Category Archives: MY COUNTRY COOKING DIARIES

SUPERFOODS HEALTH CORNER: KALE BASED SALAD

Blood Tests Don’t Lie I recently had my yearly blood test done and discovered my current diet is sending me backwards. My Hemoglobin a1c level showed I had moved into the pre-diabetic danger zone, my LDL cholesterol level was 31 points over the minimum acceptable level, and my Bilirubin Total was high. Since writing the last blog concerning my dietetic maneuvers entitled “THE OUT OF BOUNDS COUNTRY DIET: PART II”, I have failed to keep track of my progress on the bathroom scale and my diet has […]

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MARGHERITA PIZZA PIZZAZZ

Isabella’s Pizzeria Since both my wife and I are not pizza lovers, per se, we do not go to restaurants that specifically center their menus around the incredibly popular offering known as ‘Pizza’, but that scenario changed when we lived in Mandeville, Louisiana, a city located just north of New Orleans. A friend of my wife recommended a restaurant called Isabella’s Pizzeria, and so one Sunday after church we gave it a shot. We were not interested in the typical Pepperoni and Tomato Sauce with added Toppings […]

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THE UBIQUITOUS ROAST GETS KICKED UP A NOTCH

Image by RitaE from Pixabay The Humdrum Everyday Staple What could be more boring than a meal that consists of a rump roast, boiled potatoes, sliced carrots smothered with plain old gravy. I tend to think of this meal as an American staple served on countless tables throughout the good old USA, each and every day. With the cost of beef as high as it is today, that scenario may not be as prevalent as in days gone by, but my thinking is, it still serves as […]

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RECONSTRUCTION ERA CHICKEN STEW WITH A ROUX

  What You Got In The House? I decided on the very day that I wrote this blog that I wanted some comfort food. I had been subjecting my stomach to three straight days of either spaghetti and meatballs with tomato based sauce or a meatball sandwich with the same. That much acidic infiltration into my intestines made me feel somewhat uncomfortable, to say the least. I had been avoiding those types of meals for so long that I had the misguided impetus to give them a […]

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IGNACIO NACHOS TO GO

Birthdom I read in a narrative I gleaned from Wikipedia that Nachos originated in the city of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, just over the border from Eagle Pass, Texas. In 1943, the wives of U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan in Eagle Pass were in Piedras Negras on a shopping trip and arrived at the Victory Club restaurant after it had closed for the day. The Maître d’Hôtel,  Ignacio “El Nacho” Anaya, created a new snack for them with what little he had available in the kitchen: tortillas and cheese. Anaya cut the tortillas […]

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IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT BURGER: PART II

Rehash On January 21st, 2019 I published my personal dissertation on searching for the Perfect Burger (In Search Of The Perfect Burger: Part I). As of this date, I still haven’t found a place that serves one. At least not in this day and age. We have a restaurant here called Ed’s Restaurant that serves a burger called the Pub Burger that is the best one in town, but it still depends heavily on the condiments it is served with. The size of the patty is such […]

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CLASSIC BREAKFAST CROISSANT CREATION

Top Choice Breakfast Entrée I love croissants, but only the ones made with butter. A crispy large hot croissant with ham, eggs, and cheese is one of the top 5 breakfast meals that I love to have in the morning. But if they are not made just the way I like them, they become more like gut fillers than a delectable feast. For the longest time, I had been used to fast food restaurant or pre-made frozen store bought versions. Then one day I was on a […]

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MY FIRST ENGAGING NOVEL & THE CLIMACTIC SEQUEL PUBLISHED

Reviewing The Inspiration For My Story Line(s) In my previous LEARNING TO WRITE article Learning To Write:My First Novel Part II, I told of how I have always been fascinated by the Navy SEAL Team’s enigmatic aura. When we visited their dedicated Museum in Ft. Pierce, we got to see the Maersk Alabama cargo ship life boat that held the ship’s captain hostage while being driven away by Somali pirates. The movie that depicts the document drama, Captain Phillips, was quite revealing and did incorporate maneuvers by […]

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COMMENTARY DILEMMA: PART II_ TRYING TO CONNECT WITH MY FOLLOWERS

Who Are My Followers I have tried to get a profile of my followers and I can’t get a fix on what you like or really want to read about. All comments indicate that you are appreciative of what I have to say, but don’t offer any specifics. If I don’t know what issues you are facing, I can’t really help! When I first started my blog, I decided to write about all the experiences I encountered. From adventurous survival tactics, budgeting money techniques, buying and fixing […]

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THE COUNTRY JALAPEÑO OMELET

Updated March 20, 2021 Jalapeño Fire The first time I ate a jalapeño pepper was when I was about 16 years old. The friends I had dinner with warned me not to eat one raw, but I ignored their advice and did it just to prove I could handle the heat which, in turn, wound up handling me instead. I made the classical mistake of eating the whole thing raw, and my mouth paid the price of that erstwhile bit of foolishness. The next popular folly I […]

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