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Conroe Farmer's Market education before reunion with Son

I was headed to the Houston airport Friday night to pick-up our Son flying in from Alabama. We experienced a strong storm in the Conroe area around 3pm heading in an easterly direction. By 4:45 pm all flights from the East coast were cancelled. Next chance was 3:30 pm on Saturday. So off to market I went. 

Upon arriving at Market Chef Michael Fleshner and Elvis from Peas Farm were offering samples of unique items I and My Wife were not familiar with. Several others were already engaged in this educational opportunity. So My Wife and I joined in. When we were there we learned about Golden Delicious apples, burpless Cucumbers, Tomatillos, & Seedless oranges.

My Wife commented that the Golden Delicious apples were "Wonderful" Chef Michael added ," They do have a sweet Honey flavor and would be an excellent addition to any Apple desert" burpless Cucumbers were crisp tasting and of the pickling variety. The seedless oranges were My Wife's favorite. She asked, "How do I recognize the seedless ones ?" Elvis pointed out," You look for Navel in the description" 

Now, Tomatillos were my favorite, they have a tart tomato flavor and make excellent salsa verde. Chef Michael and Elvis had this Tomatillo salsa verde recipe to offer. "Mexican Green salsa is created by roasting several Tomatillos out of their wrappers. In a food blender, blend the roasted Tomatillos with Sour cream, Avocado,Chili peppers , Lime juice, Cilantro and onions. And enjoy with Tortilla Chips.

I made the mistake of not buying any Tomatillos on Saturday and I am regretting it today. I have started to buy the additional ingredients needed for the salsa and will share it soon. After a quick weekend visit we have sent Our son back to Alabama via North Carolina just south of the 18 inches of snow that fell in the higher altitudes of Pennsylvania. He just sent a text to say,"The big metal Bird has landed in Birmingham, Alabama."

 

 
 

Balsamic Chicken instead of picking up Son at airport

Fred is back in the kitchen. I was supposed to go to to the Houston airport tonight to pick up our Son flying in from Alabama. Severe weather that left Houston heading East towards Alabama has cancelled all flights. Our Son was coming to surprise a former high school friend for his birthday tomorrow. That meant we had him to ourselves until he was ready to announce his surprise arrival tomorrow.

Instead of a restaurant visit after we picked up our Son, I have returned to the kitchen tonight to make Balsamic Chicken. My Gout has subsided enough to allow me to move around easily without excessive pain. Most gout attacks only last for a few days. I will forget I have this condition before I have the next one. There are several precautions I take to alleviate the possibility of attacks. Sleep patterns, Diet, Relaxation Exercise, ETC.

To create Balsamic Chicken I have covered Chicken Tenders with Balsamic vinegar, Roasted Purple onion centers, Parmesan Cheese, and over My Wife's Chicken; Bacon Strips. This has all been placed in a 350 F oven for one hour. We will also have Fresh green beans sauteed with Fresh baby carrots; seasoned with Fresh Oregano. For desert we will hold onto each other and share why we missed having our Son to ourselves. When he arrives tomorrow he will go straight to his friends party and we may see him briefly on Monday before we return him to the airport.

 
 

Dinner and Iron Lady

My Wife again in charge of dinner. I have been out of bed to make it to the Lazy Boy chair once today. My Wife has left for Little Ceaser's Pizza and Red Box. I will make an effort now to prep Fresh Veggies for the pizza. My instruction to her were to bring home a cheese pizza and I will add toppings.

I located the last of the Easter Ham and I will dice it. My Wife loves Bacon, I will fry some bacon and she can add it to her pizza. Remember Little Ceaser's tag line is "Pizza Pizza" She will have hers and I will have mine. I have located Purple onions, Red and Green Bell peppers, Fresh oregano & Cilantro. I will mix this concoction and I know My Wife will choose this for her Pizza.

Now that I have her toppings figured out, I will move on to mine. Roasted Poblano peppers and Purple onions in a Mayo based Southwest sauce for starters. Fresh Baby Spinach, Fresh Oregano, and stove top Sauerkraut. The Stove top Sauerkraut has been in the fridge for a few days.

When I created this quick Sauerkraut, I started by sauteing Bacon and adding Purple onions. Pulled it away from the fire and added Cider vinegar and Black pepper to taste. It sits in the fridge and the flavor intensifies. I originally created it to add to the Easter Ham sandwiches.

When My Wife returned with Dinner and a Movie. It all went as planned. Iron Lady with Meryl Streep was her choice from Red Box. Her pizza did arrive with Pepperoni. The Bacon sent her to a state of Euphoria. She added the pepper, onion and fresh herb concoction. And we enjoyed a biography about Margaret Thatcher. My Wife said they may have done this movie to try to tell the world that Ms. Thatcher is not crazy with signs of dementia. It is all in the eyes of the beholder.

 
 

Fred on injured list

I am temporarily on the injured list and My Wife will be preparing meals for us.Gout is my enemy. When it strikes it slows me down for a few days.Tonight we had the Blackeye pea, Ham and Cornbread meal re-heated.

We bought Ground Beef at the supermarket for Her Chilli this week. I will wait and share that meal when she decides to make it. Waiting in the wings when I am able to walk; I have Fresh Oregano, Fresh Green beans, Poblano chilli Peppers and tomatoes to write about. 

We have had some wonderful spring storms here in SW Texas these last few days. And having to be immovable I have enjoyed the weather excitement outside my window. It frightens our poodle and My Wife when it happens after dark . I soak it up. In another life I must have been a Storm Chaser. Happy Spring to all of you. We will share again soon.


 
 

Black-Eye peas, Ham, Corn and Corn Bread

Upon arriving to my inspirational kitchen at home I started preparing an Easter leftover meal. I had already soaked and cooked Black- Eye Peas in anticipation of this meal. 

I took the leftover Easter Ham bone and removed the meat. Dicing it 1/2 inch I placed it in heating water. Next I took burnt Pepper ends and Onion centers and pureed them in a food processor. Adding them to the Ham and water. Cooked Black Eye Peas were added next, plus Tomato sauce. Cobbed corn sliced 1/2 inch thick was added at the end. And all this was brought to a boil. Sea salt was used to season to taste.

Yesterday I did not correctly follow a packaged Corn Bread recipe and ended up with thick Corn Bread Cake. I took this mistake and shredded it up and added it to the stew instead of crackers.

With that meal ready for My Wife and I. It was time to create stove top Sauerkraut. Into the frying pan went sliced Bacon and Purple onion slices. Next I added 1/4 head shredded Cabbage. After sauteing and turning over the cabbage I added Raspberry Lemonade and and Cider vinegar. Pulling it from the heat I sprinkled with Sea salt. It will now sit in the fridge and finish fermenting. When it is ready I will have Fresh Ham and Sauerkraut sandwiches. Hope you are finding wonderful Meals to prepare with your leftovers.

 
 

Preparing for Easter dinner with Michigan / Texas influences

The Michigan-Texas Easter Dinner menu has been set. Spiral cut Ham, Au Gratin Potatoes, Fresh Broccoli, Fresh Corn on the Cob, Dinner rolls, Apple and Michigan Cherry Lattice Pies. 

A Tossed green leafed salad will be somewhat of mystery until all the ingredients arrive and are tossed together. I forsee Red tip Leaf lettuce, Spinach, Snow Peas, Cherry Tomatoes, Baby Carrots, sliced Bell peppers, sliced Purple onions, and Cilantro. Until all family members arrive with their bags of add ins; The tossed salad will remain a mystery. Deviled eggs, Cream cheese and crackers, Shrimp and cocktail sauce are all possible additional menu items.

Easter Dinner in our family is similar to a Christmas holiday gathering without the excitement of a gift exchange. Family members will mingle in groups and enjoy each others company. One brother flies in from China, A sister has a companion who has never heard of family gatherings on Easter Sunday. He will be joining us to start a new tradition with a new extended family. And I will show my Mom a social network site so she can promote her jewelry business.

And in our minds we will remember the Reason for the Season as we celebrate Christ's ultimate sacrifice for our eternal future.

 
 

Bologna Augh! Fresh Veggies Yea !!

"Honey ? What would would you like for lunch?", I asked. My Wife's response, " Bologna, If we have it." I will add Fresh, fresh, fresh. Again her response was, " Sure if we have it."

I had my instructions for lunch. I started with an eight inch round Wheat deli bun. Miracle Whip salad dressing and Yellow mustard went down first. Two slices of Augh! (bologna) American cheese slice, and now for the best part of the sandwich. Fresh sliced tomatoes, Leaf lettuce, Bell pepper slices, Purple onion slices. And after I started my version of the sandwich I remembered to add Fresh Cilantro. My Wife's side dish were Fresh Baby carrots. I had cut this large sandwich into quarters and she made it through three quarters.

My version of a delicious sandwich consisted of: One eight inch Wheat roll covered with roasted Fresh Purple onion and Bell pepper ends. They were burnt in a 550 F oven and mayonnaise based Southwest sauce was added after the veggies cooled. I then added Chili from earlier this week and sliced Colby cheese to my creation.I too wanted fresh Baby carrots, so I opened a second bag. The bag I handed My wife was almost gone. One carrot was offered to me from her bag.

When UPS arrives today my non-charging cell phone will be replaced after a trip back to the phone store for all data transfer services. Have a safe Easter Holiday and remember the Reason for the Season.

 

 
 

Italian Sausage and Chocolate Cake

I will start with the chocolate cream frosted chocolate cake. I went to the grocery store and found a one quarter sheet cake that had flipped over. As is store policy, it is put on the discount cart at a reduced price. With luck on my side I spotted a 49 price tag for a $17 dollar cake. I passed by the customer service desk and asked if the price was right. With hands raised the service rep exclaimed, " Yeah, I guess so." When the scan gun at checkout could not read the price. I fussed; and the customer service rep approved a $0.49 price override. Who was happier with my Chocolate on Chocolate cake ? Me ? or My Wife? : }

Upon returning home I started a 350 F oven. Into the oven went a Rice pilaf topped with Parmesan cheese from Saturday that had been cooked in reserved Corn beef juice. On the stove top I started sauteing Green bell pepper and Purple onion strips, To this I added seven Italian sausage links. When both sides of the sausages were done I covered the sausage with a roasted Tomato, Green bell pepper and Purple onion mixture.

Here is how I prepared the Tomato, pepper onion mixture: A few days ago when I sliced several Onions and Peppers I saved the pepper ends and onion centers. I took these food scraps and baked them in a 550 F oven until they were black and the onions tasted sweet. After they cooled I mixed in a mayonnaise based Southwest sauce. Next I blended all of this in a food processor and placed them in mason jars until I needed a flavor enhancer.

While the Rice and Sausage baked for forty minutes I started a pan of boiling vegetable juice, from the fridge, that I added Corn on the Cob to. When the corn and juice came to a boil I turned off the heat and added margarine.

As My Wife finished her meal this evening she wanted more corn. I offered Chocolate on chocolate cake. Her eyes lit up and she said," SURE." What a wonderful end to a meal I had planned all day while at work.

 


 
 

King Ranch Chicken from Linked-in and DDDives

King Ranch Chicken is the talk of the town this week. Mark Cosgrove started a discussion on Linked-in asking Chef's around the country to submit recipes and ingredients from their region of the United States. Chef Michael Fleshner responded with this comment 1) Cilantro 2) SamM Salsa 3) King Ranch Chicken. Guy Fieri the host on triple DDD {Diners Drive-ins and Dives} did an episode tonight from Georgetown, Texas where he demonstrated making King Ranch Chicken from scratch.

Let's start with the origin of King Ranch Chicken: Sadly, the history and origin of King Ranch Chicken is a bit murky. While the name invokes that epic south Texas ranch—so gigantic it covers more ground than the state of Rhode Island—the ranch claims no ownership on this recipe. Some surmise that perhaps it was a ranch-hand that developed the dish, but this has not been proven. Then there are those who say someone tacked on the name “King Ranch” because that ranch is emblematic of the state itself in both its size and its myth. Yet one has to ask why the recipe calls for chicken, when both the ranch and the state are known for its beef.

  On Triple DDD they sauteed Fresh Celery, Bell Peppers, Fresh sliced mushrooms added flour to make a roux and finished with Chicken stock, Cream and Ro-tel tomatoes for a sauce. And then built the casserole layering sauce-corn tortillas- shredded cheese and baking at 359 F till golden brown.

And now another version:  Are you familiar with Chicken A La King? It’s a creamy mixture of chicken, mushrooms and bell peppers served on toast. Now let’s take a look at what makes up King Ranch Chicken: chicken (of course!), bell peppers, cream of mushroom soup, with the addition of tomatoes and green chiles (such as a can of Ro-Tel), all layered on corn tortillas. Do you see where I’m headed with this? I believe that someone added ingredients found in traditional Texan dishes—such as the spicy tomatoes and corn tortillas—to their traditional Chicken A La King recipe. In naming this new, Southwestern Chicken A La King they added the word “ranch”—because it conjures up a certain Texan feeling—and did away with the “a la.” And voila! King Ranch Chicken.

Which ever version you choose:

1)Guy Fieri's demonstrated Fresh version or 2) Open all the cans mix and assemble version, Enjoy this awesome southern Texas casserole during your next rainy or cold weather evening. I will be in the kitchen till mid night preparing a dish that brings tears to my eyes remembering my first exposure when I arrived in south Texas and Chef Michael showed me how to create this tasty casserole.


 
 
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