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First Blog and new SamM salsa

 Today was a day where we had enough leftovers in the fridge to eat all day and not have to prepare anything new. As I reviewed the first blog I wrote two months ago I noticed the recipe for SamM salsa has one changed ingredient. A month ago I found Rice vinegar Balsamic blend in the grocery store for $0.59 cents a bottle. I have a few bottles still in the cupboard and I have grown fond of using this product with the diced Fresh Tomatoes and White onions.

Here is the description of my latest Balsamic vinegar:

The light and tangy taste of Nakano's family of seasoned rice vinegars can add zest and flavor to your favorite meals. And seasoned vinegars are fat free and gluten free! Usage tips: Mix with olive oil as salad dressing; drizzle over strawberries or tomatoes; sprinkle on vegetables. Deposit found in bottles is a natural occurrence and does not deter quality.

Ingredients

Rice Vinegar, Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Balsamic Vinegar, Salt, Brown Sugar, Diluted with Water to 4% Acidity (40 Grain).

 

Here is First Blog re-submitted

Now that my wife and I are empty-nesters I have returned to a passion of mine. 'Preparing affordable delicious meals for the two of us.' I shop Conroe Saturday am Market{SamM} looking for the freshest ingredients to please our tastes that have evolved during our child rearing years.

Let me share a few basics that I use regularly when creating our daily menu items.

1) I have learned to use meat first bases instead of salt to flavor our dishes.   {with the newest craze for Sea Salt I do experiment with this product}

2) I scour the grocery stores for the best price on Balsamic vinegar and buy fresh tomatoes, onions and different varieties of peppers from SamM for another flavor enhancer that I create.

 Recipe is as follows: 2cups diced fresh tomatoes

                                  1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar

                                   1/4 cup diced onion

                                    {Spanish, red, green, or white onions--you decide}

It is good to experiment and with this mixture I get creative. I may add diced apples,peppers, or Mango. Once I even added burnt bacon.

3) I fry rice , add liquid from containers in the fridge, cook until the liquid is absorbed and save it for a dish later in the week.Normally the rice is purposely undercooked. When the rice is reheated in a dish a few days later it is fully cooked and has full flavor from marinating.

My wife at this time is my only critic.So when she says,"Fabulous meal" I am happy and feel I have accomplished what i set out to do. Make her happy so she can say one day, " I have enjoyed our time together"

 

Fred
 
 

SamM salsa and Pork with thin Mustard

This evening was the most awesome Pork meal I have created in a long while. After 45 minutes at 450 F I created a meal that brought me to tears. The wife was almost as ecstatic. 

She and I had the Green beans sauteed in Bacon and the Pork loin baked with sliced Fresh Bell peppers and Roma tomato. Plus she wanted Raman noodles for her starch. I went in a different direction with my starch. I took last night's Mac n cheese with Gaujillo peppers and placed SamM salsa on top. The current Fresh salsa has 2 Roma tomatoes, 1 Green Bell pepper and enough Rice vinegar Balsamic style to cover the vegetables marinating in the fridge.

I am excited about the perfectly baked Pork because I did not need a knife to cut it. My fork pushed right through it. One more reason why it was so mouth watering tender. I marinated it for 4 hours in dill pickle brine and thin yellow mustard. To make thin yellow mustard you wait until your fancy mustard is down to the last few squirts. Open the bottle and add in 3 times the water. Shake the bottle real hard with the cap back on and Vwah la You have mustard to help season food.

 
 

SamM salsa a winner again Say la Vie

Coming home this afternoon I could visualize 4 boxes of Macaroni and Cheese in the pantry. S0, I decided one needed to be cooked off. I started with cooking liquid from the fridge. Brought it to a boil and added the macaroni noodles. Thawed out 2 hotdogs under running water and 1/2 inch sliced them into the hot pasta. Opened the cheese packet into a jar and added 1/2 cup of cooking liquid. Stirred, and added it into the hot pot. Separated 2 raw eggs and incorporated the egg yolks. Then whipped the egg whites until frothy, seasoning with Sea salt ,sage, and nutmeg. The Seasoned egg whites were added back in to the hot pot with the fire now turned off. After it cooled for 10 min. I portioned the pasta dish into bowls. And topped with the current SamM salsa { Tomato, Onion, Balsamic vinegar Yellow sweet pepper, & Spinach}

While I was creating this pasta dish the wife was eating nine of twelve mini cinnamon rolls.  When I received her bowl back from her , She ate the SamM salsa off the top and told me that is all she was Hungry for. I ate all of my pasta bowl and then some of hers. Say La Vie

 
 

SamM Salsa re-vamped for dinner tonight

Dinner tonight was Steak fajita. I had it leftover from a Sunday potluck at church. So what do I add to tortillia, Steak strips, Shredded colby cheese and shredded Lettuce that the wife packaged up and brought home. Simple, I add Mondays Rice and Broccoli minus the chicken. And then I take my SamM salsa, being sure to pour some of the Balsamic vinegar on top of the finished fajita.

 I did change the SamM salsa a little tonight by adding diced Yellow sweet peppers, Fresh chopped Baby spinach, Tbsp. of Balsamic vinegar and 4 more variety Tomato. I now have 2 cups of a fabulous salsa to season food the rest of this week.

SamM salsa is such a versatile seasoning agent. I picked up a Fresh loaf of Italian Bread today. Problably before I hit the pillow tonight I will cut off the ends of the loaf, dip them in the salsa juice. And have sweet italian dreams.

 
 

An exciting lunch using SamM salsa

Today I had stood with the fridge door open. Wondering what would be exciting to create. I saw SamM salsa , homemade 1000's Island dressing, Blue cheese dressing, dill pickles, Fresh spinach, Rice and Broccoli casserole. After scouring the landscape and not wanting to repeat last nights dinner yet,here is what I decided. I went to the pantry and found Starkist tuna, opened the can and drained off the juice. In a small mixing bowl I mixed:

6 oz drained tuna

2Tbsp. Blue cheese dressing

1Tbsp. 1000 island dressing

1/4 cup SamM salsa {tomato, spanish onion, balsamic vinegar}

I took the tuna mixture added it between 2 slices of wheat bread with Fresh baby spinach, sliced baby dill, and 3 sliced Fresh tomatoes. I wanted to make 3 of these sandwiches. I decided to stretch this wonderful creation over the next few days. I will make another one tomorrow.

 

 

 
 
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