Bagels from Heaven!

These were not made from scratch, but tasted just as good.Bagel4

Price Chopper used to have my favorite Asiago Cheese bagels. HyVee happened to have this from their bakery.

This is truly a treat from heaven!

My breakfast during the work week is very boring: Cottage cheese & diced peaches, a Banana or Raisin Date & Walnut Oatmeal. These are my low calorie favorites. But to get that extra fruit, I also drink Orange Juice with my breakfast.

It was a blessing to finally reach my lowest weight in 10 years. I kept a weight & food diary to track the 40 pounds lost so far.Bagel7

My diet has changed so much, which makes sense because Old Age + Less Exercise = Weight Gain.

My favorite breakfast used to be a Bacon, Egg & Cheese sandwich, a Sausage, Egg & Cheese Sandwich or a Spam & Egg & Cheese Sandwich.

Trust me, I have two packages of the Spam slices in my fridge, just for the right moment.

Everything in moderation can make big changes.Bagel1

Back in the day, I could eat a Church’s Chicken (or Popeye’s) 3 piece meal with the sides and biscuit.

Now, that simply would not digest and would just add on pounds.

Making an “All in One Bowl” meal and staying away from Bread (sandwich) carbs, has been very helpful.

Also, adding vegetables to every meal bowl. For example, I love making Chili or Rotel. This week, I added diced Mirepoix with Broccoli to the Beef Rotel. So only one bowl with everything in it.

Bagel2But since this is a Holiday 3-day weekend, I can go crazy a little bit.

My chicken is unthawed for General’s Tso’s Chicken. At first I was going to fry it, but now I am going to bake it instead and add the General’s Tso’ sauce. For my Buffalo Chicken Wings last week, I also baked them instead of frying them.

Little changes can make big (or small) results.

Bake those Bagels for 10 minutes in a pre-heated 350 degree oven. Then slap on some cream cheese and Everything Bagel Seasoning and you have Bagels from Heaven!Bagel7

THE VAMPIRE DANCER SAGA COOKBOOK COVER IS FINISHED!

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Beef Rotel – Just in time for the “old” Tax Day

Beef Rotel 051Woot! I got my stimulus check in the bank today.  What an unexpected surprise on the “old” Tax Day.

I finally got a time slot to order from Walmart. I really, really wanted to do Rotel with the Velveeta Queso Blanco, but they were out it. It is a good thing I had the Velveeta Original to use instead. Walmart used to “spoil” me, with my favorites like Salsa Verde Doritos. But that was also out of stock, so I had to use the Cool Ranch and Nacho Cheese Doritos.

INGREDIENTS:Beef Rotel 008

  1. Ground Beef, 2 lbs
  2. Beef Chorizo, recommended: Cacique, 10 oz.
  3. Taco Seasoning, recommended: Williams, 2.5 oz (2 packages)
  4. Fiery Tasty Seasoning Mix, recommended: McCormick, 1 oz.
  5. Diced Tomatoes with Lime & Cilantro, recommended: Rotel, 10 oz.
  6. Diced Tomatoes Chunky with Green Chilies, recommended: Rotel, 10 oz.Beef Rotel 005
  7. Diced Tomatoes Original with Green Chilies, recommended: Rotel, 10 oz.
  8. Cheese Pasteurized Original, recommended: Velveeta, 32 oz.
  9. Cool Ranch Tortilla Chips, recommended: Doritos, 5 to 7 per person or more
  10. Mirepoix with yellow onions, celery, and carrots, 10 oz.
  11. Cola or soda to thin out, to your preference, recommended: Coca Cola, ½ to 1 cup
  12. Jalapeño peppers Hot & Sweet, sliced, recommended: HyVee, as desired
  13. Sour Cream, recommended: Daisy, a dollopBeef Rotel 004
  14. Cookie Baking Sheets Parchment Paper, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 1

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Freeze the Velveeta Cheese for 30 minutes (the foil only, not the box).
  2. Combine Ground Beef and Beef Chorizo in the same skillet that you will cook it in. No extra bowl to clean – Woot! I turned it 7 minutes then 8 minutes, so it was brown, about the same time as the freezer cheese.Beef Rotel 017
  3. Drain the grease.
  4. Put the slow cooker liner in the crock pot and to that add the “cooked” Ground Beef/Beef Chorizo.
  5. Next add the Fiery Tasty and both Taco Seasoning packages and stir into meat.
  6. Add the Mirepoix next.
  7. Cut the cheese into 8 pieces (I cut through the foil) on top of the Parchment Cookie Sheets and then added it to the slow cooker
  8. Add the 3 cans of Diced Tomatoes on top.
  9. If it looks too thick, you can add some Cola to thin it out.Beef Rotel 019
  10. Drain the meat grease; I used the empty Rotel can to dispose of the grease.
  11. Cook on low for 4 hours; stir to combine after 2 hours.
  12. Then I added a dollop of Daisy Sour Cream.
  13. I like to add the Sweet & Hot Jalapeño next.
  14. I crushed some Dorito Tortilla chips and put that on the top.

I am so glad that Walmart finally has some spots open for grocery delivery. I am also thankful that I could use Aldi (first 3 deliveries free) and HyVee. Food is food and it is a blessing to have it.Beef Rotel 024

 

 

 

 

 

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Damn Ham Pork – Bam!

Pork Loin 056I LOVE Walmart! I MISS Walmart! I did not appreciate what Walmart offered, until of the slow shipping delays due to COVID.

Walmart had my favorite “cuisine” items, such as ground lamb and used to have “everyday” items like toilet paper and water bottles. I used to be able to get everything I needed in one shop.

Now, I have shop from several different stores to get what I need. Just like everyone else is, during these trying times.

Pork Loin 001I am lucky to be able shop with Aldi. They don’t have my favorite “name” brand or “cuisine” items, but hell, they have food, which is a blessing.

So I can use things from Walmart and Aldi in my next meal. I was watching The Great Food Truck Race on the Food Network and LOVED the triple pork sandwich made by The Fat Kids. They were my favorite food truck and I was so sorry to see them leave. I was drooling over their fried pork with bacon and bacon cheese. So this is my tribute to their sandwich. Also a shout out to Sunny Pork Loin 010Anderson! She made a Pork Roast on Cooking for Real that was very inspiring for this recipe. As the very wise Emeril Lagasse said: Bam! Pork Fat Rules!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Pork Loin, Boneless, 2 ½ lbs.
  2. Ham Flavored Concentrate, recommended: Goya, two ¼ teaspoon packets
  3. Sazón (Coriander & Annatto with Garlic and Cumin), recommended: Goya, two ¼ teaspoon packets Pork Loin 011
  4. Granulated Garlic, recommended: HyVee, 2 tablespoons, divided
  5. Soy Sauce, recommended: HyVee, 1 teaspoon
  6. Worcestershire Sauce, recommended: HyVee, 1 teaspoon
  7. Liquid Smoke Applewood, recommended: Wrights, 1 cap
  8. Pork Rinds, recommended: Clancy’s, 3 ¼ oz.
  9. Panko Bread Crumbs, Italian Style, recommended: Great Value, 1 cup
  10. Cornstarch, recommended: Argo, 2 tablespoons
  11. Flour, recommended: Wondra, 2 tablespoons
  12. Eggs, 2 Pork Loin 029
  13. Parchment Paper Sheets, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 1
  14. Cooking Oil Vegetable, recommended: Carlini, 2 to 3 cups

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Freeze the Pork Loin 20 to 30 minutes before prep time.
  2. Cut in half, then in half again to get 4 pieces. Flatten to desired size and poke holes with a fork on both sides.
  3. Create “Dry” rub by mixing 1 packet each of Ham Flavored Concentrate, Sazón and 1 tablespoon of Granulated Garlic. Pork Loin 030
  4. Create “Wet” rub by mixing Soy Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce and Liquid Smoke.
  5. Add Pork cuts to a storage bag and add Dry rub and then the Wet rub. Massage it in the bag to distribute the wet and dry rubs. Let it sit overnight or at least 30 minutes before cook time. Pound it to flatten it. I am using my “Mighty Vance” hammer!
  6. Add Pork Rinds to a storage bag and crush it. Move it to a paper bag and add Panko Bread Crumbs, Flour, Cornstarch 1 packet each of Ham Flavored Concentrate, Sazón and 1 tablespoon of Granulated Garlic. Refrigerate for 20 minutes before cook time. Pork Loin 034
  7. Pre-heat the Cooking Oil in a skillet or cast iron pan/pot.
  8. Beat the Eggs and pour into bag of pork
  9. Dip Pork into the Dry mixture paper bag and shake. Let it sit for 20 minutes before cook time.
  10. Fry the Pork Loin for 5 minutes per side.
  11. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and add the fried Pork Loin on a baking sheet with a wire rack.
  12. Bake for 25 minutes and then remove.
  13. While they are baking, you can use the heated oil for a side dish, such as French Fries or Steak Fries.
  14. Season the Fries with Parmesan Cheese after they are drained.Pork Loin 038

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Freeze the Pork Loin 20 to 30 minutes before prep time.
  2. Cut in half, then in half again to get 4 pieces. Flatten to desired size and poke holes with a fork on both sides.
  3. Create “Dry” rub by mixing 1 packet each of Ham Flavored Concentrate, Sazón and 1 tablespoon of Granulated Garlic.
  4. Create “Wet” rub by mixing Soy Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce and Liquid Smoke. Pork Loin 039
  5. Add Pork cuts to a storage bag and add Dry rub and then the Wet rub. Massage it in the bag to distribute the wet and dry rubs. Let it sit overnight or at least 30 minutes before cook time. I put two pieces per plastic storage bag to make is easier to pound. Then I used “Mighty Vance” hammer to flatten the pieces.
  6. Add Pork Rinds to a storage bag and crush it. Move it to a paper bag and add Panko Bread Crumbs, Flour, Cornstarch 1 packet each of Ham Flavored Concentrate, Sazón and 1 tablespoon of Granulated Garlic. Refrigerate for 20 minutes before cook time. Pork Loin 048
  7. Pre-heat the Cooking Oil in a skillet or cast iron pan/pot.
  8. Beat one Egg and put it in a bag with 2 pieces of pork. Beat the other egg and put it in the 2nd back of pork. Then massage the egg to distribute.
  9. Dip Pork into the Dry mixture paper bag and shake.
  10. Fry the Pork Loins for 25 minutes, turning as needed.
  11. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and add the fried Pork Loin on a baking sheet with a wire rack.
  12. Bake for 25 minutes and then remove.
  13. While they are baking, you can use the heated oil for a side dish, such as French Fries or Steak Fries. It took 20 minutes for the fries. Pork Loin 051
  14. Season the Fries with Parmesan Cheese after they are drained.
  15. Rest the Pork for 5 to 10 minutes.

The pork smelled so good while it was marinated with the dry and wet rub. But, the flavor profile of ham concentrate, Apple Liquid Smoke and Sazón is a blank canvass for other flavors.

So tonight, I will dress it with an Asian flavor profile using Teriyaki Sauce, Sriracha and Soy Sauce. The tomorrow, I can use my Creole seasoning and the next day I can add a Barbecue flavor. Brats and Beer 079

Brats and Beer 090I am a night owl and stay up late watching TV and listening to my favorite “Oldies” music. My favorite late night snack is Hummus with Grilled Pita bread.

Hummus Pita Snack Ingredients:

  1. Pita bread, 1
  2. Butter with Garlic & Herbs, recommended: Kerrygold, ½ teaspoon
  3. Hummus, recommended: Sabra, Olive Tapenade, as desired Pork Loin 066
  4. Sumac, recommended: Zamouri Spices, ¼ teaspoon
  5. Parchment Paper Sheets, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 1

How to make it:

  1. Pre-heat a grill pan or skillet for about 3 minutes.
  2. Butter 1 side of the Pita bread.
  3. Grill for about 2 minutes and flip.
  4. Top with Sumac and grill the other side for 2 minutes.
  5. Slice and top with Hummus of your choicePork Loin 069

Breakfast Smoothie Update:

Yesterday I used an ice cube in my smoothie. Duh! Why did I do that when I have my favorite ice cream flavor in my freezer: Butter Pecan? Same thing!

  1. Fill up with about 10 ounces of Orange Juice.
  2. I also added my Liquid Biotin.
  3. Add a tablespoon of ice cream, my favorite: Butter Pecan by Great Value. Pork Loin 074
  4. I used the same small “smork” to add the Strawberry Banana Yogurt.
  5. I cut the Banana into 6 pieces, then pushed it down to make sure I did not go over 20 ounces.

 

 

THE VAMPIRE DANCER COOKBOOK IS COMING!Pork Loin 078

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BBQ Beer Brats

Brats and Beer 041Oh HELL no! My liquor store is out of my favorite beer Sad smile. What can I do now for after work libations? I had to pick a different beer brand. And actually, I was interested in making some Margaritas. I am out of frozen Lime-aid, so I hope beer will be a good replacement.

I found some Beer Margarita recipes online. They all mentioned Lime-aid. Then I remembered that I had a Margarita Mixer in the fridge. I was sure it was expired, but lucky for me, it says best by August 2020. So I can substitute that for Lime-aid.BBQ Beer Brats 001

One of my co-workers LOVES Patron. It is expensive, so I never had interest in buying it, until now. I call this my: Seems like the End of the World Beer Margarita. I got the Oyster Smoothie blender just in time to try my wacky beer combination.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Beer Bratwursts, 5
  2. Liquid Smoke, Applewood, recommended: Wright’s, 1 cap
  3. Barbecue Seasoning, recommended: Gates, 3 teaspoons.BBQ Beer Brats 013
  4. Barbecue Sauce, recommended : Gates, 5 tablespoons
  5. Stir Fry Oil, recommended: Tsang, 2 to 3 teaspoons
  6. Beer, recommended: Bud Ice, 16 oz (or half of the can)
  7. Baked Beans Maple & Cured Bacon, recommended: Bush’s Best, 28 oz.
  8. Soft Pretzel Sausage Buns, recommended: Pretzilla, 1 per Brat
  9. Celery Seeds, recommended: Tone’s, ¼ teaspoon
  10. Ground Mustard, recommended: Tone’s, ¼ teaspoon
  11. Red Onions, diced or sliced, ¼ cup
  12. Parchment Paper Sheets, recommended: Reynolds Kitchen, 1Brats and Beer 013

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Pre-season the Brats 30 minutes before cook time or the day ahead. Score the Brats and add to a plastic storage bag.
  2. Add the BBQ Seasoning, Celery Seeds Stir Fry Oil and Liquid Smoke to the bag. Massage into the Brats
  3. Marinade 30 minutes or overnight.
  4. Pre-heat the skillet. I used a Cast Iron Grill skillet and pre-heated for 3 minutes.Brats and Beer 017
  5. Grill the Brats 3 minutes per side
  6. Remove from heat and deglaze with Beer. I had the pour the Beer a little at a time so that it did not flare up. The heated Beer had great aroma.
  7. Add chopped BBQ Sauce, Onions and Ground Mustard.
  8. Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes.
  9. Next, you can toast the Pretzilla bun and serve with a pickle.
  10. The next day, I added the Baked Beans to the same skillet and cooked on low for 1 ½ hours. You can also use a Slow Cooker.Brats and Beer 018
  11. This made an “easy” lunch because I could cut up one Brat with some of the Baked Beans and eat it in a bowl.

Beer Margarita:

  1. Tequila, your favorite brand or recommended: Patron, 1.5 oz (or Jigger shot)
  2. Beer, your favorite brand or recommended: Bud Light, 12 oz.
  3. Margarita Mixer (with Key Lime Juice & Agave Nectar), your favorite brand or recommended: Master of Mixes, 1.5 oz (or Jigger shot).Brats and Beer 025
  4. Add a splash of Orange Juice (or Lemon Lime soda)
  5. Add an Ice Cube, 1. Don’t go over the Smoothie limit, mine is 20 oz. Fill, Blend and get Drunk!

Holy Beer Foam! It was like opening a can of beer that was shaken. Open slowly over a sink. Watch out for the beer explosion.

Beer Update: I was using the wrong method to order it Sad smile.  I used my iPhone Liquor app and found my favorite beer. Happy times!Brats and Beer 031

Happy Birthday Queen Gina! My little sister is gone, but not forgotten and still very much loved.

 

 

 

THE VAMPIRE DANCER COOKBOOK IS COMING!Brats and Beer 038

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Fritters da Diet with a “Smooth” Surprise

Fritter da Diet 065When I first started making Digger Fritters (Potatoes with Bacon and Polish Sausage), I used the Bacon Ends & Pieces that came in a box. Back in the day, that box of bacon was very cheap. However, it had a lot of fat and calories. At first, I baked the polish sausage separately to eat on the side with the potatoes and bacon. Then later I started dicing the polish sausage to fry and mix with the potatoes and bacon.

Now I use thick bacon when I make my regular Fritters. I melt cheese on top, a dollop of sour cream, and sometimes a fried Bacon Ends - Don't use this!egg. It still has a lot of calories, but it sure does taste good.

I used to make it every weekend because my family loved it. Now, I only make a few times a year.

I wanted to see if I could cut the calories by substituting Turnips for potatoes and Turkey Bacon, instead of the thick bacon. Parsnips can also be used instead of potatoes.

Fritter da Diet 006Some other changes to make would be to use a different cheese topping. Mozzarella and Feta have fewer calories than Cheddar Cheese. You can also use Yogurt, instead of Sour Cream. For Fritters Deluxe, I top it with an over-easy egg. You can also poach the egg or only use the egg whites.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Turnips, 3
  2. Turkey Bacon, Hickory Smoked, recommended: Applegate Naturals, 3 slicesFritter da Diet 016
  3. Smoked Sausage (with Chicken, Pork & Beef), recommended: Morrell, 7 oz.
  4. Hot Jalapeno & Habanero Jack Shredded Cheese, recommended: Great Value, 8 oz.
  5. Garlic & Herb Butter, recommended: Kerrygold, ½ stick
  6. Butter, Unsalted, Sweet Cream, recommended: Great Value, ½ stick and 1 teaspoon
  7. Black Truffle Oil, recommended: Roland, ½ teaspoon
  8. Truffle Zest, recommended: Sabatino, ¼ teaspoon
  9. Porcini Mushroom Rub, recommended: Manitou, ½ teaspoonFritter da Diet 031
  10. Granulated Garlic, recommended: HyVee, ¼ teaspoon
  11. Chicago Steak Seasoning, recommended: Weber, ¼ teaspoon
  12. Liquid Smoke, Mesquite, recommended: Wrights’, ½ cap
  13. Chicken Bouillon Cube, recommended: Knorr, 1
  14. Chopped Onions, frozen, recommended: Pictsweet, ¼ cup
  15. Chopped Green Bell Peppers, frozen, recommended: Great Value, ¼ cup
  16. Parsley Flakes, recommended: Spice World, ½ teaspoon
  17. Water, enough to fill pan of TurnipsFritter da Diet 032

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut off the Turnip top and bottom, then dice. Try to make the cuts the same size as the diced Smoked Sausage.
  2. Add Truffle Oil, Truffle Zest, Porcini Mushroom Rub and 1 teaspoon of Butter to pot and cook on low for 2 minutes.
  3. Add diced Turnips, Bouillon Cube and Water to the same pot and boil for 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. Drain the Turnips and move to colander. Season with Granulated Garlic and Chicago Steak Seasoning.Fritter da Diet 037
  5. Add ½ of Kerrygold and Unsalted Butter to a skillet and melt. Add the diced Turnips and turn until they are brown. Can take about 20 to 30 minutes, turning as needed.
  6. Dice the Polish Sausage.
  7. Fry the Bacon slices. Remove the slices and brown the diced Polish Sausage. Remove the Polish Sausage and add the Chopped Onions and Green Bell Peppers. Cook for a few minutes. Cut the Bacon into pieces.
  8. Drain excess melted Butter from the Turnip Skillet. Add the Bacon pieces, diced Polish Sausage, Chopped Onions and Green Bell Peppers. Mix together and cook on low for 10 minutes.Fritter da Diet 039
  9. Top with Shredded Cheese and cook on low an additional 5 to 10 minutes to allow the cheese to melt.
  10. You can fry or “poach” an Egg to top this. Add a dollop of Daisy sour cream and sprinkle Parsley Flakes for presentation.

Today is Shampoo Day! So I get to apply “topical” biotin on the bad spots and drink “liquid” biotin with my orange juice. Also, this week, I will take Hair & Vitamin pills as well as Biotin pills. I still use the “old school” Sulfur 8 on my braid parts, because it makes my scalp tingle.Fritter da Diet 040

Aldi messed up my grocery order and sent 8 bananas instead of 2. What to do? I thought about baking Banana Bread, but I am very short on flour. I did think ahead to order Strawberry yogurt, do why take advantage of the extra bananas and use them in a Smoothie with the orange juice?

I got this idea yesterday and ordered an Oyster Smoothie Blender from Amazon. It arrived today, so it must have been in their warehouse.

NO COOTIES ALLOWED!Fritter da Diet 042

I take special care with any incoming packages. Back in early February, I ordered 3 things from Amazon and when they arrived, I noticed they were from China. This was when we first found out about COVID. So I sent that shit back, ASAP! And used gloves and took special care in handling the packages.

Now I wear special “cootie” gloves and bleach wipes for all incoming packages. Better safe than sorry.

Fritters da Diet 004My dishwasher, washer and dryer installers did not wear masks during the install, but I did. I am not playing!

Shout out to my favorite cousin, Tony! He fixed my old dishwasher and it lasted awhile, but had to be replaced. The new Dishwasher is fantastic.

The dishes are finally being cleaned, for real this time. No fooling around!

THE VAMPIRE DANCER COOKBOOK IS COMING!Fritters da Diet 006

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My Big Fat Greek Meat Lovers Pizza Pie

Greek Pizza 142I LOVE Gyro sandwiches, so this will have all the flavors, but in a pizza-form. Save the “Tzatziki” packages from the frozen Gyro sandwich kit, to use on top of the Pizza. I also save the Pita bread as well to dip with my favorite Hummus: Sabra Olive Tapenade. Opa!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Pizza crust, recommended: Pillsbury Classic, 13.8 oz
  2. Ground Turkey Italian Sausage, recommended: Festive, 1 lb.Greek Pizza 067
  3. Pepperoni, recommended: Hillshire Farms, 7 oz.
  4. Soppressata, Hot uncured Salami, recommended: Vincenza’s, 4 oz.
  5. Gyro Sandwich, recommended: Opaa, two 7.35 oz packages
  6. Feta Cheese Crumbles, recommended: Athenos, 6 oz.
  7. Italian Five Cheese Blend with a Touch of Philadelphia, recommended: Kraft, 8 oz.
  8. Margherita Pizza Sauce, recommended: Ragú, 14 oz., reserve 2 tablespoons
  9. Tri-Color Tomato Wedges in Olive Oil & Italian Spices, recommended: Great Value, 10 oz.Greek Pizza 119
  10. Anchovies, recommended: Crown Prince, 2 oz.
  11. Kalamata Olives, Sliced, recommended: Great Value, ¼ cup
  12. Sumac, recommended: Zamouri Spices, ¼ teaspoon
  13. Oregano, recommended: Spice World, ¼ teaspoon
  14. Red Pepper Flakes, recommended: Spice World, ¼ teaspoon
  15. Granulated Garlic, recommended: HyVee, ¼ teaspoon
  16. Grated Parmesan Three Cheese Blend, recommended: Kraft, 1 teaspoon
  17. Red Onions, diced, ¼ cupGreek Pizza 065
  18. Flour, recommended: Wondra, as needed
  19. Parchment Paper Sheets, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 3
  20. Foil Sheets, recommended: Reynolds Wrap, 2-3

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Defrost the “frozen” Gyro Sandwich, and separate the Gyro slices from the Pita Bread, the day ahead or at least 30 minutes before cook time. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Greek Pizza 085Fry the Anchovies in a skillet to reduce the bones, but save as much of the Anchovy Oil as possible.
  3. Ground the Turkey Italian Sausage in the same skillet, until done. Drain and combine with the diced Red Onions, 2 tablespoons of the Pizza sauce and the diced Kalamata Olives.
  4. Prepare the Pizza crust by using two sheets of Parchment paper, flour as needed to keep it from sticking and use a rolling pin to get to the desired size for your cooking pan/sheet. For easy clean up, I line my pan with Parchment Sheets. Poke holes in the middle of the crust, using a fork, excluding the edges.Greek Pizza 093
  5. Pre-bake crust for 7 to 10 minutes and remove.
  6. Apply half of the Pizza Sauce and all of the Soppressata Salami. This is a good time for Mise en Place, a French culinary phrase which means “putting in place” or “everything in place. The Pepperoni package was already divided in half. I divided the Turkey Italian Sausage, in half, in the skillet.
  7. Add half the Turkey Italian Sausage and top with half of the Five Cheese Blend.
  8. Add half of the Pepperoni and half of the Feta Sauce.
  9. Greek Pizza 098Add the remaining Turkey Italian Sausage, Feta cheese and the remaining Pepperoni. Add the rest of the Pizza Sauce, the drained Tomato Wedges, more Kalamata Olives, Sumac, Granulated Garlic, Red Pepper Flakes, Grated Parmesan Cheese Blend and Oregano.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes and then remove from the oven.
  11. While it is baking, fry the Gyro slices in the same skillet on one side only. It fries like bacon, but don’t overcook it, as it will have additional cook time in the oven.
  12. Layer the Gyro slices and “smush” it down, if needed.
  13. Greek Pizza 105Add the remaining Five Cheese, topped with Oregano and Parmesan Cheese and bake an additional 9 to 10 minutes until the cheese melts.
  14. Let it rest for about 10 to 15 minutes before cutting. AKA: The longest 10 minutes in my life! I only had a banana and some chips so far.

Don’t get me wrong, I love ordering a Meat Lover’s Pizza from Pizza Hut, with marinara sauce, pepperoni, all-natural Italian sausage, slow-roasted ham, hardwood smoked bacon, seasoned pork and beef. Hopefully my take on a Puttanesca pizza will Greek-a-fy it!Greek Pizza 106

Laundry Day Update:

I got my new Washer & Dryer installed today. I got the Smart Wi-Fi models and connected them to my Smart Phone. Even though they are “shiny and new” I miss my old-ass ancient set already. This washer and dryer is so complicated, I hope I can figure out how to use when I wash a load tomorrow. Wish me luck!

It took me 10 minutes to figure out how to use it. And I still have Greek Pizza 115not figured out how to have it alert my phone. I can’t believe a wash load only took 20 minutes, compared to the older washer taking over 60 minutes.

My cat, Missouri Sunshine, loves the new washer and dryer! At first she was mesmerized, then afraid and then could not stop watching it spin. This is a new form of TV entertainment for cats.

Food & Toilet Paper Shortage Update:

Greek Pizza 156It’s funny how the TV Show: The Last Man on Earth, predicted COVID. Down to being set in the exact same year: 2020. It is not so funny having a food and toilet paper shortage. FOX should bring the show back, maybe we can find out how to resolve this?

I was so stressed out shopping on line to search for toilet paper. Forget about the usual suspects: Walmart, HyVee, Whole Foods and Amazon. I had to use Aldi’s instead. They had most of my stuff, but ran out of eggs, milk, liquid soap and toilet paper.

Greek Pizza 128My cat needs her milk and was almost out. So I found Dry Milk for Kittens at Amazon. Just mixed it with water and she is good to go.

I gave up on my usual suspects, as it seemed like toilet paper was nowhere to be found. So I checked at Lowes and Home Depot.

As soon as it put it in my basket, I got a notification that it was out of stock.

Greek Pizza 135I’m not playing the toilet paper game, so I ended up getting the giant roll at Home Depot. It will be ugly as hell, but at least I have TP for my bung hole. Party on Beavis and Butthead. Those dopes knew how important TP truly is.

 

 

 

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Jilligan’s Isle BBQ Pork Ribs

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Just sit right back,
And you’ll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip,

My “riff” on a different ending:

Ginger and Marjoram,

Here on Jilligan’s Isle,

I’m Grillin, Chillin and Smoking!Kung Pao Pork Chops 002

I am so proud of my Grilling/Smoking section in my Dining Room. I have yet to use my George Foreman grill. First there was a raccoon on the deck, then neighbor’s dogs got into my backyard and then there was rain, so I missed out last summer.

But during the cooler months, I am glad that I have a new Cast Iron Grill Pan, to get some great grill marks, as well as my countertop Smoker.

BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 052I like trying different wood chips for different flavors. So far, I only have Pecan and Hickory. I also purchased a variety pack with (Oak, Apple, Cherry, Pecan, Maple, Bourbon, Hickory, Mesquite), but I did not realize it was sawdust for a smoking gun or dome. Maybe I’ll buy that one day too.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Pork Country Ribs, Bone-In, 3 lbs.
  2. Teriyaki Seasoning Mix, recommended: Kikkoman, 1 ½ oz.BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 011
  3. Ginger root, fresh, ¼ lb., 1 inch root (peeled and diced)
  4. Marjoram, recommended: Delish, ¼ cup
  5. Red onions, diced, ¼ cup
  6. Green Onions, diced, ¼ cup
  7. Crushed Pineapple, recommended: That’s Smart, 20 oz.
  8. Soy Sauce, recommended: Great Value, 2 teaspoons
  9. Fish Sauce, recommended: Thai Kitchen, ½ teaspoon
  10. Liquid Smoke, Mesquite, recommended: Wrights, 1 cap
  11. Barbecue Sauce, recommended : Korean Style BBQ Great Value, 9 oz. (or use your favorite brand)
  12. BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 034Barbecue Sauce, recommended: Stubbs, ¼ to ½ cup, per your preference (or use your favorite brand)
  13. Stir Fry Oil, recommended: Tsang, 2 to 3 teaspoons
  14. Slow Cooker Liner, recommended: Reynolds Kitchen, 1

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Create a Wet Rub with the Soy Sauce, Fish Sauce and Liquid Smoke.
  2. Add the Pork Ribs to a gallon storage bag with the Web Rub, Ginger, Marjoram, Teriyaki Seasoning Mix and Crushed Pineapple.BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 048
  3. Marinade 30 minutes or overnight.
  4. Strain off the Pineapple, rinse and drain to prepare for cook time.
  5. Preheat a skillet and add the Stir Fry Oil, then cook the Pork Ribs for 2-3 minutes per side. I used a “grill” skillet to get grill marks on them.
  6. Next, you can use a Slow Cooker to slowly cook for 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low. At this point, you can add enough Barbecue sauce to your preference. Or, you can use a covered skillet with the Barbecue sauce to smother them for 25 to 30 minutes on low.BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 055

Tuesday = Spa Day!

I have a weekly ritual on Tuesday night, where I un-braid my “Connect Braids” braids, while watching Sunny Anderson, Cooking for Real on Food Network Go. I don’t know how to “French” braid, but I do know how to make “simple” braids and connect them to each other.

Then Wednesday is Shampoo day. I’m so glad that my hair is BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 059finally growing back. It is really a miracle after abusing my hair when I was younger with perms, hair extensions, dying it, etc. Now, I take Hair & Nail vitamins, Biotin pills, apply topical Biotin on the bad spots and drink liquid Biotin (mixed in with my orange juice).

Looking forward to binge watching Cooking for Real, enjoying my BBQ Pork Rib dinner!

 

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Baked Egg Foo Young

BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 046My mom made this when we were kids. Instead of using 1 to 2 eggs to make “individual” Egg Foo Young, I wanted a way to prepare it as a side dish for several days. So I came up with an idea to use the same ingredients that are in Crab Rangoon and bake it instead of using a Wok.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Eggs, Jumbo, 6
  2. Crab Delights, Imitation Crab, recommended: Louis Kemp, 1 lb.BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 005
  3. Oysters, Fancy Smoked in Oil, recommended: Chicken of the Sea, 3.75 oz.
  4. Stir Fry Vegetables, recommended: La Choy, 28 oz.
  5. Cream Cheese Spread, recommended: Great Value, 12 oz.
  6. Chow Mein Noodles, recommended: La Choy, 5 oz.
  7. Ginger root, fresh, ¼ lb., 1 inch root (peeled and diced)
  8. Green Onions, diced, ¼ cup
  9. Marjoram, recommended: Delish, ¼ cup
  10. Soy Sauce, recommended: Great Value, 2 teaspoons
  11. Fish Sauce, recommended: Thai Kitchen, ½ teaspoonBBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 012
  12. Ponzu (Citrus Seasoned Dressing & Sauce, recommended: Kikkoman, ½ teaspoon
  13. Teriyaki Sauce, recommended: Best Choice, ½ teaspoon
  14. Parchment Sheets, Pop-up, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 1 to 2 (for easy clean up)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Get the Cream Cheese to room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees
  3. Apply a parchment sheet(s), as needed to your baking dish (I am using a 9 x 13).BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 017
  4. Drain the Oyster oil on top of the parchment paper sheet.
  5. Beat the Eggs.
  6. Dice the Crab and Oysters into ¼ or ½ size bits.
  7. Drain the Stir Fry Vegetables.
  8. Combine the Eggs, Crab, Oysters, Stir Fry Vegetables, Ginger Root, Green Onions, Marjoram, Soy Sauce, Fish Sauce, Ponzu and Teriyaki Sauce.
  9. You can season the Stir Fry Vegetables with a bit of Soy Sauce and Teriyaki Sauce.
  10. Blend in the Cream Cheese
  11. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the eggs set.BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 018
  12. Top with Chow Mein Noodles, when serving.

As soon as I added the Cream Cheese, it started to smell like a Crab Rangoon. Actually, it has all the flavors of Crab Rangoon, without the Wonton Wrappers.

Today is my Dad’s birthday. And it has turned out to be a wonderful day! I have four of my favorite TV shows to watch after work: Supergirl, Batwoman, The Rookie and God Friended Me.

BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 022I prepped my Jilligan’s Isle BBQ Pork for the slow cooker yesterday. And before going to work, I started cooking it. It will be done in time for my lunch break. And then I can have more Egg Foo Young as a snack later on. It sure was good. I was only supposed to have one serving. But I cheated and had an extra serving.

Happy Birthday Dad!

 

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Patty Melt for Happy Tax Refunds!

Patty Melt 042RIP old ass washer and dryer! I got them from my sister Candy back in 2004, when I moved into my 2nd home. I left my 1st washer and dry set at my first house. The buyer asked if they came with the house, and I said they can. And that sealed the deal.

They are still working okay after 16 years, but it seems as though my clothes are not 100% clean. So it is time to move up to bigger and better things.

I will admit it is a bit stressful trying to pick out a replacement Patty Melt 009 (2)set. I am comparing prices with Best Buy, Lowes, Nebraska Furniture, Sears and Wayfair. I am trying to get a set that is $200 less than my refund, to allow for taxes. After all, buying a washer and dryer set only comes around every 10 years of so, unless you have buckets of money to upgrade, which I do not.

I wish I could get some fancy features, like the Smart Wi-Fi models they have now. And I have always LOVED the Red Washer and Dryer set. Not that having the color Red, would make the clothes cleaner, it just tickles my fancy. I probably will end up Patty Melt 010 (2)with the cheap white set again, but at the very least, I am going to get Front Loading, instead of Top Loading.

I have one week to pick out a set. And hopefully I will make my decision in enough time to have it installed on my day off, Tuesday or Wednesday.

Wish me luck.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Rye Bread, recommended: Farm to Market Bread Co., 2 slices per sandwichPatty Melt 010
  2. Ground Beef 80/20, 1 lb.
  3. Limberger Cheese, recommended: Champignon German, 2 oz per sandwich
  4. Red onion, 1 (thin) slice per sandwich
  5. Soy Sauce, 1 teaspoon
  6. Liquid Smoke Mesquite, recommended: Wright’s, 1 cap or less
  7. Worcestershire Sauce, 1 teaspoon
  8. Granulated Garlic, recommended: HyVee, ¼ teaspoon
  9. Chicago Steak seasoning, recommended: Weber, ¼ teaspoonPatty Melt 014
  10. Granulated Beef Flavor Bouillon, recommended: Knorr, ¼ teaspoon
  11. Mushroom Rub Porcini, recommended: Manitou, ¼ teaspoon
  12. Truffle Zest, recommended: Sabatino, ¼ teaspoon
  13. Balsamic Vinegar, 1 teaspoon
  14. Bacon, 1 slice per burger
  15. Butter, 1 teaspoon, divided
  16. Mayonnaise, recommended: Hellmann’s, ½ to 1 teaspoon per patty, to your liking
  17. Sliced Dill Pickles, about 1 to 2 per pattyPatty Melt 015
  18. Mustard, German/Organic, recommended: 365 Everyday Value, as needed
  19. Parchment Sheets, Pop-up, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 3 (for easy clean up)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Freeze Limberger Cheese 20 to 30 minutes before cook time.
  2. Divide into the Ground Beef into 4 patties, using the Patty Melt 021Parchment Sheets to shape and flatten. Make sure the patties are room temperature. Polk holes in the patties with a fork.
  3. Mix the Liquid Smoke, Soy Sauce, Balsamic Vinegar and Worcestershire Sauce, then apply evenly on burgers.
  4. Mix the Granulated Garlic, Chicago Steak seasoning, Granulated Beef Bouillon, Porcini Mushroom Rub and Truffle Zest. Apply evenly on top of wet rub.
  5. Preheat a cast iron skillet for 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Fry the Bacon and set aside.
  7. Cook Burger Patty for 3 to 4 minutes per side.Patty Melt 022
  8. Move to the back of the skillet and sauté the onion to your liking
  9. Add Mayonnaise to one slice of bread, and Mustard to the other slice of bread.
  10. Put half of the Limberger cheese on each bread slice
  11. Using a “cold” skillet, cut the butter slices into 8 pieces with one of the left and one on the right side of the pan.
  12. Put the bread slices on each side of the skillet and grill the bread for about 2 to 3 minutes on Medium Low, or until cheese melts. But I peek under the bread to make sure it is not burning.Patty Melt 024
  13. To one bread slice with the Burger, Onion and Pickles. If the cheese needs additional time to melt, I flip them back and forth to meld together, making sure it does not burn.
  14. Remove and let it rest for 3 to 5 minutes.
  15. I love this cut diagonally for flair!

The American Royal is having a BBQ Sauce and Rub contest. I love watching cooking competition shows on the Food Network.

I am so glad to see that women are now competing in the Grilling Patty Melt 030cook-offs. Wouldn’t it be cool, if my rub was good enough to enter? Life is short. I have until April 17th to decide. If I decide to, I don’t want to be in last place; hopefully I will rank within the top 50.

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Rueben Groovin’ King Sandwich

Rueben 029I used to make my Rueben sandwiches the same way I made a grilled cheese. Butter on the outside, meat on the inside. Grill one side and flip it over.

I was making some Rueben sandwiches that same way last week. They were good, but left a lot to be desired. If I did not watch it after 2 minutes, once side was burned. Also the Sauerkraut and pickles made the sandwich soggy

Then suddenly it dawned on me! Drain the Sauerkraut on a paper Rueben 001towel to remove the moisture, before adding to the sandwich. Now I have a “Groovin” Rueben King Sandwich!

Sometimes I use my skillet grill pan, medium skillet or large skillet. Another great idea: why not grill each side individually and then combine them?

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Rye Bread, recommended: Farm to Market Bread Co., 2 slices per sandwichRueben 002
  2. Pastrami, Ultra Thin Sliced, recommended: Hillshire Farm, 4 slices per side of bread
  3. Salami, Thin Sliced, recommended: Great Value, 4 to 6 per sandwich (or use Corned Beef Slices)
  4. Sauerkraut, recommended: Franks, 1 to 2 teaspoons, per your liking
  5. Muenster Cheese, recommended: Great Value, 3 per sandwich
  6. Thousand Island Dressing, recommended: Kraft, 1 to 2 teaspoons, to your taste
  7. Butter, 1 teaspoon, dividedRueben 005
  8. Seasoning for the Sauerkraut, such as Caraway Seeds, recommended: Tone’s, a pinch
  9. Parchment Sheets, Pop-up, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 1 (for easy clean up)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Strain Sauerkraut into bowl, season it with Caraway Seeds, Pepper, etc. and set aside.
  2. Add Thousand Island dressing on both sides of the bread.
  3. Put 1 Muenster cheese slice on one slice of bread, top with Pastrami.Rueben 008
  4. Put 1 Muenster cheese slice on one slice of bread, top with Salami.
  5. Using a “cold” skillet, cut the butter slices into 8 pieces with one of the left and one on the right side of the pan.
  6. Put the Pastrami bread on one side of the skillet and the Salami bread on the other side of the skillet.
  7. I have a Gas stove, so I grill the bread for about 3 minutes on Medium Low, or until cheese melts. But I peek under the bread to make sure it is not burning.
  8. Cut the 3rd Cheese slice in half and put one on each bread.
  9. Rueben 013Next top one bread side with the Sauerkraut and Caraway Seeds, top the other bread on top of this one.
  10. If the cheese needs additional time to melt, I flip them back and forth to meld together, making sure it does not burn.
  11. Remove and let it rest for 3 to 5 minutes.
  12. I love this cut diagonally for flair!

My new home is finally complete! Do you ever have that feeling that something is missing after you move? That something for me Patty Melt 002was my wall clock, due to laziness. I finally got around to changing the clock battery. The clock makes a chime sound on the hour. I didn’t realize how much I missed that sound, since it was heard at my previous home.

Speaking of homes and moving to a different home. I was house hunting 10 years ago, because I thought I was going to get a large sum of money.

So one house that I looked at became my favorite. The main house had 3 bedrooms; it had a 2 bedroom guest house over the garage, a pool, pool house, gazebo, hot tub, a detached outbuilding (for a dance studio) and 3 acres of land.

That house blew my mind. There were so many possibilities with a set up Rueben 009like that. I fantasized about all sorts of business ideas, like a day care, dance studio and winery. I could have used the outbuilding for a monthly dance Hafla show. It had a kitchen, bathroom and sleeping lofts.

I dreamed about starting a “catering” business there as well. I could have the customers sample the food via a Pool party or during the winter, using the indoor Hot Tub.

It was not meant to be, but after looking at that house, I gave me ideas of what I wanted in a future home.Rueben 014

I wanted to have a nice outdoor area with a water feature like a pool or hot tub.

My current home has that now, and with the low, low price of being $95,000 less than my dream home.

Life is so much like a game of Monopoly. Start with Baltic and work your way up to Park Place. I began with an inexpensive “starter” home, like Mediterranean sold it and kept moving up to homes that cost more. My “Dream” house was Boardwalk, but I am glad to stick with Park Place.Rueben 011

Less maintenance for the pool and outbuildings, less grass to pay someone to cut and lower utility bills.

I still consider doing catering, and I am glad that I waited to publish a Cookbook first. The Cookbook will showcase the meals that I can prepare for customers. This is a good way find out what a meal will cost to prepare, so that I can decide what to charge.

Also, 10 years ago, we did not have services like Uber, Postmates and Lyft to transport food, like we do now.

IRueben 018 HAVE A DREAM! Not like Martin Luther King. But I have always dreamed about having a “Test Kitchen” in my basement, like on Desperate Housewives. While doing some research, I found out about EzCater. ezCater is the only nationwide marketplace for business catering. ezCater’s online ordering, on-time ratings and reviews, and 5-star customer service connect business people to reliable catering for any meeting, anywhere in the United States.

Dreams can come true.

 

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Check out the sample and get your copy here:  Audible.com The Vampire Dancer Saga Part 4 Audiobook

The Vampire Dancer Saga Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 are all Audiobooks now available at  Audible.com and iTunes (click the word Audible or iTunes to open link to store).

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Learn to Belly Dance Textbook & Certification Program: Dance Lessons & Choreographies For Students, Troupes, Performers… by Shalimar Ali (Aug 17, 2011)

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The Vampire Dancer Saga Part 2 by Shalimar Ali (Dec 11, 2012)

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The Vampire Dancer Saga by Shalimar Ali, Shalimarali and N/A (Jul 25, 2012)

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The Vampire Dancer Saga Part 3 by Shalimar Ali (Apr 13, 2014)

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