I ALWAYS USE LADYFINGERS

Okra or ladies’ fingers is an excellent source of fibers, minerals and vitamins and fibers. According to okra-nutrition.com, okra can reduce the risk of a range of conditions including obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.   CHICKEN GUMBO WITH LADIES’ FINGERS This is a traditional southern Louisiana gumbo.  Get in the true spirit of gumbo and serve this…

OLE FASHION POUND CAKE

OLE FASHION POUND CAKE This is an old staple recipe, it’s the first cake I ever made. My great grandmother Elvira taught me how to make this cake.  No mixer we used a wooden spoon and it was cooked in a wood stove.  This is not a picture of the cake we made that day,…

SHRIMP N’ MUSHROOM TETRAZZINE

You are more than half-way through when your sauce looks like this.  Add the shrimp, continue to cook until the shrimp curl and turn orange, then add the pasta and wine mix well. LET’S EAT! SHRIMP N’ MUSHROOM TETRAZZINE 8 ounces fettuccine pasta,  1/2 pounds raw, head and shell on shrimp, 1 tablespoon garlic oil,…

DANCE OF THE MIRLITON

This famous song is also referred to as the Dance of the Mirliton or Marzipan.  This section is from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker  Suite.  In The Nutcracker’s 2nd act Tchaikovsky throws in a tune about mirliton’s along with an assortment of hot drinks, Russian dancers and a bunch of flowers. Mirliton (pronounced mella-ton) is a squash native to Mexico.  In Mexico,…

PLEASE JOIN ME IN THE COFFEE CONTEST

I AM HAVING A COFFEE CONTEST.  I WANT Y’ALL TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE COFFEE. Please vote M for Mexican Coffee and an F for French coffee. I’ll tally it up and let you know which coffee wins. MEXICAN COFFEE:  Brew a strong pot of your favorite coffee, pour Kahlua liquor into a large Irish coffee…

PEACH COBBLER

My first choice are fresh peaches, my second choice is frozen peaches, under NO circumstances are you to use can peaches.   The only rule is to make a delicious sweet cobbler with plenty of juice and crust. EZ PEAZY SOUTHERN PEACH COBBLER 3 boxes refrigerated ready-made pie crust, 2 (16 oz.) packages frozen peach slices, 1/4…

FOOD AND GREEK MYTHOLOGY GO HAND N’ HAND

The word “ambrosia” means delicious or fragrant. Ambrosia was also the magical fruit of the gods in ancient Greek mythology. The gods on Mount Olympus ate ambrosia to maintain immortality, they believed without ambrosia they would lose their strength. In Homer’s Iliad, the gods bathed in ambrosia and used it as a perfume. LOUISIANA AMBROSIA 1…

FRIED DILL PICKLES

We are experiencing a heatwave across the country, it is very important that you stay hydrated.  Drinking pickle juice is a holistic ole country method to stay hydrated.  Every athletic should carry a cool jar of pickle juice to stay hydrated and to ward off and relieve muscle cramps. According to Bioscience, pickle juice can promote…

RICE PUDDING

As a youngster, I never had rice with sugar.  My father said it is wrong to add sugar to rice. My sisters are significantly younger than I am, they had rice cereal and rice pudding.  You can’t imagine the shock when I saw them eating sweet rice!  I had rice pudding, for the first time…

VEGETARIAN SANDWICH

The secret to a delicious sandwich is the bread.  The star should be the ingredients on the inside but know none of that will equate to a delicious, yummy, mouth-watering, savory,  scrumptious sandwich if you do not have the best bread. VEGETARIAN SANDWICH Crusty sourdough baguette loaf, green goddess salad dressing, Greek yogurt, thinly sliced beefeater…

FRIED CORN ON THE COB

  My mother would prepare fried cream corn.  My paternal Grandma would prepare fried corn on the cob.  Both are delicious! Love is sharing; therefore, I am gonna share my Grandma’s recipe with you.  Grandma made up her own fry batter, I’m buying mine. FRIED CORN ON THE COB 1 cup seasoned crispy fish fry,…

CHILAQUILES

Chilaquiles is a traditional breakfast or brunch dish in Pacoima.  I grew up in Pacoima, California. Pacoima is the Land of Dreams located in the San Fernando Valley. Crystal Jackson has written a documentary on Pacoima. Check out my home town at Pacoima Stories.  Here is my world-renowned chilaquiles recipe. CHILAQUILES First things first, cut 5-6…