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by on August 18th, 2018

Italian Sausage Breakfast Frittata

Come and get it, breakfast served!

Ever buy Italian sausage? I love the hot version and the sweet version and when you put them together you get a fantastic combination. Sometimes a sweet bite followed by a little heat.

I first use this combination of sausage in my Spinach Fettuccini with Sweet and Hot Italian Sausage and was one of the dishes I use to make when I catered. I made it several times before I made it for my family. I made it for one party and someone at that party wanted me to make the exact same meal for a party she was giving. By the time I had made it three times I decided I needed to try this dish (I had really never eaten it, only tasted different parts of the dish); it was wonderful and the flavors of the hot/sweet have stayed one of my favorites.

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by on August 12th, 2018

Jalapeño Gravy with Chicken Fried Pork Tenderloin

Jalalpeno Gravy, love at first bite.

On the way to Big Bend National Park back in the Spring we stopped at the Holland Hotel in Alpine, Tx one night and I had chicken fried wild boar with a jalapeño gravy. After arriving in Big Bend we had chicken fried something again. More chicken fried anything than I had eaten in a year. The jalapeño gravy was the best part of the dish and was worth every bite because I knew I’d be making it once we returned home.

So when I called this post Jalapeño Gravy WITH Chicken Fried Pork Tenderloin that is because I love the gravy and you can literally put it on anything chicken fried. I made this when the kids were visiting one weekend and I served it for brunch; but it could easily be a dinner entree with or without the biscuit supporting the pork tenderloin which is pounded out flat, egged, floured and fried and smothered with this wonderful gravy.

The Century restaurant at the hotel had a beautiful little courtyard where we dined. And as usual, I quizzed the waiter about the jalapeño gravy. It didn’t take me long to figure out that the gravy was milk gravy with some jalapeños and a little chili powder to turn it a pinkish color. Anyone who is a fan of milk gravy and know how to make it could figure the recipe out in a minute.

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by on August 6th, 2018

Redfish with Crab Maque Choux

Love at first bite! Sadness at last!

What I remember about this dish the first time I tasted it; well it was love at first bite. My son, Paul, made it one weekend when they were visiting The Woodlands. Anything he cooks is always delicious. But this particular dish brought sadness too.

The sadness from eating this dish came when there was one bite left on my plate and I knew that was going to be the last. I don’t think I’ve ever felt that way about anything I’ve eaten before but the redfish along with the corn maque choux and topped with lump crab meat was just so good and it’s always such a memorable experience watching/helping/being a sous chef to him.

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by on July 30th, 2018

Chicken Fried Rice with Vegetables

An easy dish to make with your leftovers.

Recently when our son Paul and his family were visiting we went to our favorite sushi restaurant and had dinner at the hibachi tables. Milo and Donovan (2 of our 6 grandsons) had never had rice thrown at their faces, watched a volcano of onion rings shoot flames out the top or see the chef twirl knives around.

It was a fun night and had me wanting to put fried rice on my menu for the week.

I guess my introduction into Chinese food would be eating chicken chow mein at my husbands house way back in our high school days. My mother never made anything Asian I can think of while we were growing up but she did love my mother-in-law’s chow mein. My sister and I both use to make a fried rice with crumbled bacon in it and it was/is quite good. This version has some vegetables and chicken and a few mushrooms thrown into the mix.

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by on July 24th, 2018

Lemon Coconut Cake

Lemon and coconut, two of my favorite flavors.

It’s been a while since I baked something to take to my craft circle. I got busy doing other things (like walking) and baking took a back seat.

So, what’s up with the walking? I’ve never been a walker. I don’t like walking around the block — too many critters that may jump out at me, I may trip on a rock and break my foot (again) or some kid may speed around the corner on his bike and knock me on my butt and that would be embarrassing. I use to say I’d rather ride my bike ten miles than walk one mile.

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