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For Quarantines, Stock Up On Beans! March 17, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness.
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Medieval_kitchenIf you’re wondering which canned goods to put in your grocery cart to keep you satisfied during COVID-19 quarantines, start with beans!

They’re loaded with Fiber, Iron, B Vitamins, and Protein for a few cents a serving.

Eating beans will aid digestion, lower cholesterol levels, and regulate blood sugar (reducing the risk of diabetes).

Beans are good for your heart, great for your waistline, and they might even reduce your risk of colorectal and other cancers.

And they are so versatile ~ add them to soups, stews, or casseroles; whip up a batch of hummus; add garbanzo beans to your tossed salad; serve refried beans for Cinco de Mayo; enjoy a hearty bowl of black bean soup; etc.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Giving Starbucks A Run For The Money March 3, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor.
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Panera Bread has announced a new program in its Bakery Cafes . . . unlimited coffee for $8.99 a MONTH!

MyPanera+Coffee: Unlimited Coffee Subscription for $8.99 per month.

 

There is a bit of “fine print” involved, but not too much. ~> you must join “My Panera” . . . you can only get a fresh cup of coffee every 2 hours . . . etc.

Bottom line:  If you’re a coffee drinker who lives near a Panera, you might want to stop in and check out this bottom-less cup deal.

Especially if you look like this in the morning:

Or like this:

When you would rather look like this:

Or like this:

Aah . . . that’s better!

Garbanzo Bean Dip February 9, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Vegetarian Recipes.
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Garbanzo Bean Dip

1 (or 2) 14 oz. cans of garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed
4 oz. can Hatch green chiles, drained (Hot or Mild)
2-4 Tbsp. vegan mayo
2-3 oz. parmesan or romano, grated
1/4 c. chopped parsley (dried is OK)
2-3 cloves crushed garlic

Smash the beans in a food processor.  Dump into a bowl and stir in the other ingredients.  Adjust as needed ~ e.g., start with less and add more if needed. Sometimes less is more.

If you want a bit more “heat” ~ add crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne. Here, too, sometimes less is more.

Time permitting, refrigerate a few hours or overnight to let the flavors meld.  (But it’s delicious even when scarfed down/ served straight away.)

To serve warm, bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes (or so).

Or microwave for 2-3 minutes.

Or serve it cold.
Or at room temperature.

Your dip/spread.  Your choice.

Serve with crackers or sturdy chips.

Aah . . . that’s yummy!

The Chicken or The Egg February 3, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Joke, Less IS More.
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We’ve all heard people ponder the question:  “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”

I’ve never come up with a satisfactory resolution to that inquiry.  So, let’s table that discussion for the duration of this blog post.

Instead, I’d like to know why hard-boiled eggs are ubiquitous to Macaroni Salad, Potato Salad, Ham Salad, Tuna Salad, etc., when they are clearly NOT a necessary adjunct.

They’re just there.

Like that creep in the corner of the bar keeping silent watch.

“Stop looking at me!”

Even more perplexing than the perennial presence of hard-boiled eggs in potluck offerings is the apparent absence of eggs from chicken salad.

I’ve seen chicken salad dolled up with grapes, pineapple, raisins, apples, mandarin oranges, cranberries, celery, onion, slivered almonds, walnuts, peanuts, pecans, cashews, curry, pickles, olives, capers . . . you name it.

But I just googled “chicken salad recipes” and none of the 20 recipes at the top of the “hit list” called for hard-boiled egg.

Not that I’m complaining since I don’t eat chicken or eggs, especially hard-boiled eggs.

But why is it that the chicken and the egg are rarely “co-stars” in chicken salad?  Don’t people realize that eggs and chicken are about as closely related as two foods can get?

They’re NOT first cousins, twice removed, like ham and eggs or green eggs & ham.  They’re from the same nuclear family ~ think parent and child or siblings at different stages of development.

Green Eggs and HamSo why aren’t they considered suitable company for each other in chicken salad?

Oh, wait.

I get it.

It might seem incestuous.

Aah . . . that’s better! 

Mama Juana! January 4, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink.
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We “finished Christmas” today by getting together with my sister’s family (upon their return from a week’s stay in the Dominican Republic to celebrate my brother-in-law’s 60th Birthday).

The most interesting gift I received was a bottle of Mama Juana ~ the official beverage of the Dominican Republic.

From Trip Advisor:

Mamajuana is the indigenous drink of the Dominican Republic. It is a brew of twigs and bark and herbs, with rum and red wine and honey. Some love it, some hate it! Some claim that it is an aphrodisiac for men, but also that it cures all of what ails you, purifying organs and acting as a medicinal supplement.

More intel:

Today’s Mamajuana combines rum, red wine, honey and various tree barks, herbs and other assorted sticks, roots and leaves to create a powerfully-pungent flavor experience best left to the fearless. Lots of other ingredients can be added, and usually are based on old family traditions, whims and experimentation.

To read more and see a telling photo of the tincture:  Mamajuana, The Taste of Adventure

Game for a bit of adventure, we opened the bottle, poured shots all around, and toasted the island.

Check out the twigs in the bottle!

Of the 10 adults present, no one spit it out . . . but more than a few grimaces were observed.

It might be an acquired taste.  After all, it’s been around for 800 years!

Aah . . . that’s Mama Juana!

Tired Of Turkey? November 29, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Vegetarian Recipes.
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Carrot Dogs

For the carrot dogs:

6 medium-large carrots (hot dog bun length), peeled
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon smoked paprika

For serving:

6 hot dog buns
Pushcart Onions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the carrots and cook for 7 to 8 minutes, until just fork tender. Drain and rinse with cold water.

In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, vinegar, maple syrup, olive oil, garlic and smoked paprika. Transfer mixture & carrots to a sealable gallon-sized plastic bag. Mix to coat, then marinate in the refrigerator overnight (or up to 24 hours), keeping the carrots in a single layer.

Heat a grill pan over medium high heat for several minutes. Place the carrots on the hot grill, after shaking off excess marinade.  Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, rotating the carrots once or twice. Remove to a plate.  Garnish & Serve.

Read more at Oh My Veggies

Aah . . . that’s simple!

 

Happy Thanksgiving! November 27, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Humor, Joke.
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As a kid, I loved playing with an Etch-A-Sketch.

As an adult, I still do.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Another Birthday Bites The Dust! November 25, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Life Balance, People.
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Each year for his birthday, BFF receives a Gift Certificate from the Landry Select Club.  This year, as soon as the temps tempered a bit, we headed to the Chart House on Longboat Key to enjoy Happy Hour on the deck.

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Perfect temps.

Delicious food.

Cold drinks.

Aah . . . that’s Birthday Bliss!

A Tall Order November 23, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Humor, People.
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We recently helped our niece celebrate her 23rd birthday.

We got her the perfect “sleep” shirt . . . for when she is NOT asleep.

Her dad ordered her a delicious four-tiered chocolate cake.

Aah . . . that’s a TALL order!

Strolling On Pine Avenue November 21, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Food & Drink, Life Balance, Nature.
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Last week, when we went to the Farmer’s Market on Pine Avenue, we parked at the far end of the street and strolled the length.

We enjoyed the signage outside the Pineapple Junktion Co-op.

We had to STOP to check out the Waffle Bar (with made to order waffles ~ a/k/a “sugar delivery devices”).

After visiting the market, we checked out AMI’s pier which is being rebuilt after being damaged during Hurricane Irma two years ago.  It’s getting there but it’ll be a few more months before we can walk the planks.

Since it was a gorgeous day, we continued our walk up Bay Boulevard to enjoy the views.

On the return trip, we stopped in the Olive Oil Outpost to get some fresh-from-the-oven baked bread.

Just outside, this rusty truck with a cargo of “empties” caught my eye.

Aah . . . what a trusty rusty recycling bin!