Sunday, March 30, 2014

My Kitchen My World - Let's visit Belize!

This month in our group that virtually travels to a different country each month, it was my choice.  I chose Belize because my wonderful son and beautiful daughter-in-law went there on their honeymoon and loved the country.  I wanted a "taste" of what it might be like to visit there.  As I googled to search for native Belizian recipes, red beans and rice and bread pudding kept popping up so I thought. . . why not?

I like to start my blog with a joke that is relative to the country we are visiting.  I hope you like this one!  No offense intended.. . just good fun!

Two Belizians were riding their bikes across a university campus when one said "where did you get such a great bike?"
The second Belizian said, "I was walking across town yesterday minding my own business when a beautiful woman rode up on a bike, threw it to the ground, took off her clothes and said "take what you want."
The first Belizian nodded in approval and said, "good choice.  The clothes probably wouldn't have fit you anyway."   

I added a "cocktail" to our dinner (which we rarely do as we are not big drinkers, but do enjoy a glass of wine occasionally). Surprisingly, it was very good.  Even my DH enjoyed it!  If you haven't discovered coconut water I highly recommend it.  I have a glass every day.  I have tried most all brands, and my favorite is this one called O.N.E.  Delicious and hydrating.

 We love red beans and rice made the cajun way, so I thought this might be something we would really enjoy as well.  I was right.  It was delicious and flavorful.  The coconut milk in the rice made it extra creamy.  We try to have at least one meal each week that is meatless, and this was a wonderful way to do just that.

 And then we had to have dessert so my Belizian choice for that was bread pudding.  It was not the same as my normal bread pudding.  A bit crunchier.  But it was rich and delicious.  The coconut milk added a lot of flavor.  I substituted Craisens for the raisens.  And added whipped cream. . . at our house everything is better with whipped cream on top!!
All in all, we were very glad we visited this countries' recipes this month.  Check out what the others made at

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Ina Garten's Outrageous Brownies!!

Hello and happy Friday!

This week in our Ina Garten Group we did desserts.  I'm going to a "A Day at the Races" party tonight and I thought what a great time it would be to just make some brownies to take and share.  Plus, if I don't share them, I will eat them all and that much chocolate and butter and sugar cannot be good for anyone!  These beautiful brownies have a pound of butter in them and almost two pounds of chocolate!  I actually halved the recipe and put them in an 8x8 pan so I had to cook them longer than the recipe called for.  Really, what dessert could be better than just some good ole brownies!!  These brownies are rich. . . I'm sure I could not eat a square as large as Ina says to cut them.  I ended up cutting each brownie into four pieces.

After a pretty bad winter for us here in the south, our weather looks great for this weekend and I am planning to enjoy every minute of it I can.   My entire mood lifts when the sun is out.  I get a little gloomy in the cold winter months.

Hope everyone out there is having a great weekend.  Enjoy, laugh, love, and play!!

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Here are a few of my blogger friends that also have First Friday recipes.
  April 4:  Appetizer/Drinks    May 2:  SSS   June 6:  Main Course   July 4:  Dessert/Other August 1: Appetizer/Drinks   Sept 5: SSS  Oct 3:  Main Course Nov 7: Dessert/Other  Dec 5:  Appetizer/Drinks 
SSS= Soup, Salad, or Side
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Sunday, March 2, 2014

MKMW - Virtual Visit to The Czech Republic! Potato Pie

Not a good photo here.  Our group this month decided on Czech Republic recipes.  I googled and there were a lot to choose from.  I decided on this "potato pie" because we love potatoes.  I served it with a crockpot Boston Butt smothered in sauerkraut and some whole green beans.

If you do not know where the Czech Republic is located, it is in Europe surrounded by Poland, Slovakia and Germany.  The capital and largest city is Prague.

I enjoy our monthly group because it is diverse.  We all enjoy choosing the different countries and trying recipes from them.  I have made some good recipes and some bad ones.  But every recipe teaches me something about a country that I might have known nothing about.

As for the potato pie, it was a very easy and economical dish, but rather bland.


3 eggs
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
3/4 cup milk
3-4 large potatoes, peeled and grated
3 T. flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
3 T. bacon fat

Beat the eggs, salt, and pepper well.  Add the milk.  Add the grated potatoes the stir in flour and baking powder.  Heat bacon fat in a large skillet (iron is best) and pour in potato mixture.  Dot with butter.  Bake uncovered in a preheated 400F degree over for one hour or until golden brown.
Delicious served with sauerkraut and pork.

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