Sunday, June 20, 2010

I've missed everyone...

Hi everyone, I haven't forsaken my blog I have been having a very difficult time with a very painful chronic condition and it has put a hold on my life for awhile. I hope that one day soon they will be able to get a hold on the drugs and stop the ones that don't play nice with my brain. I have what is called TN or trigeminal neuralgia. It's a monster of a rare condition causing difficult flashes of severe pain from deep in your brain and into your face. It is occasionally controlled by medications and or brain surgery. I am working on the drugs now and trying to skip the surgery. It is an interesting condition and if curious you can google it. I will return, so until then have a wonderful summer everyone.

Monday, March 1, 2010

I'm back and wishing for spring...

I'm back and it felt great to sign into my blog again!  Moving has been all consumming and when I added in a major asthma attack and back to back nightmare snow storms I thought I would never see my computer monitor again before spring.  It is great to be here and I look forward to reading your blogs and catching up on everyone's posts. 

Since it is a very sunny day, 42 degrees and March 1st, I am feeling Spring on the horizon, well 20 days or so, here is a pretty collection of spring flowers I found on the web to make me smile.  Sure hope it makes you feel as happy as it did me when I found the little spring mosiac.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Football Parties and Food... Onions, Peppers and Italian Sausage

This weekend is football playoff games and my family and friends will be tied to the television to watch the Baltimore Ravens kick butt on the Indianapolis Colts.  This is a major game for the Ravens because the Colts were at one time the beloved Baltimore Colts that were stolen away in the middle of the night by a new owner and another city.  After the heartbreak wore off the state of Maryland got the Baltimore Ravens and now this fight for a chance at the Super Bowl is between the old and the new. Me I am cheering on the newer team, the Baltimore Ravens.

With football this important we break out the big guns when it comes to food and one of our top favorites is the king of street food, Onions, Peppers and Italian Sausage Sandwiches.  Makes my mouth water to think of these great flavors and I think you'll love them too.  They are really easy to make and not very expensive.

Italitan Sausage, Peppers and Onion Sandwiches
2 to 4 pounds of Sweet or Hot Italian Sausage (your choice on how hot you like it)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Big Onions either yellow or sweet
3 Peppers, 1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow or whatever combo you want

2 or 3 cloves of garlic
1 cup beer or wine
Italian Seasonings -dried
6 to 8 Crusty Italian Rolls

In a large heavy skillet put in the sausage you have cut into 4 to 6 in lengths.  Cover the sausage with water and cook over medium heat for as long as it takes for the fat from the sausage to rise to the top of the water. Twenty minutes is plenty.
Remove the sausage and throw away all the greasy water.
Cut the sausage into one to two inch pieces.  Remove the seeds from the peppers and cut into narrow slices along with slicing the onions to the same size.
Chop the garlic into small pieces.
Add the oil to the heavy pan and heat it up.  Add the onions, peppers and garlic to the pan and cook till starting to get brown and soft. Add the sausage pieces to the vegetables. Sprinkle with a tablespoon of Italian seasoning. Brown your sausages while the pepper and onions are getting softer. Add the beer or wine to deglaze the pan and stir well. Reduce the wine or beer for a few minutes.  Taste, you may want to add some salt and pepper to taste.
Cut open and toast the rolls and load the all up with the mixture.  This is so good I can't wait till tomorrow to fix it. Yummy.  With a cold beer or soda they are perfect for any sports event.

Hope you try them.  You can use chicken sausage if the pork is not your thing.  Let me know what you think and who you are cheering on this weekend.  Me, it Go Ravens!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My Grandmother's afternoon treat...

I've been thinking lately about my very sweet Grandmother Clotile who left us many years ago after a difficult illness.  While she was with us she would always make up this special treat when the grandkids were visiting.  My grandparents lived in the deep south and were quite poor but Grandma Clotile always kept her little stash of goods in the pantry that she could pull an ingredient out and bring a smile to any kid.  My favorite treat was her chocolalte gravy poured all over her fluffly buttermilk biscuits.
This is something easy to do and hasn't many ingredients.  I even saw Paula Deen whipping it up one day.  That made me laugh because I thought only my grandmother knew how to make this chocolate treat.
Here's the recipe, I hope you try it on your kids one day, big or little, because I'm sure they will be thinking about how cool their Grandma is as well.

Grandma Clotile's Chocolate Gravy

Chocolate Gravy:
1/3 stick butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa
2 cups whole milk
Heat butter in a cast iron skillet over low heat. Mix in sugar, flour and cocoa. Slowly pour 1 cup of milk into the skillet and whisk well to remove lumps. Whisk in remaining milk, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick, being careful not to scorch. Serve hot over biscuits.

How about you, did your Mom or Grandmother have special little afternoon treats like this one?  I'd would love to hear about them.