Glazed Carrots

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Put carrots, brown sugar, and butter in a pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally so they don’t burn.
  2. Once the liquid reduces and becomes like a glaze, season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve once they are tender.
  3. 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

Peanut Butter Sandwich…..Really

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

Britney Spears

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.

or

Kiss my ass

eat shit

and step on Legos.

Big Kiss, Lynn

Oven Baked Salmon

I have a new recipe for baked salmon that I found in the Delish cookbook. Both G and I are now total fans! I’ve been trying to do a lot of homework.

I know this is not the best picture, but this is the versatility of the recipe. it’s not like white fish. Salmon does not go in a multitude of recipes. It makes a great meal and it’s super easy to bring it all together. I’m a big salmon freak and I would use the leftovers in a variety of dishes including salmon spread, salmon pie, salmon patties. You get my drift. Give it a try and check out the Delish cookbook.

INGREDIENTS

2  lemons, thinly sliced

1  large salmon fillet (about 3 lb.)

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp. dried oregano

Chopped fresh parsley

6 tbsp.  butter, melted

2 tbsp.  honey

3  cloves garlic, minced

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350°. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and grease with cooking spray. To the center of the foil, lay lemon slices in an even layer.

Season both sides of the salmon with salt and pepper and place on top of lemon slices. In a small bowl, whisk together butter, honey, garlic, and oregano. Pour over salmon then fold up foil around the salmon. Bake until the salmon is cooked through, about 25 minutes. Switch the oven to broil, and broil for 2 minutes, or until the butter mixture has thickened. (I did not do this)

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G is the dishwasher here and he loved how easily it cleaned up

and remember: Aging seems to be the only way available to live a long time.

Big kiss, Lynn

Thomas Street Tacos

Every night could be taco night if you lived here. We love tacos, whether it’s shrimp, beef or chicken. We’ve been seeing the 4 inch street tacos quite frequently and we like those a lot. I don’t eat quite as much with a smaller taco. Plus, I’m not losing the fillings all over.

The street tacos are simpler. If you buy them from a vendor, there is typically very few ingredients: a shell, a protein, a veggie of some sort. The picture shows my favorite variation. I’ll have salsa on the side. G is learning to like a few onions on his, green being his flavor of choice.

I also prefer wheat over corn tortillas. What can I say, back to white food.

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We don’t put a lot of avocados on our tacos. I appear to be the only one who loves them. I’m especially fond of a good guacamole.

We don’t put a lot of stuff on our tacos; be creative and add all sorts of different stuff.

You might prefer corn over flour tortillas. It does come down to personal taste.

You probably noticed I didn’t include a recipe. How can I when there are so many choices.

and remember: Over a round of coffee, one makes and remakes the world. Big kiss, Lynn

Olympics

I love the Olympics and the summer Olympics are my very favorite. I worry about all the athletes who have trained for years and my not be able share their talents.

Damn you pandemic.

The opening ceremony is Friday and I will be sitting on the edge of my seat. I hope you are able to enjoy them as much as I do.

Big kiss, Lynn

Norwegian Rarebit

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My Grandma used to make Welsh Rarebit all the time. Of course, that’s not what she called it. I made it for a friend one day and he said, “I didn’t know you were Welsh”. Feeling perplexed, I asked why he thought so. He said that’s what his family made and they were Welsh.

Who knew. Grandma would make a big pan of toasted bread and serve it as hungry people came in. The toast would be ready in the oven and it became an easy meal or hearty snack. She was pretty smart for someone who stood all of 4 foot 10 inches tall.

4 cups sliced American cheese (1 pound) melted

Gradually stir in: 3/4 cup cream

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 teaspoon salt

dash of pepper

Serve over croutons or toast. I always had it over toast with celery leaf salad.

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If I’m only making this for G and I, croutons are the way to go then you don’t have to cut it.

and remember: I always mean what I say. I may not mean to say it out loud, but I always mean it. Big kiss, Lynn