Ham Hocks and Black Eyed Peas with Cornbread are a family tradition on New Year's Day. My brother and I were told (as Ma'am and her brothers were told and probably generations before were told) that you will earn a dollar in the coming year for every black eyed pea you eat on New Year's Day. I… Continue reading Ham Hocks and Black Eyed Peas in a Pressure Cooker
Chili can be a very controversial dish. Some people wouldn't dream of putting beans in it, where as others will omit the meat entirely and make it vegetarian. Some want it scorching hot from the peppers put in, others prefer it mild. There are contests all over the place to determine the "best" chili. I am not going to… Continue reading Chasen’s Chili and Cornbread
Another year, another missed Gilroy Garlic Festival. Some year maybe M won't have summer school. But, if any of his campuses are offering him a class to teach at any time, he'll take it! If you have never been to the Garlic Festival, put it on your Gotta Go list. Great music, fun arts/crafts sale, and INCREDIBLY… Continue reading Garlic Garlic Everywhere!
It is officially summer here in California as of 10:04 p.m. tonight! To me summer means grill time. Here's a list of 21 great side dishes to go along with whatever you are grilling up. Salads Caesar Salad Claremont Salad Cold Celery Salad Creamy Bacon Broccoli Salad Lime Gelatin with Pineapple and Cheddar Cheese Melon Pineapple Fruit… Continue reading Summer Side Dishes
And they'll be saying, "Who's got it better than us? NOBODY!" I have waited 18 years for this, as have the rest of the 49er Faithful. Oh, and I suppose Ravens fans are pretty excited too. But, for the rest of the world that doesn't care who wins or loses, this coming Sunday is about… Continue reading And all my rowdy friends are coming over tonight – Super Bowl Party
If you are like most people, 2012 was a pretty rough year. I am hoping to bring in plenty of luck in 2013 by having some black-eyed peas. Ma'am always told us we'd have a dollar at the end of the year for every pea we ate on New Year's Day. One year, Michael heard… Continue reading New Years Good Luck Recipes
My mother-in-law has recently been diagnosed with some pretty serious health issues and has had to drastically change her diet. No fried foods, less fat, whole grains, and toughest of all little to no sodium. You know, the way we all should be eating. Besides the dietary restrictions, she hasn't had any energy to move… Continue reading Isn’t That Conveeeenient.
It has FINALLY turned chilly here in my neck of the woods. It seems like just last week the mercury was topping 100 degrees. Oh wait, it was just last week. May and October are so much fun in Southern California. If your taste buds are like mine when the weather gets cold, they scream… Continue reading Bring to me my big old sweater