Category Archives: MY COUNTRY COOKING DIARIES

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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Cilantro Chicken Vegetable Soup

Stomach Flu Inspiration One day I wasn’t very hungry and decided to take some leftover egg salad mix that I had made and added some extra eggs, mayo, mustard, and paprika. Then I ate it without bread. It was rich, but tasted really good. Later that night I started to get stomach cramps. I could taste the acid in my stomach welling up into my esophagus and thought I made a big mistake. Twelve hours later, I still had the same symptoms and now I was feeling […]

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The Commentary Dilemma: Part I

Who Are My Readers I have tried to get a profile of my readers 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! I decided to write about all the experiences in my life when I started my blog. From life adventures, budgeting money, buying and fixing up a […]

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Limey Grilled Chicken Soft Tacos

The Ubiquitous Taco Tacos in their simplest form are everywhere. The curved and molded hard shell stuffed with seasoned ground beef seems to be the standard starting point. Chopped tomatoes and lettuce seem to fill out the requirement, and there you have it. Bump it up with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream, and you have what I call a “Spanish Sandwich”. From Taco Bell to the standard Mexican Restaurant, that is what you get. Throw in some salsa or hot sauce and you add a little […]

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In Search Of The Perfect Burger: Part I

Memories Of Days Gone By I have recently been haunted by the memories of days when I tasted a hamburger that really had true flavor. I mean the flavor was in the meat, the sauce, the buns, and fresh toppings. I can’t find that anymore in restaurants, drive ins, or specialty hamburger outlets that I seek out. I remember once eating one at a Hamburger Hamlet restaurant in Beverly Hills, California many years ago. The flavor of the meat was incredibly flavorful and cooked just right. Seared […]

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