Zatarain’s may consider this free advertising for their product.
Whenever I head to Kroger, I’ll pick up a box of Zatarain’s dirty rice and also a box of their red beans and rice. Sometime I’ll get the black beans and rice, but not often.
Do I ever get their low sodium? Only by mistake. I like the original stuff.
To the dirty rice, I’ll add a pound of ground beef and also some red pepper or yellow pepper or green pepper—whatever I have on hand. I’ll also add some white onion.
I’ll usually get two and a half meals out of this.
When it comes to red beans and rice, I used to like the Kroger brand better, but I can’t seem to find it anymore—so I’m back getting the Zatarain’s brand.
To the red beans and rice, I’ll add some turkey sausage and also whatever kind of pepper I have on hand as well as those white onions.
Just like the dirty rice, I’ll get two and a half meals out of this dish.
If Zatarain’s does consider this free advertising, they are free to send me a case of each product.
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P.S. I’ll be back here on Thursday.
I like corn just fine but I know it’s not good for me, so I don’t eat it that often. With that in mind, how I got so many cans of corn in my kitchen cupboard I’m not sure. I counted them last Saturday. I had three cans of sweet corn.
I don’t believe in wasting food and last Saturday I didn’t believe in wasting corn. I decided to do something about my corn situation. I decided to make some kind of concoction with it.
I had a can of whole white potatoes and also some slices of ham—actually some deli honey ham. My mind started to race as to what I could fix. Out of these thoughts, the Covington ham and corn casserole was born. Why, of course. I will share the recipe with you.
- I drained each can—the whole white potatoes and the sweet corn—of the water inside them.
- On a cutting board, I cut up those whole white potatoes and also a slice of that deli honey ham. I could have added another slice of it, but I like my ham sparingly. You can do whatever you like.
- Still using the cutting board, I also cut up some red bell pepper and some white onion. I say ‘some,’ because I never measure anything. When it comes to cooking, guesswork is fine with me.
- I coated my pan with I can’t believe it’s not butter! This is my brand of choice. You can use another brand, just don’t tell me which one.
- After the ‘butter’ coated the pan, I threw in my concoction, blending it all together. I seasoned it with salt and pepper like there wasn’t going to be a tomorrow.
- Over medium heat, I put a lid over the pan and let it cook for about 15 minutes stirring it occasionally. Well, maybe it was actually 20 minutes. Just keep an eye on it when you stir it.
That’s it! How was it? I’ll just say I’ll be fixing it again. I don’t know if I would prepare it for anybody else but it tasted fine to me and none of it went to waste.
I know this is really just a concoction, but calling it a casserole sounds better.
(Photo taken by MasterChef Larry Gross)
P.S. Just so you know, I shall return here on Thursday.
Oprah Winfrey’s television network has some kind of Huffington Post tie-in that I haven’t quite figured out and probably won’t ever because I’m not that interested. However, I did come across this article about foods that you don’t need to refrigerate that I found kind of interesting. I’m sharing it right here.
I knew about a lot of this, except for tomatoes. For a lot of years, I kept them in my refrigerator until my son told me they would taste better if I didn’t do that. I stopped and he was right.
My son set me straight on tomatoes. Sorry, Oprah.
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Is it diet pop or diet soda? In this part of the country, I hear “Diet pop” more than I hear “Diet soda.” In other parts of the country, I hear diet soda more often. Pop and/or soda mean the same thing—or so I’m guessing.
I haven’t had a regular pop or soda in years. Since I’m diabetic, I should probably keep it that way.
Do I drink too much of this diet stuff? Probably. Having admitted that, I don’t see it changing. I know it’s not good for me, but I like the taste of it.
Over at The Dollar Tree Store here in Covington, Kentucky, I can get a 2.5 liter bottle of Diet Shasta Cola for a buck—that is if they have it in stock. That diet cola flies off the shelves here. It’s a pretty good bargain.
It’s a much better deal than what they have down at the corner of happy and healthy—the Walgreens here in Covington. A 1.25 liter of Diet Coke costs 99 cents. In my view, that’s a little high, but that’s typical Walgreens.
When I’m in Kroger, I’ll get the Big K brand. I don’t remember the price, but I remember it being fairly reasonable.
Diet Shasta, Diet Coke, Diet Big K—they all taste a little different from one another. I think I prefer the taste of Diet Shasta or maybe I just prefer the price.
By the way, I usually say “Diet pop” instead of “Diet soda.”
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I’ve written so many blog posts here over the years that I sometimes forget what I have or haven’t written about. I’m pretty sure I’ve never written anything about Tang.
I was looking through some articles on The Huffington Post the other day and came across a recipe for Tang toast. No, I don’t ever intend on fixing this, but it got me thinking about Tang.
I haven’t thought of this powdered, instant breakfast drink in years. I remember my grandfather loved Tang. I’m talking late 1950’s and early 1960’s here. I remember it being an orange drink.
Because I loved my grandfather, I wanted to love Tang too but I really didn’t all that much, in fact, not at all. It tasted like weak orange juice to me.
Now this I kind of remember from years back. NASA used it on John Glenn’s Mercury Flight, so some people thought it was invented for the space program. It really wasn’t. It was just a bad tasting, powdered breakfast drink. Sorry, Grandpa.
I found an old Tang commercial on YouTube. Here’s Bugs Bunny pretending to like Tang.
Sorry to Bugs Bunny too. I won’t be walking down to the corner of happy and healthy (Walgreens/Covington) looking for a jar of Tang. No. I. Won’t. I don’t like the stuff. No. I. Don’t.
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I like peas. There, I said it.
Up until very recently, peas were my favorite vegetable. Asparagus—especially roasted asparagus—has replaced it, but peas are still a close second.
I make a lot of casserole dishes—tuna, salmon, chicken, etc.—and peas is included in all of them.
I don’t know if my daughter likes peas or not. I know my son doesn’t.
It’s been many years since I’ve shelled peas. I remember helping my mother do this on the farm back when I was a kid.
I like pea soup too—especially when it’s with ham.
Spring peas, sweet peas, early peas, Wando peas—whatever. All peas are good in my book.
Is pea protein the new soy? If it is, it’s OK with me.
I like peas. There, I said it again.
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I’m not much of a beer drinker anymore, but I know some of you are. I’m thinking of you this morning. I’m providing a map of every country’s most popular beer. Well, actually Vinepair is.
You can click here to see a larger version of the map.
The most popular beer in the United States is. . . Bud Light. Bud Light? Wow. I’ll look on the bright side. At least it’s not Milwaukee’s Best.
I shall return on Thursday.
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I promise I won’t write any more about the Kraft Macaroni & Cheese recall. Well, that is after I put up this post.
When I was down at the corner of happy and healthy yesterday afternoon (Walgreens/Covington), I noticed they had boxes of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese on sale—99 cents per box. This led me to have a little fun with the cashier. I was having fun, but maybe she wasn’t.
Me: “I see you got Kraft Macaroni & Cheese on sale.”
Cashier: “Oh, I don’t know. Let me check the flyer.”
Me: “You know, Kraft has just recalled over 6 million boxes of that stuff.”
Cashier: “No, I didn’t know.”
Me: “Is that why it’s on sale? Are you trying to get rid of it so you don’t have to send the boxes back?”
Cashier: “Why, no. I don’t—”
Me: “Some of those boxes you have on sale may contain metal shavings”
Me: “Really. I guess Walgreens is thinking there is no additional charge for the extra ingredient. In fact you’re giving us a discount!”
Cashier: Blank stare.
All right—I had tortured the cashier long enough. I left the store.
On the way home, I thought maybe I should have told the cashier that Walgreens should know that selling Kraft Mac & Cheese with metal shavings in it isn’t happy and isn’t healthy, but I didn’t feel like going back to the store.
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It seems to me that there has been a lot of food recalls lately. I mean, you can’t even buy a box of good old Kraft Macaroni & Cheese these days without worrying about biting into metal. What is the world coming to?
Ever wonder what the most commonly recalled foods are? Here are four of them.
I knew about three out of the four. I don’t recall knowing that cantaloupe was recalled a lot. Yep, you learn something new every day.
I hope you all have a good weekend. I’ll be back here on Sunday. I’ll do some grocery shopping tomorrow—need to pick up more Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and cantaloupe.
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