Posted at 7:17 pm , on March 26, 2016
My Mom’s buttermilk pies are one of my favorite things on earth. Every time I bake a buttermilk pie it brings back memories of Mom in the kitchen. Mom is now 91 almost 92 and she doesn’t cook anymore. Although she is doing well physically she doesn’t remember things like she used to. A few years back when we went back to the farm to visit, Mom decided she was going to make a pie. She didn’t have any buttermilk so she set some milk out on the counter and it ultimately spoiled. In her mind if the milk went a little sour it would be just like buttermilk. As we all sat down at the table and took that first bite we all just about gagged. We asked Mom if her milk was old and she told us what she had done. We all just looked at each other and started giggling. She didn’t know what we were giggling about, she looked at us like we were crazy and went on eating her slice of pie like it was the best thing. You see, she has lost her taste buds as well and she didn’t taste the spoiled milk like we did. When we get together we all have a good laugh about the spoiled milk pies, even though Mom can’t remember any of it.
Posted at 8:43 am , on March 17, 2016
If you want an easy bread to make for a crowd, Irish soda bread is hard to beat. Since it uses soda as a leavening agent instead of yeast it takes less time to make. A slice of this hearty bread tastes so good alongside a bowl of your favorite soup or stew. I enjoy that first slice fresh out of the oven, warm and crusty. Even toasted with butter and honey is a treat. While looking around other blogs I stumbled across some inspiring ideas. My favorite was a grilled cheese sandwich from justataste.com. It looked amazing and although I didn’t make Kelly’s grilled cheese, I did toast a few slices and topped them with a spinach pesto, fresh mozzarella, tomato slices and bacon bits for a tasty bruschetta.
Posted at 1:57 pm , on March 12, 2016
With one rotisserie chicken you can make a variety of meals. I was able to make a mound of Ancho Chicken Nachos with the dark meat and still have leftover breast meat to use for another dish. I chopped the breast meat into little cubes and combined it with a green chile sauce to make a filling for Verde Chicken Taquitos. My love of taquitos has no bounds! I love biting into those crisp corn tortillas with savory fillings and oozing cheese. They’re the ultimate fun food you eat with your fingers, but when you dip them into a creamy queso, spicy salsa or fresh guacamole you add on a whole nother dimension. Whether you mix or match is up to you, but you can’t go wrong with any of these flavors. I had 3 cups of leftover chicken which made 2 dozen taquitos. Next time I may use the whole chicken to make a batch for the freezer.
Posted at 10:18 am , on March 1, 2016
Joe took me out recently to a new place called Red Door Grill. We were seated in the dining room right in front of a huge glass window looking into the kitchen area where the staff were preparing delectable wood fired dishes. They were grilling burgers, chicken, steak, and fish. Everything looked so tempting with wood smoke rising and open flames shooting through the huge grilling area. I was so conflicted when it came to ordering but in the end I decided on these Rojo Nachos with a green chile cheese sauce, pico de gallo, guacamole, pickled jalapenos, queso fresco and sour cream. You could also add Ancho Pulled Chicken for a couple dollars more. Yes, please!! Our server brought out a massive mound of fresh corn chips topped with all the afore mentioned favorites. I couldn’t decide where to start it was so gorgeous. It appeared that they pooled some of the cheese sauce on the bottom so that the nachos wouldn’t get soggy so quickly. Everything else was evenly piled on with so many complimenting flavors. There was no way to eat it all even with Joe helping me out. A week went by and I was still craving these nachos so I decided it was time to make my own. So what do you think . . .