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Meyer Lemons Are In Season

I posted this back in 2013 on the same date. I had just been wondering when the Meyer Lemons were going to come out, now I now. So, off I go to the green grocery to pick up a couple of pounds for more Marmalade for my Mother.

My Kitchen In The Middle Of The Desert

My mother has been looking for Meyer Lemon Marmalade at every Farmer’s Market that we go to, but to no avail. I was in my favorite green grocers and they had the beginnings of this year’s crop, not a bad price either, $1.99 per pound. Being the fantastic daughter that I am, I made a batch for her, well all of us.

I did an Internet search for a sugar free recipe, but can you believe it? Not one! So, I had to piece together my own.

make sure to got out all of the seeds

I washed and de-seeded the fruit, saving the pips in a gauze spice bag for later use.

… halved, then quartered and lastly sliced the fruit as thinly as I could (I used by uber-sharp slicing knife)

… chucked the lemons along with that bag of seeds in to a non-reactive pot (I have a Le Creuset dutch oven) and just enough cool…

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CheeseSteaks for Lunch!

My husband professes to NOT being a foodie, yeah right!

So yesterday, it’s coming up on lunch time and DH asks, “What’s for lunch today?”  Not a clue.  So I see, no really, I see this light bulb go off over his head and he says, “Why don’t you make us CheeseSteaks with some of that steak that you’ve got in the chest freezer.  We still have Amoroso Rolls and cheese, right?” GENIUS IDEA!

Lunch

I sliced a New York Strip Steak while still partially frozen, real thin, along with some Sweet Onions; I heated a skillet on pretty high heat with some Olive Oil, fried the Onions first, set those aside and then the meat, REAL quick like, just til the meat was no longer pink.  Next, I layered the rolls with meat and then onions and topped it off with the cheese.  Under the broiler it all went.  MMM!  Add some Potato Chips and a Ginger Ale and you’re golden baby!

I think we’ll just have a salad for dinner. 😀

Vera Cruz-Style Fish Our Way

EAT MORE FISH!!!

My Kitchen In The Middle Of The Desert

In Hawaii, we ate a lot of fresh fish, in all kinds of ways, even raw!

Over here, in the middle of the desert, we’re a little leery of the fresh fish. When I found our nearest supermarket after moving, I had to turn around and walk right out. The smell was over whelming.

It’s a good thing that I can find frozen fillets just about anywhere, I feel safe using that. One problem though, it can be a touch watery and/or have mushy flesh. Not appealing when done on the grill, or for making Poke (a type of raw fish salad).

I was poking around the Internet and I kept reading about Snapper Vera Cruz. I’d never heard of it, but it sounded good. It has all the stuff in it that we like, especially OLIVES. Both my husband and I just can’t seem to get enough of them…

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Turkey Day Is Coming, Are You Ready?

I wanted to reblog this post, mainly because I tried another “convenience” food item, Jennie-O Oven Ready™ Boneless/Skinless Turkey Breast. Not for us, sorry Jennie. I’ll stick to my tried and true method for our turkey choice, which we eat often.

My Kitchen In The Middle Of The Desert

In my X number of years in the kitchen, believe it or not, I have never brined anything. Well, let me say that I did once, unfortunately I brined a turkey that already had 8% salt solution enhancement, ACK!  It was a Thanksgiving of side dishes only that year, so I never tried it again, until now.

All of the turkeys or parts thereof, that I have prepared I’ve just chucked into the oven and said a pray, oh please kitchen gods, let my meal be good this once? Recently, I have been buying Jenny-O turkey breast tenderloins that are already flavored. It took me till now to look at more than the calorie count. MAN!

So back to the basics.

I searched the `Net, looking for a brine recipe that I,

a) had all/most of the ingredients for, and

b) sounded tasty

I settled on my own twist…

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Let’s Talk Brussel Sprouts

Recently, I was involved a discussion in a food forum about Brussel Sprouts. I had no idea how hated these tiny cabbage-like veggies are. I know that DH and I were not fans, until I discovered this technique. One member mentioned that they add sauteed Pancetta, YUM! We need to try that version, soon. Which brings to the point today of reblogging this post, ENJOY!

My Kitchen In The Middle Of The Desert

Yeah, I know, not a lot of folks care for vegetables. I might have mention earlier that I wasn’t fan as a kid, mainly because of the way that my mother cooked certain dishes. As I’ve learned over the years of cooking for myself and my husband, go ahead and revisit some things that you thought  you didn’t like.

The first time that my husband took me to visit with his family, my future sister-in-law made a lovely meal for all of us, a table groaning with food. There was a very large bowl of some sort of green leafy vegetable that both DH and I looked at questioningly.  “What’s that?” he whispered to me, “just try a little bit of everything to be polite”, I answered.

WOW! That was super, what is it? Brussel Sprouts, really?

Here’s what she taught me.

The Family’s Brussel Sprouts

I suppose it’s…

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Hawaiian Guava Chicken and Fried Rice

I was so ONO for this, I’m going to make this for dinner tonight!!
ENJOY

My Kitchen In The Middle Of The Desert

Wow, I had to think about this one.  I did not know that there was such a thing as Hawaiian Fried Rice and  I have yet to find Guava Chicken elsewhere but Hawaii.

I don’t have a recipe, really, I just MAKE IT.

Guava chicken is something I learned from my SIL (DH’s sister). Every time that we all went to the beach for the day, she would bring Guava Chicken and Fried Rice. My BIL would grill the meat on his little hibachi and there’d be other goodies to nibble on after body surfing for the afternoon (I shouldn’t go there, it makes me homesick). To me, that’s beach food.

So years later, here we are in the middle of the desert and I NEED to have little pieces of home every so often. We’ve got plenty of sand here…

Guava Chicken

Hawaiian Guava Chicken

1 12oz. can Guava Nectar Concentrate

(if…

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It’s Aloha Friday, No Work Til Tuesday!

Fountain at Kapiolani Park in Honolulu Hawaii

Fountain at Kapiolani Park in Honolulu Hawaii

Enjoy your long weekend

ALOHA!