And the same veggies she was using. And I went home. And I was in SAUCE.HEAVEN!
And now...I own three different ones and shall be adding to that I'm sure.
The Robinator both agreed that we didn't want to go out for dinner to celebrate our anniversary this year. I decided to cook us a special meal at home. I told him I'd cook whatever he wanted and he couldn't come up with one suggestion stating that it's always good so why does he have to pick something. Dude would just rather eat whatever is in front of him.
SIP: Imma remember that.
I gave him all sorts of suggestions from fancy seafood dishes to grilled lamb chops. He was like...it doesn't matter...but I don't want lobster or lamb chops.
Or shrimp. Seems like we've had a lot of shrimp lately.
Nothing with gravy.
That wild rice is good. Kinda. Maybe not.
It doesn't matter really. Whatever you decide is fine with me.
I still didn't know what I was going to make as I was roaming around the store and then...I decided on a brisket even though I knew I wasn't going to be able to marinate it overnight. I'd just told a Jewish friend the other day that I needed to buy a brisket before their Passover dinner because they buy up all the brisket and make the prices go up with supply/demand concept and whatnot. LOL! So...I found a nice 4lb brisket, rinsed it off well, seasoned it with fresh minced garlic, diced onion, fresh cracked pepper and a wee bit of cayenne pepper and put it fat side up in a shallow pan. Then...I added 2 cups of beef stock and covered it TIGHT with 'luminum ferl (aluminum foil) and let it cook without opening the oven on 350 degrees for a solid 3 hours.
Then I removed it and checked the temperature. It was at around 190 degrees which is what I was going for. Next...I sliced it and put it back in the pan making sure all the meat was covered with the au jus, covered it up again and let it go for 20 more minutes while I got the rest of the meal going.
I'm not going to tell you how good it was. I'm not going to tell you how good the house was smelling. I'm not even going to tell you about how there was some serious sopping up of au jus going on over here.
But I will tell you that I just had brisket and boiled eggs for breakfast.
And I slurped up the juice something ferocious.
When's the last time you cooked something SO.GOOD...you had some for breakfast the next morning?
As an appetizer recently, I served these with cubes of pepper jack cheese and an assortment of olives. I simply sliced the sausages in half lengthwise and put them on a hot griddle skillet for about 5 minutes. They are already fully cooked...just needed heating.
I won't tell you they almost caused a fight cuz a hostess fighting over the last sausage is uncouth and whatnot and I try my best to be couthish.
What's your favorite appetizer to serve at dinner parties?
Do you clean fruit before you put it in the fruit bowl or before you eat it?
Do you soak your veggies?
Do you own a veggie brush?
I hate shopping for groceries. I really, really, really hate it. It's an absolute chore for me that I could seriously do without. I have to buy the same stuff that I've already checked out or I'm azzed out because I probably didn't bring my reading glasses with me and I can't read the damn ingredients on the packaging. And...I have to read all the ingredients cuz they slip so much crazy ish in stuff that doesn't seem like it should even be in there.
Crazy. Crazy. Crazy.
I feel like I have to do some serious homework before I try anything new. I run across stuff all the time that I've never heard of and I think I'm pretty well educated on foodstuffs. The other day, for the first time, I ran into Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA). I whipped out my phone and found all kinds to stuff including this: 11 Food Ingredients Banned Outside the U.S. That We Eat
That made me sooooooooooooooooooooooooo frustrated.
When I'm shopping now, I find that I'm not the only person reading the packaging on products. It seems like just about everyone is conscious that there might be some stuff in there that they don't want their family eating. I even asked a woman with glasses recently to read the third ingredient in a product to me and she took one look at it, told me I didn't want that and then told me two other things it's in too that would surprise me.
Meat scares me unless I get it from the Amish market. Even when it's organic. I wish I could quit it but I know I can't so I just stick to as much organic meat as I possibly can.
I'm rambling. I'm sorry. This food stuff is just too dang weird. Just...UGH!
Do you find yourself reading more ingredients lists too?
Have you ever had eggs cooked in bacon grease?
You should understand by the shape these packages are in that this is NOT.A.JOKE.
Put it on top of some of this:
Put it on a cracker and add just a dollop of this:
And you will turn into a rabid dog who doesn't like anyone near them while they eat.
You've been warned.
Shelly had scallops a couple of weeks ago. I wanted some scallops. I didn't get any.
A girlfriend had scallops Saturday. I wanted some scallops. I got scallops.
I also sauteed bokchoy, ginger, garlic and shitake mushrooms. I cooked the scallops for 3 minutes on each side in bacon drippings.
I cannot stress to yall how delicious all of this was.
When's the last time YOU had scallops?
Up until recently I didn't have an actual home bar. I had most of what I needed...I just had them all in the basement pantry section and would have to go up and down again when I wanted to mix drinks, etc.
Well...I changed that recently and am going to be complete with it soon.
I'll take pics later.
What about you? Where do you keep your home bar? Do you have a special place you keep everything? Do you have a nice built in bar? Is it well stocked? What is your signature drink you can whip up easily? What liquors and mixers do you keep stocked?
Here's Martha's take on it: Home Bar Basics
That's the dish that did me in. Was it good? HELL.YES! Was it worth being glutened? NOTHING is worth being glutened.
I usually make my own stir fry sauce, of course, but when I went looking for gluten-free soy sauce, I saw the sauce next to it and bought it thinking I was still in the gluten-free section of Wegman's. Turns out...I was one aisle over in the natural section where they keep the gluten-free soy sauce.
Confusing I know. I hope they change that soon.
N E WAY...
Because I thought I was in the GF section I didn't even read the bottle. I made dinner and within 20 minutes...felt like I was going to die. *sigh*
It was pretty quick too.
My body QUICKLY got rid of the food and that's the most polite way I can put that. Oh screw it...yall know me well enough to know by now hell. I got INSTANT BUBBLE GUTS! Do you hear me? INSTANT! The stomach pain was like the worst kind of cramps plus uncomfortable bloating. My head start hurting and I was hit with a wall of fatigue. When I realized that I was feeling REALLY poorly...it hit me that I felt like I was glutened.
Robby got the bottle and checked it out. Yup. My worst fears confirmed.
I started drinking water and took a probiotic. All I wanted to do is sleep. I felt sooooooooooooooo horrible!
When I woke up Sunday morning? Still felt horrid. I stayed in bed all day long and, here it is 9pm Sunday night while I'm writing this and I still feel horrid.
Only blessing is I no longer feel like this every.single.day.
I guess I'll feel better in a few days.
Oh...the sauce was delicious in the event you'd like to try it yourself.
I used to LURVE fried shrimp poboys but can't have them any longer.
My mommy-in-law is famous for her fried shrimp poboys and she made them gluten-free for me and they were soooooooooooooo good! I couldn't get French bread, of course...but we put them on corn tortilla wraps and baaaaaaaaaaby! DEEELICIOUS!
I wish I'd remembered to take a pic before we devoured them but I didn't.
Pour SmartBalance oil in a skillet and heat on medium low heat.
Beat two eggs, add peeled and deveined shrimp, pour in enough buttermilk to cover shrimp. Mix well with hand and let sit for a few minutes.
Sprinkle a layer of gluten flour on a plate. DUST this layer with corn meal. Season to taste. Mix with fork.
Stick your fingers in running water and flick the water into the skillet. If the grease crackles...it's hot enough.
Dredge shrimp in flour mixture and add to skillet.
Brown on one side for 3 minutes and turn over. Brown on other side for 2 minutes.
Add fixings to your taste to tortilla. (Mayo, mustard, cocktail sauce, ketchup, Creole mustard, etc.) Add shredded lettuce down the middle and put thinly sliced tomatoes over that. Add shrimp and wrap.
I also fried some oysters but I didn't get it right. I know what I think I need to do to make them right. Adjusting my favorite recipes from home to Gluten-free versions takes some doing. Yall know I'm funny 'bout my food so I won't stop until I get it EXACTLY.RIGHT!
When's the last time you had a fried shrimp poboy? Where'd you get it?
Thirteen grams of sugar per serving. Four servings. That's 52 grams of sugar. If there are 4 grams of sugar in one teaspoon, that means I just sat there and shoveled 13 teaspoons of sugar in my mouth, down my throat, into my blood stream, leaving little sugar footprints all up and through my major organs, settling in for a stay in my stomach.
I felt horrible.
But look at how quickly that happens. Just doody doody do...SUGAR.
I got up and drank a large glass of hot water and lemon juice and just felt disgusted with myself for the rest of the day.
Does this ever happen to you? Do you ever eat something...realize exactly what you just did to your body and then you feel sick to your stomach?
I'm totally going off sugar for a month. I'll only get sugar in natural foods. No added refined sugar. None.
I still feel ugh.
Anybody want to cut out refined sugar with me?
I eat at Founding Farmers pretty regularly. I love their food, the ambience, etc. The concept of clean eating feeds my soul and, when there isn't much out there that I can eat on the fly...it's nice to know I can pop over to Founding Farmers and grab a seat at the bar and have something I can eat relatively quickly.
Well...Saturday I had my first bad experience there and it was pretty bad. I won't go into all the specific details...but I basically stopped talking so I didn't snap and curse and let my friend do all the talking. Long story short...we were there for about an hour and a half before our meal came and those around us were coming and going. The truth never really came out...but I sense our waitress simply forgot to put our order in. Wouldn't have been a big deal except she didn't tell her manager the truth so there was a tad bit of confusion that I decided to NOT participate in.
Before we left...a manager came over and gave us his card. He told us to email him or call him before we ever came in again so he could personally make sure our experience was a good one.
I thought about it all day and determined that I liked that. Dude was, quite obviously...a class act.
So I emailed him:
You should DEFINITELY add this to your grazing station for Thanksgiving this year. A friend made some recently and I embarrassed myself with how much of it I scarfed down. I'm talking...DEEEEEEEEELICIOUS!
About 18 ounces of Brie
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup Kahlua
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup chopped pecans
Slice rind off top of brie but don't remove. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
While brie is baking, melt butter, add Kaluah and brown sugar and bring to boil, stirring constantly, for 10 - 15 minutes (carmelize). Add pecans for about 2 minutes or so to warm the pecans.
Remove brie from oven and pour sauce over top. Serve with crackers and apple slices.
You'll want to try one at home first before you share with others. Not because there is a science to it that you have to perfect but because it's sooooooooooooo good...you won't get enough to satiate you with your friends around.
I absolutely 100% can't WAIT to try my new Angled Dripless Turkey Baster out. I am so geeked it's crazy. It has a brush, a flat pour thingy and a nozzle and yall...I think it might be the best thing to ever happen to my turkey!
Do you baste with a baster, a brush or both?
I've been seeing a commercial with a pasta dish where they used smoked sausage as the meat.
Do you have many dishes you use smoked sausage in?
A woman said she puts bacon in hers while we were making polite conversation about it being soup weather.
I pondered that for about 6 seconds and then told the dude behind the counter to add a pound of bacon to that too please and thank you.
I don't rightly know how to make a beef veggie soup with bacon...but I shall certainly be eating a BLT while trying it. OH.YEAH!
You ever heard of bacon in the beef veggie soup?
Honest gave us these mulling spices and they've been in the cabinet. I was looking up some adult beverage recipes for the Halloween party and saw a list which included mulled wine so I bought wine and made some using the exact directions on the bottle times 3.
12 cups Cabernet Sauvignon
1.5 cups sugar
6 tablespoons mulling spices
Warm in pot and simmer for 20 minutes.
Yall know we love the kids around here but it was even easier to love them after a glass or two of warm, spiced wine.
Have you ever had mulled wine? It was super good!
From: PBS Food
My food choices are pretty healthy. I mean...I go out of my way to make choosing what Robby and I eat all about healthy choices. Seafood? Raw caught please. Eggs? Organic please. I can't eat gluten so I always substitute whatever I want to eat...for the gluten-free option.
I don't do a lot of sugar. I don't cook with salt. I eat HEAVY veggies and fruit. HEAVY. LOTS of leafy greens and I love color. Hell...I even eat organic lolipops and sour jelly beans.
You get the picture...
Our coffee is organic and we get it straight from the roaster, Mayorga Organic Cafe Cubana.
My unhealthy, totally processed, sugar laden creamer choice? Coffemate Hazelnut creamer. When they started with the natural bliss kind...I tried it, finished a bottle and went back to my old standby because they didn't make a natural bliss hazelnut.
But I've been feeling guilty about it.
BLECH! Tasted fake. It doesn't go bad until December 23rd so if you'll be at 13700 before then and would like it...it's yourN.
And then I tried this:
Will I ever be able to break my addiction to the delicious goodness that is starting my morning out with my coffee sweatened beautifully and creamily by Coffeemate Hazelnut creamer?
What do YOU use? Anything healthy that won't make me instamad in the mornings?
I learned on Sunday night that last Friday was National Taco Day.
I like tacos.
I was mad that none of yall told me it was National Taco Day because that is a holiday worthy of celebration.
STEP YALL INFORMATION SHARING GAME UP PLEASE AND THANK YOU!
So, OF COURSE, I wanted tacos last night.
But I couldn't decide which kind.
I finally decided that I couldn't decide so I made two kinds.
Yup! TWO! On the left we have chipotle garlic flank steak and on the right...cilantro lime shrimp.
They were both delicious.
The beef was better.
Now I'm hungry again. I'm thinking breakfast is going to be a leftover taco filling omelet.
What's YOUR favorite taco? Do you use hard or soft shells? Avocado? Fresh cilantro?
I put the long lens on my camera because honestly...I was confused.
Dude was harvesting his veggies.
On a tiny roof.
Without rail the first.
Then...he started watering them with a hose he'd hooked onto a wire on side of his tiny roof.
I couldn't stop watching him because I was confused as to how he'd gotten out there. SERIOUSLY. It couldn't be through the window right? I mean...there was no door sure...but um...his shoulders looked bigger than the window so yeah...how'd he get up there? I didn't see a ladder or anything but his veggies were totally impressive.
And then...I looked up and he'd rehooked his hose and climbed back inside...THROUGH THE WINDOW.
I have to say...in a world where some people wouldn't eat veggies to save their life...it's refreshing to see someone go above and beyond to make sure they have fresh, organic veggies.
I mean really.
Eat some veggies. NON cooked to death or fried.
It will help your quality of life...provided you don't fall off a tiny roof growing 'em.
I love sushi but have to remember to bring gluten free soy sauce with me. Sometimes...I'm out and about and decide I want sushi and then can't get any because I don't have soy sauce with me. Once you open a bottle of soy sauce...you need to put it in the fridge so you can't keep it in your vehicle just in case.
The last time this happened I got mad so I started looking for soy sauce in individual packets that I can keep in my truck. I found these recently and they arrived yesterday.Little Soya Gluten Free Less Sodium Soy Sauce
Guess who's having sushi today for lunch?
What are YOU doing for lunch today?
I have no food in my house currently so we are eating cabinet and freezer food as I am DETERMINED to not shop for groceries until Sunday, September 15th when the new Wegmans down the street opens.
Do you have a Wegmans in your area? I've been told I'm going to weep when I walk into the gluten-free aisle. TOTALLY looking forward to that!!!!!
A friend asked me why do you always have to saute onions and garlic before you cook with them? My answer was simple. Well...have you ever tried the same recipe WITHOUT sauteing them? Or...have you ever eaten a bit of raw onion verses eating a bit of sauted onion?
Onions are sharp and onioney before you saute them. When you saute them...it caramelizes them and "softens" the taste making them sweeter. Added to your dishes it's a MUCH different taste than if you'd added them without sauteing them. Pretty simple to me and much more of a preference kind of thing. Some folks like onioney mo' better-er.
In savory dishes...I don't.
On hotdogs...I do.
So...my birthday party this year was an old school Field Day like when you were in elementary or middle school. I reserved a park for the whopping permit fee of $20, bought some balls and whatnot, served hotdogs and grilled veggies with cupcakes, sunchips, etc. and GOT.IT.IN!
Here is my template for the paper lollipops and you can personalize it your way for your use: Download MINGO FLAGS
The rest of the stuff I used was stuff I already had down in the basement. I've collected some nice things over the years by simply keeping an eye out for things. The best time to get good deals on stuff is when you don't need it. LOL! So yeah...I see something nice on a random Tuesday in March and buy it and store it down in the basement until I'm ready to use it. GO ME!
The best thing I've ever purchased has got to be the 54 x 108-Inch White Tablecloth $3.50 each. I use them so much and, at only $3.50...you don't worry if something is spilled on them like red wine. Oh...and my silverware I bought in bulk, Stainless Dinner Fork - 24 / BX - $4.68. I started out with about 48 each of them at those prices and bought forks, spoons and knives. You're totally not mad if someone accidentally tosses one in the trash at those prices. I keep them in ziploc bags between parties and put them in a buffet silverware caddy for parties. I've had it forever and forgot where I found it. Works perfectly.
Since we were at a park...I used paper plates because paper plates are for parks and barbecues. And that's all Imma say about that. Humph. LOL! Bought the paper plates at the dollar store too.
I did buy dodge balls and a flag football set but I can use them again. If you're in the area and want to throw a field day party...you're welcome to borrow them because they will simply be in the ball bag in the basement. LOL!
For the three legged races I used an old sheet cut up in strips. Worked perfectly and completely throw-way-able.
Food was easy. Gluten-free all beef hotdogs, grilled veggies and corn on the cob. I put the corn on wooden skewers so folks didn't have to use their hands while outside. I had a gallon of hand sanitizer on hand to disinfect before eating. LOL!
Water and gatorade were the drink choices (G-Baby brought some drink packs for the kiddies) as we couldn't bring alcohol to the park. I was going to make some awesome adult beverages to put into these Ball Jar Heritage Collection Pint Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 6 :
Yall know I'm anti-drinking-out-of-mason-jars because I always dribble on myself so I drilled a hole in the top of the lid and then put Nickel-Plated Brass Eyelets - 3/8" - 8 Ct. in the hole. I didn't put the back of the eyelet on because I did the hole exact and it was a really nice and snug fit. Then...a straw just pops in nicely! WHEEEEEEEEEEE! Well...I'd already made 6 when I found out I couldn't bring alcohol so I didn't make anymore. LOL!
We had fun. It's always cool to do something completely different and well...we get together all the time for drinks and or drinks and dinner so it's fun to switch it up to something we never get to do.
Before we left the park yesterday someone asked what we're doing next year.
A male friend called me spitting mad the other day because he'd attended a baby shower and the cake was terrible. It was funny to me because I'd just had a conversation with some girlfriends about how they always look forward to cake at weddings and showers and how much of a let down it is when the cake isn't good.
I thought this was funny as hell!
Then...I started thinking more about it. Back in the day, folks used to have homemade cake leftover from Sunday dinner in a stand on the counter. Now? Not so much. I know I only bake cakes during the holiday season so the only time I'm around cake is at a shower, wedding or birthday party. I can't even EAT cake anymore unless it's gluten-free so yeah...it's a treat for me when I get it. (Not that I want it often mind you.) So I guess they are right. The cake at a shower, wedding or birthday party should be good cake. LOL!
The last good cake I had was Queeny's Red Velvet Cheesecake. She made it gluten-free just for me! GO ME! LOL!
The last shower, wedding or birthday party you attended...was the cake good? Be honest.