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Oct 202015

Potato And Green Bean Chowder

I ate the whole thing!!!

  I ate the whole thing!

Just a very simple recipe today to share with you with the cooler and in some cases, colder weather moving in to most of us. We here in Florida, have had a beautiful week of mornings near 50 degrees and days in the 70’s! Thursday night, we were lucky enough to have some of our kids over to share a bonfire with us and granddaughter even brought all the ingredients to make Smores!

You do remember Smore's...Don't you?

You do remember Smores…Don’t you?

It was the first time we got to see daughter since her visit to Washington D.C. and along with a beautiful shot glass with a picture of the original Constitution of the United States printed on it to go along with our large collection of bar glasses, she also brought home a cookbook by the Army Air Operations Group called the Responders’ Recipes. Of course I had to sit right down and read it to see what I might be able to conjure up in my kitchen. Without much desire to try things lately with Kenny and his oral surgery, I did find a couple of recipes by a lady named Terri Casey McGrath that I wanted to combine as I knew husband would be able to eat without too much of a problem and with the cooler temps we’ve been experiencing it was a perfect idea other than the fact I could’ve made more! About another week of sipping on soups and eating lots and lots of egg dishes, things might get back to normal and if not, Husband will just have to suffer and watch me eat fried chicken and all the other good stuff I have fasted from being the nice wife that I am, ha ha! On with the chowder………

Potato And Green Bean Chowder
  • ½ lb fresh green beans, French cut
  • 3 large baking potatoes
  • 1 cup of chopped onion
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked crisp reserving some fat for cooking green beans
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup grated cheese of you choice, I used cheddar
  • Sea salt and white pepper to taste
  1. Steam green beans and onions with a little of the bacon drippings drizzled over them until crisp tender and set aside.
  2. Add enough water to the bean water to boil potatoes and cook them until you can just run a knife through; drain and grate on a large grater.
  3. Melt butter in a large saucepan, whisk in the flour and gradually stir in the milk.
  4. Add the cooked beans with onions and grated potatoes.
  5. Beat egg yolk and beat in a little of the thickened sauce and then stir into mixture of veggies.
  6. Add cheese and stir to melt.
  7. Add bacon or sprinkle bacon on top of your soup in a bowl as I did because Kenny has a little trouble with the bacon at this point in time!

Chopped ham also goes well with this chowder!

Hope you enjoy and I’m off to the kitchen to put dinner together with a recipe given to me by my daughter’s friend Jackie! Hope you’ve all been well and hope to see ya soon with her recipe……….

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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!


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