OVER EASY EGGS

My grandson Robert is an over-easy or over-medium egg eater.  He has asked how is it I never break the yolk when I fix his eggs?  Here’s the secret! 1 egg, a non-stick skillet, butter-flavored cooking spray, 2 tablespoons water, and a couple of salt and pepper shakes. Spray the skillet with the cooking spray. …

SPICY PICKLED PIG FEET

My great-grandmother opened Lee’s Restaurant in Pacoima, CA., in the 1950s. Her bar was always full of pickled salty treats such as pickled onions,  pickled pig feet, pickled, boiled eggs, and spicy pickles.  These salty treats are called bar food because when a customer would eat these salty treats, they would usually drink more beer….

CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS

CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS 5 chicken thighs, 2 carrots, chopped, 1 white onion, cut in quarters, 1 celery stalk, 1 bay leaf, 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning, 1/8 teaspoon dried rubbed sage, 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, 1 teaspoon chicken soup starter bullion, 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper.  Get out a heavy pot.  Add the chicken, onion, leave…

RED BEANS AND RICE

My Grandma Emma cooked red beans and rice every Monday.  Monday was wash day, and she would put on a pot of beans and start washing clothes.  On Monday, her attention and energy focused on cleaning the house after a big family Sunday dinner and washing clothes.  Do you have any traditions attached to a…

CRUSTLESS EGGPLANT QUICHE

EGGPLANT QUICHE 4 cups eggplant, pared and cubed, 1/2 cup hot breakfast sausage, cooked and crumbled, 1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped, 1 cup white onions, chopped, 4 tablespoons self-rising flour, 1 (10 1/2 oz.) cream of chicken soup, 3 tablespoons butter, 1/2 tablespoon avocado oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon…

SPINACH MEDLEY

SPINACH MEDLEY 1/2 pound fresh spinach, 1 1/2 cups red leaf lettuce, 3 carrots, 1/4 cup green onions, 1/2 cup red relishes, 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt, 1/8  cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons Merlot wine, 1/8 cup French salad dressing Wash and drain all the vegetables.  Cut the spinach and lettuce into shreds with a pair of…

PACOIMA FLAN

PACOIMA FLAN 1 1/2 cups sugar, 6 eggs, 2 (14 oz.) cans sweetened condensed milk, 1 (13 oz.) can evaporated milk, 6 candy caramel squares,1/8 teaspoon salt, 1 1/4  teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/8 teaspoon ground mace or nutmeg. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Get out the blender add the eggs blend the eggs until…

CREAM FRITTERS

CREAM FRITTERS Cream fritters look a lot like fried donut holes.  I got this recipe from my great Aunt Mary Lane better than fifty years ago.  I have not changed anything. 5 egg whites,1 cup evaporated milk, 2 cups cake flour, 1/8 teaspoon mace, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/8 teaspoon salt. Get out a bowl,…

BEEF STEW

BEEF STEW 1 pound stew meat, 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon granulated garlic, 1 (1.5 oz.) package beef stew mix, 5 tablespoons garlic oil, 2 tablespoons salted butter, 2 cups white onions, sliced, 1 celery stalk chopped, 1 tablespoon bell pepper, chopped, 3 teaspoons minced garlic, 1 cup merlot wine, 2…