Hi, Friends! I'm starting to feel a little Fall in the air, but I'm not quite ready for that yet! It will be nice when the temperatures cool off a little bit, though.
I made some of my mother's vegetable soup this week because I was craving it, and it is so good. I'm going to tell you something I probably shouldn't admit, as someone who is honing her culinary skills, but my mother's soup is cooked ground beef (I substituted ground turkey and added onion), and everything else in the soup comes from a can! Sometimes you've just got to go simple, and I always loved it, so there's nothing wrong with that! I love saying "my mother's vegetable soup", because I'm envious of folks who grew up with cooks in the family. I did not, but believe me, I haven't gone hungry!
Here's another recipe for the Summer blueberries I have in the freezer. Let's have blueberries all year round!
Blueberry Muffins! I changed the regular muffin recipe to mini muffins, and took eight minutes off the cooking time. I didn't have the raw sugar to top them with that the recipe calls for, but they're delicious without it! I took the pictures below because I thought my silver bowls and cooking utensils looked pretty!
My chocolate cherry tomato plant, which was a gift from my friend, Renee, has finished producing, my sunflower is drying up, and thanks to my friend, Patricia, I now have two new plants to enjoy! She just had to show me the ones she bought on clearance at Lowe's! If I keep bringing stuff in my house I'm going to have to buy a bigger house!
This is a delicious recipe that my friend, Ghee, posted on his Facebook page. I switched up the ground beef for ground turkey, and the cheese I had on hand was American sliced cheese and shredded Mozzarella. It's just wonderful comfort food, and I made it all pretty with chopped parsley from my herb garden! Click on the finished dish for the recipe!
This morning I woke up early and wanted biscuits, but do you ever not make something because you just don't have the time or worse, you dread the clean-up? No more worries! I made these drop biscuits that were just perfect for some butter and jam! I hardly dirtied any dishes, and they only took 12 minutes to bake. I'm sure I will be making these more often! I can probably make them a little prettier if I try, but they sure did taste good! Click on the biscuits for the simple recipe!
The Hokies' first game is Labor Day night! Woohoo! We are playing against last year's national champions...can't wait to see what the Hokies bring this year!
Before football season and Fall officially get here, I'm getting ready for a family vacation! I am so looking forward to family time and beach time and GREAT SEAFOOD, and beach time, and more beach time!!! I will be sure to post pictures, you know I will! I'll be looking for new recipes, too!
Until next time, Friends, I'm Dishing With Love!!
Hi, Friends! It's been a few days since I've posted. I hope you're all having a great Summer. I haven't done much cooking at home this week, either, except for breakfast because I've been working every evening. Here's a dinner I fixed for my sister and myself last week. It was delicious! Click on the casserole for the recipe!
Here's a great way to avoid an extra trip to the supermarket! I had several food items at home but needed a recipe for something different, so I found a new recipe by googling the ingredients I had on hand. I came up with this delicious casserole! This recipe includes bacon, which I didn't use, because, regardless of popular opinion, everything doesn't need bacon! I also used Panko bread crumbs because that's what I had, but next time I will use regular bread crumbs. Panko is not for everything, either.
Here's the last of the crop of the tomatoes on Highway 53 past 140 going out of Rome. The real feel temp outside that day we picked them was 104 degrees, but what we brought home made it worth the effort!
Here's a "memory" from Facebook that I posted a year ago August 15, so even though I haven't done much cooking recently, here's something I can share with you. Click on the picture of the "Summer Casserole" for the recipe, and also on the cornbread for a Southern Cornbread recipe!
I had a day off from work so I rode to Columbus, Georgia with my friend Gail Reyes and my sister, Janise. Gail leads our "Together For A Cure" Relay for Life Team that was started by her husband, June. Here we're helping her stock up on groceries for meals we're preparing to raise money for our team and the American Cancer Society. This has worked very well for us over the last few years! I will be sure to post pictures of the wonderful food and if you ever get the opportunity to have Gail's food, you should take it!!
Here's the latest pictures of Sawyer with her silly daddy, Ghee, and Callie and Chloe! Little Sawyer goes for her two week check-up this week. Please continue to pray for her recovery and for her parents. Hopefully I will get to see her soon! I miss her!
See you soon, Friends!
Dished With Love!
Hi, Friends! This past weekend our friend, Kendall, and her husband, Albert, had my sister and I and other friends over for a cookout. They're planning excursions for a Mexican cruise they're taking in October. That will be a lot of fun for them!
Kendall's son, Daniel, made some beautiful chicken and steak kabobs and I didn't get a picture of them or of the table before we ate. I could really kick myself for that! The kabobs had juicy pieces of chicken breast and beef, along with beautiful red, yellow and green peppers and onions! Those are some of my favorite things!
Here's a bowtie salad that is adapted from a recipe we did in school. This was so good, and even enjoyed by my picky eater friend, Kendall! The salad was a great accompaniment to the requested "Best Baked Beans Ever" dish that has already been on the blog twice, and it is a perfect side for a Summer cookout. Or tailgate party. Or holiday party. Yum!
Click on the picture for the recipe!
Here's something I did for myself because I had an abundance of Vidalia onions....Voila (also known as "wa-lah" in redneck country!), French for "look here, caramelized onions!" This dish is beautiful in all the stages of cooking, especially after sampling the white wine used to deglaze the pan! Delicious!
We ended the day by doing a little shopping. We were in Canton with a gazillion places to shop and my sister, Janise, and friend, Fay, found some cute things for their cruise at Belk's. I found a very inexpensive bathing suit at Ross, for a beach trip. It was a miracle!
Earlier in the day on the road to Canton we stopped at Georgia National Cemetery. Our friend June Reyes' grave is there. June lost a battle with cancer last year, and he is missed greatly. The cemetery is beautiful and just leaves you in awe of all the men and women that have served our country and have passed on before us. We enjoy a lot of freedoms that we take for granted because of the sacrifices of these servicemen and women.
This week I'll be helping open a new brick and mortar restaurant in town that evolved from a Cajun food truck! The food is delicious, the people are great, and I'm looking forward to being a part of it. I am about to leave my life of retired leisure behind, well, at least part-time!
Until next time, Friends,
Dished With Love, Denise
There are so many wonderful things about Summer! 100 degree temperature days are not the wonderful part, but what goes with them is pretty great. That would include sunflowers, tomato plants, blueberry plants, and many other beautiful, living, breathing things.
Here are the latest picture of my sunflower, and it's getting so pretty. This was a gift from my friend, Patricia. There's my chocolate cherry tomato plant from my friend, Renee, that has so far grown one chocolate cherry looking tomato, and it was very tasty. It has many green tomatoes on it. I call it Audrey 3 because it grew so big in a short period of time! And then there's my kitchen window herb garden, and the herbs I bought from Walmart. They are very pretty and my kitchen smells really good!
So what can you do with an abundance of Summer tomatoes, besides salsa, that is? Tomato pie, with basil grown in your very own kitchen window! This pie is delicious. I will admit, though, with all due respect to the tomatoes, the cheese is my favorite player in this dish! Next time I make them I believe I will leave the mayonnaise out, or at least part of it. I didn't like all of the mayo. Click on the picture of the pies for the recipe!
Then there are the blueberries! I've always said I didn't like baking because it's so precise, and I'm not, but I understand why people enjoy it when they yield the beautiful and tasty results of baking! It's so much fun to see what comes of putting all of the ingredients together, and then eating it, especially when it turns out as pretty and delicious as this blueberry-lemon bundt cake. Even more fun is sharing it with family and friends! One day I'm going to attempt a layer cake, which I haven't done since culinary school.
I started to make this cake with Splenda, but before I finished mixing it with the butter and eggs it started looking a little lumpy instead of fluffy so I started over with real sugar. If anyone has any experience in baking with Splenda, please share with me!
Well, this has been an eventful week. I did some doggie/housesitting for some new friends, Jazz and Mattie Belle. Their pictures are in the slideshow on the upper right part of this page, Doggie sitting has some major perks, like relaxing at the pool while working! That was a lot of fun!
P.S. I saw this on Twitter after I published today's blog and got VERY excited! I LOVE college football! Woohoo!!
My little friend, Sawyer, to whom this blog is dedicated and who was born the day this blog was born, is successfully recovering from heart surgery this week. She and her parents have been through a lot the last few weeks but the outcome now looks sunny, thanks to our good and faithful Lord Jesus Christ and prayers from a lot of wonderful people! I hope I will be able to get new pictures of Sawyer to post soon! Isn't that a beautiful face!!
This upcoming weekend I'm going to a cookout with friends while they plan a cruise in October. My sister has requested the baked beans, I'll be making a cake, and I'll be doing a bow-tie pasta salad that we did in school that's a big hit.
Stay cool, Friends, it's hot outside! Until next time,
Dished With Love, Denise
I got a part-time job as a prep cook (my favorite thing to do) at a new restaurant in town and we may start training next week, but the restaurant is not ready yet. I'm excited to work with some good people and use my skills that I learned in school, and I'm excited to keep learning!
I have been a fan of Beamer Ball since my friend Lynette's son played for the Hokies in college for the 2005-2009 seasons! Great team! But, I'm from Georgia, so I have to love the SEC, too, except for the Florida Gators! Can't wait until football season! Now that's about friends, food and fun!!
Last weekend I did one of my favorite things, having friends over. My favorite time of year is college football season and watching football with friends, but for now, in July, I'll just settle for grilling out with friends, even though the real feel outside has been over 100 degrees! My friends Amanda and Lisa came over this weekend so I tried to fix a couple of special things for them because I haven't seen them in a long time. Lisa is a hard working nurse and Amanda is a student at Mercer in Macon, Ga. and home for the Summer.
I saw this man cook this burger on Guy's Grocery Games. He was from Minnesota where the "Jucy Lucy" originated. No, I did not spell it wrong. It's two patties stuffed with American cheese and I put an extra piece of cheese on top. You can't have too much cheese, can you?
So prior to cooking, my version has two 4-ounce ground chuck patties with a slice of American cheese folded in quarters in the middle. I kinda mutilated the bun while I was trying to get it to stay together to take a picture. Amanda, the college student, says, why don't you use toothpicks? Why didn't I think of that? Don't forget, you can click on the pictures for the recipes!
These were sides that I've done on here before, the Pioneer Woman's Best Baked Beans Ever, and a Crack Dip served with chips. Click for the recipes!
As much as I loved the cheeseburgers, the Mini Blueberry Galettes were the crowd favorite. Half of them were eaten during dinner! They were easy to make and very delicious. This is another Pioneer Woman recipe. She just makes things look like so much fun to make and eat, and her recipes are usually pretty simple. You'd think she'd let me win a Kitchen Aid mixer in her give-aways, at least once! These were filled with fresh blueberries, but I guess about any fruit will do. Click on the picture for the recipe!
We finished the evening by watching a movie. We started an awful one that Amanda picked out called The Voices, which looked promising because it has Ryan Reynolds in it. Lisa said his pink coveralls on the cover should have been a dead give-away that it was not going to be a good movie! We didn't finish that one. I was happy Amanda picked it, because the same week I rented Paul Blart, Mall Cop 2. Let's just say that one went back to Redbox, too, without finishing.
This upcoming weekend I'm going to be house/doggie sitting for friends, with a pool. Yay! Next weekend I'm visiting friends in Canton and we're having a cookout. My sister has requested the baked beans, and I'll have to come up with something else special to take. I won a pretty trifle bowl in a thrift store auction so I need to use it!
Friends, thanks for stopping by! I hope you found something you like and can use. If you do, please comment and share this blog and my Facebook page, Dished With Love, with your friends. I am also on Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.
Stay cool! Dishing with love, Denise!
Some of you may wonder why I put so much food on my Facebook page and why I get so excited over cooking. Well, those of you who have been around me know that until I retired, a very young retiree, I didn't cook. Really, hardly at all. I sat at a desk for over 30 years. I did the survival cooking thing, you know: breakfast of course, spaghetti, frozen dinners, and I ate out a lot! I actually grilled a little, but just a few things. I was the one who always brought the paper products to the party! Then I started culinary school! Surprise!
The best explanation for this new love interest in fresh food and prepping and cooking and trying new dishes is the togetherness that food brings for friends and family, and you can't beat the smiles and looks on the faces of those who are truly enjoying your food. I believe you can taste love in food, don't you? I'll share with you later some of my "beginning" dishes that may have started all of this. In the past my scope of dishes was very, very narrow and now I want to try new things. I hope you'll enjoy this work in progress with me!
I added this picture at the top of the beautiful fried green tomatoes because I'm trying to control what picture gets posted on the blog introduction. We'll see what happens. And now for the main event!
Aren't those spices beautiful? I may edit that picture and have it blown up to hang on my wall! This was my second brisket ever and I used a Cajun Brisket recipe from The Pioneer Woman. I wish I had taken a picture of that beautiful cut of meat before I smothered it in spices! If you live in Rome, Georgia or nearby you can order your brisket to size at GMC Food Store on the Alabama Highway.
Don't forget to hover over the picture for a description, and click on pictures for recipes!
Just for the heck of it, here's a picture of beautiful hand-painted and carved maracas I got for $3.50 at the thrift store! The little plant is a sunflower that my friend Patricia gave me. I am enjoying watching it grow! I stand in the kitchen a lot, so it's nice when I get to see the Berry College deer occasionally, but you'll have to look closely in the picture. The wooded property behind me belongs to Berry College so we see many deer here.
Prepping food is the beginning of a great dish and the first hands on thing you learn in the kitchen in culinary school, along with knife skills. It is an entry level job, if you know what I mean, but I just love it. I love beautiful food and making it into something for friends and family to enjoy! These were fresh vegetables that covered the brisket while cooking. I splurged (with my sister Janise, who pays half the grocery bill) on canned San Marzano tomatoes because I was curious about them and if you have a little extra money, they're delicious! They have much more depth of flavor than other canned tomatoes. I haven't tried organic, but only because of the cost.
Here's a little side dish I fixed separately. I HAD to stop at the farmer's stand on Hwy 53 just because I was riding by and bought some green tomatoes. I almost let some of them get too ripe, but they all turned into delicious fried green tomatoes! Click the fried green tomatoes picture for Paula Deen's recipe!
So far, two uses for the brisket! After I took the brisket out of the veggies and stew it cooked in, I shredded it and separated it to make barbecue sandwiches! Goodness, it was so good! I have discovered now that the ONLY way to heat cooked meat and sauce together is in an iron skillet. The flavor is indescribable! Last night's dinner was the original Cajun Brisket, topped with the beautiful vegetables it cooked in!
Well, Friends, that's all for now. I'm going out of town with some friends so I'll be eating someone else's cooking for a few days. Then we'll see what we can come up with next in the kitchen!
Dished With Love, Denise
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Here's another dish using beautiful Summer tomatoes. This dish is so easy, and following the crock pot recipe you would use a marinara sauce. I made my own sauce, because I like to do that, and a Pomodoro sauce is really just a basic tomato sauce. Click on the photos for the recipes for the chicken parm, tomato concasse, and the pomodoro sauce.
I had to show you the picture of my food mill just because I like it, but honestly I'm not sure if I was using it correctly. I'll figure it out, though. I made the tomato sauce a couple of days earlier so all of the work and clean-up had already been done. When I got ready to make the Chicken Parmesan I just put all of of the ingredients together in the Crock Pot. So wonderful for easy clean-up.
This dish is going to have a little different texture from baked chicken parm just because it's made in the Crock Pot, it's a different cooking method. The breading did come off a little but it was still very yummy, and the chicken breasts were fork tender and covered with melty Monterey Jack cheese. That's what I had instead of mozzarella. Place it on top of your favorite pasta and you're ready to go. I used a whole grain pasta.
Try it and enjoy, and dish with love!
The best thing about any time of the year that isn't Winter is all of the outdoor activities and cookouts and parties with friends! Here's a little of what I've been up to the last few weeks! Hover over the pictures for captions, and click for recipes!
This was my sister Janise's and my trip to a friend's at Lake Weiss. It was a beautiful day! We had bbq ribs by Karen, our hostess, and they were delicious! Our contribution besides the vegetable tray was a smoke pork butt we bought at a fundraiser by Rome Middle School Football on Memorial Day Weekend. Folks, those are the best you can buy, unless you know how to smoke them yourself, and they're for a good cause!
Karen and her husband Ronnie took us for a ride on the pontoon boat and we sat around and visited and enjoyed the water and the great weather!
JJ and I bought bananas to make healthy milk shakes I found a recipe for. We are already using almond milk in our cereal, and if you buy the right almond milk it's good for drinking straight. Silk no, Laura Lynn, yes. So the shakes were horrible and I made banana bread for the first time. It is soooooooo good. I forgot the walnuts, but it was still so good and moist. I will definitely make it again. The simple recipe is linked to the picture!
The first time I ever went to Copeland's of New Orleans on Barrett Parkway was for a surprise dinner for my friend Lindsay that her husband Ghee planned. Lindsay and Ghee both recommended the blackened chicken alfredo and special ordered bowtie pasta instead of fettucini (that may have been at another visit, I've been several times since). Their food is so good! So when The Pioneer Woman fixed the bowtie chicken alfredo, I said I can do that for Lindsay and Ghee and blacken it! I like doing special things for them and especially now because now they are Sawyer's parents! This was an easy and delicious dish, I did smoke up the house a little bit, but it was worth it!
This is the crack dip Karen made at Lake Weiss. It was a hit at Carlton's birthday party, too. I made a picture of the strawberry pie because it's beautiful, but this day it was competing with a beautiful, delicious birthday cake from Publix. The baked beans are another Pioneer Woman recipe. We had a fun day celebrating with Carlton's family and friends, and the day included time in the pool after the party, and that's always good!
Here's a dish the family likes (my sister, Janise, and my friend, Ghee, who is the same as family). It's good and healthy and low carb and tastes delicious. It does not have rice in it. I used ground turkey instead of beef, and I've fixed it both ways, with cinnamon or dill. I usually use green peppers because of the cost but these were on sale and right in the front door of Sam's! Beautiful and delicious dinner, and another visit with Sawyer!
This recipe, Quick Cheese Chile Verde Appetizer, is from one of my favorite Facebook pages, Mexico in my Kitchen! I used red onions because that's what I had (besides the always present Vidalia onions in the Summer) and they really added flavor and color and made a beautiful dish! Janise and I enjoyed this dish with tortilla chips. It is fresh and delicious with queso fresco, tomatillas, onions, cilantro and jalapenos. You can use a spicier serrano pepper, depending on who you're fixing for. I can't wait to make it for friends!
Well, that's the latest in my family, friends, food and fun adventures over the last few weeks. It's already the end of June, sadly, but there is a lot of good Summer and Fall weather to come! I'm looking forward to more outdoor activities and cooking lots of new dishes for friends and family to enjoy!
Hi, Friends! I shared with you the pork carnitas recipe from my Mexican Buffet project at school. Here are the home versions of the rest of the menu! Click on the photos for the recipes I drew from! They are in my Pinterest account. You can follow me there!
Here are photos from the actual buffet!
I told you before, the best part of this project was my friends showing up for the buffet. Some of them surprised me, and all of them were there to support me. I love my friends! There are pictures of my friends that Janise, my sister, took at their table. I will try to get them and post them!
Here they are! Janise is like me, usually behind the camera! I was so proud to have them all here!
One of my assignments in culinary school was to create a buffet menu to serve approximately 70 people. The best part of the buffet service was looking out of the school kitchen window and seeing my sister and friends waiting in line who had come to support me on the day of service. Some friends had to take off work, one drove from Chattanooga, and some friends surprised me! It was a great day! Another favorite part of this assignment was preparing the dishes at home and practicing on my friends and relatives.
We all know that meals made at home take a lot of work to translate to a buffet for 70, but first I'm going to share with you the dishes I made at home, with lots of love and labor (most of the labor comes from washing the dishes, ask my schoolmates and my sister!)
I'm pretty slow at navigating this blog site right now, so things will be broken up into separate blogs. It's too hard for me to edit one that has been published already, until I break down to pay for one. Plus I don't want to make the blogs very long in case you have a short attention span, like me!
I have loved Mexican food from the first time I ever ate at a Mexican restaurant in 1984 at El Zarape on Broad Street in Rome, GA. It's still there. A shout-out to my friend Susan Marks because we would eat Vegetarian #3 there at lunch. You started this, Susan! My favorite in Rome is Los Portales on Shorter Avenue. Let me give 'em a little plug here.
The main entrée I focused on for the buffet is the pork carnitas, made from Boston butt. GMC on Shorter Avenue has good prices on those at times. I found the recipe on Rick Bayless' website. I am also a long time fan of Chef Bayless because his specialty is authentic Mexican food. The photo is of my pork carnitas, but you can click on it to get Chef's recipe from my Pinterest account.
I'm not into writing my own recipes yet, but I'll get there. This is what I developed for class. Recipes for all of the items on the menu were separated among my classmates and we all worked together to make the buffet and serve it to the public. The original recipes for the menu are on my Pinterest account.
Pork Carnitas: To be shredded and served with warm flour tortillas, fajita peppers and onions, sautéed jalapenos, triple berry chipotle sauce, and chopped white onion and cilantro
35 lbs. of Boston Butt (Cut into 1 ½” to 2” slabs), separated into approximate 4 lb. batches
9-1/2 size hotel pans, 2 ½” deep
Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Separate the slabs of pork by weight, placing approx. four pounds in each hotel pan, without being crowded. Liberally sprinkle with salt on all sides. Pour 1/3 cup water around the meat, cover tightly with foil, and bake for one hour.
Raise the oven temperature to 450 degrees. Uncover the pork and cook until the liquid has completely reduced and only the rendered fat remains, about 30 minutes. Now, roast, carefully turning the meat every 7-8 minutes, until lightly browned, about 15 minutes longer. Remove the meat from the fat in the hotel pans. Sit the pans aside to use the fat for sautéing the vegetables. (Note to me: ask Chef about this). Break the meat into large pieces and sprinkle with salt.
Cover with foil and keep hot until service.
Red and Green Bell Peppers and Onions for Fajitas – Jalapeno Peppers, Separate
(maybe the tilt skillet will work here, but I’ve never used it)
9 Red Bell Peppers
9 Green Bell Peppers
3 Large Onions
6 Garlic Cloves
6 T Olive Oil, divided in half
6 T Lime Juice (from fresh limes) (for deglazing, if possible)
Wash the peppers, remove the stems, seeds and ribs. Rinse away remaining seeds. Peel the onions.
Cut the bell peppers into ½” inch wide strips. Halve the onion and cut it into thin slices. Place the vegetables into a bowl and mix in 3 tablespoons of olive oil and garlic.
Heat skillet to medium-high heat. If possible, use the fat and deglazed pork for sautéing vegetables. Add remaining three tablespoons of olive oil to the skillet. Sear the vegetables for one minute before you stir them. Then every 90 seconds or so, stir them, scraping the bottom of the skillet using a spatula. Saute them for a total of five or six minutes. They should be soft and have a few charred spots.
Remove vegetables from the skillet to a hotel pan, cover and place in hot box to keep them warm.
Jalapeno Peppers, Sauteed
Jalapenos, Sauteed in Butter – served as a condiment to the Pork Carnitas
Take about 15 jalapenos, cut the stem off. Core out the middle removing the seeds. Slice the jalapenos into pretty little rings.
Heat butter in heavy skillet over medium heat. Add jalapenos and stir for about one minute, until soft but still a bright green. Add salt.
Triple Berry Chipotle Sauce – served as a condiment to the Pork Canitas
Triple Berry Preserves, Kroger’s Private Selection
Chipotle Peppers in Adobe Sauce
White Onions, Raw, Medium Dice – served as a condiment to the Pork Carnitas
Cilantro – just cut off the long stems – served as a condiment to the Pork Carnitas Pioneer Woman on June 2 2007
Let me say thank you again to my family and friends for all of the support I got while working my way through school, whether you were being used as a guinea pig or just by your giving me a big "atta girl". Dished With Love for you!
Those of you who are close to me know that I LOVE food and I love to eat, and some of it's healthy and some of it's not. So....I am aware that I need to be more health conscious so when I find something healthy that I like I will share. This is one of those things that will make you feel better about that McDonald's Double Cheeseburger you had while on the road.
Tumeric Ginger Tea - let me show off my pretty little china tea cup. I bought it over 20 years ago with a gift card I received when changing jobs. This is the first time I've used it, it usually just sits on a shelf looking pretty! The story of the Tupelo Honey is, my sister and I stopped at a fruit stand in Florida, for brand new in season Vidalia onions, and overheard the manager talking about how good Tupelo Honey, grown in Florida, is good for diabetics because it doesn't crystallize and it digests easily. Hey, I don't know if it's true but it can't hurt anything as long as it really doesn't spike your blood sugar, right? Next, how beautiful is the color of that tea. If you haven't realized it yet, yellow is my favorite color! And Tupelo Honey makes me think of Elvis, but they're not related!
The tea is 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric and 1/4 teaspoon of ginger. Add to eight ounces of boiling water, then bring it down to a simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the tea and add honey, or not. I liked it either way. Like my cute little tea strainer? I found it for $3.99 at T.J. Maxx when out shopping with my Cousin Amy. I just put the spices in the strainer and dropped it into the water. I was surprised that the spices in this amount are very mild and I promise they are very pleasant to drink. They don't taste like you might assume if you've ever had a big bite of ginger. So, if you're interested in the health benefits of ginger and turmeric, including anti-inflammatory benefits, you can Google it, there's plenty of info out there.
I've just started exploring using different spices in teas for health benefits so I don't know much yet. If you have a favorite tea I'd love to hear about it! Happy Thursday, Friends!
I created a Mexican Buffet when I was in culinary school, trying to get as close to authentic Mexican cuisine as possible, however, by the time the buffet was presented the powers that be had revised much of it by "Americanizing" it, such as what you would find in any Tex Mex restaurant. The food was great, but not as I visualized it, written it, or prepped for it at home. The originals were a work of love and I'll be sharing those with you along the way.
This Roasted Tomatillo Enchilada dish was one of three contest entries I submitted to win an autographed copy of Rick Bayless' new cookbook, More Mexican Everyday. This dish was delicious, and even impressed my picky sister, but I will have to buy the cookbook! Here's the recipe! Happy Wednesday, Friends!
P.S. I was so eager to eat the enchiladas that I posted the picture before I added the crumbled queso fresco on top. Delicious!
Click photo to go to my Pinterest account for recipe!
Two of my best friends had their first child today, a baby girl named Sawyer Renae. This blog is dedicated to Sawyer.
A place to share my favorite things...friends and food, dogs, college football, and my inspiration, Sawyer, the most beautiful little girl in the world!