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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!

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!

 

Banana Splits? August 31, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Vegetarian Recipes.
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What is the easiest way to make a banana split?

Cut it in half.

When will the trail mix have enough money to buy a map?

When the banana chips in.


Why did they cancel the ice cream social?

The banana split with the ice cream.

What kinds of jokes do bananas like to tell?

Side-splitting ones.

What kind of a key opens a banana?

A monkey!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Don’t Be Jerky! June 27, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Travel & Leisure, Vegetarian Recipes.
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We spent very little time in the town of Helen, other than quaffing beers to quench our thirst at creekside taverns while tubers floated past.

We did check out this unique storage facility with tubes stacked floor to ceiling beside life jackets and leashes.

Back on the Main Street, we saw some Jerky signs.

Imagine having to choose between Deer, Elk, Buffalo, and Boar.  Hmmm . . .

Or Goat, Gator, Python, and Alpaca.

Decisions.  Decisions.

I know!  ~> Make mine pretzels & beer!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Smile & Say C-O-O-K-I-E! December 3, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Vegetarian Recipes.
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I don’t do much baking . . . not even Christmas Cookies.

But if I did:

Aah . . . that’s yummy!

Lotsa Lobster! November 7, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Vegetarian Recipes.
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As it does every October, BFF’s birthday rolled into view.

Since I’m NOT a shopper . . . I knew just what to do.

Instead of one lobster lunch, I’d get him two!

A few days before his birthday, we headed to the Anna Maria Oyster Bar for lobster al fresco at  the Bridge Street Pier.  The lobsters served at AMOB arrive “deconstructed” which makes them very “eater friendly.”

And the lobster bib is a great fashion statement . . . that doubles as a poncho if it rains!

But man cannot live by lobster alone.  And neither can the birthday boy.

On BFF’s birthday proper, we headed to Bonefish Grill for Hooked on Tuesdays where we both ordered the 3-course lobster tail dinner.  I started with the house salad which included hearts of palm.

BFF opted for a standard Caesar Salad.

Our lobster tails came with a choice of sides and individual ramekins of butter because . . . lobster + butter = perfect together!

BFF enjoyed potatoes au gratin and a loaf of hot from the oven bread.

Feeling fabulously full, we requested our desserts ~ a flourless brownie and a slice of coconut custard pie ~ to go.  But, as everyone knows, you cannot put ice cream with raspberry sauce in a “To Go” bag, so we ate it in situ.

A sweet ending to a fun (and filling) birthday lunch.

BONUS:  When our server found out that it was BFF’s birthday, she brought him a present ~> a box of 4 chocolate truffles!  Score!

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Unicorn Noodles August 29, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Vegetarian Recipes.
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Since I’m in hypo-drive for the summer, today’s one and only SLTW post is over at TG’s place, but I’ll warn you . . . TG thinks it looks more like a one-horned goat than a unicorn.

I think he also called me lazy.

Chasing Unicorns

Our unicorn today comes from nrhatch, at https://nrhatch.wordpress.com/. Herblog seems to be about self-help and humor. So if you need help (and don’t we all), or you need a good laugh, click on over and check it out.

I’m not sure if this thing shebeamed me is really a unicorn. It looks suspiciously like a one-horned goat. It consists of a short, explanatory blurb, followed by a link. Boy you talk about lazy. But that’s just it, I’m not one to talk.

So I’ll go ahead and give it a shot. This time. If it works out okay, then fine. Otherwise I’mgonna have to raise my unicorn-identifying standards.

Go ahead and give it a read (won’t take long), and decide for yourself. Is this a unicorn, or have I lost my noodle?


Scientists have discovered why spaghetti noodles don’t break cleanly in two pieces.

And…

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Man Cannot Live By Tomatoes Alone May 17, 2018

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In case you’re wondering, we didn’t just get tomatoes, we also bought zucchini, cabbage, and super hot jalapeños . . . just cutting them up set my finger tips on fire!

Has that ever happened to you?

How did you douse the flames?

Once cut in half and de-seeded, I freeze them in a single layer and then toss them into a bag and back into the freezer to have on hand to spice up recipes.

We also bought a big box of beautiful butternut squash.

Once cut in half and de-seeded, the squash get roasted and mashed with a bit of salt, pepper, and . . . butter!

What?

Isn’t that why they’re called butternut?

Aah butter . . . that’ s better!

Curried Pea & Almond Salad April 11, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Vegetarian Recipes.
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Curried Pea & Almond Salad

1 pkg. frozen peas
6 oz. almonds
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 lb. pasta, cooked
1/3 c. vegan mayonnaise
2 tsp. curry powder

Cook pasta per package directions. Drain.  Stir in celery, peas, almonds (and any other cooked veggies that appeal ~ I added asparagus and carrots).  The heat of the pasta will “cook” the peas.

Combine mayo and curry powder. Pour over salad and toss well.  (You may want more dressing.)  Good hot, warm, or cold.

Aah . . . that’s yummy!

Mexican (Rice & Beans) Lasagna April 9, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Vegetarian Recipes.
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ARROZ Y FRIJOLES (RICE AND BEANS) LASAGNA

1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 can (16 oz.) black or pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (10 oz.) Ro*Tel tomatoes, undrained
1/2 c. uncooked rice
3/4 c. water
1 tsp. instant veggie bouillon granules
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. oregano leaves
3/4 c. diced bell pepper
2 c. (8 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese
12 corn or flour tortillas (6 to 7 inch)

Cook onions, peppers, and garlic in oil in 10 inch skillet 2 minutes. Stir in beans, tomatoes, rice, water, bouillon granules, cumin and oregano; bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup cheese. Layer tortillas and bean mixture in 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees 20 minutes or until hot. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Bake 5 minutes.

Serve with desired toppings. Makes 6-8 servings.

TOPPINGS:

Avocado slices (optional)
Sour cream (optional)
Pace Picante Sauce (optional)

Aah . . . that’s yummy!