Saturday, May 06, 2023

My Son Made Chicken A La King

 My son is responsible for cooking one night a week. Mostly he orders out, but he does occasionally cook. He made his own version of Chicken A La King.

He made the mashed potatoes, though I think traditionally it is served on top of biscuits. In this case, he used the store-bought ones in the can. He did ask me if I wanted to make the biscuits from scratch.  Chicken A La King usually has mushrooms in it, which he does not like, so he had them on the side cooked in butter and garlic. 

I asked for a recipe, but he never gives me one.  He usually wings it (Just like this blog!) and just tells me what is in it. So here is what went into his version of Chicken A La King:
Rotisserie chicken - He was going to cook this himself, but my husband and I talked him into getting rotisserie chicken.Carrot, celery, onion -  a mirepoixCreamPeasChicken stock -  homemadeRosemary, thyme

Here is some other stuff he made with the dish:Garlic mushroomsCan biscuitsMashed potatoes,  he used chicken stock in the potatoes

He also made Peach Cobbler. It was just canned pie filling and a crumb topping. I think he did not make enough topping to cover the pie filling and it wasn't crisp enough, but still very tasty.
Everyone loved his version of Chicken A La King. I may have to encourage him to cook more often. And when he does, make sure he gives me the recipe so I can share it with you.

Next, he plans on making fish tacos. The only thing he is going to make is the slaw for the tacos. He is using the frozen fish fillets we have on hand along with the flour tortillas. 

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Sunday, March 26, 2023

Just Make Your Own Trail Mix

 One day I had bought trail mix at the grocery store, and my husband asked why when I could just make my own. It is mostly just nuts, raisins, and M&M's.

So I started making my own.

By making your trail mix, you can edit what you want in it. I added mixed nuts and cashews, along with some raisins and M&M's. There are other mix-ins I do like to add. I did add pretzels, burnt peanuts, and sesame sticks. Burnt peanuts have a tasty hard candy coating around the peanut. Sesame sticks have a slight soy sauce take to them that I like. I think I am going to stop adding pretzels. They seem not to mix in too well with the size. The last batch of pretzels I added had a garlic flavor to it and I did not like how it went with the other flavors.

So that is my trail mix. I usually eat this as a meal at lunch if I don't have anything else planned.  I do have to be careful not to go crazy with this because I am sure there are a lot of calories in this.  So next time, just make your own trail mix to suit your needs.

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Monday, March 06, 2023

Breakfast Cookies

I usually make these peanut butter bites for breakfast, but I thought I would try making breakfast cookies with this recipe. 
The changes I made to the recipe was that I substituted molasas for the honey, used cinnamon as the spice, and used all purpose flour. I could not find whole wheat flour at the store.

These cookies have:
  • 1 cup (85 g) quick oats or old-fashioned whole oats
  • ½ cup (70 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large banana, about 1/2 cup
  • ½ cup (125 g) peanut butter
  • ½ cup (112 g) Molasas
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) raisins
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F (180º C). 

  • In a large bowl, stir together the mashed banana, Peanut butter, molasas, milk, and vanilla until well combined. Mix in the remaining ingredients. The will be dough is thick and heavy.
  • I used a cookie scoop I had placed on a cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat ( or a greased cookie sheet). You will have to flatten each cookie to about 1 inch thick. They won't raise or spread much I had smaller cookies, so I baked them about 10 minutes, or until the ends are brown. Let them rest on the cookie sheet for a few minutes.

These are breakfast cookies, so they are going to be a little more dense than your traditional chocolate chip cookie. However, they are healthier.

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Sunday, February 05, 2023

Food From Our Carnival Cruise

 We got back from a cruise to Mexico and I thought I would share the food we had on our vacation. We drove to our port of call, so at our first rest stop for the night, we had Italian food. The restaurant was connected to a gas station, so not a high-end place, but the food was good.

It was interesting to actually have Mexican food. One of the tours was a foodie tour along with some sightseeing.

There was an Italian restaurant aboard the ship. Food is mostly included in the cruise, but in some places it cost extra and the Italian restaurant costs extra to dine there. The food was excellent. My husband was not that impressed with the service. I have rice balls as an appetizer, which I thought was different, the gnocchi was light and delicious. Dessert was delicious, however, I love my tiramisu, which you would think would be a staple in an Italian restaurant. There wasn't any, which surprised me.

Dinners aboard the dining room are at your assigned time and you have had an assigned table. Carnival had assigned us a table with another couple. The other couple did not want to have dinner with strangers and had asked to be moved to a private table. My husband and I were thinking the same thing and glad we didn't have to be the ones asking for another table. It might have been interesting though to get to know another couple over the course of a week.

I am closing out with a picture of beer my husband had. Carnival has its own brand of beer. I don't like beer, so I could not tell you if it was any good.

So we will be back on a ship in March of 2025. This will be our third cruise and know what to expect. 

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Sunday, January 08, 2023

Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl

 I have frozen bananas, I have frozen mixed berries, let's add in some healthy stuff like flax seed, and finally some peanut butter for protein.

We may add in some chocolate for good measure. I usually make nice cream with frozen bananas and peanut butter (Yum!). I occasionally add chocolate. I added other stuff this time for a smoothie bowl.

I added some frozen bananas, frozen mixed berries, 1/4 cup peanut butter, about 2 T flax seed, 2 T cocoa powder, and 8 oz milk. Blend it until smooth.

I added it to a bowl, it would have looked prettier if I had fresh berries, but the chocolate chips did give it a nice touch. I liked it. Chocolate was the predominating flavor. I was impressed with what I had produced.

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Thursday, December 29, 2022

Tasty Eats Christmas Edition

 I really have been neglecting this blog, my last post was from Thanksgiving. Thank God that my husband is getting better and was able to cook for Christmas. First up are the sweet treats I made, toffee squares and chocolate-covered peanuts. Both covered is chopped walnuts.

I also made some raspberry Jello cookies based on a previous Jello cookie recipe I have done before.
My husband has been making Chex mix.

I made French toast Christmas Eve using Brioche bread from Trader joes. My stepson made a tasty ham dinner on Christmas Eve. I, unfortunately, did not get a photo.

On Christmas morning, my husband made a casserole.
We had prime rib.
Here are the sides, candied yams, cherry fluff, and a creamed corn casserole.
For dessert, we just bought an Oreo ice cream log.

We of course, had leftovers, here are some of the leftover dishes: An egg noodle dish with the leftover prime rib, a ramen dish with the ham, and mac and cheese with the ham.

I hope you all had a happy holiday and have a happy new year!

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Friday, November 25, 2022

Cooking My First Thanksgiving Meal

 Yesterday, I cooked a Thanksgiving meal for the first time (at least s far as I could remember). Usually, my husband does the cooking, but he just had back surgery and is unable to cook.

I did not make turkey, I did ham. Along with the ham, I made green bean casserole, scalloped potatoes, cornbread, and Stove Top stuffing.

For lunch, I made up some brown and serve rolls to use as sliders for the turkey lunch meat, cheese, and a pickle.

I had an avocado, so I added mayo, apple cider vinegar, and spices to make a dip/sauce.

My husband is still in a rehab facility recovering from back surgery, I did get to spring him for the day. He did enjoy his time with the family and everyone enjoyed the food.

I did make a video about my Thanksgiving experience, so I do hope you get a chance to check it out:

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