Friday, December 29, 2023

Christmas 2023 At Almost Heaven South

Just as last year, Kathy and Keith, came from Nebraska to Tennessee for a couple of weeks and spent the first part of the visit with Wende and the second part with us.  After they did Christmas morning with Eliza at Wende’s, they all came down to our place for more Eliza present opening and Christmas dinner.

With the addition of friend Kathy, her daughter Ashley, and our neighbors, Pat & Steve, we had 14 for dinner - Pat, Steve, Ashley, Kathy, Wende, Ralph, Beanie, Eliza, Kathy, Keith, Larry, Beverly, Pat, Cindy.

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Making Country Ham Broth


That's our plan.

While I had often mentioned our country ham broth on this blog, I can’t find that I have ever documented the process so I decided to do so for our most recent batch.  We are very lucky to have a famous country ham and bacon maker (Benton’s Country Hams) within a 10 mile drive and they debone many of the hams they sell and the bones are free for the asking.  I stopped by the other day to buy a whole rib roast, which they also sell, for our smoked prime rib Christmas dinner and I picked up 10 ham bones while I was at it.

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Crispy Chicken Cutlets

When Pam recently posted the recipe for Crispy Chicken Cutlets on her “For The Love Of Cooking” blog, I knew I wanted to give them a try.  I increased most of the ingredients for my three chicken breasts and since I prefer putting most seasonings directly on the meat, I changed the seasoning method a little and made a couple of substitutions.  You can find Pam’s original along with her good pics by clicking on the link.

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Manicotti Using Homemade Crepes

I’ve been trying to make a pasta dish on Sundays and Bev recently suggested we have manicotti using homemade crepes as we have done before.  Most stuffed manicotti seem to be made without meat but I decided I wanted to use our good Wurst Kitchen Italian sausage so off to the web I went for a search.  I found a recipe simply titled Manicotti Recipe on the “Dinner At The Zoo” blog and I opted to go with it.  I made it by the recipe except I used homemade crepes per the first link above.  You can click on the second link for pics and the recipe using store-bought manicotti.

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Bologna Sandwiches Revisited – Supper & Breakfast

I’ve been wanting a fried boloney (bologna) sandwich lately as I recalled the one’s we had about a year ago that were based on the one I had in Rugby TN,

Like theirs, I made mine with a thick piece of the meat.

Monday, December 11, 2023

Tennessee Travelers (RV Travel Club) Christmas Luncheon & Beef Stew For Friday

We had our annual club Christmas Luncheon at Chesapeake’sSeafood House in downtown Knoxville on Dec 5.  Thirteen of us were able to attend and as always it’s good to have one final visit with friends before winter and the end of our rallies until April.

Friday, December 8, 2023


Doesn’t the title alone awaken your taste buds.  While on the girl’s junket to Marco Island, FL, Cindy had a birthday and when they got home, I decided to fix her a special BD dinner using our last piece of Sockeye Salmon from the freezer.  The dish I settled on was Creamy Salmon Alfredo Pasta using the recipe from Orchids and Sweet Tea.  I made the alfredo sauce by the blog recipe but I cooked the salmon as shown below.  The original recipe and good pics can be found by clicking on the link above.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Socialism - Food For Thought

 I almost never do politics on this blog but I found this article to be too interesting not to post.


An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that the president's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on the presidents's plan".. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A.... (substituting grades for dollars - something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed. Could not be any simpler than that. (Please pass this on) These are possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.”

Does any of this seem to apply to the USA?

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Easy Chicken Tetrazzini

For our three person Friday get-together (Bev, Pat, and Cindy are in FL), I wanted to cook something for which I had the ingredients, was pretty simple, didn’t dirty many pans, and met the likes/dislikes of the diners.  As it turned out, I had a box of gluten free pasta and some chicken breasts and the dish I came up with was chicken tetrazzini.  The recipe I picked was Easy Chicken Tetrazzini from Amy on her “Belly Full” blog.  I made just a couple of changes as noted.