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Sep 122014

Bacon Wrapped Dinner

Oh, I know what some of you might be thinking after reading this, is she NUTS! Well, yes I’m nuts over bacon and last night proved me totally guilty, glad I didn’t have a doctors appointment to check my cholesterol today! I was having a pork tenderloin so we could make some homemade Cubans this weekend, something we haven’t had in awhile now and have been craving; that started the whole she-bang.
When I cook off my pork tenderloin, I always wrap it in bacon and spread a little oyster sauce over the top. For some strange and eerie reason, that stupid pig just kept oinking in my ear, more bacon, more bacon! I was also having green beans and have posted a version of green beans wrapped in bacon. For last night, I did vary that recipe by just using the bacon and than sprinkled them with some brown sugar.

Bacon...I love Bacon!!!

Bacon…I love Bacon!!!

Sweet potato tater tots were also on the menu, another recipe I have done in the past but with regular potatoes wrapped in bacon. Again I wrapped them in bacon and sprinkled them with just a touch of brown sugar instead of the original version.
I guess in the back of deep dark mind, the bacon was telling me to enjoy me while you can because someday I might be too expensive for you to indulge your taste buds!! The only thing missing with bacon was the corn bread and Kenny wanted me to cook off some to top it off this Bacon Bonanza of a meal; I did draw the line to that suggestion though. I even heard a rumor that by this time next year, beef will be a thing of the past and what will be out there will be only for the rich and famous. Since we don’t fit into either of those categories, I guess I had better stock up while I can or get my own cow! Now like I said, it was a rumor, but it did come from a pretty good source.

Bacon lovers meal!! Right there!

Bacon lovers meal!!
Right there!

So with my bacon wrapped din-din, I leave the question to you, NUTS or not?  That’s all folks!


May 292014

Memorial Day Feast

What a week and what a BBQ we had! Wanted to get this in yesterday however, with a very bad storm yesterday afternoon that produced hail and a long power outage, I got delayed.
It was so nice having the kids down from Indiana and their son on leave from the Air Force base, and then granddaughter and her family to join in the festivities! The house is now back to quiet and I have not had to cook any food as we had a ton left overs.

Scott - Shawnee - Gunner

Scott – Shawnee – Gunner

Always been one to way over cook as I never want anyone to go home hungry, a lesson drilled in my head ever since I can remember. Of course, if all my buddies out there in cyber-world had shown up at Regina’s Kitchen like they said, I wouldn’t have had so much food left, where were you guys anyhow?  Kenny was glad when I told him that the chicken was finally used up but we are still munching on potato salad, corn and corn bread. All of the dishes I prepared, were old, tried and true recipes that I have been making with one exception, my granddaughter’s B’day cake.

She did get all the candles blown out..

She did get all the candles blown out..

I had found a recipe for a watermelon looking cake and thought I would try a little different approach to making it. I made a regular white cake from Swan’s cake flour, dyed half the batter red for the inside of the melon and left the other part white for the rind. To the red batter, I added some raisins to make the seeds and with some not to fond of raisins, I didn’t put enough in to make it realistic looking. I used tin foil to separate the rind from the center and when I pulled out the foil, the batter kinda blended in together in places causing it not to be perfect in any way. Then I made a simple cream cheese icing, dyed it green for the rind and slapped it together, and I mean slapped it as it wasn’t the prettiest cake I ever made, just too much going on in the kitchen. When she saw the cake, she asked me what it was and I told her it was a surprise for when she cut it open! It was one of those cakes that tasted much better than it looked, trust me!

Went great with homemade ice cream!

Went great with homemade ice cream!


The rest of our cookout included:
Deviled eggs, glazed chicken, BBQ ribs with a dry rub, cole slaw, fresh corn on the grill, potato salad, country corn bread, Kenny’s baked beans with cane syrup, Kielbasa sausage, and of course the cake with homemade ice cream! I think I covered it all……….

cookout and shawnee and hail 003

Kenny of course, covered cooking on the grill although, I did cook the meat off somewhat in the oven as the temps that day were extremely HOT outside hovering over 90 degrees and I figured that would at least cut down on the time on the grill! The girls and I handled what was left to do in the kitchen and then it was a race to the buffet to eat. Kenny said it seemed funny that it takes so long to prepare and then maybe a half an hour to eat. I’ve been trying to tell him that for years of cooking by myself………….the cooking and cleanup is always the worst!
But all in all, everyone enjoyed the hard work put into the meal and that’s all that counts! Hope you all had as great of a holiday as we did and maybe now we can get back to normal, well at least until the Fourth of July!

P.S. Anyone want a kitten as mama cat finally brought her litter out of the woods for us to see, they’re awfully cute but Kenny said we have more cats than we need…..yada, yada, yada!


Hiding under the porch.Missing the all white one.

Hiding under the porch.Missing the all white one.

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