The Pig Whisperer

A city child came running into the farm house.  “No wonder that momma pig is so big!  There’s a bunch of little pigs under her, blowing her up.”

Bacon calls to me.  It can wake me up from a sound sleep if I smell it.  Bacon goes on, with, or next to every edible thing on the planet and it should be classified as its own food group.  Cooking it was a challenge until I realized that frying it up in strips is so “Old School.”   Here’s my Pig Whispering Frying Method:
  • (1)  Use scissors to cut the slab into 1-1/2″ sections.
  • (2) Separate the sections in a frying pan, pop on a lid, and sizzle using medium heat.
  • (3) Stir every so often.
  • (4) Inhale deeply and let the aroma transport you to heaven and back.
  • (5) Do not drain.  Watch and let it spark and pop in its own juices until a rich, deep crispy color is achieved.
  • (6) Place finished pieces on a platter that is lined with a paper towel.  Enjoy!
I use the leftovers (yeah, right) in salads and on sandwiches the next day. 
Sometimes, I get smart and cook up two packages at a time
–just so I have leftovers for the week.
How does a pig write home?  With a pig pen.  Why did the pig go to the casino?  To play the slop machines.  What do you call a pig with three eyes?  A piiig.    Did you hear about the pig who starting hiding her food in November?  She wanted to do her Christmas slopping early.  How did the pig beat the cow at Monopoly?  He built hotels on Pork Place.  Is it true that a barrel of pigs went over Niagra Falls?  No, that’s just a bunch of hogwash!

De-Vinely Delicious

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup    (for dummies)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Use an 11×17″ baking sheet.  Fill it with tomatoes that are cored and halved.  I use a combo of Roma and red ripe ones (about 2.5 lbs).

Slice 2 small yellow onions and cover the tomatoes.  Next, sprinkle 6 cloves of chopped garlic on top, 1/2 cup of olive oil, and salt/pepper to taste.
Roast at 450 degrees for 20 minutes.

Dump the roasted mixture into a big stock pot, including any liquids on the baking sheet.  To this add:  3 cups of chicken broth (I use Knorr in the little cups), and 1/2 stick unsalted butter.  Simmer 20 minutes.

Add 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves and puree the soup with an immersion blender until smooth.  Alternative method:  puree in food processor.  Then add 3/4 cup heaving whipping cream and stir.  D O N E

 

Taco Salad Shells

Just saw this nifty trick on facebook!

I like to fill my shells with taco meat, shredded lettuce and cheese, black beans, corn, diced tomato,  and top it all off with sour cream.

Putting all the ingredients in the middle of the table, letting everyone customize their own salad makes each person happy.  Never any leftovers!

 

Another idea is to fill the crispy shells with diced ham, hard boiled egg, bacon pieces, spinach and romaine lettuce, and slivered almonds or cashews.  Top with ranch dressing.

Juice Pops

Dear Ben and Jerry,

It has been great over the years, but we’re through. You didn’t do anything wrong, it is me that has changed. I’ve been growing. I’m all done looking at a pint of ice cream and gaining ten pounds. It’s been real and it’s been fun, but it hasn’t been real fun–my pants don’t fit.

I’ve found someone new.  Mr. Juicer.   No more hiding out in a closet for a quickie. I’m going green (and red, and orange, and purple) with frozen juice pops!   These cold, sweet treats are full of nutrients and fun.  Admit it, I get points for using nutrients and fun in the same sentence.

Pass the Pineapple, Cherry, & Orange

My new favorite summer treat to make is homemade frozen fruit juice pops. Throw in a big carrot for good measure. Get yourself a lean, mean juicing machine and create new combinations all you want, guilt free.

I have to thank my cousin, Sandy, for introducing us.  She told me Mr. Juicer was interested in experimenting and would work with the touch of a button.   Now I make my own Cherry Garcia using my own cherries from the trees on our farm.  Our side yard has a mature grape vine that is loaded with seedless green grapes.  The strawberries and raspberries have already come in.   My pear tree is producing and I see blueberry bushes in my future this fall.

Just looking at these pops gets me excited.  “I’ll take two.”

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