Catsup, Ketsup, Ketchup…Nope! Catch-Up!

I’ve given up on trying to load everything from all the days missed. I’ll do tonight’s meal and try to be more consistent again. I’ve been plagued with worse migraines lately and haven’t felt like writing.

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Salsa chicken; sauteed red, yellow, orange peppers, and onions with Lime Cilantro Rotel; and hominy.

Salsa chicken

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder
Cumin
Your favorite salsa (tonight we used Great Value Black Bean & Corn)
Olive oil

Heat pan over medium heat and add about 2 tablespoons of oil. Add chicken and season thoroughly, since only one side can be seasoned. Cook 4-5 minutes and flip. Cook another 4-5 and cover each breast with salsa, place a lid on pan and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 10 minutes or so.

Sauteed Veggies

1 each red, orange, and yellow peppers
Onion
Olive oil
Can of Lime Cilantro Rotel
1/2 tablespoon butter
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder
Cayenne pepper

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a deep pan over medium heat. While oil is heating, slice peppers into thin strips and onions into thin rings. Place in oil at the and time and season as you prefer with listed ingredients. Stir. After vegetables have softened some, add drained can of Rotel and stir well. Heat about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add butter and stir, heat until butter has melted and reduced.

The hominy is pretty straight-forward. I like a ratio of 2:1 hominy to canning liquid. Salt, pepper, a little garlic powder, and 2 tablespoons butter. Stir occasionally and cook until very little liquid remains.

And there ya go!! I have 16 bean soup going in the Crock Pot with some of our fresh pork hocks for tomorrow. Thankful my cousin sold us a hog this winter and had it slaughtered for us. I can’t tell you how AMAZING fresh pig product is!!

Until we eat again!!
-Cari

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Woah! It’s been a few!

Hey ya’ll! Cari here. So sorry to have dropped the proverbial ball. I’ve been sick (and the world takes a collective gasp of shock) and, to be quite honest, I think Jesse forgot about it. Gang up on him, he can take it 😉

We’ve had some awesome meals go on during our time away from you..about half of which were photographed. I’ll try my best to catch up in the next few days.

In the meantime, enjoy your families and be thankful for the good times! Spend dinner around the table, talk, laugh…it’s time you’ll forever cherish.

A better update soon to follow. However, it’s 12:50am and I need to be snoring with my husband. G’night everybody!

From the Grill and a First Time Thing

I’ll start with today and work my way backward, go back in time in a sense.

I’ve always had a quaint obsession with Farmers’ Markets, and I dragged Jesse into the fascination with me.  We honestly had plans to sign up for a CSA this year (more info on those programs here: http://www.localharvest.org/csa/) but ran out of funds/time.  We have a farmers’ market about 30 miles from us that is open 2 days a week during the summer.  It’s been there for several years, but I’ve literally NEVER been!  A friend of mine from high school has also spearheaded a project to start another market on Thursday evenings- complete with music and cooking demos.  Again, not been, but it’s only happened twice =)  Well, today was the day.  We got up and headed north this morning to see what kind of delectables we could snag.  And, boy, did we snag!!

  • Free-Range Whole Chicken
  • 2 bunches of collards (ohhh how I can’t wait!)
  • Block of aged cheddar, raw milk cheese
  • Block of Havarti, raw milk cheese
  • 2 big yellow squash
  • A HUGE zucchini
  • 2 gorgeous cucumbers
  • A pint of blueberries
  • A jar of Black & Blue Jam

All that for less than $50?  Yah, that’s awesome.  Plus shopping/eating local- can’t beat that!!  I’ll try to get a picture of everything before we annihilate it.  =)

Now let’s climb in the time machine and hop back about 24 hours!

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Supper last night came 100% from the grill!!  Oh my WOW was it good!  Pineapple, shrimp, and scallop kabobs marinated in a Jerk/Hawaiian mixture; grilled corn on the cob; new potato skewers; brats; and grilled sweet potatoes.

The new potatoes were probably the biggest hit of the evening.  Boil whole new potatoes into they just give to a fork.  Drain and allow to air dry a bit.  Toss the potatoes in a little oil, just to coat.  Then season with Kosher/Sea salt and pepper.  I speared 3 potatoes per skewer, as they end up pretty heavy for just a tiny stick.  Transfer to grill and turn until fairly brown all over.I loved the sweet potatoes, Jesse didn’t.  But he doesn’t like sweet potatoes, so you can’t really judge by him.  Hehehe =)  We have this perfect little veggie grill basket that has served us well both times we used it.  If you don’t have such a thing, you may want to make your sliced a little longer/wider to prevent them from falling through the grates.  As long as the slices are about 1/4 inch thick, it won’t make much of a difference how big the circumference is.  After you slice your raw potato, coat in oil and sprinkle with sea salt.  Grill until tender and enjoy!!

I need to try to make my Chocolate Eclair Cake tonight so I don’t go through yet another box of graham crackers before I use them.  Wish me luck!  😉

 

Eating’s Greetings: Redux

First off, let me thank everyone who is following our blog and liking the food posts that Cari Lynne has already put up. As I sit here on this early Saturday morning, with a cup of coffee and the sounds of “SportsCenter” breaking the dawn silence, I find myself wondering what to say about myself, that Cari Lynne hasn’t already keyed you all in on. Most of you know by now, that my name is Jesse and I am slowly approaching the summit of being 30. A few things about me:
*I am a complete and total nerd. By this, I mean I LOVE collecting comic books and superhero related memorabilia, watching anime and playing video games. The latter being a rebirth of the Nintendo filled days of my youth.
*I LOVE all forms of music but my heart and horns reside in the realm of anything heavy metal. This includes, but is not limited to: Speed, Death, Doom, Thrash, Black, Viking…I could go on, but let’s move on, shall we? I am still pulling for Metallica to rekindle their 80’s Thrash days. Not to mention, I have a love like no other for classic and outlaw country music. Ya know, George Jones, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Sr…
*I am a former addict. Like, if it was readily available and I had the funds to acquire it, I would abuse it. This was also fueled by this “I hate myself and I want to die” mentality. Then, Cari Lynne came back into my life. We had drifted apart over the years and has gotten back into contact via Facebook. She was and still is, one of the few people I have ever trusted with any and all aspects of my life and she could see the path I was walking and did everything she could to revive me and bring me back to sanity. I cannot thank her enough for her strength and love during that time.
*I LOVE to cook and all things food related. Though, I feel I suck at being in the kitchen, it is a passion of mine. I like to think that my style could be classified as “Southern Comfort” sans the Paula Dean stereotypes with a myriad of global influences. (I am a sushi fanatic and if I could afford it, I would eat it, at least, five days a week.) When I begin to slay in the kitchen, the rest of the world is blocked out for a little while.

I hope that as we all take this journey together, that Cari Lynne and myself inspire you to try new things and meals and that you all do the same for us.

Welcome to the world that is our kitchen!

Love and Respects,

Jesse

Kentucky Rain

Whew! This day!! Had a crazy nightmare about 4:30 this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep. One of those that rocks you to your core things…every had one of those?

I had my makeup fabulously applied before 7am. So many things wrong with that. I fixed Jesse a cup of iced coffee from the Keurig (if you’re a coffee/tea junkie…invest in one. You won’t be sorry.) to help get his day started then fried myself some eggs. We love breakfast food in this house, just not necessarily in the morning 😉

I took my mom to have a couple teeth cut out. After I got her home I came home and ended up falling asleep on the couch listening to a storm. After a little bit Jesse had me move to the bedroom so he could noisily make supper =)

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This is what I woke up to!! Twice baked potatoes filled with broccoli and cheese and bacon stuffed chicken topped with broccoli and cheese. Oh. My. Wow. SO GOOD!!! The best part? We’ve got some left for lunch tomorrow! I’ll let him post how he did it and such. Finally get him writing on here, huh?

I’m still beat from today and I’m gettin my hair done tomorrow…this hungry girl is off to get ready for bed!!

Sweet dreams of tasty treats!

Nothin Says “Lovin” like French Fries from the Oven!!

We had cheese on our burgers tonight…the cheesy title is permissible per my promise 😉

Just a quick post tonight this morning. I have to be up early to play DD for my mom after some dental work. I wanted to share dinner tonight, though. Jesse gave me one of the best compliments he’s ever given- aside from asking me to marry him, and thusly following through. He said “you’re getting better at your fried green tomatoes!” Now, to the naked eye/ear, that’s not the best of compliments, but let’s dig a little deeper.

Jesse’s grandma passed away a couple months before we started dating. From all accounts gathered, I missed the chance to know one of the greatest women to bless this earth. She was small in stature, but that didn’t stop her from once beating a rambunctious child in a circle with a bicycle innertube =) The money I’d have paid to be around for that! But I digress… I’ve heard many tales of the wonderful things to come from her kitchen, most often fried green tomatoes and polk salad. My life’s mission is to make them like her. Please don’t misunderstand my intentions of this! I’m not one of those wives who hears something like that, is insulted, and has to outdo the better dish. I simply want to be able to fill Jesse and his dad’s bellies with delicious food and their hearts with happy memories of Gramms. So when Jesse said I’m getting better, he meant I’m getting closer to the legend

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So here is tonight’s meal- homemade oven fries and cheeseburgers with fried green tomatoes. Regular mustard for Jesse’s (pictured) spicy brown for me. The spice was an awesome contrast to the sweet tomato!! I wish I had thought to toast the bread (no burger buns) because the bottom slice got a bit soggy.

I need to apologize for a couple things:
1.) The multitude of typos that are in store. We’ll be posting a lot from our smartphones and they like to pretend to know what we want to say. (Secret? They don’t.)
2.) Photo quality, or lack thereof. All pictures will be from aforementioned phones. We don’t own a fancy-schmancy camera, so we’re doing the best we can.

The threat for severe weather in our immediate area had been trimmed back, but I’m still apprehensive. We have no real shelter in our house =/ If you’re reading this from an area in the direct path of the storms, know my prayers are with you! Stay safe!

Sweet dreams and goodnight, ya’ll!

First Meal Post

I was going to wait to make a good post until Jesse posted his introduction, but that can come later. He’s been down with a migraine today, so I’m going to post our delectables from yesterday to start our tracking on his migraines. (See first post for details on that.)

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We’ll begin with supper- Outback style baked potatoes, crispy skin crusted in salt, topped with butter and sharp cheddar cheese. And Caprese-stuffed chicken breast filled with fresh basil (from my herb garden!), diced tomato, and sharp cheddar (out of mozzarella) then pan fried with non-sick spray. Lightly seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and a splash of balsamic vinegar on top and inside.

I was quite happy with the outcome! The chicken was great, after I had to finish it in the oven =/ Oops! And I’m pretty sure I’m not allowed to fix baked potatoes any other way now. It was definitely a “second trip to the kitchen” kind of meal.

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On to dessert! Jesse concocted this strawberry cream soda float. A couple of spoonfuls of Kroger strawberry ice cream and a can of A&W Cream Soda make up this Heaven in a Mug. Take two and thank me in the morning (after a trip to your doctor for some insulin.) I followed suite in using the strawberry ice cream, only I paired it with a piece of key lime cake with key lime icing. That’s all from a box…Pillsbury, maybe? Anyway, I highly recommend the cake alone, but that strawberry ice cream took out to a whole new level. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love cake and ice cream? Why not take it to a new level with fun flavors?

I’m off now to fix tonight’s meal- burgers with fried green tomatoes. May do some oven fries, too =) Expecting the possibility of severe weather overnight, so need to let the house have time to cool off before bedtime in case we lose power! Have a great evenin, everybody!!