When I was younger, one of the most popular cartoons on TV was Popeye. My little brother wanted to be Popeye when he grew up. He was constantly begging our mom to buy him canned spinach even though she knew he wouldn’t eat it.
Finally, the big day came. Mom bought spinach. She went to heat it up, but P said no, Popeye ate it straight out of the can. In the hopes of teaching someone (my brother) a valuable lesson, she opened the can and P took a huge bite. It did not go down well. He immediately threw up all over the kitchen.
So, what have we learned here? Listen to your mama and don’t eat spinach straight out of the can. Eat it like it is served at the fancy steakhouses. Pretend you are part of the Rat Pack.
This may be an acquired taste.
1 pound fresh spinach or 10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
Combine the garlic, thyme, rosemary, parsley, and Parmesan and set aside. Carefully crack 3 eggs into each of 2 small bowls or teacups (you won’t be baking them in these) without breaking the yolks. (It’s very important to have all the eggs ready to go before you start cooking.)
Place 2 individual gratin dishes on a baking sheet. Place 1 tablespoon of cream and 1/2 tablespoon of butter in each dish and place under the broiler for about 3 minutes, until hot and bubbly. Quickly, but carefully, pour 3 eggs into each gratin dish and sprinkle evenly with the herb mixture, then sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Place back under the broiler for 5 to 6 minutes, until the whites of the eggs are almost cooked. (Rotate the baking sheet once if they aren’t cooking evenly.) The eggs will continue to cook after you take them out of the oven. Allow to set for 60 seconds and serve hot with toasted bread
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The eggs keep cooking when you take them out of the oven. Next time I’ll cook them for about 3 minutes. I want to keep them runny. I also don’t like how dark the herbs became.
I bought these cute 6 1/2 inch Lodge cast iron fry pans from Amazon, They’ve come in quite handy.
and remember: It’s often better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission. Big kiss, Lynn
G and I took the grandson and sous chef extraordinaire to the American Legion for dinner the last night he was here. J loves their chicken fried steak. We all had glazed carrots on our plates. What surprised me was how much everyone loved the glazed carrots.
My Grandma used to make the kids glazed carrot coins long, long ago.
bag of baby carrots or any sliced up carrots
½ cup of butter
¼ cup of light or dark brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste
parsley for garnish
Put carrots, brown sugar, and butter in a pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally so they don’t burn.
Once the liquid reduces and becomes like a glaze, season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve once they are tender.
For garnish, you can sprinkle in some chopped parsley, thyme, rosemary, or other herbs (optional).
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Believe it or not, these carrots don’t take long to cook, but I still put a lid on them for a smidgy bit. J’s already planning on these for Thanksgiving.
and remember what Ken Keyes said: To be upset over what you don’t have is to waste what you do have. Big kiss, Lynn
A decade or so ago, we went to Las Vegas with our dear friends. I wasn’t a huge Elvis fan at the time, I was going to see Jimmy Buffet, but they wanted to go to the American Café first and try the peanut butter and banana sandwich. The only thing I liked less than Elvis was bananas. The waiter asked if I wanted bacon for my sandwich. I thought he was kidding, but no. At that point, I’m ready to hurle. I think I’m only one of 3 people in the U.S. who does not like bacon. So, it was time to make some choices. Be a good friend and enjoy the friend time or leave the table and find something better to do. Since I was the only bacon /banana snob, I bit the bullet and gave it a try.
Hmmm. How to describe it? It tasted like bananas and bacon. Everyone thought it was fun in a mildly kitschy way. Will I eat them again? Probably not, but I am glad we had the opportunity to bond over Elvis.
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it has been said by many that I make the best toasted cheese sandwiches. I can’t disagree with them. The how-to is on the 08/10/2018 date. That is the way I made these. Give them a try especially if you are an Elvis fan.
and remember: Run faster, eat better, sleep longer, try harder, aim higher, love more and day by day get happier. Big kiss, Lynn
I’m a little old to have grown up a Britney Spears fan, but lately I’ve read so much about her, I’ve wanted to give her a big hug. Her father is obviously a pig-dog, her family not much better. So in her honor, I want to include a Britany quote.
You go girl and keep the faith. Some of us are thinking strong thoughts for you.