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As the flood waters rise, How bout a big pot of Soup ?

Oven damaged during June 12 storm may soon be repaired and I will be able to bake again. Meanwhile as we get ready for rain that may last for five days. The obvious meal for My Wife and I was a large pot of Vegetable Chicken noodle soup.

I created classic homemade Chicken noodle soup, with large dice Chicken, Onion, Celery, Carrots and large Egg noodles.

Looking at the pot I wanted more so out of the fridge came Eggplant that I peeled and diced large. From the back of the fridge came a mason jar of pureed Okra, Onion and Tomatoes. I used the puree to thicken a broth soup that needed more umph!. My Wife added crackers, I was satisfied  making the soup thicker with the Okra puree.

We will continue to watch the flood waters rise and be happy are tummys are full and satisfied. As the week progresses I will add other veggies to keep the soup pot bottomless. I will likely even introduce Bologna or P-nut butter and jelly sandwiches as the flood waters rise.

Will Conroe's Farmers market be open ? I am sure it will be. Elvis from Pea's Farm and Chef Michael have been there during other torrential down pours. The rain is supposed to last for five straight days, till next week Tuesday. Stay dry readers, unless you are from the Southeastern states. Get your Pot of Soup started and share your best creation.


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.


Texas Ranch-style Stuffed Green peppers

The news in Texas is showing the before and after pictures of forests and ranches blackened by wild fires. Tonight I am going to share my recipe for ranch-style Stuffed Green peppers. Many Bell peppers were picked up at Saturday am Market this past Saturday in downtown Conroe.

To start I halved 3 Fresh green peppers removing the stem and seeds and placed them in a baking dish with 1/4 cup of fridge veg juice . I always search my fridge for left over veg  juice before turning on the water faucet. For the meat filling I started with 1/2 lb. ground beef, 2 C of cooked rice, 1 C Ranch dressing,1/2 C of sliced Spanish onion chopped and a mix of minced mini Bell peppers. After mixing all this up I stuffed the pepper halves and let them sit covered in the fridge for several hours. I located a thick Tomato based sauce in my fridge that I poured over the peppers before baking them for 40 min. at 350 F.

Stuffed Green peppers is one of those entrees that taste better the next day. Over the next few days I will share how they turned out. In the meantime, the wife decided to try the Blueberry Banana Nut bread late last night. And she asked for it again for breakfast this morning. I sliced a square; serving open faced for her. Microwaved for 40 sec. and placed Butter patties on them before presenting it to her.Two meals back to back she must have loved it.




Roasted Pork Loin on the PIt with Farm Fresh veggies

Tonight Chef Michael and I did a cater for the Conroe Art League. We had Roasted Pork Loin done overnight on the Pit by John Porter resident artist at Thomas Kinkade Gallery on Main street. Using Oak for the smoke. We served it as room temp. sandwiches on OROWEAT Sandwich Thins.Our attendees to the event squirted on our homemade BBQ sauce. And had the option of adding Fresh sliced Spanish Onions or sliced Dill pickle chips. The compliments were flying all around the Owen Theater and Pocket Park in downtown Conroe tonight. 

When I returned home from the event that is when the wife and I ate. Her version of the sandwich was OROWEAT, two slices of pan fried Pork, BBQ sauce and Hellmann's mayo. With dill pickle chips on the side. I used OROWEAT with Guacamole spread on it. Sauteed Onion and two slices of Pork. I then added 1/4 cup Apple soda to the pan and reduced the liquid before pouring it on my Sandwich thin. I used my current SamM salsa as a side condiment. I ate 2 sandwiches and had to rest before writing this blog tonight. Bringing home leftover from catering jobs and re-inventing them adds excitement to my life.



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