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Hamburg and Rice

11 Feb


This is what I eat when my stomach is upset but I love it.

One cup of white rice

2 cups of water

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 tablespoon butter

1/2 pound of 90% lean hamburger

Boil the water

Add the salt, butter and rice

Cover and cook on low for about ten minutes or until the rice is done

Set aside.

Brown and crumble the hamburg

Salt to your taste

Add the rice and mix together.

This is a very old cure that I remember my Mom making for me.

I don’t know if it works but it is good.


Shortbread Squares

8 Feb


This is another shortbread recipe that I love because it is two bites and I don’t have to melt chocolate.

1 cup unsalted butter

2/3 cup sifted powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract

1/2 cup sifted corn starch

1 1/2 cups sifted flour

One cup chocolate chips or more

Beat the butter till fluffy

Add the sugar and beat till smooth

Add the flour, vanilla and corn starch

Beat until a nice dough forms

Roll out in between two pieces of plastic wrap about 1/4 inch thick

Try to roll it out to a square or rectangle

Place in the refrigerator until the dough is firm.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees

Line the cookie sheet with a silpac

Remove the dough from the refrigerator

Cut the dough into one inch by one inch squares

Place them on the pan

Decorate each with the chocolate chips.

I used four chips but made some with one chip and both looked great.

Bake until the cookies are light brown on the bottom about 15 to 18 minutes

Do not stack the cookies until the chips are hard again

Great pick up cookie.

If you have any leftovers, keep in a air tight jar or freezer

I tried the new vanilla chips, not the white chocolate, and they are good but they do discolor when they are baked.

The dark chocolate chips are my favorite



Fried Apples

5 Feb


Go in your fruit draw and take all your touched and spotted apples out.

Wash them

This is for about five apples

Slice and core them

I like the skin left on but feel free to peel the apples

Melt one tablespoon of butter

Add the apples

Stir fry for two minutes

Add one tablespoon of brown sugar

One teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Stir fry till the apples are almost soft.

You can add raisins if you like

Top off with whipped cream

You can also make this with pears

Cheeseburger Soup

4 Feb


I really wanted a cheeseburger but it was too cold to go outside and cook on the grill.

Therefore another soup was made indoors.

It is good but does need the condiments as garnish to make it better.

One pound of lean hamburger meat

One medium chopped onion

One tablespoon oil

2 stalks of diced celery including the leaves

3 diced carrots

4 cups beef broth

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Two bouillon cubes instead of  the salt

4 cubed potatoes

One  cup of half and half

2 cups cheddar cheese

6 slices American cheese

Mandatory garnish includes;

One to two tablespoons ketchup

Two diced dill pickles. I love the sweet and spicy flavor.

One to two tablespoons diced onion

One teaspoon  yellow or spicy mustard

Three diced grape tomatoes.

One slice of crumbled cooked bacon

Brown the hamburger and onion

Drain the fat

Take it out of the pan and set aside

Heat the oil and add the celery and carrots and cook till soft

Add the basil, pepper, potatoes, beef broth and bouillon cubes

Cook till the potatoes are soft

Add the beef and onion mixture

Cook on medium for five minutes

Add the half and half and continue to cook for another five minutes

Add the cheese on low heat

Keep the soup warm  till you are ready to serve

The soup should thicken up with the potatoes and milk

Spoon into a bowl and top with the garnish

If you take a little garnish in your spoon of soup it takes just like a cheeseburger.

I also added fresh parsley in the soup just to eat something green.

I was satisfied and didn’t have to freeze outside grilling.



Scrambled eggs with garlic, bacon, avocado and spinach

31 Jan


This is my new best breakfast, lunch and dinner.

One clove of thin sliced garlic

One tablespoon olive oil  or butter

3 large eggs

1/4 cup 1/2 and 1/2 milk

1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper

Two slices of cooked  crumbled bacon

One cubed avocado

One large handful of fresh baby spinach

One slice of Swiss cheese

One slice of Americana cheese

Heat the oil and add the garlic

Cook till it is soft

Mix the eggs with the milk, salt and pepper till it is pale yellow

Add the bacon to the pan with the garlic and oil

Cook till it is warm

Add the eggs and start stirring

I just slowly stir my eggs until they are cooked

Put the handful of spinach on top and stir just to combine everything

Transfer everything to a plate

Top with the avocado and cheese

Microwave for 30 to 40 seconds till the cheese is melted

This is excellent.

Adjust your salt and pepper to your liking

I did add just a little hot sauce.

It was so good I didn’t even need a bagel.


Eggs with Cheese Pie

17 Jan


I am lucky enough to have a wonderful neighbor, Maria.

She baked a homemade Greek cheese pie and gave me two big slices.

I ate one immediately and saved one.

I love to play with food and I made myself laugh this morning because

I think I am funny.

2 fried eggs

One piece of cheese pie

2 slices salami

2 scoops cooked mushrooms

First I ate the eyes (eggs)

Then the nose (cheese pie)

Then the  mouth (salami)

Then the mushrooms

This was a great breakfast.




Garlic Sauce

16 Jan


This is the brown sauce thats on your Chinese chicken.

When I was young there was a restaurant that put this over white rice and I loved it.

1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce

1 cup  beef broth

1/3 cup white or rice wine

3 tablespoons white sugar

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4  cup beef broth mixed with 2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons peanut oil

2 tablespoons minced garlic

1 tablespoon minced ginger

Mix the soy sauce, one cup beef broth, sugar , pepper and sesame oil together. Set aside.

Heat the peanut oil

Add the garlic and ginger and stir fry for one minute.

Add the soy mixture

Bring to a boil

Simmer and stir for about 3 minutes

Add the cornstarch mixture and bring back to a boil stirring so it doesn’t stick.

Simmer for a couple of minutes until the mixture thickens.

I put about 8 tablespoons over four, sliced and stir fried chicken tenders.

Steamed broccoli on the side.