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Taco - Botano Night coming soon

Awesome Salsa is marinating. It will be used to flavor multiple dishes as the week progresses. Tomorrow night will be Taco or Botano night. Ground beef seasoned with chili spices and vinegar on top of Doritos. Avocado, onion, tomatoes, peppers will all find their way into the dish. Melted cheese, creamed sauces, the options are endless. Burritos, pepper'd Rice & Beans will be a side dishes and we will all be speaking Espanol by evening end. 

I have heard about a Herb called  epazote to help reduce the gasous effects of beans. I have read this article and will ask Elvis and Chef Michael about it soon.

 

How do you make beans less gassy?

I'm cooking a pot of pinto beans but would like to do without the gas, any secrets?

Beans can cause gas because of complex sugars, called oligosaccharides, which are difficult for humans to digest. Some simple steps can minimize the gas-producing effects of beans:
----Purchase the most recent crop of dry beans. The fresher the bean, the fewer gastrointestinal problems you are likely to experience.
----When soaking the beans, change the water 2 to 3 times. The complex sugars are released into the soaking water. Always discard the soaking water before cooking your beans.
----In Mexico, they use an herb called epazote to reduce gas. This herb is cooked with the beans & is often found in health food stores.
----Commercial natural enzyme products, such as Beano, break down the complex sugars in beans making them easier to digest. This product is added to beans right before they are eaten & is available in many drug stores.

 

 
 

Garlic Cumin Pepper Chicken and forgetfulness

What a Market today. Jewelry, Scentsy , Restored furniture, African/American accessories and my favorite Peas Farm produce and Chef Michael Fleshner to answer questions.

I hope I do not forget any items in my Market basket. I brought home Fresh spinach, Cherry, Red n Green tomatoes, Yellow n Green Bell peppers, Snap Peas, Red Onions, Beets, Baby Red and Baking potatoes. I believe that completes my bounty of Vegetables.

I did forget Cabbage, Green n Red and Baby Carrots that I turned into a Maple flavored slaw. 2 cups of shredded vegetables mixed with 1/2 cup Salad dressing and 1/2 cup Maple syrup. Along with this slaw I served Spaghetti noodles boiled in tomato water. Chicken Breast Baked on top of Fresh spinach with slices of Yellow peppers and Garlic Cumin sauce over the Chicken.

I have so many other wonderful vegetables to create with this week I am looking forward to dinner with The Wife Mon.- Friday evening. Chef Michael gave me insight into a vegetable recipe called Harvard Beets. I will let you know how it turns out.

Sundays I work too many hours right now. The Wife fends for herself @ church. Lunch with friends after service. A meal with family group in the evening. You all know the routine.

 

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Strawberries ! Strawberries !! Strawberries !!! We Have'M in South Texas

 Here is chef Michael Fleshner's post to Facebook this afternoon:

 Strawberries ! Strawberries !! Strawberries !!! for those of you who came to Market today. Everybody was excited about the early berries. Especially our visitors from Missouri. It will be a month or so before they will see the wonderful fruit. Next week though; Will we have enough to go around ? Come out and see.  

 

 

And though I saw the wonderful berries, I did not pick any up. I was visiting with Marli the Baker from Creekside Creations and bought a dozen of her Cinnamon Rolls. I also received an education about Gluten free items. Gluten I have learned is in all Wheat Grain. Some folks are allergic to gluten. You can create flour out of many dried nuts and seeds. Marli uses Almond Flour for her purposes. You get the best results from a mix of 3-4 different flours. There are special grinders you can buy for in your home that will pulverize dry foods to a flour. Vitamixers are too powerful. It turns out Marli's Mom is allergic to Gluten, hence Marli has become an expert on the subject.

Chef Michael added that many of Marli's Gluten free items have a better flavor than those made with Wheat flour. Chef Michael wants everyone to know that the greens at market are some of the best he has recently cooked with. And he was excited to also show me the Yellow squash and Zucchini. I can attest to the wonderful Spinach as you have read in some of my recent blogs.


 
 

Safety when Cutting and Storing Cantaloupe

 

 Chef Michael Fleshner asked if I would share this on my blog. It is interesting reading. Demonstrating that because melons are grown on the ground. And due to the porous nature of the Cantaloupe's outer rind we should use caution when we cut and store this fruit.

 

 

Potentially Hazardous Food: Cut Melons

cut melonsIt’s not new information that cut melons are on the FDA’s list of potentially hazardous food  (PHF). What might be new information is the reason why melons are considered a PHF. Since melons grow on the ground, their rinds are more likely to come in contact with pathogenic bacteria from the soil, water, or manure. Melons also have an external texture that is favorable to bacteria. The porous rind of cantaloupes, watermelon, and honeydew allows bacteria to pass through the surface when cutting. In the case of cantaloupes, the unique texture of the rind enables bacteria to stick easily and remain alive even after harvesting.

Once they reach a food facility, melons can pose a serious risk of foodborne illness if not properly washed and refrigerated. The FDA recommends the following steps to keep fresh melon safe for customers:

  • Inspect melon rinds for cracks or other damage prior to preparation; avoid use if damage is found.
  • Wash melons under cool running water, removing surface dirt. Scrub rind with a clean produce brush.
  •  Wash hands properly before cutting melons.
  •  Ensure food contact surfaces are sanitized before use.
  • Most importantly, ensure cut melons are refrigerated at 40F or below once cut.

Follow these guidelines to ensure that cut melons never become a source of foodborne illness for your customers.

 
 

Super Bowl Texas style

The Wife voted for staying home and altering our Southwestern Roasted Bell Pepper Quesadillas. Sliced Seasoned Chicken breast and Guacamole were added to the Football game day fare

We started with buttered tortillas spread with Roasted bell pepper puree and Tomato / Onion puree. The sliced Chicken was tossed in dry Cheese Enchilada soup mix. We also used sliced Red Onions, Guacamole and shredded Mexican cheese to make perfect Quesadillas.

As a side we stuffed potato skins with Guacamole, Roasted Bell peppers/ Onions ,tossed in Southwestern sauce, and topped with Shredded Mexican cheese. Doritos and Corn tortillas were available for dipping in the Guacamole and Pepper puree.

I originally thought we were watching the game until the Madonna concert. We snuggled up for the concert and watched the game until the end. I thought about that today and realized The wife wanted to see all the unique commercials. And during the college season we watched every University of Alabama game because Chef Michael's son was in the replay booth operating the equipment. So we had already been in the habit of enjoying football games together.

 

 
 

Southwestern Roasted Bell pepper Quesadillas

After being inspired by an episode of ABC's 'The Chew' and finding a good deal on Green Bell peppers , Red Onions, Spinach and Balsamic vinegar. I knew what The Wife and I were doing for dinner. The celebs on 'The Chew' were demonstrating Superbowl menu ideas.

I asked The Wife's opinion of the stuffed potato skins. "No Go", she exclaimed. That helped direct my thoughts towards  Build your own Quesadillas  With the fresh produce in hand I needed to add tortillas, Mexican blend cheese and southwest sauce while roaming the grocery store aisles.

Upon arriving home I went to work creating all the parts for a successful Build your Own meal. First I roasted diced Bell peppers with diced Red onions in a 500 F oven until black, I cooled the peppers with cold Southwest sauce. Added 3 cups to the food processor and turned it into a spread.  I saved the rest as  marinated peppers and onions.The baby Spinach was tossed in Balsamic vinegar.

Now for assembling my Quesadillas:

I buttered my tortillas on one side and placed pepper spread on the other. I brought out of the fridge the Tomato spread from earlier this week and spread some of that on also. I then added Balsamic flavored Spinach and topped it off with Mexican cheese blend. I then folded it over and browned it in a med hot skillet. The Bacon Green Bean Potato dish was served as an accompaniment.

I did not see The Wife's version as I was concentrating on my own. I simply remember her remark halfway through dinner. This is awesome honey are we having these again on Sunday. "If we stay home, Sure !" I said. "Unless we go to the family group Superbowl party" " Then maybe on Monday"

 

 

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