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Jan 292016
 

Normanally Sweethot Dill Pickles

Norman...ally...Get it?

Norman…ally…Get it? Kenny thought they would be pretty good on Taco Burgers!

I made these pickles this week for our grand daughters significant other whose birthday was Wednesday and whose last name is Norman, hence the name I gave it. I figured we wouldn’t see him for his big day as they live about an hour and a half away and everything depends on his work schedule and ours did not fit for us to go in that direction.

This was actually perfect as I wanted them to marinate in the frig for at least a few days so they could soak up all the flavor of the sugar, hot sauce, red pepper and garlic. Did I mention, he loves, Loves, LOVES hot food and there’s nothing better than something made in the kitchen especially for him. The only problem here is that we love them too and if they don’t get here soon, or visa versa, I might have to make another batch as his birthday gift might disappear to the pickle monster lurking in our frig!!!!

Normanally Sweethot Dill Pickles
 
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Ingredients
  • Per 32 ounce jar of dill pickles:
  • 1 jar 32 ounce whole dill pickles (I used the baby dills)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 or 2 tbs of your favorite hot sauce
  • ½ to ¾ teas dried crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic peeled
Instructions
  1. Drain pickles and cut into ½ inch chunks.
  2. Combine the pickles, sugar, hot sauce, pepper flakes and garlic in a bowl; stir.
  3. Cover and let sit for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Spoon pickles back into jar, cover tightly, place in frig upside down for at least 24 hours before indulging, if you can wait that long.......

Hope you enjoy! It’s Friday and we’re out of here for the evening to go enjoy a nice warm fire as it is going to be in the 30’s again tonight, love it! Have a great weekend if you don’t get back til next week!! Hopefully I’ll be back to end the week up with something for your sweet tooth tomorrow, but if not, next week for sure………….

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Jan 262016
 

Black Eyed Pea Soup With Ham And Spinach

Kenny STILL had to have a dash of vinegar...

Kenny STILL had to have a dash of vinegar…

With the cold that came all the way down to Florida this past weekend, it was the perfect time for me to get busy in the kitchen making a dish that would warm our tummies and sooth our souls. I know a lot of you up north had it down right freezing compared to us but when we don’t get out of the 40’s during the day time, no sun and have old man winter blowing those cold temps out of the north, it’s down right freezing to us here in the south! I even got to see a few SNOW flakes fluttering in the air on Saturday morn, WOW, I was a happy, happy camper!

I had a few plans for Saturday that went by the wayside as all we wanted to do was get the fireplace cranked up and enjoy what I hypothetically called a “SNOW DAY” for us retired fogies, just relaxing, snuggled up on the couch and watching movies.

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I had seen a recipe similar to this by Chef Curtis who represents our Winn Dixie grocery stores and with a few alternate ingredients, it served us up something tasty and was a perfect compliment for the cold weather along with some homemade cornbread!

 
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Ingredients
  • 8 oz bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teas crushed red pepper
  • ⅓ cup vinegar
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 16 oz bag dried black eyed peas, rinsed
  • 10 cups water, more if needed
  • 1 lb fresh baby spinach
  • 2 cups cooked ham, cubed
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon over medium heat in a Dutch oven until crispy, drain on paper towels reserving fat in pan.
  2. Add onions and garlic to pan and saute until transparent in color; add the red pepper, vinegar, brown sugar and the 10 cups of water.
  3. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in black eyed peas, cover and simmer for another hour or until peas start to soften adding more water if necessary.
  5. In batches, add spinach, letting each batch wilt before adding next batch.
  6. Recover and let simmer another 45 minutes or until peas are of desired consistency.
  7. Stir in ham and heat just until ham is heated through.
  8. Ladle into soup bowls and top with crumbled bacon pieces and more chopped onion if desired.
  9. Have some extra vinegar close by as husband added more to his!

 

Well, I actually have a couple of more recipes to share with you before the week is over! It’s been refreshing to have all the Christmas decor put up for another year and the house back to our normal craziness with one exception, Kenny decided to repaint our living room and we are so happy with the outcome and I am soooo happy to have time back in my kitchen to experiment again with some great tasting recipes and of course some bloopers too…….. Hope you enjoy and see ya in a day or two with some special pickles that anyone can do! Oh and a special Happy Birthday to our granddaughter’s boyfriend Eric who hits the big 30 tomorrow, Happy Birthday Eric!!!!

 

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