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Pork ,Roasted vegetables and Basil

Yesterday, at 500 F I roasted Fresh tomato ends, Bell peppers and the center of Purple onions in preparation for tonight's meal. I did not know until I arrived home what the meat or protein would be. I asked My Wife "What's your pleasure, Pork, Chicken, or omelet". I forgot I made a quick Omelet before leaving for work this morning. So My Wife picked pork cutlets.

I began by pre-heating the oven to 400 F. I placed large round biscuits on a baking pan with a teaspoon of Blue Agave and shredded Colby cheese on top and began baking for fifteen minutes. 

I then took a slab of frozen Maple bacon and cross cut small pieces adding them into a pre-heated saute pan. When the fat started to render I added sliced Bell peppers and sliced Purple onions to the deliciously smelling pan. When the vegetables were cooked I finished with Balsamic vinegar and added the Pork cutlets browning on both sides.

  In a casserole dish I chopped up leftover cooked Fresh potatoes added a small amount of roasted vegetables and placed them in the oven. The remaining roasted vegetables  were added to a food processor and blended with Market Fresh Basil.

And know to finish my creation I selected another casserole pan placed some of the blended vegetables and basil on the bottom. Put the browned pork cutlets on top added the sauteed sliced vegetables and bacon. Then smothered everything with the rest of the blended vegetables. Pulled out the biscuits. Set the timer for 20 minutes and went to share my day with My Wife.

I made Pork biscuit sandwiches for myself with a side of twice baked potatoes. My Wife's plate was set up correctly with the Pork , Potatoes, and Biscuits all in their proper place. I gave My Wife too many pieces of Pork and not enough of the Sweet cheesy biscuits. After I switched out the meat for another biscuits I received a thumbs-up.

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Papaya and the seeds

Papaya has been researched this evening. 331% of the RDA for vitamin C. And countless health benefits. I saw them at a one man Market on my way home from work in a Shell gas station lot. I invited the gentleman to come visit in Conroe and speak to Chef Michael so he could bring South of the Border fruits to Conroe, We had a tough time communicating. Maybe he will visit soon; after I invite him a few more times.

I am curious also about the seeds and skin where additional nutritional value is supposedly hiding. I have read a few too many articles. They seem to contradict each other. Here is a sampling of my favorite one.


Do you eat papaya seeds?

Googling for something else, I found a mention that papaya seeds were edible. I never knew this.

Usually the taste is compared to pepper, mustard or watercress and one place compared it to horseradish or wasabi. It has the same active ingrediants as papaya seeds. I like the description that called the taste 'sparky'.

Supposedly eating the seeds with the fruit, will enhance the sweet taste of the papaya.

Like papaya, the seeds contain an enzyme that tenderizes meat, so meats marinated in papaya seeds or cooked with them will be very tender.

Those same enzymes will also breakdown proteins in mosquito bites, so rubbing a mosquito bite with papaya seeds eases the itching.

There are a lot of weird health claims to papaya seeds. In one culture they are eaten as a aprodesiac. On the other hand there are studies that say they reduce fertility. One guy said he dried the seeds and fed them to his rabbit, so ... They are used as dewormers.

Usually people use them in salad dressing

Papaya dressing:
1/2 ripe papaya
2 tablespoons fresh papaya seeds
1/2 cup nut oil
1 tablespoon of rice or white wine vinegar

Puree in a blender.

Or just blend seeds with oil and vinegar. Some recipes added mustard - dry or bottled.




Smashed Potatoes and Chicken Italiano

Two dinners from this week were married for a perfect fridge clean out. Smash Potatoes and Chicken Italiano. I diced up left over Chicken breast with Parmesan Tomato slices and buried them in a bowl. I also retrieved the Smashed potatoes from the fridge and smashed them over the cubed chicken. 




After heating in the microwave with vegetable juice I tasted and adjusted the dinner to The Wife's liking. I added the current SamM salsa { Diced Yellow and Red tomatoes, Purple onions, Balsamic vinegar, Fresh basil, & Blue Agave } And sprinkled on Black pepper.

As a Chef this skill to find good eats from what's available in the fridge is critical to being successful. Saving your business $$ and putting smiles on your customers faces. I enjoy demonstrating this skill for The Wife. It gives a wonderful boost of confidence that I picked the correct career and hobby. 




Chicken Italiano and Cheese crusted Bread

Dinner was again inspired from Italian sandwiches offered at work. Chicken Parm, Pizziola, and Meatball pepperoni. I started with fresh Chicken Breast baked in Balsamic vinegar for 20 min. 350 F. Cooked Rice was heated in vegetable water from the fridge.

After 20 min; to the Chicken breast I added fresh Tomato slices with Parmesan cheese and cranked the oven up to 400 F for 15 min. When I retrieved the Chicken from the oven I added the juice from the Chicken pan to the Rice. To finish the rice I chopped up Fresh Basil from Market and also added Fresh Thyme. 

Ten minutes before the Dinner was to be served I took a half moon of Cheese crusted bread opened up the center and placed it in the oven. When I pulled the bread from the oven I opened the loaf and added margarine inside.

 The Wife enjoyed every last bite and 11:30 pm pancakes will not be necessary tonight.


Smash Potatoes Yesterdays lunch ; Todays soup

In the past couple of days I repeated the smashed Potatoes meal I learned from Elvis when he fed 6 hungry children at Market last week.Elvis had fed his Grand and Teen kids a meal using microwaved Red skin potatoes , Bacon , Shredded cheese, Tony Sachere seasoning and sour cream.

I converted the meal at my house into large diced potatoes baked in the oven. I fried up maple flavored Bacon and used Enchilada soup seasoning. This was the second time this week I created this meal. So tonight I took the left overs and added them to heated milk with more bacon added more Enchilada soup base and chopped Fresh Basil. The Wife ate her bowl  straight from the soup pot . I added Wheat crackers and more cheese to my bowl. 

We have had our third rainy Saturday market here in SE Texas since the middle of February. Soup was soo goood. When The Wife had all her tummy could handle I finished her bowl also. I purposely gave her a half gallon of soup. Before I started the soup at 4 pm her comment was," All I have eaten today is toast" Now with tummies full we can enjoy the rest of the evening.



SamM Salsa Poulet

Poulet The definition:
Noun1.poulet - the flesh of a chicken used for foodpoulet - the flesh of a chicken used for food.

Breast of Chicken has been marinating in Balsamic vinegar and Diet Coke for a few days waiting for the evening when The wife and I will be enjoying dinner together. At 5 pm the marinaded Poulet with SamM salsa went in a 350 F oven.

The marinade was poured in a 1 qt pot; brought to a boil and vermicelle was added. {(Vermicelli  "little worms") is a traditional type of Italian pasta round in section that is thicker than spaghetti.} When finished I added Marinara infused with Southwest sauce. And a pan of sauteed Bacon, Fresh sliced Bell peppers and Red Onions. 

In a bowl the Vermicelli & vegetables were at the bottom and then Chicken breast (poulet) out of the oven at 5:45pm and placed on top. And I finished off the meal with Parmesan Bread triangles cut from a bread round, heated in the oven with SamM salsa and Balsamic vinegar poured over the top.

We are featuring Italian cusine at work this month. This meal was created in my head as I created Italian sandwiches at work.


Botano; Date night has arrived

Came home early from work in anticipation of Date nite. I asked as I bounced in the door, " Are we ready for Botanos ? " Her reply was " I have had Raisin Cinnamon toast and Coffee" I took that as a hint it was time for dinner at 3:30p this afternoon. I was excited. The adrenalin took over.

I talked about making Botano's at work. Every one had different ingredients and a different name for their version of Botanos. The similarities were as follows 1) Everyone used chips for the base 2) Meat and Beans were next, 3) topped with excessive amounts of Cheese.

Here is my version that I served with Bean n Cheese Burritos and Rice Pilaf :

I began with Regular Doritos topped with Ground Chuck mixed with SamM salsa (Fresh Red & green Tomatoes, Purple Onions, Green Bell Peppers, Balsamic vinegar, & Agave) and Chicken gravy.The next layer was sliced Fresh spinach. Next I mixed in SamM salsa with re-fried Beans. And the final layer was Fresh sliced Purple onions, Green peppers and an excessive amount of Monterey Cheddar cheese, All this baked at 400 F for 20 minutes.

As I plated up for Date nite I was thrilled with the colors on the plate. Red, Green, Yellow, Brown. Their were 2 ingredients added to my plate because The wife will not eat Jalapenos or Avocado. And dinner with The Wife for the first time this week, PRICELESS!! I have already had a second portion of Botanos. Looking forward to Conroe Farmer's Market tomorrow. 






Grilled Cheese that brought a tear to my eyes.

I am waiting for a an evening when The wife will be home long enough after work to enjoy a Botano meal with me. So tonight I have decided on Grilled Cheese. A Vegan's delight. Today at work a customer counting Weight Watcher points came in for a Veggie Patti sandwich. We could not provide them with one so they settled for a baked Chicken breast sandwich. Only 2 additional WW points.

As I thought about my dinner tonight I decided I had to go with a simple Grilled Cheese. That went Gourmet; as often happens when I create deliciousness for myself. I began with a hot skillet and 2 slices of wheat bread. 3 slices of processed cheese. After the sandwich was grilled and the cheese melted, I added marinated sweet Bell peppers, SamM Salsa { Red and Green Tomato, Red Onion, Bell peppers, Balsamic vinegar,& Agave} And topped off my creation with an over easy egg.

Engulfed the runny egg side of the sandwich. Licked my hand. Sopped up the egg yolk and salsa off the plate with the rest of the sandwich. And shed a tear as I experienced the elation of an awesome dinner.

The Wife made Friday nite, date nite for the Botano.


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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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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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Tomato and Green Peppers sauce

The Tomato and green Pepper ends were piling up in the fridge. Three - 1 quart containers were waiting to turn into something. I decided on the way home I would need to create something and throwing away the product was not an option.

In the fridge I located 2 cups of Turkey broth and 2 0z. of Baby Carrots. I chopped up the carrots and added them to boiling broth. Next I started chopping up Green pepper ends making sure none were on the verge of spoiling. With the Peppers returning to a boil it was time to start adding in chopped Tomato ends. This created more juice. With a third of the Tomato ends in the pot I had a brainstorm for thickening the sauce that I was creating.

I started filling my food processor with Tomato ends. And taking juice from the boiling pot, pouring it in with the tomatoes in the processor. Grinding up the other 2/3 of tomatoes and pouring it back into the simmering sauce. Now for the seasonings, Oregano, Meat first chicken base, Southwest sauce, and left over sweet Marinara sauce from the fridge. I now have 1 gallon of a Wife approved Tomato sauce that I will turn into various meals the rest of this week.

Also I saved back 2 cups of processed tomatoes, seasoned with chili and cumin so we have something to dip chips in for the Superbowl.Tim Tebow's team did not make it to the Superbowl so the Wife and I may only watch it for the halftime show.



Green Beans, Okra, Bakers, Braided Herbed Bread R Good Eats

Each item listed was featured in a dish when I returned home this afternoon from Conroe's Saturday am Market. Okra was my favorite vegetable to create with because the result was Chicken Sausage Gumbo;

I started by sauteing bulk Breakfast sausage, adding in chopped up pieces of Bell pepper and Tomato ends. Covered with water and meat first Chicken base. Brought to a boil and added in 1/2 inch Okra, Celery and cubed Chicken breast. Seasoned with ground Black pepper, and Gumbo File. When I retrieved a chunk of Chicken and it was cooked I shared my creation with the Wife.  The braided herbed bread was sliced, buttered and used for dipping into the Gumbo. This dish will probably be taken to family group bible study tomorrow night.



The other dish on the agenda tonight was Fresh Green beans cleaned and sauteed in maple Bacon with Turkey stock added after sauteing was done. The Bake potatoes were peeled 1/2 inch diced and boiled with Salt and Black pepper. All this was then tossed together for one of the Wife's favorite meals. You could hear the umm and ahh's along with other Lip smacking noises as she polished two bowls.. Mission Accomplished !!


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Turkey Pot Pie that was Sooo! Good

If you had to freeze any leftover Turkey over the holidays; bring it out now and thaw it out. And then do what I have done. From your local market, Farmer's or otherwise, buy Maple flavored bacon, Meat first Chicken base, Bake potatoes, Celery, Baby carrots, Baby spinach and and Onions.And for the crust we will use Filo dough.and Parmesan cheese 

Now start a pot of water(2qts) and 2 Tbsp. of chicken base. Dice up 2 lbs. unpeeled potatoes,and 1lb. Baby carrots. Bring this to a simmer and add in all the Celery top leaves shredded. In a saute pan fry up the maple bacon with diced Onion and Baby spinach. Add this to the poy of veggies and turn off the fire. Now take all your thawing Turkey remove from bone and seperate any sinew (most found in Legs). Chop up the Meat. My Turkey had been cooked with Fresh peeled Grapefruits and Lemons. This was also choped with the meat. Bring it all back to a boil. Add Fresh Thyme, sage and black pepper. thicken with Roux ( Heated Butter and Flour) or corn starch and water, or whatever method you use for thick gravies. Pull pot from fire.

Now the fun begins, Spray or oil the bottom and sides of a casserole dish. And begin covering the bottom and sides with 3 layers of Filo Dough. Brush butter or oil between layers.Bake in a 375 f oven for 30 min till Dough is golden brown. Pull from oven and pour cooling Filling into pan 1/4 inch from the top. Add Filo sheets one at a time brushing each layer with Parmesan cheese and melted butter. when you are finished assembling ( approx. 6 more sheets ) top the final Filo dough sheet with extra Parmesan Cheese 

Understand that if you want the family to explain that this is sooo! good Be sure to use the Filo dough and Parmesan Cheese. And recall all the happy holiday memories.


The fridge had to be cleaned

Yes, it was fridge cleaning day. Spilled sauces, leaky fruit, jigggled drinks. It was time. All drawers and shelves were removed and warm soapy water went into action. With all this happening it meant tonight was another fridge clean-out  meal.

Rice from Saturday was combined with  Thursday's Polish sausage. Fresh Baby spinach from Sunday was placed in the bottom of the casserole dish. Then came the rice and sausage. SamM salsa from Saturday was placed on top. Sweet tea from Sunday was poured in and all of this was placed in a 300 F. oven. When the Wife called to say she was on her way home, the oven was cranked up to 425 F. the casserole was topped off with  Wednesday's Parmesan cheese. And Thursday's Apple Strudel bread with Brown sugar and Blue agave was toasted in the oven.

"Oh Boy the house smells great" , she said as she walked in the door. "And you made the great Bread again" " Of the 5 pieces how many can I have ?" I said nothing and gave her three. It was good to have her home excited about the dinner I created from last weekend's left overs. From a now sparkling fridge.




The last of the Champagne BBQ was served tonight

The last of the Champagne BBQ sauce was used tonight. And quite the mouth watering meal. I brought the Fresh Green beans to the living room to prep and the Wife took over. That left me with handling other important details of the meal.

I started with Large bake potatoes oiled in a 420 F oven; turning over one time after 30 min. of baking. The Chicken breasts that had been marinating for two days were placed in the oven.The maple flavored bacon was diced up small and placed in a hot pan, half of a diced white onion was added. When the Wife said the beans were ready, in they went. And the cooked juices from the half cooked Chicken breast were then added. Meat first Chicken base was added to taste. And the half cooked Chicken Breasts were sliced thin and returned to the 420 F oven.

The Baked potatoes were the critical part of this meal. The Chicken slices were pulled from the oven to rest, The Green Beans were left on the stove top sitting in the bacon and Chicken stock. When the Potatoes were soft to the touch we were ready. All this took 90 minutes and what an awesome meal it turned out to be.



Fancy Dinner and a dose of Suze Orman

The Wife taped America's Money Class w/ Suze Orman As I was finishing an exciting meal of Chicken Teriyaki, class was in session. Where ever we are in life most of us can learn how to better manage our self esteem. Suze does not want our money problems to define who we are and be honest with everyone. Especially those closest to us.

This dinner cost me next to nothing. I am allowed to bring home a 6" inch sandwich or salad from work each day. So here is what I did to make an affordable exciting meal for the Wife and I tonight. It started last night when I brought home Sweet Tea, BBQ Lays chips and a Baby spinach salad with a handful of sliced Red onions, sliced Tomatoes, Green bell peppers, 5 oz. of marinated, cooked Teriyaki Chicken, 2 oz. of Teriyaki marinade and Sweet onion sauce. Tonight I repeated every thing switching out the sauces for Grated Parmesan. On the way home at the grocery store I bought a Fresh Pineapple and Grandpa's Apple Strudel bread. Baby carrots were waiting at home in the fridge.

Now for the assembly: First pre-heat the oven to 350 F. Start cooking the rice in boiling Sweet Tea. Slice the Apple strudel bread, lay in a baking dish top with brown sugar and place orange sections on each slice. Finish with Tablespoon of soft margarine and place in oven.

Heat oil in the saute pan. Place two quartered, peeled pineapple rings in the hot oil and brown. Add the sliced Red Onions, Bell peppers, and sliced Baby carrots. Mix in Baby spinach, Diced tomato, Chicken and Teryaki marinade.Crush the BBQ Lays and add in. Place in the oven.

When the rice is satisfactory it is time to plate up. Rice in the bottom of a bowl with grated Parmesan . Chicken and vegetables next and top off the dinner with the heated Apple Strudel Bread. The Modified bread slices received rave reviews from the Wife.

And the only costs I incurred in all this was 6 baby carrots, 1/2 a loaf of Apple strudel bread, Two slices of fresh Pineapple, 8 oz. rice. 4 Tbsp. Brown sugar and margarine. And one sectioned Orange. Fancy dinner on a Budget while listening to Suze Orman's Money Class.


Holidays are over Market opening this Saturday !!

It has been an exciting 2 weeks in Southeast Texas at our house. Blog entries have been sporadic due to Market being closed and unexpected family in for the holidays.I did post once near Christmas when I made a special breakfast for our long lost Son. He has returned to college to practice for the 2012 Olympic Trials and The Wife and I are getting back to our routines.

Dinner tonight was a combination of several Holiday dinners. I had taken the Ham bone from Christmas dinner and browned it off. Added water and fresh tomatoes and cooked Black Eye Peas for the New Year. I also had diced ham and rice in cheese sauce from another after Christmas dinner. Freshly cooked tonight; was Chicken Thighs in Ranch dressing. All of these elements were combined together for one last hurrah as I anxiously await the opening of the Conroe Farmer's market on Saturday.

Other additions to tonight's dinner that The Wife enjoyed were Orange sections in Chocolate sauce and cubed Herbed French bread to sop up the juices.


Our Children's Christmas surprise


A Holiday filled with surprises and strong emotions. As I was going into work on Friday, I was in tears speaking to the only family member that I thought was 600 miles away. Our son had found his way back to Houston with the help of two friends.And my daughter knew his secret.  When I was tearfully sharing that we would miss him this Christmas he was in our neighborhood hiding at a high school friends house. Original plan was to surprise his mother and I at the large family Christmas Eve gathering. He came by our house one night early when we saw him after I left work Friday night.

Needless to say breakfast Christmas morning was unique as I prepared a special welcome home meal.



Scrambled eggs with Montery Cheddar cheese

Fresh sliced Kiwi and Avocado

SamM salsa:

Fresh diced Tomato,Red onion, and Baby carrots

Shredded fresh spinach

Cider vinegar

After breakfast I continued preparing the side dishes for a Honey Baked Ham meal at my parents house that grew from four guests to fourteen, as other family members changed their plans for Christmas  Day.

I prepared Corn O'Brien ( Whole kernel corn,sauteed in Bacon, Fresh diced Red onion and Bell peppers)

Scalloped potatoes in cheese sauce ( Sliced King rustic Potatoes boiled in water and sea salt) 

The grocery stores were already closed so into the pantry I went to find the ingredients for a cheese sauce,I found (Cream of Chicken soup, Nutmeg and Black pepper). I heated this up and stirred in enough shredded Monterey cheese until I had the proper sauce consistency. I mixed the potatoes and sauce together in a baking pan topped it off with more cheese and baked at 450 F for 30 min.

Fresh Spinach salad and SamM salsa ( Fresh Baby spinach, Chopped Baby carrots and SamM salsa) When I arrived at mom's house I found Mixed greens to stretch the salad. I dressed my salad with Pecan Raspberry dressing.

With these dishes ready we headed to Mom's kitchen so I could finish orchestrating the meal. Their was honey Baked Ham to warm up, dinner rolls and Cherry pie to bake. I made the family wait 16 min. past our 3 pm dinner time as I finished perfecting the meal. The compliments were flying around after dinner and I was joyous inside sitting between both my two children realizing The Wife and I had all we needed home for the Holidays.





Sausage Beans and Christmas Salsa

Christmas Parties are the happening events with the Church family. We have been to two already this month. At the first one I walked in to I had to quickly resolve a problem with the unsliced Spiral sliced Ham.Apparently when Holiday spiral sliced hams are bought through fundraising events they do not have to be sliced all the way through to the bone. I saw what was happening as guests were struggling with the ham so I offered to slice it so they could get a proper yield from it. It made me a an instant hero.

Last night we had our second party with a White Elephant {dirty Santa} gift exchange. The wife was only going to bring an assortment of Xmas cookies. I poked around in the fridge and realized we had the ingredients for a unique Christmas salsa, You may be wondering what makes it Christmas Salsa, Red and Green of course. Last nights salsa had a variety of diced Red tomatoes, minced Red onions, diced Green Kiwi, Green Onions, and Green Cilantro sprigs. Finally just by coincidence the vinegar based salad dressing was in a green packet. {Mediterranean Dressing} and Agave. This addition to the party was perfect because the main dishes were Chicken Tortilla Soup and Ground Sausage Nachos Con Carne.

Refried beans more than one Salsa, sour creams, Several varieties of Dorito and Nacho chips. It was a Mexican smorgasbord. One of the church ladies has 6 children and she is of Mexican descent. Karla makes the most food and we give her most of the leftovers to help keep her children fed.




2 kiwis, peeled and diced
1 roma tomato, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
2 green onions, sliced
1/2 Tbs fresh squeezed lemon juice
4 Tbs cilantro, chopped
1 Tbs Agave



Champagne BBQ Chicken and Sauteed Parmesan potato

 Inspiration came from the open the fridge door. I spotted the Champagne BBQ sauce from a few months ago. Tasted and confirmed it still had a wonderful fruity taste. Found oblong mis-matched potatoes in the veggie drawer and I was good to go.

 I started by preheating the oven to 350 F. Sliced the oblong Fresh Potatoes as thin as a quarter. Placed them in a pan of boiling water. Sauteed Fresh White onions and Bell peppers. Drained the water from the potatoes and added them to the browned vegetables. Tossed them around and seasoned with a seasoning packet for Enchilada soup. Then placing all this in a baking dish and topping with parmesan cheese before placing in the 350 F oven.




While the cheese browns on the sliced potato start the Chicken. Using thawed Chicken breast slice the meat into medallions. Soak in the Champagne BBQ sauce while making the saute pan smoking hot. When you are ready to be courageous toss the chicken breast medallions into to the pan. Pull back to let the flames die down before adding the next medallion of meat. flip after 2 minutes of sizzling . Sizzle for 2 more min. and deglaze the pan with 4 Tbsp. of your favorite soda. Place this chicken with the deglazed sauce from the bottom of the pan into another baking dish. Slice fresh Pineapple wedges on top of the chicken and bake in the oven for 5 minutes.

I decide on canned corn microwaved with margarine tonight as an afterthought.  I was to excited about the Chicken and Potatoes already permeating the kitchen that I did not want to prolong mealtime any longer. I was very pleased with tonight's creation. And glad I did not open the Freezer first. I may have had a combination non-nutritional TV Dinners that The Wife bought because she works half days for now and she may get hungry while I am away at work.


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