Category Archives: MY COUNTRY COOKING DIARIES

Reconstruction Era Chicken Stew

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 subjected 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, I had the misguided impetus to give them a shot one more […]

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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 for the day 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 […]

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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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Corona Croissant Creations

Top Choice Breakfast Entree I love croissants. But only the ones made with butter. A crispy large hot croissant with ham, eggs, and cheese is one of my top 5 breakfasts 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 construction […]

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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 in my life . From life adventures, budgeting money, buying and fixing […]

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The Country Jalapeño Omelet

Updated September 24, 2019 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. I couldn’t. I made the classical mistake of eating the whole thing raw, and then my mouth paid the price of that ardent foolishness. The next popular folly was to run my mouth under the kitchen […]

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New Orleans Nostalgia: My Favorite Restaurants

Food and Spice Have you ever wondered why the meals served in most restaurants are so bland? The main reason is the lack of proper spices. The food is cooked with salt and pepper, and onions if you are lucky, with fat thrown in for flavor. Add gobs of tomato sauce or gravy and there you have it. I suppose the reason you see hot sauce bottles on restaurant tables is to cater to those epicureans who either want some kick to their meal, or the spice […]

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The Iconic Southern Breakfast

Gritty Tales One of my all-time favorite movies is “My Cousin Vinnie“. I love the scene where Joe Pesci goes into a small Alabama diner with Marisa Tomei and asks the chef what a “grit” is. He describes “grits” to Pesci and the staid New Yorker receives his first lesson on the main ingredient in a classic Southern staple. Our son Eric lives in upstate New York and he loves grits as much as I do. Since the food item is not known in his neck of […]

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The Out Of Bounds Country Diet: Part II

The Results From My Last Blog I wrote a blog earlier this year called the Out Of Bounds Country Diet whereby I extolled the virtues of my then current diet. I bragged about the nutritional foods I ate and how I lost 35 pounds. I also pointed out that my updated a1c blood test showed a significant improvement in my sugar levels. Well, I am sorry to report that I backed off of my vigilance and ballooned right back up to a current weight of 283 lbs. […]

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