Green Rice | An Authentic Mexican Food Recipe

September 10, 2010

greenrice2Oh my gosh… this Green Rice recipe is to die for if you like authentic Mexican Food.  I snagged this Green rice recipe from a wonderful Mexican Food restaurant in Mesa, Arizona.  (I won’t mention the name because I kind of took the back door approach in getting it.)

To say the least… if your want something a bit different than the regular Spanish Rice… give this wonderful Green rice recipe a try.  I can guarantee… you won’t be sorry.

The photos are a little “white” but what can I say…when it’s about rice.  Don’t let the flatness of the photos fool you.

Let’s go!

The ingredients are simple:

1/3 Cup of Olive Oil. (I like the Extra Virgin because it has more flavor for this recipe.)
1 Large Onion (chopped)
2 Cups of Raw White Rice (I prefer long grain rice.  This is not instant.)
1 to 2 Cans chopped green chilies  (I like a stronger chili flavor… so I always use two cans.
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
2 Cans of Chicken Broth (You will need 4 Cups of liquid… so if you are a little shy with the broth… add water to make up the difference.)
1/2 Cup of fresh parsley (chopped)  (If you don’t have fresh parsley on hand… use 1 Tablespoon of dried parsley for the rice and garnish the top of your dish with something else.
** I have substituted the parsley with fresh cilantro before….  and it’s excellent.

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Pour 1/3 Cup of Olive Oil in the bottom of a large deep fry pan or in a 4 Qt. pot.
Add the chopped Onions and saute.

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Add 2 Cups of Raw rice.  Brown the rice until golden.  This only takes a few minutes.  Stir frequently so the rice won’t scorch.

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Add 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder… 1 teaspoon of salt…. and one or two cans of diced green chilies…depending on your taste.

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Add 4 Cups of liquid… the chicken broth and water.

Bring to rolling boil.  Place the lid on your pan and move the pan to a burner turned on low so the rice can steam for 30 to 40 min.  The time may vary because of your stove.

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While your rice is cooking.  Put your parsley or cilantro into a cup and cut into small pieces with your scissors.

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When the rice is done… toss in 1/4 Cup of parsley or cilantro.  Toss the rice until it’s fluffy and separated.

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I put my rice into a bowl and pop it into the microwave to reheat…just before serving.   Then I garnish the top with fresh tomatoes and the rest of the parsley or cilantro

Take this Green Rice recipe to your next potluck supper and watch them rave.

Enjoy!

Til Later,

Kathy Griffiths

P.S.  I have a confession to make.  I always double this recipe because a single recipe of Green Rice in not enough for my family and friends.

Fresh Asparagus – Easy Asparagus Recipe

April 2, 2010

dinner-mealFresh asparagus is a favorite at our house.  I remember the days when my son, Brad, went asparagus hunting in the fields behind our home.  As soon as the spring warm weather hit…he was on the lookout for asparagus.  He would roam the fields, among the tall grasses and look for asparagus spears that were peeking their heads above ground.  When the asparagus was just right, he would fill a sack with the spears and bring them home to be cooked and savored.

Those days are long gone now… and  the fields, of grasses and asparagus, have been replaced by homes.   Now I’m forced to purchase my asparagus from the store.   However, in the spring,  my local grocery store has plenty of fresh asparagus on hand and it’s been surprisingly tender.  So….when the season is in full swing… I load up.

I happened to be at my daughter Katie’s home several weeks ago and she was just taking fresh asparagus out of the oven.  I usually steam my asparagus… so seeing it come out of the oven was a surprise.  It was so tender and good that I want to share this easy asparagus recipe with you.

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The ingredients are:  Fresh tender asparagus (any amount you like.)  Olive Oil. (I happen to have Light Olive Oil on hand but use your preference.)  Sea Salt.  (I use a course sea salt… but use what you prefer.)  Fresh grated Parmeson cheese.  (If you don’t grate your own… grab a package of grated Parmeson cheese at the store.  I pick mine up at Costco.   That’s all of the ingredients you will need.

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Cover a cookie sheet or baking sheet with aluminum foil.

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Cut off the ends of your asparagus.

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Wash your asparagus spears.

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Spread the asparagus across the baking sheet so each spear is exposed.  Don’t stack.

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Drizzle Olive oil over the asparagus.  Don’t worry about getting too much on the asparagus… they need to be covered.  I drizzle oil and then turn the spears so they are covered well.  (Olive oil is good for what ails ya.)

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Sprinkle the asparagus with sea salt.  (Remember… sea salt is strong so you don’t need much.  I went a bit over board…so don’t follow my lead by what you see in this photo.  Cut back a bit.)

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Pop the the pan under the broiler.  I timed my for 2 1/2 minutes.  You may want to check yours before the time is up.  I would’nt go much past 2 1/2 minutes if your spears are thin and tender.

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Pull out the pan and sprinkle on your cheese.  Pop it back under the broiler for 15 sec.  Check… to see if cheese is melted.  If not…. pop it back in for a couple of seconds more.

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That’s it… an easy asparagus recipe for you.  Fresh asparagus is just the ticket for Easter dinner.

Hope you enjoy this fresh asparagus recipe as much as my family does.   As soon as I place the pan on top the stove… some one snags a spear.  Smack those hands!

Til Later,

Kathy

Insightful Nana

P.S.  I put fresh asparagus and about a tablespoon of water  in a plastic bag and tie up the end.  Pop it into the microwave for about 2 minutes and it comes out just right.  You don’t want to over cook it… leave it a bit firm.

P.P.S.  Also, I cut the raw asparagus into 1″ to 1/12″  chunks and cook them in the bag… using the method above. (I only cook them 1 min.)  When they come out of the microwave, I run the bag under cold water… cooling the fresh asparagus quickly.   (Just remember not to over cook it.)   I pop open the bag, drain the liquid and dry the asparagus with a paper towel.  Put the chunks into a clean zip lock bag and store in the fridge.  It’s a perfect addition to a fresh green salad.  Hmmmm Good!

Just another easy asparagus recipe.

Easter Treat Recipe – Kids Easter Activities

March 20, 2010

Kids Easter activities can include easy Easter recipes such as making our Bird Nest Treats. They are so simple to make, your three year old can help. The ingredients are simple too…. you’ll use only 4 items.

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1.  One  5 oz can of Chow Mein noodles. One  12 oz package of chips.  You can use chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter or white chocolate chips. (I used the white chips because I love the color.)   One scant TB of shortening, and One package of Easter Peanut M & M’s. That’s it.

pan 2. You will need a cookie sheet or sheet cake pan. Place a piece of waxed paper on the sheet or pan.

3. Place your Chow Mein noodles in a bowl.

4. Place your M & M’s in another bowl for easy access.

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5. Place your chips and 1 TB of shortening into a glass bowl.

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6.  Place the chips in microwave and melt them using the defrost setting. You don’t want to melt them too fast. Set the microwave for 2 min. Every 15 seconds, open the door of the microwave and stir the chips just until they are hot and completely melted.

meltedchips 7. Pour the melted chips over the top of the Chow Mein noodles and toss until all of the noodles are covered.

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8. With a spoon, scoop out the noodles and place them on the cookie sheet you have covered with waxed paper. (You should get about 16 nests out of one recipe.)

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9. Place three Easter Peanut M & M’s on the top of each nest. They will take about 15 minutes to set up if you just leave them at room temp. Or, you can pop the pan into the fridge for about 5 minutes.

There you go.

So easy and a great Easter activity for you and your kids. I found this recipe in a fun Family Easter Activity e-book. There is over 150 pages of Family Easter Activities which include Easter recipes, crafts, coloring pages and games.

What I really loved about this Easter activity book is that all the activities were not only simple, but inexpensive too. So many of the crafts were made with odds and ends that I already have around my house.

My grands love to make things when they come to visit. This handy e- book let’s me entertain them a bit with very little expense and effort.

Best of all… I downloaded this book and keep it on my computer for quick and easy reference. Easter is coming soon… and enjoy this season with your kids and grands… and check out this Family Easter Activity book.

Til Later,

Kathy Griffiths

P.S. Hmmm. Coming next…. a fresh asparagus recipe that is to die for…. another simple, and easy recipe that will be a hit with your family and guests at Easter dinner.

P.P.S.  Here’s the video if you want to see me in action.  It’s an easy Easter treat recipe your kids or grands will love.

Waste Not Want Not – Cooking Tip For Cookies

January 4, 2010

“Waste not want not,” as my Grandma Ella use to say.  Well, here’s a clever cooking tip for reviving stale cookies so you don’t fall into the “wasteful” category.

finalcookie11I did a bit of early Christmas baking in December and placed my special Oatmeal Christmas cookies in a Tupperware container and forgot about them.  When I remembered they were hidden in the laundry room, (to keep them from disappearing before the family party) they had become a bit stale.

(By the way, this Oatmeal Cookie recipe is to die for and it’s a “cooking for a crowd” size.)

Back to the cooking tip….  No worry!  Simple put into practice a simple cooking trick I learned from my Grandma Ella.   Cut a fresh apple into slices and place a few here and there in the container with the cookies and replaced the tight lid.  After about 5 or 6 hours, removed the apple slices.  The moisture from the apple slices will soften the cookies right up.

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No one could tell that the oatmeal Christmas cookies were not baked that very day.

I’ve tried this cooking tip on other stale items such as cake, cake donuts and sweet loaf breads.

Try this cooking tip when you’re tempted to toss out stale cookies.  Remember….. “waste not want not.”

Til Later,

Kathy
Insightful Nana

P.S.  Don’t forget the apples slices in your container.  If you do… too much moisture from the apples will cause some of the cookies, that are in direct contact with the apples, to become a bit mushy.

Best New Years Party – New Years Party Food

December 28, 2009

Of course, the best new years party includes food… and lots of it.  And, with all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday you’re probably not interested in cooking. Yet, you want to serve or take to your New Year parties…  food that is easy to prepare, scrumptious and looks great.

Well, I have the perfect New Year party recipe for you.  It’s easy, scrumptious and looks wonderful sitting among the other new year fare on the buffet table.  This recipe was share with me by my friend, Dana, who puts together and hosts convention parties for large companies.

I’ve served this appetizer three times this holiday season, and it’s been a success every time. It will be a winner for you… when it comes to New Years party food.

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The ingredients are simple.  1.  one package of Cream Cheese

2.  Chili Sauce. I used my own Chili Sauce I bottled earlier this year.  Now if you don’t bottle Chili Sauce… don’t despair.  There is a delicious brand called “Homemade Chili Sauce.”  Yep.. that the name of it and the label on the jar is small.  It’s 12 oz. of great Chili Sauce.  You can find it on your grocers shelf in a round looking bottle.

3.  1/2 tsp. of Creamy Horseradish,  or add more depending upon your taste.

4.  2 cups of small, Ready To Eat Shrimp.  I picked up a large size bag of small frozen shrimp.  I have to admit… I used a few more shrimp than the recipe called for… because I love shrimp.

5.  Crackers of your choice.

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Put the shrimp into a colander and allow it to thaw and drain well.  (After the shrimp has thawed… I’ve patted them dry with a paper towel to eliminate any extra moisture.

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Place the Cream Cheese in the middle of a plate.

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Put 2 cups of Chili Sauce or 1 bottle of “Home Made Chili Sauce into a bowl.  Mix 1/2 tsp. of Horseradish into the Chili Sauce.  (More if you like.)

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Pour the Chili Sauce and Horseradish mixture over the Cream Cheese.

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Dump the shrimp on top of the Cream Cheese and  Chili Sauce.  Place a small spoon or knife at the side of the plate for convenient scooping.    Serve the with crackers of your choice.

There you go… one easy, bright, delicious New Years Party food.

Hope you have the best new years party ever.

Till Later.

Kathy Griffiths
Insightful Nana

P.S.  If you have any fantastic New Years Party Ideas, please share… I’d love to hear from you.

Chocolate Dessert Recipe – Chocolate Brownie Triffle

December 9, 2009

This Chocolate dessert recipe will delight your guests and family this holiday season.  My sister, Sheila, brings this Chocolate Brownie Triffle to our Christmas party every year and there’s not a lick left at the end of the evening.

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Be prepared!  This Chocolate Dessert Recipe is pretty rich and it will curl your toes as well has your hair….  but it’s soooooo worth it!

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Here are the ingredients:  2 boxes of Brownie mix.  Or, use my Cooking For A Crowd Chocolate Brownies recipe. It’s just the right size…. Use two 8 oz. containers of Whipped Topping…. 2 small boxes of Instant Chocolate Pudding….and three Heath candy bars.  Note: Notice photo…. I accidentally purchased two 12 oz. containers of whipped topping… but just use two of the smaller size.

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I put the Heath Bars in the freezer because when you break them up, they shatter better.

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When the Heath Bars are cold.  Hit them with a hammer to break them up.  Don’t worry about hitting them too many times… you can really go to town with this.

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You will need a 4 quart glass bowel.  Cut the chocolate brownies into squares.  Mix up the pudding according to the directions on the box.  Open the topping mix, put your shattered Heath bars in a dish and you’re ready to go.

You will be making two layers so you will use half of the ingredients first…. then the remaining ingredients.

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Break half of the chocolate brownies into bit size pieces and place them in the bottom of the bowl.  I always line the outer edge first so the brownies will show on the outside.  Fill in the middle.

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Now you’reready for half of the chocolate pudding.  Again, I plop pudding around the outer edge first then fill in the middle.  Don’t go in there and stir things up or mess around.  You want the outer edge to stay as clean as possible.  So… just plop the chocolate pudding in by the spoonful.  (If you get a bit sloppy, wipe the inside of the bowl with a clean wet cloth.)

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Ready for the topping.  Again… around the edge first… no messing around… just plop, plop.  Use half of the topping.

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Scatter half of the Heath bar on top.

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Repeat the process.

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There you go… It’s ready expect for the cooling.  I put it in the fridge for at least a couple of hours.  No..you can’t cheat and try a taste… it will spoil the look.  You want it to look great from the outside of the glass bowl.

You can make this chocolate dessert recipe way ahead of time.  I love those kind of recipes.

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Now be prepared for ooooooos and haaaaaaas when you present this Chocolate Brownie Triffle.  I placed it in a wreath and did a bit of simple deco around it to give a Christmas flare.

Enjoy!

Till Later

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S.  This  chocolate dessert recipe can be used any time of year…. Mmmmm Valentine’s Day would be wonderful.

Easy Apple Crisp Recipe – Oatmeal And Brown Sugar Crunch

October 19, 2009

This easy apple crisp recipe with it’s oatmeal and brown sugar topping is a favorite of our family.  Fall is in the air and the apples are ripe and crisp… so it’s a natural dessert for a chilly evening.  I add a bit of lemon zest to the apple crunch, which is a tasty enhancement to the mild Golden Delicious apples.

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The ingredients for the Oatmeal Apple Crisp is:   7  Large Golden Delicious Apples  (I like Golden Delicious because they have a great flavor and the apple slices hold their shape and don’t turn to sauce while baking.)….  1 1/2 C. Brown Sugar….. 1 1/2 C. Oatmeal (Use the quick  oats) …. 1 C. Flour…. 1 C. Butter  (2 sticks).  1 tsp. of Ground Cinnamon.  1 Sm. to Med. Lemon.  Opps…. forgot to put the cinnamon in the photo.

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Place 1 Cup Flour and 2 Sticks of butter into  a large bowl.   Begin cutting the butter and flour together is a pastry cutter or two knives.

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Add 1 1/2 C. Brown Sugar to the mix and continue cutting.

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Add 1 1/2 Cup Oatmeal to the mixture and continue cutting.

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Add 1 tsp. Cinnamon to the mixture and toss together.

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Zest the skin of one Lemon.  (You can purchase a lemon zester or use the zester side of a metal grater.)

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Quarter and core 7 large Golden Delicious apples. (Place them in a bowl of cold water and add a bit of lemon juice.  It will keep the apples from turning brown before you have a chance to slice the apples and put them in a pan.) applecrisp3

Slice the apples into a 9 x 13 pan or glass dish.  If the Apples are very large, you can use a 10 x 14 pan or glass baking dish.  If you want a bit more cinnamon flavor.  Sprinkle a little over the top of the apples.  Sprinkle the lemon zest over the top of the apples.

Apply the oatmeal and brown sugar topping over the slices apples.  I like a lot of crunch on my apple crisp so I use the entire recipe…. but use your judgment for your particular taste.

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Pop your apple crisp into a 350 oven for 35 minutes. ( Check and see if the oatmeal topping is brown and the apples are bubbling before removing from the oven.)   I found that it took another 10 minutes because my apples were very large and I used the larger pan.

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Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or half and half.  Apple crisp tastes great at room temperature too.  (Makes a great breakfast the next day.  You know….. oatmeal and fruit?)

If you want to see me in action preparing this luscious apple dessert click on the video.

Enjoy this recipe… and have a wonderful fall day.

Kathy

Insightful Nana

P.S.  When you make the apple crisp oatmeal crunch topping, double the recipe and save it in the fridge.   You can have this easy apple crisp recipe  made in a flash when unexpected guests or family drop by.

Ranch Potato Salad – Made With Ranch Dressing

July 29, 2009

Ranch Potato salad is a big hit with my family.  Making potato salad with ranch dressing is a refreshing change from the mayonnaise potato salad…. or salad made with Miracle Whip.  Also,  you might call this a loaded potato salad because it has celery, red onion, eggs, fresh parsley  and …. best of all… bacon.  This is a “Cooking for a  Crowd” recipe because it provides potato salad for 25 hungry folks.

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Here we go with our mighty good potato salad.

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The ingredients are:  14 medium red potatoes… about the size of your fist… or a bit smaller.  (abt. 6 to 6 1/2 pounds)  4 to 5  med. stalks of celery, 1 small red onion, 2 TB fresh parsley, 10 Hard Boiled Eggs, 1 Lb. Bacon, dry Ranch Dressing Mix, Mayonnaise and Miracle Whip.  Opps… I forgot 1 1/4 C milk.

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Wash and clean the potatos.  You don’t have to remove all of the eyes… but take out the deep ones because they had a tendency to hold sand.

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Divide the potatoes and put half of them in a bag.  Add about 1/4 cup of water and seal them up.  Cook them on high for about 10 to 15 min.  You’ll have to be the judge on the timing because each microwave cooks differently.  I start mine out at about 10 min. then check them. If they are a little too firm… add more time.   My potatos usually take about 15 min.

When the first batch is done… pop in the other half and cook them up.

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While the potatoes are cooking… boil your eggs.  When the eggs come to a full boil… time them for 10 min… and remove them from the heat.  Cool them quickly under cold water.

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Cook up the bacon crisp.  1/2 lbs is pretty adequate… but lots of bacon tickles my taste buds… so I use a full pound.   (Save out a bit for garnish)

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Chop up the celery… at least a good heaping cup full.  Chop a small red onion.  Chop up enough fresh parsley to equal 2 TB.  If you are using dried… only use 1 TB.

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Now comes the Ranch dressing.  Place 2 C. of Mayo in a bowl.  (1/2 quart)  Add one package of Ranch Dressing and 1  1/4 C. of milk.   Mix well with a wire whip.  (This mixture is just a bit different than the recipe on the packet.)

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Peel the 10 eggs and cut them up coarsely.

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Cool your potatoes.  Cut them into bite size pieces (leave the skins on). Salt them to taste.  If they are still a little warm… allow them to cool completely.

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Add all of your ingredients on top of the potatoes.

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Fold all of the ingredients together gently so you don’t mush up the potatoes.

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If the potatoes are a bit dry… I add a big old scoop of Miracle Whip.  It adds more moisture and just a little zing.  Of course, this is an optional step.

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Give it an extra toss and your done… Ranch Potato salad.   Add the extra bacon and a bit of parsley for a garnish and a few red tomatoes for a bit of color.

This is one of the best Ranch Potato recipes I know of.  At least my family and friends think it’s great… and I’m betting your family and friends will think so too.

Now… if your want to watch this process in action… watch this short video.  Videos are the best!  (Ignore the raw bacon thing… it really is the Potato Salad video.)

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Now dig into this superb potato salad… and enjoy!

Kathy

Insightful Nana

P.S.  Did I mention that you should put the salad in the fridge for several hours for the flavors to blend?  Ranch Potato salad should be kept cold… to avoid… well…you know… that darn bug that I don’t know how to spell.

Fire Fire Fire – Kitchen Grease Fire

June 17, 2009

“Fire!”  “Fire!”  “Fire!”  Those are words I never thought I would be screaming.  But, due to grease fire in my kitchen, those words came from my mouth.  Even though the kitchen fire occurred in my home a couple of years ago, my fire experience has been recently recalled because of the number of fires in our community lately.

The family was coming over for Mother’s Day dinner and I was preparing Baked Beans, and Broccoli Salad, and both recipes called for bacon.  Two lbs. of bacon was cooking  in a large kettle, when my brother-in-law, Dew,  came to my back door to discuss my lawn mower.   I stepped to the  door and visited with him while he was examining my mower blade.  At that moment, a back yard neighbor slipped into my garage to tell me of a problem with the  fence we were replacing.   Forgetting my stove was on… we all stepped to the back fence to discuss the issue.

After 15 minutes,  we walked toward the house and I noticed my kitchen windows appeared black…. then it dawned on me.  We ran inside to find the house filled with smoke.  There were a few flames behind my stove which Dew put out.   My cell phone, which was by the stove, was fried… and my portable phones did not work.  So, I went yelling to the neighbor, to call the fire department.

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The kitchen grease fire had already exploded before we returned  to the house… thank heavens!   Notice the tall kettle by the side of the stove.  Imagine, all that damage coming out of that kettle.  A kitchen grease fire can be devastating.

Lots of lessons were learned from this experience…. here are just a few:

1.  Keep your wits about you when your cooking.  Kitchen grease fires are the most dangerous.  Most kitchen fires happen because of neglect!  Guilty!

2.  We shouldn’t  have entered the home when we realized my kitchen was on fire.  We could have been caught in the explosion… or we could have caused a back draft if there had been flames.

3.  Portable phones do not work if the electricity is off.  You need one phone in the house that is connected to a land line.

4.  Even though the flames were no longer visible, I called the fire department because I was concerned that the fire had moved into the ceiling.  But…don’t expect your fire department to have anymore wits than you do.  When they arrived, they took their good time getting their gear on….and hooking up their hoses and grabbing their chain saws.  I ask them  not to shower the house with water until they knew if there was still a fire.  No sense in doubling the damage by adding water.  DUH!

5.  Don’t let some nit wit place a large fan in the kitchen door so the smoke could be blown down the hall, though all your bedrooms and out your master bedroom window. No kidding… when I saw the smoke billowing out the master bedroom window… I thought the entire house was gone.   Hummmm…. Perhaps a wiser move would have been to place the fan in the hall and force the smoke out the kitchen door.

6.  Call your Insurance Company carrier  immediately…. not your agent.   Since the fire was on Saturday, I waited until Monday to get a hold of my agent.  It slowed the up the cleaning up process by several days.

7.  Find out who the very best Disaster Clean-up Company is in your area….  not only one who will do a great job…but one who will go to bat for your with the  fire  insurance company.  I had the best!  Utah Disaster Kleen-Up. If you’re in the Utah  or Idaho area… I highly recommend them.  There were kind, helpful and very competent.

8.  Prepare yourself for delays.  Approval for each process has to be made one at a time,  because of insurance regulations.  Triple the time they say it will take to complete the job.  Sub-contractors are not always reliable in the timing area.

9.  Know that smoke damage is as disastrous as the fire itself.  All the walls and ceilings on my main level… the living room, family room, four bedrooms and two baths had to be cleaned, sealed and repainted.  All carpets were replace.  (The carpet nightmare was another issue.)

10.  Be aware… that every object in your home must be cleaned or thrown away.  They discard all plastics, because of the change in composition.  The plastic becomes toxic.  All of the kids toys, bedding, pillows, mattresses are thrown away… no questions ask.  Insurance companies don’t want to be held liable for a child becoming ill.

11.  Every item and object in your house is cleaned… down to the last pencil… by the disaster workers or YOU.   Every item that  needs to be replaced is put on an inventory list ….even down to a stick of  butter and a chicken drumstick in the fridge.  The inventory is taken by disaster workers or YOU.

Every item that needs to be replaced  has to be priced at full replacement value.  Guess who does it!  Yep!  YOU!  That is unless you have great neighbors and friends who are willing to stand in Walmart for hours and check prices.   I had over 50 pages of items and great friends and neighbors were there to help.

I had just updated my home owners insurance policy… just 6 months before the fire… to include “Full Replacement.”  It means, destroyed items are replace at full value and not discounted because of age.  I also had provisions that allowed for the disaster company to do all cleaning and inventory.   However, disaster companies DO NOT do the inventory pricing.  There is no choice… you are responsible for it.

12.  Remarkably, I held my tongue when they said they were not going to replace certain carpets.  As the process moved along… it was necessary to replace all carpets.  In other words… “Be Nice.”

13.   I had wall paper in my family room  and I chose to have it painted rather than replacing the vinyl.  Some  fire insurance companies won’t  let you pay for exchanges or up grades… mine did.   They just off set the allowance and I paid the difference for the upgrades… like the lighting in my kitchen.

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I love my new kitchen… but a fire is NOT the way to remodel.

My insurance was Met Life… and I was dropped from their plan.  I found a new fire insurance company who raised my rate only $50.00 per year … for which I was grateful.

So… the moral of the story is…. Don’t leave bacon cooking while you chat with the neighbors.   Be fire aware.

I’ve included a video that  you MUST watch.  It’s very short… but it shows what can happen if you put water on a kitchen grease fire.  I was soooo lucky!

Till Later.

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana.

P.S.  Utah Disaster Keen-Up said that unattended B.Q’s are the number one cause of fires in the summer time.

P. P. S.  Make sure you have a good fire insurance company… it makes all the difference in the world. Check with your agent to make sure you’re adequately  covered and have “Full Replacement” in your policy.

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P.P.P.S.  Now if I could only do as well with a before and after of me… I would be thrilled.

Imitation Crab Salad Recipe Made With Cottage Cheese

June 3, 2009

This imitation crab salad recipe made with cottage cheese was introduce to me by my friend and co-designer, Kristen Cook.  In the summer, she brought this incredible crab salad to work.  She would actually double this recipe… which is already a large one… and feed the gang.  I don’t think she ever went home with left overs.   The cottage cheese extends the salad and it’s a flavorful addition to the crab.  Besides tasting delicious… it’s good for you… and kids seem to like it equally as well as adults.

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The ingredients are pretty simple… and you can have this salad but together in about 15 to 20 minutes.

crabsalad16All you need is:    2 large (24 oz.) cartons of Cottage Cheese.   1 small (16 oz.) carton of Sour Cream.   2 lbs. of Imitation Crab Meat.   3 TB of Lemon or Lime juice.   3 TB Parsley.  2 bunches of sliced Green Onions including the tops.  (That may seem like a lot… trust me… it’s not.)   1 tsp. of salt (or to taste.)  1 tsp. black pepper (or to taste).   Note: The original recipe did not call for celery… but I added 4 med. stalks for a little crunchy texture.

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Place the Cottage Cheese and Sour Cream into a large bowl.  Fold the ingredients together.

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Add two bunches of sliced onions… including the tops. Don’t be afraid of all those onions.  I thought this was a little too much onion but it’s not.

crabsalad11Add 3 TB of Parsley.  I used dried parsley… but if your growing your own herbs… give your fresh parsley a try…. just chop it up well.

crabsalad8Add 1 tsp. of Black Pepper and 1 tsp. of Salt.   You may want to add more salt and pepper after you get the crab salad put together.  Adjust it to your taste.

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You get more juice from your lemons or limes by putting them in the microwave for about 15 seconds or so… just until they’re warm… then rolling them on the counter top with the ball of your hand until they are soft.

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Squeeze 3 TB of Lemon or Lime juice into your salad.

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Fold all of your ingredients together before you add the Imitation Crab.

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Add the Imitation Crab Meat and Celery… then fold all of the ingredients together again.  Remember… I added the celery as a little extra crunch… but it wasn’t in the original recipe.

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Serve your Cottage Cheese Crab Salad on a bed of fresh greens with crackers on the side and watch a smile appear on your family’s faces.

Enjoy!

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P.S. The Imitation Crab Salad made with cottage cheese will last in your fridge for about 5 days.  Sure is good for a mid-night snack.

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