Continuing with the getting-to-know Dr. Pretzel theme this week, since yesterday was all about a few things that I don’t like, I figured today would be a little more lighthearted.
The melody to “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music” just popped into my
head. I hope you, too are now sufficiently song-bombed.
You do know what a song-bomb is, right?
Tidbit #1. I love Italian food. And Greek food, and Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Irish, American, German, Mexican, French….
I really love food. All of it.
Now I’m not talking about just stuffing my face with whatever I come across. I really appreciate cuisine. I love to make little snacks or picnics of artisan bread with cheeses and sliced meats and veggies. I love to prepare fantastic meals for friends and family.
My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. I cook, everyone eats and showers me with compliments; what’s not to love?
This love for food has allowed me to become a very good cook. I’m thinking I might share with you one of my favorite family-tested recipes each week. We might as well start now.
Let’s see, what would people like to eat after gorging themselves over the holidays? How about something that will last all week?
This is a sweet and savory dish. I made it last year and won 2nd place in a chili competition, but it’s not “traditional” chili in any way. It’s awesome stuff on a cool day. I prefer to serve it with Fritos to dip with, but have had cornbread go over successfully as well.
In a big dutch-oven style pot put:
- 1lb of cooked bacon, broken up into pieces. I’ve used the “Real Bacon” in a bag from Sam’s Club. Use more if it makes you happy…it is bacon, after all.
- 1lb cooked and crumbled ground beef (I tend to use more because…I like meat)
- 1 large can of Busch’s beans, Maple flavored
- 1-15oz cans lima or butter beans
- 1-15oz can of black beans
- 1-15 oz can of kidney beans
- 1-15oz can of Navy/white beans
- 1/2C Ketchup
- 1C packed brown sugar
- 1C chopped onion (yellow is best)
- 3T White wine vinegar (I usually go up to 1/2C because this really gives the beans the unique flavor that I love)
- 2t mustard powder
- 1/2C chopped celery (optional…I usually omit this)
So just put this on the stove on medium-low and let all the flavors mingle and get to know one another. Once it’s simmering, adjust the heat a bit lower and stir occasionally so the beans don’t stick on the bottom. Should heat for about an hour total, but a bit more won’t hurt. Break out the Fritos and enjoy!
If you’re looking for a baked bean recipe, drain the kidney beans and lima beans, put the whole mess into a covered baking dish, and bake at 350’F for an hour.
Either way, it will be yummy. And there will be lots left over. This recipe serves about 10.
Dang…now I want to make some.
Tidbit #2. Kitties. I like them. I know that some people like them and others hate
them. To each their own. This is my blog and today we’re talking about me. Besides, I’ve never really understood the need to choose one way or another. I’m not a “dog person,” but I don’t hate them. They’re just…not cats.
I’m currently the proud slave of two feline masters. Hopefully, if I serve them satisfactorily, I’ll be granted the gift of being allowed to come back as a cat in my next life.
I like cats because I live like one. No, I don’t lie around all day, I mean mentally. I have kitty thought processes.
Well, maybe a bit more complex.
I’m an introvert in the truest sense. I like others and choose to socialize on my own terms. I am unconcerned with what others think I ought to be or do. I don’t need to be spoiled or petted or fed, but if someone wants to do so…well, I’m not going to complain. I might even show appreciation for their efforts.
Like a kitty, I can be a little self-centered. I can become a little over-passionate about the things I care about, and a bit callous about the things I don’t. But I like who I am, and some others seem to be appreciative of my “me-ness,” so I’ll continue on with being me.
There are other, less self-centered things I like about kitties. Paws. Purring. Kitty chats (when they meow or “prrrt” while you’re talking as if they know exactly what you’re saying). But I won’t bore you with the details. I like the fuzzy little guys.
You don’t have to be a cat person, but I tend to avoid people who say that they hate cats or hate dogs. Animals recognize not-so-nice people, even if they act nice for others, and react accordingly. If you want to know whether or not someone is good at heart, introduce them to a pet and see what happens (with the exception of those with allergies, of course).
Tidbit #3. I like to read. No, scratch that. I love to read. I am a bibliophile. I am also
a Kindle owner. I love my Kindle and take it everywhere I go.
If you don’t know what a Kindle is, I’m going to pretend I don’t know you until you figure it out.
I’ve had a love affair with the written word for as long as I can remember. My grandmother read to me when I did not know how, but as soon as I learned to read, I read everything I could get my hands on. Like an addict, if I couldn’t find an actual book or newspaper to read, I’d read anything. Cereal boxes, shampoo bottles, instructions, junk mail. It didn’t matter, as long as I could read it and process the words in my brain.
Words make me happy. Especially when they hang out with other words and make sentences and paragraphs.
These days, I tend to read multiple books concurrently. I switch back and forth, depending upon my mood. Here’s what I’m reading now:
- The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene’ Brown
- The Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel (for the 3rd time)
- Bliss to You: Trixie by Trixie Koontz
- Fireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent
Making it more than halfway through a book means that I like it. I’ve done so with all of these except for Gifts, which I only began reading yesterday morning. I like it so far and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Brene’s TED Talk on vulnerability.
I’m always on the search for a good book and I would love to know about your very favorite book of all time. Mine is The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It is a huge, somewhat daunting book in size, but I can say from experience that it’s an significant emotional event once you get to the end. I’ve spent so much time enjoying it that I’ve actually felt a little lost upon completion! Am I the only one who feels this way about books?
So, I think I’ve shared quite a bit today. Sharing is a big deal for an introvert like me. I hope to hear from all of you soon! Books, favorite recipes and foods, pets…share it all!