Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Transylvanian Goulash Inspired Dish And Thanksgiving At Wende’s

When I saw this recipe for Transylvanian Goulash from Debbie on her “A Feast For The Eyes” blog and with my girls, who would be lukewarm on trying it, off in Florida, I was inspired to make a similar dish for myself, especially since I had some pork chops in the freezer and a jar of kraut in the fridge. 

Since I was making it for just me, I halved the ingredient amounts and changed the cooking method so as not to overcook the chops as I prefer them slightly pink.  I debated whether to leave the chops whole or cut them up and I opted for the former.  You can click on the above link for Debbie's original recipe and how-to pics.

A Few Meals I Didn’t Post About - Stuffed Delicata Squash, Baked Steak and Mushrooms, and Mediterranean Potato Salad

I kept seeing these gourd looking things in our fridge and had no idea what they were and hadn’t bothered to ask Bev.

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Pam's One Pot Chicken and Lemon Rice For Friday Night

Our Friday night meals have several criteria that I have to work with such as no gluten for Joe, several dislikes for some, no spicy heat for some, ease of clean up for Cindy, the ability to have it cook during the afternoon card session (we play before and after supper), etc.  So, when I saw this recipe for One Pot Chicken and Lemon Rice from Pam’s "For The Love Of Cooking" blog, it met them for the most part.  

Bev reminded me from Florida that we often get these recipes too lemony for our taste so I adjusted the recipe a little and served lemon wedges on the side.  Also, I used six thighs as that's what the package contained and chicken broth for the water as I had it on hand, then I put it in the marinade.  Click on the link above for the original recipe and Pam's great pics.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Autumn Hash - Chicken, Sweet Potato, Brussels Sprouts, Apples

While my girls are in Florida for their annual visit, I’m left with the task of cooking for one and for me, I like to make a meal with plenty of leftovers.  When I saw this recipe for Sweet Potato Brussels Sprouts Hash from “Chisel and Fork” and realized I had everything on hand to make it on a rainy day, so a meal was born.  And for bonuses, it is a one pan meal, low in calories and high in nutrition.  I made a few changes to the ingredients and cooking method based on what I had on hand but the original recipe along with great pics and nutrition, can be found by clicking on the above link.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Go-To Vegetable Beef Soup and Me and The Pups

The boys and me watching a little Saturday football while the girls are in Florida.  Sometimes it's one between my legs and one on each side.

In my effort to reduce our frozen food inventory, I found a chuck roast and several bags of frozen vegetables and with cold weather and our weekly get together coming up, vegetable soup made it onto the menu.  We normally don’t use a recipe and just dump whatever we have into our vegetable soup but this time I decided to start with a recipe from Cooking Classy, which I doubled to get the one below.  I also adjusted some of the ingredients and added some.

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Humor For Us Old Dogs Out There And A New Television

I'm a kid at heart and have always enjoyed a good snow fix so if I had heat and power, and a supply of wood for my fireplace, I would have loved being in Buffalo this weekend and maybe you to Betsy.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Beautiful Salmon With Dill Sauce And Mac And Cheese For A Granddaughter Visit

As the grandkids have gotten older, we don’t see them very often so we are always pleased when they want to come for a visit.  This past weekend, Reese (Rhett’s middle child) and her boyfriend Xavier drove in for a long weekend from Charleston, SC where they attend “The College Of Charleston.”  They got in Friday night and left late Tuesday afternoon so we had nearly four full days with them. 

Sunday, November 13, 2022

A Delicious Spinach and Chicken Enchilada Casserole With Our Go-To Green Sauce

When I saw the recipe for “Spinach and Chicken Enchiladas” on Mary’s Vegetable Recipes blog I thought it sounded good for our Friday get together.  I’m pretty sure an enchilada is a corn tortilla wrapped around a filling which hers isn’t so I added the word casserole which I believe is more accurate.  I made the enchilada sauce using the second recipe below and I used about twice as many tortillas for the casserole as shown in the recipe below.  You can tell from my plate that I remembered the pic late into the meal.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

A Very Eventful Trip Home From The Rally Plus Delicious Peanuts And a Toe Update

While the rally went very well and we had a good time, the same cannot be said for the trip home which turned out pretty bad.  Since we had no hot water and Teddy was sick, we decided to leave around 2pm on Friday rather than spend another night and leave Saturday morning.  We got 11 miles up the road when the coach geared down and the check engine light came on so I pulled off the interstate at the Ooltewah on-ramp.

Since I knew one of our fellow campers was knowledgeable about diesels, I gave him a call and he and several others came to help.  After a little investigation they found the problem and determined it could not be repaired on site and would require a tow.  After a few phone calls, we decided our best option was to have it towed to the repair shop in Maryville and we hired Doug Yates Towing to do the job.  They showed up with a 50 ton rotator rig that looked like this.

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

A Tea Room Lunch & Campground Review For Day 3 Of Our Last 2022 RV Club Rally

Friday was a light day with lunch at the Genesis House Of Tea followed by card making for the ladies, and nothing planned for the guys.  Since we were still operating without our Aqua Hot (hot water provider) and Teddy was obviously not feeling well, we decided to just head home on Friday afternoon rather than wait until Saturday morning more on the next post).

The girls headed out to Genesis House Of Tea about 11:30 and according to my girls, it was a nice experience, even though they are not into tea rooms.  Per their site “The Historic Dent House, circa 1854, is the last standing antebellum home in Chattanooga. The 165-year-old grand home is the perfect place to experience a full four-course afternoon tea service for lunch, or relax before a fire enjoying a candle-lit dinner.”

Sunday, November 6, 2022

A Patriotic Day For Day 2 Of Our Last 2022 RV Club Rally

After breakfast on our own we headed into downtown Chattanooga for a visit to the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal Of Honor Heritage Center so located as the city where the first medal of honor was awarded during the civil war - pic photo bombed by Louie.

Friday, November 4, 2022

My Home Made Corned Beef

We’d been buying corned beef lately but I’m usually disappointed with the small size and the last one we cooked was about one third fat and the whole thing only made four Reubens.  So, I decided to get back into making my own using the 13.64 lb. choice brisket I had in the freezer and that was bought on sale for $1.99/lb. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Our Last 2022 RV Club Rally – Day 1½ - Miller industries & Porvino's

With only the Christmas Party remaining, this was the final rally for our Tennessee Travelers RV club and we were looking forward to making the trip to the Chattanooga, TN area to spend time with our friends.  We got the coach all packed and ready and got on the road at 2pm for the under two-hour ride to the Holiday Travel Park ofChattanooga which is actually located in Rossville, GA, about a quarter mile below the TN/GA state line.