Palm Trees in southern Florida

Monday, October 31, 2016

Secret ingredients

We were talking about cooking the other day and a "secret ingredient" that pushes a food over the edge from good to 'real good!'There was a time I thought that was garlic, garlic is good but not that good. Besides garlic use is hard to keep secret....

Can't be "secret" if you put it in everything

Cream cheese was my partners secret, it can be used in more places than you might suspect. I stopped at the Horseshoe Cafe in Benson AZ while on my way to Tombstone & Bisbee Arizona ), I tried their "Horseshoe Signature Burger", cream cheese & jalapenos. Oh wow! Who would have thought! I'll stop again when I go by, the cream cheese on that was great.

My secret ingredient is bacon. Who doesn't like bacon? Just the smell of it can get the taste buds going. Bacon is everywhere these days.

Voodoo's bacon maple bar

At Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland Oregon t you can get a maple bar with a piece of bacon on top, there has to be something going on there because there is always a long line. I've been there three times and there has always been a long line.

The line at Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland Oregon

Chop some up, fry it & add it to spaghetti sauce or chili. Chop (or grind) some & add it to what ever ground meat you use for hamburgers.

I Know! Add some to cream cheese & use that to stuff a chicken breast!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Junk mail and other thoughts

I picked up my mail the other day, I do that every month or 6 weeks. I had three pieces of junk mail from Jimmy Swaggert, it had been some time since I got junk mail.

I have a friend who likes junk mail, she gets a lot of  mail every day.

A week's worth of catalogs
I don't usually get much mail, I've gone paperless as much as I can, banks & credit unions do it, most every one does it. I just went back to State Farm for my car insurance, they don't do it. Yet.

Fall is here, really here. The leaves are changing colors and falling everywhere... It looks good!

This was in southern Tennessee 

The fall vandweller southeast get together (SE GTG) & pig roast happened, we were there for 6 days. A pleasant time was had and the solar panel at the end of an extension cord did the job in that treed area.

Camp & kitchen set up by Tumbling Creek

The way the pig was cooked was really different. It was cut into pieces & covered with rub, set on a rack over hardwood coals and covered with half a metal drum,  from time to time the cover was removed and the meat turned. A thermometer & the odor of the cooked meat told us when it was done. It was really good, my compliments to the Chef Robert!

The pork being covered up

There is something basically "good" about nice weather for camping, an evening campfire, good folk & roasted meat!

camp fire

There will be several roving get togethers over the winter in Florida if you're interested plus the RTR in Arizona in January.

On a side note....
When I started this blog I told myself that I was going to stay away from my personal life, politics & religion.
I'm glad there was a pig roast to talk about!