Thursday, December 31, 2020

Foodie Friday-Man Muffins Inspired by Kayla in Cooking Up Trouble

 Hello and Happy New Year!

 Thanks for joining me for my regular Friday post and the First Foodie Friday of the New Year.

Today I am sharing my New Years Eve dinner for two.  We went simple and Cozy partly because it was cold and rainy and because I wanted to feature 

Man Muffins

The main character Kayla found the way to Holt's heart by whipping up these.  Holt made Kayla the  best Burger she ever had.

Man Muffins filled with Bacon and Cheese.  I added a bit of Jalepeno to  a few.  
If you love Cornbread check out what happens when you add a bit or alot of Bacon.  
Author Lenora says 'Who doesn't love Bacon? Bacon makes people Happy'. 

The Cowboy and I enjoyed the Man Muffins  they were a great accompaniment to a bowl of Beans and Ham . . .
Try whipping up a batch of Man Muffins for your Man.

Kayla's Man Muffins  were inspired by the following recipe. 
Found on Pinterest.  

1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese divided
6 or 8 strips bacon cooked to almost crisp and crumbled
1 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce (use a dash or two of Tabasco Sauce instead, if desired)

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Grease a 12-cup muffin tin well with butter and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt. Add 1 cup of the grated cheese (reserve 1/4 cup for topping the muffins before baking) and the crumbled bacon and stir into the dry ingredients until combined.
In a large glass measuring cup, measure the milk and vegetable oil.
Add the egg and hot sauce and whisk together to combine.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir together just until no streaks of flour appear.
Divide the batter evenly between the 12 prepared muffin cups and top with the remaining 1/3 cup grated cheddar cheese.
Bake for 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees Fahreheit or until the tops are slightly golden brown, the cheese is browned and bubbly, and the muffins are baked through (test with a toothpick).
Let cool in the muffin tin for about 5-10 minutes until removing the muffins to a wire rack to cool completely, or serve slightly warm with some butter and your favourite soup or stew.
These muffins keep fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. They also freeze well in an airtight container for up to one month.
Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 360mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 1mg

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Book info.
Can sweet and spicy make for a delicious pairing?

When barbecue food truck owner Holt Collins caters a wedding at the romantic wedding venue Falling Blossoms, he meets a woman who throws him for a loop. She may be gorgeous, but they clash immediately. He did however love the venue and makes an appointment to show it to his fiancée, only to receive a break-up text.

Devastated, Holt spends a few days trying to figure out what went wrong and what to do next. He decides to grab a bite at a local cafe, unaware that it is owned by Kayla Burton. After telling Kayla he’s no longer engaged, he later finds her kitchen in crisis and Kayla desperate for help, but unwilling to ask. He steps in and saves the day, but she hates giving up control of her kitchen, much less her heart. She’s attracted, but he’s just been jilted. Is this a rebound fling or fate working its magic?

Can a cupcake café owner find true love with Mr. Hot Holt Barbecue?

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Foodie Friday Happy New Year

 Hello and Welcome today I am sharing two posts because I didn't want miss either one. 

I love my regular Foodie Friday post.  I have a new feature that I am super excited about just not sure how to work it out.  So for now I have two posts.

So let's take a look at the Rustic Plate . . .

These Pancakes are surprisingly.  I am learning to try new things.  I am glad we tried these.  
A plate on Christmas morning. Simple Scrambled Eggs, oven baked Bacon, Sausage Balls, and Oatmeal Reason Toast.
Oven baked Ribs  I simple rubbed with Wright Rub after rolling them in Bacon grease, l/o Spanish Rice, Refried Beans and Deviled Eggs
A new recipe Boneless Chicken Thighs with a Spinach, Mushroom Cream Sauce served over Egg Noodles
The Salad tasted better than it photo'd  Swiss Chard, Spinach, Kale and Broccoli from the garden.  It was so good.
Another oh so good I wish I had one now Chili Rellono's we bought at the market we go to on re-hab day.  This was one of those things you thinking it will be great or not a keeper.  These are keepers.  So good.  Just like a restaurant!
I served with Pintos and Ham
This is my plate I did my Chili Rellono's in the Cheese Sauce.  The Cheese Sauce is the jar Queso from Aldi.
The Cowboy's plate
And the oozing Cheese.  So good!  And they were not super hot.  
My breakfast plate.  I have small portion of Eggs.  The rest are cooking for the dogs.
Mine with S&P none for the girls.
The Cowboy felt like his cold plate again.  I bought the Asparagus for the main dish but there was plenty for the Cowboy's appetizer.
Another new recipe I found on Pinterest.  Cajun Shrimp and Sausage with Asparagus and Zuchinni.  
I served with Cajun Dirty Rice this was a nice meal. We are every bite.  I live meals like this with no left overs!
The Cowboy's favorite breakfast I think because he asks for it several times a week.
The girls share of the Eggs
The Cowboy rolls his into a Burrito . . . 
You can see that I over cooked the Tortillas.  Dawng I just can't get them right!
The Cowboy didn't eat all his Cheese so he had to put it on the girls Eggs.  He spoils them!

Thanks for coming by and visiting.  

Happy New Year!

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In Domino and Lola's Food Bowl

Good Morning and Welcome to the blog.  Before I get into today's post I want to tell you about yesterdays Wordless Wednesday post.

I shared these pictures of Domino for Wordless Wednesday . . . 
She cracked me up.  I was sitting in the chair she likes to sit in and the bedroom door was shut so she decided to sit in the chair.  She didn't realize there was  a throw and a pillow so she is perched on the edge of the chair.  
It was so funny because she looks like she's facing the wall like a kid in trouble.  Before I could even get another shot she figured out she didn't fit!
And jumped down and went to look for better spot.  She ended  up on the rug by the door.

It made me giggle.  I hope you got a laugh or two. And now onto today's post . . .

Today I am sharing with you how and why  I prepare Domino and Lola's food. I am also including a book review.

 Domino's bowl is the pottery bowl on the left. Lola's is the 'slow down' and don't gobble bowl on the right.  In this photo you can see diced Chicken and a chopped Apple on the cutting board.  In the skillet is Rice, Canned Carrots and Green Beans from the fridge.  I put them in the skillet and just heat a bit to get the chill off. This might be gross but I out my finger in to test for temperature and stir a bit.  
 Lighting isn't good this is the chopped Chicken and Apple. I have tried several ways.  The tray works well and I can get everything on it and divide easy.
The dogs have an Egg every morning.  Either Scrambled or Poached.  I like to Poach the Egg in Chicken Broth or the juice from thier canned Veggies. 
I kind of laugh because their meal really looks like Fried Rice.  I tell them they are Chinese. 
"We are Chinese"  that song from the Disney movie with the Siamese Cats is going through my head.  Oh no get out of my head.  No cats in this house!  At least not right now. If we get a mouse we will get a Cat!
This was Domino's original diet.  I had fed Daisy Beneful and was pleased with it.  But after Domino was here for awhile there were tons of Dog Food Recalls.  Beneful was never recalled but it began to get hard to find in the store.  I had never fed her Beef only the Chicken, Salmon or Veggie Blend.
With all the recalls going on I decided it was not worth it to take the chance.  And so I started making Domino's food.  I began by introducing Veggies into her dish with the Beneful kibble . . .
The first time I added Carrots.  Not a keeper.
This cracked me up.  She picked them out and left them on the floor.
I buy larger cans then divide then  and put them in containers.
The hardest part of making thier food is deboning the Chicken.  Chicken leg quarters (the Thigh and Leg) is cheapest.  For two big dogs it can get expensive.  I worry about the tiny bones in the drumsticks and take special care with making sure they are all out.  Sometimes I run them through the Cusinart.  
Honestly I don't do that often anymore.  It is just too time consuming then I have more to things to  wash.  Now I wear gloves and just carefully squish and squeeze the pieces and search for bones.

When I add Peas it always slows Lola down chasing them around her bowl. 
They do like Carrots now I give them cold Carrots as a treat when they come in from outside if it is hot. 
I buy all canned Vegetables but I try to keep fresh Carrots on hand because they are cheap.  I put a few in the pot when I boil the chicken.

It seems like alot of work and it is. But for me it is worth it.  I made the decision not to feed Kibble before I read this book . . . 
What I learned validated my personal thoughts and feelings.  

If your on the fence about the topic Check out this book.

Here's the info and my review.

About the book
 big, inside look at the shocking lack of regulation within the pet food industry, and how readers can dramatically improve the quality of their dogs’ lives through diet.

What's really going into commercial dog food? The answer is horrifying.

Big Kibble is big business: $75 billion globally. A handful of multi-national corporations dominate the industry and together own as many as 80% of all brands. This comes as a surprise to most people, but what’s even more shocking is how lax the regulations and guidelines are around these products. The guidelines―or lack thereof―for pet food allow producers to include ever-cheaper ingredients, and create ever-larger earnings. For example, “legal” ingredients in kibble include poultry feces, saw dust, expired food, and diseased meat, among other horrors. Many vets still don’t know that kibble is not the best food for dogs because Big Kibble funds the nutrition research. So far, these corporations have been able to cut corners and still market and promote feed-grade food as if it were healthful and beneficial―until now.

Just as you are what you eat, so is your dog. Once you stop feeding your dog the junk that’s in kibble or cans, you have taken the first steps to improving your dog’s health, behavior and happiness.

You know the unsavory side of Big Tobacco and Big Pharma. Now Shawn Buckley, Dr. Oscar Chavez, and Wendy Paris explain all you need to know about unsavory Big Kibble―and offer a brighter path forward for you and your pet.

And I thought
A worthy read for the dog owner that wants to offer good safe and nutritious food for thier dog. 
The book is well written and easy to read.
All the information is backed up with research.
There are parts that are astonishing but important to read.
I am glad I got a chance to read   Big Kibble  it completely validated my suspicions about the dog food industry. 

I received a complimentary copy from Net Galley.
My review will appear on Net Galley, retail sites and Good Reads

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Wordless Wednesday

 No words today.  These need a caption.  Ideas?

Have a great day!

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