Let’s Eat

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St. Patrick’s Day Food

I grew up with a mother who celebrated her Irish background. She gave us green milk on St. Patrick’s Day and cupcakes with green frosting. Those were the best parts of our St. Patrick’s Day traditions. The milk with green food coloring was mostly for show—it didn’t taste any different than regular milk. But it did go well with cupcakes. Dinner on St. Patrick’s Day consisted of corned beef, potatoes, and cabbage and/or carrots. I hated both cabbage and cooked carrots. I managed to choke down the corned beef and potatoes, then tried to hide the carrots and/or cabbage under a scrap
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Wild-Caught Fish

I had no idea how much difference there is between regular farmed fish and wild-caught. I recently subscribed to Wild Alaskan Company and have learned there are a number of health benefits for wild-caught. I highly recommend them! I’m going to eat fish twice a week just because I believe I will be healthier. Not that I’m sick. But I feel we eat too much red meat. My new goal is fish and chicken twice a week, two red meat nights, and one egg night. We’ve already had the Sockeye wild-caught salmon. It was delicious!
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Evolution of popcorn snacking

Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks. I was munching some last night and got to thinking about how it’s changed through the years. My mom used to pop kernels in a cast iron skillet. I used to pop it in a pan. Then we had a variety of different popcorn poppers. I have no idea what ever happened to them. Now, we just pop a bag in the microwave. And I eat pre-popped from a bag! I continue to be amazed that it’s actually good. And so easy! 🙂 What’s your go-to snack?
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Is There a Shortage of Pinto Beans?

One staple in our house has been Bush’s Best pinto beans (canned), or their chili beans, or kidney beans. The store has been out of this, and other brands of beans, for over a month! I’m soaking beans and cooking them now. Well, I guess that’s probably better for us, anyway. 🙂 Ten-bean soup mix is wonderful with a piece of sirloin steak. After soaking the beans overnight (2 cups of dried beans), I drain them, dump them in a dutch oven, just barely cover them with fresh water, add a tablespoon of Better than Bouillon Beef, and start heating
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Chocolates…too pretty to eat?

I can never resist taking a pic of these Christopher Elbow chocolates. Got these for Valentine’s Day, and they taste as good as they look! Yum!
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Soup for Lunch

At our house, we usually have soup on hand. With cheese and crackers and cold cuts or leftovers or even frozen pizza baked with extra toppings, it makes a quick and yummy lunch.
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January is National Oatmeal Month

I recently learned that January is National Oatmeal Month. We eat a lot of hot cereal in our family. What about you? What’s your family’s philosophy on oatmeal?
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Chocolate of choice

I’m enjoying the last of my Christmas Christopher Elbow chocolates today. Almost too pretty to eat, but, yeah, I’m eating them! Which do you prefer: white, milk or dark chocolate?
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Lentil Soup

On cold evenings, I think about soup, one of my favorite meals. Add bread and salad, and you’re ready to eat. I make most of my soups in a crock pot, so it’s a quick and easy dinner (though does require some thought around lunch time about what’s for supper). A crock pot full of soup makes enough for several lunches and dinners later in the week. Or to freeze. And all afternoon, you get to smell it cooking. Lentil soup is one of my favorites. It’s tasty, full of protein (particularly when I add meat, which I usually do),
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Eggs Benedict for Brunch!

Enjoyed a birthday brunch at The Farmhouse in the River Market area of Kansas City. After a Pomegranate Mimosa, I devoured a plate of Eggs Benedict — my new favorite! High in calories and fat, I can only eat this occasionally, but the delicious Hollandaise sauce over perfect poached eggs, thin-sliced ham, and Challah bread can’t be beat in my book. (Watch where you park. Only the street is free parking.)