Category Archives: Food

Another dreary day…

So this time, since it was a day the farmers market was opened, G and I made a quick trip over there.

So many lovely things to choose from too.

I made a stop at the Mediterranean stand and got some more of their tasty arugula and thinly sliced pear salad with spiced pecans and a special dressing. Yum! I also got a container of cyber salad (cucumber, tomato, onion, balsamic vinegar, oregano, and olive oil.

You can check out their website at

Next stop was the New York Pickle stand. I picked up a small container of horseradish dills.

Next stop I picked out three huge peppers 1 red, 1 yellow, and 1 orange to slice up into strips and freeze. Many uses for them.

Finally I went to the stand where I get The Curmudgeon his raspberry cookies (similar to fig newtons but much much better.)

So many shops to drool over, so many samples to try,  no wonder we love to go each week.

One of these days I’ll indulge in something from Eight Oaks Craft Distillers.

If you are ever in town on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday stop by the farmers market you won’t regret it.

Dusted off the grill pan…

Since I don’t have gas for the grill, I dusted off the grill pan and used it to cook our dinner.

I’d marinated a lovely London broil in McCormick’s Brazilian Steakhouse Marinade for me and seasoned The Curmudgeon’s hamburger steak with the marinade .


I grilled his first since I have to cut his meat up and I hate to have a cold dinner unless it is specifically a cold dinner.

After I served him his dinner I grilled my steak. Yum, to perfection.

I served our dinners with birds-eye-steamfresh-superfood-blends-quinoa-spinach. I loved this …The Curmudgeon…not so much.

Yummy tomato!


I let the tomato ripen a few more days. Sliced it and served with our 5 Star Home Foods Sole Filets–stuffed with crab meat, scallops, shrimp and lobster.

What a tasty dinner!

Best ending to any day…


They called it *Dark side of the Moon* it is dark, smooth, dreamy creamy, and oh so so chocolaty! Rich dark chocolate deliciousness.

G bought it for me at the farmers market yesterday.

She’d promised me one a month before my birthday but had knee surgery when the time rolled around. She was laid up on my birthday, in the hospital recovering from her surgery.

You need to know. This only about the third or fourth birthday cake I’ve had in the last 43 years. She knew this and that’s why, even late, it was a big deal for me.

Yummiest chocolate cake ever!

Frito casserole is what was for dinner

  • 3 cups Fritos corn chips
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 (19 ounce) can chili
  • 1 cup grated cheddar or Mexican blend cheeses
  1. Put 2 cups Fritos in baking dish.
  2. Arrange onion and half the cheese on top of Fritos.
  3. Pour chili over the cheese.
  4. Top with remaining Fritos and cheese.
  5. Bake at 350* for 15 minutes, or until hot.

This is what happens when you see a large display of Fritos, upon entering a store, when you haven’t been able to find Fritos other than in tiny bags for years.


I think I watch too many cooking shows

What’s for dinner?

Three words I hate hearing the most.

Last night I pulled some boneless chicken breasts out of the freezer and thawed them.

What to do?

Remembered seeing someone soak the chicken in (smoked paprika and Adobo) seasoned milk…so I did that. Then they dipped the chicken in (smoked paprika, Adobo, and rosemary) seasoned flour, back in the milk, and into the flour again…I did that too.

Heated some oil in my non stick pan and dropped that chicken in there.

Cooked for four minutes a side and dang, they were good!

Sorry, I forgot to get a picture of it.

Therefore, I’m putting The Curmudgeon’s Tee shirt of the day up.

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What would you like for dinner?

Have you ever felt like you’ve run dry on the ‘what’s for dinner’ front?

Yeah, I feel like that far too often these days.

Of course, The Curmudgeon is no help what-so-ever.

“What would you like for dinner?”

“I don’t know.”

“How about, would you like beef, chicken, turkey, pork, maybe a veggie and rice dish?”

“I don’t know.”

“I guess I’ll make chicken then.”

“No. We had that the other night.”

“We’ve had beef, turkey, and pork too. If I can’t fix chicken, what then?”

“I don’t know.”

“ARGH!!!”  Screamed in frustration.

“You’re getting chicken. The first complaint I hear and the dogs get your dinner.”

HPIM4908We would like your dinner.

Good eats

It’s always a pleasure to discover, or in this case, rediscover a good place to eat.

G and I have been watching, what used to be a dive bar, get a facelift, and gain an entirely new and good reputation.

We decided to have lunch there today after hearing so many good things about the place.

We were pleased to find it lived up to all the good reviews. We had some delicious calamari as a starter. G had a steak sandwich and I had a Cubano. Find some recipes here:

The food was delicious. The service excellent, and the facelift amazing.

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Writer reality

Mutual respect is the only way to go

Okay, you’re a vegan.

I respect that and I don’t make snide comments about it.

You’re a vegetarian.

I respect that too and I don’t make snide remarks.

I am neither. I eat meat.

So why is it okay for you to make snide remarks?

Shame. *Rings bell* Shame.

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Best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach

The Curmudgeon tends to hold my cooking in high regard. Especially when I take some bits and bobs from the freezer and cupboard and come up with a tasty meal.

No, I’m not a pro, I have no desire to be one. I just like good food.

I’d love to not have to cook but if not me, who?

Yeah. You see?

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Crock pot cookery

A while ago my cousin sent me some stuff from New Mexico.

Included was a packet of seasoning for pork–Desert Gardens Carne Adovada Mix.

Well, we seldom get pork at the price of it around here and the seasonings sat for a long while.

Nine in the morning I put a boneless leg of lamb into the crock pot, after it sat for hours in the seasoning, and set it on low to cook for eight hours.

Eight hours later … pure heaven.Carne Adovada Mix 

I love their dips and soups too.

I love shopping at our farmers market

From the instant you walk through the swinging doors, the aromas and visuals tantalize you from stand to stand.

“Come to me,” says the scent of fresh melons.

“Over here,” the bright colors of fresh vegetables draw you on.

Fresh breads entice your olfactory system.

Grilled foods perfume the air.

Your mouth waters.

Too bad they are only open 3 days a week.

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